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GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
Paper Trail of Suppression, Protectionism, & Blackballing
 

GOING TO THE TOP:
CJA'S COMPLAINT TO GANNETT'S HIGHEST EDITORS & MANAGEMENT


1992:

NJC's July 6, 1992 letter to Gannett's Director of Public Affairs Sheila Gibbons (cc:  Gary Sherlock/President & Publisher; Lawrence Beaupre/Vice-President & Editor; Milton Hoffman/Editorial Page Editor; Ed Tagliaferri/Co. Gov't Reporter; Tony Brown/Columnist; David McKay Wilson/Political Reporter)

                See: NJC's May 1, 1992 Critique

NJC's October 21, 1992 fax to Sheila Gibbons

 

2006:

 

CJA's October 6, 2006 letter to Gannett News Service Editor Derek Osenenko -- "RE:  ELECTIONS 2006: Informing the Voters as to Matters of Legitimate Public Concern: (1) CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to attorney general candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro; (2) CJA's June 26, 2006 letter to gubernatorial candidate John Faso; and (3) CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to senatorial candidate John Spencer"
      [indicated copies to Journal News Editor & Vice President for News Henry Freeman; Gannett Albany Bureau (Bureau Chief Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, Cara Matthews); The Journal News (Editorial Page Editor Herb Pinder; Metro Editor Dan Greenfield; Glenn Blain)]

October 11, 2006 letter from Derek Osenenko
 

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GANNETT'S ALBANY (NY) BUREAU

1993

NJC's  August 31, 1993 fax to Jay Gallagher
         SEE: Judicial Selection - State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Levine


NJC's August 31, 1993 fax to Jay Gallagher

NJC's September 3, 1993 fax to Jay Gallagher

September 4, 1993 article by Jay Gallagher, "Group to Oppose Cuomo's Court of Appeals nominee"

NJC's September 7, 1993 fax to Jay Gallagher

September 8, 1993 article by Jay Gallagher "Levine confirmed for top court seat"

NJC's September 8, 1993 letter to Jay Gallagher


Jay Gallagher's September 14, 1993 note

NJC's September 23, 1993 fax to Jay Gallagher



1998

January 14, 1998 article by Kyle Hughes and David McKay Wilson, "O'Rourke confirmed as judge", Reporter Dispatch
        SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: Lower State Courts - O'Rourke


cc: to Kyle Hughes: CJA's February 2, 1998 memo -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA's December 17, 1998 fax to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Senate Judiciary Committee's No-Notice 'By Invitation Only' Non-Public' hearing"
      SEE: Judicial Selection - State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Rosenblatt

CJA's December 18, 1998 fax to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Vindicating the Public's Rights & Exposing Fraud upon the Public"


1999

September 8, 1999 article by Kyle Hughes:  "CLOSE-UP: Government -- "Spitzer's anti-corruption unit gets off to a busy start", front-page, Journal News

September 8, 1999 editorial: "LAW ENFORCEMENT: Cooperation rather than lawsuits are needed to wipe out corruption", Journal News, September 8, 1999
          
CJA's September 8, 1999 letter to Kyle Hughes -- "RE: 'Spitzer's Anti-Corruption Unit Gets Off to a Busy Start', The Journal News, 9/8/99, Front-Page, Westchester Section

September 9, 1999 article by Jay Gallagher: "Spitzer to fight public corruption", Journal News
  

CJA's September 9, 1999 letter to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: 'Spitzer to Fight Public Corruption', The Journal News, 9/9/99"
      
   Searching for Champions - State-NY: Attorney General Spitzer
 
         Test Cases - State (Commission)

2000

CJA's January 3, 2000 letter to Kyle Hughes -- "RE: GANNETT'S JOURNALISTIC DUTY TO PRESENT READILY-VERIFIABLE STORIES ABOUT THE CORRUPTION OF ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENTAL PROCESSES"

January 10, 2000 press release by Attorney General Spitzer:  "STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ELIOT SPITZER REGARDING THE STATE LOBBYING COMMISSION ACTION IN THE PHILLIP MORRIS CASE"

January 11, 2000 article by Jay Gallagher, "State panel moves to snuff Philip Morris lobbying practices", The Journal News

CJA's May 19, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: (1) Your failure to return the documentary materials substantiating CJA's September 9, 1999 story proposal; (2) The current 'screening' of candidates for the Court of Appeals by the NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination -- and the still pending uninvestigated March 26, 1999 ethics complaint against it based on its previous 'screening'; (3) The names and telephone numbers of your superiors at Gannett"

CJA's October 20, 2000 letter to Yancey Roy -- "RE: Exposing the corruption of the 'merit selection' process to the Court of Appeals"
      
SEE Judicial Selection-State-NY:  The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Graffeo

CJA's October 25, 2000 note to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Exposing the corruption of the 'merit selection' process to the Court of Appeals"

CJA's October 27, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher


CJA's November 16, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Upholding the Public's Right to 'Hear' and "Be Heard' at the Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Confirmation to the New York Court of Appeals"

CJA's November 22, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher  -- "RE: The Public's Right to 'Hear' and "Be Heard' at the Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Confirmation to the New York Court of Appeals: Wednesday, November 29th"

CJA's November 28, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Tomorrow's 'BY INVITATION ONLY' Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Confirmation to the NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's November 28, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher -- "RE: Tomorrow's 'BY INVITATION ONLY' Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Justice Graffeo's Confirmation to the NY Court of Appeals"

