Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pigs are flying

They must be because I am about to say something I never thought I would ever say

JCOPE just did one of the bravest most meaningful ethics reform measures that I have witnessed in the last decade.

They issued a draft opinion that if adopted will change forever the way elected officials in Albany raise money.

You can read it here

This opinion will stop the Governor, the Controller, the Attorney General and members of the legislature from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions from those subject to active investigatory actions.  And it gets better, the definition of active investigatory actions is broad enough to include many many regulatory acts that will effect New York's large banking, insurance, real estate, union, casino and virtually all other industries.  It will even reach to those individuals being audited by the Tax Department, although how a campaign would know who is being audited is beyond me.

Now of course the JJOKE group that wrote the opinion have no clue of what the real world is like so all the problems inherent in a sweeping opinion such as this will come flooding in and the opinion will never be issued but I need to know




Why haven't the good government groups issued press releases praising JCOPE for their heroic actions?

Someone please tell me who at JJOKE thought of doing this opinion.  I want to nominate them for ethics hero of the decade.

And then help them find a job after they get shit canned for putting the Governor in such a tight spot

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When it comes to wasting time and money JJOKE is tops

I have to admit that I am an addict.

I'm addicted to JJOKE meetings.  Now I've been attending JJOKE meetings for years and COPI meetings for years before then.  I used to go to the old COPI meetings when Cherkasky was the Chairman just to torture him during the public question portion of the meetings.  Now I go to JJOKE meetings, even though there is no opportunity for public questions (I will admit my running dialogue with commissioners is my version of the old public question session) just to watch the personal dynamics of commissioners that dislike one another and are finally realizing how little they understand the issues.  On that point I feel Marvin Jacobs deserves special praise.  Marvin has finally woken up,  much like Rip Van Winkle, and is making up for lost time.  Based on his recent performances, Marvin is one hell of a lawyer and a genuine tough guy for JJOKE purposes.  He won't be bullied by Chairman Horwitz and he is smarter than virtually all of the other commissioners.  Where were you for the last three years, Marvin?   Better late than never I guess. 

On the other end of the scale is Joe "cave in" Cavullo (I know it's Covello but really who cares).  I used to think Joe was pretty good as the "fun" commissioner.  He made the meetings, spoke occasionally and seemed to have a sense of who he was in the overall scheme of JJOKE incompetence.  Now he is part of the dissidents voting in lockstep with Marvin and George Weissman, but I'm not sure he knows why other than someone in Nassau County told him to.  (Memo to Horwitz if you want Joey Cave In to go along have Andrew talk to Alfonse who can have someone talk to Joe, I'm sure he will start behaving).  Joey Cave In and I have always gotten along although he keeps calling me Gastineau which I guess is his shorthand for Grandeau.  I told him during the meeting I thought it was rude of him to purposely keep mispronouncing my name (ironic huh?) especially since I have offered him my resume and writing sample in the form of one of my promotional brochures as part of my application to become the next executive director.  He responded that I was thin skinned, I responded by flipping him off (watch the meeting closely and you can see it just before they lose the connection to the remote commissioners).  Joey Cave In then said that I should not complain about a mispronounced name since I spelled Joey's name wrong in a previous blog although he quickly added that he never reads my blog.  Right Joey you don't read it, someone else read it to you, that's why you are perfect for JJOKE, lazy, slow witted and politically controlled makes you a great JJOKE commissioner Joey.  The fact that as a taxpayer my taxes fund the $300 you make every meeting is particularly galling.  It's a waste of taxpayer money but not nearly as big a waste of taxpayer money as others in that room.

As I sat in the meeting I started to count up all the waste, the total was astounding.

Lets go around the table.

At the end by the door you have the Director of Public Information, Walter J McClure Jr. who makes $78752 and as much as I can tell his sole job is to open and close the door and say no comment (total wasted $78752)

Next is Stephen J Boland the administrative officer who makes $114710 and presented the total amounts spent by JJOKE to date.  Shouldn't Steve be explaining where the salaries for the new hires come from? how they were authorized? the internal controls that he follows to insure against new appointees being paid whatever an outgoing executive director feels like paying (total wasted $193462)

To Stephens right I think is Stacey Hamilton the Manager of training who makes $120000, I say I think because she has never spoken and I can't think of why she would need to attend a commission meeting unless she was going to provide the commissioners a training, something I would pay to watch. (total wasted $313462).

