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CITIZENS UNION

 

1997:

CJA's June 12, 1997 memo -- "RE: Ensuring the public's right to basic information about the Governor's judicial appointments process and protecting it from unfit appointees 
                     

CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki -- "RE: The public's right to basic information and your unworthy appointment of Justice Nicholas Colabella to the Appellate Division, First Department"  [Colabella]   [FOIL, etc]
      Ex. A-1: Gov's press release announcing members of state judicial screening committee & 3 jud. appointments
      Ex. A-2: "Colabella to Appellate Division", NYLJ, 5/15/97
      Ex. B: Executive Order #11: Temporary Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. C: Executive Order #10: Judicial Screening Committees
      Ex. D: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's ltr to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex. E: "Pataki Names Panels for Judicial Screening", NYLJ, 3/6/97
      Ex. F: Gov's classified ads of judicial vacancies
      Ex. G: City Bar's Uniform Judicial Questionnaire
      Ex. H: 3/24/92 front-page correction in NYLJ, with Doris Sassower's letter to the editor
      Ex. I-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 op-ed ad, NYT, 10/26/94
      Ex. I-2: Doris Sassower's Director's Biography
      Ex J-1: "Appellate Selection Process Stirs Concern", NYLJ, 12/10/96
      Ex. J-2: 12/16/96 item, NYLJ
      Ex. K: NY Judge Reviews (1997-8 edition)

cc:  to Citizen Union Executive Director Jeannette Kahlenberg -- CJA's September 3, 1997 letter to Executive Director Gary Brown -- "RE: Question #1 on the November Ballot: NYS Constitutional Convention"
       
"Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", $3,077 paid ad, 8/27/97, NYLJ

CJA's December 23, 1997 letter to James McGuire, Counsel/Governor Pataki  -- "RE: The Public's Right to Basic Information about the Governor's Judicial Selection Process and to Withdrawal of the Governor's Unworthy Nomination of Andrew O'Rourke to the Court of Appeals"     
     Ex. A: CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki
     Ex. B: CJA's December 3, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
     Ex. C: CJA's December 12, 1997 letter to Nan Weiner
     Ex. D: CJA's December 15, 1997 letter to Paul Shechtman
     Ex. E: CJA's December 15, 1997 fax coversheet to Nan Weiner
     Ex. F:  NYLJ, ad, 11/26/97
     Ex. G-1:  "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", letter to editor by Eli Vigliano, Esq., Gannett, 12/3/97
     Ex. G-2: "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, 12/22/97


CJA's December 26, 1997 letter to Andrew O'Rourke --  "RE: The Public's right to substantiation of the 'highly qualified rating conferred by the State Judicial Screening Committee for your appointment to the Court of Claims"    
        -- enclosing:  NJC's November 2, 1992 letter to reporter Ed Tagliaferri, Gannett
                          "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", letter to editor, Gannett, 12/3/97
                          "Untrustworthy Ratings?", letter to editor, NYT, 7/17/92
                          "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", Gannett, 12/22/97


CJA's December 29, 1997 memo to Members of Governor Pataki's State Judicial Screening Committee -- "RE: Reconsideration and Retraction of Andrew O'Rourke's 'Highly Qualified' Rating"  ----  NJC's May 1, 1992 critique & compendium of exhibits


1998

CJA's January 12, 1998 fax to Fund Executive Director Gary Brown -- "RE: Citizen Opposition and Public's Rights to Basic Info"

CJA's January 7, 1998 letter to Chief Judge Judith Kaye  -- "RE: Safeguarding the Public's Rights and Interest in the State Judicial Appointments Process"
         Ex. A: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", letter to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex. B-1: CJA's July 25, 1997 letter to James Gill, Chairman/1st Dept Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. B-2-6: follow-up faxes to 1st Dept. Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. C-1: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
      Ex. C-2: NYLJ item, 9/22/97
      Ex. D: NYLJ item, 12/26/97
      Ex. E: receipted first page of CJA's December 29, 1997 memo to members of State Judicial Screening Committee
         
CJA's January 9, 1998 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee  
    

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May 13, 2013 statement

2006

Judicial Selection for Supreme Court Justices:  December 2006

December 15, 2006 testimony


2009

Citizens' Union March 13, 2009 Memorandum in Opposition to A3866-A

Citizens' Union June 5, 2009 Statement at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing


CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Citizens Union -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"          

             SEE:  Judicial Selection -- NYS: Senate Judiciary Committee 2009 hearings on "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals  &     Judicial Selection - NYS: "Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals   

