Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawsuit threatened over Scolite deal (DOCUMENT)


Attorneys for Perry Street Companies, a conglomerate who unsuccessfully bid on the Scolite property in South Troy, are urging the Council to vote against the ordinance that would allow R.J. Valente to begin operating at the site.
According to the letter penned by James Barriere of Couch and White, the city modified the terms of the Request for Proposal after the open bidding process was complete for the “benefit of one bidder.” Perry Street Companies, which includes Warren Fane, Inc., is asking the Council shoot down the ordinance the Finance Committee approved by a 6-2 vote and put the entire project back out to bid or it will commence legal action. The Council is slated to address the matter at next month's meeting. 
“To us, it looks like a classic bait and switch where the original bidders, including our client, were asked to consider a proposal scope that has now been substantially enhanced for the benefit of one bidder,” the Match 26 letter states. “We do not need to explore the reasons why this occurred at this time, but it is clear that it did occur”
Berriere said the city extended three considerations to Valente that were not included in the original RFP during the public bidding process:
-The acquisition of additional property by eminent domain and the construction of a new access road.
-Allowing the winning bidder to put a 10 percent down payment on the property “rather than the purchase price delineated in its proposal. As an aside Berriere said it is a “benefit that we assure you any commercial developer would greatly enjoy and covet.”
-A “license” for the bidder to begin work at the site “with the apparent ability to abandon the site at any time before it obtains title.”
“These post-award concessions represent material and improper changes to the basic terms of the RFP. They violate public policy and destroy the fairness of the bidding process,” according to the letter. “The city is no doubt aware of the requirement that a procuring agency should be guided by the underlying policy of treating all bidders alike ‘so as to avoid the possibility of fraud, corruption or favoritism.’”

Here is the post I wrote about it after the Finance Committee approved it.
In In August, 2013, the city awarded the Scolite property to Valente and agreed to enter into “exclusive negotiations” with the company on how to develop the site. In June, 2013, Valente purchased the adjacent Bruno Machinery property for $750,000. In October, 2013, the city changed the zoning from commercial to heavy industrial at Valente’s request even though he did not yet formally own the property.
Earlier this month, the Finance Committee approved the ordinance that would grant Valente a license to operate the site with a $100,000 down payment on the company’s $1 million bid to purchase the site. The license, according to Planning Department Commissioner Bill Dunne, was necessary pending approval from the state Legislature, which could be a drawn out process.
Also, the city said it would spend some $9 million on building an access road along the waterfront in South Troy and take the adjacent Ludlow Valve property through eminent domain and give it to Valente.   

96 comments:

  1. Heard the FEDS are all over Troy, Dunne hiding in his office and the envelopes they all received have been shredded. This will be better than the insurance scandals of the nineties.

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    1. I really hope so. Dunne has been a disaster - giving away the city. As a dem who couldn't stand Harry, this group is no better. Well maybe a little bit. Anything coming out of Dunne's office with his approval should be investigated. Didn't he give 75k to a bar in downtown too? If only he knew who he was dealing with. At least she survived the cancer(s).

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  2. Sanctuary sidewalks dirty....................Bill Dunne
    Hillside Apartments dirty......................Bill Dunne
    King Street demolition dirty..................Bill Dunne
    Scolite/Valente RFP dirty.....................Bill Dunne

    Someone once told me the Feds look for patterns. There is a pattern it's argyle sweaters that are full of dirty Bill Dunnes. Oh and by the way the Feds where at city hall yesterday.

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  3. Cheerleader for don fane

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    1. You must mean the man who build those three houses next to the park. I seem to remember when that corner looked like shit before they were built. Nothing wrong with a guy who will invest in the community where he grew up. And explain to me your problem with Don Fane. Supports everything going on in the Burg, great guy, and does business on the up & up. Dunne reminds me of some of the dummies that Tony Soprano got over on in Season 3. Dunne has been nothing but an embarrassment to this city. Feds are already sniffing his scent.

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    2. Poorly built homes

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    3. Known for cramming 5 pounds crap in 10 pound bag. Great man

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    4. Pounds? Bag? Are we talking about Don or Kevin McGrath.

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    5. He's a silver fox you have to admit.

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  4. Who is looking gonna be asking dunne for a favor soon? Springtime building in lansingburgh?

