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Scott Myers
January 17, 2019 10:02 pm

Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — A Catskill man was charged after police say he disrupted a Greene County Legislature meeting Wednesday.

Scott Myers, 65, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, police said.

Myers, a vocal opponent of the new Greene County jail approved in September, was taken into custody by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Arp around 6:45 p.m. at the Greene County Office Building at 411 Main St., police said.

After the legislators concluded their business for the evening, Myers tried to address the board.

“Mr. Myers felt he should have been heard,” Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said.

The legislature has a rule that residents who wish to speak at meetings must contact the legislator that represents their town, prior to the meeting, to be introduced.

“Mr. Myers didn’t do that,” Linger said. “He didn’t like the answer he got.”

The legislators adjourned the meeting, despite Myers’ requests to be heard.

Myers carried on into the hallway, Linger said.

“He took it upon himself to personally attack some of the legislators,” Linger said, adding that he, Greene County Attorney Ed Kaplan, Legislator Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie, and Legislature Patricia Handel, R-Durham, were targeted.

State penal law defines disorderly conduct as “intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, in a public place, he uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture.”

Linger was unsure if someone called security.

“Deputy Arp may have just come up because he thought the meeting was almost over,” Linger said.

Arp asked Myers to leave the premises, Linger said.

“He was asked to leave the building and he refused,” Linger said.

Arp’s statement supports Linger’s account of events.

“After being told by Deputy Daniel Arp to leave the facility due to acting in a disorderly manner, [Myers] remained unlawfully,” according to the Arp’s signed statement in the police report.

There was some speculation at the meeting that Myers was intoxicated.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office did not perform a breathalyzer test, Greene County Sheriff’s Lt. Adam Brainard said.

“We would only do that for a DWI stop,” Brainard said. “He went through the normal processing procedure and then was released.”

Brainard declined to comment on whether Myers had any prior convictions.

Myers is scheduled to appear in Catskill Town Court on Jan. 31.

Comments
Mr. Myers has been a longtime vocal proponent of ATI, and is a constant presence and opposition opinion at meetings often dominated by Martinez, Lawrence, and Linger.

I was not in attendance at last night's meetings, but on several occasions have been struck by the personal hostility and intolerance displayed by our elected officials, and worse, by the armed sheriff and deputies who have an adversarial history with Mr. Myers and are involved with litigation with him. This extends to Mr. Kaplan, who has displayed a personal animosity toward Mr. Myers that is unprofessional and unbecoming to him and his profession.

In the photo I see Scott Myers standing, speaking, and holding a statement on a sheet of paper before him. He doesn't look wild eyed, or disruptive in that photograph. His "disruption" from the account being provided by the Sheriff's one sided account appears to have consisted of not jumping when ordered to jump, or scurrying from the room or building when asked to leave by legislators who disagree with his opinions. What is this Russia? (no Donald Trump is president after all jokes please - I'm talking about our town Catskill and Greene County).

This article states Mr. Myers is a 65 year old male. This is true. I have never seen him armed or acting in what might be construed as a threatening manner. It is true that he has opinions to express, and it equally true that the individuals named in this article from the Sheriffs and GCL have been openly contemptuous and hostile to those opinions. They seem threatened that many more in our villages, towns and county have become aware of the issues surrounding the jail, and seem to focus their hostility on Mr. Myers for fomenting that attention. Isn't that what democracy is supposed to be about and not about a bunch of armed thugs intimidated free speech? Or intimidating the public they are paid to serve by singling a dissenting voice in the crowd and subjecting them to the gratuitous humiliation of public arrest and display.

This paper has raised a lot of questions and concerns that I have also heard Scott Myers and others raise. The GCL railroaded through a flawed resolution to build an unnecessary and wasteful jail and now they want to go ahead and build it without even having vetted their plan or comparing it to alternative solutions at dramatically lower cost. That's not over yet, and I have predicted that if that jail moves forward that it will be a boondoggle and disaster for this county's budgets and future.

But, arresting people? Slandering them with crafted remarks implying they are in a state of intoxication? As noted Mr. Myers was neither operating a vehicle or wearing a badge, or wielding a gun. Can anyone claim the same for the previous Greene County Sheriff? My point is that a law enforcement body that got cited for the second worse jail in the state and had to settle a serious sex assault case should worry more about its own comportment and respect the public it serves and the opinions that they may wish to voice.

I don't like seeing our citizens bullied by sheriffs or politicians wielding their power like a cudgel and neither does anyone else I know here.
Mr. Myers has been a longtime vocal proponent of ATI, and is a constant presence and opposition opinion at meetings often dominated by legisators, Martinez, Lawrence, and Linger.