November 29, 2000 article by Jay Gallagher "Critics pan closed hearing on judge's nomination", Journal News

"Invitees-Only Hearing on New Judge Criticized" by Jay Gallagher

"Senate Confirms New Judge to State's Highest Court" by Jay Gallagher



2001

January 10, 2001: rec'd call from Gannett intern for CJA's address -- rec'd express mail delivery the next day, January 11, 2001.  The enclosed documents, in uncreased, untouched-by-human hands condition, consisted of CJA's November 16, 2000 letter to Jay Gallagher plus CJA's October 16, 2000 & November 13, 2000 reports on the corruption of "merit selection" to NY Ct of Appeals 


2002

May 27, 2002 article by Yancey Roy "Spitzer expected to cruise to 2nd term"

CJA's September 24, 2002 letter to Yancey Roy & Dan Greenfield/Metro-Politics Editor/Westchester Journal News  -- "RE: ELECTION COVERAGE: Exposing the REAL Attorney General Spitzer -- not the P.R. Version"
            Test Cases - State (Commission)

     "'Road rage' senator put up for judgeship", December 12, 2002, Journal News


CJA's December 16, 2002 e-mail to Albany Bureau -- "Subj: Stopping Tomorrow's 'Rubber Stamp' Senate Confirmation"
            SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: Lower NY Courts: James Lack


2003

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to Albany Bureau -- "RE: Testimony in Opposition to Read Confirmation to Ct of Appeals"
          SEE:  Judicial Selection-State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Read


2004

          
SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Smith"

January 15, 2004 column by Yancey Roy "Smith's approval exposes flaws in the review process


2006

CJA's August 29, 2006 memo to Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, Cara Matthews -- "RE: YOUR ONGOING ELECTION COVERAGE & COMMENTARY: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"
              SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters


CJA's September 14, 2006 e-mail to Jay Gallagher & Yancey Roy -- "Subject: Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Pigot to NY Court of Appeals"
             
SEE: Judicial Selection-State-NY: The Corruption of "Merit Selection" to NY's Highest State Court - Pigott

                 REPORTER YANCEY ROY WAS AT HEARING
 

September 15, 2006 article by Yancey Roy, "Heat put on judicial diversity"

 Senate Confirmation reported by September 16, 2006 AP article by Michael Gormley "Mental health pact advances in Senate"

cc:   ALBANY BUREAU: Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, & Cara Matthews:   CJA's October 6, 2006 letter to Gannett News Service Editor Derek Osenenko -- "RE:  ELECTIONS 2006: Informing the Voters as to Matters of Legitimate Public Concern: (1) CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to attorney general candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro; (2) CJA's June 26, 2006 letter to gubernatorial candidate John Faso; and (3) CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to senatorial candidate John Spencer"
      [indicated copies to Journal News Editor & Vice President for News Henry Freeman; Gannett Albany Bureau (Bureau Chief Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, Cara Matthews); The Journal News (Editorial Page Editor Herb Pinder; Metro Editor Dan Greenfield; Glenn Blain)]

CJA's October 31, 2006 memo to Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, & Cara Matthews -- "RE: THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE HEVESI SCANDAL -- AND THE MORE SIGNIFICANT YET-TO-BE REPORTED SCANDALS that will throw open the non-competitive statewide races for Governor and Senator -- & the hardly competitive race for Attorney General -- for the benefit of all New Yorkers      

CJA's October 30, 2006 memo to Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, & Cara Matthews   --  "RE: THE HEVESI SCANDAL -- AND THE PLATFORM OF DECEIT UPON THE PUBLIC IT IS PROVIDING TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SPITZER & GOVERNOR PATAKI, AMONG OTHERS"


2007

CJA's February 12, 2007 e-mail to Yancey Roy (copy to Jay Gallagher) -- "Subject: CJA's citizen opposition to the confirmation of Judge Jones to the NY Court of Appeals"

             SEE: Judicial Selection-NYS-"Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals-Jones

February 8, 2007: "Chief Judge Judith Kaye nominated to another term", Yancey Roy -- Journal News

            SEE: Judicial Selection-NYS-"Merit Selection"-NY Court of Appeals-Kaye

February 9, 2007:  "Chief Judge Kaye, still", editorial - Journal News

CJA's February 23, 2007 e-mail to Jay Gallagher (Albany Bureau Chief) & Yancey Roy
-- "Subject: Citizen Opposition to Senate Confirmation of Chief Judge Kaye's Reappointment to the NY Court of Appeals"

CJA's March 2, 2007 and March 4, 2007 e-mail to Gallagher & Roy -- "Subject: CJA's opposition to Chief Judge Kaye & for concurrent legislative resolution for her removal/impeachment"

CJA's March 6, 2007 e-mail to Gallagher & Roy -- "Subject:  PRESS ALERT: POSTPONEMENT OF CHIEF JUDGE KAYE'S CONFIRMATION"

ELENA SASSOWER sits next to Yancey Roy at the confirmation "hearing" and gives him, in hand, a copy of her written statement and that of Doris L. Sassower (Roy moves to a back seat next to AP Mark Johnson after the Senators finish "questioning" Chief Judge Kaye)

March 7, 2007: "Kaye becomes first chief judge reappointed", Journal News, by Yancey Roy


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THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Gannett-owned newspaper "serving" three counties of New York State:
Westchester, Rockland, & Putnam)
 