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    1. It has to go to the czar zoning board I would think

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    2. 3 homes on a lot

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    3. Bill can I get that favor now? How about I help you with those boxs out of city hall.

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  5. Who passed around someone like a bag of potato chips?

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    1. Dunne said it. Someone else took the wrath

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    2. Glen churbin

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  6. It's all Jack Smith's fault !!!

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    1. What does hack smith do other than collect hack check each month

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  7. Jim did they get Premos letter yet? If not it's coming.

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    1. Who cares what the King of Bullshit thinks. Wait, let me guess. Dunne and Valente conspired to set up Kokopellis to blame Tedesco for the smoking feral cats. Trey Smith and Kevin McGrath conspired to accuse Ed McDonough of forging the RFP. And the butler did it with the knife in the study.

      Premo is delusional. He should seek help.

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    2. Yes, he is. I hear that guy actually thought that Wade hand-picked McDonough to take the fall for McRat, Browns, and Mac (in the presence of Kenney, McCann, Mac and McNally) because he could take down Wade and McNally! But then that delusional guy went and proved it! Worse, he did it by walking all over the super hero Trey "Pookie" Smith who Wade and McNally picked to be next DA in return because they thought he could go toe to toe with him! Oh, My key man Tommy, Sue Steel and Bill Dunne what will we all do if he starts thinking such delusional things about nice guy Lou and Fitzy the cat! Where did Magnetto go?

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    3. Thanks for taking time out of the straitjacket to prove our point, Brian.

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    4. yep, that man is delusional. Prey and prey more that he doesn't put his sights on anyone other than Lou!! Cause Wade and his entire lot can't hide - the rocks aren't big enough. And by the looks of it he got help - just like in MaCrimes case ..... Stay tuned seems feds are her AGAIN.

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    5. Not bad 6:00 but you are a mere pup. Telfon-Tommy's been picking superstars for a long time so don't forget he has ole faithful Jim Conroy as his go-to man - why he knew how to sell city property to his brother before Lou got promoted from kindergarten ABCs to advanced high school accounting. Pete was still selling jackets! And McCann was still in Coxsackie dispatch/tending bar. That man can and will get Kopka elected again if Christ doesn't give a cat the Indep line, save the cats or not!

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  8. When is Tom Wade going to be held responsible for this continuous mess by his people. How many times is he going to skate.

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    1. Held responsible for what, winning elections? Have another sour grape.

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    2. Yes, indeed. Its proven Wade wins lots. Election Wins: Jimino, Merola, Deb Young, Majority County Legs, Brunswick, North Greenbush, East Greenbush, Schodack, Nassau, Berlin, etc.

      Wades hand-picked Election Winners in Troy: Mac, Kevin McGrath, John Brown, Campana, LoPorto, Figgy, Renna, Galuski, Lou, Ryan, Erin Sullivan-Teta, Robinson, Dunne, Dunne, Dunne, Rodney, Kopka, Nina Nichols, Doherty, Doherty, Doherty. Wait, do not leave out his bulldog patrolmen Fitzgerald and Millington.

      There is a pattern here also.
      Its not sour, its sweet.
      Its not delusional, its poetic.
      They say your friends reflect your character, and your deeds reflect your ability.

      Wade wins all the elections that even a rag can win only because the numbers and he really picks quality candidates there for sure.
      Wade doesn't even run any candidate where it has to be a person with any integrity or ability because they are not in his lot.

      Worst Chairman is County History and probably state's.
      Worst City of Troy Administration in History.
      That is why the Gov loves him.

      I know its all for the kids and the cats.

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    3. Funny how you guys can't win the elections "even a rag can win." Isn't it?

      How many times can Harry and Hank get rejected by the voters of Troy?

      Does Jim Gordon do it for the kids?

      Inquiring minds want to know...

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    4. Chairman Wade has brought stability to a political party that was destitute electing several during his tenure. 6:00PM above neglects to mention Wade is responsible for getting rid of McGrath, LoPorto and Campana. He stepped up to remove sure loser Campana to save the mayor's race from an embarassing defeat. I hope he stays on for another 20 years.

