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Friday, April 22, 2011

New York Post EDITORIAL: Lippman's Lip-Service

Lippman's lip-service
The New York Post - EDITORIAL - April 21, 2011

Chateau Lippman is on hold.

New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman yesterday suspended work on converting an Albany office building into a set of luxury suites for the seven-member Court of Appeals. It's a symbolic gesture -- most of the $23 million cost of the conversion has already been spent. But it's the right move as the courts cope with a a $170 million budget reduction that Lippman warns will force nearly 500 layoffs within the state court system. The bloodletting actually began Wednesday, when Lippman approved 74 layoffs; more are expected come May. Lippman laments the action -- but, for the most part, he's done precious little to soften the blow. He could have dipped into a $12.4 million pot of cash that's at his disposal -- the $10,000 "expense" stipend Lippman granted to every judge in the state as a back-door raise. Court records show that the "expense" accounts are more often used as personal slush funds, with judges spending the cash on iPods, iPads, iPhones, computers, vacations to Cuba and California, and ritzy robes -- though most jurists simply pocket a $5,000 check twice a year, no questions asked. In the end, of course, the expense money is pocket change. Far bigger savings could be had if Lippman committed to seeking them. That is, if he could extract concessions from the system's unionized workforce, layoffs could in large part be averted. That's where the real money lies. But it helps to keep some perspective:

  • Court headcounts increased by about 1,500 in the past decade, three times what Lippman expects to axe.
  • Court budgets shot up 22 percent in the past five years -- double the rate of inflation.

Layoffs are never easy. And the fact remains that judges do deserve better salaries -- on a cost-of-living basis, New York judges are the worst-paid in the country. But the present crisis requires painful cuts all over. Gov. Cuomo will be doing his part, but he's at least trying to soften the blow with sweeping work-rule changes and related savings. Judge Lippman needs to do likewise.


Anonymous said...

I am a very big fan of Jonathan Lippman. I've had a very easy job in the court system for 10 years and I don't have to work too hard. I get to talk on the phone most of the day with friends and family and I like the idea that I can sit at my desk and get all my personal business and enjoyment done via the computer sitting on my desk. I am extremely thankful that Lippman has chosen NOT to run the court system like a business. If he did, I'd have to leave. I don't think I'm mentally able to really work more than an hour or two a day. Yes, everything is corrupt throughout the court system and the taxpayers are ripped off by what happens under Lippman. But why change it now? Everyone's used to it.

Good Bye Lippman Committee Member said...

The 2:12pm person obviously drinks at work too!
Whether you like Lippman or not, he's gotta go!

Anonymous said...

to 2:35:

They are being sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

that is funny, but kind of mean for those who actually work and are now being laid off, due to lack of money at the low end and corruption money at the high end!

the one's being laid off should all get together and bribe the corrupt one's for their jobs back or they will put that corrupt money back in the till so we can have our jobs back or we will tell!

Anonymous said...

you know it's called
do the right thing

Anonymous said...

this is how you be sarcastic.....

Dear Jonathan Lippman,

Please reduce my work week to two days per week, with the cost of gas these days I could save lots of money. I could then apply for higher EIC, Food Stamps and Heap, we all know these costs are skyrockeeting. My children can now go to college for free, since I am now at poverty level.
But best of all Mr Potter, I can get free cheese. I LOVE CHEESE!

Sincerely yours,

The Mickey Mouse Club!

Anonymous said...

The Post is shilling Cuomo under Fred Dicker. Fred Dicker the all knowing reporter, hasn't seen JONATHAN LIPPMAN'S $40 MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD

If the Post is covering up Lippman's crimes, what can you expect with their other reports about Lippman.

Dicker is the Cuomo enabler.

Anonymous said...

We all got to see what type of man Fred Dicker is during the election!
Lucky he didn't get hit!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Stop Lippman now! Fire him!

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