To her right is John Harford the Deputy Counsel who makes $132000.  Another mute JJOKE staffer but I guess he is there to provide Gagan moral support and play Robin to Gagan's batman (total wasted $445462).

Speaking of ED in waiting Kevin T Gagan, who sits across from Harford, the man has not said one word in any of the meetings he has attended nor has he done anything but scowl.  He makes $165944 the highest paid JJOKER staffer in history (total wasted $611406).

Skipping Commissioner Seymor Knox who has never spoken in his entire tenure on JJOKE you get to the women taking notes Deborah Novak who makes $77598 as a confidential assistant.  I don't know who she is confidentially assisting but she used to be a secretary at the old lobby commission.  Hired as a friend of Jeanine Clemente, she is a competent secretary but not worth $78k, I'll leave her out of the waste total since she actually provides a function, she's overpaid but she is working.

And speaking of Jeanine Clemente, she wasn't at the meeting but she was mentioned although not by name.  You see Jeanine retired in the spring from the job now held by Boland.  She is collecting a very healthy state pension but lo and behold she was hired back by JJOKE as a part timer to "work" on the new lobby application.  She makes $55.98 an hour on top of her state pension and I'd be willing to bet she will max that part time status out at $30000.  What I wouldn't bet on is if she really shows up at JJOKE to work part time. the real question is why they need her to do this work.

Swinging around the table we come to Monica Stamm who makes $154525 and is worth every penny.  My question is why isn't she the acting executive director?  It would solve all of Marvin and George's strict construction issues on delegations.  She would be appointed unanimously and I know Commissioner Romeo has suggested it to Horwitz (I know because I suggested it to Romeo during the meeting and he immediately suggested it to Horwitz) but Horwitz doesn't want Monica to have the title.  I checked around and it appears two things are in play.  First the Cuomo crowd doesn't want an acting ED to muddy the waters for Gagan to get the job and second Monica isn't fully trusted by the Governors office.  She is a Biben person not a first generation Cuomo apparatchik.

Continuing down the table there are a couple of staffers whose names I don't know and who have never said a word.  If anyone can identify these wasted seats let me know and I'll add them to the waste total.  Last at the table is Lori A Donadio the investigative assistant who makes $66780.  Now Lori never speaks and her boss isn't at the table, he sits on the sidelines and I'll get to him in a moment, but why is Lori there?  As near as I can tell she is there to fill water and coffee cups. (total wasted $678186).

Along the wall we have two female JJOKE staffers who just sit there with there mouths agape and a confused look on their faces, gotta be lawyers but I'll be damned if I know who they are or what they do.  I'm going to estimate their salaries at approx. $90000 each since that's what junior lawyers at JJOKE make (total wasted $858186).

Then we come to Investigator Patrick Coultry who makes $118784.  Why are you sitting in the meeting Patrick?  You are adding nothing to the meeting and you should be back in your office or on the street investigating some ethical violation.  But wait now it makes sense.  You must be undercover investigating the violations of the Public Officers Law that occur among the commissioners and their appointing authorities.  I can't wait to see that prosecution.  (total wasted $976970)

And last we have the two JJOKE thugs who sit behind me at the meeting.  Wimpiest thugs I've ever encountered.  I asked the younger one if he was Terence M Mulderrig an investigator who makes $101728.  He lied and said he was not,  So I asked if he was Peter J Smith an investigator who makes $80535.  He said he wasn't.  I then said it is a bad idea for a JJOKE investigator to lie about his identity and that he should stop acting like a hard on irish cop and fess up.  Terrence smiled like his mom just caught him jerking off with her thong and admitted he was Mulderrig and the old mute dude with him was Smith.  Now other than sit behind me and try to get me to behave what were they doing wasting time in that meeting room?  They should have been out with Coultry collecting information on the Governor's trip to the world series game.  When the governor was a wannabe governor he got COPI to use a world series game to destabilize the always shaky Governor Paterson.  How was this game in Kansas City that the Governor and members of his staff attended with the Mets owner any different?  If the Governor truly used campaign funds was that a legal use of those funds?  I know he has done it before for a Ranger hockey game but shouldn't JJOKE at least verify it?  NO instead they should all sit and watch the idiots that pass for JJOKE commissioners argue about transparency (total wasted $1159233)  THAT IS OVER $1 MILLION DOLLARS WASTED IN THAT ROOM.

