NY judge Luis Gonzalez turned his Appellate Division court into a patronage mill — state Commission on Judicial Conduct gives him a pass

From the Daily News: “When an early-retirement program produced 25 administrative openings, almost every one went to buddies and kinfolk. [Judge] Gonzalez okayed a half-dozen well-paying jobs for people who had family ties to his chamber, never mind that some lacked the published qualifications for the posts. . . .

“Gonzalez managed or enabled all this by dismantling a reformed hiring process put in place by his predecessor. Under that system, job openings were publicly posted for the first time. A panel of senior career employees passed on the qualifications of applicants. Gonzalez dropped the listings and the panel.”

In addition, the New York Law Journal wrote that Gonzales “had simultaneously claimed two primary residences, including a rent-stabilized apartment in the Bronx, benefiting from both the tax advantages of home ownership and the advantages of rent stabilization.”

They can all Bite Me: Gonzalez for being a pig. Governor George Pataki for putting him on the Appellate Division, First Department bench. Governor David Paterson for elevating him to Presiding Justice. And the Commission on Judicial Conduct for letting him get away with it.

Luiz Gonzalez turned his high court into a patronage den – NY Daily News. Brought to our attention by The Flacks Report.

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