It is amazing how sleazy some people can be, especially the people who want to dissolve the Village of Brockport. Now that Village residents have had a chance to go over the list of who signed the petition to dissolve the Village, there are multiple reports that a significant number of the people who signed the petition, do not live in the village.
That means they can’t legally vote when the dissolution issue is put before the voters. But some of them may try to vote anyway. Those people should take fair warning. The last time people tried to pull this trick they were arrested, tried and convicted. Anyone who tries to vote illegally in Brockport faces the very real risk of the same thing happening to them.
On April 5, 2011, Richard M. Miller and Kathleen M. Miller were arrested by the Brockport Police Department. They were charged with one count each of Perjury and 3 counts each of Illegal Voting because they had both voted in the June 15, 2010 Village election for Village Trustee and the possible dissolution of the Village, even though they did not live in the Village. The Perjury charge is a misdemeanor and the Illegal Voting charges are felonies.
The Millers were scheduled to appear before the Sweden Town Court on April 25, 2011, but, all three Sweden Town Justices – Carl A. Coapman, Mark Depferd, and Robert P. Connors – had to recuse themselves because they had accepted political contributions from Rich Miller. So the case was transferred to the Ogden Justice Court. On August 25, 2011, after their lawyer copped a plea deal with the district attorney, Rich Miller and Kathleen Miller pled guilty to a Class A Misdemeanor, attempting to vote illegally.
“We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
There is reason to believe that a number of people, who signed the dissolution petition even though they don’t live in the Village, may try to vote illegally in the June election. Rich Miller thought he could get away with it and they have already signaled that they think they can get away with it too. Most of those people actually live in Clarkson.
For example, on page 33 of the petition, Robert G. Welch, claimed that he lives at 11 Brockway Place in Brockport. But in reality, 11 Brockway Place is a college rental. That house has no yard, a shared driveway, and a back yard the size of a postage stamp. Robert G Welch actually lives at 19 Mission Hill Drive in Clarkson. The house he lives in off East Avenue is 1.7 miles from where he said he lives on Brockway Place.
Why would Rob Welch lie about a thing like that? Maybe it’s because the dissolution law is so poorly written that it does not contain any penalties for lying about whether you are a village resident. Under the provisions of that idiotic law, people can lie to their hearts content, and there is no penalty.
But there is one person, who signed the petition, is like the sleaze ball Rich Miller, and doesn’t even live in Monroe County. The Victorian Bed and Breakfast at 320 Main Street in Brockport is owned by Sharon M. Kehoe, the same Sharon M. Kehoe, who signed the dissolution petition and listed her address as 320 Main Street. Unfortunately, Sharon Kehoe does not live at 320 Main Street in Brockport. She lives in Canandaigua. In reality Sharon Kehoe lives in a half million dollar house at 4571 Cottage City Road in Canandaigua on the east side of Canandaigua Lake near the lake shore. That house is more than 50 miles from Brockport.
The top of the petition reads, “We, the undersigned, electors and legal voters of the Village of Brockport, New York, qualified to vote at the next general or special election, respectfully petition…” Well Sharon Kehoe lied when she signed that petition because she is not a legal voter in the Village of Brockport, and she is not “qualified to vote at the next general or special election”. But she signed the petition anyway.
Sharon Kehoe’s name is on Page 22 of the petition, and her signature was taken by Francisco Borrayo. Now Francisco should know that Sharon Kehoe does not live at 320 Main Street in Brockport. It is common knowledge in Brockport that Sharon has lived in Canandaigua for five or six years. Even people who have never met Sharon Kehoe know that she doesn’t live in the Victorian Bed and Breakfast that she owns at 320 Main Street in Brockport But Francisco Borrayo took her signature anyway because he is a college slumlord in the village and it seems that he wants to dissolve the village to do away with the police force and code enforcement because both of those organizations enforce the law and, as any slumlord can tell you, they make more profit when the law is not enforced.
But Francisco Borrayo wasn’t the only one bending the rules her. Sharon Kehoe has been bending the rules for years. According to New York State law, a bed and breakfast is supposed to be “Owner-occupied”. But the Victorian Bed and Breakfast is not owner occupied. That law is contained in the New York Department of State Rules And Regulations, Title 19, Chapter XXXIII, Subchapter A, Part 1220. Residential Code, Section RAJ704 Bed and Breakfast Dwellings.
“RAJ704.1 Scope. Owner-occupied one-family dwellings converted for use as bed and breakfast dwellings as defined in Section RAJ202 shall comply with this section.”
This law is commonly referred to as the Residential Code of New York State (RCNYS, which is part of Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR). The current revision is dated August 2010.
Sharon Kehoe has argued that she is exempt from that law because she started the bed and breakfast before there were any regulations about living there. However, that is akin to arguing that you don’t have to obey any traffic law that was enacted after you got your driver’s license. It is also akin to arguing that you can continue to dump sewage into the river or the lake because you were doing it before the antidumping law changed. That is not how the law works.
Sharon Kehoe lied when she signed the petition, and she may get away with it. But if she tries to vote on Dissolution, she will be challenged, investigated, arrested, tried and convicted. And that will be the end of her Bed and Breakfast business in Brockport.
She is just another unscrupulous landlord. A check of the legal records reveals that she owns two rental properties in Brockport – 84 Main Street and 88 Main Street. Those properties contain two storefronts at street level, with apartment upstairs. Sharon Kehoe is definitely a landlord, just like Rich Miller. Following her lead could ruin your reputation.