When I am Executive Director everyone of them will be fired and we will investigate the commissioners themselves and the governor's trip to the world series along with a long list of violations that have been swept under the rug.

Speaking of violations swept under the rug.  Does anyone remember the Trump complaint against Eric Schneiderman?  Trump alleged Schneiderman violated the law by soliciting campaign contributions from Trump and family while investigating Trump.  JJOKE refused to act until forced to by a court decision.  And then it dismissed Trumps complaint, we don't know why nor does Trump because its all confidential.  But lo and behold at the end of the meeting JJOKE slipped up and discussed a draft opinion in public session (thank you Marvin) which makes the document subject to FOIL and also by JJOKE rules should have been published on the web site.  This is important because it appears in the opinion JJOKE has ruled that elected officials can not accept donations from those they are investigating (no shit).  Did they forget what they did in the Trump case?  I can't wait until presidential candidate and David Grandeau and Associates client, Donald Trump, gets his hands on that opinion.

Addiction is a powerful emotion.

Dude I gotta slam that JJOKE junk in my veins all the time.

Monday, October 26, 2015

What we can expect if DiFiore is named chief judge

And Cuomo wants to make her the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals?

Well at least her parking problems should be over.  Now about the nannygate rumors

Friday, October 23, 2015

Make no mistake I have applied

To JJOKE for the vacant position of executive director.

I spoke with several commissioners at the last JJOKE meeting and I called Holly Levy and Monica Stamm to formally apply, neither one took my call (memo to self fire Holly and ask Monica to promptly return my calls when I am the executive director).

To make sure my hat was officially in the ring I sent the following email today:



Subject: executive director

Date: Oct 23, 2015 10:14 AM

I am applying for the position of executive director that you have posted. 
I have already made my application known to Commissioners Jacobs, Cavullo, Weissman, Romeo and Levine. 
I have also left a voicemail for Holly Levy and Monica Stamm notifying them of my application. 
During the above referenced notifications I have informed you that I will not be providing a resume or writing samples. 
As to the resume, you know who I am, if you don't just read this
I am the formidable candidate Mr. Horner is referring to. 
I will attach one of my promotional brochures if that helps with your bureaucratic needs. 
As to writing samples you are directed to the written opinions of the Lobby Commission from 1995 until 2007, as I wrote them, or you can read my blog at, something many of you already do.  Let me know when I can expect to be interviewed.
David Grandeau
Now lets see if I get an interview.
Now for my many clients that might be unreasonably worried that I will be exiting my consulting practice. Not a chance.
First I am loyal, I would never leave a client.
Second I like my lifestyle I really really do and I would hate being a state employee again.
So you might reasonably ask why am I applying to be the executive director?
That answer is simple.
I am crazy and JJOKE doesn't have the balls to call my bluff.
Think of it this way I am playing poker with JJOKE and showing them my cards and they still will not win the hand.
If they don't offer me the job Blair Horner's insightful analysis comes true, whomever they give the job to better be a better choice than I am.
If they do offer me the job it will only be after the greatest interview ever reported on live by the Albany media.
I guarantee a show and I have a lot of questions I want to ask JJOKE in front of an audience and I would get a chance
to enter into a negotiation that would make Congressman Ryan blush.
And for those in the lobbying community that never retained me you better hurry up and hire me just in case. Think of that as ethical extortion.
Or sarcasm for those of you who take this stuff too seriously
Now shuffle up and deal, because I am going all in.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Casey Seilor and monkey feces

Casey has an item today about some WSJ reporter who tweeted an inaccurate quote about Hillary Clinton which was then retweeted by a host of other tweeters, Casey included, until Casey pointed out the WSJ reporters error.  A big attaboy for that shining example of journalistic ethics by Casey.

Now it's no secret that Casey and I do not get along.  He is fixated on my lack of punctuation and I am fixated on his lack of talent as a reporter.  But this classic Casey piece where he takes the journalistic high ground, trying to make others feel inferior while reporting nothing of substance set off a bell in my head. 

