Welcome Herkimer newcomers! It’s obvious you’re here–there are but a paltry handful of houses for sale in our pinch-its-cute-little-cheeks village. (Locals are over their shock and quickly fixing up properties.) The good stuff quickly vanishes even as realtors scramble for listings. Same throughout the Mohawk Valley. And Utica! Talk about a renaissance. That grimy old rustbelt city looks like someone swung wide its top and is pouring in the hidden horde of Bernie Madoff. After years here in the trenches and predicting this, it’s exciting and gratifying.
But as many of you came bearing license plates from as far away as California, Texas and Alaska, you may not know of the false promises of our New York weather. Today, for example, holds the promise of an early spring. As with many things Herkimer, appearances can be deceiving. Fulfilling our civic duty to warn, below’s a pictorial guide to New York weather. (Tip: Now’s a great time to buy a snowblower.)
Again, welcome aboard. The world and Herkimer are changing around us. Don’t know how it’ll all shake out, but just by moving here, you’ve infused new life and possibilities into our cynical old village. Going to be good days ahead. Stay safe.
As I went doom scrolling recently, I was amazed to discover that Herkimer County has a much lower death rate among Covid-19 infected. In comparison to world stats of 1 death in 44.6, Herkimer has reported 1 death in 81.7. New York State reports 1 death in 21.7 infected. It appears that up till now individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 in our county were 4 times less likely to die from this virus than in New York State as a whole.
This data came from Worldometer today, December 12, 2020. We can conjecture why. Is our health data erroneous? Are Herkimer County residents super isolative in nature? Did I do my math wrong? Or do we possess some type of immunity? This last hypothesis is my favorite. Last year family members here became quite ill with the flu lasting 3 months. (August-November 2019). The symptoms were very similar to those of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A near epidemic flu was reported in the US at that time.
Often statistics are given as occurrences per 100,000–homeowners, high school graduates, teachers per 100,000. I find the 1 in a number statistic more compelling because it’s personal and easily visualized. We can clearly imagine sitting in a classroom with 80 people. One gets up and walks away.
After winning sole custody of our 4-year-old grandson, University of Michigan Professor Somangshu Mukherji had Avram’s mother stripped of visitation rights. Stealthily depositing Avram 740 miles away, Mukherji returned to his solitary life in Ann Arbor.
He’d successfully shucked himself of his mentally ill American wife–the ticket to his green card–and of her son, who was not his blood relative. Free of the double-edged threat of child and spousal support, Somangshu Mukherji lay back to enjoy the prospect of lifetime tenure and a six-figure income. The good life was at hand.
Alas! The best-laid plans…
In April of 2019, our grandson Avram was taken from his mother here in our home in Herkimer, New York. He was taken by Herkimer County Sheriff’s deputies without a New York court order, at the behest of our wife’s husband, University of Michigan music professor Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national.
Spiriting Avram back to Ann Arbor, Mukerji quickly oversaw the crafting and rubber-stamping of a court order essentially preventing our daughter Alex from seeing her son again. The order freshly in hand, Mukherji sent our daughter an obscene and sadistic email, vowing “you will never see your son again!” Based on that email, she was granted an order of protection (restraining order) to stop Mukherji’s cyberstalking.
True to his word, Mukherji prevented our daughter or anyone in our family from speaking with or seeing Avram. Mukherji wouldn’t answer Alex’s phone calls, or immediately hang up, sometimes with a terse “Go see a psychiatrist!” No photos of Avram were sent or offered. Somangshu Mukherji’s only interaction with his American family was to retain a “reputation protection” law firm to sue me for defamation by documenting his treatment of our daughter and grandson. His child custody and defamation litigation against us measures 6 inches and weighs 14.1 lbs and growing. Our failed attempts to have him pay spousal support and accept service for a New York order of protection are as light as they were futile.
Somangshu Mukherji’s actions made a mockery of his glib custody testimony. Our daughter had no lawyer.
Somangshu Mukherji's, love, redux: Mother must be part of son's life, Mukherji testifies
Absent from his email was the deep and abiding love of her that Somangshu swore to during Avram’s custody hearing:
Somangshu Mukherji Relents
Suddenly, on August 12th, 2020 Mukherji called our daughter. It was Avram’s 4th birthday. Mukherji was civil–my son-in-law can be winsome when he wants something. He let Alex speak with her son, who was overjoyed to talk with his mother for the first time in 16 months. Mukherji told Alex how much he and Avram missed her. He shared with her that Avram had made a dance video entitled “Where’s My Mommy?” and invited her to return to them in Ann Arbor, to see how things went, and offered her a train ticket.
