Addressing lies and half-truths

Letters to the editor

— To the editor:

My name is Barry Bullis; I am a Republican and have been nominated by my party for re-election as supervisor of the Town of Lysander. Mr. Frederic R. Burtch is challenging me for this nomination. Contrary to Mr. Burtch’s allegations, I don’t “destroy” people in the press; that’s not my style. I will, however, address the lies and half-truths he has spread in his campaign literature and publications.

The accomplishments of my administration over the past 16 years are well documented starting with removing hundreds of trucks per day from downtown B’Ville by extending Brundage Rd. to the AB brewery and most recently obtaining a $1.2 M grant for the Whispering Oaks sewer project. Mr. Burtch claims I will not debate him on the issues facing our town. First, Mr. Burtch has never asked me to debate him and second, the only issues he has raised are based on personal attacks and fabrication. There is nothing “broken” in Lysander. Town tax rates are among the lowest in central New York and growth continues at unprecedented levels. My opponent has not raised any factual issues relevant to Town Government because there are none. A legitimate candidate would campaign on issues. A negative, destructive campaign can only lead to an untrustworthy public official.

Contrary to my opponent’s assertion, I do not now, nor have I ever, had my health insurance paid for by the town. His claim that I cast the deciding town board vote to give myself full-time pay for part-time work is yet another falsehood. When I first became supervisor the population of Lysander was growing rapidly and the Town Supervisor position began to require more and more time. In 2003 the Board decided that Lysander needed a full time supervisor representing the interest of its residents and increased the salary accordingly through the budget adoption process which included a public hearing. Mr. Burtch says that he will reduce his salary by 25% if he is elected, and I assume his hours as he has a business to run. To reduce the salary, and hours, and then pay lawyers and engineers to do the work will cost more in the long run. Lysander taxpayers deserve a full time Supervisor to administer the business of a multi-million dollar municipal operation. Anything less would be a mistake.

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jmsml 3 years, 5 months ago

Very funny article, the title belies the content, it is ALL lies and less than half truths. Mr Bullis has been running this town for his and his friends personal profit for years. His claim that he does not control the appointments of every single seat in Town Government is a direct lie. The pockets of the taxpayers have been picked clean for years by this man and he feels that by simply claiming its not true it is therefore no longer reality. Please remove this man from power SOON. The lies must stop.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Were to begin. Whispering Oaks grant. If I recall, Mr. Bullis threatened Mr. Patrick at a town meeting concerning Mr. Patrick requesting action from various state agencies and specifically the DEC. He threatened Mr. Patrick with financial ruin due to a 30,000 per day fine the DEC could levy and he threatened Mr. Patrick being hated by his neighbors. It was quit the berating. But Mr. Patrick persisted. So Mr. Bullis may have signed the DEC consent order to fix the issue. Mr. Bullis may have signed for the grant that only happened because the DEC fined the residents and issued a consent order which allowed the project to move up on the DEC priority list therefore making it eligilbe for the grant. Prior to that, the residents settled with a Barry/B&L plan that would have cost 3 times as much without a grant but that plan was shot down due to Mr. Bullis piss poor relationship with the County Executive.
The full time position vote was 2 for and 2 against with Mr. Bullis casting the deciding vote if memory serves me correctly.
The school budget is 100 million dollars and the school board works for free. The town of Lysander has a full time comptroller so a full time supervisor is really not needed especially when he sits in his office smoking all day working on how to get re-elected and hiring private investigators to dig up dirt on his rivals.
All political appointments are interviewed by the LRC prior to the town board rubber stamping whomever the LRC chooses. Their last appointment was Mr. Oust to the Planning Board. What were his qualifications other that being the Dog Control Officers nieghbor. The LRC is the unelected shadow government that runs this town for its members personal profit.
Mr. Bullis and several town board members slandered Mr. Burtch in the newspaper and tv by claiming Mr. Burtch desecrated the old Presbytarian cemetery. The investigation proved otherwise. No public appology. Tom Dadey offered one to Fred if he would pull out of the primary. How sleazy is that? Recently found out the Mr. Bullis was approached by a concerned citizen several years ago concerning another cemetery being desecrated. This cemetery was being driven on by trucks and the tomb stones broken and thrown into the weeds. This cemetery is actually owned by the town and they cut the grass once a year. What was done about it? NOTHING Several years later, Fred Burtch has a run in with the Dog Control Officer and we get the cemetery drama as retribution.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Now some other items. The Y debacle is Mr. Bullis' making and the LRC. The LRC has been involved with the Y since the beginning when they purchased the ice rinks for a friends personal profit. Still own money on the ice rinks. The town hall that we would break even on once the sold the old one. Nope, over a million in debt for that one. He is currently trying to buy more property to expand the highway department therefore adding to the town's debt. We may be low in taxes but we have no services and we are at the top in debt. You be the judge. 4 more years of the "town is not broken" or a breath of fresh air. There are several candidates to choose from. Fred Burtch in the primary, Sept. 13. The general election on Nov. 8th will bring you the choice of Fred Burtch, John Salisbury, Kevin Rode and Barry Bullis. Your choice.