Didn't Casey write something last week about JJOKE that sounded familiar?

So I went back and checked.  Casey reported on a JJOKE press release announcing midyear lobby data.  The JJOKE press release contained the following original material.

"As of June 30, 2015, there were 5,602 individual lobbyists reported on lobbyist registrations in New York State, representing 3,448 clients.

Of the approximately $131 million in total lobbying spending for January through June of 2015, approximately $101 million was spent on compensation to retained and in-house lobbyists, and $30 million in advertising, events, and other expenses. The top 10 professional lobbying firms received more than $35.3 million in total compensation and reimbursed expenses, led by Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, which received $5.5 million. The largest amount paid by a single client to a lobbyist was $531,000, which was paid by the French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux North America to Greenberg Traurig, LLP."

Casey's report was written as follows WITHOUT quotations:

Of the approximately $131 million in total lobbying spending for January through June of 2015, approximately $101 million was spent on compensation to retained and in-house lobbyists, and $30 million in advertising, events, and other expenses.

As of June 30, 2015, there were 5,602 individual lobbyists reported on lobbyist registrations in New York State, representing 3,448 clients.

The top 10 professional lobbying firms received more than $35.3 million in total compensation and reimbursed expenses, led by Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, which received $5.5 million. The largest amount paid by a single client to a lobbyist was $531,000, which was paid by the French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux North America to Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

As you can clearly see Casey did no original writing, he merely moved one sentence from the press release to the middle of his non original piece.

That is at a minimum about as lazy as you can get, at it's worst it is plagiarism, which should be a firing offense even at the Times Union.

Hey Casey maybe that monkey shit reporting works when you are in Burlington Vermont writing reviews of High School musicals, but when you cover JJOKE you need to at least use quotations.

And I'm the one that's comma challenged?

It's the people stupid!


A quick google search on plagiarism and press releases found the following:

"the Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication:
“A good reporter will use the press release as a starting point, going on to do his own reporting and gathering his own quotes. If you do use information from a press release, however, the rules of attribution apply.”"

That by the way is from an article in PRSAY titled "Of Press Releases and Plagiarism
Posted by Gerard Corbett in July 20th 2012"
Is that the proper way to use quotes Casey?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Volker is tone deaf on independence and ethics

Former Senator, Dale Volker presided over what may have been one of the most underwhelming public hearings on ethics ever held, and that is quite the accomplishment.  Ordinarily I would post a link for the readers to watch but I can not subject you to that.  If you want the link go to Chris Bragg's story in the Times Union and be prepared to waste a couple of hours, I did.

Bragg's article does point out though a very telling request made by Volker of Cuomo for staff to do the work of the JERKOFF commission.  Telling for several reasons.

First it should garner Volker an award for most tone deaf statement made by an independent review commission charged with determining if outside political influence has had a role at JJOKE.  I'm pretty sure Preet will not ask Shelly or Dean to borrow their staff to help in his investigation.  Nor would Spitzer ask Silda to use her credit card to book that hooker.  Now I admire Dale's honesty in telling us he did actually ask Cuomo for staff but COME ON MAN you can't be serious that you are so unaware of your role as to actually do that.

It makes my FOIL request for communications between JERKOFF and the Cuomo administration even more important.  Channeling Dale let me be honest, when I asked for those communications I was taking a shot in the dark, I didn't really believe JERKOFF would be foolish enough in this environment to have communications with Cuomo.  Now we know they did all that is left is too watch how far JERKOFF will go to cover it up.

After watching Dale complain about the lack of staff and amount of paper they have collected (and yes I will want to read every document) I know what Volker's next move is.  It will be the same one every other unpaid member of an ethics panel that steps on their dick does.  He will say they are volunteers and don't have the time or resources to do the job.  Big surprise.

Now it is left to some poor volunteers from New York Law School to write a report about an issue they have no real feeling for nor data to work with.  JJOKE is not a proper subject for a law review article. 

Mr. Volker save us all the trouble of reading a poorly researched, boring rewrite of the same old same old good government horseshit we've read before and just say that because of a lack of cooperation from JJOKE no report can be written.

