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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hope Against Court Corruption Has Arrived. Her Name is Ann T. Pfau. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

It was announced on Friday, May 25, 2007, that Ann T. Pfau would take over as New York State’s Chief Administrative Judge, effective immediately. Albany insiders report that the appointment, though largely welcomed, is somewhat surprising since Judge Pfau is not the traditional “inside player.” One state employee said, “Judge Pfau is probably one of only a few people who can correct the widespread problems and abuses in our courts. Someone like Ann Pfau is long-overdue.”

Chief Administrative Judge Pfau’s appointment comes at the end of a week when The Westchester Guardian reported on a request for a criminal investigation involving the alleged improper actions of Westchester County Surrogate Anthony A. Scarpino and New York City Administrative Judge Jacqueline W. Silbermann.

Another Albany insider says, “Even Chief Judge Kaye is ready for a shake-up, and Judge Pfau is the person who can get the job done. Judith Kaye doesn’t want to be remembered as being the top person over the type of wide-spread abuse and corruption that would make Boss Tweed blush. It’s about the Kaye legacy at this point.”

One top state official said, “the appointment of Judge Pfau has [Governor] Spitzer’s and [Attorney General] Cuomo’s fingerprints all over it. [Judge] Pfau is how the Governor and the A.G. clean up the mess in the courts.”

As nice as the name Ann T. Pfau sounds, it’s been around for a few years.

As Sam Roberts reported on March 2, 2006 (New York Times: “State Bars a Bronx Lawyer From Receiving Court Appointments”), it was First Deputy Administrative Judge Ann T. Pfau who permanently barred Bronx political heavy-weight Stanley K. Schlein from ever accepting Guardianship and other high-paying judicial appointments.

And the name Ann T. Pfau comes up in a February 23, 2002 New York Times article (“Another Brooklyn Judge Said to Be Reassigned”) as taking action in a Brooklyn State Supreme Court bribe scandal, and where the ethical actions of 5 other judges were being investigated. While censuring one judge, the Commission on Judicial Conduct commented that one judge showed “remarkable insensitivity to his ethical responsibilities.”

And, most heart-warmingly, is the sound of the name Ann T. Pfau as presented in a November 11, 2003 New York Times Metro Briefing (“New York: Brooklyn: Administrative Judge Promoted”) announcing her appointment as First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, noting that Judge Pfau was then brought in to oversee the corruption probes in the Brooklyn courts, which included her overseeing investigators’ placement of hidden cameras to catch corrupt judges.

Note to Judge Pfau: Honest judges cheer your appointment; honest lawyers cheer your appointment; and honest state employees cheer your appointment. Your employees, the public and the rule of law have been waiting for you.

98 comments:

hopeful said...

Who names a new Inspector General? Get rid of, or promote, the current useless, do-nothing IG... out of town, anywhere, and only then will real change occur! I say promote the current IG to a job in Iowa. Good luck to pfau. I hope she can do something.

an insider said...

Don't underestimate the corrupt people involved !! They will attack any good, and needed, changes Judge Pfau might have planned.

fed up said...

It's about time the people who corrupt our system of law are brought to justice. EVEN IF THEY ARE JUDGES.

Anonymous said...

I heard IG Spatz will be gone soon. Why doesn't the Brennan Center do anything? (www.brennancenter.org)

tweed descendent said...

I am a descendent of William M. Tweed, who you so negatively refer to as “Boss” Tweed. I resent the suggestion that he would “blush” at the current state of corruption in our New York court system. Our family is quite proud of the fact that he headed Tammany Hall in the late 1800’s, and which stole between $75 million and $200 million from the public. (Do you have any idea how much that would be worth in today’s dollars?!)

If not for William Tweed, we would not have had such a movement of reform in New York, indeed- in U.S., politics. (I note that then-special prosecutor Sam Tilden forgot to mention that fact years ago, instead choosing to focus on the bookkeeping error where William overcharged the city $11 million on a $400,000. building project.)

Our family fondly credits William Tweed as the first true New York political boss who, through extortion and threats, masterfully manipulated and controlled judges, public employees and the system. From where else, but William Tweed, do you think today’s court administrators now get their lead?

Please, let’s give credit where credit is due. Indeed, William Tweed would be proud of the rampant corruption that currently exists in our New York court system.

