Last Saturday, as the coronavirus death toll soared in New York and authorities begged people to practice social distancing, our scofflaw Herkimer neighbors partied hearty. Here’s a video of landlord Joe Handy’s tenants at 328 Pleasant Avenue hosting a party that spilled over from their front porch onto the street.
Except for these asocial cretins, Pleasant Avenue was otherwise empty, as was the village. Most folks in Herkimer are decent sorts who care about their health as well as that of others. They stayed home as asked. Then we have this lot. Sadly, according to news reports, they’re not atypical. And so the deadly virus spreads even faster, unseen until it strikes and people die. Perhaps even some of these mindless immortals.
The grandparents of many of the people in this video probably went away for years to fight the Second World War. Their grandchildren couldn’t even avoid partying for a few months when their country called.
Absent social conscience, fear can work: there’s now a $1,000 state-wide fine for violating social distancing regulations. Oneida County’s enforcing it. Well past time for Herkimer County to stop gently chiding people to not kill their families and neighbors. While there’s still time.
328 Pleasant Avenue Tenants Practicing Social Distancing
Our Pleasant Avenue neighbors do know how to maintain social distance: here are the hosts of Saturday’s neighborhood get-together, a few days later, enjoying themselves quietly at home. It may take some motivation, but everyone can practice safe social distancing.
328 Pleasant Avenue tenants mastering social distancing
Herkimer’s entrenched drug traffickers are putting us all at risk of heightened pandemic contagion: drug trafficking spreads coronavirus.
Many people have a role in narcotics preparation and distribution. It’s a labor intense business. Illegal drugs pass through lots of hands as they’re processed and delivered to the end drug user. Personal hygiene standards are nonexistent. It only takes a few infected workers to infect entire shipments. The coronavirus can linger for days on surfaces, be transmitted by touch or by air and incubates unseen for up to two weeks inside us as it sheds. Each little drug packet can be the source of infection for an entire home as the virus establishes itself in new hosts, from where it can spread throughout a community.
Below are two videos of recent narcotics trafficking out of two Jay Smith houses on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Business is again booming. Large backpacks filled with narcotics packaged for retail distribution come into Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue and are then distributed throughout the community. Each of those big backpacks you see on the videos could potentially hold hundreds of the small plastic bags used to distribute a range of opioids.
Unworried because you’re not in a prime risk age group? Think again. If you’re a heavy drug user, your immune system’s probably in pretty bad shape, making you low-hanging fruit for a deadly outcome. If you have chronic medial issues, you’re at even greater risk. If you have elderly family members or older friends around you, you’re subjecting them to grave risk. And evolving pandemic news out of Europe and the US indicates that millenials, drug trafficking’s foot soldiers, are now being felled by the coronavirus.
“Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better.”
It’s tempting not to post this warning. Tempting to say a pox on all your houses. Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better. But that would make me no better than you. And there are innocent lives at risk from this latest form of your depraved indifference, and so I have warned you and my community. Be it now on your heads.
Given that I’m old, I suppose our murderous band of neighbors will be eagerly watching to see if the death cart visits our home. And I’ll be watching to see if it stops at theirs.
Black Plague Death Cart
When this pandemic ends, and I fear it will be a long time, it will be a vastly changed world. We’ll see who’s still standing when that sullen new day dawns.
Herkimer Drug Trafficking and Traffickers – 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue
Below are recent videos of trafficking out of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue. Stuff comes in on large backpacks, then is distributed by foot and vehicles.
I’ve grouped the drug trafficking by property. 332 Pleasant’s the most active, with several familiar faces to be seen, notably Alexis Rowe and Kyle Stone. Alexis is the putative daughter of Amanda West and Cory Rowe. Blog readers may recall Amanda and Cory’s eviction from 328 Pleasant Avenue after we outed Cory and Alexis’ drug related antics there. And Amanda and Cory’s subsequent aggravated trespassing on our property, featuring a bizarre paid performance by Amanda. (They were arrested.)
Kyle Stone – Hiding or Caught and Released?
What’s with boy-next-door Kyle Stone? A few months ago he was wanted on a felony charge. Yet he’s back at 332 Pleasant with mom, seemingly unconcerned with being on camera. Was he arrested and released under New York’s new catch-and-release bail law? Dunno. Haven’t heard him recently singing his classic “I’m Gonna Sell Crack Until I Die,” or shouting “I’m gonna burn your fuckin’ house down!”in the wee hours. For Kyle, that’s keeping a low profile.
332 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video
332 Pleasant Video Timeline 3/5-3/6/20
0:01—1:18 Alexis Rowe leaves 332 Pleasant Avenue with army-size backpack. Walks into driveway of house a few doors down from PK’s Pub. (Intersection of Pleasant and King Streets.)
