Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nominate Gary Harvey for Veterans Hall of Fame

 Please nominate Gary Harvey for New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Sara Harvey would like to do something special for her husband who is isolated in a nursing home after suffering a traumatic brain injury. There is not a better gift she can give him. Unfortunately, Gary has an abusive guardian who will not allow him to hold his wife’s hand and his wife is not allowed to hold his or kiss him. However, she is allowed to visit him for a maximum of four hours each week. During that time, Sara reads to Gary and talks to him about everyday life. He knows when she is there and reacts to different things she tells him. Gary is a proud US veteran and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. This would honor him and fill his heart with pride. Please take a few minutes to go to this link and make the nomination. It will only cost you a few minutes of your time. Please message me if you have any questions.

His address is 555 St. Joseph’s Blvd. Elmira NY 14901. Gary Harvey served in the Army as a Special Force Ranger during the Vietnam War. He was honored with a National Service Defense Medal and as an expert M-16 rifleman.


Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans’ Hall of Fame,” an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

“So many veterans served our nation courageously and honorably, and then returned home to lift the lives of our local communities.  The Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame is just one more way to give a local veteran a well-deserved and well-earned expression of our gratitude and admiration,” said O’Mara, who represents New York’s 58th Senate District encompassing Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).

The Senate established its Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2005.  It’s designed to honor New York veterans whose service in the United States Armed Forces is accompanied by service to the community and accomplishments as a civilian, and includes veterans representing Senate districts from throughout New York State.  Senators conduct induction ceremonies within their respective legislative districts and at the Capitol coinciding with veterans-related observances throughout the year.  

  This year’s Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 21, 2013, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances. 

O’Mara is accepting nominations for this year’s inductee until Friday, April 26, 2013. 

Nomination letters, which should include a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service and achievements, can be sent to O’Mara’s Albany office: Room 812, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York  12247. 


Nomination letters can also be e-mailed to:


Or nominations can be submitted online using the form below.


The following area veterans have been inducted into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by O’Mara:

— Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs as the former director of the Schuyler County Veterans’ Service Agency, was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2011; and

— J. Arthur “Archie” Kieffer, longtime Chemung County historian and a World War II combat veteran, was honored at a ceremony at the Chemung Valley History Museum in Elmira last May.    

Other area veterans who are Hall of Fame members are the late Frank C. “Fritz” Pesesky, a veteran of World War II and former director of the Chemung County Veterans Service Office (2005); William K. Kastner, a Vietnam veteran and longtime director of the Steuben County Veterans Service Agency (2006); and the late Robert Laskaris, a highly decorated combat veteran and well-known figure in Chemung County veterans’ affairs (2008).

Click on link below for nomination form >>>  

Veterans Hall of Fame



Elder Abuse Judgment

by Jim Fargiano
The Spoken Words of Spirit, Inc.

A few weeks ago, the Judge who presided over the heartbreaking elder abuse case of Dorothy Wilson died of what was reported to be a heart attack.  While I am almost certain that the stress and knowledge of his own wrongdoing came into play, it is not up to me to disparage him after the fact.  However, as was evident when he ruled on this side of the divide, my spiritual perception of how he passed comes across to me quite differently than reported.

Today, the same cast of characters who were intermingled in destroying the final years of Dorothy are still damaging people.  Mary Giordano, of Franchina and Giordano in Garden City, New York was the law guardian for Mrs. Wilson.  Her attorney, David Smith, also handled elder care cases in the same vile manner that she did.  In one case I am aware that there has been the assumption of theft, threats against both children who were vying for their mother’s rights, the callous disregard and pleas from the family for normal visitation and so forth.  It is alleged that Mr. Smith was even ludicrous enough to have security prevent this woman’s children from having access to her in the nursing home he stuck her in.  Incidentally, this home has the poorest grade of all the nursing facilities in the county.  I am sure that this officer of the court thinks he knows who I am referring to, but he should remember that his past might be coming back to haunt him too, as many people like to reach out comfortably to me.

