Censorship and Legal Threats
Censorship can be defined as “suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable.” In a recent letter to the Editor, Radisson resident James Kocik explores his frustration with the Radisson Community Association and the Radisson Board of Directors. Mr. Kocik wrote a excellent letter, YMCA – Why Radisson?, in which he explores many different facets of the YMCA’s plan for a new facility. After agreeing to publish his letter, the RCA then decided not to publish it. Please take a moment to read Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head.
Families for REAL received a notice from the RCA last week regarding a Trademark Infringement claim. It seems that the the RCA feels our website is creating confusion in the market place. You can read the legal threat (PDF) and review the Trademark Registration form with the USPTO. You’ll notice that we’ve updated the right hand column on the site to remind everyone who the players are that are involved. There’s clearly no case for infringement here, but why would that stop the RCA?
Note: The USPTO site is odd, can’t link directly there. If you’d like to see the registration claim, go to the USPTO site, and search for “Radisson”. The RCA has filed claim 85503132.
Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Construction
Nineteen property owners who would be neighbors to the Northwest YMCA in the residential section of Radisson have filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court to prevent the construction of the proposed facility. The suit against YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Inc. seeks to enforce the restrictive covenants on which the Radisson Community is based, and which each of the property owners’ had to accept and agree to before purchasing their homes. A restrictive covenant is a means of limiting the use of property, and the neighbors contend the YMCA’s property is restricted to residential use just like theirs.
Political Favors – Paid
Did you have an opportunity to attend the January 23rd, 2012 Town of Lysander Board Meeting? Lysander resident James Kocik did, and he’s written a letter to Editor of the Baldwinsville Messenger. We’re printing his letter as well. Please take a moment to read Political Favors Owed and Promptly Paid.
Finally! A Ticket for that Sign!
The Post Standard has an article about a ticket that has been issued for the sign that is on the corner of Drake’s Landing and Route 31. It’s about time! Read Lysander tickets YMCA
Reflections – A Journalistic Travesty
Since the October 26, 2011 Board of Directors (BOD) public announcement supporting YMCA plans, we have seen nothing but a steady stream of one-sided information from the Executive Director, trying to explain and justify that decision to concerned Radisson homeowners with opposing views. This one-sided stream of information, prompted entirely by Radisson homeowner questions at the November 21, 2011 BOD meeting, has verged on arrogance, vagueness, half-truths, and a general lack of sincere accountability by the Executive Director and BOD.
Read: The Open Letter to the Residents of Radisson by James R. Kocik a Radisson Homeowner
SEQRA – Positive Declaration!
Families for REAL would like to thank the Lysander Planning Board for their many hours of research and work leading to the positive declaration issued on June 20, 2011, regarding the proposed Northwest Family YMCA on Drake’s Landing.
On Monday, June 20, 2011, The Lysander Planning Board made the determination on SEQRA of a “positive declaration” concerning the proposed location of the YMCA on Drake’s Landing. This means there are unresolved issues that would involve a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. These issues are obvious; traffic, aesthetics of a commercial building in a residential zone, etc. Read SEQRA – Positive Declaration!