1:19-1:31 A few minutes later, car leaves driveway of property Rowe entered. Turns left on to King St. Assume Rowe got a ride.
1:32-2:29 Rowe returns on foot to 332 Pleasant, walking the length of Pleasant from King. (Partially off camera.) Backpack appears to hang lower. Stops at Kyle Stone’s mother’s car in driveway of 332, removes something from beneath baby seat—she has a young child–and enters 332.
2:30-4:04 Pack carrying pickup driver exits 332 rear, enters truck and leaves, turning left on King St. (Truck often seen behind 332.)
4:05-9:59 Various arrivals and departures, 332 Pleasant Ave. Kyle Stone seen at 6:55, 9:28 (glaring).
10:00-End 3/6 Pickup driver parks in front of 330 Pleasant Ave., conceals face before approaching 332, safely off camera. Returns to p/u truck with backpack and leaves, turning left on King St. (Off camera).
For years, there’ve been hefty backpacks coming and going from 326 Pleasant. Whenever we pick up on it and put out some videos, the trafficking moves elsewhere for a while, then resumes. Backpacking’s always the alternate distribution network for Herkimer narcotics, as seen in our Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire.
326 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video
Here’s a few recent nights’ drug trafficking out of 326 Pleasant Avenue, home to Smith’s longtime tenants Shawn of the Shuffling Dead and Blondie Dead Eyes. (I think Blondie’s the one in the video.) There may have been more trafficking activity, but despite what the local gangs may think, I don’t spend my days pouring over the surveillance footage. Stream pesticide at us, though, and I start watching.
326 Pleasant Video Timeline 2/25/20 & 3/5-3/6/20
0:01-0:33 Backpacker arrives at 326 Pleasant Avenue from direction of King Street, then leaves back toward King St.
0:34-3:50 New backpacker and blonde companion leave 326 and walk to Protection Avenue, turning left.
3:51-4:34 New backpacker crosses Jay Smith’s Pleasant Avenue parking lot from direction of Eureka Avenue. Exits on to Pleasant and enters 326 Pleasant.
4:35-5:14 Same backpacker exits 326 and walks toward Protection Avenue. 5:15-End Backpacker to 326.
The Indefatigable Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass
Nothing can stop her: noted drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass continues trafficking out of Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, the other side of Smith’s parking lot from 332 Pleasant Avenue. Carrie’s part of the Stanley Sykes gang, and the first person to harass us when we arrived in Herkimer. After what seemed a difficult few months for a dejected Carrie, her old broken down car was hauled off by an unmarked tow truck and replaced by the above car. Might be a Fiat that’s seen better days.
Carrie traffics multiple times daily, but there was no perceptible increase in activity her trafficking when the drugs came in to 332 on 3.5-3.6.20. Nor did I see her receive anything from that shipment, though she could easily be supplied from Eureka Avenue, out of range of our cameras. Perhaps she’s operating out of a different cost center than 332 Pleasant.
An earlier version of this post misidentified one of the trafficking houses as 328 Pleasant Avenue instead of 326 Pleasant Avenue. The Herkimer Post regrets the error.
The Corona Virus has spread worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports today, February 26, 2020 that 81,000 people have contracted Corona virus worldwide and 2,762 have died from it. Based on these numbers we can see that 2762/81000 or 0.03409 – about 1 in every 29.4 people infected have died.
Although it’s tough to get a protective mask now as they are generally out of stock, you can make your own n95 mask.
New York Times says keep 2-week supply of necessities on hand
Prepare for shortages of basic goods such as food, medicine and cleaning supplies. Keep at least 2 weeks of food on hand at all times. This afternoon I purchased a large bag of rice, dried beans, corn tortillas, canned tomatoes, fruit, peanut butter, jam, dried pasta and sauce. This food can keep fresh without refrigeration for a year or more and is fairly nutritious.
People in China have called the Corona outbreak a zombie apocalypse and it has wreaked havoc on the country that is a major supplier of manufactured goods and foods we take for granted. Corona has had major adverse effects on China’s economy. We need to take this under advisement to protect our own well being as this airborne viruswhich can be asymptomatic for more than 18 days continues to spread.
Improve community welfare – Act Now
In our own community we should make certain to work towards community welfare. This includes creating the resources we require to function locally in times of supply chain uncertainty. Let’s start now by creating a hotline for volunteer services and action groups including a community garden and kitchen. When we are as self-sufficient and proactive, we can achieve outstanding community wide results. If someone has an idea how to create an online interactive forum that would be super. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org .
It’s been over a year since we published a series of articles and videos reporting our lengthy observation of Herkimer’s multi million-dollar role in the child sex trafficking industry. To date, our Herkimer child trafficking series has brought our posts and videos approximately 230,000 worldwide views.
