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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Only in Atkinson...

Borrowed from the Plaistow Town Crier, who re-printed it from NHInsider. Original Author Ed Naile of CNHT. Thank you Ed, and Mr. Herrick.

Posted by Dennis Herrick on January 20, 2010 at 10:22:40:

More from Ed Naile at NHInsider.com
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Bing! Round Two II

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:58AM

Atkinson has moved a step forward in bringing some measure of balance to municipal government with the resignation of Frank Polito the now former Town Moderator.

The Jan. 2009 video from my previous post shows Polito holding court instead of being moderator. In this case he was holding the meeting hostage FOR PERSONAL REASONS instead of allowing debate and votes.

Arrogance is what brought Frank Polito to the point he thought he could stop CNHT photographer Gary Brownfield from quietly taking photos, as any other photographer or journalist would. That arrogance was fueled by one simple thing – or should I say one simpleton, Atkinson Police Chief Phil Consentino.

Consentino runs a nice little deal in Atkinson any political hack would be proud of. He has a now non-profit, but still funded by taxpayers – Elderly Affairs unit consisting of old Atkinson police cruisers outfitted with Consentino as chief driver and vote buyer.

Normally in New Hampshire, voters shy away from giving a political animal, and huge legal liability like Consentino, any more authority or plum deals like a private taxi service for the elderly, but not Atkinson.

Slowly and steadily Consentino has set up a private account for donations to his non-profit and had much of it acquired with tax dollars. He shuttles little old ladies to appointments and collects the type of gratitude that encourages a small band of Deliberative Session “voters” to do his bidding. This is why only a small handful of voters in Atkinson challenge any budget or warrant article. Atkinson is democracy spelled, R.I.C.O.

Notice in the video how in an almost unanimous fashion, self-interested voters in the Deliberative Session cover for Polito and Consentino. They actually vote to deny a gentleman the right to quietly take photos while the whole meeting is being video taped and other people take photos.

By the way, the 10 photos Gary Brownfield took are professional and absolutely non-controversial.

As you attend town and school meetings in NH this year keep an eye out for this elderly affairs scam. What looks like a good deal can be, as Atkinson proves, an opportunity for political hacks to game the system and cost their town untold sums in litigation and credibility.

Until Atkinson sheds the last remaining, in this case bald, head on its political boil it will remain the laughingstock of NH town meetings.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Atkinson may be the laughing stock of New Hampshire Ed, but Consentino is a very serious threat to Civil Rights of our taxpayers.

Until our selectmen boot him out the door, there will be NO DEMOCRACY in Atkinson. The Selectmen MUST ACT NOW, to end this reign of terror.

Anonymous said...

All information on this can be found at atkinsontaxpayers.org and cnht.org/news/ in the town meetings section as well as the RTK section.

Anonymous said...

I hope that this shameful state of affairs in Atkinson can be addressed at town meeting. We need to take control of our town and guide it to the values that our country was founded upon.

Anonymous said...

So you want a return to slavery and a place where only white land owners can vote? Wow.

Anonymous said...

On a side note...

I'm watching a Planning Board meeting and most people are thinking there should be more paved parking places for the business.

Guess who argues against it, FOR THE BUSINESS, demanding WHY the business should be asked to pave more?

Answer: The CHAIR(WO)MAN, SUE KILLIAM!!!

Why in God's name is the chairman of a TOWN board arguing against the wishes of the majority of her own board??? WHO'S SIDE IS THIS PERSON ON?

You'll never guess what happened: the rep of the business agreed with the request and added the paved places.

WHY WAS THE CHAIRWOMAN, WHO IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWN, ARGUING THE SIDE OF THE BUSINESS?

Please watch these meetings, and begin to ask yourself these questions...

Anonymous said...

hEY! Wait a minute! I did not watch the planning board, but I'm assuming those paved parking spaces are ON the lot on which the business is located. Why would the town pay for those?

Anonymous said...

"As you attend town and school meetings in NH this year keep an eye out for this elderly affairs scam. What looks like a good deal can be, as Atkinson proves, an opportunity for political hacks to game the system and cost their town untold sums in litigation and credibility."

Ed Naile shore did hit the nail on de head.

JMHOpinion

Anonymous said...

"Consentino runs a nice little deal in Atkinson any political hack would be proud of. He has a now non-profit, but still funded by taxpayers – Elderly Affairs unit consisting of old Atkinson police cruisers outfitted with Consentino as chief driver and vote buyer."

Planning board issues are hot today? Surely you jest! Can't you find a better diversion than THAT? It's like playing checkers when your kitchen is on fire.

Aunt Mildred stubbed her toe! Quick! Rush right on over with that band-aid for Aunt Mildred's vote...I mean toe.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you're right; when the boards that are supposed to regulate commercial interests in town are run by the same people that own and work with those commercial interests (to the detriment of quality of life, the character of the town, and property values), it's no big deal...

It's only small town corruption, and we should all just go along quietly...

NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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Anonymous said...

7:46 you are an Idiot!

otto said...

If all these transplants knew what Phil has done for this town in the last 40yrs. they might understand what a benefit the elderly affairs program has been, regardless of where the money comes from. ah well, the newbies usually move in about 2 to 5 yrs. anyway and we manage to survive.

Anonymous said...

Otto have another drink of the Phil kool aid. Ever been in the PD? He mismanaged it into the dump it is today. The town is financially strangled by his lawsuits and fiscal mismanagement. good for the town? Maybe good for his paid voters that get free rides on my tax dollars. But definitely not the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so you're looking for a nicer cell for the next time you get arrested. Got it.

Anonymous said...

The truth hurts. sorry you've been conned by a con man whose self interest exceeds everything else.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Osborn didn't spend that much time in that cell. Con or no Con.

Anonymous said...

Osborns are the favorite target to deflect attention from this town's biggest liability at our PD. You just don't care how much he drives up the tax rates do you? It sure is worth it for all those free rides and lunches. All it costs is your vote. Sold your soul. Keep spinning your spin how he's good for the seniors. Sure he is. What's another few lawsuits between taxpayers. It must be like finding out the priest you trusted is a child molester. Sucker.