marvan 3 years, 5 months ago

The Ice Arena purchase was done through Public Referendum. Please tell all of us who was the friend that profited. The office building would have cost alot more if started from scratch. The Highway Superintendent must need more property if they are looking to expand. If the Highway Dept. needs to expand that must be the Board's fault or could it be the Town is growing? People will listen if you stick to the truth.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Public Referendum was a manipulation. Stated the town office would break even and it didn't. The current Highway Super stated there is no reason to expand. Glossing over the dirty details doesn't make it better. Ignoring the Barry and the LRC's role in all things LIEsander doesn't make it less true. LIEsander = low taxes, no services, high debt, and many less employers.


marvan 3 years, 5 months ago

If there is no reason to expand then why do they have three buildings spread though the Town. Wouldn't it make more sense to sell the two other buildings and put everything under one roof.. People are still waiting to find out who profited from the Ice Arena purchase. I think alot of people have complaints but no solutions. Everyone has an idea how to fix things but give no feasable solutions. As for the grass being cut once a year that is a big lie I have personally seen them mowing the grass on several ocassions. If it were true it would be the Highway Supers call anyway.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Keep trying marvan. You don't even know which cemetery I am referencing and the main point was desecration not cutting the grass. The grass cutting was in reference to Fred actually respectfully maintaining the old presby cemetery and returning head stones. It is OK to vote for Barry but I will not be.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

The nature of the relationship that exists between the Lysander Republican Committee (LRC) and four “friends” of this exclusive political club.

In his 1841 essay, “Friendship,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that, “The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.” Over the years, this maxim has morphed into, “Virtue is its own reward.”

In other words, don’t expect to gain from friendship. Rather, do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. I have my own turn on the phrase. “When it comes to friendship, no one’s keeping score.”

For most of us regular folks, this is true. Unfortunately, some people are always keeping score. They only do the right thing when rewarded, and they play the role of friend only when expecting something in return.

I have researched the relationships between the LRC and four of its “friends.” I have also calculated what each of these four has received in return in payment from the town of Lysander for their services over the years.

The four “friends” of the LRC, include the following Lysander officials and/or firms:

  1. Donald F. Power – former town dog control officer (DCO) and current President, Jack’s Reef Kennel Dog Protective Agency, Inc.;

  2. Proctor D. (P. David) Twichell – town attorney, and former partner of Coulter, Ventre, McCarthy & Twichell, et. al., attorneys at law;

  3. Robert W. Hornaday – former town engineer and principal owner, Barton & Loguidice, P.C.;

  4. Barry W. Bullis – town supervisor.

This final story in the series concerns the fourth “friend” of the LRC, Barry Bullis and his family. Read the following and then judge for yourself the nature of this friendship.

Let’s start at the beginning of the professional political career of Barry Bullis. On February 14, 1979, a local paper reported that:

“The new Lysander Republican Club is underway with the appointment of a bylaws committee….The club is presently under the direction of President pro tem Barry Bullis. Club plans call for…the support of qualified candidates seeking public office.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

CONTINUED: On October 7, 1981, a local Republican wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper:

“We all know that an effective town government should be an open government to its citizens, one that is responsive to the needs of all the people and not only to a small group of special-interest individuals. The Lysander Republican Committee has had too strong an influence on the everyday operation of our present town government. The committee’s views have most frequently been out of tune with the thinking of the Republican Community, as well as that of all the concerned people of the town in general.”

On October 28, 1981, a candidate for Lysander Town Supervisor wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper. He had been rejected for the second time by the Lysander Republican Party for the nomination. In this letter, he responded in part to the party’s public accusation that his candidacy may represent a “possible” conflict of interest:

“Now, let me tell you about (an) actual conflict of interest. The town attorney is also the town Republican chairman. The reason I believe I was not selected by the non-elected, one-party-rule selection committee, was the fact that they thought that they could not control me and the things that I felt had to be said….

The actual conflict of interest comes from wives being appointed to the selection committee whose husbands are town employees, including the town attorney’s wife! ‘Actual’ conflict of interest provides people with power they would not ordinarily have, if they live(d) by the rules.