1989

"Lawyer Who Missed Hearing Faces Possible Sanctions", article by Deborah Pines, July 26, 1989

"Lawyer Agrees to Reimburse Client", article by Deborah Pines, July 28, 1989

"Sassower wants new judge to hear case: Justice Fredman calls request in contempt trial unfounded", article by Deborah Pines, August 16, 1989

"Judge won't delay contempt hearing", article by Deborah Pines, August 22, 1989

:"Lawyer loses bid to disqualify judge", article by Deborah Pines, August 26, 1989

"HAVING HER SAY", captioned picture, August 31, 1989

"Lawyer wins appeal of fines against her", article by Deborah Pines, November 15, 1989

December 8, 1989 letter from Ninth Judicial Committee Chairman Eli Vigliano to Milton Hoffman

1990

 

Elena Sassower's January 31, 1990 letter to Laurie Nikolski

 

"Contempt hearing for divorce lawyer postponed third time", article by Deborah Pines, April 12, 1990

 

"Judge: Lawyer Practices During Own Contempt Case", article by Deborah Pines, April 14, 1990

 

"Lawyer ordered back to court despite illness", article by Deborah Pines, April 23, 1990

 

"Contempt proceedings begin anew against White Plains Divorce Lawyer", article by Deborah Pines, May 22, 1990


Ninth Judicial Committee's September 27, 1990 fax to Milton Hoffman, Debbie Pines, Nancy Keefe, Tony Brown

 

"Lawsuit calls cross-endorsing 'illegal, invalid'", article by Deborah Pines, September 28, 1990

 

"Hearing scheduled for cross-endorsements", metro brief, October 6, 1990

 

NJC's October 9, 1990 fax to Deborah Pines

 

"Endorsement challenge hearing delayed", metro brief, October 12, 1990

 

"Speedup sought on challenge of endorsements", article by Deborah Pines, October 24, 1990

 

NJC's October 29, 1990 fax to Caroline Treadway/Metro Desk, Randy Winer

 

NJC's October 31, 1990 fax to Milton Hoffman

 

"Cross-endorsement hearing set for January", metro brief, November 1, 1990

 

"In voting for judges this year, 5+6 equals zero and so does 10", guest column by NJC Chairman Eli Vigliano, November 4, 1990

 

November 15, 1990 letter from Jeremy Morley, Esq. to Deborah Pines

 

"Facts don't warrant criticism of Emanuelli", guest column by Samuel Yasgur, November 30, 1990

 

NJC's December 17, 1990 fax to Evelyn McCormack, Senior Managing Editor --"RE: RIGHT OF REPLY"

 

"Parties try to protect judicial endorsements", December 18, 1990 article by Deborah Pines

 

NJC's December 26, 1990 fax to Lois Coley

 

 

1991

 

"Hand-picking judges is also political", published letter to the editor of NJC chairman Eli Vigliano, Janury 4, 1991

 

"Date set for appeal by watchdog group", metro brief, February 3, 1991

 

NJC's February 13, 1991 fax to David McKay Wilson

NJC's February 13, 1991 fax to Deborah Pines

 

"NAACP defense fund makes challenge", brief, February 14, 1991

 

"State panel hears arguments on cross-endorsed judges", article by David McKay Wilson, March 26, 1991

 

NJC's March 26, 1991 fax to David McKay Wilson

 

"Cross-endorsements called a 'corrupt' deal by lawyer", March 31, 1991 article by David McKay Wilson/Ed Tagliaferri

 

"State appeals court sets back attempt to remove judges", article by David McKay Wilson, May 3, 1991

 

NCJ's May 3, 1991 fax to David McKay Wilson; 2nd May 3, 1991 fax to Wilson

 

"3 justices' own cross-endorsement questioned after decision", article by David McKay Wilson, May 5, 1991

 

June 13, 1991 fax to David McKay Wilson of Doris Sassower's June 9, 1991 NYT letter to the editor "Cross-Endorsement: Questions of Protection"

 

"Interim appointee may stage primary challenge to win county court seat: Move would pit Herold against GOP leadership", article by David McKay Wilson, June 14, 1991

 

"Lawyer suspended for refusing to take medical examination", article by Michael Meek, June 22, 1991

 

Doris Sassower's faxing to Milt Hoffman, on June 25, 1991, of her published June 9, 1991 NYT letter to the editor "Cross-Endorsement: Questions of Protection"

 

Doris Sassower's June 25, 1991 faxes to Milt Hoffman and Jeff Walsh, enclosing proposed letter to editor

 

Doris Sassower's June 25, 1991 fax to Gary Sherlock; annotation of Elena Sassower's January 31, 1990 letter

 

"Sassower ordered to pay $9,042", article by Deborah Pines, June 26, 1991

 

Elena Sassower's July 30, 1991 fax to Rebecca Blumenstein

 

Ninth Judicial Committee's August 8, 1991 fax to Rebecca Blumenstein

 

"Attack on rule to pick judges not over", article by Steven J. Stark, August 29, 1991

 

NJC's October 3, 1991 fax to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's October 4, 1991 fax to Gannett2nd October 4, 1991 fax to Gannett

 

"Court dismisses cross-endorsement suit", brief, October 16, 1991

 

"Women find justice meager in the courts", column by Nancy Q. Keefe, October 24, 1991

 

transcript of phone conversation with Nancy Keefe, October 25, 1991

 

