Friday, January 09, 2009



I am pleased to advise you that yesterday, detectives from this department apprehended Garry Semljatschenko, age 31 of 2937 8th Avenue, New York, New York for the push in robbery and assault that occurred at 143 North Hampton Drive on July 16, 2008. Semljatschenko was charged with Burglary 1st degree, a class B felony, as well as robbery assault and weapons possession charges. He is currently being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail. Chief Kapica

Town of Greenburgh

Work Session Agenda of the Greenburgh Town Board

Tuesday – January 13, 2009 – 2:00PM

(All Work Sessions are Televised Live on Cablevision Channel 76, Verizon 32 and are streamed live. Work Sessions and Town Board Meetings will be aired each Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:02am and 4:45pm. Each segment will run for approximately 6 to 7 hours, depending upon the length of the two meetings.)

2:00p.m. Philanthropy Department

2:30p.m. Waterwheel Inn and 27 Main

2:50p.m. Boards and Commissions – Review Process

3:00p.m. Interviews – DPW Commissioner – Executive Session

4:00p.m. Interviews – DPW Commissioner – Executive Session

5:00p.m. Police Chief Candidates – Discussion/Review any Comments received

From the Police Advisory Board – Executive Session

5:30p.m. Adjourn


Anonymous said...

Where's North Hampton Drive?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Greenburgh police can catch the thieves at town hall who robbed us of essential services in lieu of providing luxury programs to TDY?

Anonymous said...

There should be absolutely NO discussions re a new police chief until the TDYCC no-show job report is out.

Anonymous said...

How is it that the chief can open & conclude an investigation of our DPW in one week but can't seem to conclude the TDYCC investigation in what, 4 months now? Longer?

Anonymous said...

It's Valerie Whitehead under

Police Investigation not the TDY Center. The former Temp Commissioner who received a double salary raise and never finished collage plus didn't supervise ANYONE before the promotion gift.

Anonymous said...

Whitehead under what? Investigation?
It's not a criminal act to have been GIVEN a pay raise or GIVEN a position. Bad decisions maybe and someone decided to do that for her but how is that criminal?

Anonymous said...

Please stop the character assassinations?

Anonymous said...

good job Greenburgh!

Carrie said...

Troll (Internet)
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"Do not feed the trolls" and its abbreviation DNFTT redirect here. For the Wikipedia essay, see "What is a troll?". For other uses see Troll (disambiguation).
An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 Etymology
1.1 Early history
2 Identity trolling
3 Usage
4 Concern troll
5 Parody
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
8.1 Troll FAQs

[edit] Etymology

Artist's conception of tuna trolling operation in fishing.The contemporary use of the term is alleged to have first appeared on the internet in the late 1980s[3], but the earliest known example is from 1991[4]. It is thought to be a truncation of the phrase trolling for suckers, itself derived from the fishing technique of slowly dragging a bait through water, known as trolling.[5] The word also evokes the trolls portrayed in Scandinavian folklore and children's tales as they are often obnoxious creatures bent on mischief and wickedness. The verb "troll" originates from Old French "troller", a hunting term. The noun "troll", however, is an unrelated Old Norse word for a giant or demon. [6]

[edit] Early history
Prior to DejaNews's archiving of Usenet, accounts of trolling were sketchy, there being little evidence to sort through. After that time, however, the huge archives were available for researchers. The most likely derivation of the word troll can be found in the phrase "trolling for newbies," popularized in the early 1990s in the Usenet group, alt.folklore.urban (AFU).[7][8] Commonly, what is meant is a relatively gentle inside joke by veteran users, presenting questions or topics that had been so overdone that only a new user would respond to them earnestly. For example, a veteran of the group might make a post on the common misconception that glass flows over time. Long-time readers would both recognize the poster's name and know that the topic had been done to death already, but new subscribers to the group would not realise, and would thus respond. These types of trolls served as a Shibboleth to identify group insiders. This definition of trolling, considerably narrower than the modern understanding of the term, was considered a positive contribution.[9][7] One of the most notorious AFU trollers, Snopes,[7] went on to create his eponymous urban folklore website.