Herkimer Post Child Trafficking Series Takes On Life of Its Own
Our Herkimer child trafficking series has taken on a life of its own: in the last 12 months herkimerpost.com had over 81,000 views. Our YouTube channel had over 35,000 views with 72,000 impressions and 1,220 hours of watch time worldwide. (An impression is counted every time a video thumbnail is viewed on YouTube. People may not view the video, but its thumbnail leaves an impression.)
In the 12 month period just ended, 31,809 visitors read an average of two or more posts. Our most read post was “Dead Kids Walking – Herkimer’s $100 Million Trafficking Hub,” viewed 65,000 times. In the same period, that post’s two associated YouTube videos, “Trafficked Kids 341 Eureka” and “Adieu Herkimer’s Trafficked Kids” were watched a total of 20,844 times.
Herkimer Post Top Posts 1/31/19-1/31/20
Over that period, our YouTube videos of Herkimer crime, again notably child trafficking, had 35,000 views with 72,000 impressions and 1,220 hours of watch time worldwide.
Herkimer Post YouTube Channel – Most Watched Videos – 1/31/19 1/31/20
欢迎 A Cordial Welcome to Our Chinese Viewers and Subscribers
Visitors to the Herkimer Post came from over 60 countries, with the US and China predominating. US visitors came largely from Facebook and Chinese visitors from China’s social media, mostly from WeChat. China has its own well-publicized child trafficking issues. Perhaps our showing the faces of American child trafficking found a sympathetic Chinese audience. Human trafficking’s a worldwide horror. (Our thoughts and concerns are with the Chinese people during this very difficult time.)
herkimerpost.com -Top Countries by Viewer – 1/30/19-1/30/20
Is Herkimer Child Trafficking Ongoing?
Albany sent the New York State Police to interview us, and they asked us that too. We don’t know. Certainly wholesale child trafficking’s gone from within range of our cameras. It vanished after we published our child trafficking posts and videos. Following our first child trafficking post, kids were deleted so quickly from Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue it was like a light going out. Even kids we didn’t think were trafficked vanished. What few kids were left were gone after poison gas attacks on us picked up again.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Long Entrenched and Tolerated
It appears to us that child trafficking was well-entrenched and long-tolerated in Herkimer, with a robust infrastructure built up over the years. Drug and child trafficking gangs became an occupying power, virtually controlling south Herkimer Village, co opting police, cowing residents and corrupting governance. Many Herkimer hands surely profited from it, given the number of trafficked children we estimate passed through Herkimer and the huge money made off of their foreshortened lives.
“But as folks here say with a shrug, ‘It’s Herkimer.’ “
Moral Indignation Sweeps Herkimer – Not
We moved to Herkimer six years ago from Sarasota, Florida. Say what you will of Florida, had a child trafficking series such as ours appeared in a Florida community, torches would have been lit, pitchforks passed out and outraged people would have descended on the traffickers and their houses and they would be gone. Poison gassing would have had the same outraged response. But as folks here say with a shrug, “It’s Herkimer.” When we came house hunting, we were told people in Herkimer prided themselves on minding their own business. Indeed they do. And we’ve chronicled the result.
“All these [child traffickers] care about is money. If they weren’t making money in Herkimer, they’d be gone.
Camera-avoidant Smith’s has apparently passed the word via village public safety personnel that he no longer owns the properties comprising Herkimer’s child trafficking hub. If so, he might want to get his name off of the property deeds. Here are the current deeds
Jay Smith’s Property Deeds: 341 Eureka Avenue, 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue
Herkimer Drug and Child Trafficking Gang Management Still Here
Many of the Sykes gang’s foot soldiers are gone, but their management’s still around—I saw both Stanley Sykes and Carrie Ann Bass the other day, going into the child trafficking lot’s 341 Eureka Avenue. (Stanley’s apparently traded in his old child-safe red Honda SUV for a new blue compact, NY license JKW 5265.) 341 Eureka’s the house handed over to the Sykes gang by Smith’s previous tenants, national child trafficking cartel’s Little Mama and Pretty Boy. And of course, the Joyce Barton gang continues on across the street from us, nested in their 333 Pleasant Avenue rental, subdued but hatin’.
All these people care about is money. If they weren’t making money in Herkimer, they’d be gone. Certainly, there are still law enforcement drones in the skies over Herkimer and New York State Police have upped their presence.. Stuff must still be happening in our pastoral village.
No matter how booming a prosperity Herkimer eventually enjoys, our blog stats show it will never escape the stigma of turning a blind eye to the misery of all those trafficked kids. We have no monopoly on situation awareness. Herkimer is a small village. If we could see it, many of you could. You just chose not to. Minding your own business was the easiest and safest thing to do.
Somangshu Mukherji’s vile email to his American wife, our daughter Alexandra, heinously celebrates the success of his cruel vendetta to have her stripped of visitation rights with her son, three year-old Avram–rights she had so briefly that she never once used them. Avram’s not Mukherji’s blood relative. Mukherji as of last Spring, was, according to his court filings, an Indian national. Our daughter reported to the Herkimer police that Mukherji sends her abusive emails about once every two weeks.