Doris Sassower's October 28, 1991 letter to Lawrence Beaupre/Vice-President & Executive Editor

 

October 28, 1991 receipt for Lawrence Beaupre of Doris Sassower's October 24, 1991 letter to Governor

 

October 31, 1991 letter of Lawrence Beaupre to Doris Sassower (cc: Milton Hoffman)

 

Doris Sassower's November 11, 1991 fax to Lawrence Beaupre, with proposed letter to editor

 

NJC's November 12, 1991 fax to Rebecca Blumenstein

 

NJC's November 13, 1991 fax to Ed Tagliaferri

 

"New York political scene -- Party Line:  "Group opposing O'Rourke", November 17, 1991article

 

Doris Sassower's letter to the editor, "Keefe's column distorts truth", November 18, 1991

NJC's November 20, 1991 fax to Ed Tagliaferri/David McKay Wilson/Tony Brown

 

December 1, 1991:  "We like to hear from you" -- Gannett P.R.

1992
 

NJC's February 11, 1992 fax to Tony Brown

 

Elena Sassower's February 11, 1992 fax to Elaine Ellis

 

faxed pages sent on February 11, 1992 to Elaine Ellis

 

Doris Sassower's February 11, 1992 fax to Elaine Ellis & her editors -- Jeff Walsh, Mike Brown, Carolyn Treadway

 

NJC's February 12, 1992 fax to Tony Brown

 

"Suspended lawyer must turn over documents or face jail", February 12, 1992 article by Elaine Ellis

 

"State appeals court to review Sassower jail ruling", February 14, 1992 article by Carole Tanzer Miller

 

Doris Sassower's February 19, 1992 letter to Carol Miller

 

Doris Sassower's hand-written note to Carol Miller, returned to her by Miller: February 18, 1992

 

Doris Sassower's February 20, 1992 fax to Gannett, enclosing letter to Board of Editors

 

Milton Hoffman's February 25, 1992 note

 

Doris Sassower's March 3, 1992 letter to Milton Hoffman  (cc: Gary Sherlock, Larry Beaupre, Metropolitan Desk Editors: Jeffrey Walsh, Mike Brow, & Carolyn Treadway)

 

"Keep those letters coming", March 6, 1992, Gannett P.R.

 

"Lawyer faces contempt charge", article by Cameron McWhirter, April 2, 1992

 

Elena Sassower's April 2, 1992 letter to Cameron McWhirter -- "RE:  TODAY'S FRONT-PAGE METRO DEFAMATION"

 

Elena Sassower's April 2, 1992 letter to Cameron McWhirter

 

"Court fight become physical: Literally combative lawyers come to blows over papers", April 4, 1992 article by Tom Andersen

 

Elena Sassower's April 4, 1992 memo to Tom Andersen, his Editors, and Publisher -- "RE:  Your Libelous and Malicious story appearing in today's newspaper -- Saturday, April 4, 1992"

 

Doris Sassower's April 4, 1992 memo to Tom Andersen, his editors, and Publisher -- "RE: Your latest libelous and malicious story appearing today, Saturday, April 4, 1992"

 

"Judge gives Sassower pay-or-jail order", May 6, 1992 article by Cameron McWhirter

 

"Appeals judge delays sentence in Sassower case", May 7, 1992 article

 

Elena Sassower's May 7, 1992 letter to Marianne Sabato

 

Elena Sassower May 8, 1992 letter to Marianne Sabato

 

"NYC bar backs O'Rourke for seat on federal bench", article by Ed Tagliaferri, May 14, 1992

 

NJC's May 19, 1992 fax to David McKay Wilson

       
      See: NJC's May 1, 1992 Critique

 

NJC's May 20, 1992 fax to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's May 27, 1992 fax to Tony Brown/Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's July 7, 1992 faxes to Gary F. Sherlock, President & Publisher; to Lawrence Beaupre, Vice-President & Executive Editor; & to Milt Hoffman, Ed Tagliaferri, & Tony Brown

 

NJC's September 8, 1992 fax to Gayle Williams

 

"O'Rourke belongs on the bench now"; "...Don't play politics with judges", editorial, September 6, 1992

 

NJC's September 15, 1992 fax to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's September 16 letter to Milton Hoffman -- "RE:  Your September 6, 1992 Editorial: 'O'Rourke Belongs on the Bench Now' '...Don't Play Politics with Judges'"

 

"Clock ticks down on O'Rourke nomination", article by Ed Tagliaferri, September 20, 1992

 

NJC's September 22, 1992 letter to Milton Hoffman -- "RE:  Your September 6, 1992 Editorial: 'O'Rourke Belongs on the Bench Now' '...Don't Play Politics with Judges'"

 

NJC's September 24, 1992 letter to Milton Hoffman -- "RE:  Your September 6, 1992 Editorial: 'O'Rourke Belongs on the Bench Now' '...Don't Play Politics with Judges'"

 

NJC's October 2, 1992 letter to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's October 21, 1992 letter to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's October 21, 1992 fax to Sheila Gibbons

 

"Questioning O'Rourke"/Briefing -- "O'Rourke listed only 3 cases for Senate", article by Ed Tagliaferri, November 2, 1992

 

NJC's November 2, 1992 letter to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's November 9, 1992 fax to Ed Tagliaferri

 

NJC's November 11, 1991 letter to Ed Tagliaferri -- "RE:  Your November 2nd story, 'O'Rourke Listed only 3 Cases for Senate"

 

