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2012-2013

CJA's correspondence with Manhattan DA's "Public Integrity Unit"

CJA's October 26, 2012 letter-complaint -- "RE:  "Quality Control at the New York County Clerk's Office:...(1) Official Misconduct by Chief County Clerk James A. Rossetti; (2) Official Misconduct by Chief Clerk Joseph F. Antonelli; (3) Official Misconduct by a Uniformed Officer, believed to be a 'major', who refused to give his name or badge number; (4) Certification Request Pursuant to Judiciary Law 255"

CJA's declaratory judgment action to void the Commission on Judicial Compensation's August 29, 2011 Report --
& secure judicial accountability:
March 30, 2012 -- CJA, et al. v. Cuomo, et al. 
(stalled Sept. 2012 in Supreme Court/NY County)

CJA's October 26, 2012 Affidavit -- "MISSING DOCUMENTS -- Affidavit in support of misconduct complaint against Chief Deputy County Clerk Joseph A. Rossetti, Chief Clerk Joseph F. Antonelli, & uniformed officer who refused to furnish his name or badge number"

     Exhibit A:  photos -- photo; photo; photo; photo, photo

     Exhibit B:  Executive Summary to CJA's October 27, 2011  Opposition Report 

     Exhibit C:  Bronx Co. Clerk's Office website

     Exhibit D:  Plaintiff Sassower's August 30, 2012 letter to Assistant Attorney General Andrew Meier

     Exhibit E:  Assistant Attorney General Meier's September 12, 2012 and September 13, 2012 e-mails

     Exhibit F:  Plaintiff Sassower's unresponded-to e-mails to Chief Clerk Antonelli,
                    with cc's to Chief Deputy Clerk James A. Rossetti, Assistant Attorney General Andrew Meier,
                    & Bronx Co. Records Managment Officer Mark Nusenbaum

     (1) October 11, 2012 e-mail -- "Call to Chief Deputy Clerk Rossetti: WHAT IS THE STATUS: Missing Records..."

     (2) October 10, 2012 e-mail -- "I HAVE BEEN WAITING ON THE LINE:  WHAT IS THE STATUS? Missing Records..."

     (3) September 28, 2012 e-mail -- "WHAT IS THE STATUS? Missing Records..."

    (4) September 20, 2012 e-mail -- "STATUS: Missing Records"

    (5) September 14, 2012 e-mail -- "Missing Record..." 

November 16, 2012 letter from Manhattan District Attorney 's Public Integrity Unit Chief Dan Cort

CJA's January 10, 2013 letter-complaint to New York County Clerk Goodman --  "RE:  STATUS OF CJA'S OCTOBER 26, 2012 LETTER: Quality Control at the New York County Clerk's Office..."

CJA's February 11, 2013 complaint to Unified Court System Inspector General Sherrill Spatz -- "RE:  Complaint against New York County Clerk Norman Goodman for obstructing justice and collusion in record tampering..."

CJA's February 11, 2013 letter to Sherry Klein Heitler, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters/First Judicial Department -- "Your Mandatory Supervisory and Disciplinary Responsibilities..." 

Administrative Judge Klein Heitler's February 13, 2013 letter

CJA's May 1, 2013 letter to Inspector General Sherrill Spatz -- "RE: Your Nonfeasance and Misfeasance:  February 11, 2013 complaint against New York County Clerk Norman Goodman for obstructing justice and collusion in record tampering: Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., et al. v. Cuomo, et al. (NY Co. #401988/2012)

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Attorney General Schneiderman's March 31, 2014 press release -- appointing Dan Court as Chief of his Public Integrity Bureau

 

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April 2013 - April 2014

"THE PUBLIC  TRUST ACT"

see, CJA's July 19, 2013 corruption complaint to Albany County District Attorney Soares --
"...On April 2, 2013 and April 4, 2013,
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara held press conferences announcing the indictments of two sitting members of the New York State Legislature, Senator Malcolm Smith and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, and the resignation of a third, Assemblyman Nelson Castro.  At the same time, he railed against New York’s 'rampant' and 'pervasive' public corruption, pledging his determination to root it out and urging others to do their part.[fn]

On April 9, 2013, Governor Cuomo responded with his own press conference.  Flanked by five district attorneys – including the President of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, he stated 'Today, we start at the beginning and we start with stricter and more effective criminal deterrents.  Let us affirm and expand a simple fact:  If you are a public official and if you break the law, you will get caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will go to jail' (03:11 mins).  To that end, the Governor announced his 'Public Trust Act', designed to strengthen the ability of New York’s district attorneys to investigate and prosecute public corruption.  In his words, 'Today we propose measures to ensure that all our 62 district attorneys have the proper laws to expeditiously investigate and prosecute public integrity violations.' (at  03:51 mins.)[fn].  

What became of the “Public Trust Act”? – which closed loopholes that gave federal prosecutors the advantage in pursuing public corruption cases; proposed 'three new laws: bribing a public official, scheming to corrupt the government, and failure to report public corruption'; and 'increase[ed] criminal penalties on existing laws in terms of public officials and public acts.' (at 04:04 mins.)  Upon information and belief, not a single legislator opposed the 'Public Trust Act' – or could have opposed it, certainly not publicly.  

We have filed a Freedom of Information Law request to find out.  It appears that notwithstanding the Governor’s declaration: 'I will seek legislative approval this session because we need progress and we need progress now' (at 04:48 mins.), he did not promptly send the 'Public Trust Act' to the Legislature – and when he did, as his Program Bill #3, he so totally failed to shepherd it that it had no Senate or Assembly sponsors, was never introduced in either the Senate or Assembly, and was never assigned a Senate or Assembly number.[fn] 

The Governor made no mention of this, two months later, upon holding a June 11, 2013 press conference, reiterating the 'Public Trust Act' and the key role of district attorneys in investigating and prosecuting public corruption.  He was now flanked by 16 district attorneys and had a letter of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, signed by all 62 district attorneys of New York’s 62 counties, addressed to Assembly Speaker Silver, and Senate Majority Coalition Leaders Skelos and Klein, urging enactment of his Program Bill #3. Yet he never revealed that Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Coalition Leaders Skelos and Klein were withholding his 'Public Trust Act' from legislators to prevent it from being sponsored – which, had he revealed, they could not have done, aborting the legislative process.[fn]  

In any event, the 'Public Trust Act' put the Governor and all 62 New York district attorneys on record that investigating and prosecuting public corruption in this state is the district attorneys’ job.  The Governor’s Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which he announced at his July 2, 2013 press conference, reinforces this.  Of its 25 members, 10 are current district attorneys, including District Attorney Soares and two of its three co-chairs."

CJA's August 23, 2013 e-mail to D.A. Vance's office --
"Securing Introduction & Passage of the Public Trust Act -- Upcoming Letter & Information Request"
with
2011 legislative priorities

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Commission to Investigate Public Corruption's September 17, 2013 hearing in Manhattan
-- testimony by D.A. Vance; by CJA

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2014

CJA's April 23, 2014 order to show cause to intervene in the declaratory judgment action
vs the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, purportedly by the Senate & Assembly

Senate, et al. v. Rice, et al. - Supreme Court/NY County #160941-13)

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2016

CJA's July 5, 2016 e-mail to D.A. Vance

How Many D.A.s Does It Take to Confront Evidence & Ethical Rules?

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CJA's October 14, 2016 conflict-of-interest/misconduct complaint
vs District Attorney Vance

 

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2017

click here for:  

D.A. Vance's 2017 race for re-election,
uncontested except for write-in candidates:
Peter Gleason & Marc Fliedner
 

 

 

 

 

 

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