Justice Kaye should be honored to be compared to the likes of William Tweed, may he rest in peace.

Bessie Tweed

Anonymous said...

I am hopeful that Judge Pfau will not ignore the law like Judge Lippman routinely did. The previous boss, PJ Lippman, scoffed at the law and the NYS legislature, by handing out waivers (of the laws) like it was candy. I will email some eye-opening facts about Lippman’s abuse of Article 2 of Judiciary Law Section 14, pertaining to his waiving of certain judicial ethical requirements, etc., for his pals. You’ll want to do a story on this!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where to find out more about The Westchester Guardian reporting last week about a criminal investigation of NYC Admin Judge Jacqueline Silbermann and Westchester Surrogate Judge Scarpino ?? i can't find anything online.

Anonymous said...

Bessie Tweed for President !

dead person said...

I knew boss Tweed. Boss Tweed was a friend of mine. Ms. Kaye is NO Boss Tweed.....

Speaking of corruption and dead people (who, for some reason, can't speak for themselves), is Westchester County Surrogate state-paid lawyer Jody Keltz still living in that dead lady's Scarsdale house (from the estate where that cozy inside deal was done) ? (see that story, somewhere on this blog...it's a hoot -- disgraceful, but a hoot.)

enough said said...

Don't forget, people, that a federal judge declared the way NY "elects" its judges was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This says it all....we live with a very corrupt judicial system.....

Anonymous said...

Maybe Judge Pfau can do something about that little $300,000.00 loan thing the Westchester Surrogate has going, but oddly doesn't see any APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY in. Hello, Judge Pfau....Good bye, corrupt judges....

medical solution said...

The corrupt Judical system in New York State needs to be cleaned out from top to bottom. The medical solution involves the administering of high colonics - clean them all out - lets start with Judge Judith Kaye and see what comes out and then work our way down to the new Chief Administration Judge - she claims to want reform - so lets give it to her and all of them.

medical solution said...

The corrupt Judical system in New York State needs to be cleaned out from top to bottom. The medical solution involves the administering of high colonics - clean them all out - lets start with Judge Judith Kaye and see what comes out and then work our way down to the new Chief Administration Judge - she claims to want reform - so lets give it to her and all of them.

Anonymous said...

I just hope Judge Pfau realizes that the court corruption exists in other places that just Brooklyn.... how 'bout taking a little look at Westchester, Judge Pfau.

Anonymous said...

I AGREE....LEAVE BROOKLYN ALONE NOW.... GO AFTER THE CORRUPTION IN WESTCHESTER, and other places.

disillusioned said...

I say give her a chance to look at Westchester et al., maybe six months, remember she is a lawyer and she didn't get to where she is going after other Judges.

Anonymous said...

I wish Judge Pfau good luck with the task of trying to cleanup corrupt. First, she should drain the cesspool and then acid wash the complete system.

Anonymous said...

I like the Medical Solution that's a good one, a mobile van going to each craphouse giving 'high colonics' to all the Judges and craphouse personnel, this way they can get some respect.

The Proof is in the end results said...

Let's see Judge Pfau deal with reinstating Judiciary 14 since her predecessor Jonathan (The Lip) Lippman emasculated it (along with other things) on his road to advancement.

Anonymous said...

judge judy has fired her latest slavo in her battle get the judges pay raised, including judge judy of course. she is now claiming that "as of March 2007, there are 117 judges - about 10 percent of the entire [state] Judiciary - who have outstanding pension loans," - learn to live like the people that you routinely abuse.

raises for judge, but said...

Give the judges a raise when the judges give the public, and their sworn oath, an unbiased court system, that is free of corruption and influence, and one that follows the rule of law.

A reader said...

Make sure you pick up THE WESTCHESTER GUARDIAN every week. This week has a great letter to the editor from a guy named Charles Zigmund of Pleasantville.

He applauds The Westchester Guardian as "exposing the widespread rot in public affairs in Westchester ....watching the Constitution slowly being destroyed while the public is busy lapping up American Idol...."

Very true, sadly true.

A Skeptic said...

Since Judge Pfau has been part of the NYS Injustice System she knows where the bodies are buried, so it will be an easy matter for her to reform things and put them right. How long do you think it will take her?