By the late 1990s, alt.folklore.urban had such heavy traffic and participation that trolling of this sort was frowned upon. Others expanded the term to include the practice of playing a seriously misinformed or deluded user, even in newsgroups where one was not a regular; these were often attempts at humor rather than provocation. In such contexts, the noun troll usually referred to an act of trolling, rather than to the author.

[edit] Identity trolling
In academic literature, the practice was first documented by Judith Donath (1999), who used several anecdotal examples from various Usenet newsgroups in her discussion. Donath's paper outlines the ambiguity of identity in a disembodied "virtual community":[10]

In the physical world there is an inherent unity to the self, for the body provides a compelling and convenient definition of identity. The norm is: one body, one identity. ... The virtual world is different. It is composed of information rather than matter.

Donath provides a concise overview of identity deception games which trade on the confusion between physical and epistemic community:

Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they — and the troll — understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group.

Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling — where the rate of deception is high — many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online reputation." (Donath, 1999, p. 45)[1]

[edit] Usage
Application of the term troll is highly subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. The term is often used to discredit an opposing position, or its proponent, by argument fallacy ad hominem.

Often, calling someone a troll makes assumptions about a writer's motives. Regardless of the circumstances, controversial posts may attract a particularly strong response from those unfamiliar with the robust dialogue found in some online, rather than physical, communities. Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore him or her, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts — hence the often-seen warning: "Please do not feed the trolls".[11]

Frequently, someone who has been labelled a troll by a group may seek to redeem their reputation by discrediting their opponents, for example by claiming that other members of the group are closed-minded, conspirators, or trolls themselves.

[edit] Concern troll
A concern troll is a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the user's sockpuppet claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group's actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed "concerns". The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group.[12]

For example, in 2006 Tad Furtado, a top staffer for then-Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH), was caught posing as a "concerned" supporter of Bass's opponent, Democrat Paul Hodes, on several liberal New Hampshire blogs, using the pseudonyms "IndieNH" or "IndyNH." "IndyNH" expressed concern that Democrats might just be wasting their time or money on Hodes, because Bass was unbeatable.[13]

A recently declassified World War II manual on sabotage recommends such techniques to derail any effective action: "Advocate 'caution.' Be 'reasonable' and urge your fellow-conferees to be 'reasonable' and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on... Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon." [14]

Although the term "concern troll" originated in discussions of online behavior, it now sees increasing use to describe similar behaviors that take place offline.

For example, James Wolcott in Vanity Fair[15] accused a conservative New York Daily News columnist of "concern troll" behavior in his efforts to downplay the Mark Foley scandal. Wolcott links what he calls concern trolls to Saul Alinsky's "Do-Nothings," giving a long quote from Alinsky on the Do-Nothing's method and effects:

These Do-Nothings profess a commitment to social change for ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity, and then abstain from and discourage all effective action for change. They are known by their brand, 'I agree with your ends but not your means.'
In a more recent example, The Hill published an op-ed piece titled "Dems: Ignore 'Concern Trolls'." Again, the concern trolls in question were not Internet participants; they were Republicans offering public advice and warnings to the Democrats. The author defines "concern trolling" as "offering a poisoned apple in the form of advice to political opponents that, if taken, would harm the recipient."[16]

[edit] Parody
A monster in the Munchkin card game is named the Net Troll. It is described as having "no special powers, and is really mad about it."

