Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Lisa Strye Defends Dad
Last week, in "Strye Sez Bye," I told you that embattled Nazareth Mayor Carl Strye had finally resigned. He really had no choice. Strye admitted to an investigating grand jury that he stole $8,000 in gambling proceeds from the Vigilance Hose. He was charged with felony theft. District Attorney John Morganelli insisted that Strye resign as a condition to participation in ARD, a special program for first offenders in which charges are wiped clean after serving a period of probation. The prosecutor also demanded Strye to return the money he skimmed from an illegal gambling operation in which he evidently participated for many years. Strye, who has yet to display an ounce of remorse and was still running the police department, had to be shocked to discover that no one is above the law, not even Nazareth's mayor. The good ol' boys are blowin' oil. So is Strye's daughter, Lisa.
She came on this blog yesterday after one of my readers claimed that Strye's two kids are "embarrassed." She threatened this reader with defamation, called him one of my puppets and added for good measure that I am disbarred. She also made clear that she dislikes having to "dabble with the likes of your kind."
Lisa is someone I would ordinarily consider a civilian. Off limits. I certainly would never visit the sins of the father on son or daughter.
But she came on this blog, and in the course of threatening someone with libel, she smeared me as well.
So I have a message for you, Lisa.
Your father is not just a thief, but a liar. He lied to me. Twice.
In response to a direct question, he denied he had appeared before the investigating grand jury. His email denial was sent to me on the very day he had been there.
Your father also lied to me when he denied he had ever engaged in any skimming. On January 26, 2015, this is what he told me: "You can believe me or not, I did not skim anything. I wasn't brought up that way. I have a very good paying job as a regional Manager of a very large carwash distributorship. But of course, people will say what they want without proving or investigating anything. They only thing I got from the vendor was [sic] baseball, hockey or football tickets. Never any money." A year later, in Grand Jury testimony and under oath, your father admitted to stealing at least $8,000.
When you come on this blog, it is like coming into my house. I understand that you would dislike me and don't blame you. He's your Dad, and I respect your love for him. But on this blog, you are a guest. As a guest, I assume you've been taught it's impolite to insult the host, especially with lies. And like your father, you have lied.
I have no puppets among my readers, as you call them. I'm not like your dad and do not pack meetings or this blog with people who will back me up. Also, this is a small point, but I was never disbarred. I was suspended, damn it! Get it right. By your own definition of libel, I can now sue and collect everything you have. But don't worry. Your definition is incorrect.
I'm sure that Detective Casciano would like to talk to you concerning your college loans and how they were paid. I'm sure he has lots of questions and would love to get to know you. Why not give him a ring? Maybe you can set him straight.