Because the town attorney, Robert Coulter, enjoys the dual role of selector of town candidates for public office, and receiver of town fee(s) for legal services and auxiliary business as a result of his town attorney role, the second role is fed by the first. This is not a ‘possible’ conflict of interest; this is an actual conflict of interest. I call for his immediate resignation as town attorney or as chairman of the Lysander Republican Party….

Actual conflict of interest, by those accusing me of possible conflict, is evident to me when town employees’ wives and the chairman’s wife decide whether I would be the best candidate, when they have a financial interest in the outcome because their husbands are on the public payroll!”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

CONTINUED AGAIN: The letter-writer went on to wonder whether the voting public wanted to “stop this kind of shenanigans as much as I do.” Apparently, they didn’t. LRC candidates for all open town positions, including supervisor, won the election handily.

On November 11, 1981, a letter from Robert W. Coulter to the local paper read in part:

“The Lysander Republican Committee thanks those who supported its candidates on Election Day….The committee will continue in its effort to provide outstanding Republican candidates….Several committee members, such as myself, have a direct relationship with our town government….Be assured that if there were a conflict of interest, no such relationship would exist….”

Robert F. Coulter Chairman Lysander Republican Committee

In this same edition of the local paper, editor C. Alan Baker wrote a front-page article in entitled, “Election aftermath: Who’ll get vacant town board seat? Lysander GOP’s Coulter confirms his plans to resign committee chairmanship.” It read in part:

“Lysander voters picked two town councilmen at the polls last week. Now the ‘powers that be’ will pick a third one. He, or she, will fill the unexpired balance of the term of Walter P. Thompson, who resigned two days after the election….Thompson’s seat will be filled by vote of the remaining town board members….All are Republicans and the party recommendation is likely to weigh very heavily….Coulter confirmed this week that he will indeed step aside as GOP committee chairman….There’s been no indication who his successor might be. Coulter said he’d like to stay on the committee as a member, though….The chairman was assailed in the closing days of the campaign for a possible conflict of interest because he also serves as town board attorney….The committee which he heads has 28 seats, town each from the town’s 14 election districts.”

On November 18, 1981, an article in the local paper stated that, “In response to a letter received Thursday, the roster of the Town of Lysander Republican Committee is published here for readers’ information. Apparently, another local member of the Republican rank-and-file sought a list of those citizens who represented the local party.

According to the article, the anonymous letter-writer complained that:

“After eight years in the town, I don’t even know who my committeemen are and I am sure most other residents don’t know either. With the pending resignation of the chairman, the need to replace a town councilman, and following a close and hard-fought supervisor election, this information is necessary in order that we voters may evaluate changes that have been made and that we may express our views as to who should be elected as the new chairman and the new councilman.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

STILL CONTINUING: “The letter-writer asked, additionally, that (whether) the list includes ‘any elective or appointive positions they or their families may hold in the town, village or county governments.’” But the paper published the list without further comment or explanation.

Among others, this LRC membership list included Robert F. Coulter, representing District 1, his wife, Mrs. Joan Coulter, who lived at the same address but represented a different district (District 3), Donald F. Power (District 2), and Barry Bullis (District 10).

Coulter soon turned over the reins of the town to his hand-picked successor for the roles of party chairman. On July 14, 1982, the local paper reported:

“Barry Bullis has been elected chairman of the Lysander Republican Committee, succeeding Robert F. Coulter who had held the post for about 20 years….Educated at…Hudson Valley Community College, Bullis is a past president and co-founder of the Lysander Republican Club….and is a director and co-organizer of the new North Republican Club. He is also a member of the Onondaga County New Young Republicans. He reports that anyone interested in filling a vacancy on the town committee should contact him.”

Bullis would serve as chairman of the LRC from 1982 until 1995, when things got much better for Barry. So, let’s fast-forward to 1995.

On January 25, 1995, the local paper published a story about the open supervisor role:

“The field has been rounded out for the candidates for the Lysander supervisor position, to be vacated when current supervisor Milt Bilyeu retires on Jan. 27. On Jan. 26, the Lysander Republican Committee will have a meeting open to all registered Republicans from the town to determine who the committee will suggest the town board approve as its next supervisor. To date, five candidates have expressed interest in the position….The candidates will be interviewed in front of the Republican Committee Thursday and then a committee election will take place. If no candidate has a clear majority after the first vote, a second ballot will be taken between the top two candidates. The town board is expected to approve as supervisor whomever the committee elects. All five of the current board members are Republicans and there hasn’t been a Democrat elected to office in Lysander in over 100 years.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

AND MORE: On February 1, 1995, the local paper featured both an article and an editorial regarding whom the LRC would select as the next Lysander Town Supervisor. First, the article:

