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Monday, January 12, 2009

Ethics Architect John Feerick Gives Up on New York Ethics

Head of NY Public Integrity commission resigns
The Associated Press - January 12, 2009

ALBANY - The head of New York's state Public Integrity Commission, which was created by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer then criticized for its investigation of him, is resigning. John Feerick, an architect of New York's ethics laws, is resigning for what he says are health concerns. Feerick took up the job as head of the commission that replaced the state lobbying commission and the state ethics commission. The commission was criticized in its first year for a lengthy investigation into whether top aides to Spitzer misused state police to document the use of state aircraft by Sen. Joseph Bruno, then the Senate's Republican leader. Although aides were accused of ethics violations, Spitzer wasn't.

The New York Post by FREDRIC U. DICKER - January 12, 2009

ALBANY - Some members of the state Public Integrity Commission, official watchdogs over public ethics, have hired private criminal attorneys because of an ongoing probe into leaked information involving the Dirty Tricks Scandal, The Post has learned. A source close to the commission said "at least" two of the 13 commissioners, a majority of whom were named by disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, hired outside counsel in the face of an ongoing probe by state Inspector General Joseph Fisch, an appointee of Gov. Paterson. Fisch is seeking to determine whether commission Executive Director Herbert Teitelbaum, a Spitzer friend, and/or some commission members illegally leaked information to top Spitzer aides as it pursued its probe of a scandal in which Spitzer and his top aides used the State Police to gather purportedly damaging information on then-Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Rensselaer). Fisch is believed to have asked several commission members to submit to under-oath testimony - prompting them to hire lawyers. Fisch is expected to release a report this month or next, and if the findings are damaging Paterson would likely call for some commission members to resign, it was learned.

Commission spokesman Walter Ayres refused to say if anyone at the commission had hired outside counsel. But after being pressed by The Post to present the question to commission Chairman John Feerick, Ayres said Feerick responded by saying that he had not hired a private attorney. The commission, filled with Spitzer loyalists, was widely criticized for apparent conflicts of interest and seeming hesitancy in investigating the scandal. But after Spitzer resigned last March in a hooker scandal, the commission took a far more aggressive stand. Last July, it issued a report on the scandal that accused four top Spitzer aides, Richard Baum, Darren Dopp, William Howard and Preston Felton, of repeatedly breaking state law.

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Anonymous said...

I know John Feerick. He's a decent guy. I heard that even he couldn't believe how bad things had gotten through the Pataki years. God help us all!!

Anonymous said...

A cesspool of NY lawyers and politicians. The only hope is to fill the cesspool to the top and they'll all drown. Gov. Paterson, what would these pond scum do to help you? Gov. Paterson disinfect the cesspool swamp. Speak out and the cowardly media will be forced to help you. La Guardia resurrected as Gov. Paterson; think big; become what is possible.

Anonymous said...

Feerick should have come forward and gone public with what he came upon: widespread corruption. Shameful that he didn't.

Anonymous said...

Here's something to think about.

I recently complained to the Public Integrity Commission about the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which is officially under their Jurisdiction.

My issue with the CJC stemmed from their whitewashing of my complaint against Judge Cahn, who colluded with Lawyer Leon Friedman to tamper with public records.

I specifically complained to the PIC about a glaring conflict of interest regarding CJC member RICHARD EMERY, who has been best friends with Friedman for decades.

It turns out that RICHARD EMERY is ALSO a commissioner on the Public Integrity Commission!

The PIC has refused to investigate or act on the matter at all.

Apparently RICHARD EMERY of the Public Integrity Commission found that RICHARD EMERY of the CJC was innocent of all wrongdoing.

Anybody notice RICHARD EMERY on any other letterheads?


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