Anonymous said...

I believe Judge Pfau will act quickly. Bad politics was holding back action on known fraud and corruption in the Lippman era.

Anonymous said...

All we hear about is the salary of the judges in NY. What is the total "compensation package" ??? I want to know. (It's OK to leave out the illegal "bonuses" etc., they get by doing back room deals)

supporter said...

I've heard some great things about Ann Pfau. If anyone can clean up the court corruption, she can. We need to support her.

not much good to say now said...

yeah...yeah....I'm not saying, or thinking, anything good about the new top Admin Judge until I see some fixin' of the problem with corruption.

a fly on the wall said...

start with Nicolai who is out of control, then Scarpino, that is a big order but if honest people in the system saw that they would begin to believe.

the insider said...

Tony Scarpino has a roving eye and came close to getting a divorce several years ago until he discovered what it would cost him.

Courthouse worker said...

Yep, his wife made about $70,000 and with child support for his girls it was a problem for the weasel.

Anonymous said...

I've been monitoring the Weissman case, which is also in front of Scarpino. And who are Scarpino's bosses: Francis Nicolai and Jacqueline Silbermann... they're all connected, and they all talk. Debra Weissman is screwed; this bunch are out to hang her.

Anonymous said...

I guess the rumor is true that the FBI pushed Scarpino out the door. How'd we wind up with him? Dumb, corrupt, luck.

Anonymous said...

All Tony talks about is money and how he can't get by with his pay as a judge and that is why he teaches or so he says.

a former special agent said...

The fact is the Bureau was not happy with Anthony Scarpino and someone had Bankers Trust Company hire him away - they then made his life difficult and he left the bank and returned to his Mt. Vernon nest. The funny thing about all this is he's so dumb he probably never figured any of this out.

Anonymous said...

the truth is beginning to be revealed about Tony

Anonymous said...

come on... stop the name calling... just the facts... and opinions, whatever they may be, can be presented in a decent way.

Anonymous said...

someone should tell Tony that smoking is bad for his health

Anonymous said...

perhaps one of his girl friends will

An informed source said...

Judge Pfau can cut her teeth on the Weissman (see West. Guardian 5/24) story. Let her look at Scarpino and Silberman and their friends on this one. Word has it that Scarpino (in consultation with Silberman) told her lawyers to quit her (Debra) last week, then at the last minute Scarpino wants a hearing today so he can be the hero and paper over his nefarious deeds. The exposure is too much heat, he has to do something even the Ranger tickets are not worth this trouble.

Anonymous said...

hey I'll take the Ranger tickets that's money

Anonymous said...

Judge Pfau should look at The Westchester Guardian with the Carvel story as well. How did Judge Scarpino get away with all that? After reading the story and papers on the blog about McKeown, I thought I was in the Soviet Union not the U.S. How does Nicolai, Scarpino et al. pull these criminal acts off?

A Courthouse Worker said...

This Weissman thing is some mess and some of us called giving Debra information on how she was getting screwed. Our jobs are threaten. Heavy duty pressure is coming from Manhattan. Lippman covered all this up.

Anonymous said...

if Rob was still with Tony this all could be handled

Anonymous said...

Judge Pfau do the right thing don't forget about Jody Keltz who works for Anthony Scarpino. She is more than ethically challenged.

The Shadow said...

Trust me this Debra Weissman thing is even more rotten than anyone knows. Keep at it the truth is not far away!

A Fly On The Wall said...

Silberman is going crazy - she is all over the players in White Plains.

Anonymous said...

I heard Judge Pfau has been hitting the ground RUNNING-- she's going after the court corruption, and she's serious.

Also, a buddy of mine says NYC FBI has added more agents to focus on JUDICIAL CORRUPTION and that the unit has already started calling people in for a little chat. Stay tuned.....

Anonymous said...

Let Spatz get in this thing, let her do her job.

Keep The Faith Baby said...

These stories are being closely followed by major print media.

Anonymous said...

Tell me what Spatz has done? Spatz will do nothing except coverup for the corrupt system, anyone laboring in the system knows that, she's a bad joke.

Jail4Judges said...

