17 March 2011 article about legislators with permits "Armed, and representing ... state lawmakers have gun permits" By Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau Albany Times Union August 9, 2010 The article mentions some legislators. Eric Adams Brooklyn Democrat and retired police officer North Country Sen. Darrel Aubertine Democrat Sen. Marty Golden Brooklyn Republican. Assembly Democrat Aileen Gunther nurse who has a hunting camp and a shooting range Republican Assemblyman Joel Miller of Poughkeepsie Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino Republican gubernatorial candidate not a legislator GOP Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Willsboro
18 March 2011 "Who's packing heat? NY gun data goes public" by Jim Kenyon Chief Investigative Reporter CNY Central
BKLYN NY 11228.
Employer NY ASSEMBLY, 250 BROADWAY, NEW YORK NY.
Occupation SPECIAL ASST.
Political campaign contribution to Republican Dennis Gallagher, 2003, $25 check
GERARD J [Joseph?] KASSAR, 927 80TH ST, BROOKLYN NY 11228, (718) 748-2488
NYS Senate chamber
She contributes generously to political recipients. When the contributions are disclosed for her home address, her zip code is "11373" and the city is almost always "Elmhurst". The truth is that her home address (5831 83rd Pl) is not in 11373 or Elmhurst. Her home address is in Middle Village 11379. Her Queens office is at 7104 Myrtle Ave, Glendale NY 11385-7254.
Justin DiSanzo, an aide to State Senator Serphin Maltese.
Queens county Republican party spokesman Justin DiSanzo
DISANZO, JUSTIN M; 57-49 64th STREET (near Flushing Avenue and Mount Olivet Cemetery); MASPETH, NY 11378-2822; 50.00, 08-APR-05, 2005, COMO FOR ASSEMBLY (possibly Queens Assistant District Attorney Anthony Como, who previously worked on the senator's staff. COMO FOR ASSEMBLY, P.O. BOX 754151, FOREST HILLS, NY 11375), 10 Pre Special A, Member of Assembly, 28, N/A.
Someone named "JUSTIN DISANZO" may have lived on 11TH ST. (near 4th Avenue), Manhattan, NEW YORK city, NY 10003.
AIDE in Queens office; lives in Queens, NY. Info accuare as of early 2003.
14 March 2004, Serphin R. Maltese, state senator from Queens, former elector in electoral college, boss of the Republican party of Queens. Although Maltese's senatorial district (district 15, in Queens) has more Democrats than Republicans, Manton (boss of the Queens Democratic party) does not run a candidate against Maltese. In the November 2004 general election, according to the New York State Board of Elections, Maltese got votes as a Republican (19,261 votes), Conservative (2,388 votes), and Independence (1,939 votes) candidate; Green candidate Dorothy Williams-Pereira got 839 votes; and Working Family candidate Pamela A. Peters got 595 votes.
Manton, boss of the Queens Democratic party, was a cop. Maltese, boss of the Queens Republican party, was a prosecutor.
Maltese was born in Corona, New York, on 7 December 1932. He married the former Constance Mary DelVecchio. His state senate web page says that he lives in Middle Village.
6016 74th St, Middle Village NY 11379-5218, (718) 672-1410
The district is shown in detail in a gray map with ethnic statistics from the NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment. Of people at least 18 years old in his district, most are non-Hispanic white, and most of the rest are Hispanic.
He contributes to political recipients. When the contributions are disclosed for his Middle Village home address (6016 74th St), his zip code is "11373" and the city is either "Elmhurst" or "Queens". The truth is that his Queens home address is not in 11373 or Elmhurst. His Queens home address is in Middle Village 11379. His Queens office is at 7104 Myrtle Ave, Glendale NY 11385-7254.
Victoria Vattimo, work phone (518) 455-3281. Maltese spokeswoman Victoria Vattimo.
She ran the 5th Annual Altamont 5K (at Altamont, Albany county, NY) on August 24, 2002: place 231 (she came in 231st), Victoria Vattimo, age 41 (41 on 24 August 2002), sex F, lives in Altamont NY, time to run 5k was 37:57, pace (number of minutes per mile?) 12:15.