[edit] See also
Baiting (trolling)
Blogger's Code of Conduct
Breaching experiment
Encyclopedia Dramatica
Gadfly (social)
Hit-and-run posting
Sockpuppet (Internet)
Virtual community

[edit] References
^ trolling definition from PC Magazine Retrieved on 28 May 2007.
^ "What is a troll?" - Indiana University Knowledge Base
^ Schwartz, Mattathias (2008-08-03). "The Trolls Among Us", New York Times. Retrieved on 1 August 2008.
^ Oxford English Dictionary Online s.v. TROLL n.(1) and TROLL v., both added in June 2006
^ Usenet Newsgroup misc.invest.options 1997
^ Etymology online dictionary
^ a b c See Michele Tepper, "Usenet Communities and the Cultural Politics of Information" in David Porter, ed., Internet Culture (1997) at 48 ("[T]he two most notorious trollers in AFU, Ted Frank and snopes, are also two of the most consistent posters of serious research.").
^ One early reference to troll found in the Google Usenet archive was by user "Mark Miller," directed toward the user "Tad," on February 8, 1990, saying "Just go die in your sleep you mindless flatulent troll." However, it is unclear if this instance represents a usage of "troll" as it is known today, or if it was simply a chance choice of epithet.
^ Cecil Adams (2000-05-14). "The Straight Dope". Retrieved on 2007-08-26. "To be fair, not all trolls are slimeballs. On some message boards, veteran posters with a mischievous bent occasionally go "newbie trolling."
^ Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community
^ Example of a warning to blog participants about trolls: "do not feed the trolls." golo historians_13th's blog. Retrieved on: April 10, 2008.
^ Cox, Ana Marie (2006-12-16). "Making Mischief on the Web", Time. Retrieved on 30 March 2007.
^ Saunders, Anne (2006-09-26). "Bass aide resigns after posing as opponent's supporter online", Boston Globe, Associated Press. Retrieved on 30 March 2007.
^ OSS Simple Sabotage Manual, pdf
^ Wolcott, James (2006-10-08). "Political Pieties From a Post-Nasal Drip", Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.
^ Moulitsas, Markos (2008-01-09). "Dems: Ignore 'Concern Trolls'.", The Hill. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.

[edit] External links
Look up troll in
Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Trolls (Internet)
This article or section may contain an excessive number of external links.
Please improve this article by incorporating them into the appropriate end section, or by converting them to inline citations. (September 2008)

Unconventional approach of feeding trolls, not killing them by Henk van Ess
Article on trolls and the 'art' of trolling by Steve Myers Archive of, a troll site.
What is a troll? from the Straight Dope
Trolling lore and essays
Searching for Safety Online: Managing "Trolling" in a Feminist Forum
Make Something Happen talks with a troll
Best guide to the various types of trolls
Ubuntu Forums guide to types of trolls
Interview with a self-proclaimed Troll by Lord M'Deentor
Archive of internet trolls
Malwebolence - The World of Web Trolling; New York Times Magazine, By Mattathias Schwartz; August 3, 2008.

[edit] Troll FAQs
urban75 Trolling FAQ: Comprehensive guide to the dark art of trolling
alt.troll FAQ (how-to)
alt.syntax.tactical FAQ
False repentance at MeatballWiki
The relationship between social context cues and uninhibited verbal behavior in computer-mediated communication
Moral panic and alternative identity construction in Usenet
Giveen's Guide To Internet Trolls
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spam-o-rama said...

Hey Carrie!

We know what a troll is. Do you know what spamming is?

flood-o-rama said...

or what flooding a board means?

Anonymous said...

TO; 653pm Investigation

Whitehead hired several part time staff including her felon nephew during the summer. They were listed as putting in 50 hours a week when the building was closed for evening programs. No one saw them or knows what(if any) "work" they did.When the police came to the Center, she went AWOL for 5 days.Then cried to the Advisory Board that the Chief was "out to get her"

Facts not hearsay.You may need an Freedom of Information Act Request to verify all this, but it's true.
The Journal News had a very small blurb about it last October.

Anonymous said...

Investigation Update....

Right. Feiner said he expected the investigation to be concluded by "next month". He said that in the Journal News last October and we are STILL waiting!!!

I smell cover up.

Anonymous said...

'Please stop the character assassinations?'

You mean stop informing the public with truth,don't you? A cover up would be a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

George, your a a--hole. Leave if you are happy.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, leave if you're not happy!!!

Anonymous said...