The custody hearing of Mukherji v. Kaidan-Berry in Ann Arbor Family Court was as obscene as Mukherji’s email: a sickening spectacle of an unrepresented mentally ill defendant bullied by an attorney before a seemingly soporific judge. Mukherji’s oral testimony with it’s touching avowal of enduring love for his wife, despite her mental illness, was especially nauseating, given his alleged abuse and its probable exacerbation of our daughter’s bipolarism. His true feelings for her and her family are on display in his email to her.
Here are our daughter’s court filings in that judicial proceeding:
Fitbit’s James Park, our daughter and Somangshu Mukherji
Mukherji’s attorney intimated in her questioning of Alexandra that a symptom of her “psychosis” was her belief that she had dated James Park, the cofounder of Fitbit. Here’s Alexandra with sister Shelly and James in Myakka State Park in Florida in 2002, when James was post-Harvard, pre-Fitbit. We’d recently moved to Sarasota. (Like James I was also recently post-Harvard.) These were our family’s blessed days before Alexandra met Somangshu Mukherji. James was also a frequent visitor to our home in Boston’s Charlestown. We liked James, and to his credit, he plunged right into those alligator-rich waters with our daughters to free their canoe from the mud, even as he lamented his lack of a pistol. Solid husband material, I thought. Alas!
“Mukherji alleged … that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.”
Immediately after Mukherji won custody of our grandson Avram in Michigan, he had him illegally taken from our home in Herkimer NY, where our daughter had fled with Avram after what she alleged in her court filings were years of abuse and neglect. (Mukherji later alleged Stalinesque-like, that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.) As our daughter alleged in her Michigan court custody proceedings, Mukherji’s exploitation of her mental health issues led to her tragic marriage to him and the issuance of the Green Card he needed for his academic appointment.
Perfidy’s Prize – Somangshu Mukherji’s Green Card
What Sparked Somangshu Mukherji’s Vile Email?
Alexandra received no notice of the hearing that stripped her of visitation rights. (These notices come from Somangshu’s attorney, Honest Deb.) Coincidentally, she was with her mother Linda when the court called for her to appear telephonically. Alexandra told the judge she’d received no notice and turned the phone over to her mother, who politely told the judge that “many untruths were told” at the custody hearing, and hung up. The reliable Judge Owdziej then again rubber stamped another of Somangshu Mukherji’s grandiose and expensively contrived pleadings, indefinitely ending Avram’s mom’s visitation rights.
“The malignant narcissist undermines families and organizations in which they are involved, and dehumanizes the people with whom they associate.
Was it the unexpected sound of his wife’s voice that triggered Somangshu Mukherji’s rage? Or his alleged lies being denounced as such by Avram’s grandmother? Both? I don’t know. But his love note to his wife soon followed, as did a restraining order (Order of Protection).
Somangshu Mukherji’s Restraining Order
Avoiding the Black Spot -Paying Spousal Support Is For Other Husbands
Mukherji’s been toadholed in his Ann Arbor condo, avoiding process servers. To date he’s avoided service of the Order of Protection and a Spousal Support Summons. Service of Process is not the same as the giving of the Black Spot–alternate service is available. He’ll eventually be served. Then he too will have his day in court–a New York court.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Cruel Vendettais the latest in an ongoing series exposing the exploitation of a mentally ill American citizen by a foreign national to obtain US residency, and from that, a professorship at a prestigious US university.
As this series sadly illustrates, it’s easy for a well-credentialed and unscrupulous Green Card seeker to exploit America’s mental health crisis and its overwhelmed clinics and courts to cunningly take advantage of a mentally ill American’s desire for love, marriage and a family to secure a good life for himself. This marital chicanery can grow even more heinous when a child becomes involved and when the victimizer is abusive. It’s especially poignant when the victims are one’s own daughter and grandson. Sadly, we don’t believe their plight is unique, just underreported.The mentally ill are easily played by the unscrupulous. People tend to shun them and shrug off their complaints.
Somangshu Mukherji – The Story So Far
Somangshu Mukherji and Herkimer’s Rogue CPS Workers tells how our daughter Alexandra with our grandson Avram escaped her allegedly abusive and neglectful husband, University of Michigan Music Professor Somangshu Mukherji, fleeing in the dead of winter to our home in Herkimer, New York, with Mukherji soon in pursuit of Avram, who is not his blood relative. It details the obvious malfeasant collusion of two Herkimer County Child Protection Workers, Sara Riente and Lisa Bates, in aiding Mukherji in his Michigan court custody case. Our daughter Alexandra’s court filings in the custody matter clearly state her alleged abuse and forced social isolation by Mukherji, and his alleged neglect of Avram.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid details the happenings during Somangshu Mukherji’s supposed parental visit to Herkimer and why I believe that visit was just a foiled attempt to grab Avram and head back to Michigan. Our daughter’s certified Michigan court filings, which I rely upon for much of this series’ narrative, are embedded in that post.
