Despite the recent convictions of two of the original “three men in a room” in Albany, the Governor and two new replacements didn’t think anything about once again going behind closed doors to hammer out the 2016 fiscal plan (budget) for the State of New York. On March 31, just two weeks ahead of the sentencing of Sheldon Silver and four weeks before Dean Skelos is reassigned to federal accommodations somewhere, the new three men in a room emerged from behind closed doors with their vision of where the rusty ship of state will be steered this year. [Read more…]
The 40-page decision released Wednesday by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct portrays Alan Simon as the archetypal “Boss from Hell.” The number of fellow workers who he charged with contempt, and, screaming, demanded their arrest and removal, included clerks, police officers, the police chief, another judge, and others. In fact, the routine, replete with bulging eyes and Anglo-Saxon epithets, almost reached the comic level of the Queen of Hearts’ “Off with their heads!” LoHud reporter Steve Lieberman has an overview of what got Simon yanked from the bench. Read Watchdog Decision: Judge Alan Simon booted for bullying, threats here.
There is so much more to Alan Simon’s questionable tenure as judge and head of Planning, Building and Zoning at Ramapo that we decided to reprint a story we ran on Mr. Simon five years ago in the middle of his campaign for Ramapo Town Justice. It includes some insight into his judicial philosophy and his relationship with the builders and Supervisor St. Lawrence. [Read more…]
“A state watchdog panel has removed Alan Simon as a judge in Ramapo, Spring Valley and Hillburn for violations of judicial ethics, officials said Tuesday.
Simon’s conduct as a judge had been under review by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct based on accusations filed against him in 2012, when he was accused of grabbing the arm of an intern for the Spring Valley Justice Court.” [Read more…]
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“Rockland lawmakers pushing for a bill to get revenue and oversight for the troubled East Ramapo school district said Friday that the measure failed to get into the state budget.
“You live to fight another day,” said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowiski, D-New City, who was advocating for the measure along with Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, and state Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City.
Zebrowski said the lawmakers will try to get a standalone measure approved that would bring both money and oversight to East Ramapo.
“We are certainly disappointed,” he said. “But we are hopeful that post-budget there is still an opportunity.” [Read more…]
On Tuesday, March 29, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Siver was disbarred by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His license to practice law was pulled because of his felony convictions for fraud and extortion, successfully prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Silver is scheduled to be sentenced this month on April 13, the same day that former NYS Senator Dean Skelos will be sentenced. The two who made up 2/3 of Albany’s troika known as the “Three-men-in-a-room” will hear their sentences read in separate courtrooms.
“A coalition of conservation groups want to use the New York Transportation Corporation Law, first passed in 1909, to stop Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC’s proposal to build two parallel running pipelines 178 miles between Albany and Linden, New Jersey. Kate Hudson, director of cross watershed initiatives for Riverkeeper, said the law gives villages and cities “veto power” over anyone who seeks to build pipelines on their lands.
“Corporations have to come to the cities and villages, and ask permission to build a pipeline through their borders,” Hudson said. “That’s the specific language of the law.” [Read more…]
A Rockland County lawmaker is calling for federal and/or local authorities to investigate the sources of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress’s 2011 campaign.
Legislator Charles Falciglia said he is requesting the probe because Eisenpress’s campaign received near maximum contributions from more than 20 individuals and companies during a four-day period. The majority of those donors never previously donated to a candidate. [Read more…]
The Town Board on Thursday unanimously approved transferring 25 wooded acres at 301 Pomona Road to its Local Development Corporation for commercial and/or mixed use.
The land is located in the Village of New Hempstead, which would have to grant all zoning, environmental and building approvals. Town Board member Pat Withers said the RLDC has had informal discussions with New Hempstead and with potential private developers who expressed interest in the site, including Hilton. [Read more…]