Today a former Brooklyn Judge was sentenced to years in Jail for his corruption. How many corrupt Judges in Westchester Co. can Judge Pfau put in jail.

www.jail4judges.org

Anonymous said...

Spatz doesn't do anything except take up space and take public money

A Garson Victim said...

Former Judge Garson according to the NYT wept in court yesterday. So What! When he was getting paid off did he think of the lives he was destroying? NO he didn't give a damn! As a womam who was destroyed, my children were taken away and he and his corrupt friends were all part of it let him drop dead. All the victims should sue him and his family and take all of their money and see how they like it!

Anonymous said...

will a westchester judge be next?

Anonymous said...

he asked his fellow members of the bench to help him, no one stepped forward. Will he tell tales from school?

Anonymous said...

Garson should rot in hell along with all his friends

Anonymous said...

Believe that only 2 judges in Brooklyn got grabbed, were they the sacrificial ones??? If they got 2, that means that there must be many more.

Anonymous said...

if anyone thinks that Brooklyn is the only venue where corrupt Judge exist you're crazy - if you really want to find more all you have to do is ask attorneys but first you have to give them immunity and them a great many will talk.

Anonymous said...

Tell me what attorney is going to come foward? We have to make a living and deal with this crap otherwise we never get the right time of day. Example things get lost and this does happen as a message. Just do what the Judge wants.

Anonymous said...

As a Brit I may have different point of view, the legal system or what passes for one here in the states is like the wild west. Some of these comments are smack on. This really should be cleaned up.
For one thing I can't fathom how a court attorney would be permitted to purchase a house from an estate in the court she works in and from a bank who is a trustee of that same estate.

Anonymous said...

"In Fairness to the Courts" Tell me why we as citizens and voters should be "FAIR" to the so-called courts? THEY ARE NOT 'FAIR" TO US ALL THEY DO IS SUCK OUR BLOOD

Anonymous said...

The Weissman story is nauseating! This bum beat his wife and she was in a coma. So why is he not in jail? Did a Judge let him out? He needs a real good beating, one that he will never forget.

Wondering? said...

Don't understand how Judge Scarpino has allowed the corrupt Jody Keltz to continued work in the Surrogate's Court? The facts regarding the corrupt practices are detailed elsewhere on this Blog. The only thing could be he's part of the deal!

No Trust said...

How can you "TRUST" the fiduciary to cleanup it's own mess? All they will do is cover-up!

Anonymous said...

The Judiciary can't be TRUSTED because they're all lawyers under the robes.

An insider said...

Honey, if thought that Brooklyn was bad, when you get going in Westchester you'll wish you were back in Kings Co. You've got your hands more than full in Westchester Co.

Anonymous said...

STOP THE ILLEGAL INJUSTICE SYSTEM THAT YOU REPRESENT

Anonymous said...

Pfau isn't going to anything except damage control!

The Insider said...

Man cut her some slack, heard she reached out for Debra Weissman.

No law said...

We have become a country of men not laws and this is not going to end well for all of us.

Anonymous said...

Don't you know that the law is whatever the Judges want.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget include the lawyers too

Anonymous said...

We've been under "Boss Tweedie Kaye" for ten plus years now. Pfau better act quickly. No, and I mean NO, judicial raises until there's a clean up.

The Shadow said...

Judge Kaye and her thievish band of cohorts have joined with the commercial bar in an unholy alliance to extort the judicial pay increases. It's only about money, one way or another.

A fly on the wall said...

Tony called everyone on the carpet on the Weissman matter, he threatened everyone concerning the information getting out to the public. Some of us are honest and really hate what is going on.

Anonymous said...

Tony and his friends are nervous, they are worried and they should be!!!

jail4judges said...

Put all of them in jail, that's where they all belong

www.nyjail4judges.org

a tired taxpayer said...

Judge Ann Plau do the right thing for the people that pay your salary and for all your benefits.

Anonymous said...

Send Tony Scarpino, the Gavone a message, fire him

The Shadow said...

Ethical rules REQUIRE Judges to report criminal acts. This should be required by statute not by some judical rules.

The Green Hornet said...

Why did Judge Kaye ever write a letter to prevent the disbarment of Ted Friedman who's wife was one of the Manhattan Surrogate Judges? Fess Up Judge Kaye

Anonymous said...

hey green hornet you got anymore treats for us - it would appear that Judge Kaye has some mud on her skirts?

