It is amazing what interesting information you can learn by comparing the data in two publicly available documents. Both documents were obtained by filing a separate Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the Village Clerk.
The first document is a list of all the rental properties in the Village of Brockport; the residential rentals, the business rentals, and the industrial rentals. It contains the names of every landlord in the Village, including the names of all the college landlords.
Some college landlords follow the rules in the Village Code, and they are good neighbors. Other college landlords are slumlords, pure and simple. They don’t care about the Village Code and they are not good neighbors.
In 2011 New York State Supreme Court Judge Ann Marie Taddeo dismissed Norm Giancursio’s libel suit against a local writer “in its entirety”. Judge Taddeo ruled that the use of the word slumlord to describe some of the college landlords in Brockport is protected by the Frist Amendment. So don’t beat around the bush; call a spade a spade, call a rat a rat, and call a slumlord a slumlord.
The information in the first document was compiled by the Village from the 2015 Residential Rental Registration Applications submitted to the Village of Brockport. It contains information about each rental property in the Village including: the property owner’s name and address, the property classification (single-family, two-family, etc.), and the number of units and the number of bedrooms in each unit.
That document shows that Norm Giancursio owns nineteen rental properties in the Village of Brockport. That is one more than Fred Webster owns.
The second document is the petition to dissolve the Village, and it contains the names of all the people who circulated the petition and collected the signatures. Comparing the names in those two documents reveals some startling information.
The vast majority of the signatures on the dissolution petition were collected by six notorious slumlords: Rhett King, Francisco Borrayo, Linda Borrayo, Fred Webster, Margaret Webster, and Robert G. Welch in that order. Could you find a creepier six pack in the Town of Sweden?
The dissolution petition submitted to the Village contained 431 signatures. But some of those signatures, including Sharon Kehoe’s signature, were thrown out because those people do not live in the Village of Brockport. Seven college landlords collected 91.18% of those 431 signatures. They are: Robert G. Welch, Margaret Webster, Fred Webster, Karen Maynard, Alex Lyon, Rhett King, Linda Borrayo, Francisco Borrayo, and Kim Bannister. But six notorious slumlords collected 393 of those signatures, which is 87.7% of all the signatures collected.
- Rhett King collected 29.7% of those signatures (128).
- Francisco Borrayo collected 28.54% of the signatures (123).
- Linda Borrayo collected 13.69% of the signatures (59).
- Fred Webster collected 6.03% of the signatures (26).
- Margaret Webster collected 5.34% of the signatures (23).
- Robert G. Welch collected 4.4% of the signatures (19).
Think about that. Six slumlords collected almost 88% of the signatures to dissolve the Village. That should tell you something. It is blatantly obvious who wants to dissolve the Village. It’s the slumlords.
Spread the word. The slumlords want to dissolve the village so they can increase their already outrageous profit margins. You should tell your neighbor, and you should tell your pal; if you want to save your village on the Erie Canal.