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Maria Cudequest Forgetting Her Own Experience with Croton's 'Local Internet Chat Room'

July 12, 2006

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Once again, Maria Denise Cudequest came forth to weigh in and repeat her warnings of impending doom with regards to pending business operations at the property at 1A Croton Point Avenue, owned by Greentree Realty. And in concert with her side-kick Richard Pellicci (see: “In His Own Mind, Richard Pellicci is the Judge of a Civilized Community” & “An Out-of-Control Richard Pellicci Rages Over ‘Listening Session’”), they both made sure to also issue a warning to residents who dare read the Crotonblog, or as referred to by Ms. Cudequest as “a local Internet chat room.”

As she indignantly took pleasure from the podium in making this publication sound as inviting as a venereal disease, Ms. Cudequest went to on cite several examples of alleged promiscuous behavior that have taken place on this very weblog. She described such activities that include a place, “where residents have been threatened, and accused of racism by default, to the theft of Dr. Pepper, often anonymously.”

Such are strong words to make in public while being captured on videotape. We therefore hope that the apparent charges brought forth in public by Ms. Cudequest do not compel our readers to seek restitution, an order of protection or probation against Crotonblog.

Ironically enough, as Ms. Cudequest encourages Croton residents to get their information through traditional sources, she fails to remember and mention her past experience as one of Croton’s most prolific bloggers. Early on in our history, it was Ms. Cudequest that immediately recognized the transparency that blogging affords readers and quickly capitalized on its ability to foster two-way communication by posting 109 comments and subsequently became a top user. In fact, she saw right through the transparency and used it as a way to hide six different “writers’ ” identities. It was those very six identities that caused Ms. Cudequest to be exposed by fellow bloggers and ultimately become the first person(s) to have their commenting privileges permanently revoked from Crotonblog (see: “A Penal Process Known as Banishment… Explained”).

And finally, contrary to Ms. Cudequest’s assertions that our articles “were sent to her by a resident” to give to her beloved Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt, our server log files tell a different story altogether. In fact, the IP address that corresponds to Ms. Cudequest’s Internet connection shows that “someone” has viewed a staggering total of 516 pages from July 1, 2006 to July 11, 2006, thus qualifying her or whoever she lives with as a top Crotonblog reader!

So, Crotonblog thanks Ms. Cudequest for her loyal and voracious readership. But curiously enough, one must wonder why a Crotonblogging power user like Ms. Cudequest would never mention this publication by name at a village board meeting or in their “his and hers” printed Letters to the Editor which appear in The Gazette?

Hey Maria, where’s the props yo? How ‘bout some love?

Video transcript:

Maria Denise Cudequest: “And finally I’d like to bring someone, something rather to the board’s attention. Particularly yours Mr. Mayor as well as the publics. Um, this was sent to me by a resident. It was posted sometime in June as quote and editorial in a local Internet chat room (see: “Metro Enviro: Stay or Change the Course?”). A chat room where residents have been threatened, accused of racism by default to the theft of Dr. Pepper, often anonymously.

This editorial makes some representations about what was offered by Metro Enviro in terms of money in 2004. Ditto for what we could have allegedly got out of Metro at that time. Northeast as well as Buffalo Southern that are disturbingly inaccurate if not downright hysterical. In fact this editorial represents a fundamental change in the viewing of reality—giving the records that are available. I am passing it along because it points to the importance of obtaining ones information from traditional sources as we do. From the media that is at least held accountable for the things that it prints or from the village’s own records or the village’s website as opposed to chat rooms where it seems from this editorial anything goes.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Maria, I think hat what you are trying to get to is that we, the public really needs to do its diligence and try—“

Maria Denise Cudequest: “Absolutely.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “—to seek the most appropriate information and ah—“

Maria Denise Cudequest: “As possible.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “I don’t want you to belabor the point—“

Maria Denise Cudequest: “Absolutely not.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Just, its just the public does need to ask questions—“

Maria Denise Cudequest: “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “And ask questions of us who can answer those questions—“

Maria Denise Cudequest: “Ask questions and go to traditional sources for their information. And finally, I thought you should also know that an entry has been posted in the same chat room which purports to be from you. It has, it is entitled “From the Desk of Dr. Mayor Schmidt. (see: “From the desk of Mayor Dr. Greg Schmidt: The buck doesn’t stop here”)” Clearly this is not from you but clearly you should know that this representation has been made publicly anyway and I have a copy for you. So, thank you everyone. I look forward to working with you as we move forward.

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Thank you. Anyone else at this time?”

On July 18, 2006 9:20 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

Quote “I am passing it along because it points to the importance of obtaining ones information from traditional sources as we do. From the media that is at least held accountable for the things that it prints…..” Unquote.