VICTORIA A. VATTIMO, Born Nov 1960, 184 MAPLE AVE (near Western Avenue and railroad tracks, Recorded 03/11/2004), ALTAMONT, Albany county, NY 12009-6118. (518) 861-7082
VICTORIA A VATTIMO, Born Nov 1960, nn WHIPPLE WAY (Recorded 04/15/2001), ALTAMONT, Albany county, NY 12009. (518) 861-7082.
Office of Anthony S. Seminerio
19 March 2004, Anthony S. Seminerio, a Democrat. Fat and bald. Born 15 February 1935. He was a correctional officer, then an officer of a C.O. union, then a politician. He resigned from the state assembly. Former assemblyman Seminerio and his wife, born Catherine McCormick, have three children: John, attorney Anna (judicial candidate nominated by Democaratic and Republican parties), and Mabel. They live in the South Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. His name occasionally is misspelled.
ANTHONY SEMINERIO, 61363-054, 74-White-M, 05-29-2015, BUTNER LOW FCI (Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina), 21 October 2010.
ANTHONY S. SEMINERIO, 10956 111TH ST, SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens, NY 11420.
SEMINERIO, ANTHONY, may have had a 1997 realty transaction with 106-09 ROCKAWAY OWNERS CORP involving QUEENS block 11473, lot 14: SEMINERIO, ANTHONY 109-56 111 ST, SO OZONE PARK NY.
He may have had a 1993 realty transaction with NORTH SIDE SAVS BANK about QUEENS block 11477, lot 3, 109-56 111 STREET.
He may have owed in about 1985 to RICHMOND HILL SAVINGS BK regarding QUEENS block 11477, lot 3, 109-56 111 STREET.
As far as we know, it seems reasonable to suppose that people contributed money to FoS (Friends of Seminerio) fund-raising committee because the contributors wanted to help Seimerio, who is a Democrat, get elected and re-elected. Was it ethical and legal for the committee to pay the money to a Republican's (Dennis Gallagher's) fund-raising committee? FoS does not have unlimited discretion in how it disburses money. Has FoS filed a written statement, with a government agency, of FoS's purpose? Does the stated purpose include helping to elect Queens Republicans?
The two candidates involved in the contribution (one candidate for state assembly, one for city council) have districts which overlap much. The Democrat whose committee paid the money, and the Republican whose committee got the money, both won.
contributor FRIENDS OF SEMINERIO. QUEENS NY 11418. political campaign contribution to a Republican candidate in an election for NY city council, 2002, $125 check.
- Federal Civil Case: Parkway Hospital Plaintiff Aquino et al v. Seminerio et al Plaintiffs: Robert Aquino and The Parkway Hospital, Inc. Defendants: Anthony Seminerio, David Rosen and Jamaica Hospital Case Number: 1:2009cv07181 Filed: August 14, 2009 Court: New York Southern District Court, Foley Square Office County: Queens Presiding Judge: Judge Lewis A. Kaplan Nature of Suit: Other Statutes - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Cause: 18:1962 Racketeering (RICO) Act Jurisdiction: Federal Question Rosen is CEO of Jamaica Hospital. Jamaica Hospital is part of MediSys. We have an article about MediSys. There supposedly is an audio recording of Seminerio frankly talking to Rosen.
- Federal Criminal Case: Jamaica Hospital, Client of Seminiero Seminerio illegally used what seemed to be a consulting firm, "Marc Consultants". SEMINERIO illegally tried to help Jamaica Hospital, a client that had paid him. We think that Jamaica Hospital had paid him over $400k over almost a decade. Marc Consultants was a sham consultantcy. Judge Buchwald sentenced Seminerio to prison.