“His victory secured, Somangshu Mukherji set out on a cruel vendetta to prevent his American wife from ever again seeing the son he’d taken from her.”
Somangshu Mukherji’s Cruel Vendetta Begins
With our grandson son safely recaptured and recloistered, and the two of them living in new, nicer digs near U. Mich Ann Arbor, you’d think Professor Mukherji would settle back, get to know his wife’s son, and savor the fruits of his victory. He’d certainly earned it, given the amount of billable legal hours he must have racked up winning his case. (He filed about 130 pages of legal briefs with the Michigan court, plus all the attendant hearings, consultations, motions and consultant expenses.) But no. His victory secured, Somangshu Mukherji set out on a cruel vendetta to prevent his American wife from ever again seeing the son he’d taken from her.
Buying A Friend – The Friend of the Court
Mukherji met with his attorney and a social worker certified as a Friend of the Court (FOC) Evaluator and Mediator, most likely recommended by his attorney and paid for by Somangshu. Out of their meeting came a convenient official document, a Michigan Friend of the Court Proposed Recommendation and Final Order. Our daughter was notified to attend telephonically, but skipped the event, believing that any gathering of her husband and his hirelings is inevitably the Somangshu Mukherji Hour. She was right.
“A process…designed to fulfill the child visitation wishes of affluent parents who can afford to pay their way to a fast and favorable ruling.”
The FOC document has the brassy ring of Mukherji’s previous court custody filings, which our daughter in her own Michigan custody filings characterized as “self-aggrandizing twaddle.” The proposed visitation change order marshalled a host of unfounded allegations, cited them as facts and drew the desired conclusions from them.
The Recommendation and Final Order is key to a process seemingly designed to fulfill the child visitation wishes of affluent parents who can afford to pay their way to a fast and favorable ruling. It spares a busy family court judge the tedium of having to weigh competing arguments by accepting and rubber stamping a monied parent’s Proposed Order. It’s especially effective when the other parent has no attorney and so refuses to participate in the charade.
The Admirable Somangshu Mukherji and His Tainted American Wife
Here are some of the more outrageous portions of the Friend of the Court mediator’s basis for the Proposed Order: (The document follows below)
“[Our daughter] is driven by false beliefs against Somangshu’s treatment of her and other delusions.” (page 4)
Her son’s “main bond [of love and affection] is through Somangshu.” (page 4)
“Recent text messages from Alexandra to [Somangshu] which appeared delusional” (Page (More correctly: text messages from Alexandra’s account to which Somangshu allegedly has access.)
Our grandson lost weight loss while with us in New York; (He gained weight.) p. 7
“Maltreatment is not an issue while Avram resides with his father.” p.8 (Why?)
“New York CPS finding…spoke to physical and medical neglect [of Avram]” CPS found all of Mukherji’s heinous allegations against our daughter and us “unfounded.” p. 9 And we called out the malfeasant child protection workers who colluded with him.
If our daughter were to return to Somangshu, court-ordered supervision of her with her son should be replaced by supervision by Somangshu and his mother. (page 3)
“Interactions between Somangshu and Alex are tainted by the products of her mental illness.” (“Tainted,” like meat? Not a clinical term, but Victorian English of the sort one might hear at Oxford.)
“…false beliefs she carries when symptomatic [are] delusions which accuse Somangshu of harm against her.” p.7 (“Professor Mukherji argued that his wife fled him because she was psychotic and a danger to his son. He offered as proof the fact that she had left him.” My perspective on the gist of Mukherji’s voluminous child custody pleadings.)
Domestic Violence Category- “Not raised as relevant…”p. 7 (Of course not.) The social worker’s evaluation extolled Somangshu Mukherji’s selfless conduct throughout his marital ordeals as “admirable…admirable…admirable…” (p. 9) It goes on and on. Here’s a copy. I’ve highlighted its most egregious bits.
Loving Mother Stripped of Visitation Rights
The Friend of the Court evaluation argued that “the product”of our daughter’s mental illness, other than the delusion that her husband was abusive, was abuse and neglect of her son, to whom it implied she posed an inherent danger, as attested to solely by husband Somangshu Mukherji . It’s Proposed Order recommended therefore that she be stripped of all visitation rights with her son, until she presented herself to the Friend of the Court in Ann Arbor for psychiatric evaluation, with evidence of ongoing psychiatric care to include her treatment plan. Following its assessment, The Friend of the Court would, if merited, support an order to modify the visitation order. (p.9) More hearings might be required, of course. With Somangshu and his lawyer notified.