It has been quite some time since I felt compelled to write another article about elder abuse.  Today seemed to be the fitting time as I was reminded of just how sick and greedy the people who perpetrate these horrors are.  I was also given a flashback to a conversation I had with Dorothy that reminded me of the depth of depression she was in because Judge Asarch determined her life not worthy enough of being happy.  He allowed for Mary Giordano to give her what turned out to be a death sentence by legally or illegally kidnapping her, depending on whether you are abiding by State or Federal statutes.

When I found out about the Judge’s passing, I heard from a higher authority, “One down.  Who’s next?”  It was not said with any bitterness, but in such a matter of fact tone that if I were Mary Giordano, Anne Recht, David Smith, Lisa “P”, the law clerk for the judge, or any of the others who lent a hand in some large or small way in allowing for the torment of an innocent, harmless, old lady, I would be concerned.  As most of you who follow my articles are aware of what my career path is all about, for me to have “insight” is nothing uncommon.  There was no accusatory tone in the voice I heard; simply one that suggested that those who menace will find themselves with a future that will be depleted of wealth, health, love and probably long-term life.  Of course, that is mere speculation on my part, but my accuracy for almost two decades has rarely been challenged.

My goal whenever I have written these articles has been to remain fair and report only factual information.  The above mention is the first time, to my recollection, that I have invoked anything I have been told.  Living in two worlds is not always simple, but seeing the physical misuse of power and abuse of average people who have no way to defend themselves seems to have irked something inside of me, as well as those on the other side of the divide.  I understand that this leaves me open to ridicule, but facts are facts in the physical world.  That is what we are truly discussing here.

Because They Can

April 12, 2013

by Diane Wilson

I read another story today about the abuse of children by a whistleblower who was shunned for years after she reported the abuse. When discussing why people abused these children, her answer was that they did it “because they can.” A simple answer, three simple words, but they pack a more powerful punch than any answer I have ever heard. It answers a question that has been asked for decades, something that has plagued psychoanalysts for years. “Because they can.” That’s it; that is the reason. No big mystery; just because they can. So now we have to ask the biggest question, why? Why can they? Why can they get away with this? Why are we allowing it? Why aren’t we the people standing up for the children and the elderly and the disabled? Why are we allowing these people to continue the abuse unabated?  When did this all become okay? When and why did we stop protecting the most vulnerable members of our society?      

When did respect for the elderly stop? When did it become okay to disrespect the elderly and ignore their wishes, as if what they say and how they feel and what they want is meaningless? When did it become okay for children to disrespect their parents and steal from them and verbally abuse them and refuse to help them?  When did it become okay for strangers–lawyers, judges, social workers, hospital staff, court personnel, nursing home owners, police officers and agency employees, the very people who are supposed to be protecting and watching out for the elderly– when did it become okay for these people to force the elderly to live in institutions against their will, to steal their homes and assets, to rape their bodies and estates, to medicate them with drugs to keep them complacent? When did it become okay to isolate the elderly from their families and deny them their rights to see their children and friends and loved ones? When did it become okay for judges and lawyers to deny the right of a wife to kiss and hug her husband? When did it become okay for these officers of the court to deny the right of children to hold their mother’s hand?  The answer is never; it has never been okay.

So when and why were the God-given rights of all people removed? Who did this? Who allowed it? The answer is we did. We allowed it. We allowed it by refusing to speak up against this type of tyranny, by pretending it didn’t exist, by not responding to pleas for help from those crying out to us. Those of us who are speaking out against it are still being ignored by the mainstream media. Money and power are two reasons. They are also afraid of retaliation from the judges of this country because somewhere along the line, judges were given God like powers. We need to remember that judges are people, no different from you and me, no different from the children and the elderly and the disabled that are part of our society. No one has the right to arbitrarily destroy the lives of people. They do it because they can.     

We need to take back our power, and remove the power from people who abuse it. When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?          

There are good and honest and ethical judges and lawyers in this country. My question to all of you is this: When will you speak up and do what is necessary to turn the tide of abuse? When will you do the job that you took an oath to do? When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?

We can fix this, before it’s too late, because we can.           

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