“Bullis selected. GOP chairman will assume top spot. For 12 years Barry Bullis has led the Republican Party in the town of Lysander. Now it appears he will hold the town’s most important office. On Thursday night, the Republican Committee elected Bullis their choice for the town supervisor position vacated when Milton Bilyeu retired at the end of January….The committee chose Bullis on the first ballot. ‘I campaigned hard,’ Bullis said. ‘I ran a good, old-fashioned, ordinary campaign, calling and trying to keep in touch with committee members.’ Although the committee can only make suggestions to the town board, it would be a big surprise if Bullis was not appointed by the board to serve the remaining year of Bilyeu’s term. In a conversation prior to the committee meeting, (a) town board member…said that the board would most likely go with whomever the committee suggested. ‘It’s a Republican town,’ (he) said….Only two of the 36 committee members were absent from the meeting. Those two members cast vote by absentee ballot…The new supervisor. Bullis…will keep his job with Ridge-Ed Pipeline in Bridgeport, but will step down from his position as GOP committee chairman. In the ‘not-so-distant future,’ the committee plans to hold a similar interviewing process for that position, Bullis said. Another of Bullis’ goals is increasing the participation of the other board members. He said his relationship with the board is ‘very favorable….I’m not planning on being a dictator,’ Bullis said. 'Town government is not set up that way.'”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

AND SOME MORE: In that same edition of February 1, 1995, the local paper ran an editorial about the role:

“Barring a monumental surprise, Barry Bullis will be named the next supervisor in the town of Lysander on Feb. 9, taking over for Milton Bilyeu who retired at the end of the month. In his 20 years on the Republican Committee, the last dozen as chairman, Bullis has established himself as the most powerful politician in town, as was witnessed in his one-ballot victory over…other challengers for the position. But now Bullis faces a new challenge, as he takes over the reigns (sic) of a town that is in some ways on the mend….Bullis will also face the challenge of keeping an eye on both his personal and his political careers….It will be interesting to see whether the job can be accomplished in concurrence with another full-time occupation. It will also be critical to enlist the support of the other board members, whose experience should be a tremendous aid to Bullis, who has never served on any town board. Bullis has had ample opportunity to develop political savvy on the Republican Committee, but the job of supervisor requires something very different than (sic) savvy. Bilyeu served as supervisor for 12 years with only one major glitch and he was remarkably unpolitical. To succeed in Lysander, Bullis will have to use the same ‘good, old-fashioned’ means that brought him into favor with the Republican Committee; staying accessible, running meetings in an open fashion, and cooperating with the other members of the board. Politicians are renowned for not living up to their campaign promises.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

On February 8, 1995, the local paper published an editorial entitled, “A family affair? You tell us.” It explored the incestuous relationship between the LRC and several elected and appointed positions in the town:

“With the town of Lysander Republican Committee’s recent decision to support Barry Bullis in his bid to become town supervisor, several questions regarding the committee have come to light. A number of committee members hold either part-time or full-time positions in the town. Included in that category are three town councilors, the dog control officer, the town clerk, the town attorney, and the town engineer. With this situation, the possibility of a conflict of interest exists, although members of the committee insist that it is not a problem in Lysander….Committee members who hold positions in the town agreed…that there is no conflict of interest between their employment and the workings of the Republican Party. We aren’t so sure. There are also several families that hold prominent positions on the committee. For instance, Barry Bullis, the chairman of the committee, is joined by his wife and two sons. This is a situation that is not prohibited by law. We are afraid, however, it could cause a loss of objectivity in committee meetings, such as the one on Jan. 26 when Bullis’s candidacy for the supervisor’s position was being discussed by the committee with his wife present and prepared to vote on the nomination. Committee members again insist that there is no soft shoe being done around matters as important as the committee recommendation for supervisor, and that the presence of a spouse has never determined the tenor of a meeting in the past. We wonder, however, if that is true. It seems, at least on the surface, that Lysander has a particularly familial Republican committee. What went on in the minds of committee members is something that only they know for sure. The committee made their decision to present Bullis as the next supervisor….However, the Republican committee in Lysander for all practical purposes determines who will serve as the leaders of the town. It is essential that a full and fair presentation of all points of view be a hard and fast rule of the committee. When husbands and wives, sons and daughters populate the committee, the playing field seems to be slightly tilted. Several committee members also made a decision that could materially affect their employment – from pay scale, to job security. It would seem that a large potential for conflict of interest exists; at the very least, there is potential for intimidation by the backers of one candidate or another….Could you have been completely objective if you were to choose not only the supervisor, but also a working partner or even a boss? Could you have effectively spoken your mind if you had negative comments on a person and their spouse was present?”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

STILL GOING: On November 1, 1995, the LRC placed a political ad in the local paper for Barry Bullis for Town Supervisor. Because the LRC had named him supervisor when the prior one resigned, Bullis had the advantage of running as an incumbent already in office. It read:

“Barry W. Bullis. Barry and his wife Alyce reside at _. Barry has served as supervisor of the town since February 1995, displaying an extraordinary enthusiasm and understanding, always with an open ear to citizens’ concerns. Barry has been active in the Lysander Republican Committee for 21 years, and served as its chairman from 1982 to February 1995. To continue this dynamic public servant as supervisor of the town of Lysander, vote for Barry on Row B on Nov. 7.”

