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Paterson, David A.

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Official - Elected
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State of New York
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New York
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Top Public Safety Aide Quits Paterson Cabinet
The New York Law Journal by Joel Stashenko - February 26, 2010

ALBANY, NY - Denise O'Donnell resigned yesterday as Governor David A. Paterson's deputy secretary for public safety, saying she had been kept in the dark about the possible intervention of New York State Police personnel on behalf of a close aide to Mr. Paterson who had been accused of domestic violence. "I regret to inform you that recent events make it impossible for me, in good conscience, to remain a member of your Administration," Ms. O'Donnell, 62, wrote to the governor in a brief letter. "Please accept my resignation, effective immediately." Ms. O'Donnell said in a statement that she had not known about the involvement of the state police, one of the agencies she supervised, until Wednesday night after The New York Times reported that the alleged domestic violence victim had complained that the troopers had harassed her in an effort to persuade her to drop her bid for an order of protection in Bronx Family Court against David W. Johnson, Mr. Paterson's aide. The Times also reported that Mr. Paterson had talked with the woman just before she was due to return to court for a final order. She did not show up for the scheduled appearance, and her request was dismissed without prejudice. "The fact that the governor and members of the State Police have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed for an order of protection against a senior member of the governor's staff is a very serious matter," Ms. O'Donnell said in a statement. "These actions are unacceptable regardless of their intent." Ms. O'Donnell said that she had been informed in January by State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt that a senior administrative aide had been involved months earlier in a violent incident with his girlfriend. However, she said that Mr. Corbitt had assured her the matter would be handled by local police and the state police would stay out of it. Ms. O'Donnell, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District and one-time candidate for state attorney general, said, "It is particularly distressing that this could happen in an administration that prides itself on its record of combating domestic violence. The behavior alleged here is the antithesis of what many of us have spent our entire careers working to build


Judicial Corruption is rampant.  Our rights to a fair trial are a myth.  Many judges are totally corrupt.


Our fundamental rights have been taken away by a government of wrongs. Stolen by corruption.


Misconduct is everywhere. Dishonesty abounds. Perjury, subornation of perjury, corruption!


Abuse, Dishonesty, Corruption.  It's all common with Police and Law Enforcement.


Government Dishonesty is Bad.
We must find honest people
and make them accountable
to We the People.
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