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Monday, October 6, 2008

Zero accountability: More Surrogate Shenanigans

Zero accountability
The New York Daily News EDITORIAL - October 4, 2008

...Surrogate shell game

Oh, what a costly web you can weave when you try to evade campaign finance laws and get caught at it. Exhibit A: Nora Anderson, who is all but guaranteed election as a Manhattan surrogate court judge come November. Regular readers will recall that we recently pointed out that Anderson circumvented the law by financing her campaign with a $225,000 loan that converted to a donation on Primary Day, violating the legal contribution limit by a mere $200,000.

Anderson took the loan from her boss, trusts and estates lawyer Seth Rubenstein. Friday, she filed paperwork reporting that she had repaid the debt by "loaning" her campaign a total of $198,185 of her own money and sending Rubenstein the same amount. The transactions boosted Anderson's personal investment in the race to $470,000. Where she came up with the money is anyone's guess because, in yet another violation of the rules, she failed to list her income in personal financial disclosure filings. (Inexplicably, Anderson just amended her statement to report that her husband received a salary as a Family Court lawyer without also declaring her own pay.) There's an obvious odor to the math here in that Anderson has put up almost half a million dollars chasing a job that pays $136,700. Then again, surrogates preside over the estates of the dead and are empowered to dispense millions of dollars in court assignments to lawyers and accountants.

So we repeat our support for probes by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. And we stand confident in knowing they're on the case....


Anonymous said...

Up north, there is the corrupt judge, Kevin K Ryan. Ryan rewards his cronies. The system is corrupt from end to end of this State. Ryan wants you to acknowledge his contribution to corruption.

Anonymous said...

Rockland County has Judge Linda Christopher.

Anonymous said...

The Westchester Co. Surrogate is one of the most corrupt in our opinion. From what we have seen there is so much money in the Surrogate Court it is a big feeding trough for all the attorneys and their fellow travelers. The corruption has turned the courts in to a cesspool. The FIX is in at all times and Tony Scarpino is a fraud.

Anonymous said...

Go to to rate your lawyer and you can leave a comment.
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Anonymous said...

Judge Pagones - Bernstein and the cabal of thugs never misses an opportunity to rob citizens in the surrogate probate court of Dutchess County

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