I was not in attendance at last night's meetings, but on several earlier occasions have been struck by the personal hostility and intolerance displayed by our elected officials, and worse, by the armed sheriff and deputies who have an adversarial history with Mr. Myers and are involved with litigation with him. This extends to Mr. Kaplan, who has displayed a personal animosity toward Mr. Myers that is unprofessional and unbecoming to him and his profession.

In the photo I see Scott Myers standing, speaking, and holding a statement on a sheet of paper before him. He doesn't look wild eyed, or disruptive in that photograph. His "disruption" from the account being provided by the Sheriff's one sided account appears to have consisted of not jumping when ordered to jump, or scurrying from the room or building when asked to leave by legislators who disagree with his opinions. What is this Russia? (no Donald Trump is president after all jokes please - I'm talking about our town Catskill and Greene County).

This article states Mr. Myers is a 65 year old male. This is true. I have never seen him armed or acting in what might be construed as a threatening manner. It is true that he has opinions to express, and it equally true that the individuals named in this article from the Sheriffs and GCL have been openly contemptuous and hostile to those opinions. They seem threatened that many more in our villages, towns and county have become aware of the issues surrounding the jail, and seem to focus their hostility on Mr. Myers for fomenting that attention. Isn't that what democracy is supposed to be about and not about a bunch of armed thugs intimidated free speech? Or intimidating the public they are paid to serve by singling a dissenting voice in the crowd and subjecting them to the gratuitous humiliation of public arrest and display.

This paper has raised a lot of questions and concerns that I have also heard Scott Myers and others raise. The GCL railroaded through a flawed resolution to build an unnecessary and wasteful jail and now they want to go ahead and build it without even having vetted their plan or comparing it to alternative solutions at dramatically lower cost. That's not over yet, and I have predicted that if that jail moves forward that it will be a boondoggle and disaster for this county's budgets and future. But, arresting people? Slandering them with crafted remarks implying they are in a state of intoxication? As noted Mr. Myers was neither operating a vehicle or wearing a badge, or wielding a gun. Can anyone claim the same for the previous Greene County Sheriff? My point is that a law enforcement body that got cited for the second worse jail in the state and had to settle a serious sex assault case should worry more about its own comportment and respect the public it serves and the opinions that they may wish to voice.
The County cannot justify a new jail. They hired RicciGreene who provided a number of 138 beds, but when I paused the jail project, which created the Alternatives To Incarceration Committee (“ATI”) we learned they did not have raw data. They lied and were fired halfway through their $120,000 contract.

The legislator’s and the administration and the Sheriff’s Office is aware they were rated “Worst Offender” by NYC Department of Corrections. https://scoc.ny.gov/pdfdocs/Problematic-Jails-Report-2-2018.pdf my FOIL for 5 years of correspondence to and from COC was denied by County Attorney Ed Kaplan, but was promptly provided by COC. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XuUnF-6Gti58YOZ-elK_yhEGTeykeCDd/view?usp=drivesdk

Endless placating by County Attorney Ed Kaplan exists in those files, all the time harming detainees. I was a detainee, which means I have “standing” for law suits against such abuse. I have no convictions but Greene County caused 6 1/4 cumulative years of jail and prison for me.

My family was harmed on 9/11, our home was made uninhabitable. My wife was 7 months pregnant and was on bed rest to hold the pregnancy when the planes collapsed the two towers a block from 12 John Street. We moved to our little home in Tannersville and were almost immediately attacked. Investigator Caputo first, Sargent in Charge Haines next, former ADA Bucca then. We are internally displaced refugees from terrorism, and are abused by local law enforcement. Beilein notices that this is systemic. I provoked the closing of 80 Bridge Street, our county jail, on April 20. The jail isn’t closed for architect, but for behaviors as described by Beilein, and for not heading COC as it noticed in the FOILed documents.

Greene County’s budget for this year is $119 million, and last year it was $113. But there’s no significant increase in sales tax over the last 4 years, and no significant increase in property values. There is almost no new money businesses here, little or no tech. There’s a ridiculous 38% public sector job number, which is unsustainable.

Treasurer Peter Markou knows he has a LARGE unfounded mandate for retirement of county employees, $42 million and as high as $120 in some models according to Markou. Highway department VanValkenberg can only repair half of the roads he needs to repair each year, because there isn’t enough money to do proper repairs.

