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Monday, March 20, 2017

Dick Dadey ridden hard and put away wet

I can't believe I actually agree with Rich Assonfire or Azzopardi.

Dick Dadey and his fragile ego are hypocrites.  Truer words were never spoken.

That Dadey is upset that the governor's people have not spoken to him about ethics reform is priceless.

Dick they've been giving you, Blair and the rest of the goo goos a mercy reach around for years and now you are upset that you have to jerk yourself off?  Too funny.   Look at the bright side at least this year when it comes to the goo goos and ethics reform the pleasure given will equal the pleasure received.

It's not like you were ever relevant when it came to changing ethics in NY government

I've ridiculed Dick for years  here are some of my favorites:

http://davidgrandeau.blogspot.com/search?q=Dadey

But I don't remember seeing Dick at JJOKE meetings.  Too busy covering for the Gov in the old days when Steve Cohen was on his board.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

JJOKE back in the slow lane

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved March 6.

 March 7, 2017 -  4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved March 7.

March 8, 2017 - 4021 registrations had been filed and  3512 were still being processed which means  509 had been approved.  That's  24 registrations approved March 8.

 March 9, 2017 - 4030 registrations had been filed and  3476 were still being processed which means  554 had been approved.  That's  45 registrations approved March 9.

 March 10, 2017 - 4041 registrations had been filed and  3458 were still being processed which means  583 had been approved.  That's  29 registrations approved March 10.

 March 13, 2017 - 4051 registrations had been filed and  3429 were still being processed which means  622 had been approved.  That's  39 registrations approved March 13.

March 14, 2017 - 4053 registrations had been filed and  3431 were still being processed which means  622 had been approved.  That's  0 registrations approved March 14.

Today 4075 registrations had been filed and  3431 were still being processed which means  644 had been approved.  That's 22 registrations approved March 15.

22 registrations approved and 22 new registrations filed that's called being stuck in the mud.  At this rate JJOKE will never be finished  that's Agata's idea of job security.

How long can they continue at a snails pace before someone notices that Agata couldn't manage an ice cream stand in the Sahara.  Agata couldn't manage a whorehouse in Spitzers neighborhood.

In a word Agata should be ashamed to take a paycheck.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Who is essential at JJOKE?

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved March 6.

 March 7, 2017 -  4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved March 7.

March 8, 2017 - 4021 registrations had been filed and  3512 were still being processed which means  509 had been approved.  That's  24 registrations approved March 8.

 March 9, 2017 - 4030 registrations had been filed and  3476 were still being processed which means  554 had been approved.  That's  45 registrations approved March 9.

 March 10, 2017 - 4041 registrations had been filed and  3458 were still being processed which means  583 had been approved.  That's  29 registrations approved March 10.
March 13, 2017 - 4051 registrations had been filed and  3429 were still being processed which means  622 had been approved.  That's  39 registrations approved March 13.

Today only essential state workers are working.  I'm working so I called JJOKE to see who was in.

No Answer

Agata - not essential - NO SHIT
Levine - not essential - NO SHIT
Monica - not essential - NO SHIT
Pei Pei - not essential - NO SHIT
McClueless - not essential - NO SHIT
JJOKE lawyers - not essential - NO SHIT
JJOKE staff - not essential - NO SHIT
JJOKE - not essential - NO SHIT

Of course tomorrow is a filing deadline do you think JJOKE will extend the deadline as a result of their day off to stay home drink hot chocolate and congratulate themselves on how hard they work?

Me neither that's why I'm working today to get all my clients filings done on time.

I bet I do more filings today than JJOKE processes.

Hell that's no different than when all the not essential JJOKERS actual show up to work.

For the record Today - 4053 registrations had been filed and  3431 were still being processed which means  622 had been approved.  That's  0 registrations approved March 14.

Agata this is exactly the kind of work that can be done remotely.  Do you want me to knock out a couple hundred registrations for you today?

Just say the word and I'll use that access to the system I have and help you out so you don't have to interrupt your sleigh riding time.

And by the way the New York City Lobby Commission was processing registrations today    No backlog in the city.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Who cares that JJOKE doesn't approve registrations?

Anyone that files reports.

You see a backlog (that's too small a term) a logjam (not big enough) a bottleneck (no that's not enough either) a complete failure of the JJOKE registration system effects other disclosure reports as well.

You can't amend registrations until they are approved and yet the statute requires amendments to be made within 10 days of their occurrence.  Had a carryover contract that expired in January and you want to extend it?  Too bad you can't amend to extend until they get around to approving your registration.  Watch for the late fee they will impose.  Register without that comma or ampersand that Amy Nicotera is demanding? Too bad you can't amend until they get around to approving your registration.  Watch for the late fee they will impose.

