MEET THE HOST
Tai Aguirre was born and raised in Far Rockaway, New
York. He began his career as a musician, vocalist and
composer, appearing in numerous dinner clubs and
theaters throughout New York City and across the
country. His recent collaborative effort on the
Off-Broadway Musical Cabaret and CD Production of the
Broadway Moon Song Shoppe has won him critical acclaim.
As an entrepreneur, Tai has successfully developed
numerous business enterprises including a Marketing
Company called IncentiWeb®. IncentiWeb® was one of the
first in the incentive industry to create corporate
promotional and incentive programs on-line. Winner of
the Website of the Year from Incentive Magazine, Tai’s
on-line creation is a leader in recognition and
performance tracking for incentive programs.
Four years ago, Tai moved from New York City to rural
upstate New York. After receiving approvals from the
local zoning board, health department and building
department he began to renovate his home. He suddenly
found himself in a three year nightmare jurisdictional
battle between regulatory agencies which threatened his
home and livelihood. Tai realized then that the only way
to win this kind of battle was to let the public know
what was going on and alert them to the injustices being
done to ordinary citizens by regulatory agencies. His
story became the subject of several newspaper articles,
television and radio shows including WABC Radio and FOX
TV news. The media exposure helped in his victory.
Similar nightmare stories of other families fighting
battles with regulatory and other bureaucratic agencies
poured in from all over the country. Tai became an
advocate and created a news/talk magazine radio show
called Could YOU Be Next™ (formerly Scams-n-Scandals™)….the stories the mainstream
media won’t dare talk about!
Could YOU Be Next™ can be heard Saturdays 12:30 pm
eastern time over ABC affiliate WTBQ1110AM New York
radio and over the world wide web at www.couldyoubenext.com
Tai can be reached at 914 422 1990 and at
As told by
Radio show features victims of government
Couple's fight with NYC spawns forum for citizens to
By Sarah Foster
© 2002 WorldNetDaily.com
If it hadn't been for a perfectly working septic tank,
Tai Aguirre would never have been inspired to create a
new kind of radio talk show – one where the guests are
real people whose lives have been shattered by the
actions of government agents.
But emboldened by his personal victory in a three-year
battle with a New York City environmental agency,
Aguirre has created a program where innocent individuals
who find themselves at the mercy of government officials
are given a platform where they can tell their story to
folks around the world, not only on radio but also on
"We present true-life, nightmare stories the mainstream
media doesn't want to talk about," says Aguirre, the
show's creator and host. "We are dealing with a
regulatory and bureaucratic apparatus that's abusive and
out of our control; people are being hurt, but they
aren't being heard. I want to give them that
The hour-long program, Could YOU Be Next™
(formerly "Scams-n-Scandals,") airs
Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on station WTBQ 1110 AM and
over the Internet at Aguirre's website.
Last week, the program's guest was former technical
sergeant William Mangieri, who refused the anthrax
vaccine on grounds that it was unsafe and ineffective –
and lost his career post because of his stance. The week
before that, it was Ann Broach, a "sister of the river"
who is leading a group of neighbors in a fight to stop
their property along the New River in West Virginia from
being taken by the National Park Service for a parkway.
Aguirre didn't start out to be a radio or Internet
crusader. A musician and an entrepreneur with a
background in marketing, he and his wife work at home.
In 1994, they decided to move from Queens to rural
Putnam County in upstate New York. To them this was like
moving from night to day. It was a beautiful area with
little crime and congestion, clean air. The small house
they bought in Kent Lakes, with the addition of a second
story, would be perfect for their needs.
They followed all the rules: obtained permits from the
local zoning board, the Putnam County Department of
Health and the building department. The county health
department and the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection examined their septic tank
several times and found it was working fine with no
signs of leaks.
The renovations took over a year and cost about $80,000.
Still, the couple figured it was worth the time and
money. But as their work was nearing completion, the
city's Environmental Protection Department suddenly
decided the Aguirre's 500-gallon septic tank was too
small and had the county health department ask them to
submit plans for a new septic system.