Avram’s Mom Goes to Ann Arbor with Hope, Fear And Trepidation
Somangshu told Alex that his mother, who’d allegedly been Avram’s principal caregiver since he’d taken Avram from Herkimer, was returning to India on August 18th, 2020 and he couldn’t care for Avram alone. With much hesitancy and great trepidation, given Mukherji’s alleged long abusive treatment of her, Alex agreed. Only after four tries and four changes of schedule was she able to overcome her fears and board the train from Utica to Ann Arbor. Her mother Linda argued that she really had to go, as her son needed her. If it didn’t work out, she was welcome to return to us in New York.
I’ve know Somangshu Mukherji since 2003. Skeptical that he’d had an epiphany, I waited for the other shoe to drop.
Somangshu Springs A Surprise
On September 10th, After an exhausting eight-hour train and bus ride, Alex arrived via local bus at Somangshu’s capacious upscale Ann Arbor townhouse condo, eager to be reunited with her son. “He’s not here,” said Somangshu, opening the door. “I just took him to Rhode Island.” As he surely anticipated, she was crushed.
Watch For the Flying Pig!
Somangshu had left our grandson with my sister-in-law, Alex’s mother’s estranged sister, and her husband in Providence. “But he says he’s going to pick him up on Friday,” Alex told her mother on the phone, still hopeful. That call from Somangshu to Alex on Avram’s birthday must have come from Providence, we surmised.
I thought there was a better chance of a flying pig returning the kid to Ann Arbor than Somangshu. In her custody hearing Answer, (page 9) Alex alleged Somangshu often called Avram “the little bastard” which would belie his honeyed “my beloved son” custody testimony:
Love of His Son -Somangshu Mukherji's Custody Testimony
And of course, he loves his wife:
Somangshu testifying to his love for his wife.
That evening, Somangshu ordered takeout. He even shared it with Alex. In a touching attempt at reconciliation, she gave Somangshu her new tablet.
Somangshu Mukherji Judges And Diagnoses
A few days later, Somangshu allegedly told her it would be a few more days–he hadn’t completed his judgment of her mental fitness to be near her son. Somangshu has a doctorate in music theory and worked with primates at Harvard. Disagree with him, oppose his will, you risk being diagnosed:
Wife's wanting to divorce him symptomatic of delusion, testifies Somangshu Mukherji
Father-in-law's dislike of him symptomatic of self-destructive personality, testifies Somangshu Mukherji.
Although he wouldn’t let her speak with Avram on the phone, he did supposedly play Alex an audio of Avram speaking with Somangshu at her aunt’s in Providence. Alex tried calling her aunt directly, but her Aunt Janice didn’t pick up or respond to a voicemail.
Alex told her mother that Somangshu’s townhouse was mostly empty of furniture with little indication a 2 to 4-year-old child had lived there.
Alex and Avram, Somangshu Mukherji’s Apartment, Ann Arbor November 2019
Alex Before Somangshu Mukherji
“Mukherji quickly moved to strip Avram’s mother of visitation rights, then surreptitiously deposited him far away and returned to his life in Ann Arbor.”
The three of us were skeptical as to how long ago Avram had really been shipped off to Providence, or if Somangshu’s elderly mother had ever been in Ann Arbor. It seemed unlikely he’d stashed mom on the sofa for 14 months in a house mostly devoid of furniture. Avram’s grandparents speculated that if our grandson was in Rhode Island, he’d been there since Somangshu had him taken from his mother in April 2019.
As with his wife, so with his son; Mukherji’s words were in sharp contrast to his deeds. He’d won custody of our grandson with these heartrending words of love and anguish at being separated from Avram for the three months Avram was with his mother and us in New York:
Somangshu Mukherji testifying to emotional "anguish" caused him by 3 month separation from his “son”. Here’s where he stashed him after regaining custody 20 months ago: Rosenfield-Kaidan Home, 13 Elmway St., Providence RI. Mukherji’s gotten on with his life in Ann Arbor, unencumbered.