NJC's November 11, 1992 letter to Editorial Board -- "RE:  Our Critique of the Federal Court Nomination of Andrew O'Rourke and the Judicial Screening Process"

 

November 13, 1992 letter from Lawrence Beaupre, Vice President/Executive Editor

 

NJC's December 3, 1992 letter to Milton Hoffman -- "RE:  Your September 6, 1991 Editorial: 'O'Rourke Belongs on the Bench Now' '...Don't Play Politics with Judges'"

 

NJC's December 3, 1992 letter to Gary Sherlock

 

 

1993
                                  1st lawsuit vs Gannett: February 22, 1993 service of summons with notice
 

"O'Rourke bid for bench renewed", article by Ed Tagliaferri, March 4, 1993

 

NJC's March 19, 1993 faxes to David McKay Wilson

"Parties consider pact in court races", March 20, 1993 article by David McKay Wilson

 

NJC's March 22, 1993 letter to Milton Hoffman -- "RE:  Our Critique of the O'Rourke Nomination"

          -- fax coversheet

 

NJC's March 22, 1993 letter to Gary Sherlock -- "RE:  Our Critique of the O'Rourke Nomination"

 

NJC's March 22, 1993 letter to Kenneth Paulson -- "RE:  Our Critique of the O'Rourke Nomination"

 

Kenneth Paulson's March 26, 1993 letter

 

 

1994

 

1995


CJA's March 2, 1995 letter to Bruce Golding

 

"Court upholds contempt penalties: Suspended lawyer says she will contest the ruling", March 4, 1995 article by Bruce Golding

CJA's May 9, 1995 fax to Bruce Golding

May 9, 1995 fax to Bruce Golding

"Lawyer asks Supreme Court to lift suspension", article by Bruce Golding, May 10, 1995

CJA's May 15, 1995 fax to Bruce Golding

"Court denies petition by suspended lawyer", article by Bruce Golding, May 16, 1995

"Barred attorney removed from court", article by Bruce Golding, May 24, 1995

 

CJA's August 3, 1995 fax to Bruce Golding

CJA's August 14, 1995 fax to Bruce Golding

"Judge rejects suit by suspended attorney", article by Bruce Golding, August 4, 1995

         "Reaching Out:  On the road":  -- meet editors & reporters

 

         "Record crow shows up for chat (or maybe it was the coffee)", column by Richard Liebson, December 4, 1995     
 

CJA's December 5, 1995 letter to Richard Liebson, Columnist  -- "RE:  Gannett's follow-up to 'Sea Star'"

CJA's December 6, 1995 letter to Nancy Blair, Local Editor (cc: Kenneth Paulson, Milt Hoffman, Richard Liebson)
          December 6, 1995 fax coversheet to Paulson

December 21, 1995 letter from Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke, LLP (Mark Fowler, Esq) -- "RE:  Sassower v. Gannett"

 

1996

 

CJA's March 10, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding

 

CJA's October 28, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding/David McKay Wilson -- "RE: CJA News Release Re Judicial Reform"

 

CJA's October 31, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding/David McKay Wilson -- "RE: Judicial Candidates in the 9th Judicial District'

 

CJA's November 4, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Our phone conversation"

 

CJA's November 4, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: judicial elections"

 

CJA's November 4, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding

 

"Group questions bars' rankings: Lawyers' organizations lack credibility to rate candidates, reform center says", article by Bruce Golding, November 5, 1996

CJA's November 6, 1996 fax to Letters to Editor -- "RE:  Bruce Golding story 11/5/96"

 

CJA's November 6, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding -- "Your article & our conversation"

 

CJA's November 12, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding -- "reply to your 11/5 story"

 

CJA's November 13, 1996 fax to Ron Patafio

 

CJA's November 14, 1996 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE: Reply to Golding's 11/5/96 story"

 

Ron Patafio's November 15, 1996 fax

 

CJA's November 15, 1996 fax -- "RE: Your edited version of my letter"

 

CJA's letter to the editor "Judicial ratings aren't based on the facts", by Doris L. Sassower, November 16, 1996

 

CJA's November 16, 1996 fax to Bruce Golding -- "Your story of 11/5"

 

 

1997


   
 "O'Rourke still mum on retirement plans: County exec could jump to the bench", column, David McKay Wilson, January 13, 1997

CJA's May 15, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding
  -- enclosing CJA's testimony before the City Bar's May 14, 1997 hearing on the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct

CJA's May 29, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Gov. Pataki's appointments"

CJA's May 29, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Gov Pataki's appointments"

CJA's June 2, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE:  Judicial Appointments Process"

CJA's June 5, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Judicial Appointments Process"

CJA's June 5, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding

CJA's June 5, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: judicial appointments"

CJA's June 6, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- RE: judicial appointments process"

CJA's June 6, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: judicial appointments process"

CJA's June 9, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Shenanigan's in Gov's office"

CJA's June 19, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding

CJA's June 20, 1997 fax to Bruce Golding

CJA's August 27, 1997 press release to Bruce Golding -- "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 public interest ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97

     "Judicial candidates prefer not to run for office -- All agree justices should be appointed based on merit", Gannett article by Gary Stern, 10/19/97

      "For state Supreme Court: Nastasi and Beisner", Gannett editorial, October 23, 1997

      "CAMPAIGN '97 BRIEFS:  Judge candidates rated by women's law group", Gannett article, October 24, 1997