Notice the 2PM slot?
Whatever use a "philanthropy" department may have been in the past, it is CLEARLY out of place in the current economic environment.
Don't tell me they "bring in money" because after "expenses" they cost money. Rent out the space they use at Town Hall- after all, you guys are renting out your judgement, why not give away everything - cheap.

Anonymous said...

Extra space at Town Hall can and should be used for storage etc needs of Town Court. We should minimize trailers and certainly any new Courthouse.


The philanthropy dept is going to announce major new grants next week. Major quality of life enhancements.

Anonymous said...

And who will disclose the strings that are attached to those grants? Will it have to be members of the public who insist on those answers or will a town board member volunteer? These grants almost always come with a price tag which ends up costing taxpayers more and more, and locks the town into wasteful programs and expenses it can no longer cut or get rid of.

OOOoooOOO Can't WAIT said...

A MAJOR quality of life enhancement?! Wow! Tell us, TELL US!

Will I not endure weeds on Central Ave this year? Will I not have to pay to get my trash to the curb? Will I have a curb? Will a bus take me to the inauguration party at TYD? If so, will I get free lunch?
Will AFV pool stay open as usual so that I can swim during regular hours? Will my taxes go down? Will I be able to actually understand what’s being said on TV when watching town meetings? If I come to meetings, will I be able to completely communicate my thoughts and concerns without being “buzzed” off? Will you answer a question if I ask it? Will my leaves be picked up? Will East Hartsdale Ave flood no more? Will I survive crossing it? Will my street get plowed today? Will I pay a reduced camp fee for my kids? Will Greenburgh Police come when I call? Will we get all of the money back from Valhalla? GHA? Will the Town Activity guide get delivered before programs start?
Will I be “enhanced” in any way above and what will it cost me?
*holds breath*

Anonymous said...

I see that a robbery suspect was arrested. When exactly was Al Regula picked up by the police?????

Anonymous said...

Paul so you're expecting many grants. SHOVE THEM.
We the tax payers will have to match any grant that is received.

Getting grants make you feel that you are doing a great job-- I hate to burst your bubble you are the worst supervisor that this town has ever had .
Your lies will catch up to you .
A robbery suspect was arrested boy that does sound so good but what about town officials that have been doing that for years.
Tell us and show us where our money went.
Tell me what is the difference between this thief and the way that the town has conducted business all these Feiner years.


Anonymous said...

From the Chief of Police in response to 1/8---9:40 PM

Paul: I believe you should post this as my direct response to the allegations.

I personally directed the "Cash for Trash" investigation, which was exclusively undertaken by members of the Greenburgh Police Department in conjunction with the Office of the District Attorney. Commissioner Regula was never, "led away in HANDCUFFS" as alleged in the entry. No connection whatsoever was established between the commissioner and the illegal activity. In fact, his cooperation was instrumental in bringing the matter to a successful conclusion. The investigation revealed that some Sanitation workers were picking up trash from commercial establishments for cash payment and that a supervisor in the department had an arrangement with several private contractors who would pay him to dump their construction waste in a dumpster that was secreted in a wooded area within the township. When filled, the dumpster would be unloaded by Sanitation workers at the County transfer site. The Town would then be charged the tipping fee. The Sanitation supervisor was arrested and after the District Attorney indicated that it would be more appropriate to take administrative action against the other involved personnel, a number of Sanitation workers were disciplined by the Town for their complicity in these activities. At the time the investigation broke, Supervisor Feiner was out of Town on vacation. He had nothing whatsoever to do with the manner in which the investigation was conducted or the direction it took. Chief John Kapica

1/08/2009 8:54 PM

Anonymous said...

Do you guys have nothing to do but complain, non stop? Slander and defame? Insult? Be constructive.

Anonymous said...

Why does Chief Kapica have time to respond to blog comments and we dont have the report on abueses at TDYCC

Anonymous said...

all these people including myself get real brave when they don't have to put their names on what they say make it so you have to put an e-mail address here and see all the "pussies" shut up pretty fast none of you have any balls i'm sure when you run into the people you'r bad mouthing you kiss there ass you chicken chits