Yet after winning sole physical custody of Avram, Mukherji quickly moved to strip Avram’s mother of visitation rights, then surreptitiously deposited him far away and returned to his life in Ann Arbor. The specter of child support payments no longer loomed. As for his cast off and penniless American wife, Mukherji capitalized again on the lack of a unified national family court system. He shrugged off New York spousal support hearings, dodged service of an order of protection, and left his mentally ill wife dependent on her retired parents and the State of New York.
Somangshu Mukherji no longer had need of his American family. His money was safe, his academic future bright. He would be granted a sinecure at the University of Michigan through tenure, his salary jumping into the six figures. He was also anticipating the publication of some books. He shared his achievements, real and envisioned, with the court:
Somangshu Mukherji testifies to his bright future.
Grandma Sends The Cops
Meanwhile, back in New York… Told that her grandson had been stashed at her sister Janice Kaidan’s house in Providence for god knows how long, the scales fell from my wife’s eyes. Only a few weeks before, she and Alex had briefly visited with Janice en route to overnight camping in Rhode Island. Janice and her husband Norman Rosenfield met only briefly with Linda in an empty first-floor room of their house. It wasn’t unusual–the two sisters’ relationship has been strained for decades. And Alex had long felt spurned by her Aunt and Uncle because of her bipolarism, and more so since she’d had Avram. Linda gathered Alex and left after an awkward and brief visit.
After speaking with Alex in Michigan, my wife immediately called her sister. Not unusually, Janice didn’t answer that or subsequent calls, nor would she respond to voice or emails.
Has Somangshu Been Fired?
Somangshu allegedly confided to Alex that he was losing his academic teaching post at UMich’s School of Music. Just when was not clear to her or us. It was Mukherji’s eighth year at UMich and he’d again failed to make tenure or publish those books he’d mentioned in his custody testimony. He assured Alex that “your idiotic Dad’s” blogging about him had nothing to do with it. (Though maybe my emails reporting him to his Dean and the UMich President served as a catalyst–the good professor was using his university email account to harass our family.)
Was Mukherji losing his academic teaching post? Not the sort of thing you say if it’s untrue.
Relations became strained, Alex commenting to her mother on the phone, “He can never be nice for more than seven days.” Alarmed at her husband’s alleged increasing attempts at micromanagement and growing hostility, she went out for a walk and didn’t go back. Calling her mother from the Ann Arbor Amtrak station, Alex got herself booked on the next Amtrak bus to the Toledo OH train station, the pickup point for the eastbound train to New York. There was the usual three-hour layover in Toledo waiting for her train.
Somangshu Mukherji In Pursuit
At 1215 am on 9/20, Alex called her mother from the Toledo Amtrak Station. She reported that Mukherji had followed her from Ann Arbor MI to Toledo OH via Uber. (He does not drive.) From what she said then and later, it was a harrowing experience involving Mukherji, the Toledo police, and Alex fleeing to the Women’s Room, Mukherji in pursuit. It would be her word against his. Though if what she said is true, it would under Federal law qualify as Interstate Stalking.
My wife and I can attest to an overheard portion of the incident, in which Mukerji approached Alex and threatened to have my wife, Avram’s grandmother, arrested for “potential kidnapping” and “contempt of court” if she tried to visit her grandson at her sister’s home in Rhode Island. (My wife is not a party to any of Somangshu’s voluminous serial litigation.)
It was awesome awakening at midnight to that familiar voice. I hadn’t heard Somangshu speak since his custody hearing testimony. There he decried me for everything but saving his ass from deportation in 2003–No Good Deed Goes Unpunished–and at great financial risk to our family, when he was allegedly ousted from Harvard. We did it because it seemed the right thing to do.
My wife asked Alex to tell her husband that if he followed her on to the New York train, she would meet the train with the Utica police and a copy of his New York Order of Protection.
Alex reported from her train that Mukherji eventually left the Toledo Amtrak Station, presumably for the echoing emptiness of his townhouse. She returned home safe but shaken and very depressed.
Knowing where Avram probably was, the action shifted south to Providence Rhode Island and the home of his secret keepers, Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan.
So Far Away -Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan’s – Where Somangshu Mukherji Stashes His Beloved Son
Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan have always been Somangshu Mukherji’s go-to for stashing our grandson. Janice is my wife’s estranged sister, Norman is her husband. In our experience, Norman makes the decisions. We assume Mukherji pays them for Avram’s upkeep, and that it’s less he’d pay in child support.