Unfortunately, the article failed to mention that Barry’s wife, Alyce, was vice-chairman of the LRC and that she, along with Barry himself, had selected him to run for this position.

Fast-forward four years. On January 13, 1999, the local paper published an article entitled, “Lysander Republicans vie for legislature seat:”

“When the Lysander Republican Committee meets Thursday night it will have four people from which to choose for the successor to District 1 County Legislator Don Colon, who was named county comptroller last week….The legislature seat will be officially vacant on Jan. 22. The ultimate appointment decision lies with County Executive Nicholas Pirro….Legislators are up for election in November and whomever Pirro appoints would have to run for office for a two year term. The post pays $17,250 a year, which is only $175 less than Barry Bullis is paid as Lysander supervisor….Bullis said he is ‘definitely interested’ in the prospect of becoming a county legislature (sic) and that it is a natural next step for him in his political career. He was named supervisor in February 1995 and then ran unopposed for a full four-year term in November 1995. Bullis formerly served as town Republican chairman and is construction manager and estimator for A. J. Montclair Inc., a general contractor.”

Bullis didn’t get the job. Instead, it was awarded to Richard Lesniak, who at the time was the chairman of the LRC.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

AND GOING: On October 27, 1999, the local paper published an article entitled, “Election ’99: Know your candidates in Lysander.” The article read in part:

“Supervisor Barry Bullis. Barry Bullis is running for a second term. Professionally, he is construction manager and chief estimator for A. J. Montclair Inc., general contractors of Central Square….Bullis has been involved in local Republican politics since 1974 and chaired the Lysander Republican Committee from 1982 to 1995. He has worked on the political campaigns of congressmen, county legislators, comptroller, judges, sheriffs and county executive(s).”

The article went on to say the following about Bullis:

“During his tenure, many corporations have expanded or moved into Lysander, including Anheuser-Busch, Ainsley Warehouse, Ball Corp., McLane Northeast, Goetz Dolls, Gypsum Express, ProLinks Services and Goulds Pumps….”

It is important to note that by this time Bullis had only been in office for four years. Despite his short time in office, he was already taking credit for businesses that had located here years before. More important, since Bullis has been in office, many of these firms have left Lysander or closed their doors forever, including Goetz Dolls (2004), Ball Corp. (2009), and others.

Sadly, when InBev closes Anheuser-Busch, which it most likely will do in the near future, then Lysander will lose its supporting businesses, including Ainsley Superior Warehouse, McLane Northeast, Gypsum Express, and ProLinks Services. If Supervisor Bullis took the credit for these firms locating or expanding here, then he must also share the responsibility when they leave Lysander. These include the 98 local jobs lost on November 15, 2010, when Hain Pure Protein closed its plant in Plainville west of town.

On November 6, 2002, the local paper reported that the “Lysander supervisor’s position may become full time:”

“Upgrading the job of Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis from part-time to full-time and raising his salary from $19,000 to $42,750 will be discussed at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 7 at a public hearing on the 2003 preliminary budget at the Lysander Town Hall on Lock Street in Baldwinsville. This would make Bullis the third highest-paid town employee….The Lysander Town Board has been discussing the proposal to upgrade the supervisor position for some time….Bullis said his workload is increasing and he’s been performing a full-time job on a part-time salary. He said he’s been working on such issues as the Lysander Ice Arena…and increasing administrative work.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

GOING AND GOING: In this same edition of the paper, the following letter to the editor appeared:

“It has been proposed that supervisor’s position now held by Barry Bullis be changed from a part-time to a full-time position, with an increase in pay from $19,000 to $42,000 a year. It is objectionable that his change is proposed in a secretive, executive session and buried in the budget process. Since Mr. Bullis was elected on certain terms and conditions for his term which is up next year, then such change of employment should not take place at this time. He should continue in his employment agreement, as part-time until his term ends. The electorate should have the say as to whether this position should be made full-time and at what cost. The meeting on the subject is scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Lysander Town Hall. I urge that all persons opposed to this change should appear and voice their objection.”