Here’s the order, signed as always for Mukherji by reliable Ann Arbor Judge Julia B. Owdziej:
Cruel, Malicious and Transparently Contrived
Following on the heels of his child custody victory, Somangshu Mukherji moved to crush any hopes Avram’s mother had of ever seeing her son again. It was a gratuitously cruel act, accomplished through the transparently contrived device of a tainted document. It reeks of malice.
Mukherji’s spiteful behavior continues. He won’t even let Avram’s mother talk to her son on the phone. Discouraged, she doesn’t try that often. Yesterday’s attempt was typical. “Can I speak to Avram?” “See a doctor,” snarled Mukherji, hanging up.
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Our once expensive bar stools were old and stained! With a guest arriving in a matter of days Walmart offered a quick solution that looks great the first time you try it!
Gathering Materials: Fabric and protective material
Step #1 I looked in the Walmart craft section for vinyl fabric. I discovered a bolt of dark brown vinyl 56” wide selling for $6.97 a yard. One yard is enough fabric to cover 2 bar stools with round seats 18” in diameter. I have 3 stools, so I bought 2 yards which leaves extra in case of mistakes!
Step #2 I used Walmart’s 5.5” x 8.5” stick-on soft plastic sheets to cover staples. A huge pack of 50 costs only $5. These are also in the crafts department and are amazingly easy to work with.
Your Tools: Just heavy-duty stapler and scissors
Step #3 The only tools you’ll need are a heavy-duty staple gun and reasonably OK scissors. Walmart sells the Arrow electric staple gun for $27.84. That’s the one I have and it’s great for permanent or semi-permanent projects. Just make sure that all sharp edges are covered.
The Process: Cutting, Stapling, Covering
Step #4 Measure your target seat. Add enough to cover the length, width and edge leaving enough extra to pull underneath and staple.
When you are done stapling, cover the tops of each staple for a finished look.
It took me about 1 hour to reupholster the first stool.I think it will be much quicker to do the next 2.
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Happy Holidays 😊
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Why Housing for NYC’s Climate Refugees? Everywhere we’re finally acknowledging the immediacy of coastal climate change devastation. Now is the time to replace traditional spending behaviors with healthy behaviors that can save millions of people and millions of dollars.
For example, we might ask, can we put part of NY’s $90.2 billion FY 2020 budget to better use as an investment in new permanent housing for 1 million coastal residents migrating to inland homes in Central NY?
New Housing for 1+ Million People
$60 billion will create infrastructure and homes for 1 million people in Central NY. The existing population is roughly 350 million in Syracuse and Utica metro areas combined. With Central NY quadrupling in size, exciting opportunities will exist for workers, learners and investors.
Central NY has elevations well above the maximum predicted sea level rise. These range from 400 ft to 800 ft above sea level. New York State has the resources and wisdom to prepare for inevitable devastation by directing investments to critical targets that will promote security and prosperity. Rerouting coastal investment to optimal inland locations is key to our success!
In March of 2018, in an outrageous violation of New York law, two rogue Herkimer CPS workers, Sara Riente and Lisa Bates, abused their positions and took a malicious hand in a child custody court battle in another state. They acted so brazenly, so unprofessionally and so illegally under the color of authority that we think this sort of malfeasance has long been tolerated in Herkimer County.
“Herkimer! Protect My Precious $on!”
In January of this year, we were subjected to false allegations of child abuse by our son-in-law, Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national, as he tried to gain sole custody of our two-year-old grandson Avram, Custody of Avram would preclude his having to pay child support.
Our daughter fled to our home with our grandson to escape the alleged abuse and neglect of the two of them by Somangshu, a very glib professor of music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Avram’s not his natural son. According to our daughter’s Ann Arbor MI family court filings, (Case 19-352-DC), in which she alleged spousal abuse and neglect, Somangshu never buying the child clothes or toys, and calling him “the little bastard.” Our daughter alleges Somangshu disposed of everything we ever sent her and Avram, and held her incommunicado, not permitting her to speak to us. Here’s our grandson Avram in our home last January, with first-ever new clothes and toys:
Had our grandson remained here with his mother, the good professor might have ended up paying $1,000+ a month in child support until the child was 21. He seems to have done the math, as his feet barely touched the ground on his way to his attorney’s office to file for sole custody. To protect his “son”.
“Somangshu …reported me to CPS as a pedophile and my wife as dysfunctionally bipolar…Mukherji’s unrelenting use of the canard “pedophile” makes one wonder about his own childhood.
Our daughter had barely filed her child support payment application before husband Somangshu reported her and us for child neglect and abuse with New York. Herkimer Child Protection Worker Sara Riente promptly came to our house and advised us that Somangshu had reported me to CPS as a pedophile and my wife as severely bipolar. Mukherji’s frequent use of the canard “pedophile” make one wonder about his own childhood.