How about bimonthly reports?  They are due by Wednesday.  You can file them without your registration being approved but they can't be approved until the registration is approved which results in another backlog (that's too small a term) a logjam (not big enough) a bottleneck (no that's not enough either) a complete failure of the JJOKE disclosure reporting system and you guessed it you can't amend to correct any typos or other errors in reporting.  End result a disclosure system that should be available in real time to the public isn't even reliably accurate at any time much less in real time.

Hey Agata it's 2017 even a nut less monkey could do a better job of managing JJOKE.

Gagan? Gagan?

Tagliafierro? Tagliafierro?

Biben?  Biben?

Bueller?  Bueller?

Friday, March 10, 2017

JJOKE serving the regulated community . . . when it feels like it

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved March 6.

 March 7, 2017 -  4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved March 7.

March 8, 2017 - 4021 registrations had been filed and  3512 were still being processed which means  509 had been approved.  That's  24 registrations approved March 8.

 March 9, 2017 - 4030 registrations had been filed and  3476 were still being processed which means  554 had been approved.  That's  45 registrations approved March 9.

As of today  4041 registrations had been filed and  3458 were still being processed which means  583 had been approved.  That's  29 registrations approved today.

For the week . . .  a whopping 159 registrations approved     that's for the week not for the morning   the whole week

If Agata ever stops chasing the second floor enemies list we may see all the registrations approved by . . . well at some time.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Record setting day at JJOKE 45 registrations processed

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved March 6.

 March 7, 2017 -  4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved March 7.

March 8, 2017 - 4021 registrations had been filed and  3512 were still being processed which means  509 had been approved.  That's  24 registrations approved March 8.

As of today  4030 registrations had been filed and  3476 were still being processed which means  554 had been approved.  That's  45 registrations approved today.  A RECORD DAY

Under the Governors press release edict  JJOKE's press department should draft and release a press release proclaiming a record amount of working being performed.

If the regulated community worked at the JJOKE pace we would just be filing registrations for 2010.

Agata keep ignoring how bad a manager you are the backlog may just disappear.  Or you could grand another round of amnesty for all of 2017 and focus on 2018.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

JJOKE barely 500 lobbyists served This isn't McDonalds

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved March 6.

 March 7, 2017 -  4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved March 7.

As of today  4021 registrations had been filed and  3512 were still being processed which means  509 had been approved.  That's  24 registrations approved today.

Seems like we are settling into a routine 20 to 25 registrations a day.  That's about 8 a day or one an hour for each of the 3 ladies processing registrations.   Just think how many they could do if the queen of typo's and ampersands, Amy Nicotera, stopped nitpicking and pitched in to lend a hand. 

I'm sure if Martin and Seth started processing registrations we could up the number to close to 30 a day.

Meanwhile you can't file an amendment until the registration is approved.   What a nightmare Agata has created thru bad, bad management.

But don't worry these are the same people that will be rolling out a new computer filing system . . . someday and are writing new regulations for lobbying.  Anyone want to bet how badly they will screw that up?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

JJOKE slowing down only 21 registrations approved as of 3pm maybe a big push is coming

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

 March 6 - 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved. 

Today 4017 registrations had been filed and 3532 were still being processed which means 485 had been approved.  That's 21 registrations approved today.

Word is the staff is stressed and Martin and Agata have no solution other than overtime for the 3 young ladies doing all the work.

Free hint Agata   ALL HANDS ON DECK

I'd pay to see Seth Agata and Martin Levine processing registrations

Monday, March 6, 2017

How many registrations today? 40

March 2, 2017 -  3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

 March 3, 2017 - 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved March 3, 2017.

Today 4013 registrations had been filed and 3549 were still being processed which means 464 had been approved.  That's 40 registrations approved today.

Somebody is reading the blog and cracking the whip.

But still 40? that's 5 per hour   That's pathetic

A nut less monkey would be better.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Is anyone actually working at JJOKE?

This is a new feature and I will try to update it at the close of business everyday.

HOW MANY REGISTRATION STATEMENTS DID JJOKE APPROVE TODAY?

Go ahead and take a guess,.

This is the same system the old lobby commission used to use and we prided ourselves on getting the registrations approved as quickly as possible.  You assign everyone to registrations for a week or two and the problem is solved.  An average lobby commission staffer could do 12 reports an hour for 8 hours that 96 reports a day times 6 staffers that's 576 reports a day times 5 days is 2880 reports a week.