Ms. Cudaquest suggests that we look to traditional sources for our information. The Journal News, I assume, qualifies as such. Perhaps she and her cronies should reread the editorial pasted below. Mayor Elliot was right - it WAS and IS about control, something which, the Schmidt/Cudaquest/Pellici/Minnett crew are about to lose through their constant harrassment of the village board and the misinformation that they loudly and consistently disseminate to village residents. Through their self-serving, partisan efforts (forgetting the best interests of the village) they may be about to lose control of that site for many years to come. It may be too late, but let’s bring back thoughtful, intelligent people who have the best interests of the village at heart.

A better way” (Original publication: September 25, 2004)

There are two ways of looking at a proposed settlement of a legal dispute between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and a troublesome local business, the Metro Enviro waste-transfer station:

• Settling while the village has the legal upper hand in an effort to shut the operation would be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, believe those villagers who hope to be rid of the place.

• Settling would give the village firmer control over the operation, bring in new revenue and head off the likelihood of future legal snarls, the village administration believes.

The argument for settling appears to be the stronger of the two.

Citing violations of the special permit that allows the business to receive and ship construction and demolition debris, the village last year rejected Metro Enviro’s request for a permit renewal. The company sued and won in state Supreme Court. An appeals court reversed that decision, upholding the village’s move to shut down operations. The company has brought the case to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, which has not yet decided if it will hear it. The shutdown order is on hold.

See it through and hope for victory, the company’s critics insist. Court victories are never certain, village officials point out. But even a victory wouldn’t necessarily be the end of it, they say, making a strong case for both an uncertain legal future and the advantages of a settlement.

If Metro Enviro were shut down, the owner of its site could rent to a new waste operation, which could embroil the village in a new lawsuit if Croton tried to deny the continuation of a special-use permit. Or, the property could be put to an even more undesirable use.

If a settlement meant simply allowing Metro Enviro to stay in business under status quo terms, the critics would be right — better to push to close it and face the uncertain future.

But the proposed settlement would bring more than one benefit to the village and its taxpayers. Metro Enviro would get a new, two-year permit, with a provision to extend it for another three. Among conditions of its continued operation:

• The village’s authority to revoke the company’s permit, and the transgressions that could lead to that, would be more strictly defined.

• The company would provide $25,000 a year to help pay for a monitor the village would hire to keep a more expert and consistent eye on the operation in search of such violations. The village acknowledges that it might have to make up the difference if a monitor costs more than that. The company would allow the installation of an air-monitoring device if the village chose to pursue that new control.

• Croton would see significant new revenue. The company would pay the village a new transfer station impact fee, based on the tonnage of material handled. The revenue is projected at $528,000 to $787,500 annually. It would also reimburse Croton $440,000 for the village’s legal fees, which, to date, are about $480,000.

• The village would get needed space for its Department of Public Works at the Metro Enviro property, for $1 a year. Among other things, the site would be used for a cost-saving leaf-composting operation.

• Total revenues and savings are put at $706,000 to $983,000 a year, which village officials say amounts to $224 to $310 off the average annual property-tax bill.

We agree with Croton Mayor Robert Elliott that it is in the village’s best interest to “get control of that site” in a way that would be more meaningful than even a victory in the current legal battle. The settlement appears to be a good way to do that.”

  • Copyright 2004 The Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties in New York. Use of this site indicates your agreement to the Terms of Service (updated 12/17/2002)

On July 12, 2006 1:44 PM, waffels said:

Like the Gazette and CCC1?!……. please……. Cudaquest and Pellici obviously are sharing and preparing notes maybe over lunch/dinner or???……. they are forgetting about the fact that we are a country based on a constitution allowing free speech. If you (C/P) don’t like it don’t read it……. they’re ridiculous…….

On July 12, 2006 12:32 PM, weewill said:

Thanks to the Village Board and administration for making videostreaming available to Croton residents.

Watching Maria Cudequest, feign indignation over perceived inaccuracies on Crotonblog, and urging listeners to get their information through reputable sources, resulted in her loss of any credibility whatsoever. Her definition of “reputable” seems to mean from “documentation” she alone disseminates. Her endless ramblings constituted theatre at its worst.

From her assertion that in a Crotonblog post, “residents have been (anonymously) threatened, and accused of racism by default” to her assertion that she neither posts nor reads the blog is simply not believable. She fails to mention that she was one of the most prolific anonymous contributors to this very same “chat room.” Perhaps she was the guilty party? Even more telling of her loss of credibility is that she posted under no less than six anonymous tag names. Her accusations are on an extremely slippery slope.

The advent of videostreaming and clear technological advances allow for accurate recording of words and actions. Perhaps that’s why Ms. Cudequest and her sidekicks only tentatively support videostreaming of Village Board meetings. They all might do well to consider more caution in their public statements. Hypocrisy becomes exceedingly transparent when it’s captured on film.

Georgianna Grant

On July 12, 2006 10:10 AM, Seth Davis said:

Traditional sources like, what, the Gazette? That’s why we NEED Crotonblog!

Thank you, Ross, and keep it coming!


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