Highway Superintendent Candidate’s Signs Defaced

One of Dennis Malone's campaign signs that was destroyed by vandalism.
One of Dennis Malone's campaign signs that was destroyed by vandalism.

Vandals have defaced at least two campaign signs put up by Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Candidate Dennis Malone and damaged others. 

Clarkstown police said they received reports on Sunday of obscenities written in black marker on two signs on Old Haverstraw Road in Congers and at the intersection of Route 304 and Congers Road in New City.

Malone, who is running on the Democratic line, filed the first report on August 27 about three signs broken into pieces. The signs that were damaged were located on Kings Highway in Congers, the Brewery Road and Congers Rd intersection and the New City side of the Congers Road Causeway. Malone said he thought someone used a baseball bat to break apart the signs. 

“The campaign against me is tied to undesirable elements,” said Malone, who was campaigning at Sunday’s New City Street Fair. 

Malone said volunteers have been checking on the approximately 25 campaign signs that have been placed around Clarkstown. The Congers resident said the signs with the expletives were removed immediately because he is concerned that youngsters would see them.

“I don’t want them to see that it’s a disgrace,” he said.

Other candidates and people involved with various political campaigns who attended the street fair said they were not aware of any additional incidents. Clarkstown police have not received any other reports of sign vandalism.

Malone is challenging his current boss Wayne Ballard, who is running on the Republican line. The race is already fraught with controversy with the release of secretly recorded videotapes by another highway department employee, Frank Sparaco.  He alleged the tapes revealed attempts by Malone and others to bribe and threaten him to assist in getting Malone elected.

In August, Malone filed a defamation of character lawsuit against Ballard and Sparaco and the leaders of the Clarkstown and Rockland County Republican Committees, Bob Axelrod and Vincent Reda. 