Following Alex’s difficult delivery of Avram, Alex needed help caring for him and herself while she recovered from her C-section and postpartum depression. Rather than allowing her mother to come and stay with her, Somangshu traveled with his wife’s infant son to Rhode Island and left him there with Norman and Janice. FOR SIX MONTHS. Alex was coerced into being separated from her son – cut off from direct or indirect contact with her child by her husband- no photos, no status reports – a cruel pattern of behavior still in place.
During Aram’s custody hearing in April 2019, Alex, unrepresented, questioned Somangshu about this–allegedly he’d never before deigned to offer her an explanation for taking her son. Under oath, he finally did, shrugging it off:
Somangshu Mukherji Took His Wife's Son From Her At Birth, Sending Him Out Of State for 6 Months. Under Oath, He Finally Explains To Her.
Unable to inspire a response from her sister, Linda took Alex and on 9/17/29, drove the 500 roundtrip miles from upstate New York to her sister’s home in Rhode Island. Linda rang the bell and knocked on the front and side doors of her sister’s home. Two men working next door said hadn’t seen a four-year-old within the last 2 days. Her sister’s neighbors ignoring her when she knocked on their doors, Linda walked the neighborhood, decrying that a grandmother wasn’t allowed to see her grandson and on a high holiday. (Rosh Hashanah) Her cellphone video is below. (As per YouTube requirements, the identifying attributes of the guilty have been edited out.)
Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There – Where The Trail Led
“You don’t have an appointment.”
Linda called the police and waited for them across the street from Norman and Janice’s. At this point, when she was no longer videoing, her brother-in-law Norman opened his front door a crack and peered out. When Linda approached, she said “Norman, Alex went all the way to Michigan because Somangshu said she could see Avram, but he wasn’t there. He said he was here. I just wanted to see if he’s here. I just want to see him, I don’t need to talk with him. I’m very very concerned. Especially as Somangshu told Alex that his teaching contract isn’t being renewed.”
At that news, the color drained from Norman’s face. “You can’t come in,” he said. “Why not?” asked Linda. “You don’t have an appointment,” said Norman, slamming the door in her face.
Shortly after that, the Providence police arrived in response to Linda’s call. Told what was happening, they advised her to ask for a wellness check. She said she’d done that a few weeks ago. She wanted to see her grandson, but her sister wouldn’t let her. She was advised to file in Michigan for grandparents’ rights. The police left.
Somangshu Mukherji Rages And Threatens Again
His grandmother’s attempt to see Avram triggered a torrent of email threats and abuse from the real Somangshu Mukherji to his wife, the honeyed words of his court testimony long behind him. They lend further credence to her calling him out as abusive and controlling:
Soon after Somangshu’s tirade, an email from Aunt Janice told Alex that Avram had returned to Ann Arbor. On 10/29, Alex called the Michigan State Police and asked for a wellness check of Avram at Somangshu’s townhouse. They reported at 8 p.m.on a cold night there was no answer to their knocks, no lights visible, no furniture on the first floor, and that the window glass was cold. Avram’s grandmother then emailed her sister, reporting what the state police had said, and asked for a photo of Avram. There was an unsigned reply: “The last time I saw him he was fine.” No photo was attached.
Your Own Family May Not Care, But Their Neighbors May
An admirable quality of Orthodox Judaism is its sense of community and mutual responsibility; not all of my in-laws’ co-religionists approve of Norman and Janice’s behavior. Following Linda’s public appeal to their Elmway Street neighbors, we were able to confirm that Avram is still there and looks ok.
We’ll be applying for grandparents’ rights in the appropriate family court, continue proxy-watching our grandson, and waiting to see where Professor Mukherji lights if he moves on from Michigan. I’ll continue opposing his legal machinations to take down my posts about him, and I’ll continue calling out his heinous conduct. I suspect more people have now read my articles about Somangshu Mukherji than all he’s ever written. Of course, that may change when those two books of his are published.
Our daughter Alex has had no contact with her son Avram since he was taken from her in April 2019. Her mental health declined steadily following Somangshu Mukherji’s sadistic bait-and-switch hoax during her August visit to him, and the cruel collusion of his creatures, her Aunt Janice and Uncle Norman. She’s now hospitalized for suicidal ideation and will be for a while. Wouldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, kept saying she just wanted “to be in heaven with my son.”
Alex returned from the hospital at Christmastime, much improved and stable on her meds.
On 1/8/21, she reported that Somangshu called her, allegedly saying that her son was back in Michigan. He let Alex speak with Avram for “about 15 seconds,” adding “Don’t you care about your son?! Your son needs you. Come home!” He also supposedly told her that at four and half years, Avram is not potty trained but attending preschool.