IT'S THE PEOPLE DALE, including you.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cancel the JERKOFF meeting Feerick proves my point


Want more proof that I am right?

Read this story by Bill Mahoney

Both Blair Horner and John Feerick prove my point by their comments.

Blair states emphatically that “The thing that’s worked well when you have ethics boils down to two words — Preet Bharara,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group."  Are you saying Blair that's it's the people stupid?  If Preet Bharara was running JJOKE would it still be the joke we all know it to be?  Of course not, Preet would make it work because IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.  Yet even knowing that IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID the article notes that "Horner cited several changes that might improve the commission's efficiency, such as creating a smaller commission that includes members appointed by the attorney general and comptroller and making sure executive directors have not been “recycled through the legislative and executive branches.”   Here Blair goes again with that same old good government mantra that we need to change the structure have more transparency and somehow legislate the hiring process.  Enough already Blair.  You were wrong before you are wrong now and you will be wrong in the future.  Take some responsibility for your mistakes.  Admit that IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID and use your time in front of the JERKOFF commission to endorse my candidacy for Executive Director of JJOKE.  You will not need to change the structure or the transparency I promise you I'll use the existing law to make JJOKE work, to make everything they do public and in my first official act will open an investigation into the commissioners and their malfeasance in office.  Or you can try to convince Preet to take the job.  I think I have a better chance of actually wanting to be Executive Director than Preet but at least you have recognized IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.

Now John Feerick's comments go even further to prove my point.  I've known John Feerick to be a hypocritical blowhard since the first time I met him.  I have heard that he is not nearly as sharp mentally as people used to think he was but his comments to Bill drove the point home IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.  Now remember, no matter how much the establishment wants you to believe that John Feerick has a sterling reputation as the gold standard of public ethics the facts say something completely different.  You wouldn't know it from Mahoney trotting out Feerick to comment on the job of being a JJOKE commissioner.  By the way citing Feerick as your source for a commissioners job is like asking Elliot Spitzer to be your expert on marital fidelity.  Feerick ran the Public Integrity Commission when his hand picked executive director, Herb Teitelbaum, covered up the fact that he was leaking information to the then governor Spitzer when Spitzer should have been the target of the troopergate scandal.  Instead Teitelbaum destroyed Darren Dopp's life and when presented with the true facts, John "gold standard" Feerick furthered the coverup until he resigned in disgrace.  John Feerick was more than a complete failure as the ethics czar under Spitzer, he was a willing participant in the corruption of New York's ethics agency that continues to this day.  With those facts in mind here is what Feerick said to Mahoney when asked about the job of being a commissioner "accept the criticisms that come and just hope that when it’s all over, you’ve got your reputation.”  If you think you have your reputation still John you need to stop deluding yourself.  Your reputation as an ethics reformer is pure shit, and always will be until you can explain your corrupt actions in troopergate and it's aftermath IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.

I've already said I knew Feerick was a hypocritical blowhard the first time I met him here's the story.  Feerick was announced as the incoming head of what would be the new combination of ethics and lobbying, I was still the executive director of lobbying and they announced another of the soon to be famous national searches to find someone to run the combined agency.  Feerick asked me to go to lunch with him and I accepted, knowing that he probably had marching orders from the whore fucker, who I had embarrassed in the Philip Morris case.  I did not think I had any chance of keeping my job no matter how many platitudes I received from the media and the good government groups but I went to get the measure of the "gold standard".  Even though it wasn't politically correct I asked the great man what were the qualities he was looking for in the next executive director and how were they different from what I had proven, over the last decade, I brought to the job.  He sat there with a look on his face like someone needed to change his diaper.  Absolute silence and the whiff of shit came off the great man, but not one word of explanation.  I knew immediately what kind of ethics chairman this doddering old fool would be.  And judging from his comments he hasn't changed that diaper yet. IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.

Feerick went on to praise Patty Salkin in Mahoney's article as “She’s really a very, very fine person. A commission with her is fortunate to have her"  I am almost positive that is exactly what he said about Herb Teitelbaum when he was hired and look how well that turned out. IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.  My experience and research about Patty is that she is a lightweight just following orders of the system that she and her family have come to rely upon.  (I dug up some more information on Patty but I'm going to wait for her reports release before I tell everyone about how  "A commission with her is fortunate to have her")  I love when hypocritical old blowhards keep making the same mistake, it proves my point IT'S THE PEOPLE STUPID.