as of 10/24/2010 Registration Number: 2387876 ANNA CULLEY [She is registered as Anna Culley.] NYS-SUPREME CT.QUEENS COUNTY 8917 SUTPHIN BLVD JAMAICA, NY 11435-3710 United States (718) 262-7356 Year Admitted in NY: 1991 Appellate Division Department of Admission: 2 Law School: ST JOHNS UNIVERSITY Registration Status: Currently registered Next Registration: Oct 2011
In the November 2003 general election for civil court judge, district 3, in Queens county, Anna Seminerio-Culley (219-46 93 Avenue, Queens NY 11428) seems to have been nominated by both the Republican and Democratic parties (which is called "cross-endorsement"). As far as we know, in almost all cases (but not necessarily Anna's), a money bribe is paid for cross-endorsement (although rarely the bribe is paid in other ways; for example, according to a possibly accurate report, a female lawyer [who happened to be a daughter of a taxi-driver] withdrawing as a candidate in a primary election in Queens exchange for a promise by Democratic chairman Manton of a judgeship in a low-level trial-court in Queens, as well as we can remember what we read). Is cross-endorsement probable cause to arrest the endorsed, judicial candidate and the Democratic and Republican chairmen of the organizations which cross-endorsed? Check with an expert if you're curious.
In the November 2003 general election for civil court judge, district 3 in Queens, "Anna Seminerio-Culley" (219-46 93 Avenue, Queens NY 11428) seems to have been nominated by both the Republican and Democratic parties. Her name then and now may have been Anna Culley, as far as we know. As far as we know: to trick voters into voting for her, she used a campaign name confusingly similat to that of another Queens poltiician, Anthony Seminerio. As far as we know, it is illegal to run for office except under one's true name. Did Culley run for office under her true name? If these issues are important to the reader, we urge the reader to personally find out what her name then was. There is an article about her "... name and reputation...".
Suppose someone in Queens wants to sue the Democratic Party. Should a judge in that court case be someone who bought his judgehsip from the Democratic Party? Should someone be listed on the ballot as a judicial candidate of a political party if he bought the nomination rather than got it in the manner required by law? We tink that, if someone bought a nomination, an opponent or voter should be able to get a court order excluding the buyer's name from the ballot. We don't know what the applicable burder of persuasion is. Maybe it's preponderance or clear and convincing evidence. We guess that cross-endorsement is proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) of the person's having feloniously acquired an endorsement. We guess that being a non-federal judge in New York City is clear and convincing evidence of the person's having feloniously become a judge. Confer with an expert if you're curious about these subjects.
For each election in some places in New York State, a list is prepared of all of the croos-endorsements that will be done there. The list is on a piece of paper. Both parties agree to the list. The list is brought to appropriate meetings (for example, a judicial nominating convention) so that those at the meeting will know whom to vote. We know of a meeting at which the list was read out loud to the people there so that they would know for whom to vote. This loud reading seemed to be a common practice at the time.
On this page, we do not discuss how people become federal judges.
In any court case, not necessarily one brought agaisnt a political party, may a litigant demand a judge's recusal for cause on the ground that the judge bought his judgeship (if the buying is shown shown by his having been cross-endorsed)? According to judicial ethics, a judge is forbideen to do an anything which would bring the judiciary into disrepute. In our opinion, which is not necessarily right, cross-endorsement, campaigning as a cross-endorsed candidate, being on the ballot as a cross-endorsed candidate, and being elected as a cross-endorsed candidate bring the judiciary into disrepute. The practice reeks. If someone feloniously acquires a judgehsip (by paying a bribe or fixing an election, for example), does he bring the judiciary into disrepute every time he walks into his courthouse and every time he presides over a hearing? Do judicial ethics require that he recuse from every case? In many courthouses, a presiding judge assigns judges to cases (or, if one looks at it differently, assigns cases to judges). Does it violate judicial ethics to assign a case to a judge who bought his judeship or who seems to have bought it? If the presiding judge bought his judeship, is he barred by judicial ethics from working as a presiding judge? Check with an expert to find the answers to these and related questions. These questions do not necessarily mean that Anna violated judicial ethics or did anything improper.
In general (not necessarily in Anna's case), it is important to ask what political contributions were made (for example, at fund-raising dinners), by a judge-to-be or someone contributing on his behalf, in the twenty-four months before endorsement or appointment.
We discuss many issues on this page. Those issues do not necessarily pertain to Anna, her afther Anthony, or anyone else named in this website.