This was the first time Alex was allowed to speak with her son since he was taken from our home in April of 2019. She reported that in this recent conversation, Somangshu offered her a plane ticket from Syracuse to Detroit, changed his mind, then said he’d send a cab to take her to the Amtrak station in Utica. She said sure, but no cab ever appeared.
There’s no proof our grandson is back in Michigan. Somangshu didn’t offer to put Avram on video chat to speak with his mom. He could have called from Providence, where he says his word holds sway. Obviously, there’s no reason to trust anything he said. And no reason for Alex to again rush off to Michigan to again be tormented.
Oh. Somangshu’s upped his demand in his defamation suit against me to a million dollars and is demanding a trial by jury. The Herkimer Post will be there. Stay tuned.
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Local energy security is key to community survival in times of uncertainty, yet Herkimer County has the lowest level of local solar energy production in NY state.
Solar energy is priced competitively, dependable and environmentally friendly. Solar farms can produce excellent income for farmers and provide secure local energy.
Recently we’ve seen how easily supply chains can be disrupted by international catastrophe.
Before Covid-19 appeared in March 2020, it seemed that our favorite foods, cleaning products and cheap manufactured goods made in other countries like China would be endlessly accessible. Now when we go shopping we are reminded that this is no longer the case. Think about what would happen with a local energy shortage or outage. No heat in our homes. No light. Health care facility malfunction.
Products like energy often have vulnerable supply chains too.
That is why New York has an aggressive program supporting green energy throughout the state. Local green energy produced by wind, water and sun protects the environment. It also ensures that should there be a disruption in availability caused by epidemic, civil unrest or even war we will have the power we need. We will continue to be capable of manufacturing our own products and also have energy for utilities and transportation.
A NYS solar farm map published in 2019 shows solar production by county.
This land has significant forest and includes some wetlands. It is located about 1 mile NW of Herkimer Community College’s baseball field parking lot at 188 Sokol Road. Provided wetlands are protected and consideration is given to wildlife passing through the area, a new solar farm can greatly benefit our county. While losing forest is not desirable, well designed solar farms can accommodate meadow growth favorable to pollinators and can be farm friendly and aesthetically pleasing.
Here’s a short video of Kim Vargas’ absurd erection rising high. Kim Vargas is the latest in a succession of gang thugs barracked next door at Herkimer’s 328 Pleasant Avenue, owned by Joe Handy of Ft. Plain. She’s lofting this tent in response to our many videos and blog postings outing her and her krew’s wholesale drug trafficking, gang member hosting, neighbor poisoning, elder menacing and overall depraved rottenness. She’s been a busy girl since moving in 6 months ago.
Vargas supervised her krew of family and friends as they laboriously and ineptly erected that pavilion tent. It took 6 of them 4 hours to get it up; it only has one full side. I sped up the video; no need for us all to suffer.
Competent, sober friends who probably have a work ethic had to finish up for the Vargases. The intent of the tent, masquerading as a Halloween shrine, is to block our surveillance cameras from doing what they’ve done–capturing and curtailing the Vargases and their allied neighbors’ at 331 Pleasant Avenue’s activities by exposing them to public and law enforcement scrutiny. Sunlight is the best disinfectant as Mr. Justice Brandeis reminds us. It works.
Kim Vargas’ Absurd Erection -Video Timeline
0:01 -0:44 The tent goes up.
0:45 to End — Kim Vargis hosts village building code inspectors. I asked them to come by. That thing is just so in violation of Local Law 3. The most immediate issue is that we can’t see the street or sidewalk on one side while pulling out of our driveway. Lots of small kids, many of them from the Vargases’ house, often dart by on the sidewalk, low to the ground. Indeed, pulling out the day of this video, I almost collided with the code officers’ vehicle. They made Vargas open a part of the side for safe sidewalk and street viewing. Hopefully there’s enough visibility for me to not crush someone.
We’ve been told that the tent is an impermanent structure and won’t be allowed to become permanent. Obviously, we can still see who comes and goes from the Vargeses’ and their neighbors. After 6 years on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, we’ve become adept at spotting and calling out gang activity and will continue doing so.
Kim Vargas is seen here complaining about our cameras and lighting. She and her krew moved in in April. The cameras have been here for three years. Who rents next to a house with 25 cameras if they don’t want to be videoed? Someone who’s paid to, that’s who.