On November 7, 2002, the Lysander town board presented its preliminary budget for 2003 in a public hearing. The meeting minutes read in part:

B. Bullis: “Our Comptroller, David Rahrle will present the budget at this time.”

D. Rahrle: “….Now the appropriations for the General Fund total $2,197,629….I’m not going to try to detail that whole two million dollars. I will tell you some of the major components of that. The first item, is that the Supervisor’s position, which is now considered a part-time position….The Board is proposing to make that a full time position in 2003 and along with that they would be increasing his salary by $23,708 which is $42,740. He currently makes $19.042.”

J. Stirushnik: “…I have always gone by the principle that elected officials do not receive a salary increase during their term of office and that would be the standard I would set in this case. I think looking into the future that I can’t believe you’re going to have as many large, significant time-consuming projects come before this Board in the upcoming years and certainly not so many in such a short period of time. I would question if there wasn’t a way of giving a one-time bonus or some other way of providing compensation for Mr. Bullis’ service without…having a full time Supervisor which is very difficult to reverse in the future.”

B. Bullis: “I offered to work by the hour. Then they’d have to pay me overtime and they didn’t want to do that. Your point is taken.”

On January 8, 2003, the local paper made the following announcement:

“Barry Bullis officially became full-time supervisor of the town of Lysander during the town board’s reorganizational meeting on Jan. 2 at an annual salary of $42,750. He is now the second highest paid town employee.”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

AND STILL MORE: This announcement failed to mention the following allegations from several sources:

  1. While part-time town supervisor, Bullis may have already lost his full-time job as construction manager, and may have been seeking full-time employment.

  2. As a voting member of the town board, Bullis may have cast the deciding vote to make his part-time supervisor position full-time beginning in 2003.

On April 9, 2003, the local paper reported the following:

“Veteran public servant Richard Lesniak was appointed to the Lysander Town Board March 3 to fill the unexpired term of Frank O’Donnell, who recently retired….Lesniak has an extensive background of public service….He is chairman of the Lysander Republican Committee….and will remain GOP chairman.”

So by 2003, former LRC chairman Barry Bullis was now running the town board full-time, which now included the current chairman of the LRC.

By 2005, Bullis was pushing to expand and relocate town hall to Radisson. The Post-Standard published an article on September 10, 2005, entitled, “Lysander Hall Costs May Rise.” The article indicated that this B&L project was significantly over budget:

“The total project, including the $925,000 the town already has spent to purchase the former ABB-SSAC building in Radisson’s corporate park, could reach $2 million, board members project. The town previously had been authorized by residents to spend $1.5 million….Now the town board will consider spending up to $2 million because of the uncertainty about construction costs. The board Thursday night approved a bond resolution to get the additional funds.”

Bullis claimed that we would break even exchanging the old town hall on Lock Street for the new one in Radisson. But, we still owe $1,445,000 on the new town hall.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

MORE STILL: On October 26, 2005, the local paper printed the following letter to the editor:

“The town of Lysander has been dominated exclusively by Republicans for years. When government is one-sided it fails to be truly representative….We need only to look at the cronyism and corruption scandals in...U.S. Congressional Leadership to see the danger of one-party rule. Any government that is dominated by one party will naturally become insular and unresponsive to the concerns of the citizens, and if unchecked, in time will become corrupt. As we have all heard, absolute power corrupts absolutely. For too long the people of Lysander have been ignored by politicians who fee no obligation to hear them or to respond to them. Citizens have brought complaints to the town council and have been ignored and scoffed at by the Republican town council. It is time for a change….all citizens should be heard and respected regardless of their party…the politicians must ultimately answer to all of the citizens.”

Although there are numerous examples of this unresponsiveness by the town supervisor and town board over the past five years, one stands out. When the town board couldn’t prevent the town clerk from hiring whom she wanted for the role of deputy town clerk in 2004, the town board approved the candidate but not her salary.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

ALMOST DONE: On January 5, 2009, the Lysander town board held its annual organizational meeting. The minutes report this exchange between supervisor Bullis and a concerned citizen:

__ asked the board why _ is not qualified for the job.

Supervisor Bullis stated that no one said that she wasn’t.

_ wanted to know then she was not being paid for the job.

Supervisor Bullis stated that it was the Board’s decision and that the Board felt the appointment was inappropriate.

_ wanted to know what was inappropriate.

Supervisor Bullis stated that he was not really sure that that is something he wanted to get into at this point.

_ stated that ‘inappropriate’ would be like having husbands and wives work for the Town, which work for the Town now. She also stated that ‘inappropriate’ are a father and his sons working for the Town, and a person working for the Town that spends half the day in a bar….She said she just wants an explanation as to why the Board feels this person is inappropriate when there are other things going on in the Town that are.