And in case anyone watching the JERKOFF hearing today reads this  I still don't have any of the information that anyone would need to provide cogent testimony about JJOKE's work but don't let that stop you, your input proves my point 


Always has been always will be it's actually a pretty simple answer.

Monday, October 12, 2015

JERKOFF commission is trying to give me a hand job


And Ariel Dvorkin the newly minted "Coordinator" of the NY Ethics Review Commission (JERKOFF) has proven my point yet again.

A week ago I made a FOIL request of Salkin that her commission provide some pretty simple documentation to establish her public statements about why the public hearing scheduled for Albany was cancelled.  Well tonight, exactly one week after my request, I got a response from Ariel Dvorkin on Ethics Review Stationary listing him as "Coordinator".  And true to form it was the standard state agency response under the Cuomo regime of we got your Foil and we will let you know in 20 days what we plan to do about it.  Perfectly legal but far from transparent.

What are they hiding this time?

I'll wait the 20 days but will be on the phone Tuesday to Blair Horner to see if the goo goos are going to take a stand against the charade of this review commission or go along and become part of the circle JERKOFF on Wednesday.

Remember Blair when it comes to ethics masturbation the pleasure given equals the pleasure received.

For those that want to see Ariels email and my response I've copied it below.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Dvorkin, Ariel"
Sent: Oct 12, 2015 6:05 PM
To: "''"
Subject: Initial response to FOIL request

David, attached is the acknowledgement letter for your FOIL request. Thanks very much.


Ariel Dvorkin



Congratulations on your appointment? as "Coordinator" of the New York Ethics Review Commission.  Does the position of Coordinator make you a member of the Commission or an employee?  Does this mean you are subject to the restrictions that are associated with employment or appointment to a New York State Commission?  In any event your response to my FOIL request shows you have mastered the skill required to be involved with any New York State ethics agency.  A 20 day response to provide an "update or final determination"?  Really? could you be less transparent?   We both know you have the ability to provide the information I requested but you are choosing to delay before you refuse to provide it.  And we both know why you are choosing to act with little or no integrity.  But rest assured I shall patiently await your next response to my FOIL request and continue to post all your responses so the media and public can see how truly ineffectual you and the commission you are the Coordinator of are.  By the way I still have not received any of the material I requested from Ms. Salkin that I or anyone else would need to provide cogent testimony at your public hearing on Wednesday.  Would you care to provide just a modicum of honesty by letting me know you don't have that material so that I don't waste a trip to New York City to watch the good government groups embarrass themselves by repeating the same old nonsense about fewer commissioners and more transparency.




Thursday, October 8, 2015

JJOKE meeting got hot and I have the inside scoop

To those who watched the JJOKE meeting yesterday it was obvious that the debate got heated, what you could not tell unless you were actually present (and not a single representative of JERKOFF was there) was that the room itself was hot as hell, and I know why.  Marvin Jacobs is suffering from a cold and asked commission staff to raise the heat.  Being as incompetent as they are they overdid it and we all sweated like lower east side sweatshop workers in the old days.  Now Chairman Dan Horwitz didn't sweat from the heat because once again the JJOKE chairman didn't have the courtesy to actually attend the meeting in person.  I think Dan is just afraid to face Marvin and George Weissman, who made their dislike of Horwitz known to all that could hear their cross table whispering.  As I get older my hearing fails me at times but I was pretty close to the table, in fact I felt like Roy Cohn at a McCarthy hearing with as much whispering of advice as I gave Cavullo and Weissman, but I could have sworn I heard Weissman tell Marvin that if Horwitz ever showed up he would "teach that "pissant" a lesson he'd never forget" and I'm 99% sure Marvin responded "we know how to handle "fagellas" like him on the lower east side".  Now if I was Horwitz I wouldn't worry about those two I'd keep my eye on Joe Cavullo.  For an old guy I'm sure he can still throw down and he strikes me as a commissioner who just doesn't give a fuck about being politically correct anymore.  He had the best moment of the meeting when he told the other commissioners to resign if they would have to ask for an exemption from the financial disclosure reports for their clients with referral business from lobbyists.  You should have seen Gary Levine turn white.  But to be fair after the meeting I asked Gary a very direct question.  I asked did he represent any lobbyists or clients with state business.  He hesitated and then said no.  I'll be checking that answer out and let you know what I find out.