CJA's October 24, 1997 letter to Ron Patafio  -- "RE: Our view"

CJA's October 25, 1997 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE: yesterday's transmittal"

CJA's October 28, 1997 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE:  Our View piece"

October 28, 1997 fax from Ron Patafio

CJA's October 28, 1997 fax to Bob Ritter, Editor/Vice President -- "RE:  Our View piece"

CJA's October 28, 1997 letter to Ron Patafio

CJA's October 30, 1997 fax to Patafio/Ritter -- "RE:  Response to your editorial endorsements of judicial candidates"

    "Gannett asks court to unseal O'Rourke's divorce file", article by Ed Tagliaferi, October 30, 1997
 
    "Westchester bar group rates judge candidates", article by Gary Stern, November 2, 1997

CJA's letter to the editor "Judicial endorsements ignore judges' victims", by Doris L. Sassower, November 2, 1997

Eli Vigliano's November 26, 1997 letter to Ron Patafio

undated letter from Christine Mautone/Editorial Page

Eli Vigliano's November 30, 1997 fax to Christine Mautone

Eli Vigliano's letter to the editor "O'Rourke not qualified to serve as judge", December 3, 1997

     "Departing O'Rourke is taking liberties", editorial, December 6, 1997

     "O'Rourke nominated for state judgeship: Westchester County exec expected to get Court of Claims post",
       front-page article by Ed Tagliaferi, December 13, 1997

CJA's December 15, 1997 fax to Ed Tagliaferi -- "RE: Your front-page news story 12/13/97 'O'Rourke Nominated for State Judgeship"

     "O'Rourke wants to take office furniture with him", article by Ed Tagliaferi, December 18, 1997

     "O'Rourke defends furniture discount: Outgoing executive is paying to keep 18 office items",
       article by Ed Tagliaferi, December 19, 1997

     "O'Rourke could be wearing judge's robes in January", front-page article by Ed Tagliaferi,
       December 22, 1997

CJA's December 26, 1997 fax to Phil Reisman/Editor-Metro -- "RE: Citizen Opposition to O'Rourke's judicial appointment"

CJA's December 26, 1997 fax to Phil Reisman

CJA's December 26, 1997 fax to Phil Reisman - Bruce Golding -- "RE: O'Rourke's judicial qualifications"

CJA's December 26, 1997 fax to Bill Denzer -- "RE: O'Rourke -- The Public's Right to Know"

CJA's December 26, 1997 fax to Bill Denzer -- "RE: Citizen Opposition to Governor Pataki's Appointment of Andrew O'Rourke to the Court of Claims"

"Judicial reform group challenges O'Rourke judgeship", December 27, 1997 article by Bill Dentzer and David McKay Wilson, Reporter-Dispatch

CJA's December 29, 1997 fax to Phil Reisman - Bill Denzer -- "RE: O'Rourke's judicial qualifications & CJA's citizen opposition"

CJA's December 28, 1997 letter to Ron Patafio & Phil Reisman -- "IN REPLY"


1998

CJA's January 1, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio

CJA's January 2, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE:  The Public's Right to Know about citizen opposition to the O'Rourke Nomination And the Basis Thereof"

CJA's January 6, 1998 letter -- "REPLY-CORRECTION"

Ron Patafio's January 7, 1998 fax

CJA's January 8, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE:  Citizen Opposition to O'Rourke's Ct of Claims Judgeship & the Public's Right to Basic Information"

Ron Patafio's January 8, 1998 fax

CJA's January 9, 1998 fax to Robert Ritter -- "Citizen Opposition to O'Rourke Ct of Claims Judgeship & Public's Right to Basic Information"

CJA's January 9, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE: 1/9/98 ltr to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee"

CJA's January 9, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE: Reply"

CJA's January 11, 1998 letter

January 12, 1998 column "IN REPLY" by Doris L. Sassower "Judicial Group: Article misstated facts"

January 14, 1998 article by Kyle Hughes and David McKay Wilson, "O'Rourke confirmed as judge", Reporter Dispatch

CJA's January 16, 1998 fax to John Alcott, Local City Editor

CJA's February 2, 1998 memo to Editorial Page Editor Ron Patafio -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA's February 2, 1998 fax to Ron Patafio -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA's February 9, 1998 letter to Ed Tagliaferri -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA's February 9, 1998 letter to Ed Tagliaferri -- "RE: "O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA's February 13, 1998 fax to Ed Tagliaferri -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

September 14, 1998 proposed letter to the editor by Ninth Judicial Committee Founder & Chairman Eli Vigliano

September 14, 1998 fax from Ron Patafio

September 16, 1998 fax from Ron Patafio

September 19, 1998 letter to the editor "Serious questions raised about judges" by Ninth Judicial Committee Founder & Chairman, Eli Vigliano

"Top court rejects 2nd petition by suspended lawyer", article by Bruce Golding, October 6, 1998

CJA's October 9, 1998 letter to Ron Patafio -- "RE: CORRECTIONS"

CJA's October 9, 1998 fax to Bruce Golding -- "A new story"

CJA's December 4, 1998 letter to Bruce Golding -- "RE: PRIZE-WINNING STORIES THAT CHAMPION THE PUBLIC INTEREST"

 CJA's December 18, 1998 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Exposing the Fraudulent Nomination & Confirmation of Al Rosenblatt to the Ct of Appeals"
       SEE
: Judicial Selection - State-NYS: "Merit Selection" to NY Court of Appeals: Rosenblatt


December 19, 1998 article by Bruce Golding "Activist denied entrance to judge's confirmation hearing", Journal News


CJA's December 31, 1998 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Year-End News"

1999

CJA's January 7, 1999 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Another Breaking Story & Prize-Winner, Too!"