Supervisor Bullis stated that he was not going to respond to _ and cut her off at this point because he said that this was not an item on tonight’s agenda….”


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

ALMOST THERE: As of September 14, 2010, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, there were 31 members of the LRC, including:

· 23 of 31 (74%) committee members who now hold or have held elected, appointed, or contractual positions with the town of Lysander or Onondaga County in the prior year or are related to someone who does;

· These 23 committee members and their immediate families now hold or have held at least 30 different elected, appointed, or contractual positions with the town of Lysander or Onondaga County in the prior year;

· These 30 positions include elected, appointed, and contractual town roles like supervisor, deputy supervisor, councilor, clerk, justice, engineering firm, constable and special policeman, records management officer, assigned counsel, dog control and kennel agency, planning board member, zoning board of appeals member, board of assessment review member, parks and recreation commission member, and public safety committee secretary;

· These 30 positions include three roles with full-time pay and benefits in the town highway department held by three different sons or brothers of committee members.

There’s no need to list all LRC members, but here are just seven on the list of 31:

  1. Barry W. Bullis;
  2. His wife, Alyce J. Bullis;
  3. Their son, Jason P. Bullis;
  4. Donald F. Power;
  5. His son, John W. Power;
  6. Robert W. Hornaday;
  7. His wife, Kay A. Hornaday.

So, what has been the nature of this friendship between the LRC and its fourth “friend,” Barry W. Bullis?


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

THE END: Well, I can’t say for sure. But, consider the following possibilities:

  1. With their fellow LRC members, the Barry Bullis and/or his family have helped to select every Lysander town supervisor and board member in over 30 years, some of whom later voted to pay Bullis full-time for his part-time supervisor role.

  2. Bullis and his board have hired three “friends” of the LRC, all without the benefit of job interviews, competitive bidding, or a request-for-proposal process:

  3. Donald F. Power – former town DCO and current President, Jack’s Reef Kennel Dog Protective Agency, Inc., for dog control and kennel services;

  4. Proctor D. (P. David) Twichell – town attorney, and Coulter, Ventre, McCarthy & Twichell, et. al., as the special counsel to the town;

  5. Robert W. Hornaday – former town engineer and principal owner, Barton & Loguidice, P.C., for town engineering services;

  6. Over time, Lysander town taxpayers have paid these “friends” nearly $7 million:

  7. Donald F. Power and family = $1,976,142;

  8. P. David Twichell and the law firm of Coulter, et. al. = $964,363;

  9. Robert W. Hornaday and Barton & Loguidice, P.C. = $3,879,002.

  10. During much of this same time, these contractors have been active members of the Lysander Republican Committee, and have contributed financially to the re-election campaigns of supervisor Barry W. Bullis.

  11. Since 1995, the town’s taxpayers have paid Barry W. Bullis a total of $530,832.

Before any of us jumps to conclusions, or tries to put a price on friendship, we should first ask ourselves a few relevant questions. What is the nature of the relationship between Barry Bullis and the Lysander Republican Committee? What has this relationship cost the town of Lysander and its taxpayers? Well, what do ya’ll think?


ghostofbville 3 years, 5 months ago

Well, STEVE It seems that you have not learned your lesson. But that will be in the hands of the judge real soon!!!!!!.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Nanny, nanny boo boo. I'm not Steve. The Google is a wonderful tool and I am not impersonating anyone. Don't be mad Barry supporter. Go steal some more of Fred's signs. It will make you feel better. The truth always comes out.


marvan 3 years, 5 months ago

If you look into it a little less biased you would see there are THREE from the Lathrop family working there also. I think they got the jobs without even being on the LRC. This leads me to believe you only select reports on certain people. Lets dig into how much they got paid over the years after all you did it for other families.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

Your right. There are others that fall under nepotism/cronyism. I am sure they all got their jobs on merit alone. Are you sure they have no connections to the LRC or is that your opinion? Once again, I did not select the people. I am reposting an article from the internet. I already admitted to being biased. I think Barry Bullis is an awful supervisor and needs to be defeated in the election. The rest of the board is equally culpable since they sat there give silent consent to Mr. Bullis and his actions. Why do you think Barry had to strong arm people to run with him? I believe the truck with the signs said it all. Barry must go. We want a government that creates solutions not problems.


turgid 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't know if you noticed but most of the article consists of articles published in the Messenger over the years. Are you asserting that the Messenger is biased also? Just curious, Marvan.


marvan 3 years, 4 months ago

No I noticed alot of it was from the old Lysandertown.com site. It is this biased information that is out there that takes away their credibility. I also read on another site about Brian May threatening Fred's life and nothing happening. I can recall in the Lysander board minutes back in May of last year where he threatened the DCO. Mr.Krisanda asked him about it and he said " absolutly I did ". Nothing was done to him but he wants Brian May arrested, this is priceless.


ghostofbville 3 years, 4 months ago

Fred is also a born liar, a Master Degree???? Really now???