Our parent organization, The Herkimer Post, is considering buying a quiet little camera drone and streaming area footage live. Those drones have grown more reliable and less expensive. Time to improve our game.
It’s harvest time here in Upstate New York. Pumpkins and apple cider, squashes and fall festivals, game suppers and Halloween. The leaves are turning and the crisp mountain air off the Adirondacks is like ambrosia. There are people out West who’d kill for a breath of our air. Compared to much of the nation, we’re pretty well off so far: Covid-19 infections are low, home sales are up, industry’s moving in. No drastic budget cuts yet. Much to give thanks for.
Here in our pastoral village of Herkimer, the community continues its good-hearted sharing of its abundance with our drug gang neighbors, notably the Kim Vargas gang, routinely delivering them free food, with the good stuff packed in ice.
The Vargases recently celebrated harvest season by destroying our bumper crop of squash with herbicide, with the added fun of slaughtering our sunflower plant. The sunflower taunted their inner ugliness with its beauty and grace for much of the summer.
“It’s obscene that in a time of national pandemic, hunger and growing homelessness, Herkimer continues to coddle its criminals.”
As we’ve noted before, throughout the spring and summer, our backyard was blasted with volatilized pesticide from the Vargases’ yard. Below is a video of a kind gentleman delivering food to the Vargases and to the drug trafficking gang on the other side of us, landlord Jay Smith’s Kyle Stone gang. The young gang guy taking the food boxes is Xavier Rowe. This is the most work I’ve ever seen Xavier do. Kyle himself makes a cameo appearance, carrying a box of Dunkin Donuts.
After that portion of the video, there’s an older clip of Joyce Barton of the Joyce Barton Gang delivering foodbank boxes to the Kyle Stones and some of her other neighbors before scooting into her house at 333 Pleasant Avenue with her own food. Photos of our poisoned crops and plantings are at the end.
Misplaced Charity Helps Sustain Herkimer Drug Gangs
It’s obscene that in a time of national pandemic, hunger and growing homelessness, Herkimer continues to coddle its criminals. Free food is but one example. Our Herkimer gangs are happily nested here, and why not? It’s been the good life for them for the long decades in which Upstate New York was the poor country cousin of Downsate. Supportive landlords give them sanctuary, and the community and the state of New York provide them SNAP and cash assistance, fuel subsidies, utilities’ help, top of the line Medicaid coverage and a world class Medicaid dental insurance. And all amid the comfort of extended family networks.
“Only New York would put up with these destructive social parasites. They traffic poison and poison their neighbors.”
We’re close to shopping and astride major transportation routes and near magnificent recreational areas. (Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers vacation throughout the summer; we’ve heard some chat about their camps in the hills.) Why ever would they move? Heck, I wouldn’t. Only New York would put up with these destructive social parasites. They traffic poison and poison their neighbors. In Florida, where we moved from, they’d be lucky to be merely homeless or in jail. And of course Herkimer’s gangs have long driven out many who opposed their domination of ours and other streets.
Herkimer Becoming A Refuge Amid Pandemic And Climate Relocation
Times are rapidly changing: the area’s becoming a relocation mecca for its climate stability. Nice houses here get snapped up as soon as they hit the MLS. Rents are absurd. Drive the village streets; longtime residents and newcomers are busily fixing up their houses. Look at the out-of-state license plates in the Walmart parking lot: California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida. Many are on upscale German imports. There’s money behind this. Two recent examples–artisans replacing a slate roof on one of the long neglected grand old homes in north Herkimer. Slate. (!) While down the street at another house, about an acre of brick exterior was being carefully repointed and cleaned.
“History may mark this time as the beginning of the largest mass migration since the fall of Rome.”
This isn’t a casual movement of a few, it’s a significant change in human geography in response to global crisis. History may mark this time as the beginning of the largest mass migration since the fall of Rome. A lot of people are coming here and they all need homes. Boomtimes banishes gangs as property values soar and slumlords send their tenants packing and sellout. Yes, even on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We saw it in Boston and we’re seeing it here, though the transition is much faster. There’s no room for gangs in this new world.
Driving less than 10 miles from home we were stranded!
When we drove out to Herkimer Home Historic State Park, less than 10 miles away, we gave no thought to problems returning. We soon found out just how difficult getting home would be!
