According to the article in the OD, Laura Ruberto is the vice president of Ashford-Clinton Corp.
However, what the article didn't say is that Attorney Linda Romano and her husband Russell Petralia are owners of Ashford-Clinton Corp.
What makes this so interesting is that Ms. Romano, as a representative of Bond, Schoenick and King has been, and still is, bond counsel for New Hartford Central School.
In May 2009, we FOILed ALL agreements for legal representation for the New Hartford Central School District. Among the agreements we received was a letter from Ms. Romano to then Superintendent of Business Affairs, Robert Nole detailing the agreement between Bond, Schoenick & King & New Hartford Central School for bond counsel services for the A+ project bonding.
More recently, minutes of the July 13, 2011 NHCS Board Organizational Meeting, list Bond, Schoeneck & King [Ms. Romano] as a law firm currently retained by the school.
Documents found on the web regarding Ashford-Clinton Corp. list Ms. Romano as Vice President, Laura Ruberto as Senior Management and Russell Petralia as CEO/President.
Additionally, it has been our experience that if we submit a FOIL request to Oneida County Industrial Development, we receive an email from Ms. Romano identifying herself as legal counsel for OCIDA with a copy to Laura Ruberto. If we send an email to Ms. Romano as President of the New Hartford Public Library, we also receive an email from Ms. Romano with a copy to Laura Ruberto. Obviously, Ms. Ruberto and Ms. Romano are connected. At any rate, in both cases, emails are sent from Ms. Romano with a signature line of:
property on George Avenue is vacant property [280 ft. by 100 ft.] assessed for $14,900 with a market value of $18,395. It was purchased by the Ashford-Clinton Corp. in a non-arm's length sale for $14,000 on June 24, 2009.
The property at 29 Oxford Road is assessed $119,600 with a market value of $147,654. On December 22, 2010. Ashford-Clinton Corp. paid $193,064 to purchase the property from Autumn Enterprises, LLC.
So total paid by Ashford-Clinton Corp. [Linda Romano] the two properties...$207,064. The article in the Observer Dispatch said:
The cost of purchasing the properties is not to exceed $270,000, including purchase price and estimated acquisition costs such as legal fees and site-work expenses...This is not the first time that Ms. Romano has purchased property only to turn around and sell it to the school. In July 2005, Ashford-Clinton [Ms. Romano] bought property [60 ft. by 133 ft. with a house that was eventually demolished] on Daly Place for $57,835. Six (6) months later, in January 2006, Ms. Romano sold the property to New Hartford Central School for $76,130.
According to the Observer Dispatch article, the purchase of the two properties will be on the May 15th ballot along with the budget vote.