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GETTING TO THE TRUTH
ABOUT THE PAY RAISES FOR CUOMO & THE LEGISLATORS
ENACTED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SHUT-DOWN

 

1.

1st ALARM sounded by Vic Furman,
Republican Candidate for NYS' 122nd Assembly Seat,
in his April 27th Facebook post --


"While NY is shut down NYS Legislators gave Cuomo and themselves
 the largest Pay raise in History.  All while screaming NY is broke"

2.
USA Today calls Candidate Furman's claim "FALSE" in its May 1st article:

Fact Check: New York legislators did not just vote a pay raise
during the coronavirus shutdown
” 
print-out

 

3.
CJA's May 4th Facebook message to Candidate Furman --
(below, with substantiating evidentiary links, which are also here)

Vic Furman, thank you, for your military service, for your long-standing civic activism that has prompted you to run for the 122nd NY Assembly seat, and for your April 27th Facebook post.

There is a bigger story here than you realize -- one that will not only enable you to WIN the 122nd Assembly seat, but to knock out EVERY legislative incumbent facing a contested primary election next month or contested election in November.

I am director and co-founder of a non-partisan, non-profit citizens' organization, Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc. (CJA).  Nine and a half months ago -- long before the coronavirus existed -- I furnished Governor Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Hochul, Attorney General James, and ALL 213 legislators, via their 15 legislative leaders, with a July 15, 2019 written NOTICE and substantiating ANALYSIS that the December 10, 2018 Report of the Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation – on which their pay raises are based – was “a fraud on the People of the State of New York -- and a larceny of their tax dollars”, and that their duty was to void it, to return the pay-raise monies they had already received, and to initiate criminal prosecutions of the Committee’s four members and abetting attorneys. Among these members, Comptroller DiNapoli – himself a beneficiary of the report’s pay-raise recommendations.

None of the recipients denied or disputed the accuracy of the July 15, 2019 NOTICE and ANALYSIS. Instead, on December 1, 2019, the highest of the 15 legislative leaders – Temporary Senate President Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie – delivered to the Governor an uncertified FY2020-21 legislative budget which not only concealed that the December 10, 2018 Report had raised legislative salaries and eliminated all stipends other than for the 15 legislative leaders, but sought $2,713,038 more for legislative salaries and stipends than the Report entitled them.

Eight weeks after that, on January 21, 2020, Governor Cuomo publicly presented his FY2020-21 executive budget. Introduced by Lieutenant Governor Hochul, he spoke before an audience that included Temporary Senate President Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Heastie, Attorney General James, and Comptroller DiNapoli, all of whom the Governor introduced as “great”. He lauded himself and them for performing their “duty”, specifying having “constitutionally passed the budget on time”. He concealed that the Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation had been rigged, referring to it as an “independent commission” -- and stated that he supported pay raises for the Legislature, as if legislators were not already beneficiaries of pay raises. Simultaneously, he released his appropriations bill for the legislative budget, without any accompanying recommendation that the Legislature correct the $2,713,038 overage for legislative salaries and stipends. Instead, in an out-of-sequence section at the back of the bill, the Governor added 32 pages of supposed "reappropriations" for the Legislature -- untallied, but seemingly totaling over $100,000,000. Among them, “reappropriations” of legislative salaries and stipends from past years.

On February 18, 2020, I testified about what was going on at a local budget hearing, presided over by Temporary Senate President Stewart-Cousins. My closing words were “These are penal law violations” – and the documents I handed up, in substantiation of my testimony were: provisions of the NYS Constitution pertaining to the budget, the July 15, 2019 NOTICE and ANALYSIS, a set of written questions to be answered by Temporary Senate President Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie about their uncertified December 1, 2019 legislative budget and about the Governor’s January 21, 2020 budget bill, a set of written questions for the Legislature to require NYS’ Chief Administrative Judge to answer about the Judiciary’s December 1, 2019 FY2020-21 budget and about the Governor’s January 21, 2020 budget bill for the Judiciary – the same as for the Legislature. Additionally, I handed up copies of a February 18, 2020 letter I had written to Governor Cuomo, particularizing the fraud of the “simple numbers” he had touted at his January 21, 2020 address pertaining to the budgets of his “Partners in Government”: the Legislature, the Attorney General, the Comptroller, and the Judiciary – and identifying that two further letters would be forthcoming: one focused on the fraudulent pay-raise recommendations of the Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation and the other focused on the unconstitutionality of the Governor’s inclusion of policy in his executive budget.

