I checked out today the composition of the "Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions" for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division 3rd Judicial Department.
I will put my thoughts about the entire composition and the whole idea of this "Independent" Commission into another blog, but one name deserves special attention.
Attorney Nancy Deming of Delhi, New York, as a member of "Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions". As independent as independent can get. Especially from what I know of her, and especially under the circumstances.
Nancy Deming was on the School Board of the Delaware County School District when her son was in that school, and left the Board when her son graduated, begging the question - did she hold her position to secure leniency or favors for her son?
Now she is on the "Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions", while continuing to practice in front of the very same courts for which she is "independently" picking judges, and she will practice in front of the newly elected County Judge (who is also a Family Court judge, a Surrogate's Court Judge and, most likely, will be appointed, like Becker was, as an Acting Delaware County Supreme Court Justice), which she will have helped elect by providing "qualifications" for such an election.
"Coincidentally", Nancy Deming of Delhi, NY is on the Committee at the time when Delaware County was granted a second position of a County Judge, when the current County judge Carl F. Becker is to retire without serving out his full term because he turns 70 4 years before his 10-year term runs out, so there are actually two judicial elections to "independently" pick judges for.
Not to mention that Nancy Deming's husband, also an attorney, James Hartmann, agreed to a dirty job of being a trial lawyer in a politically tainted case against my husband Frederick J. Neroni, whom Judge Becker hates with a passion, while I received information from a reliable source that the candidate about to run for the second seat of a County Judge is Porter Kirkwood, the current Delaware County Attorney, Judge Becker's pet, who I personally know for his incompetence, and lack of integrity, more on that in a separate blog.
For Nancy Deming to select an "eligible" judicial candidate under the circumstances is to secure a ticket to favorable decisions in front of two judges -
- Judge Becker who is also a Family Court judge and an Acting Supreme Court justice in this county, and Nancy Deming is practicing in front of Judge Becker in all of these courts; and
- if elected, the (dis)honorable Porter Kirkwood.
Remember, the Social Services have two types of files - hard copies and electronic files.
While Social Services declare an "open file policy" for people who have been charged with child neglect or administratively prosecuted on "indicated reports", first, they lie about giving you full access to the file, and I know that Porter Kirkwood personally lied to me that there is no file for a person for whom I found out later there was a file, and a file implicating Judge Becker in misconduct.
Also, there are electronic files maintained by Social Services that neither you nor your attorney will ever be allowed to see, and both Becker and Kirkwood had or have at this time access to such records.
Judge Becker presided over cases of his client the Delaware County Department of Social Services since 2002, after representing that Department for 27 years.
Porter Kirkwood, if elected, will continue this dishonorable tradition. He has been with the Department also for more than a decade.
Imagine - to assess credibility of your own decades-long clients! What a present for the Social Services. What a slap in the face of Delaware County residents.
Delaware County voters!
If I were you, I would turn out at the voting site in droves, not to allow Porter Kirkwood to grab the judicial position.
As to Nancy Deming - my residual respect to this attorney just sunk below zero when I saw her on that list, at this time, and under the circumstances.
A member of an "Independent Judicial Selection Commmission", no less.