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THE PEOPLE FIGHT BACK...
Going Where the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption Did NOT:

 

The delayed -- & sham
JCOPE/LEC REVIEW COMMISSION

     

2014 CORRESPONDENCE

CJA's July 11, 2014 letter to the "Three Men in the Room" -- Governor, Temporary Senate President, & Assembly Speaker --
"Getting to First Base in Achieving 'the Dream of Honest Government'"

         (1) Rectifying your violation of “The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011” by appointing the review committee to evaluate JCOPE that you were required to appoint “No later than June 1, 2014”;
       
(2) Making public your “written response”, if any, to CJA’s June 27, 2013 ethics complaint against you, filed with JCOPE      
       [transmitting e-mail  & here]

 
CJA's July 18, 2014 letter to JCOPE
--
"
The Record of JCOPE’s Handling of Complaints:
       
     (1)
 
Status of CJA’s June 27, 2013 ethics complaint;
     (2)
 
Rectifying your violation of Executive Law §94.9(l)(i) ('The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011') by supplementing your 2012 and 2013 annual reports with the statutorily-required list of assigned numbers for each complaint and referral, including the status of each complaint."
   

CJA's December 11, 2014 ethics complaint to JCOPE --
"
Conflict of Interest Ethics Complaint vs Governor Andrew Cuomo, Legislative Leaders, & JCOPE for Violation of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 Pertaining to the Review Commission Statutorily-Required to be Appointed 'No later than June 1, 2014'”

 

2015 CORRESPONDENCE



CJA's June 18, 2015 letter to JCOPE/LEC Review Commission
--
"
Ensuring Honest Review by the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission:
(1) Your Methodology for Reviewing and Evaluating the Joint Commission on Public Ethics & Legislative Ethics Commission -- Including Public Hearings; (2) Your Protocol with Respect to Conflicts of Interest"



CJA's June 22, 2015 letter to JCOPE/LEC & Public Officers
--
"
Enabling
Honest Review by the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission:  Rectifying JCOPE’s violations of Executive Law §94.9(l)(i) by furnishing the statutorily-required yearly 'listing of assigned numbers of each complaint and referral received…including the status of each complaint'”

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E-MAILS OF CJA's REQUEST TO TESTIFY -- 
& FOR OTHER INFO

CJA's September 28, 2015 e-mail --
"Request to testify at October 14, 2015 public hearing of the 'New York Ethics Review Commission'"


CJA's October 7, 2015 e-mail --
"Again -- Request to testify at October 14, 2015 public hearing of the 'New York Ethics Review Commission'"

October 7, 2015 e-mail response from Ariel Dvorkin, Coordinator for Commission
--
"Again -- Request to testify at October 14, 2015 public hearing of the 'New York Ethics Review Commission'"

CJA's October 12, 2015 e-mail to David Grandeau --
"Your FOIL Request to the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission"
(with cc's to Review Commission)

 

click here for:
October 14, 2015 First & Only Public Hearing
of JCOPE/LEC Review Commission
& Elena Sassower's testimony
(at 0:44:06 minutes - 1:11:15 hours) 
[MISSING! -- see August 30, 2018 FOIL request below]

transcription of Elena Sassower's testimony

 

What was in those file folders
that Elena Sassower handed up to the Commissioners
before beginning her testimony?

(1)  CJA’s June 18, 2015 letter addressed to the members of the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission   link

(2)  CJA’s June 22, 2015 letter addressed to JCOPE, LEC, the Governor, Legislative Leaders, and investigative and prosecutorial authorities – to which the members of the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission were recipients link

(3) 
CJA’s June 27, 2013 conflict-of-interest ethics complaint, filed with JCOPE, against the Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Legislators, etc., with its accompanying April 15, 2013 criminal complaint to U.S. Attorney Bharara – and JCOPE’s June 28, 2013 acknowledgment letter link

(4)  CJA’s December 11, 2014 conflict-of-interest ethics complaint, filed with JCOPE, against the Governor, Legislative Leaders, and JCOPE, with its three enclosures: (1) CJA’s July 11, 2014 letter to the Governor & Legislative Leaders; (2) CJA’s July 18,  2014 letter to JCOPE; (3) the City Bar’s July 9, 2014 letter to the Governor & Legislative Leaders – and JCOPE’s December 16, 2014 acknowledgment letter   link

(5)  CJA’s December 12, 2014 conflict-of-interest ethics complaint to LEC  link

(6)   CJA’s November 8, 2011 Executive Summary of its October 27, 2011 Opposition Report  link

AND what further documents
did Elena Sassower hand up during her testimony?

(1) Chapter 567 of the Laws of 2010 establishing, every four years, a Commission on Judicial Compensation   link

(2) the August 29, 2011 Final Report of the Commission on Judicial Compensation  link

(3) a full copy of CJA’s October 27, 2011 Opposition Report, including its two Compendia of Exhibits and the 2002 two final motions to the Court of Appeals in the Article 78 proceeding Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York  link

(4) the first three pages – and four causes of action – of the March 30, 2012 verified complaint in CJA's declaratory judgment action Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc....on behalf of the People of the State of New York & the Public Interest v. Cuomo, Schneiderman, DiNapoli, Legislative Leaders, Legislature, Lippman, Unified Court System & the State of NY  link

                       Other witness presentations

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PRESS COVERAGE
OF THE COMMISSION's OCTOBER 14, 2015 PUBLIC HEARING

October 14, 2015:  Karen DeWitt:  "Witnesses testify of dysfunction on state ethics commission at public hearing", WRVO;   & "Witnesses at Public Hearing Say Ethics Commission Not Living Up to Its Mission", WXXI, also; WXKG , North Country Radio;

October 14, 2015:  "JCOPE review chairman says he asked Cuomo for staff", Capital Confidential-Albany Times Union, Chris Bragg

October 15, 2015:  "Reform Proposals Fly as Panel Evaluates Ethics Watchdog", Gotham Gazette, Samar Khurshid

 click here for more:  PRESS IN ACTION

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CJA's October 21, 2015 letter to JCOPE/LEC Review Commission --
"Bringing the Commission's Website Out of Hiding"

 
                  screenshot of JCOPE/LEC Review Commission website

                    "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.tex
                                                     -- learn more"

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CJA's POST-HEARING FOIL REQUESTS

1.