18 March 2004, MORRIS, MARY. Queens NY. employer DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLYMAN SEMINERO [sic, possibly meant Anthony S. Seminerio], 68-28 MYRTLE AVE, GLENDALE NY. Occupation CLERK. Political campaign contribution to Republican Dennis Galllagher, 2002, $10 check.
The employee of a Democratic politician gave money to a Republican politician. On this web page, there is a link to an article by Castro about a few, other cross-party payments (a payment by one party's politician to another party's politician). Seminerio is not the only politician in New York City who is linked to payments of money to politicians of a different party.
It is one thing for a major party's politician to cooperate with politicians of another, major party. For example, a major party's legislator may cooperate with legislators of a different, major party, compromising on a bill to get enough support for it so that it gets enacted. It's a different thing for a major party's politician to contribute money to the campaign fund of a different, major party's politician.
Cross-party payments can be more than financial help to the receiving politician. Sometimes, a New York City political party wants to endorse another party's candidate but would be embarassed to explicitly do so. When cross-party payments come from politicians closely aligned with their party's leader, those payments often are an implied endorsement by that party of the candidate receiving the payments. The implied endorsement says, to members of the endorsing party, that they should not obstruct the endorsed candidate's campaign. In conclusion, cross-party payments always are financial help and sometimes are an implied endorsement by the contributors' party.
It is difficult to imagine a Republican-Democratic cross-endorsed, judicial candidate losing an election. After all, he's both the Republican and the Democratic candidate. Normally, those endorsements are much too valuable to give away although it is supposedly a crime to sell them. Democrat Anna was cross-endorsed in a county in which her father is a Democratic member of the state legislature. It is possible that there was no payment for her cross-endorsement. We do not know many facts of her cross-endorsement. For example, we do not know if there was a payment or felony in exchange for her cross-endorsement. Why did both the Republican and Democratic Parties nominate her? We do not know.
Juries are how democracy comes into the courtroom. In some courts, the jury stands when the judge enters the courtroom. In some courts, the judge stands when the jury enters. There is a shortage of judges who can expertly preside over jury trials. This causes problems such as delay, mistakes by judges during jury trials (which can lead to injustice and appeals), and judicial acts intended to improperly avoid jury trials. A high proportion of successful appeals arises out of mistakes by judges during jury trials. A trial lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in representing clients in trials. After Anna had been on the bench for a while, did Queens's trial lawyers, when speaking off the record, praise her for how well she presides over jury trials? Some trials (for example, divorce trials) don't have a jury. They are called "trials by court". After Anna had been on the bench for a while, did Queens's trial lawyers, when speaking off the record, praise her for how well she presides over court (in other words, non-jury) trials? Regardless of the work she does, do Queens's trial lawyers, when speaking off the record, praise her? We don't know.
There may not be a remedy for extensive sale of judgeships.
One approach might be crime-fighting. For example, one might appoint a permanent, special prosecutor for those who buy and sell judgeships.
Once, New York City had PR (proportional reprsentation) for electing people to its city council. There were a variety of effects. For example, there was a big reduction in corruption although we don't know if the reduction inlcuded a reduction in the sale of judgeships.
Before every judicial election, the news media (newspapers, magazines, news websites) could list all judicial candidates, provide information (corruption-oriented information and other relevant information) about each one, and recommend voting for or against each judicial candidate. The information and recommendations could be provided for candidates who want to become judges and for candidates who want to remain judges. Reporters and columnists provide information about, evaluations of, and sometimes endorsements of many things: politicians (for example: candidates for mayor, governor, state attorney general, and local board of education), technology (for example: stem cell research and therapy, America's space program, and various computer operating systems), government programs and policies (for example: America's military strategy in Iraq, the Federaql Reserve's responses to the subprime crisis, social promotion of students, affirmative action), restaurants, movies, etiquette, pet care, and gardening. It is strking that, in a country in which courts are powerful, most news media provide little or no advice in judicial elections.
Not every disease has a cure. We don't know if there is a remedy for the widespread sale of judgeships in Queens and elsewhere.
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