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April 20, 2012
The Southwick Sentinel

HOLYOKE, Mass. – In a public notice released on the Holyoke Police Department’s website April 13, Police Chief James M. Neiswanger announced the City’s receipt of a $38,000 grant awarded by the Department of Justice. In another public notice issued on the City’s website a week later, Mayor Alex B. Morse’s Administration announced an increase in the amount awarded, $47,309… or was it just another payment?

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant issued by the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a $2 billion program which is used in combination with several other grants issued by the DOJ to help with the implementation of the Recovery Act.

Within the provisions for the Byrne Grant, are stipulations which suggest that it is not a one-time acceptance of money, but rather a continuous flow, so the $38K and $47,309 misnomers seem to be deliberate obfuscations of the truth.

Eyebrows are being raised about what this could mean, since “It is the intention of the Holyoke Police Department to use the Justice Assistance Grant to purchase police equipment that will enhance our Uniform Patrol Division and Traffic Division, which will strengthen the Holyoke Police Department’s mission to ‘Serve and Protect’.”

Natural News‘ Ethan Huff reports on an example of the corrupted behavior displayed by those associated with distribution of the Recovery Act funds and those who participate in its programs. The article demonstrates how the Fed is funneling money through the hands of criminals and is being used as a carrot on a stick to get local police departments to do whatever they are told, regardless if it is against the law.

The Holyoke Police Department’s mission to “Serve and Protect” is clear… but who exactly is served and protected with the distribution of these funds? A closer look at the Byrne Grant reveals some of the resources that are to be used by its recipients upon acceptance of its funds. One of them is an undercover web-based spy network that appears to be a front for a way for local police to report to the DOJ any real threats to the status quo establishment.

After careful research into these grant programs, one can easily come to the conclusion that Mayor Alex B. Morse and his administration have been colluding with lobbyists in order to deceive the public. Or should the public just come to the conclusion that the mayor skimmed $9300 off the top for himself?

Comments may be e-mailed to capt.duguay@holyokepd.org or mailed to:
The Holyoke Police Department, 138 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040, Attention: Captain Denise Duguay, on or before May 14, 2012

Mayor Alex B. Morse

Mayoral Aides:

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

Executive Assistant to the Mayor

(413) 322-5510.
Email: rombolettit@ci.holyoke.ma.us

Nilka M. Ortiz

Mayoral Aide

Email: ortizn@ci.holyoke.ma.us

Theresa A. Vincent

Mayoral Aide

Email: vincentt@ci.holyoke.ma.us

Read more about the Recovery Act, and the grants associated with it’s implementation: Here; Here; Here

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