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SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S
2009 HEARINGS ON THE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT
& COURT-CONTROLLED ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES
& ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM

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click here for:
CJA's draft statement
prepared for aborted 3rd hearing scheduled for December 16, 2009

                                                       CJA's substantiating EVIDENTIARY WEBPAGE

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SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING #1:

VIDEO: June 8, 2009 -- Albany, New York
Parts 1 & 2



Opening Statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson
video at 0:0:0 - 0:4:54

Senate Judiciary Committee's witness list

           Witnesses at June 8, 2009 hearing:          

1st Dept. Disciplinary Committee member MARTIN R. GOLD, -- video at 0:6:29 - 0:31:47
         with 1st Dept. Disciplinary Committee Chief Counsel ALAN FRIEDBERG
CHRISTINE C. ANDERSON, Esq. -- video at 0:31:51 - 0:46:52
KEVIN McKEOWN -- video at 0:46:54 -1:03:11
Commission on Judicial Conduct Chairman THOMAS A. KLONICK, -- video at 1:03:11 - 1:06:00
          with Commission Administrator & Counsel ROBERT H. TEMBECKJIAN -video at 1:06:02 - 1:20:47
JUSTICE DUANE A. HART -- video at 1:20:48 -1:38:32
PAMELA CARVEL -- video at 1:38:40 - 1:50:48
PAUL H. ALTMAN -- video at 1:50:50 - 2:03:07
LUISA C. ESPOSITO -- video at 2:03:10 - 2:11:20
WILLIAM GALISON -- video at 2:11:59 -2:26:20
ELEANOR CAPOGROSSO, Esq. -- video at 2:26:22 - 2:41:29
Former NYS Bar Association President ROBERT OSTERTAG -- video at 2:41:33 - 2:52:20
JOHN A. ARETAKIS, Esq. -- video at 2:52:21 - 3:04:12
MICHAEL KELLY -- video at 0:0 - 0:2:43
KATHRYN GRACE JORDAN/End Discrimination Now -- video at 0:2:45 - 0:10:02
JAMES A. MONTAGNINO, Esq. -- video at 0:10:07 - 0:22:22
RUTH M. POLLACK, Esq. -- video at 0:23:02 - 0:36:23
KEVIN PATRICK BRADY -- video at 0:36:52 - 0:40:30
CARL LANZISERA/Americans for Legal Reform -- video at 0:40:35 - 0:47:35


PRESS COVERAGE: 


May 21, 2009 
"Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Disciplinary Bodies"
NYLJ (Joel Stashenko) p. 1

June 9, 2009: 
"Grievances Against Lawyer, Judge Discipline Panels Aired at Capital"
(NYLJ (Joel Stashenko (p. 1)




 

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING #2:

VIDEO: September 24, 2009 -- Manhattan, New York


Opening Statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson
video at 0:0:0 - 0:2:53
Opening Statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Member Eric Adams
video at 0:2:54 - 0:3:32; his proposal of Task Force (at 0:34:44 --):

"...This is extensive...
...the best way to resolve inefficiencies and corruption in government
is to allow the people who are personally touched by the matter to empower us with information. 
So I am going to ask the Chair if he would put in place a Task Force that will be comprised of individuals
like yourself and victims to assist us in navigating how this problem is being hidden from public view..."

assented to by Chairman Sampson (at 0:47:23 - 0:47:45)

Senate Judiciary Committee's witness list

Witnesses at September 24, 2009 hearing:

 RICHARD KUSE, video at 0:3:36 - 0:19:27; 0:47:49 - 0:48:14
 with CATHERINE WILSON, video at 0:19:15 - 0:47:48 AND 1:53:56 - 1:58:17