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    5. ok, all 3 of wades lackeys take your psychosis meds cause I'm about to break your eggshell thin skin. Sue, Dunne and Lou listen - no one likes or wants Wade. He has been in the party for 40 plus years and he thinks he actually knows ... something. He is a bad person and worse Chair. He cant get a cat elected in a cat fight. He almost lost to an unknown rabbit and who even knows or likes rabbits? He had fake proxy votes and if 90 plus percent did not supposedly vote - he was out. Go away and make it far away for the kids and cats. Also hope to God Dunne doesn't crack on the first question under pressure of hello I am an FBI agent!

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  9. Chamberlin is the Problem in Troy he should have been gone long ago.
    Operations Manager what a joke.

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  10. Everyone is blaming Bill Dunne for all of these coincidentally questionable related deals, the Mayor is just as culpable, he knew of everyone as well. Well maybe after the deals were done, but eventually he knew and could have made it right instead of letting the next irregular deal go down.

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  11. Follow the envelopes!

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    1. Will bill roehr give bill dunne his exit interview? That's the question

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    2. In 8 years harry never bonded anything

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    3. Don fane doesn't need to bin anything. Or the pizza boys

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    4. In 8 years Harry never DID anything

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    5. Right on. Finish the sentence. In 8 years Harry never DID anything to cause the FBI to investigate his administration.

      Hope you choke on it Billy.

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  12. Check out the TU Friday morning the empire begins to crumble!

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  13. Republicans grasping at straws looking for any way to defeat the Dems. Hysteria, hand wringing, whining like big babies waaaaah waaaaaah waaaaah. How's pucker face doing down at the jail?

    And PS to McCashion: they're all laughing AT you buddy, not with you.

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    1. Thanks bill should you being worry about Feds. Your dunne

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  14. TU tomorrow says it all

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  15. Chris Maier & McCashion What a pair of Burgh Losers don't go away mad just go away.

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    1. Chris Maier is a class guy and a runaway winner this year. He doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with that character.

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  16. Mahar looks great compared to what Gary Gordon would have looked like. Can you wear skinny jeans in prison?

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  17. Although a rainy, crummy day it's "Smile Friday" at city hall. Last night at the LB&GC community meeting the dems unleashed their secret weapon....Steve Minor. In a hostile anti tax crowd Steve Minor painfully rambled for 10 excruciating minutes and turned the night into a Lou pep rally. We could be indicted, convicted and imprisoned and still win with Minor and perennial loser Harry as their leaders Thank you all, it's sunny in city hall.

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  18. One would think that Capt McCashion has entered a few heads

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    1. That will be happening to dunne at rcj

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    2. Heads will enter

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    3. Kevin, we just laugh at you buddy. One more loudmouth Republican clown with delusions of adequacy.

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  19. McCashion is a loud mouth wanna be.

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    1. With such tiny little feet and hands! Tiny everywhere I'm sure.

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  20. Breaking news out of troy. Sheeran was seen with his grey sweatshirt walking into pawling ave laundromat. Coincidence or did winoriwski get his point across ?

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  21. Someone should tell winoriwski dress attire doesn't go with work boots. Looks like Tim Toolman Taylor at a barmitsfa

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    1. When they move the server rooms and wiring from the basements into more clean digs I might think about it. Besides that when in snake country it is a good idea to wear boots.

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    2. Wow. Eval needed?

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  22. .” Perry Street Companies, which includes Warren Fane, Inc.

    Fane owns 100 plus trucks 75 of that are worth 100K to 65K

    Fane has more net worth that R.J. Valente by a long shot.

    R.J. Valente is more politically connected though.

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    1. Your ignorance says a lot. Valente will bring more investment into the city than the others . The logical plan would be to get away from the poorly built houses on small lots.

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    2. Bill was looking to leave a legacy along the Hudson River just missed the spot by a half a mile. Welcome to RCJ Bill. Talk about small lots how about the cell size.

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  23. So where is the story? Pete getting arrested, Dunne being fired, Lou asleep at the wheel? Nothing, just Troy republicans showing their true colors. Great story by Ken Crowe today and how Pete is addressing the hoarders.

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    1. Hold that thought till you read the Sunday times union.

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    2. I'm sure bill regrets that blog post he made

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  24. I work in city hall and I think Mccashion is a breath of fresh air. He has these clowns back on their heels.