CPS worker Riente then spent fifteen minutes investigating our grandson’s safety, offered no criticism and left. She made one even shorter followup visit a month or so later.
In March, we received letters from from New York Child Welfare exonerating us of our son-in-law’s baseless accusations: “Unfounded” was the official finding. Yet this was not the end of the matter. Sara Riente and her colleague Lisa Bates then came to son-in-law’s Somangshu’s aid in his Michigan custody case, providing him with a document was as defamatory of our family as it was illegal:
“At this time Avram does not meet the [standards of abuse or neglect]. [However] it does appear that it would be in the child’s best interest to be in the care of the parent who can provide access to regular medical care, a stable and sufficient and living environment and age appropriate supervision and care for a young child. Based on the evidence gathered during this investigation, this Department’s decision would be that [the mother] is not providing the above-mentioned care.”
Herkimer CPS Workers Riente and Bates Go Rogue
Apparently dismayed at finding our grandchild healthy, well-fed, well-clothed and safe with family of whom they seemingly disapproved, Herkimer CPS workers Riente and Bates went rogue, colluding with our son-in-law: at his request, they wrote him an “official”Herkimer County Social Services letter, falsely stating that “it is the opinion of this Department” that our grandchild would be better off with his father. Our daughter only became aware of their poisonous letter when she received a copy of her husband’s public court filing, in which their illegal letter was offered as evidence of our daughter’s unfitness as a mother and of our home as” [not] stable and [in]sufficient.”
Bogus Herkimer Social Services’ Letter Key Exhibit
In their venomous and illegal letter supporting our daughter’s husband, Herkimer CPS workers Riente and Bates threw aside any pretense of impartiality and professionalism. They miscast their libelous opinions as “the finding of this Department.”
Seemingly not liking the “Unfounded” decision they were required to render under NY law as child protection workers, they magically morphed into Herkimer county workers to express a different “official” finding, malfeasantly subverting the law they were supposed to uphold. Our son-in-law’s attorney cited their letter as key evidence that our daughter was an unfit mother and ours “not a loving home, Your Honor.” Their treachery and helped abusive and neglectful “dad” Somangshu Mukherji retain custody of “the little bastard.”
Herkimer CPS Workers’ Defamatory Letter In Support Of Plaintiff Somangshu Mukhjeri
Here’s Riente and Bates’ letter to my son-in-law, Somangshu Mukherji. I’ve redacted just about all the confidential information they malfeasantly revealed, except for their conclusion on page 2, in which they dispute the lawful conclusion New York law compelled them to reach. They falsely present their scurrilous opinion as an official finding of Herkimer County Social Services.
Despite our daughter’s request that the Ann Arbor Family Court disregard the Herkimer CPS’ workers letter as a violation of New York law, the court did not exclude it.
After several court appearances, our daughter lost custody of her son and he was returned to Somangshu Mukherji in Michigan–a process that was yet another instance of Herkimer County employees playing fast and loose with the law. Mukherji later successfully moved to have the Ann Arbor Family Court strip our daughter of the right it had granted her to visit her son in Michigan, arguing she was danger to the child. The order, crafted by his attorney and hired social worker and rubber stamped by the court, bristles with an array of absurd preconditions which can only be met in Michigan.
You can also sue. In a case like our daughter’s, where the evidence of malfeasance is low-hanging fruit, an attorney might take the case for damages on a contingency fee basis. Herkimer CPS workers are probably not worth suing. New York State is a sovereign entity and can rarely be sued. But Herkimer County can be sued.
This is New York, not Alabama. We have laws to protect us from illegal actions such as those of Herkimer’s rogue CPS workers. Make the law work for you.
Child protection workers who engage in lawless vendettas against struggling parents and families simply because they disapprove of them should find another vocation.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid was executed on April 11, 2019. It was cunningly planned and brazenly executed. It could have succeeded but for the grandfather standing in the doorway. And the Herkimer Police.
Court Judges Abusive Spouse Better Parent Than Loving Mom In January, after years what our daughter in her court filings alleged were years of forced isolation, neglect and abuse by Somangshu Mukherji, she fled with our grandson Avram, escaping by subterfuge to our home in Herkimer New York. Mukherji was soon in pursuit, alleging in his later custody filing that she had “absconded” with her son. He and our daughter had joint physical custody of the child at the time of his visit. Over our daughter’s strenuous objections, the Ann Arbor MI Family Court (Case 19-352-DC), granted Somangshu an unsupervised visit here in New York.
Prior to his visitation, written request to he and his attorney for a firm visitation schedule and Mukherji’s new address in Ann Arbor were rebuffed. We made clear that without that information, the child would not be released for a visit. The Ann Arbor Family court had removed all safeguards to Somangshu Mukherji’s heading right back to Ann Arbor with little Avram, address unknown.