CJA's October 19, 2015 FOIL/Records Request --
"Is the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission Lawfully Constituted?"


  
Senate's October 26, 2015 response
 Assembly's October 26, 2015 response


Governor's October 26, 2015 acknowledgment
Governor's November 24, 2015 extension letter

Governor's December 23, 2015 letter  enclosure


2.
CJA's October 21, 2015 FOIL to JCOPE
--

"
FOIL/Records Request I: Assisting the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission with a methodologically-sound review:  (1) JCOPE’s 'internal procedures for intake and review of all tips and complaints'; (2) JCOPE's 'case management system'"   

     JCOPE's First-Year Report  
        JCOPE's 2012 Annual Report  
        JCOPE's February 2015 Report

     
Executive Law §94  Legislative Law §80  State Administrative Procedure Act

          JCOPE's October 28, 2015 response


3.
CJA's October 21, 2015 FOIL to JCOPE
--
"
FOIL/Records Request II:  Assisting the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission with a methodologically-sound review: litigations against JCOPE, such as brought by Donald Trump"

          JCOPE's 2013 Annual Report
          JCOPE's 2014 Annual Report

Trump August 7, 2014 Article 78 petition:
Trump v. JCOPE

JCOPE's October 8, 2014 notice of motion to dismiss Trump petition
& affirmation of JCOPE Chief of Staff/Deputy Counsel Stamm
& October 8, 2014 memorandum of law

November 21, 2014 affirmation of Trump Executive VP/General Counsel
&
Trump November 21, 2014 memorandum of law

JCOPE's December 12, 2014 reply in further support of dismissal motion

February 11, 2015 decision in Trump v. JCOPE
"The requirement that a vote be held within 45 days from receipt of a complaint
is a purely ministerial act —
which must be carried out in accordance with the clear statutory language.” (at p. 7).

        JCOPE's October 28, 2015 response

4.
CJA's October 22, 2015 FOIL to LEC --
"FOIL/Records Request
: Assisting the JCOPE/LEC Review Commission with a methodologically-sound review – LEC’s annual reports for 2013 and 2014 & website

                                     LEC website

LEC's October 26, 2015 response

5.
CJA's October 26, 2015 FOIL to JCOPE
--
"FOIL/Records Request -- Assisting the JCOPE/LEC Commission
with a methodologically-sound review:
JCOPE's legislative recommendations"

IN THE SENATE:

(1) the six-member Senate Committee on Ethics

(2) the nine-member Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations

         

IN THE ASSEMBLY:
               (1)
    
the eight-member Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance
              
(2)     the fourteen-member Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations
 
              (3)     the seven-member Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis, & Investigation

 

JCOPE's November 2, 2015 response

 

6.
CJA's October 27, 2015 FOIL to JCOPE --

"FOIL/Records Request
-- Assisting the JCOPE/LEC Commission with a methodologically-sound review: JCOPE's written delegations of power to its executive director and, specifically, with respect to 15-day letters"

City Bar/Common Cause Report - Hope for JCOPE

 JCOPE's November 5, 2015 response

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7.
CJA's August 30, 2018 FOIL/records request to JCOPE, Governor, Legislature --
"JCOPE/LEC Review Commission Report
(Part DD of Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Bill S.2006-B/A-3006-B)

JCOPE
September 13, 2018 response 
enclosure: November 2, 2015 "Review Commission" Report
enclosure-minutes

Governor
September 7, 2018 acknowledgment
October 9, 2018 response

Senate
September 7, 2018 response   enclosure-report

Assembly
September 6, 2018 response   enclosure-report

 

 

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July 31, 2018 
"Ethics commissioner wants option to make status of probes public"
Albany Times Union  (Chris Bragg) 

August 5, 2018
"What has JCOPE actually done?"
City & State (Kay Dervishi)

August 20, 2018
"NY Attorney General's office won't defend state ethics panel against GOP lawsuit"
Daily News  (Ken Lovett)

December 19, 2018
"JCOPE's new regs constrained by settlement"
Albany Times Union (Chris Bragg)

December 20, 2018
"Judge rules that state watchdog has 30 days to decide on potential Cuomo probe"
NY Post (Carl Campanile)

February 2, 2019
"Albany's ethics watchdog is useless"
New York Post (editorial)

May 22, 2019
"New York state watchdog's top agency head Seth Agata to step down"
New York Post (Bernadette Hogan)

May 28, 2019
"Reform groups say scrap JCOPE, as national report rates it among the worst"
WBFO (Karen DeWitt)

May 29, 2019
"'So Completely Compromised':  New York Watchdog Agencies Have a Credibility Problem"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

November 16, 2019
"Pulling JCOPE's strings"
Albany Times Union (editorial)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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