So how many did JJOKE process today?  With a huge backlog they managed to process 18 registrations.  18 think about that   WTF are they doing?

JJOKE has a reputation for backlogs that would choke a horse.  I've blogged about it in years past but nothing has changed other that the angry amish smurf has gotten more angry and arrogant and is stockpiling logjams like a Canadian lumberjack (including the Larry Schwartz financial disclosure report delinquency notice).

How did I get my number of 18?

Easy its on the website.

Yesterday 3993 registrations had been filed for 2017 and 3587 were still being processed which means 406 had been approved.  406 in over 2 months.  That's about 10 a day.

Today 3999 registrations had been filed and 3575 were still being processed which means 424 had been approved.  That's 18 registrations approved today.

I guess you could say they are picking up the pace.  But at there present rate the registrations will all be approved by 200 business days from today.  That's 10 months.

That is a total disgrace.  Seth Agata do you even know whats going on?  Go ask Martin Levine to explain.

The only thing slower than the registration approvals is listening to Commissioner Gary Lavine speak.  Could he talk any slower?  Gary enunciating every syllable doesn't make you sound any smarter it's just painful to listen to.

Embrace serendipity and go where the wind takes you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rob Cohen, Larry Schwartz and failure to file

Recent story in President Trump's paper of record the New York Post about Larry Schwartz failure to file his financial disclosure reports for the last 2 years http://nypost.com/2017/02/12/mta-board-members-failed-to-declare-income/

I especially like the JJOKE comment when asked what they will do about it “we have processes to follow.”  Processes to follow that's funny.  Here is the JJOKE process we learned from Seth Agata when he got caught with his thumb up Joe Percocco's ass.

Step one: Don't review 2nd floor big shots financial disclosure reports
Step two: pray no one FOILS said reports
Step three: notify the 2nd floor when a FOIL comes in requesting said reports
Step four: pray the media doesn't report on the reports or JJOKE's coverup of said reports
Step five: say we will follow a process and do better next time.

NEXT TIME JUST ARRIVED Mr. Agata

How could you possibly have missed Schwartz's non filing after the Percocco disaster?

Is this your idea of doing better?

I was told by my sources on the second floor that after Percocco JJOKE had reviewed all the top staffs reports. (that could be a lie)

Maybe they did, in which case step three above is in effect.

Which brings me to Rob Cohen.

Why would Cuomo appoint "Mr. walk into closets" "Don't file my attorney registration" to be a commissioner at JJOKE?  Could it be that Rob Cohen was the JJOKE staffer responsible for the financial disclosure reports and knows where all the bodies are buried?  Maybe the timing of his appointment makes more sense now.  And we know he knows about not filing reports on time. http://davidgrandeau.blogspot.com/2013/09/out-of-closet-rob-cohen.html

I guess I should add a step six to the process.

Step six: let the JJOKE commissioners meet in executive session so Rob Cohen can explain why he is covering up for the 2nd floor.

Now lets just hope he puts another book down on the mic button so we all can listen in.

JJOKE is the absolute worst ethics agency in the history of New York ethics agencies and that is saying something.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rob Cohen nuff said

JJOKE's newest commissioner is Rob Cohen.

Formerly a JJOKE special counsel.

The same special counsel that was responsible for turning on the hot mic during an executive session of JCOPE almost 4 years ago to the day (Jan 30 2013).

I promised some of my second floor friends I wouldn't say anything about the pick so I'm just going to pass on a story I just heard that the governor's office picked Rob Cohen because the following people turned them down.

Joe Percocco
Alain Kalyeros
Todd Howe
Vito Lopez
Barry Ginsberg
Herb Teitelbaum
Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson

Well if nothing else Rob Cohen will make Seth Agata and Martin Levine look like Benjamin Cardozo

Hey Rob I'm just trying to be helpful you might want to edit your law firms website to tone down your role at JJOKE it looks a lot like you might be violating the Public Officers Law by using your state gig to get business.

Rob Cohen - the gift that will keep the blog in material for months.

I wonder what Weismann and Jacobs think about Rob Cohen being a commissioner?

Too funny   let me thank whomever suggested Rob Cohen for the job you are a true friend for bringing me this much joy!!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Piling on

I almost feel bad writing this blog entry.

Poor Martin Levine got bitch slapped by a federal Judge.  That has to smart.