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  25. Don't worry bill I'm sure Russ has got your back. Hahahahahahahahahahaha your F£€KED now

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  26. Mccashion is a little freak show just looking for a place to run his mouth.

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    1. Looks like the poorly built homes on a small lot will hav no problem being built.

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  27. The engineer wins in the second round look out Sheeran he's coming for you next. Lastly he will take down baby huey giants edition

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  28. Who will reeves replace dunne with? Will he bring back sondra?

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  29. Where is morris the cat on this one? We need sibley back. Or Frazier

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    1. Let's face it, they all suck

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    2. Um not sure bout sibley

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  30. The Sanctuary people and Pastor Willie are right, Mark McGrath is the devil.

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  31. Does Wade have enough clout to have AG Schneiderman bury this investigation? Or will Schneiderman worry that if he buries it the FBI will come after him? Will Lou and Pete sit with Dunne tomorrow and make believe it's not happening? Will Dunne go down alone or take Pete with him? What story will Garrett come up with tomorrow? Will Dunne retain Stewart Jones? Will Pete go with Premo? Amy O'Connor? Is that a wide grin on the face of Chief John Tedesco today? So many questions!

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    1. How's the Monday mining city hall Facebook twitter blog meeting gonna be will dunne be there?

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  32. For years they called him dunne nothing. Now that's no longer true dunne dunne something to catch the FBI Harry was never investigated by the FBI

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    1. Word is they will bring zba chair in to turn things around and finish the investigation. He did it at tha. Now time to clean up dunnes mess

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  33. Someone stop the short chubby guy with the funny glasses and blue coat from buying up all the times unions today. How many will fit in the Avalon

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  34. Today's Times Union front page details an FBI investigation into Troy officials and their dealings with developers. Perhaps they will be able to find out it's more than a rumor that Mr. Dunne was only suspended rather than fired because Dunne gave the County Chairman 10 grand. Supposedly Mr. Dunne told some individuals in City Hall that "They'll never fire me because I gave Wade 10g". It certainly was not a campaign contribution as it is not recorded with the State BOE. The FBI should also determine whether Mr. Casale, the favored city contractor, paid for a rehearsal dinner of a very high ranking city official's son held at Brown's in Troy earlier this year.

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  35. Is it ironic both ken Crowe and bill dunne have the same blue 1993 coat?

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  36. Reeves gets the power to take both dunne and Garrett out. Karma? Good guy always wins in the end

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  37. GARRETT: It all hinges on Garrett and the fact that he lied about calling Cristo. This is all about the cover up.

    Phone records don't lie. The media should FOIL the phone records ASAP.

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  38. When she first heard bill was going down his girl was happy then this morning she read the paper that rascally ken Crowe and his cheerleader mark McGrath

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  39. So tell me if I have this right. The FBI said no to an investigation of Troy Police Officers so Rodney and his Crazzy uncle Boob went to the DA's office because they didn't like the answer from FBI and the DA said we will get back to you. Now the FBI is looking at the Scolite deal and it's "fishy smell" and Rodney and Crazzy Uncle Boob will let it go forward? Going to be a great week in Troy.

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  40. Got some bad news for you Pete just seen Kevin McGrath with Bill Dunne heading to Albany and they both had a pen.

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  41. Looks like the Silverman for Judge campaign is over even before the kick off announcement.

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  42. Mirch did it. It's all mirch.

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  43. When b dunne is spending time in the rec yard homes will still be being built small lots or not. Don fane will also be running his business and enjoying freedom

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  44. Maybe dunne will answer the zba chair phone calls when he incarcerated

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  45. A disgruntled bill dunne was seen shopping at Jordan marsh and Caldor this afternoon. He treated himself to lunch at ground round

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  46. Colleen loves the FBI news. Keeps the spotlight off of her

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  47. Wade+Mac= voter fraud. Wade+Dunn= FBI finally, the route of all the dem demise will go down. I wonder how Tom is sleeping tonight.

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  48. Strange twist Bill you have written for years that the feds should be looking at me and now they are looking at you.....Irony...

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    1. Give it a rest Jay. Go watch Spongebob and have a pop tart, thats a good boy.

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  49. you can't make this stuff up!

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