These two subsequent letters, dated March 3, 2020 and March 18, 2020, were, like my February 18, 2020 letter, sent not only to the Governor, but to the 15 stipend-receiving leaders of the Legislature. Neither they, nor any other recipient of these three letters denied or disputed their accuracy – or the accuracy of any of the other documents I furnished to them, to the Senate Finance Committee, to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, to other legislative committees and to rank-and-file legislators pertaining to the FY2020-21 budget. Yet none took corrective steps. To the contrary, they all went full-speed ahead in enacting a completely “OFF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RAILS”, slush-fund executive budget for FY2020-21, whose brazen constitutional violations include its “three-men-in-a-room”, behind-closed-doors, deal-making finale between Governor Cuomo, Temporary Senate President Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Heastie – and the deceit that the budget thereby produced is “on time” or “timely”.

For your purposes, the most important letter -- and the best place to start for an overview of the situation -- is my March 3, 2020 letter to Governor Cuomo particularizing the facts relating to the December 10, 2018 Report of the Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation and CJA's July 15, 2019 NOTICE and ANALYSIS with respect thereto. It is part of a series of webpages for the 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, accessible from the prominent center link on CJA’s homepage, www.judgewatch.org, entitled “LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS -- Comparing NY's Legislature BEFORE & AFTER its Fraudulent Pay Raise”. The direct link to the webpage for the March 3, 2020 letter is here: http://www.judgewatch.org/web-pages/searching-nys/2020-legislative/3-3-20-ltr-to-gov.htm.

I look forward to speaking with you personally -- and assisting you, to the max, in using the bully-pulpit of your candidacy to “whistle-blow”.  You will win, easily and without money -- and bring down the whole kit and caboodle of public officers who have been corrupting the government of our cherished state by the most brazen violations of their oaths of office – and rewarding themselves with pay raises for their crimes.  Suffice to say, that the cost to taxpayers, since 2012, when the first of the fraudulent, statutorily-violative, unconstitutional “force of law” commission-based pay raises began, is somewhere in the vicinity of half a billion dollars. 

Most respectfully,

Elena Sassower, Director
Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc. (CJA)
www.judgewatch.org
914-421-1200

4.
Candidate Furman's May 13, 2020 e-mail to Facebook & USA Today --
"Further fact check & independent investigative journalism required for May 1, 2020 article "Fact Check: New York legislators did not just vote a pay raise during the coronavirus shutdown" (USA Today, in partnership with Facebook)"

 

5.
USA Today's May 14, 2020 e-mail to Candidate Furman

 

6.

Candidate Furman's May 19, 2020 e-mail to USA Today --
"
Your May 14th e-mail is incomplete. What about a 'fact check' & independent journalism?"

 

 

* * *

CJA's May 2, 2020 e-mail to Doug Stanglin, Jon Campbell --
"FACT CHECKING your 'Fact Check:
New York legislators did not just vote a pay raise
during the coronavirus shutdown' (USA Today, May 1, 2020)"

CJA's May 3, 2020 e-mail to Stanglin, Campbell --
"Only 1 Question Remains..."

Campbell's May 3, 2020 e-mail

click here for:
The Governor amends his so-called Article VII Bill on Public Protection & General Gov't
to authorize the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation
to ALSO consider -- in 2020 -- raising judicial salaries

 

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click here for:
ELECTIONS 2020 -- Taking Out Corrupt & Collusive Legislative Incumbents & Conspiring D.A.s --
All Beneficiaries of Statutory-Violative, Fraudulent, Unconstitutional Pay Raises
& Other Larcenies of Taxpayer Monies

2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

 

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