At 8:30 AM we parked in the lot in front of the museum. Just as I turned off the motor, a huge plume of white billowy smoke rose from the hood of my car. After about 10 minutes it dissipated. I was not overly concerned as I have AAA road service and was not too far from home. AAA alerted me to the fact that the tow truck driver would not give me a ride due to Covid-19 restrictions. The tow truck arrived about an hour later. As soon as it departed, I tried to get a taxi. Neither Little Falls nor Herkimer offered any hope of getting one. I did not have Uber on my phone. No one we called was willing to give us a ride.
We decided to walk 3 miles to the center of Little Falls
Fortune smiled on us. It was a beautiful day and a splendid walk with wetlands on both sides of Route 169. Hats, drinking water, comfortable shoes and a backpack would have made the trek far more comfortable. Our portable battery ensured our cellphones would have power throughout the day. As we walked it occurred to us that there might be a bus from Little Falls to Herkimer.
Public transportation saved the day
It took a little over an hour to reach McDonald’s where we sat outside under the trees, snacking on coke and fries. Much refreshed, we identified the location of the Bernie Bus westbound stop. When the bus arrived exactly on time and almost entirely empty, it was a great relief! Things could have been far more catastrophic.
Before you drive anywhere ask yourself “how can I get home if my car breaks down?” Covid-19 disrupts transportation both public and private.
Thuggish Behavior Marks Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers
“Our Herkimer gangs are deeply inbred, part of an extended kinship network — members all know each other, and are often though not obviously related by blood or de facto marriage.”
In our six years of hard-won experience with Herkimer’s gangs, they’ve taught us that threats and harassment are how they dispose of neighbors who might out their drug and child trafficking. If that doesn’t work, poison gas attacks soon follow. We’ve been subjected to all three since Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and her family moved in next door to Joe Handy’s a few short months ago. The drug trafficking started soon after they arrived and grew, as did the Vargas’ prosperity.
Below are videos of Kim Vargas and family trafficking from Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House. The clips record a day or two’s trafficking in June by car and backpack. There’s also a video of the Vargases networking with the street’s several drug trafficking gangs.
Videos of Trafficking From Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House
Vargas Backpack Drug Trafficking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer
In the world of Herkimer gangs, children are a multi-purpose resource. We’ve seen gang family kids pimped, used as harassers and drug couriers. We’ve watched Herkimer’s gang families traffic other peoples’ young children like lambs to the slaughter.
The Kim Vargas’ family are typical, the kids doing as told, for the family. Both Joel Vargas Jr. (tall teen, hair queue) and his presumed younger sibling, aka Little Vargas, can be seen delivering product out of landlord Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant on any given day. This is what it looks like.
It’s obvious Kim Vargas and her drug trafficking family krew are closely allied with 331 Pleasant Avenue, across the street from them: watch as Joel Vargas Jr takes a bunch of thebackpacks from Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant Avenue over go to 331’s white pickup truck — 1:04 minutes.
3:00 – 3:22 Crime Pays – FedEx Ground dropping off big packages at Kim Vargas’. Again, just a sample — I’ve missed a lot of these deliveries. (What’s in those huge light boxes? Fresh backpacks?)
Miscellaneous – What with NY’s catch-and-release bail reform and Covid-19 compassionate jail releases, Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue’s become a bustling drug backpackers’ byway – there are a few clips in here of non-Vargas drug mules transiting the street. And there’s the usual trafficking out of landlord Jay Smith’s 326 1/2 Pleasant Avenue, next to Kim Vargas – Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant. Jay Smith’s longtime tenant at 326 1/2 is Shawn Thompson (“Shawn of the Shuffling Dead”), last heard telling Kim Vargas that he’d be putting anthrax in our mailbox. (Probably not a Walmart item.)
Kim Vargas Car Drug Trafficking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer
When Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and her family moved into landlord Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue a few months ago, they didn’t have a working car. The doughty Kim Vargas began trafficking by battery-powered ATV, possibly inspired by example of her friend and possible relative, Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool. (0:01-0:15 mins) Curtis trafficked for years out of 328 Pleasant Avenue.) Kim Vargas’ ATV soon paid for itself—she got herself a car and put it right to work. Here’s a day’s car trafficking out of 328 Pleasant. Mostly Kim Vargas, though older son Joel Vargas Jr. (tall teen, hair queue) sometimes takes the wheel.