ANDREA WILKINSON -- video at 1:03:52  -1:25:08
 VICTOR KOVNER, Chairman/Fund for Modern Courts -- video at 1:25:09 -1:33:53
 MARIA GKANIOS -- video at 1:34:00 - 1:59:59
 REGINA FELTON, Esq.  -- at 2:00:01 - 2:27:09
 DOUGLAS HIBGEE -- video at 2:27:10 - 2:35:31
 CATHERINE MALARKEY -- video at 2:35:48 - 22:38:58
 NORA DREW RENZULLI, Esq. -- video at 2:39:02 - 2:47:30
 STEPHANIE KLEIN -- video at 2:49:20 - 3:06:48
 IKE ARUTI, Esq. -- video at 3:06:51 - 3:22:58
 TERENCE FINNAN -- video at 3:22:59 -3:27:57 
 GIZELLA WEISSHAUS -- video at 3:28:50 - 3:37:51
ELIOT BERNSTEIN -- video at 3:38:20 - 4:01:16
 SUZANNE McCORMICK -- video at 4:01:45 - 4:16:17
 with PAT HANLEY

PRESS COVERAGE:   September 25, 2009: 
"Public Airs Concerns on Disciplinary Procedures" NYLJ


 

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING #3:

CANCELLED & NOT RESCHEDULED: 

December 16, 2009 -- Manhattan, New York

Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing notice for December 16, 2009 hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee's CANCELLATION NOTE: 
"PUBLIC HEARING TO BE RESCHEDULED"

click here for:
CJA's draft statement for aborted 3rd hearing -- substantiating EVIDENTIARY WEBPAGE

 

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TO DATE:  
NO INVESTIGATION OF WITNESSES' TESTIMONY & DOCUMENTATION --
NO TASK FORCE OR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
NO FINDINGS, NO COMMITTEE REPORT

Legislative Law Article 4  "Legislative Committee;
Taking of Testimony in Legislative Committees"

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Eleven days after the coup-interrupted June 8, 2009 hearing --

June 19, 2009
Bill to Establish Special Commissionon Judicial Compensation:  S-6009-2009: 
introduced by Senator Sampson "at the request of the Governor"

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introduction & passage of Chapter 567 of Laws of 2010,
creating the Commission on Judicial Compensation,
in the lame-duck session of the Legislature:


IN THE SENATE:
Governor Paterson's pro forma November 29, 2010 Message of Necessity
Unanimous November 29, 2010 vote by Senate Rules Committee
Non-Debate on Senate Floor
Unanimous November 29, 2010 Senate Vote

IN THE ASSEMBLY:
Governor Paterson's pro forma November 29, 2010 Message of Necessity
November 29, 2010 vote in Assembly Ways & Means Committee
November 29, 2010 vote in Assembly Rules Committee
Non-Debate on Assembly Floor
November 29, 2010 Assembly Vote

Legislative Bill Jacket, including "Introducer's Memorandum in Support
submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI, Sec 1"
,
identifying "Budget Implications" as follows:
"The cost to the State from the operation of the Commission would be minimal. 
To the extent the Commission recommends a salary increase for judges,
such increase would have a fiscal impact on the State." 

Tracking down the origin of that top-down
flawed & unconstitutional statute:

CJA's June 11, 2013 FOIL request to Office of Court Administration --
"The Judiciary's 'proposal to establish a mechanism for regular review of judicial salaries',
referred to in the Executive Summary of its 2009-2010 Budget Request"

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THE GENESIS OF CJA's ADVOCACY vs. PAY RAISES FOR NY's JUDGES --
New York's corrupt Commission on Judicial Conduct,
covering up the corruption of NY's judiciary,
including its attorney disciplinary system

CJA's May 23, 2011 letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Temporary Senate President Dean Skelos,
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver & Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman
  --
"(1) NYS's Commission on Judicial Compensation -- Inoperative & Inaccessible to the Public;
(2) Evidence Disentitling NYS's Judiciary to Increased Compensation, Presented and Proffered by the Public at the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee's June 8, 2009 and September 24, 2009 Public Hearings -- as to which There Has Been No Investigation, No Findings, and No Committee Report"
 

CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report
to the August 29, 2011 Report of the Commission on Judicial Compensation
 

 

click here for:
VIDEO & PAPER TRAIL CHRONOLOGY of
The Corrupt Commission Scheme
to Raise Salaries of Corrupt Public Officers

(2011-present)

 

 

 

 

 

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