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WESTCHESTER COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES SLUSH FUND EXPOSED

WESTCHESTER COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES SLUSH FUND EXPOSED

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Published by Samuel L. Rivers
VOL. IV NO. XXIX

Tax Activist Tells Guardian :
This Week...
From
Court Report: p3 U.S. Attorney Charges Pres. Of Mt. Vernon Company In Our Opinion, p4: The Deeper Meaning Of Robert Castelli’s Victory On The National Scene, p10: The New Queen Of Hearts

Westchester’s Most Influential Weekly

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010

e Publisher See page 2

westchesterguardianonline.com

Politicians Are Greatest reat To America

Taxpayers Mad As Hell Over Westchester ‘Slush Fund’
Advocate, pg 5

THE WESTCHES
VOL. IV NO. XXIX

Tax Activist Tells Guardian :
This Week...
From
Court Report: p3 U.S. Attorney Charges Pres. Of Mt. Vernon Company In Our Opinion, p4: The Deeper Meaning Of Robert Castelli’s Victory On The National Scene, p10: The New Queen Of Hearts

Westchester’s Most Influential Weekly

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010

e Publisher See page 2

westchesterguardianonline.com

Politicians Are Greatest reat To America

Taxpayers Mad As Hell Over Westchester ‘Slush Fund’
Advocate, pg 5

THE WESTCHES

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T
HURSDAY 
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EBRUARY 
18, 2010VOL. IV NO. XXIX 
Westchester’s Most Influential Weekly 
Taxpayers  Mad As HellOver Westchester ‘Slush Fund’
Court Report: p3
U.S. Attorney Charges Pres.Of Mt. Vernon Company 
In Our Opinion, p4:
The Deeper Meaning Of Robert Castelli’s Victory 
On The National Scene, p10:
The New Queen Of Hearts
westchesterguardianonline.com
This Week...
Tax Activist Tells Guardian :
Politicians Are Greatest reat To America
Advocate, pg 5
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County Taxpayers Mad As HellOver Westchester ‘Slush Fund’
Perhaps Many Millions Squandered Over  e Years
It was no coincidence, if anything, it was remarkableirony, that last Tuesday Rob As-torino was taking a 20-minute‘walk-through’ of the o  ces of the Westchester County Depart-ment Of Social Services at 112E. Post Road, White Plains, ac-companied by none other thanDeputy Commissioner DianeAtkins as the February 11th edi-tion of 
e Westchester Guard-ian
was making its way downand around the county bear-ing the headline, “Westchester‘Slush Fund’, Department of Social Services”. And, it wasn’tas though Mr. Astorino hadn’tbeen previously alerted to themulti-million-dollar, long-run-ning giveaway operations underthe direction of his tour guide,Diane Atkins.
By ursday, phones wereringing o  the wall at
e Guard-ian
from taxpayers who wantedto know more about the scan-dal and what could be done toend the “hemorrhaging” of hard-earned tax dollars to ineligiblerecipients, principally in MountVernon and Yonkers.We were not invited to comealong on the tour. In fact, forweeks before, Commissioner Ma-hon and Deputy CommissionerAtkins, refused repeated requestsby 
e Guardian
for interviews,despite the fact that we had in-formed them that we wanted todiscuss concerns that employ-ees of the Department, and citi-zen-taxpayers, had brought toour attention, in order to a ordthem the opportunity to expresstheir position. We certainly hopethat Atkins took the time to showour new County Executive therecently completed expansion of her already large  h-oor o  ceinto a virtual “Presidential Suite.”Perhaps he even got a chance tosit on her new couch.We wonder if Atkins tookthe time to explain how she hasstrategically placed certain in-dividuals in Mount Vernon andYonkers to do her
dirty work
, herunlawful distribution to friends,family, and politically connectedrecipients. Consider LeonardTownes, operating under the bo-gus title “Director Of Temporary Assistance;” at Grade 16, earningabout $130,000. Townes, in turn,has placed Yvonne Rhodin as amanager in Mount Vernon, andAnnabelle Lewis, as a supervisor.It’s no coincidence, given our in-quiries, that Townes has just beenremoved to Yonkers and Stacey Reynolds, working under thesame bogus, Grade 16 title, Di-rector Of Temporary Assistance,has been sent to White Plains.However, Reynolds’ moveinto White Plains will now con-ict with Jacqueline Greene, whohas also been getting $130,000,believe it or not, working fromhome! We understand thatGreene, who has been work-ing the
home employment gig 
forsome two years or more, will nowactually be compelled to workat 85 Court Street, White Plains.What a shame.en, there’s Nancy Holmes,who goes by her maiden namebecause she is Mrs. Kevin Mahon.Nancy Holmes is pulling down$100,000+ as Manager #1 at 100East First Street, Mount Vernon,having been jumped over severalother eligible Department Of So-cial Services employees. In West-chester, if it smells like nepotism,it likely is. A er all, why shouldthe Mahon household have tosettle for a mere Commissioner’ssalary of $155,000 a year, whenthey can have more than a quar-ter million?For years, Andy Spano keptfeeding Westchester’s highest-in-the-Nations’ overtaxed familiesthe
story
that it was “the Unfund-ed Mandates from the State” that
County Executive Rob AstorinoFormer County Executive Andrew Spano
 
