A Fire Would be Horrible

11 May 2019


Dave Farina

Utica Codes Department

1 Kennedy Plaza

Utica, NY  13502


Dear Enforcement Administrator Farina:


The other day I was at the Oneida County Board of Elections.  I asked if anyone was registered at 10 Liberty Street. They indicated 2 people were registered at that address.


This is a problem for a number of reasons.  Because it is so serious, I have sent the following FOIL to check out the information https://bobbyo.blog/2019/05/10/the-10-liberty-street-mystery/


The property is zoned Highway Commercial.  Therefore, it is not not zoned for residency and does not have a Certificate of Occupancy.  


While it is true that the bottom floor has electricity and the second floor has a full living space including full kitchen and bedroom, we have no idea if power is available to those floors.  We must surmise, since it would be a felony level crime otherwise, that owner Brett Truett does not know these people exist. It would be a shame for the city to allow two people to squat in a house and possible cause a fire.


Thanks to your work, the Utica Codes Department, unlike some others in the area, has an excellent reputation.  Please see the following for clarity: https://bobbyo.blog/2019/05/08/the-pleasant-street-crack-reunion/


Therefore, I am asking you to go check out the property.  That way, we can determine whether voter fraud is going on.  Secondly, we can possibly prevent property damage.




Robert T. Oliveira

2 Kennedy Plaza

Utica, NY 13502




The 10 Liberty Street Mystery

10 May 2019


Democratic Commissioner Carolann N. Cardone

Oneida County Board of Elections

321 Main Street #3

Utica, NY  13501

Re: Freedom of Information Law Request for Records


Dear Madam Commissioner:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of records or portions thereof pertaining to or containing the following:


I am interested in two 10 Liberty Street properties.  I would like to see the names and Party designations, by providing the information from the general roster of voters so you need not make a list, for all persons registered at 10 Liberty Street, Camden, New York.  I would like the same information for all persons registered at 10 Liberty Street, Utica, New York. I would also like a copy of any entire ballot petition that the names involved in the 10 Liberty Street, Utica address appear on.


I understand there is a fee of $.25 per page for duplication of the records requested. (If the fee exceeds $100 , please contact me before duplicating the records.)


As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request.  If you team is currently buried under other tasks, or the Tax Assessor’s team is stretched thin, please let me know and we can work something out to benefit all.


If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.




Robert T. Oliveira

2 Kennedy Plaza, Unit 1205

Utica, NY  13502



Taking the Statue’s Living Room Hostage

28 April 2019


City Clerk Michelle George

Office of the Utica City Clerk

1 Kennedy Plaza

Utica, NY  13502

Re: Freedom of Information Law Request for Records


Dear Madam Clerk:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of records or portions thereof pertaining to or containing the following:


Any written or electronic communication that took place during the time period 1 July 2018 to the present between any representative of the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, aka the Levitt and Grant Awards, and any employee of the city of Utica or Michelle Truett in her role as representative of the city of Utica.


I understand there is a fee of $.25 per page for duplication of the records requested. (If the fee exceeds $100 , please contact me before duplicating the records.)


As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request.  In this particular case, due to the particular size of the request and the amount of time it might take your team to calculate the fee, please take all the reasonable time you need.


If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.




Robert T. Oliveira

2 Kennedy Plaza, Unit 1205

Utica, NY  13502



Auntie Might Not Approve

Yes, you love the written word.  However, you also love video.  By 2020, 75% of all traffic like this will be video if it isn’t already.  Not telling you I’m good at it.  I am telling you I’m willing to try to communicate in the way the audience prefers.


Quick note before we get started: Since I went to get help a year ago, the meds put on a lot of weight.  It was impossible to run for a long time.  I walked forever instead.  Even now, I’m only running 1.5 miles of the 4 miles I try to get in 5 days a week.  You’ve been patient with my mental health, I hope you can be patient with me here as well as the transformation to what I used to be happens.


At almost 52, can I really get back to what I was in my 20’s??  Physically, probably not.  However, with the new understanding of my disease and continued sobriety, 16 years this coming Sunday, I actually feel better than I did back then.


If you have any questions about the video, just let me know:

You’re Too Nice For A List

30 August 2018

Purchaser Erica Fardette

Simple Tech Innovations

687 Lee Rd Suite 102

Rochester, NY 14606


Dear Ms. Fardette:

I hope this message finds you well.  You were chosen to receive it based on where you work, your work profile, and what some of your customers have said.  I wanted to reach out to someone cordial and normal for once.