The 2% property tax cap is used each year, but the $90 million jail boondoggle disaster is ALL ON TOP OF THIS. The county will try to say it’s required, therefor they can violate the 2% limit. A $90 million jail (construction, operations, maintenance, and on and on) is not tenable. We’re already meeting our security needs sharing the regional jails, which is perfectly legal as everyone admits. The county intentionally failed to fund the shared/regional jail study ($5,000). They ignored ATI’s results. Lori Torgersen, who chaired ATI, has a PhD in psychology and 10 years experience in criminal justice, then resigned as a legislator.

We are not reforming our local justice system. I’ve forced recusal of most local judges, Pulver, Wilhelm, Taileur, Fisher, Wootten. I have a mature federal case against the County, Myers v. Bucca, et. al. 150553 (DNH/ATB), now in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals as 19-69. I’ve named Greene County as a defendant, as a municipality, under custom and habit (42 USC § 1993, civil rights).

So, Wake Up RIp Van Winkle. The value of that story isn’t the logo on the Catskill Village vehicles, the sleepy one. The point is that Rip woke up.

As for Mr. Brainard... I have no convictions.

The reader likely notices the county wants to suppress my free speech. As proof, I received an Order of Protection naming the legislators and administrators today.

From my perspective the behaviors of the administration and legislators is EXACTLY the problem. And it must be addressed and stopped before our county police state takes over all budget options. 691 empty cells in the adjoining counties, who don’t have the horrible behavior reports of Sheriff Greg Seeley or Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz, means we don’t need and can’t legally justify a new megajail/prison in Coxsackie.
Court date is updated to January 23 at 1 PM in the Village of Catskill Court.
The County cannot justify a new jail. They hired RicciGreene who provided a number of 138 beds, but when I paused the jail project, which created the Alternatives To Incarceration Committee (“ATI”) we learned they did not have raw data. They lied and were fired halfway through their $120,000 contract.

The legislator’s and the administration and the Sheriff’s Office is aware they were rated “Worst Offender” by NYC Department of Corrections.
https://scoc.ny.gov/pdfdocs/Problematic-Jails-Report-2-2018.pdf

my FOIL for 5 years of correspondence to and from COC was denied by County Attorney Ed Kaplan, but was promptly provided by COC. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XuUnF-6Gti58YOZ-elK_yhEGTeykeCDd/view?usp=drivesdk Endless placating by County Attorney Ed Kaplan exists in those files, all the time harming detainees.

I was a detainee, which means I have “standing” for law suits against such abuse. I have no convictions but Greene County caused 6 1/4 cumulative years of jail and prison for me. My family was harmed on 9/11, our home was made uninhabitable. My wife was 7 months pregnant and was on bed rest to hold the pregnancy when the planes collapsed the two towers a block from 12 John Street. We moved to our little home in Tannersville and were almost immediately attacked.

Investigator Caputo first, Sargent in Charge Haines next, former ADA Bucca then. We are internally displaced refugees from terrorism, and are abused by local law enforcement. Beilein notices that this is systemic.

I provoked the closing of 80 Bridge Street, our county jail, on April 20. The jail isn’t closed for architect, but for behaviors as described by Beilein, and for not heading COC as it noticed in the FOILed documents. Greene County’s budget for this year is $119 million, and last year it was $113. But there’s no significant increase in sales tax over the last 4 years, and no significant increase in property values. There is almost no new money businesses here, little or no tech.

There’s a ridiculous 38% public sector job number, which is unsustainable. Treasurer Peter Markou knows he has a LARGE unfounded mandate for retirement of county employees, $42 million and as high as $120 in some models according to Markou. Highway department VanValkenberg can only repair half of the roads he needs to repair each year, because there isn’t enough money to do proper repairs.

The 2% property tax cap is used each year, but the $90 million jail boondoggle disaster is ALL ON TOP OF THIS. The county will try to say it’s required, therefor they can violate the 2% limit. A $90 million jail (construction, operations, maintenance, and on and on) is not tenable.

We’re already meeting our security needs sharing the regional jails, which is perfectly legal as everyone admits. The county intentionally failed to fund the shared/regional jail study ($5,000). They ignored ATI’s results. Lori Torgersen, who chaired ATI, has a PhD in psychology and 10 years experience in criminal justice, then resigned as a legislator.

We are not reforming our local justice system. I’ve forced recusal of most local judges, Pulver, Wilhelm, Taileur, Fisher, Wootten. I have a mature federal case against the County, Myers v. Bucca, et. al. 150553 (DNH/ATB), now in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals as 19-69. I’ve named Greene County as a defendant, as a municipality, under custom and habit (42 USC § 1993, civil rights).