On the subject of the nationwide search for the next executive director I took the opportunity before the meeting began to secure Marvin's support for my candidacy.  That's one vote I just need 7 more.  Cavullo and Weissman told me to submit a resume, to which I responded if you don't know who I am why are you involved in voting for the next head of the agency.  I'm kind of a big deal when it comes to ethics in New York, just ask Patty Salkin or Barbara Bartoletti.  Gary Levine told the other commissioners in front of the media that I was brilliant and should receive serious consideration.  I'm going to count Gary as a yes vote until he is told by Horwitz not to bring my name up during any conversation about the next executive director.  Now I did get the opportunity to speak with the person that will become JJOKE's next executive director, Kevin Gagan.  I must say he doesn't look like a cop and he didn't act like a cop he just sounded and acted like a guy that has realized he is in way over his head.  I told him to call me for a cup of coffee and I'd try to save him from a year of misery and a potential subpoena from the U S Attorneys office.  He's got time because the Cuomo crowd will stall until the pain in the ass legislative appointed commissioners are replaced.  Then Horwitz can go back to being the bully that he naturally is without fear that a commissioner will knock his dick in the dirt in front of everyone.  It happened so often this last meeting you have to wonder if Dan thinks getting his wife a $200000 + job from the Cuomo crowd is worth it.  Well people will go a long way to help family just ask Skelos or Salkin or Bruno or Holzer (that's a Biben reference, more of that research I do) or . . . well it's a long list which I may publish one of these days.

I also got a chance to introduce Marvin to Chris Bragg from the Times Union.  Marvin was bothered that every time Chris writes about Marvin he prefaces it with "appointed by indicted former speaker Sheldon Silver"  I explained to Marvin if Chris wanted to be snide or snarky he could pull a Casey Sielor and preface it with "appointed by his old school roommate and indicted former speaker Sheldon Silver".  Marvin was speechless, but part of being a serious reporter is doing your research.

Had Salkin or anyone else from the JERKOFF commission seen the meeting they would have been able to see Horwitz um and ahh his way thru the usual announcement at the conclusion of the executive session "we did a little of this granted a couple of those settled some other things and agreed upon an amnesty program for lobby filiers"  What did he just mumble? an amnesty program for lobby filiers.  Now just wait a second you voted on something effecting the Lobby Act in a secret executive session?  I'm shocked that is a clear violation of the Public Officers Law.  Issues under the Lobby Act require public meetings.  Well I'm sure Salkin will include that in her well written report on JJOKE.  Maybe she can even have a Senate intern review the legal issue for her.  Independent my ass.  I do my research Patty and I don't ever stop.  You never know Patty your independence or lack thereof may even come up at that public hearing next week waaaaay down in New York City.  Of course you could always cancel it tomorrow, it being the Friday before a holiday on Monday the timing would be perfect.

Monday, October 5, 2015

I'm going to do my own review of the JERKOFF (JjokE Review Kommission OFFicial coverup)

So the accomplished intelligent independent lawyers on the JJOKE review commission announced the cancellation of their Albany public hearing.  They did it on a Friday afternoon, does that remind anyone of someone else's press strategy for bad news?

The reason they proffered after I requested an explanation was as follows in reverse order as I've provided the entire email trail:

To: ""