When the Aguirres refused, the city filed a 10-page
lawsuit in the state Supreme Court in Carmel asking the
court to force the couple to submit plans for a new
septic system and to comply with any requirements the
city imposed. It also sought penalties, costs and "other
"The septic system was examined by them and found to be
working perfectly," Aguirre recalled. "They said we were
being sued because someday in the future a septic tank
could break. But what they really wanted was to
intimidate us and establish a legal precedent. We
refused to back down."
Indeed, the suit was unusual. New York City rarely sues
homeowners, especially when they live miles away and
outside its normal jurisdiction. But the city was under
federal orders to install a huge filtration plant for
its water supply, which would cost billions of dollars.
To avoid these costs, the city had managed to have
land-use regulations imposed on seven counties,
including Putnam and Westchester.
Geoff Hyan, a spokesman for the Department of
Environmental Protection, denied the allegation, saying
the purpose of the suit was to eliminate a threat to the
city's water. Drinking water for 9 million New Yorkers
comes from reservoirs and lakes in the watershed, which
includes Westchester and a third of Putnam County.
"This isn't a matter of the 'big city' taking on an
individual homeowner," Hyan told the Journal News, the
local daily newspaper. "This is a matter of the public
health, the public health law."
Because of its broad policy implications, the Atlantic
Legal Foundation, a Manhattan-based public-interest law
firm, on learning about the case agreed to take it on.
The foundation maintained the lawsuit was an attempt to
set a precedent in the state Supreme Court to allow a
city agency 100 miles away to regulate land use and
development outside New York City on the basis of
potential – not actual – harm.
"The city is looking for a cost-free way to comply with
federal standards – and they're doing it at the expense
of people upstate," said Martin Kaufman, the
foundation's vice president and general counsel.
With Atlantic Legal Foundation on their side, the
Aguirres used their marketing background and skills to
rally public opinion.
"Here we were in a big-time fight with a government that
was attempting to take our home by using a watershed
issue," said Aguirre. "But we got Fox TV to come out
here and ABC News. We got the story out on radio
programs. Then Atlantic Legal became interested and took
it on. We were able to create such a stink that the city
In April 1998, the city DEP settled with the Aguirres.
The threat of fines was dropped, and they were allowed
to continue living in their home and using their septic
tank – the only requirement being that they must have it
pumped out every three years.
"What's ironic is that we pump it out every two years,"
said Aguirre. "They wanted us to be less strict than we
In the course of his fight with the city, Aguirre began
attending conferences organized by property-rights
groups where he met "dozens of people" who, like
himself, were victims of some government agency's abuse
of power. Then, having won his battle, he began to think
about ways to help some of them and quickly realized
that the one big advantage he had that other victims
lacked was marketing experience.
"Talking with them I discovered that most had no idea
how to market their stories," said Aguirre. "They didn't
really know how to use the media. Bringing the news
media down here made all the difference in our case. So
I came up with the idea of a radio show where people
like myself could at least tell their stories. I give
them a chance to tell others what it's like to come
face-to-face with your worst nightmare."
Aguirre said his story "pales in comparison with what
some of these people have gone through."
"I know a man and his son who went to jail for putting
dirt on their property because the Army Corps of
Engineers said it was a wetlands," he recalled.
The man – Ocie Mills – was Aguirre's guest on Saturday.
The Millses have been fighting for over 10 years to
clear their names and regain their civil rights. Their
case is well-known to property rights advocates. Indeed,
Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., and Joseph Farah, CEO of
WorldNetDaily.com, considered it such an egregious
miscarriage of justice they profiled it in their 1996
book, "This Land is Our Land."
A federal district judge has twice exonerated the
father-son team and declared them eligible for a new
trial, but the U.S Department of Justice has
successfully blocked this from happening.
Next Saturday, the spotlight will be on Bob MacElvain,
an inventor whose story was publicized by WorldNetDaily
in an article titled "7 years of hell at hands of IRS."
In this instance, MacElvain is unable to be on the show
personally, but standing in for him will be Vicki
Osborn, the forensic accountant who worked on his case
and uncovered "massive fraud" by the Internal Revenue
Service against him and several others.
Generally, however, Aguirre talks with the victims
"If people are willing to come forward and don't care
about possible retribution, I tell them, 'come on and
talk on the air. We'll put you on. It's your show.
You're the star.' If they do, maybe someone is out there
will call in and be able to help them. It's a chance for
David to strike back at Goliath," he said.