So, Wake Up RIp Van Winkle. The value of that story isn’t the logo on the Catskill Village vehicles, the sleepy one. The point is that Rip woke up. As for Mr. Brainard... I have no convictions.

The reader likely notices the county wants to suppress my free speech. As proof, I received an Order of Protection naming the legislators and administrators today. From my perspective the behaviors of the administration and legislators is EXACTLY the problem. And it must be addressed and stopped before our county police state takes over all budget options.

691 empty cells in the adjoining counties, who don’t have the horrible behavior reports of Sheriff Greg Seeley or Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz, means we don’t need and can’t legally justify a new megajail/prison in Coxsackie. Court date is updated to January 23 at 1 PM in the Village of Catskill Court.
The County cannot justify a new jail. They hired RicciGreene who provided a number of 138 beds, but when I paused the jail project, which created the Alternatives To Incarceration Committee (“ATI”) we learned they did not have raw data. They lied and were fired halfway through their $120,000 contract.

The legislator’s and the administration and the Sheriff’s Office is aware they were rated “Worst Offender” by NYC Department of Corrections. https://scoc.ny.gov/pdfdocs/Problematic-Jails-Report-2-2018.pdf my FOIL for 5 years of correspondence to and from COC was denied by County Attorney Ed Kaplan, but was promptly provided by COC. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XuUnF-6Gti58YOZ-elK_yhEGTeykeCDd/view?usp=drivesdk

Endless placating by County Attorney Ed Kaplan exists in those files, all the time harming detainees. I was a detainee, which means I have “standing” for law suits against such abuse. I have no convictions but Greene County caused 6 1/4 cumulative years of jail and prison for me.

My family was harmed on 9/11, our home was made uninhabitable. My wife was 7 months pregnant and was on bed rest to hold the pregnancy when the planes collapsed the two towers a block from 12 John Street. We moved to our little home in Tannersville and were almost immediately attacked. Investigator Caputo first, Sargent in Charge Haines next, former ADA Bucca then. We are internally displaced refugees from terrorism, and are abused by local law enforcement. Beilein notices that this is systemic. I provoked the closing of 80 Bridge Street, our county jail, on April 20. The jail isn’t closed for architect, but for behaviors as described by Beilein, and for not heading COC as it noticed in the FOILed documents.

Greene County’s budget for this year is $119 million, and last year it was $113. But there’s no significant increase in sales tax over the last 4 years, and no significant increase in property values. There is almost no new money businesses here, little or no tech. There’s a ridiculous 38% public sector job number, which is unsustainable.

Treasurer Peter Markou knows he has a LARGE unfounded mandate for retirement of county employees, $42 million and as high as $120 in some models according to Markou. Highway department VanValkenberg can only repair half of the roads he needs to repair each year, because there isn’t enough money to do proper repairs.

The 2% property tax cap is used each year, but the $90 million jail boondoggle disaster is ALL ON TOP OF THIS. The county will try to say it’s required, therefor they can violate the 2% limit. A $90 million jail (construction, operations, maintenance, and on and on) is not tenable. We’re already meeting our security needs sharing the regional jails, which is perfectly legal as everyone admits. The county intentionally failed to fund the shared/regional jail study ($5,000). They ignored ATI’s results. Lori Torgersen, who chaired ATI, has a PhD in psychology and 10 years experience in criminal justice, then resigned as a legislator.

We are not reforming our local justice system. I’ve forced recusal of most local judges, Pulver, Wilhelm, Taileur, Fisher, Wootten. I have a mature federal case against the County, Myers v. Bucca, et. al. 150553 (DNH/ATB), now in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals as 19-69. I’ve named Greene County as a defendant, as a municipality, under custom and habit (42 USC § 1993, civil rights).

So, Wake Up RIp Van Winkle. The value of that story isn’t the logo on the Catskill Village vehicles, the sleepy one. The point is that Rip woke up.

As for Mr. Brainard... I have no convictions.

The reader likely notices the county wants to suppress my free speech. As proof, I received an Order of Protection naming the legislators and administrators today.

From my perspective the behaviors of the administration and legislators is EXACTLY the problem. And it must be addressed and stopped before our county police state takes over all budget options. 691 empty cells in the adjoining counties, who don’t have the horrible behavior reports of Sheriff Greg Seeley or Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz, means we don’t need and can’t legally justify a new megajail/prison in Coxsackie.

Court date is updated to January 23 at 1 PM in the Village of Catskill Court.

Update (Sunday Jan 19, 11:11 AM)
Village of Catskill Judge Wootten, the DA’s Office, and the Public Defender’s office each recused. An order of protection was signed listing all county administrators and legislators. The court date, which is a conference, is postponed.