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Stecich to WCSC

November 17, 2005

The Westchester County Solid Waste Commission (WSWC) is meeting today, Thursday, November 17th at 3:00 PM in White Plains to decide on a pending permit application from Northeast Interchange Railway (NIR) for an operating license and a NYSDEC permit transfer from Metro Enviro.

Village Attorney Marianne Stecich sent a letter (scanned pages 1, 2, 3) to WCSC Chairman McShane on November 11, 2005 via DHL delivery in which she “urges the commission to deny a hauling license to NIR and the other Regus-controlled companies”. On November 14, 2005, Ms. Stecich presented the Mayor and Village Board, during their regularly scheduled work session meeting, with copies of this letter in advance today’s decision.

On November 21, 2005 10:54 AM, weewill said:

And there are those of us who simply don’t care that you simply don’t care. Maybe the village board and staff will now be able to concentrate on village business and not be consumed by your constant interference with their work.

On November 21, 2005 10:10 AM, TeaDrinker said:

This email comes from Maria Cudequest. She writes:

———— Original Message ————

Subject: STECIQUEST Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:58:28 -0500 From: “Maria Cudequest”

Dear Friends:

To those who have written regarding the false “Steciquest” entry on the Croton Blog, please be advised that a resident has just forwarded the following to me. I consider this matter closed for the moment. What others choose to do is another matter. We have too many important issues facing us as a community to be bogged down in this stuff. I do not know if the “Steciquest” title has been removed, nor do I want to know. As for the photo of my home and the car that has been placed on the blog—and taken by unknown parties last winter for what purpose I can only guess—I simply do not care.

Maria Cudequest

———— End of Message ————

On November 19, 2005 9:55 PM, TeaDrinker said:

Maria Cudequest to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees. She writes:

———— Original Message ———— Subject: THE BLOG HAS MADE A FULL CORRECTION Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 22:58:37 -0500 From: “Maria Cudequest” Reply-To: To:,,,,

I have just received a phone call that the blog has made a full correction to their Steciquest entry. While there is no apology, they have at least crossed out the “accompanied by—walked in at the same time with—and my name” as well—section of the post.

Hopefully this puts an end to this unfortunate incident, at least for my part.

Maria Cudequest

———— End of Message ————

On November 19, 2005 10:45 AM, Tonto said:

The real question is why did doctor mayor Schmidt hire such a poor lawyer to represent us? If you actually read the letter written by attorney Stecich you will see it is poorly drafted, ineffectual and virtually devoid of facts which would support the Village’s position that the permit should be denied. To paraphrase an old commercial “where’s the beef?”.

I am afraid that Ms. Stecich is about as good a lawyer as Schmidt is a mayor.

Boy are we in trouble.

On November 18, 2005 2:49 PM, cherrio said:

Come on folks, leave poor Miss Cudaquest alone. She just isn’t that important. The more we respond to her the more we feed into her already inflated ego.

On November 18, 2005 1:23 PM, weewill said:

It’s really frightening to think about how much time Ms. Cudaquest requires from the village board and administration. The office staff spends huge amounts of time responding to her endless requests for information and passing on what she views as important and that the board already has. She quotes endlessly from news articles and web sites that are available to any interested reader. Anyone watching board meetings know how much time she monopolizes at citizens participation with her “research” - again usually already known by the board.

I hope Mrs. Stecich doesn’t bill the village for the time spent responding to the blog posting. There must be other more important matters to work on and we the taxpayers have much more important things to spend our money on…

On November 18, 2005 12:41 PM, SSmith said:

Is ms. stecich threatening to sue the blog for libel?? what is the deal with that? is she kidding or what?

and what is with maria cudequest? she emails the mayor and board about what goes on in the blog?? why?? are they her protectors or something? are we all in third grade here and run and tattle-tale when something happens that we don’t like?? obviously, she thinks so.

get over it ms. cudequest. the board, no matter how much they hate the truth that is written here about their antics, can not shut down the blog. that would violate a very important constitutional amendment that has been in place in the USA for over 200 years. the last thing this board needs is another unnecessary mess on their hands created by her.

in fact i think maria should ASK to join the CrotonBlog staff so we can get the “real story” on EVERYTHING. after all, her ccc1 is a “clearing house of public information”. it’s gotta be better than banging out xx number of emails to her vaunted ccc1 list……maybe she’s not lonely at the top??

On November 18, 2005 12:18 PM, Pat Barua said:

The email cited by Ross W. in comment #8 was apparently written by Village Attorney Marianne Stecich to the Village Board.

May I remind Ms. Stecich that the Village is YOUR CLIENT, and you are, for now, OUR ATTORNEY, and not the other way around????? You send out legal warnings at the village’s behest and to protect the village’s interests; the village does not send out questionable legal warnings at your behest to protect you.

And this is just my opinion so don’t threaten me or the blog with libel!

On November 18, 2005 10:06 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Forgive me if I smile at MS. Cudaquest’s indignation - this from a woman who has never had a problem writing about rumours about previous board members without checking their validity.