CJA's September 21, 2009 Comment to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's Proposed Revised Rules  --
        Exhibit A-1:      Merit System For Choosing Judges Isn’t A Cure-all”,
                               NYT, 1/28/79 
        Exhibit A-2:      “Cuomo Clashes With Committee Over Judgeships: Asks
                                  Panel to Disregard Law on Nominations
”, NYT, 12/20/82
        Exhibit A-3:      “The Dispute Over Selections for Court of Appeals”, NYT,
                               12/27/82
        Exhibit A-4(a):   “The Campaign for Governor is Over: What’s on Trial Is
                                How Best to Pick Judges
”,   NYT, 12/29/82, editorial
        Exhibit A-4(b):    “Judges Are Better Elected Than Selected”, NYT, 1/11/83, 
                                 letter to the editor by Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink
        Exhibit A-5:       “Cuomo Requests Greater Leeway To Select Judges: 
                                Seeks Revised Procedure for Top Court in State
”,
                                NYT, 12/30/82
        Exhibit A-6:      “Picking of Judges Assailed by Cuomo: Wants More
                               Options in Filling Appeals Court Vacancies
”, NYT, 8/15/83
        Exhibit A-7:      “Judge Selection for New York’s High Court: The System
                               Works
”, NYT, 8/30/83, letter to the editor by Senate
                               Minority Leader Manfred Orenstein
        Exhibit A-8:      “Cuomo Gets Names For Top Court Job: He Criticizes
                               Lack of Diversity in List of 7 for Chief Judge
”, NYT, 12/2/84
        Exhibit A-9:      “Challenge for Cuomo: Picking Judges”, NYT, 12/7/84
        Exhibit A-10:   “How Manhattan Stole the Judiciary”, NYLJ, 12/9/93,
                              by Appellate Division Justice William C. Thompson
        Exhibit B-1:    “Court of Appeals Candidates Are Named”, NYLJ, 12/3/02
        Exhibit B-2:    “Few Appellate Judges Apply for Wesley’s Seat”, NYLJ,
                             9/18/03
        Exhibit B-3:    “Model for Selecting Top Court Judges Reveals Its Flaws”,
                            NYLJ, 11/13/03
        Exhibit C:      “Semi-Secret Court of Appeals Nominations Draws
                            Criticism
”, NYLJ, 11/2/00
        Exhibit D-1:   May 10, 1978 letter from Assemblyman Charles Henderson
                           to Governor Hugh Carey, from legislative bill jacket,
                           Chapter 156, Laws of 1978
        Exhibit D-2:   Election Flyer: “On Tuesday, November 8, 1977 For Better
                            Courts Vote YES on Court Reform Amendments

        Exhibit E-1:   “Wider Selection Urged for Governor”, NYLJ, 12/23/82,
                           letter to the editor by Supreme Court Justice James J. Leff
        Exhibit E-2:   “Changes Needed In Judicial Selection”, NYLJ, 11/30/82,
                           letter to the editor by Acting Supreme Court Justice Walter
                           M. Schackman         
              
CJA's November 23, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Citizens Union -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"

2011

Citizens Union July 19, 2011 written statement in support of judicial pay raises


             July 20, 2011:  click here for video -- his testimony is at  27:50 -  32:32 mins:
     
                  [CJA testimony at
03:12:58 - 03:24:23 mins; transcription of CJA testimony -- click here for: 
        
(1) referred-to CJA handout "NO PAY RAISES FOR NYS JUDGES WHO CORRUPT JUSTICE -- THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE VICTIMS!" 
         (2)
referred-to judicial compensation webpage -- with its posting of CJA's letters to the Commission, most importantly those of May 23, 2011 and June 23, 2011


CJA's August 17, 2011 e-mail to Citizens Union -- "RE: Protecting the People of this State from Fraud: The Commission on Judicial Compensation's Duty to Identify the Case Presented by Opponents of ANY Judicial Pay Raises & to Make Findings with Respect Thereto, in Discharge of its Statutory Responsibilities"

CJA'S August 23, 2011 e-mail to Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey -- "RE: Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error: Clarification of the OCA Memorandum...and the Substantiating Evidence -- ATTACHMENT:  CJA August 23, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau

CJA's  August 26, 2011 e-mail to Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey -- "Subject: Part 2:  Ensuring that the Commission on Judicial Compensation is Not Led into Constitutional Error: Clarification of the Office of Court Administration’s “Memorandum discussing constitutional considerations in establishing judicial pay levels” – and the Substantiating Evidence"  -- ATTACHMENTS: CJA's August 26, 2011 letter to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau    

 

CJA's October 28, 2011 e-mail to Executive Director Dick Dadey, Citizens Union -- "Subject:  Holding Government Accountable:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report in Support of Legislative Override of the Commission on Judicial Compensation's Judicial Pay Raise Recommendations & Other Relief"

              click here for:  CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report

2012

Citizens' Union State Budget Reform Report Card:  Two I's for Improvement, but Still Incomplete, April 11, 2012
   Budget Reform Report Card  

Press release: March 23, 2012   Position Statement

 

2013

April 3, 2013 press statement:  "Enough Already!"


May 18, 2013  press statement: "Spirit of Tammany Live On in Albany"  -- "Ten Point Plan to 'Cure The Culture Of Corruption'"

July 2, 2013  press statement: "Citizens Union Welcomes Calling of Moreland Commission: Convening Necessary Response to Corruption Scandals and Legislative Inaction"

 


 

 

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