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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NYC Department of Education Attorney Joseph Baranello Uses Facebook To Comment About The "Douchebags" On The L Train

Joseph Baranello is the Central Records Access Officer for the NYC Department of Education. He sits at 52 Chambers Street, and denies Freedom of Information requests at random. If you want information from him immediately, forget it. He will delay his response for more than two years, if he feels like it. I found him on Facebook.

He writes:
Joe Baranello "Bottom line--I miss the days when it was crowds of trannies and drag queens roaming the streets".
December 12, 2009 at 10:29pm (Baranello's main Facebook page photo above)

Joe Baranello I was on the L this afternoon when 100 or more Santas boarded at Bedford. It was the biggest collection of douchebags I have stumbled into in at least a decade. They would burst into drunken caroling every twenty seconds or so. Anyone who made a nasty remark was shouted down with chants of "Grinch! Grinch!". By the end of the ride it got ugly. One biker chick started ripping the beard off a Santa and belted him.
December 12, 2009 at 10:23pm

A post SantaCon furry ménage
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Joe Baranello "Then, at union square they deboarded. I went to 6th ave just go avoid them, and walked back to union sq. Oops! Bad move. There were hundreds of f-ing santas all over the area, congregating on University and headed south, towards what fratty sh-hole one can only imagine, and shudder at the thought. This photo was taken hours later on the way back".
December 12, 2009 at 10:27pm

Joe Baranello" trapped in SantaCon douchebaggery".
December 12, 2009 at 2:47pm

Joe Baranello "And it got real ugly on the L. Santa rage!!"
December 12, 2009 at 2:48pm

Joe Baranello "Indeed! Looking back on it, these three were harmless and cute. But the others...oy!"

Joe Baranello "Get your sukkahs on, suckas".
September 19, 2010 at 4:42pm

Several months ago the pictures and comments above were on his Facebook page.

 Today, the New York City Department of Education is trying to keep Christine Rubino fired after she made a stupid comment on her private Facebook page in a moment of frustration. Randi Lowitt, the Hearing Officer at Christine's Section 3020-a arbitration hearing (which I attended) ignored Christine's stellar record of 15 years, ignored the fact that the Principal adored Christine and did not want her terminated, ignored the fact that Christine admitted the improper comment being placed on her Facebook page, and that she took it down and apologized.

Vote on whether or not a public employee should be writing these comments. I will post replies if relevant to this question.

Are you listening, Dennis?? Mike (Best)?

Betsy Combier


Anonymous said...

Definitely not a great idea to be posting comments.
However, I am in the small minority of people who actually screen the people who I am FB friends with. They are only people who I consistently speak with and really are friends with plus family members.
Second, personal comments also need to be screened more on who is reading them...

Anonymous said...

Sound like a college kid posting from his frat. It's hard to imagine someone so flippant has such responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Private Facebook page? That's the equivalent of having a conversation in a group of (supposedly trusted) friends and then one of them turning around behind your back and telling a third-party you didn't choose to share the information with.

Where's the First Amendment protection in all of this?
The First Amendment is worth f--- all if one can lawfully be fired for private - OR public speech in a personal, not professional capacity.
The real reason that organisations care about what their employees say in the public domain is that, like any other self-serving government department (Big Brother syndrome), they are likely so pathetic, so institutionally-insecure, and need to front about what great role models all of their employees are... out of fear that even a hint of truth might come out.
Why not let people be free and teach children that as long as no one objectively gets hurt, freedom is OK?
Ah yes, that would breed non-sheep, and they can be shown to be actively-against that.
Image is everything, performance is nothing, THAT is what these decisions teach our children.
THAT is the only real problem here. Wake up and put this lying in its place - a place that's NOT taking your tax dollar to fund it.