As I am sure you are aware, your boss Andrew Hollister is running for Lieutenant Governor.  His boss, Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Sharpe, has done some of offensive things.  One of those offensive things caused those offended to draw up a “targets” list.  Your firm was on the list then quickly removed.  There are lessons in all of that.


Why did your firm get listed in the first place??  Here in Utica, due to the opioid epidemic combined with a need for enhanced psychiatric and emergency services, we are trying to move our hospital downtown.  The other sites that were considered are too expensive, have remediation issues, or are logistically impossible to work with.  A small group of businesses, all connected to fringe right organizations, are opposed to the idea.  Larry Sharpe has decided to align with them against us.


In politics, if you do not stand your ground on important issues, people take you for granted.  Yes, there are some issues where you can shake hands and say, “That’s all right if we disagree on this one, we can still be friends.”  There are often intense issues where you might let it go for “the sake of the neighborhood.”  Larry Sharpe has no connection to here and sided against us on an important issue.


In response, the “target” list was developed.  Your firm was taken off the list due to your hard work and excellence in your field.  Crushing firms is fun, but crushing small firms when they actually provide quality service is distasteful and not exactly sporting.  Sometimes you don’t go after the firm but instead go after the clients.  By the testimonials listed, your clients sound like every day working people.  Imagine seeing the blue screen of death on your laptop in the morning and then finding out some “operative” is messing with your zoning request to build a shed in your backyard later that same day.  Again, that is not exactly sporting.


So it looks like your firm has escaped on the hospital.  However, there are a number of offensive stances and positions Mr. Sharpe is taking that could get your firm targeted over and over again.  One of the these days, you might run into someone a tad overly intense, maybe via mental illness, or you could run into a group looking to make a name for themselves.  They will not take you off their list and then ruckus will ensue.


Before we talk about the areas where Mr. Sharpe could bring unwanted attention to you, we have to discuss something.  At no point is it my intent to get Mr. Hollister to “quit the race”.  Instead, I am hoping you can bring these things to Mr. Hollister.  Hopefully he in turn will bring them to Mr. Sharpe.  That way, Mr. Sharpe will not make as many enemies.  Because he subscribes to Libertarian philosophy, which is offensive by definition, he is always going to have a few.


Have you heard of Mr. Bannon and Mr. Mercer??  They fund extremist right wing causes that are always racist in nature because they are both Nazis.  They are proud Nazis in that they do not shrink from any white nationalist title.  They were the two people that founded Reclaim NY.  Reclaim tries to brand itself as being against “over spending” but in reality it is just another white nationalist organization.  Remember I mentioned that the businesses against the hospital are aligned with alt right organizations??  Some of them have Reclaim signs on their buildings.


Picture Mr. Sharpe sitting next to some hood wearing KKK members while they all joke and engage in “planning”.  Mr. Sharpe meeting with Reclaim is the 2018 version of that.  However, this is not a one off.  Mr. Sharpe cannot properly identify our President as a racist.  When an African American candidate for Governor in Florida had a “monkey” reference thrown at him yesterday, Mr. Sharpe was silent.  Mr. Sharpe regularly derives support from those who post Pepe the Frog memes, spread QANON conspiracy theories, and deny the existence of white privilege.  Many in the African American community refer to Mr. Sharpe as “Uncle Larry”.  That did not happen by accident.


It is not just race where Mr. Sharpe makes people uncomfortable.  He is a gun fetishist.  We just had another mass shooting the other day.  What did Mr. Sharpe say??  Nothing.  When a crazed Trump supporter shot people at a newspaper, what did Mr. Sharpe say??  Nothing.  When the unhinged Secretary of Education suggested taking money originally intended for books be spent on guns instead, what did Mr. Sharpe say??  Nothing.  These positions, since we both know there will be multiple mass shootings before the election, are going to derive intense opposition.  That opposition could get you targeted.  Having a conversation with Mr. Hollister about the issue is probably in your best interests.


Mr. Sharpe also has a horrible record on women’s rights.  Imagine if one of your friends were to be sexually assaulted.  Mr. Sharpe does not think money should be available for STD screenings, even though STD’s are currently setting a world record pace, or that an abortion should be available.  He does not believe in equal pay for women.  By the way, is Mr. Hollister offering you equal pay now??


When you ask the Sharpe Campaign about Mr. Sharpe’s stance on women’s issues, they give you a strange “we’re on all sides of the issue” answer.  You and I both know that in an election season strange things happen.  Some story in the next 3 months is bound to arise regarding women’s rights.  Mr. Sharpe will offer some amateur hour clumsy answer.  A large number of women, and men like me, are bound to be offended.  Your firm makes somebody’s target list yet again.


