What people used to say about Marie Tooker in 2007:
“Ms. Marie Tooker is the founder of Abbess Farms and the Abbess Foundation. She is a philanthropist in the truest sense of the word. She is dedicated to providing a stable environment for children and for the homeless. Her vision is to create a permanent legacy for future generations of young people in need by preparing them to be active, responsible and productive members of society. Marie Tooker is an active parent and very much dedicated to the preservation of the family. (1)
Marie Tooker, or Marie Guerrera, or Marie Guerrera-Tooker (she goes by all of these) of Calverton, NY came across as a woman who cared about veterans, children and horses. Of course, that was all on the surface.
She wanted the grant money available for the veterans. She received grant money to set up a veterans home, even going so far as to hire an architect to draw up plans for three buildings in the shape of “USA” so they could be seen by planes – ugh, seriously? No buildings have been built to date of course. (2)
“Help-Vets.org plans to try to stimulate business and industry to give them needed grants to create their vision.” (3)
She would rather spend time – and money – in court arguing about renting buildings FOR children, than actually dealing with kids (4). Oh, yeah, and at galas (5)! And, lets not forget running for the school board (6) (7)!
She certainly didn’t properly contain her horses, as they’ve gotten out twice – once stopping traffic on the Long Island Expressway for an hour (8).
And now she just doesn’t bother feeding OR watering them (Story: http://www.riverheadlocal.com/local-news/2069-suffolk-spca-rescues-two-dozen-horses-from-calverton-farm).
“Police were tipped off to the neglected condition of the animals by a court-appointed receiver in a foreclosure action brought against the owner of the farm, according to Suffolk SPCA law enforcement chief Roy Gross.”
“I don’t ever remember seeing a horse in such poor condition; this is not your standard backyard cruelty case.” Chief Gross told the News-Review.
“The ones that were out in the field, obviously had grass to eat,” he said. “And because of the wet spring water that had puddled up, that must have been the water they were drinking. All the animals were neglected, though some fared better than others. We still need to do a complete evaluation.”
The ones that fared the worst, were the ones padlocked in the barn with no food or water.
This woman is extremely litigious. She has spent several years and God knows how much money fighting bankruptcy in court (2007-(9), all the way up to 2011-(10) ) Yet she has been hosting a multitude of events at her farm, including rock concerts… and of course making money off of that.
And after all the fighting, she finally actually declares bankruptcy (11)! This after reportedly receiving quite a hefty sum from the county (rumoured to be in the millions), after much bickering (pdf 12) for a measly 45 acres of her land (out of 130 acres)
“Ms. Tooker sold the development rights to 90 of the 130 acres on her farm in 2005 and has held events there in the past.” (13)
I suck at math. I found elsewhere she “donated” 135 acres, but sold off another 45… and seems to have sold another 90 acres? They’re trying to auction off five acres (which includes the house and out buildings). How many acres did she have to start with?
If you’re looking to buy a peninsula, go to 3581 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY 11933
Always Looking for Money
She showed up with a lawyer just to comment on a proposed Indian casino on the property next to hers. Of course, they were interested in her property as well. Either way, whether she sold or just had increased business opportunity with the casino next door, she would have made money. (14)
What I especially love about the comments on the news stories is that they run from calling Marie a money-grubbing bitch-on-wheels to comparing these latest news stories (about how she’s abusing horses) to a “witch hunt” and to the Nazis – although, those in defense are few and far between. I tend to look at the photos, and read the actual news stories that talk about how some of the horses were padlocked in a barn with no food on site, and no WATER on site. Those FACTS tend to make me believe this bitch is torturing her horses.