Anonymous said...

She has quite a bit of mud on her skirts

Fedup taxpayer said...

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York had a breakfast yesterday to support pay raises for the Judges. Barry Kamins president of the Bar Assoc. said the "We all want a first rate justice system for the State of New York." Judge Kaye continuing her full "Court Press" saying "We're caught in a deadly squeeze, the judges are hostage to the other branches of government at the cost of an independent judiciary."
I was at the gathering and heard these words and I began to wonder where I was. What kind of KoolAid are these people drinking? They all should be sanctioned for their actions, every last one of them. They are over paid for what they do, if the truth be told. Oh let's not forget about the envelopes with cash.

Anonymous said...

Squeeze them the way they squeeze us. Ever been to court and had to deal with one of these dictators in black robes?

Anonymous said...

cut their pay - let them tell us all how much cash they get for their lock boxes.

A reader said...

Did anyone see todays NYPost, Jim Copland (Post Opinion),titled A Judge Cries 'Sue!' Kaye's silly threat exposes disorder in N.Y. courts. Check it out. Judge Kaye pushes "legislators-in-robes" and makes a bigger ass of herself.

Anonymous said...

What Judge is going to hear this case that all the Judges (including Kaye) are filing? No one can because it's called a Conflict of Interest stupid.

The Shadow said...

The good Judge Kaye not only has much mud on her skirts she also has many lumps under her carpet.

Anonymous said...

Will our hope for the end of corruption Judge Ann Pfau join in the judicial pay litigation with Judge Kaye?

Anonymous said...

Time will tell whether Pfau is just another Lippman/Kaye-puppet and Good 'ole boy player. I hope not.

Anonymous said...

Has she done anything yet? No.
Remember Pfau has been around for a long time and know what's been going on.... She doesn't have to LEARN anything, she knows it already. Only difference is that she's now the boss.

wishing said...

Is that Pfau I hear?

Actually, no, it's not.

Nothing from Pfau. Not a peep.
Not a surprise.
Wishful thinking, though.

Anonymous said...

Judge Pfau please look into the sale of a house to Jody KELTZ (court attorney) from the Estate in the Westchester Surrogate's Court - thank you.

Anonymous said...

is keltz still working at the westchester surrogates court?

Anonymous said...

Ann Pfau corruption fighter, what a joke!!! Pfau is Lipman's long time assistant at OCA and like Lippman, she is an OCA bureaucrat who has absolutely no real judicial experience. Lippman gave her those assignments in Brooklyn to give her some credibility because otherwise, she is an empty suit. She was appointed to carry on the Lippman program and to clean up his messes. In fact, she is Lippman's version of Harriet Miers: a lapdog with a law degree who will do whatever her master tells her to.
The fact the Pfau was appointed as chief administrative judge is proof that politicaly ambitious bureaucrats at OCA have hijacked the courts and are running them for their own benefit and for the benefit of their political cronies.
Anybody who is hoping that Pfau is going to clean up the system shouldn't hold their breath because she is nothing more than an extension of Lippman. Political hacks can rest assured that the OCA program of nepotism, cronyism and incompetence will be continued without interruption beacause Ann Pfau is a sham, which is why she is known as "phony Pfau".

Anonymous said...

COUNSELOR, YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OCA..LEAVE IT TO EX-COURT EMPLOYEES...WE SAW IT ALL IN PERSON AND CAN TELL IT WITHOUT WORK RETALIATION,,,OF COURSE, UNLESS THEY FIND US OUT,,,THEY ARE NOT ABOVE A HIT! BUT OCA SHOULD REMEMBER HOW MANY CRIMINALS HATE THEM BEYOND THEIR OWN RECOGNITON OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO THEM! THUGS BEATING THUGS COULD BECOME THE NEW COURT JUSTICE!

MzDivine *aka* MsBliliuos said...

I have a suggestion.........
not only "arrest" & "convict" them to "real" jail time (general population) time but "heavily" fine them and make them give "financial" restitution to those they harm instead of taking more from "us" by way of court "fees".
This will be a "real" effort to get the economy on track and "prevent" scumbags from even entering the judicial system in the first place.
Make some "noise", make "rael" complaints!

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