1:45 pm on Wednesday December 17, 2014 I made a trip to the JJOKE offices in Albany to hand file a stack of 2015 registration authorizations. I got the prime parking spot right in front of the office dropped a quarter in the meter (more than former JJOKE Chairwomen DiFiore ever did) and went to the front door and rang the bell. No one answered and the lights were all off. WEIRD. Well maybe they were in the bathroom I waited but no lights ever came on so I called the main number and got the recording that says if you are calling during work hours and you get the message it's because they are helping other people. BULLSHIT I can see that no one is at the reception desk. So I call LT's private line, no answer just another recording, then I call LT's cell no answer. Now I'm worried maybe it's a hostage situation, it's possible a disgruntled former employee (fill in the blank . . . Biben Ginsberg Teitelbaum etc etc) has returned. I better check.
So with the guards permission I go up to the Agency office on the second floor and ring the bell and just like downstairs no one is there.
It's obvious the office is closed. But how is that possible? Has a very localized storm hit JJOKE with enough snow to cause the governor to close just JJOKE? Boy that state weather forecasting is getting pretty precise. Has a natural disaster hit so as to cause the governor to close JJOKE lord knows their performance has been enough of a disaster to qualify.
It isn't until 4pm that I learn that JJOKE closed for a holiday lunch out of the office.
Are you kidding me? Who closes a state office without notice and without leaving a staffer to keep the office open to go to a holiday lunch? And where did the authority come from to close JJOKE?
For the JJOKE staffer that thought they could close the office on their own see if you can figure out where this comes from
"While agency management and/or appropriate emergency personnel may direct an "emergency evacuation" of a state facility due to building safety conditions, individual appointing authorities do not have the authority to close an office or facility or send employees home without charge to leave accruals. Offices or facilities may only be closed by order of the Governor.
In an instance when a facility is to be closed, agencies must obtain authorization to close from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (“GOER”), after GOER has consulted with the New York State Office of General Services and/or the Director of State Operations"
You can't make this stuff up.
No question JJOKE continues to reach new lows and somebody owes me a quarter.
UPDATE: It appears I'm the only one that noticed the difference between JJOKE open and JJOKE closed. And that is all you need to know about ethics reform.