26 Sep 2012
Oh Pleeze…..give us a break, Cohasset Mariner.
So many errors and omissions in your editorial and your follow up story my head spins. I recorded the meeting to watch later and find myself being “exposed” by DeCaprio. Did the Mariner ever call me for a statement? I don’t think so. Wasn’t the reporter even a little curious about HOW DeCaprio got private E-mails? Not in the least.
There was no back and forth debate between Karen Quigley and Peter DeCaprio. As a private citizen, and town counsel recognizes her as the same, she refused to be summoned to their meeting.
DeCaprio, the Selectmen’s bullet, preformed a soliloquy of hate aided and abetted by the Cohasset Selectmen and ATM Mike Milanoski.
A citizen called me yesterday to say she thought the selectmen were amazingly restrained, and showed wisdom in not responding to DeCaprio after his performance.
Oh my god, I told her. Don’t get sucked in!! Selectmen produced the show!
1. The E-mails DeCaprio read came directly from former town manager Mike Coughlin’s confiscated computer.
2. The Selectmen’s agent, Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski turned over the E-mails to his buddy, DeCaprio, to read at the Selectmen’s meeting.
Selectmen were part and parcel of the show, which was to finally expose the Gazette and Quigley for what they were doing….plotting against town government. Hardly. A plot against the Town was being exposed.
3. The E-mails DeCalprio read were from the night I went to a water commission meeting and found DeCaprio having a liquored up party and planning to turn over the water department to a concessionaire. He was telling people he owned the water department. DeCaprio told myriad newspapers that Cohasset Water was a private water company. He even said he might sell the place some day.
One of the very first conversations I had with former Town Manager Mike Coughlin was the week I asked him if the town should be concerned about what appeared to be DeCaprio’s major conflict of interest with MacQuarie Bank of Australia.
I reported this because I was concerned that the Chairman of the Cohasset Water Commission, Peter DeCaprio, who is a partner at Crow Point Partners, was in conflict of interest in discussing an RFP and proposed contract for the Cohasset Water Department with Aquarion Water – who is owned by Sass-Macquaire. Mass GL c 268A bars public officials with a financial interest in a matter from voting on the matter. Further, it requires those financially associated to remove themselves from all debate, as participating would make it appear that person would be using his position to influence the outcome.
Initially, selectmen were going to investigate the matter, and then chairman Ted Carr cancelled the ethics investigation.
We, in fact, stopped, or like to think we stopped, DeCaprio from ripping off the town’s water.
He will never forget it. And the Mariner is allowing him to replay his distress over and over again in its newspaper and blog. Not the Mariner I used to work for.
If the Mariner is truly distressed about the incivility of Cohasset and its citizens, it will stop allowing citizens and town officials in its print publication to publish anything they wish about just about anybody without checking the facts. Years ago newspapers used to do that. The Mariner used to do this. I used to do that when I was the editor of the Cohasset Mariner.
All I can see the Mariner doing right now is promoting incivility in order to get hits on its blogs. Hey readers – better tune in today…see who is attacking you! It will be fun for us, but not very much fun for you. You of course can respond – defend your honor daily if need be. We will allow you that.
The Mariner wants traffic. That’s all.
The Cohasset Selectmen aren’t leaders – they too want to keep incivility going. Nobody likes them and they’re p-oed that nobody likes them. Selectmen Jenkins is smart –he’s getting out, but not before he fires somebody at the dump. Maybe a couple of people. Selectman P. Carlson thinks Ted Carr’s loss at last year’s election might be a fluke. But he is not really sure and is just beginning to hedge his bets for Town Elections 2013. He’d really like to be a selectman again, he thinks it’s prestigious. He doesn’t know that adjacent towns laugh at Cohasset. I spoke to one of the candidates who applied for the Town Manager’s job in 2011 earlier today. She is pleased that she was not selected.
Anybody who doesn’t like how I have portrayed them here is of course welcome to respond under their own name. I will both publish and answer their lies.