On November 18, 2005 8:19 AM, TeaDrinker said:

This message comes from Village Attorney Marianne Stecich. She writes:

“Someone e-mailed me the blog article about Steciquest. In case you don’t all know, I have never spoken with Maria Cudaquest, except at two public meetings, perhaps three words each time. I have never received an e-mail from her, and have never e-mailed her. Nor have I had any other communication with her. If anyone of you is a friend of any of the people who write the blog, please inform them of this, and remove the title “Steciquest” from the list of articles. Please advise them that such a statement is libelous.”

On November 17, 2005 10:32 PM, TeaDrinker said:

This email comes from Maria Cudequest. She writes:

“Ross please post this.”

——-Original Message——-

From: Maria Cudequest [] Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:16 PM To: ‘DRGREG412@AOL.COM’; ‘CKANE@BESTWEB.NET’; ‘JAMES.STEINBERG4@VERIZON.NET’; ‘’; ‘’ Cc: ‘’ Subject: THE CROTON BLOG

To the Croton on Hudson Board:

Please see the following item which has been posted on the Croton Blog in which it is represented that I “accompanied Ms. Stecich” and “presented the following letter” to the village board at the last Croton work session.

Not only had I not seen this letter until its posting on the blog, courtesy of a resident, but I did not speak with Ms. Stecich at all that night, nor did I accompany her anywhere, at any time, as the board is fully aware. As the board is also aware, I did not speak to any member of the board other than to acknowledge that the hearing was still scheduled for today.

Fortunately, the village wisely audiotapes work sessions. I attended the work session for one reason only; to observe the Pollock portion of the session and left shortly after that due to a cold.

This representation on the blog is completely false. I arrived with Gary Cahill of the Gazette and any conversation had that evening was between Mr. Cahill, myself and the village engineer, prior to the opening of the work session on a number of topics.

I felt the board should be aware of this posting on the blog. Please note that I am copying Mr. Weale.

Maria Cudequest

——-End of Message——-

On November 17, 2005 10:08 PM, TeaDrinker said:

Ann Gallelli sends the following, pointing out an error in my reporting regarding Maria Cudequest’s whereabouts at the VB work session:

“I read the blog article about the proceedings at the Village Board work session on Monday, November 14th. I believe the comments provided are in error as follows:

I was almost the first person the arrive to the meeting at about 7:25. When I arrived Ms. Cudequest was in the room with Trustee Brennan and Gary Cahill - no one else. Ms Stecich was there but in the outer room talking to the Village Engineer. Soon after, Mayor Schmidt, Rick Herbek, Trustee Kane and Trustee Steinberg arrived. Trustee Wiegman arrived a few minutes later. Ms. Stecich went first due to her schedule.

She first talked about the wording changes relative to the drive-thru definition on the agenda after which she provided VB members with a letter she had written to the WSWC the previous Friday. She went over the letter, answered questions, and then left. Immediately following her leaving, Ms. Cudequest left but they did not leave together. So, in essence, in my opinion, she could not correctly be described as arriving with Ms. Stecich or leaving with her.”

— Ann Gallelli

On November 17, 2005 7:49 PM, Pat Barua said:

Does anyone remember an ad from about ten years ago…

It went something like…

3 biggest lies New Yorkers tell

  1. (I forget 1 and 2) 2.
  2. I never read the NY Post!

Everyone reads the blog…just admit it and be done with it.

On November 17, 2005 7:14 PM, Gut-C said:

SHE’S ALIVE!!!! I thought “Maria” didn’t read this blog?

On November 17, 2005 3:37 PM, maria said:

Please be advised that the above representation is completely and utterly false. I have informed the board of this posting, as well as Mr. Weale. I suggest that Mrs. Smith, or anyone else, avail themselves of the audiotape.

On November 17, 2005 3:36 PM, SSmith said:

you know what? it is a bad joke that we taxpayers are and will continue to pay for dearly. maria cudequest started all of this nonsense years ago and now it is her life. she is pathetic. she should get a life. someone buy her a puppy or something.

she had categorically misrepresented the operation down at that industrial site as a “garbage dump” when it is not even close to being that. she is a push-poller, like karl rove in DC. W has him and schmitty, moe, larry and curly have her.

it was clear from day one that the republicans were in way way over their collective heads here and on most matters. and how stupid was it to fire the very village attorney who was there through all of this and bring in someone new. yo, schmitty was that cudequest’s call too? we know she designed most of your campaign platform. SHE HAS A CRIMINAL RECORD HERE IN THE VILLAGE AND WAS CAUGHT ON VIDEO VANDALIZING HER NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR’S PROPERTY. is this the kind of person our ELECTED mayor should take crucial advice from??????????

IMPEACH SCHMIDT, BRENNAN, AND STEINWHO and our ‘bored-to-tears” village attorney stecich for not being fit for office if a known criminal has so much sway in their decision making process. what a joke they are. i am embarrassed FOR THEM more than by them. for they can’t even see their own stupidity and invalidity.

this village will get screwed even more than it already has by all of this. i think in the long run bob elliott will be vindicated for his handling of this very delicate situation.

On November 17, 2005 2:34 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

PLEASE tell me that this is a bad joke - the new village attorney is relying on Maria Cudaquest to get her information to make representations on behalf of our village on such important issues. I sincerely hope that this is not true, in fact I am horrified that it might even be a possibility.


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