You do a good job.  Your customers like you.  I bet you’re a company favorite.  You could do your future a world of good of you went and talked to Mr. Hollister about the liability Mr. Sharpe endears to your firm on a daily basis without care.  I am sorry to drop all this on you on a beautiful August afternoon however, somebody messed with my hospital.


Thank you for your time and consideration.




Robert T. Oliveira

Clark Mills, NY  13321


Weather Delay And Common Cents

Iffy weather caused us to postpone the video shoot today.  It’s setup for later over the weekend.  Therefore, you should go enjoy your holiday weekend and you can check back on Tuesday.


However, I know some of you would just like to see anything on video.  I taped the Common Cents show with Frank Vescera this morning.  We spent most of the show debating about the Downtown Hospital.


It is interesting to see what happens when someone comes to the realization, even if they find it manipulative, that it really is the Downtown site or nowhere.  This should help to quell that St. Luke’s silliness.  Even if St. Luke’s were a possibility, the $1.3 million/per bed price tag should have quelled the St. Luke’s silliness long ago.


Sometimes I wonder how No Hospital types can keep telling the same lies over and over and over again.  Then I remember that they’re mostly Trump and Tenney supporters.  Then the whole thing makes sense.

Looking To Move Forward

23 August 2017

Mayor Robert M. Palmieri

Office of the Utica Mayor

1 Kennedy Plaza

Utica, NY  13502

Dear Mr. Mayor:

Thank you for coming to agreement with the County Executive on the Parking Garage.  You were right to hold out until you got the best deal you could for Utica.  I was very pleased to hear that the parking revenue will be shared as I had suggested.


Over the last 24 hours, I have a number of conversations which dictate our way forward.  Some of this will ask you to reach outside of your comfort zone but I know you will find success in doing so.


For instance, last night some members of the labor movement asked me if local hiring principles for construction jobs were going to be adhered to.  This morning on one of the talk shows, County Executive Picente indicated that the hospital team had always followed those rules.  However, we all have to go further.  We need to make local workers aware that our focus will be on them and their financial success.  There are some things we should all be involved in openly and publicly.


We all should be behind the message that the hospital is necessary.  We cannot make the affirmative case enough times.  Fortunately, here in the 22nd District, neighbors are starting to take this message to neighbors.  The reaction I got last Wednesday night provided incredibly clarity.  Once the affirmative case was heard, a lot of opposition drifted away.  Infections need to be avoided, needless deaths need to decrease and patients in Utica deserve access to every positive development science can deliver.


At the same time, we should make sure everyone knows why the St. Luke’s site will not work.  The cost at $1.3 million per bed is too high.  The logistical chaos created is averse to healing.  Those suffering from addiction should have a hospital within walking distance just in case the worst happens.  Beyond all that, since no urban renewal is involved, the Senate Finance Committee is not interested in the St. Luke’s site.


We should all be against the proposed Constitutional Convention.  In order Utica to succeed financially, our tourism game must be tight.  That includes taking our addiction problem head on and making sure our city is seen as “welcoming”.  A Constitutional Convention, the Trump supporters behind the No Hospital because they are uncomfortable with brown people effort will want one, could lead to the loss of civil rights via the spending of dark money for many in our community.  That could be disastrous for us.


I personally know this technique works due to something else that happened after the County Executive got off the air.  A local political leader called the same show with a number of legitimate concerns.  Many of these concerns had been addressed via proposals others and I have made but they were not being talked about openly enough.


I called the political leader on the phone and went through the issues one at a time via the perspective of some of the proposals designed to counter the side effects of the issues.  When I got done, you could tell he was much more comfortable with the entire effort.  Of course he still has to be vigilant to make sure some of the proposals become actual law.  However, he now knows that people are not just blindly supporting a hospital because they were told to.  He knows that people are deliberately looking at “unforeseen circumstances”, even though we all may come to different conclusions at first, and preparing for what is to come.  Every citizen should feel the same way that he does.


In the new Utica and the new Oneida County, we should all be in the practice of coming to as much consensus that we can find on a message and then rallying people behind the message.  I know this is a new way of thinking for some, but as we become more tourism focused, it will become a necessity over time.  We have to think of those who will follow our path, from today to Utica and Oneida County becoming real destination “musts” will take about 12 years, and prepare it appropriately for them.


If we do it right, you will go down as the Mayor who planted the seeds for our new tourism profile.  If we do it wrong, you will be the person who squandered a great opportunity.  I am one person counting on how much you love our city to keep you on the right path.


Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter.




Robert T. Oliveira

763 Mary Street

Utica, NY  13501