 

CJA's March 31, 1999 letter to Bruce Golding


CJA's November 12, 1999 letter to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Article 78 Proceedings against NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct:  Where to Find a Judge?"

CJA's November 16, 1999 fax to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Article 78 against NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

CJA's November 24, 1999 letter to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Article 78 Proceeding against NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct:  WILL WILLIAM WETZEL BE RECUSAL #6?"

CJA's December 23, 1999 letter to Bruce Golding -- "RE: Article 78 Proceeding against NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct:  WILL WILLIAM WETZEL BE RECUSAL #6?"

CJA's December 28, 1999 letter to Bruce Golding-- "RE: JOURNALISM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE"

 

2000

 

January 23, 2000 proposed reply of Ninth Judicial Committee Founder & Chairman Eli Vigliano, Esq.

 

"New cross-endorsement deal for surrogate judge doomed to failure", community  view by Ninth Judicial Committee Founder & Chairman Eli Vigliano, Esq., February 11, 2000

 

"Attorneys' participation in Emanuelli ad shocking", column by Doris Sassower, November 1, 2000

 

"Time For A New Westchester Surrogate", paid ad, November 6, 2000



2001


Doris Sassower's October 31, 2001 e-mail to CynDee Royle -- "COMPLAINT AS TO SERIOUS NONCOVERAGE" (cc: Henry Freeman)

 

CJA's November 20, 2001 memo to Bruce Golding

 

CJA's November 1, 2001 e-mail to CynDee Royle -- "Subj: AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY A SERIOUS WRONG"

 

CJA's November 2, 2001 e-mail to Henry Freeman

 

Henry Freeman's November 2, 2001 e-mail -- "Subj: Re:  AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY A SERIOUS WRONG"

 

CJA's November 3, 2001 e-mail to Henry Freeman -- "Subj: 'Re: YOUR RESPONSE TO AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY A SERIOUS WRONG"

 

CJA's November 10, 2001 letter to Keith Eddings

2002

 

CJA's January 28, 2002 proposed letter to editor

 

CJA's February 1, 2002 proposed letter to the editor -- Ron Patafio, Keith Eddings

 

transcribed voicemail message from Ron Patafio: February 5, 2002

 

CJA's February 21, 2002 fax to Keith Eddings -- "Re: Jay Hashmall and today's story"

 

CJA's March 9, 2002 complaint to Westchester District Attorney -- "Re: Grand Jury Investigation of Jay Hashmall and a Complaint of Cover-up against the Journal News" -- indicated recipients -- Bruce Golding, Keith Eddings

 

CJA's June 26, 2002 letter to Bruce Golding

CJA's July 8, 2002 letter to Bruce Golding

CJA's September 24, 2002 letter to Dan Greenfield, Metro/Politics Editor
-- "RE: ELECTION COVERAGE: Exposing the REAL Attorney General Spitzer -- not the P.R. version"

CJA's September 24, 2002 letter to Dan Greenfield --"RE: The electorally-explosive ramifications of my public interest lawsuit against the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

October 2, 2002 article by Glenn Blain "Spitzer vows to get tougher on insurance fraud", The Journal News

CJA's October 5, 2002 memo to the Editorial Board -- "RE: Editorial Endorsements for Attorney General and Governor"
      SEE:     Searching for Champions - State: Governor Pataki
                
Searching for Champions - State: Attorney General Spitzer
                
Test Cases - State (Commission)
                
Searching for Champions - State: NYS Ethics Commission
                
Searching for Champions - State: U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern & Southern Districts of NY
                
Searching for Champions - State: Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau
                Judicial Selection - State: NYS

CJA's October 10, 2002 e-mail to Glenn Blain


2003

 

CJA's January 20, 2003 e-mail to Journal News

 

CJA's January 22, 2003 e-mail to Editor

 

CJA's February 11, 2003 fax to CynDee Royle -- "Your newspaper's continuing inadequate or non-existent coverage of our landmark work"

 

CJA's October 23, 2003 email to Editor

 

CJA's October 28, 2003 e-mail to Editor -- "Subj: Undeserved editorial endorsements"

 

Ron Patafio's October 30, 2003 e-mail

 

CJA's October 30, 2003 email -- "Subj:  Response to your rejection of our Letters to the Editor"

 

 

2006

CJA's August 25, 2006 memo to Editorial Page Editor Herb Pinder & Metro Editor Dan Greenfield -- RE: YOUR UPCOMING EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENTS AND ONGOING ELECTION COVERAGE: The Races for New York Governor, U.S. Senator from New York, and New York Attorney General"
            SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters


September 6, 2006 -- Glenn Blain received, in hand,
CJA's September 1, 2006 memo-letter to A.G. candidates  -- PLUS CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to A.G. candidates
              
  
September 7, 2006 article by Glenn Blain, "Former HUD leader challenged on ethics, alleged misconduct"