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Jake Rokeach September 03, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Charles: "Vote Ed Day! He'll end the practice of people being mad at each other. He will bring world peace and goodwill towards man. I'm an utter dunce." Yes, thank you Charles. Your support for Ed Day is noted. Now if Ed Day only had a real solution for a real problem... Hmmm... Nope. -- VOTE ILAN SCHOENBERGER! READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE!
Charles Clewsow September 04, 2013 at 02:01 AM
If Schoenberger is elected the entire County would look like new Square, which Schoenberger represents. Watch what Schoenberger does. Pay no attention to what he says.
Roadrunner September 04, 2013 at 09:40 PM
who needs reality tv. Just follow Clarkstown and Ramapo politics. Really now....destroying signs. How immature. I'm a life long democrat and still scratching my head on who to vote for. Was approached at home by iilan campaign worker who showed great enthusiasm for her candidate then I did some homework and neither candidate is leaving me with any favorable impression.
Dean Wormer September 05, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I would bet that Malone defaced his own signs. I also feel better having a highway supervisor with a degree in engineering not a truck mechanic.
Brenda M September 05, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I would bet that most people would feel better if the Highway Department was not used for as a parking lot for people who take money from mob figures to try to win a seat in Albany. I would also bet that Weissman who had his tires slashed and the word 'dick' written on his car didn't do that in the middle of the night to get his name into the local newspaper. I would also feel better if the guy with the degree in engineering knew what most truck mechanics know that vehicles need to have road salt washed off them in the winter so they don't have to be replaced every few years because of corrosion. I would bet that you may have filled out one of those absentee ballots for the guy with the degree in engineering that may land a few of you with felony charges by this time next week. I bet you think I work in the highway department and your bet on that may be the only bet that is a winner.
Tony T September 06, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Dean Wormer...don't think I agree with you on that assessment some times the "guy's from the trenches" really know the job and what needs to be done and how to get it done. I don't know how the Highway Dept. runs but I would think the Town if not the Dept. has an engineering Dept. A Highway Superintendent probably needs to be more of a administrator/people person than an engineer. Also, I really don't like the idea of the appointment a political operative (Frank Sparaco) to a $75000 patronage part-time job over 260 other applicants that had superior grades to in the same experience and in the area advertised.
amy durbin September 06, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Dean: you are absolutely correct. Who is the one that has a political patronage job with a salary of 104K, benefits and the only department head with overtime? That would be Dennis Malone. He never took a test for that job, no one else was ever interviewed and the Town Board just gave it to him. As for patronage -- Dennis Malone got his wife a job, his daughter a job and his son-in-law a job with the Town. How many other people were qualified for those jobs? He also said on the tape that he would make Sparaco's job full time with benefits and give Mr. Altman, a gentleman on disability, a foreman's job for two years to "boost his retirement".
Jimmy R September 07, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Amy, I'm not sure why you're on the Sparaco bandwagon all of a sudden, but you lost any credibility you may have had, Durbz.
amy durbin September 07, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Not on Sparaco bandwagon. On the side of the truth. My post did not even mention Sparaco.
Brenda M September 07, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Not on sparaco bandwagon. Sure looks like it the way you chat on his facebook page!
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 07, 2013 at 08:32 PM
...That would be the sliced and diced, cut and pasted tape that so lacked credibility the only news outlet that called it believable was the Rockland County Times, whose editor in chief has a bias toward Sparaco. Some truth...
amy durbin September 07, 2013 at 10:18 PM
It would be quite hard to edit 5 meetings and 4+ hours of tape if they had just told Sparaco they weren't interested and left.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 07, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Mmm hmmm. And every person who requested a viewing of the full unedited tapes was denied access. Everyone, that is, except the RCT editor in chief. So why wasn't the task entrusted to the experience of the proper law enforcement authorities from the outset?
amy durbin September 07, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I believe the Rockland Journal News had access. Where is the service of the lawsuit?
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
You'd have to ask whomever filed it. Again, why wasn't the task entrusted to the experience of the proper law enforcement authorities from the outset?
amy durbin September 08, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Don't know. Does that mean it didn't happen? Does that mean that they didn't offer him a full time with benefits job? Does that mean Malone didn't offer a job to Ron Altman?
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Not good enough. Charges as serious as these shouldn't be made by some two bit amateur. Why wasn't the issue turned over to the proper authorities to properly investigate from the start? Why aren't those agencies jumping on pursuing them now? Did it happen? We've seen wilder lies than those come from both sides of the aisle. Show me definitive proof, not some hodge podge garbage cut and pasted by someone who knows nothing about how to do it correctly. Hmmm, maybe that service is awaiting the other one from Borelli...
AnnieRose September 08, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Kudos, Amy Durbin, finally , the Malone family jobs/meeting with Sparaco situation posted..All tue! .. Why didnt he get up and leave that meeting? or why agree to it in the first place.? So, he files a joke law suit. for monetary damages. Ha.. just a distraction. Nobody is clean here.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 12:49 PM