Ann Arbor Michigan’s a university town. Many residents are dependent on the University of Michigan for their income. Its family court judges are elected officials and appear to accord any U.Mich professor entering an appearance the status of divine right. Ann Arbor’s family court opened the way for Somangshu Mukherji to try to snatch our grandson Avram and take him back to Michigan with no legal consequences and no additional legal fees. Most importantly, he’d avoid paying child support of at least $1,000 a month for Avram. Getting the kid into that waiting taxi and heading back for the airport would be Somangshu’s Mission Accomplished.
Timeline of Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid
0:01 – 0:30 Green Card Dad Somangshu Mukherji [SM] arrives via cab at our home from the airport. Storms the house. I open the door.
0:31 – 0:55 SM “Give me my son.” Avram’s his son on paper only, a Green Card son. His wife believes he signed the birth certificate to enhance his immigration status.
0:56 SM “I’m calling the police.” I remind him that he doesn’t have a lawful NY visitation order.
1:03 – 1:22 I advise SM that he is trespassing.
1:22 – 1:56 SM Refuses to let me step out onto my porch. I do anyway. SM again demands “my son.” I order him from our property. He refuses to leave. Happily, he’d rather be outed lying on camera than do anything I ask.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Litany of Lies Begins
2:06 – 2:20 SM, still refusing to leave, calls Herkimer Police: “This is about a custody order I’m here to fulfill.” He has a Michigan court visitation order. Had he a custody order, he would have no authority to fulfill it: Somangshu Mukherji is a Michigan resident and per his custody court filings, an Indian national.
2:22- 2:58 SM complains to Herkimer Police that I am threatening him, and violating his locally-unenforceable Michigan court order, which he now says is a visitation order.
2:59 SM complains to police that I am “harassing [him] openly.”
3:04 SM tells Herkimer police that I am “violating a standing custody order.” (He does not have a custody order from anywhere). Miscellaneous verbal abuse from SM.
3:55 – 4:21 BRIEF MOMENT OF TRUTH: SM gives police his name and cellphone number (908-705-5616).
4:24 SM falsely states that his taxi driver is a witness to my “harassing” him. The taxi is out of sight around the corner, the driver in the cab, as my videos attests.
4:30 SM tells Herkimer Police that he’s spoken with Herkimer County Undersheriff Scott Scherer.
05:01 SM at last leaves our property to await the police. (Note: no taxi in sight.)
“…his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court”
Herkimer Police Arrive 5:04 – 5:44 Herkimer Police arrive. (Officers Carbone and Holt.) SM meets them. I follow and point out that his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court, which expense SM has avoided.
06:00 – 06:25 I repeat same to Herkimer officers when they interview me. I note that SM was trespassing and harassing me and refused to leave when ordered. They send him on his way, directing him to not return.
Somangshu Mukherji’s Retreat
06:27 – 06:57 SM leaves the area afoot. (Later spotted around the corner, presumably awaiting a cab to airport.)
06:58 – 08:27 SM complained to responding officers police that he fears his “son” is being abused by his pedophile grandfather, crazy grandmother and neglected by his psychotic mother. (It’s in their report.) They’re obligated to follow up. Which they do and leave. It’s the same toxic twaddle Somangshu Mukherji previously filed with New York Child Protection Services. They closed the matter as “unfounded”.
08:28 – End Before leaving the area, SM has friendly chat with the Barton Gang’s Joyce Barton, who delightedly spreads tales of our troubles to the neighbors. SM in his custody filings has already cited the Bartons’ criminal activities captured on our videos as evidence that ours is too dangerous a neighborhood for our grandchild.
Somangshu Mukherji – a Scourge of God I’ve known Somangshu Mukherji for 16 years. He’s gone from the seemingly nice kid we saved from deportation when he was at Harvard (allegedly “academic dishonesty”) to a scourge of God on our family. Our daughter, his wife, is terrified of him. Obviously he lies a lot. He may even believe what he’s saying because he’s saying it, classic behavior of a malignant narcissist.
Somangshu’s already established a working relationship with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department, which later aided him in the illegal taking of our grandchild. On this day Herkimer Police sent him packing. Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid is an chilling example of how easily a biased judge can empower a malevolent personality to ruin a child’s life.
Here’s Avram with his first-ever toys. He was almost three then. We bought them for him when he arrived in Herkimer. Somangshu, our daughter attested in her court filings, never once bought his beloved “son” clothes, shoes or toys. “Never a dime,” she said. Smartphones, clothes, toys, shoes sent our grandchild and our daughter he allegedly sold on eBay, pocketing the proceeds. His wife and son he dressed in castoff clothing, except for the nice winter coat her bought our daughter, so she could food shop for him, on foot. (She was required to wear shoes that were too large, she reported, hobbling her.)