In an unprecedented move the entire JJOKE board wrote a letter to powerful State Senator and candidate for Governor John DeFrancisco responding to his call for the firing of Seth Agata, you can read it here http://www.jcope.ny.gov/public/JCOPE-letter-to-Senator-DeFrancisco.pdf or on the JJOKE website.
Now I've been calling for Agata's firing for years. So I applaud the Senator in joining me although I must ask what took so long. But I am shocked and dismayed that JJOKE never sent me a letter like the one they sent DeFran.
If I was DeFran and got this letter I would do 3 things immediately.
First I'd go have a chat with the majority leader about pulling JJOKE funding out of the budget.
Second I'd demand that the three republican senate appointees resign, I might even terminate any of their family members that work for the senate
Third I'd hold hearings into JJOKE and take testimony under oath about what goes on there and
Lastly I'd file a complaint against Rozen for the letter itself. In it he states that Agata "has demonstrated the highest integrity, and his reputation for professionalism is well-earned". Aside from the fact that Rozen's opinion about Agata is not supported by the facts the very fact that he used a JJOKE press release to voice that opinion on behalf of "every member" of JJOKE (did they vote on that? and if so did that vote violate the open meetings law?) has resulted in JJOKE being unable to investigate the complaint I filed against Agata and has tainted any investigation into Agata's actions. A clear violation of the Public Officers Law section 74 (3) f and h.
Mr. Rozen please consider this a complaint against you. I look forward to my letter.
One last thought. This isn't the first time an ethics commission has blindly supported their executive director against allegations of wrong doing. The Public Integrity Commission did the the same thing for disgraced executive director Herb Teitelbaum. He resigned shortly thereafter and his commission was erased by Cuomo who created JJOKE.
What is old is new again and the wheel keeps turning.