A quick fact check shows that SUNY Oswego has NEVER offered a Masters in Economics, EVER.

Now Fred come clean, or are you going to let that scumbag Chris P. do all your talking for you?????


jmsml 3 years, 4 months ago

Its more sad than funny that these D-bags that support the crook that is town supervisor, sound like they are his children. The same troll like bald weasels that steal campaign signs for fun and games so daddy-o can continue stealing from the taxpayers. Badmouthing Mr Burtch and Mr. Patrick doesn't make it so you little cretins, your daddy has spent so much time in the dark side you are becoming nocturnal critters.


turgid 3 years, 4 months ago

Marvan, the entire story is from the shutdown website. I referring to the articles referenced in the story. They all come from the Messenger. Brain May has threatened Fred on several occasions. He has the tapes to prove it. He has a witness to prove the town hall threat. He has slanderd Mr. Burtch in the media. I don't know if you know but the State Police determined there was not desecration of the cemetery as Barry, Brian and Jack stated in print and tv.

Ghostofbville, that is funny. Shall we critique Mr. Bullis' resume and cover letter that he presented at the Conservative Nomination interviews: Letter from Nick Pirro from 2004, not signed and so poorly written that I think it was a forgery. As you have read on facebook, your dad stiffed subcontracts thousands of dollars when he drove his business into the ditch. A sincere belief in open and transparent government. What a joke. As for the scumbag Chris P. doing Fred's talking. I can't speak to. I noticed that a Skip Carritch took my hint and used google to resurrect the stories from earlier in the year. Kinda brought a tear to my eye that someone is battling the establishment with me. jmsml is a bit less civil but he makes his point loud and clear. A fellow patriot fighting the fight. Please, vote for your dad but I will not. Like I said earlier, go steal some more of Fred's signs, it will make you feel better and boost your self-esteem. Maybe daddy will give you a pat on the bald spot. Have a nice day.


ghostofbville 3 years, 4 months ago

Fact of the matter was and still is Fred is a liar and convicted criminal. Fred is lying to the public about his educational background and in the real world if you lie to your perspective employer, you either don't get the job or get fired when they find out the truth.

Fred is a convicted thief, in the real world convicted thieves don't hired, background checks are in place to see to that.

You can assume all you want I am not related to Bullis, no more than you are Steve, but then again it sounds like you Steve, Andy, Chris and Jim G. are all on the same personal vendetta.

But the bottom line is the public will find out about Fred's "Masters Degree" and be assured his criminal past will haunt him til this election is over.


turgid 3 years, 4 months ago

By your logic, Barry should be fired since he is a liar, slanderer and a theif. He lies at every town meeting and in the press. He has slandered Mr. Burtch with accusations of cemetery desecration. He has stolen from his subcontractors when he ran his business in the dirt. Background checks don't apply to elected officials. If they did, there wouldn't be a NYS legislature or Congress. Since I don't know any of those people you list personally, I do not know if it is personal or not. Just because someone opposes the incumbent doesn't make it a vendetta. Are John Salisbury and Kevin Rode on a vendetta? I think Barry is an awful supervisor. I want to be represented by a someone elected not annointed by the LRC. I want honest and open government. Your threats are a perfect example of how LIEsander, LRC and Barry work. Barry will not debate Mr. Burtch on the issues but insteads hires an private investigator to dig up dirt on Mr. Burtch. Hey on another note, does your dad buy his cigarettes locally or does he avoid NYS taxes and smoke reservation cigs in his office? How many packs a day is he up to? While I am slogging in the mud with you, tell your dad to dye his stash, he looks like Hitler especially when he is gaveling his citizens into silience. It reminds me of the old Benny Hill shows but unfortunately that would be an insult to Benny Hill. He was an entertainer not a dictator. How many gavels has your dad broke? Ahh, I am on a roll. The 3 Stooges - Huge "Moe" K., Mike "Larry" B. and Brian "Curly" M.. That must be a sight to behold at a LRC meetings. Ed "Abbot" R. and Art "Costello" L. but way less funny then the originals. Then there is the Naked Mole Rat Jack K.. Scurry back to Barry's hole. Enough of the fun. Like I keep saying, go steal some more of Fred's signs. You will feel better and won't be so mad when you are posting BS. Thanks for the opportunity to spout off.


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