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Advocate,
continued from the previous page
were pushing their County taxburden up and over the top. WhatSpano, and now Mr. Astorino, in-tentionally avoided telling us wasabout the millions and millions o dollars that were being siphonedinto the hands o politically con-nected individuals; people who,when ound “Ineligible” by anhonest Social Services examiner,would whip out their cellphoneand call Diane Atkins who, inturn, would order the honest, dil-igent employee to make the un-lawul payment anyway.Te so-called State-imposed
Unfunded Mandates
adminis-tered through the Departmento Social Services include, (1)Emergency Assistance; (2) ChildCare; (3) Food Stamps; (4) Fos-ter Care, and, (5) Medicaid, all o which have provided ertile eldso opportunity, and continue to,or the raudulent passage o tax-payer-generated unds into
lar-cenous hands
by 
Diane Atkins &Company 
.
Emergency Assistance
casesinclude payment o Social Ser-vices unds, taxpayer dollars orsuch expenses as Con Ed bills toprevent turn-os, rent arrears toprevent evictions, and moving ex-penses within the State, generally regarded as
Open and Close cases.
O course, when Diane Atkins’niece wanted to move to SouthCarolina, somehow she becameeligible to receive some $4,000 inmoving expenses to do so.
Child Care,
at more than$1100 per month, per child, issupposed to be justied when theparent, requently single moms,demonstrate that they requirethat assistance in order to main-tain and perorm employmentthat is yielding at least $22,000but not more than $25,000 peryear. It’s a questionable ormula-tion at best, one that appears in-tended to enhance so-called
Wel-fare To Work
programs; but onewhich demands compliance withregulations, a standard Diane At-kins routinely violates.
Food Stamps
 
are generally provided to amilies and singleindividuals whose income allsbelow, or near, the poverty level.In Westchester, particularly un-der the inuence o Diane At-kins, individuals will oen apply or ood stamps claiming to beearning $100 to perhaps $200per week. Tose same individu-als may then turn around andmake application or Child CareAssistance, claiming employmentbetween $22,000 and $25,000 (or$500 per week), trying to “haveit both ways,” and oen gettingaway with it.
Medicaid
is a vast area o public assistance subject to amultitude o raudulent schemes,requently involving
caregiv-ers
, doctors, dentists, nurses andhome health aides, as well as
re-tailers
such as pharmacies andhealth equipment providers, andeveryone in between. MedicaidFraud is so rampant that mostederal and state prosecutors’ o-ces have a separate MedicaidFraud unit.
Foster Care
generally in-volves home care in a amily set-ting provided to individuals rombirth to 21 years o age, or to thepoint o emancipation throughemployment and relocation.Generally, the opportunities orraud by those providing ostercare in contract with the Depart-ment o Social Services, involvealse claims or services and/orpurchases o equipment and sup-plies, all too oen acilitated by lax or intentionally ineectiveoversight and supervision.Te taxpayers o Westchesterhave every reason to be
mad asHell 
with Department o SocialServices Commissioner KevinMahon, and his Deputy Commis-sioner, Diane Atkins, not to men-tion all o those co-conspirators,both inside o and outside o, theDepartment who have been en-riching themselves and their rela-tives and riends, literally stealingrom our “highest-in-the-Nation”property taxes. We are talkingabout larceny on a grand scale;not to mention its demoralizingimpact on the overwhelmingmajority o honest, hardworking,well-intentioned Social Servicesemployees who, having deter-mined that individuals are ineli-gible, have been ordered by At-kins to make payments anyway.It’s no wonder Andy Spanowas so desperate to be re-elected.Te word is Janet DiFiore pres-sured Rob Astorino not to replaceDiane Atkins. I so, DiFiore mustbe investigated and apprehendedby ederal prosecutors, togetherwith Andy Spano, Larry Schwartz,Kevin Mahon, Ken Jenkins, Di-ane Atkins and her entire troupo corrupt Social Services ofcialsand recipients. Te overwhelmingnumber o honest, hard-workingSocial Services employees mustbe vindicated and acknowledgedor their dedication and loyalty totheir mission and to the People o Westchester.Perhaps a combined taskorce rom the Ofces o State At-torney General Andrew Cuomoand State Comptroller TomasP. DiNapoli, working in conjunc-tion with the United States At-torney’s Ofce, can perorm thecomprehensive audit and assess-ment that will surely be neededto clean up many years o corrup-tion and thievery, and bring tojustice all those responsible.It’s disappointing to considerwhat we have seen thus ar romCounty Executive Rob Astorino,particularly with respect to thismatter. Attempts by 
Te Guard-ian
to interview Kevin Mahonand Diane Atkins were each metwith stubborn resistance and aphone call rom Donna Greeno the
9th Floor 
, insisting thatwe submit our questions in writ-ing. Each time we reminded Ms.Green that Mahon and Atkinsworked or the taxpayers and notthe other way around; and, thatthe Press was entitled to a ace-to-ace interview when dealing withpublic ofcials.It would appear that Mr.Astorino may not really be incharge. Why else would he havele Kevin Mahon and Joe Stout atthe helm in the Departments o Social Services and Parks, respec-tvely. Surely he can’t be that naivewith respect to each o those op-erations.Certainly those who voted orhim had a reasonable expectationo change, a belie that the newCounty Executive would eel abreath o resh air, and new ideasor initiatives, should be orthcom-ing. Tat notion was reasonableollowing a tired 12-year regime.In light o what we are uncover-ing, it’s more than reasonable, it’scompelling.

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