Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Flacks Report [19 Oct. 11]

Get Out the Vote!---Kalev Pehme Memorial Service---Pfau Leaves O.C.A.---Tammany Sheet Music
Get Out the Vote!

This 90-second spot promoting Sunday's election in Tunisia is the best "get-out-the-vote" ad I have ever seen! Make sure to watch the video.
---Douglas A. Kellner, N.Y.S. Commissioner of Elections

Kalev Pehme Memorial Service

Memorial Service for Kalev Pehme, ace political reporter, is Sunday, 6th November, 2011, at 1 o'clock P.M., at the Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.).


Pfau Leaves O.C.A. Steps Down as Chief Administrator

By John Caher, New York Law Journal, Thurs., 20 October 2011.


Chief Administrative Judge Ann T. Pfau, who has managed the state court system through 4½ exceptionally tumultuous years, today informed colleagues that she will step down on Dec. 1 to take over a new medical malpractice program and try cases in her home borough of Brooklyn. She announced her plans in a conference call with the state's administrative judges. A successor was not immediately named.
Judge Pfau's tenure on Beaver Street coincided with rancorous and often bitter controversy over judicial salaries, early retirements, layoffs and budget cuts. Yet the first woman to hold the highly stressful and often thankless job said in an interview that she "wake[s] up every day thinking I am the luckiest person in the world to have this job." "This is the career of a lifetime," Judge Pfau said. "But there comes a time when you need to do something else. I want to be a judge."
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Judge Pfau approached him several months ago expressing a desire to move to a new assignment, but agreed to remain in the position through the resolution of the judicial pay dispute and the submission of the next budget, which is due Dec. 1, the day she departs. . . .
The chief judge said he will appoint a new chief administrative judge within a matter of days, but declined to identify his choice. Judge Lippman said he is reassigning Judge Pfau to the position of coordinating judge of the New York State Medical Malpractice Program.
In that position, Judge Pfau will administer a federal grant and oversee a program that promotes early settlement of medical negligence cases through judge-directed negotiation. She will be working with Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon, who initiated the pilot program. Judge Pfau, who has maintained a regular commercial caseload during her years as an administrative judge, will preside over medical malpractice matters in Brooklyn in addition to her coordinating role.
As chief administrative judge, Judge Pfau earns $147,600 a year. Her new salary has not yet been determined, Judge Lippman said. Under the state Constitution (Article VI, §28), the chief administrative judge supervises the daily operation and administration of a court system that handles 4.7 million cases a year, overseeing a $2.5 billion budget, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 judicial employees spread over 300 different locations. . . .
Judge Pfau, 63, is a career court administrator who entered the court system in 1985, shortly after graduating from Brooklyn Law School with two young children. "Like a lot of women in those circumstances, I went into government," Judge Pfau said. She began her career in the courts as an assistant deputy counsel in the Office of Court Administration, an assignment she describes as "just marvelous."
In 1997, she was appointed to the bench by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and later served as deputy chief administrative judge for management support, administrative judge for the Second Judicial District and first deputy administrative judge. Judge Pfau also has served as an acting Supreme Court justice in the Commercial Division of Supreme Court in Brooklyn. . . . In every court position she has held for the past 22 years, Judge Pfau worked closely with Judge Lippman. . . .

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[Courtesy, Evan Edwards]

Now is the winter of our fiscal discontent
made glorious summer by this sun of Mario.


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