It may well be that nobody is clean here. Both sides of the aisle have repeatedly offered up more than enough past examples, and we are living the consequences. My point is the amateur hour videographer has much at stake should his $75k part time patronage job provider lose the election. It is not fantasy to say he has a horse in this race. Why should his claims bear more weight than those of the others he tried to hook with his un-credible little amateur hour prank? Why wasn't the matter brought before the proper authorities from the start? And why are those authorities seemingly so disinterested now?
amy durbin September 08, 2013 at 06:33 PM
First of all, Malone/Borelli offered him a full time job with benefits. That is better than the horse he has now. If, as Malone/Borelli say, Sparaco called them -- why didn't they go to the authorities. Obviously, no one said no and hung up. And Borelli's lawsuit, if any, would be completely different. If he was going to wait for Borelli, he would have waited to file not to serve.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 07:52 PM
That's the CLAIM being made without credible substantiation according to every news publication except the RCT. Why did this one do this; why didn't that one do that? We can sit here all night playing let's second guess. As for the apparent vast majority of rational folks, the question is: Why would Sparaco's claims carry more weight than the people he attempted to ensnare in his little amateur hour stunt, which has zero credibility among all but one biased news publication as well as the proper law enforcement agencies who SHOULD have been the ones contacted first to conduct a proper investigation?
amy durbin September 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Because he is the one that brought a camera.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Let me type this more slowly for you: he may have brought a camera, B-U-T I-T D-I-D N-O-T D-E-L-I-V-E-R A-N-Y C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E E-V-I-D-E-N-C-E T-O B-A-C-K U-P H-I-S S-T-O-R-Y. T-H-E I-S-S-U-E S-H-O-U-L-D H-A-V-E B-E-E-N G-I-V-E-N T-O T-H-E P-R-O-P-E-R L-A-W E-N-F-O-R-C-E-M-E-N-T A-G-E-N-C-I-E-S. Not in Sparaco's camp, huh? Ooookay....
amy durbin September 08, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Let me explain this to you so you can understand it: Sparaco caught Borelli and Malone offering him a bribe. He brought it to the authorities, and they are looking at it. Just like they are still looking into the stuff they took out of Ramapo. I am sorry it doesn't fit into your scenario but there it is. As I said, I am not in Sparaco camp but I do prefer him over people who accuse other people while doing the same thing. Get it?
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 08, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Last time: it is *NOT* substantiated that he caught them offering him a bribe. Why are you so insistent that it IS? You state it like it is a FACT, and it is NOT. Even if he keeps whispering it in your ear. A butchered video that has a time stamp looking like it came out of a Mix Master IS...NOT...PROOF! He has been laughed at by every news publication but one because he tried to pull this off and did not bring his claims to the proper authorities WHO WOULD HAVE RUN A PROPER INVESTIGATION. THAT would have been the way to punish these folks if they were truly guilty of these transgressions. Why did he not do that? There are plenty of theories out there. But I won't expound on them because unlike you I am waiting to see PROVEN FACTS. As another commenter said earlier, you have lost all credibility. You have become nothing but Sparaco's pit bull, protecting him at all costs. That is what everyone now sees. Get it?
Ace of Hearts September 08, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Lets see...Sparaco wants to keep his patronage job but there's a problem, his buddy Ballard hired him for giving him the Independence Party line and the public is upset...his election might not be an easy walk in this year so Frank S calls Frank B to play lets make a deal...Malone doesn't want or need to make a deal with FS but FB says let's see what he's got to say...Malone says at the badly spliced taped meeting that he's not a politician and if FB wants to talk politics with FS it's ok with him. Malone never says he's going to keep FS or he's going to give him a raise, FB says that, Larry W. says that, but not Malone...they could have told Malone that FS was going to be transferred to another department or given some county position for all we know...when they finally told Malone the deal they were working on he said NO WAY and FS had nothing left but his badly spliced tapes...
amy durbin September 09, 2013 at 07:16 AM
@Jeanine: So you are saying if its not criminal it doesn't matter? So the fact that they hire all the heads of the political parties doesn't matter? So the fact that they are in there for life doesn't matter? The fact that they run unopposed is ok? If you want to see the whole tape tell your friend Dennis to serve his lawsuit and you could get them through evidentiary means. @Ace: Malone said on the tapes that he would do whatever FB told him to do. If I am a stand up guy that wants nothing to do with backroom deals and my campaign manager and whatever LW is to Malone does something like this -- I publicly wipe my hands of them.
Jimmy R September 09, 2013 at 08:53 AM
@Amy, I keep hearing rumors from Highway Dept. insiders that Frank has a no-show job and knocks on doors campaigning for his buddy while he is supposed to be working his patronage job. Can that be where he finds the time to partake in the absentee ballot shenanigans? How do you feel about your tax dollars going to waste?
Jeanine Vecchiarelli September 09, 2013 at 09:58 AM
@Amy: I believe everything you mentioned SHOULD be criminal. We are all incensed that it isn't. And it is both shocking and appalling that you have sacrificed your credibility to defend the biggest transgressor! Connect the dots - IF all this really happened, why would those supposedly caught have gone to your buddy Sparaco instead of to someone else? Because he is the one manipulating all those lines for his own personal gain! You like seeing him live well on our taxes with his salary PLUS patronage job while we can't afford to put food on our tables? How did he "earn" that patronage job? By wheeling and dealing the minor party lines! You like seeing a politician stab his fellow party members in the back while claiming to be acting as an agent for a minor party? Since when is that not party disloyalty? You rail against all those wrongs, yet you defend to the death the very creep who is making it all happen! Where is the sense in THAT?
Rob T September 09, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Morons #1 and #2 go to have a meeting with Morons #3,4 and 5.......Do we see a pattern forming here folks ?


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