I counted 10 quick roundtrips that day, but I may have missed a few. It was a typical trafficking day at the Vargases. Sometimes its solo trips, sometimes runs to drop off or retrieve backpackers,. There’s a stop at what seems to be an allied trafficking property near the King Street end of Pleasant Avenue, 307 Pleasant Avenue. (1:40 mins). What appears to be the white pickup truck from 331 Pleasant is parked there. (Our herkimprost.com camera drone is down for repair.)
Kim Vargas Drug Gang Networking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer
“All are from the street’s drug trafficking houses, a cluster of 1900’s homes mid-Pleasant Avenue: 328 (Vargas – landlord Joe Handy), 332 (Stone – landlord Jay Smith) and 331 (unknown tenants – landlord Hoover Greece LLC ).”
Our Herkimer gangs are deeply inbred, part of an extended kinship network — members all know each other, and are often though not obviously related by blood or de facto marriage.
These are a few clips of one of the Kim Vargases networking with some of Pleasant Avenue’s other drug gangers. All are from the street’s drug trafficking houses, a cluster of 1900’s homes mid-Pleasant Avenue: 328 (Vargas – landlord Joe Handy), 332 (Stone – landlord Jay Smith) and 331 (unknown tenants – landlord Hoover Greece LLC ).
0:01 Kevin Stone of the Stanley Sykes Gang shares a smoke with one of the older male Vargases and a passerby on the Kim Vargas’ porch at 328 Pleasant Avenue.
01:55 Driver of blue car from 331 Pleasant goes to 328, then meets with Xavier Rowe of Kyle Stone’s drug trafficking gang (2:28). That remarkably shiny car makes the rounds of the village day and night.
3:06 Kyle Stone, Xavier Rowe and Kim Vargas’s putative brother-in-law, aka Thug Vargas, in front of Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant.
4:53 They’re joined by the white pickup truck from 331 Pleasant. White pickup often seen working with the Kim Vargas and krew, moving backpacks here and there. (See our Vargas’ backpacking video.)
Real Estate Tsunami Will Soon Purge Herkimer’s Gangs From Their Cribs
Prosperity washes away gangs. There’s a real estate sales tsumani roaring down on Upstate NY as people from all over the US seek safe havens from the pandemic and accelerating climate change. This area has proven to be one of the safest in the US from both threats and a good buy. Our constant monitoring of real estate sales and sold prices shows a wave of affluent buyers and cutting edge business relocating to northern New York.
Landlords like Joe Handy and Jay Smith will be seeing offers they can’t refuse, or that their families won’t let them refuse. Herkimer’s gangs will be sent packing and those lovely old village homes they occupy will be sold, restored and improved. Perhaps I can then go finish writing that novel I started seven years ago.
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Our little security light sure keeps bringing out Herkimer’s servants of darkness. They hate that it illuminates the otherwise inky blackness of some of ill-lit Pleasant Avenue’s traditional drug and child trafficking areas. Putting up the light, we were immediately attacked by neighbors who crave darkness. That didn’t work. So now our criminal neighbors are summoning their nerve to take out the light. On camera.
Here’s a video of recent forays by two of Herkimer’s servants of darkness, The Pusher and The Blocker:
Herkimer Servant of Darkness 1 – The Pusher
0:01-0:09 – Yes, it’s Kyle Stone again, shoving the light. He lives next door at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave. Traffics out of there. Kyle may not be immuned to Covid19, but he does seem immune to being jailed. And obviously still unable to dress himself without the help of his long-suffering mother.
Herkimer Servant of Darkness 2 – The Blocker
0:10 – End Despite six years in the trenches here, I don’t recognize this guy. His swagger and unblinking trespassing and vandalism mark him as a gang guy with their usual sense of entitlement to anything they see. Here he proves that stupidity and arrogance are often entwined, breaking the law on three cameras and within a few feet of an audio pickup.
Gang guy ineffectively blocks our light on the side with a piece of cardboard, then chats briefly with durable Herkimer drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass, who pulls up across the street in the dented roller skate of a car the gang’s letting her use. She thanks him, proclaims him “My savior!” He says “That’s so fucked up!” with righteous indignation. (He means the light he failed to fuckup.) They then go their separate ways, she to traffic, he to probably also do good.
Perhaps they’re testing to see if we’re watching the cameras and if the cameras work? We are. They do. See the post the light is mounted on? It has room for another light facing toward Protection Avenue and Kyle Stone’s. Anything happens to light #1, we’ll add light #2 and bump up the wattage.