CJA's October 6, 2006 letter to Henry Freeman, Editor & Vice President of News/The Journal News-Gannett -- "RE:  ELECTIONS 2006: Informing the Voters as to Matters of Legitimate Public Concern: (1) CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to attorney general candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro; (2) CJA's June 26, 2006 letter to gubernatorial candidate John Faso; and (3) CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to senatorial candidate John Spencer"
     [indicated copies to Gannett News Service Editor Derek Osenenko; Gannett Albany Bureau (Bureau Chief Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, Cara Matthews); The Journal News (Editorial Page Editor Herb Pinder; Metro Editor Dan Greenfield; Glenn Blain)]

cc:  Journal News Editor & Vice President Freeman, Editorial Page Editor Pinder, Metro Editor Dan Greenfield, Glenn Blain -- CJA's October 6, 2006 letter to Gannett News Service Editor Derek Osenenko -- "RE:  ELECTIONS 2006: Informing the Voters as to Matters of Legitimate Public Concern: (1) CJA's June 20, 2006 memo-letter to attorney general candidates Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro; (2) CJA's June 26, 2006 letter to gubernatorial candidate John Faso; and (3) CJA's February 3, 2006 letter to senatorial candidate John Spencer"
      [also indicated copies to Gannett Albany Bureau (Bureau Chief Jay Gallagher, Yancey Roy, Cara Matthews)
 

 

2009

 

"More light on 'sunshine'", editorial, March 22, 2009


CJA's March 22, 2009 blog entry


CJA's March 22, 2009 e-mail letter to editor, proposal for coverage

Welcoming Sunshine!  The Corrupt Judicial Appointment Process to White Plains City Court

CJA's July 14, 2009 letter to Journal News Senior Managing Editor CynDee Royle -- "RE:  (1) Retraction of The Journal News’ knowingly false and defamatory May 6, 2009 article “Hecklers try to derail new city judge”/“White Plains woman heckles city judge during confirmation”; (2) Journalistic expose of the issue of legitimate public concern the article purposefully concealed, to wit, the corruption of the judicial appointment process by which White Plains gets its City Court Judges, as established by primary-source documentary evidence 

CJA's accompanying line-by-line analysis of article
    Exhibit A:  "Hecklers try to derail new city judge" (newspaper);
                     "White Plains woman heckles city judge during confirmation
" (website)
     Exhibit B: CJA's March 20, 2009 letter to Corporation Counsel Dunphy (by Elena Sassower)
     Exhibit C: CJA's March 23, 2009 letter to Mayor Delfino (by Elena Sassower)
     Exhibit D: CJA's April 30, 2009 memo to Mayor & Common Council (by Elena Sassower)
     Exhibit E:  CJA's May 4, 2009 letter to Mayor  (by Elena Sassower)
     Exhibit F:  CJA's May 4, 2009 e-mail (from Doris Sassower) to Mayor & Common Council
     Exhibit G:  Elena Sassower's May 5, 2009 e-mails to Journal News Editor Fredericks 
     Exhibit H:  "More light on 'sunshine'", editorial, March 22, 2009;
                      CJA's March 22, 2009 blog entry (by Doris Sassower)
                      CJA's March 22, 2009 e-mail letter to editor, proposal for coverage (by Doris Sassower)
     Exhibit I:  "Council's actions questioned" (newspaper), May 14, 2009, Keith Eddings
                    
"State: White Plains Common Council's executive session on the budget was illegal"
                      (website) "Wrong advice", May 15, 2009, editorial
     Exhibits J: "Party chief contacts White Plains Dems over schools race", May 14, 2009, Keith Eddings
     Exhibit K:  "Awards and Contest Winners", pp. 1-2 of webpage from lohud.com website

CJA's August 18, 2009 letter to Journal News Senior Managing Editor CynDee Royle -- "RE:  (1) Retraction of The Journal News’ knowingly false and defamatory May 6, 2009 article “Hecklers try to derail new city judge”/“White Plains woman heckles city judge during confirmation”; (2) Journalistic expose of the issue of legitimate public concern the article purposefully concealed, to wit, the corruption of the judicial appointment process by which White Plains gets its City Court Judges, as established by primary-source documentary evidence 

CJA's October 27, 2009 e-mail to Journal News Senior Managing Editor CynDee Royle -- "Subject: Elections: Common Council & Mayor -- Retraction/Journalistic Expose, Etc."

2010

CJA's February 4, 2010 letter to Journal News/LoHud.Com -- Community View, Letters -- "RE: Today's News story on p. 1 Bradley-Delfino"; copy to reporter Ben Rubin

 

May 28, 2010 Senate Proceedings Honoring Jay Gallagher -- for Outstanding Reporting   2005 book "The Politics of Decline"

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USA TODAY

(Gannett's national daily newspaper)


CJA's January 21, 1999 letter to Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent -- "RE: MEDIA-UNREPORTED IMPEACHMENT STORIES"
              
SEE: Press Suppression - Special Topics: 1993 Report of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline & Removal
              
SEE: Test Cases - Federal (Mangano)

CJA's January 29, 1999 letter to Tony Mauro -- "RE: MEDIA-UNREPORTED IMPEACHMENT STORIES"

CJA's January 29, 1999 letter to Tony Mauro -- "RE: Media-Unreported Impeachment Stories"

CJA's February 18, 1999 letter to Tony Mauro -- "RE: MEDIA-UNREPORTED IMPEACHMENT STORIES"

2006
 

CJA's October 11, 2006 memo -- "RE: YOUR 2006 ELECTION COVERAGE & ONGOING SPECULATIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACES OF 2008 AND BEYOND"

 

 

 

 

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