Subject: Re: Public Hearing Notice and Update

Date: Oct 2, 2015 5:38 PM

No offense but you and your commission are a joke, a joke I've seen too many times    get me the data I requested that Patty obtain and I'll talk to you anytime and anywhere.  Otherwise I will wait to comment on what I am sure will be a well written report based on hopes and wishes, I'm just not sure whose hopes and wishes.   As an aside if you really thought it "would be best not to conflict with JCOPE's public meeting"  why not hold your hearing pre or post the JJOKE meeting?  That way you could have actually attended a JJOKE meeting and had first hand knowledge.   I'll be at JJOKE on the 7th I'm sure I'll see you and the rest of the review commission there.
If you really want to know what I think is wrong with JJOKE and your commission it can be summed up as "IT"S THE PEOPLE STUPID"  the stupid I'm referring to is not you individually as I don't know anything about you yet but rather those that keep thinking you can change the ethics laws and somehow change ethics by so doing.
-----Original Message-----
From: ""
Sent: Oct 2, 2015 5:26 PM
To: David Grandeau
Subject: Re: Public Hearing Notice and Update
Hi David, it's Ariel Dvorkin. The Commission realized that it would be best not to conflict with JCOPE's public meeting and nearly everyone who expressed interest in testifying wanted to do so at the NYC hearing on October 14. The Commission is still very interested in hearing from you, so you are welcome to come to NYC to testify on the 14th. Alternatively, if you don't think you can come, we would be happy to schedule a conference call between you and members of the Commission. Please let me know. Thank you very much.
On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM, David Grandeau <> wrote:
Why is the hearing cancelled?
Sent from my iPhone
On Oct 2, 2015, at 3:58 PM, "" <> wrote:
Please be advised that the New York Ethics Review Commission (also known as the JCOPE Review Commission), chaired by Senator Dale Volker (Ret.) has cancelled its hearing on October 7 in Albany. The Commission will proceed with the public hearing on October 14, with details below.  If anyone intended to appear before the Commission on October 7, they are encouraged to submit appear at the hearing in New York City, or submit written testimony to
Ariel acts as if the JJOKE meeting on the 7th was a big surprise to his commission and the conflict that they avoided was somehow unavoidable.  Do they really think anyone believes that?  You are reviewing JJOKE and you didn't know their meeting schedule?  It's only been on line all year.   That's quite a comprehensive review they've undertaken.
Salkin's review commission is just an amateurish attempt to mimic the independence of the Moreland Commission.  But now it's made me curious so I'll start my own review.  Here is today's request of  JERKOFF (JjokE Review Kommission OFFficial coverup):
To: Patricia Salkin
Cc: "" , "Crowell,Anthony" , "Dvorkin,Ariel"
Subject: FOIL request
Date: Oct 5, 2015 8:20 AM
Please grant access to the following records:
List of all individuals and/or groups that had requested to appear at the October 7, 2015 public hearing as of close of business October 2, 2015
List of all individuals and/or groups that had requested to appear at the October 14, 2015 public hearing as of close of business October 2, 2015
Any correspondence from any member and/or staff of the JCOPE review commission with any officer of employee of the executive branch of the State of New York as of close of business October 2, 2015
Any correspondence from any member and/or staff of the JCOPE review commission with any commissioner and/or employee of the JCOPE as of close of business October 2, 2015
Any records of phone conversations between any member and/or staff of the JCOPE review commission with any officer of employee of the executive branch of the State of New York as of close of business October 2, 2015
Any records of electronic conversations between any member and/or staff of the JCOPE review commission with any officer of employee of the executive branch of the State of New York as of close of business October 2, 2015
Copies of all written materials obtained from JCOPE prior to close of business October 2, 2015
Copies of all written materials requested from JCOPE prior to close of business October 2, 2015
Please notify me when these records are available for review and the location where they may be reviewed
David Grandeau
OK Patty you have my attention now lets dance.

Friday, October 2, 2015

If a JJOKE review Commission cancels it's public hearing does anyone care?

The answer to that question is NO

I live for reviewing JJOKE and I don't care.  It's one less hypocritical outrage for me to deal with.

Patty Salkin and her commission never intended to actually review JJOKE and they certainly did not want me to ask them how they could do their review without asking for even the most basic data, so as far as I'm concerned all that's left is to find out which accomplished independent lawyer got the call from Cuomo's office to cancel the hearing.  

Sure they will hold it in NYC where only the good government groups will show up.  No one from the media that has already written off JJOKE (and that's everyone) will be there.  And if I can't get in front of some tv cameras why should I travel.  Hell I can blog about my thoughts and reach as many people who care about this issue as any reporter in NYC that attends can.   Wait a minute I've been doing that for 7 years.

Barbara Bartoletti what do you think about the cancellation?  These are all accomplished independent lawyers that must have a good reason . . . right?


See no need for a review commission it's always the people.