Governor Needed to Stop the Crimes Against Its Citizens
Another Year, Another Billion Dollar Scam
New York's Court System presented Governor Cuomo with their latest "budget" on Friday, November 29, 2015. New York's Office of Court Administration ("OCA") refers to the $2 Billion dollar hot-air presentation as a "road to recovery" budget. The jumbled collection of vague numbers and words fills nearly 200 pages, and would surely be sufficient grounds to fire any accounting professional who would dare present such a "budget."
"There is a point which the Judiciary cannot be pushed if it is still to play its role in our constitutional system," said Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the 2.5 percent increase request.
OCA says they have $22 million less in the current fiscal year that it had in 2009-2010, and that their workforce was reduced by more than 1,900 employees over the last 5 years, to the lowest level in more than 10 years.
OCA- nor Governor Cuomo for that matter- have much to say about the $23 million spent on the Centennial Hall project for the 7 Court of Appeals judges so they would have a nice place to stay while in Albany. The renovation of OCA's 30,000-square-foot Romanesque Revival landmark hotel-for-judges, a former convent, has been another waste, funded by creatively hidden budget entries. Of course, the furnishings included cherry furniture costing over $350,000.) (CLICK HERE to see NY's Judge Hotel)
Mismangement At Its Worst
While Governors are required to pass the budget along to the State Legislature without making any changes, the state executive is not bound by any law to be silent on massive waste and corruption.
Has the governor ever considered a performance audit of OCA? Shouldn't a real group of management and financial experts analyze OCA? (Taking last years budget and moving some numbers up, and others down, is hardly a way to account for billions of dollars.)
Shouldn't the public know the details of OCA's vast real estate holdings?
Isn't the public entitled to see the leases of the $18 million paid out to landlords?
Doesn't the public deserve to know the particulars concerning OCA signing a 49-year-lease for a training facility for court officers?
Why are no supporting documents attached to the "budget" or readily available to the public?
Arranging for NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to fully review OCA's version of financial accounting would surely find tens of millions of unaccounted for or wasted monies.
Gross mismanagement aside, OCA treats human beings like garbage. To be fair, however, New York's Court Administrative machine mistreats everyone equally:
Judges: here's a thankless group. Every judge is slapped with the reality that every decision he or she makes results in having made one temporary friend, and one permanent enemy. More outrageous is the fact that the court system was unable to give judges a raise for 13 years. And when they did get an insult of a raise, it was structured to be phased in over 3 years. The issue was so mishandled that it resulted in numerous judges filing lawsuits against NY State. (CLICK HERE TO READ, "New York Judges Disgraced Again- The Corrupt Court Machine Strikes Again)
Court Employees: OCA made believe they were saving big dollars by cutting overtime for employees dependent on the extra income, but court administrators forget to mention that millions of dollars were spent on renovating luxurious office suites for favored administrative court bigwigs. There are a lot of court employees who have much to say about their decrease in pay, denial of over-time pay, and generally how mismanaged the entire court system is run. (See, Shaw v. Unified Court System (SDNY #13-7691), a federal lawsuit filed in Manhattan)
In addition, countless federal lawsuits have been filed against OCA regarding rampant corruption and the wide-spread practice of retaliation against anyone and everyone. It's the way the court system is operated in New York State.
One such lawsuit is Corrado v. New York State Unified Court System, filed in the federal court in Brooklyn (EDNY # 12-1748) (See, www.JusticeInOurCourts.com) After this state-employed ethics attorney was sexually harassed, OCA went into hyper-retaliation mode against the victim! Governor Cuomo has personal knowledge of this atrocity, and the federal court filing.
Many years ago, a governor called Mario Cuomo was brave enough to support a Presiding Judge in Manhattan who was determined to confront the corruption within OCA's so-called attorney "ethics" department. The presiding judge, Francis T. Murphy, took NYC corruption on- full force- he was determined to clean house. Judge Murphy sent armed officers to the "ethics" offices to remove all employees and padlock the doors. CLICK HERE TO SEE, "The Murphy Report"
Maybe Mario Cuomo would consider running for New York Governor in 2014……
Coming Tomorrow: New York's Judicial Ethics Committee is Completely Corrupt!