A perfect example of Abuse of Power, and Punishment.
April 9, 2017
Update to this post.
The Town of Catskill Illegally condemned Stella's House through an illegal Court Process, and as continuing Punishment
One continuing struggle, among many that is a constant battle for Stella Martin, is the continuing harassment, and intimidation she is forced to endure from the local municipality the Town of Catskill, NY, the Town Supervisor Doreen Parsley-Davis, and the Code Enforcement Officer Elliot Fishman w/Santos &Associates.
Catskill hired the firm with Elliot Fishman for this situation to continue to cover-up, and protect the illegal toxic landfill. Martin is a single Mother raising 3 children, and is now physically disabled with severe Cadmium poisoning, and many other serious health issues. Stella, and family have exposure to industrial toxins from the Toxic Landfill created beside her house/property. Stella not only struggles with her physical ailments, she also attends to her two young children's health issues created from their exposure as well.
There is many more types of harassment for this family, but as of now the Town of Catskill continues to harass the Martin family with bogus Code Violations, and other issues that Catskill can find to punish this disabled Mother, because she is standing up to the corruption. Stella continues to be punished for battling the Toxic landfill created next to her home, and her concerns for the Protected Wetlands this contaminated debris was dumped directly into.
I was appalled to learn of papers delivered to her last week for remediation that she herself had to perform on her house after Hurricane Sandy, and Irene ripped through Palenville,NY, causing much damage to the area, and declaring it a National Disaster Area. The remediation work that was a necessity after the Hurricanes was simply to remove, and fix areas of her Home that had water damage, and soaked insulation so her house didn't create hazardous mold for her children, and work so her home didn't rot out from the damage. The second bogus violation is for Martin having a friend staying in her home, in her downstairs living space for security reasons because of the Landfill owners constant harassment/intimidation through out all hours of the nights, and physical threats that had been done to the other neighbors. Martin had felt it very comforting for herself, and her children's safety to have her friend staying in the large open space below where her, and her children sleep for her families safety.
So because she happens to have a two story house, and a friend staying there fas security, the Town of Catskill's Elliot Fishman has taken it upon himself as a way to further punish her family, and give another false/bogus Code Violation as a Two Family House, and is not allowed in the type of Zoning for that area. Martin received these violations, and is immediately scheduled to appear in the Town of Catskill's Town court. Why is the local municipality so concerned for Martin having a house guest? Last I knew it is Legal to have a friend stay in your home. There are many other ways the Town of Catskill is using to consistently harass this disabled mother, and make her life even more difficult. Martin has needed to pick up her family back in July from their home she owns, and lived for 10years because of her families health issues to the toxic exposure because Catskill won't enforce the laws for this illegal landfill, instead they protect it.
I am truly baffled how Catskill can feel it necessary to continue to punish this mother for battling to protect her own family, her Home, and her innocent children impacted so greatly by this toxic landfill. This illegal landfill that the Town of Catskill has allowed to be created, that they continue to protect, and that Catskill (dumped on this illegal landfill themselves) has been continually protected this property to keep the higher governments dirty secrets, of deadly toxins buried next to families. Also debris dumped directly into our Protected Wetlands. It also baffles me how the Illegal landfill has No Violations from the Town of Catskill for operating three businesses illegally, with No local Permits at all, yet this terribly impacted family has bogus violations? How is this Legal? Some individuals have even been told the reason the Town of Catskill's Code Enforcer Elliot Fishman, would Not enforce the illegal landfill's violations for his businesses because the majority of the large businesses in Catskill, and Palenville do Not have any permits, and allowed to operate freely, and dangerously (which local businesses consist mainly of the long time local residents, or "Good ole' boys club"). So if your Not a part of a long time family name in the Palenville/Catskill area, then you will not make it. I would ask if anyone is aware of an attorney that can help this impacted Martin family, please message us, or suggestions are welcomed. Our Government should Not have this type of power to harass local families because the families battle situations forced into their lives by our government. The Martin family didn't create this situation, it has been forced on their lives, and for them to endure daily. What would YOU do? What would you do living the American Dream, buying/owning a house for your family, only to learn of illegal activity of deadly toxic dumping next to your house, and watching your health, and the health of your children begin to deteriorate daily. To see the major impact on Nationally/NYS Protected Wetlands, knowing those waters runs down to another Towns water supply? Having to remove your entire family to another residence to save your children's lives by removing them away from a toxic landfill, that is also your Home you created? How can this local municipality believe it has not done enough to this family? The mother Stella Martin's health continues to drop dramatically, as well as her children's. She has needed to leave their home, and many other issues, yet the Town of Catskill feels she needs to be punished Further because Martin feels it to be Wrong of them to illegally dump hazardous debris next to her home, her family, and into those protected waters?? That Martin feels the residents, and protected waters should be protected More then contaminated debris?
The constant harassment from the Local Municipality continues to worry me of the extent of this Toxicity of what is honestly dumped there. Why pick on a defenseless Mother, and Not a property with illegal toxic dumping creating an Illegal Landfill? Something is Very wrong there. It will be interesting to see how far the Local Catskill Town Court will take this, below are the tickets sent to Ms. Martin, and the Code Enforcement Officer even dating the paperwork back to 2015. It also states in the paperwork as $1000 a day fine, or Jail time? These bogus Code Enforcement violations are also on top of false trespassing charges the Town of Catskill is struggling to impose on Ms. Martin, along with 3 other individuals. Meanwhile the Greene County Sheriffs Office, State Troopers, nor the Catskill's District Attorney would not enforce any of the already written laws against this landfill being created. None of the calls/complaints that Ms. Martin had called for help, against individuals harassing/intimidating her family from security guards through the nights at the landfill for nearly 2 years with video proof. Individuals throwing objects on her property to get her dogs barking, and wake her family up at all hours of the nights, gun shots, and many other forms of intimidation to her family.
Yet bogus Code Violations, and false trespassing charges on Martin are allowed?