What am I talking about?  The Federal courts decision to abstain from ruling on Andy Celli's lawsuit claiming the JCOPE opinion on grassroots lobbying (that Martin wrote) violated the First Amendment.  Now regular readers know how much I enjoy saying I told you so but this time it's especially pleasurable because both sides, JCOPE and Andy Celli had their heads up their asses and I told them so at the time. https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8012724775250138264#editor/target=post;postID=6904127879962274436;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=10;src=postname

Here is the article Bill Mahoney wrote at the time http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/03/pr-firms-file-suit-over-hopelessly-vague-jcope-lobbying-definition-032090

Pay careful attention to the last paragraph    "Celli said. “The good news is that we have federal courts and judges who determine these things, and I’ll let the court determine the case. I’m not going to respond to David Grandeau.”

Hey Andy the federal courts have decided I'm not the only one that thinks you just wasted a good bit of your clients money chasing a lawsuit that just wasn't ripe.   LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

And Martin don't kid yourself that JCOPE won anything here read what the Judge said about your legal acumen and writing skills: http://www.campaignfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/JCOPE.-Memorandum-and-Opinion.pdf

This is my favorite part:


 
First, the Advisory Opinion is an unclear state regulation that is subject to multiple,

contradictory interpretations. The Advisory Opinion states that a grassroots communication by a

consultant constitutes lobbying where it (1) “[r]eferences, suggests or otherwise implicates an

activity covered by [the Act],” (2) “[t]akes a clear position on the issue in question” and (3) “[i]s

an attempt to influence a public official through a call to action, i.e., solicits or exhorts the public



. . . to contact (a) public official(s).” Adv. Op. at 2.

However, the Advisory Opinion does not define what it means to “reference, suggest or

otherwise implicate lobbying activity.” Depending on the definition of that phrase, the number

and types of activities covered by the Advisory Opinion could be dramatically different. While

the Act defines lobbying as an attempt to influence the “passage or defeat” of legislation, among

other similar acts, N.Y. Legis. Law § 1-c(c ), “referenc[ing], suggest[ing] or otherwise

implicat[ing] lobbying activity” could mean something much broader. If a consultant helped

organize a campaign to inform legislators of their constituent’s views on an issue that is not the

subject of pending legislation, but which later could be, the Advisory Opinion might cover that

activity as suggesting or implicating lobbying activity, while the Act’s definition of lobbying

would not cover it.

The Advisory Opinion is also internally inconsistent. Its conclusion section states that a

call to action is necessary for a grassroots communication to fall under the Act, and defines a call

to action as soliciting or exhorting the public to contact public officials. Adv. Op. at 4. In

contrast, both the Advisory Opinion’s discussion section and the Grassroots Lobbying FAQ

imply that a consultant could be subject to the Act even if the relevant communication does not
 
 
 

 

 
 
include a call to action. According to the Advisory Opinion, consultants who both deliver a

message and control its content are engaging in grassroots lobbying. The discussion section and

Grassroots Lobbying FAQ both provide examples of delivering a message that do not include a

call to action. The discussion section notes that a consultant who “speaks to a group to advance

[a] client’s lobbying message” is delivering a message. Id. at 8. The Grassroots Lobbying FAQ



states that, where a consultant appears on television to support a client’s position on a

government action, that consultant is also delivering a message. Grassroots Lobbying FAQ at 1-

2. Because the Advisory Opinion states that a consultant has engaged in lobbying when the

consultant delivers a message and controls its content, it is possible to read the Advisory Opinion

as both expressly requiring and not requiring a call to action as part of the test for determining

whether an activity constitutes reportable lobbying.

In addition, the Advisory Opinion is ambiguous in light of the August 2016 amendment to

the Act. That amendment exempts press communications from reportable lobbying where a

putative lobbyist is speaking to a professional journalist about news. N.Y. Legis. Law § 1-

c(c)(B)(ii). Prior to the amendment, the Advisory Opinion included as reportable lobbying

urging a newspaper to publish an editorial that included a call to action. Following the

amendment, it is unclear whether an editorial that includes both a discussion of news and a call

to action is within the definition of lobbying, or whether communications with the press must be

solely related to current events with no additional agenda to be exempt. These ambiguities create

issues of first impression that are best resolved by a state court.
 
Hey Martin how many different ways can the Judge tell you that you suck at your job? LOLOLOLOLOL

 
I told Agata a year ago not to waste the taxpayers money on this opinion and Andy's litigation.  Mercury, Heller and Berlin Rosen have not registered STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND BRING A CASE TO ENFORCE YOUR SHITTY OPINION.  Then Andy Celli would at least have a real case to litigate and bill his clients a second time for the work he should have waited to do to begin with.
 
And remember Martin is the same JCOPE counsel writing the new lobby regulations that JCOPE lacks statutory authority to issue.  I've got that Article 78 drawn up already I'm just going to wait until it's timely to file.  Unlike Andy Celli I'm not a premature litigator.