When you go to the website of the City of Oneonta Board of Public Service, you are in for an interesting revelation.
I am telling you, EVERYTHING about this case is very, very, very interesting.
So, there you go.
You go there and you see - who is the director of that public entity?
It is a Margery Merzig.
It is actually THE Margery Merzig, the woman-trailblaizer
a fighter for Human rights - and, by a mere coincidence, the wife of the Oneonta City Attorney David Merzig - who brought the enforcement litigation, to enforce his wife's order to vacate against the Pervus.
That is quite a witness for attorney David Merzig - and one of the reasons why he does not want any kind of evidentiary hearings or trials - he would have to depose, under oath, his own wife, and have he being subject to cross-examination on the order subject to enforcement.
One heck of a job, isn't it?
Note that Margery Merzig owns a business consulting firm:
The firm, or its associates or partners, or clients, might pop up some place in this case in the future, so beware. This is the usual way things happen in this area - where I lived and worked for 16 years.
Now, a wife-owner of a business consulting firm, in her capacity as a chairman of the city's "Board of Public Service", issues an order ordering a business owned by two immigrants to vacate a lucrative piece of real estate, a downtown hotel.
And, her husband, by mere coincidence, the attorney for the City of Oneonta - including its glorious Board of Public Service - brings the wife's order to court to have it enforced.
Here he is, the polished and magnanimous-looking David Merzig.
Well, the missus said it - the mister must do it, right?
And here is Judge John F. Lambert, the currently presiding judge, by coincidence, a former prosecutor in the same area who had to have known David Merzig personally for a very long time, as an attorney for the Oneonta City Police with whom Lambert, as a prosecutor, had to have "interacted" very closely.
But, Lambert is not the first judge presiding over this case.
The first judge was a different one.
Note what attorney Ryan Manley said in his affirmation for the application to withdraw on an Order to Show Cause:
What is Judge Michael V. Coccoma doing in this case?
While Judge Coccoma is, indeed, a Supreme Court judge in Otsego County,
as well as the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for upstate New York (that is, he assigns judges to all cases in all courts outside of New York City):
The problem with him presiding over the City of Oneonta v Pervu case, though, is that many tenants in the Pervu's "Oneonta Hotel" were put there on a contract with the Otsego County Department of Social Services, providing rent subsidies to some tenants.
And, on June 21, 2018, at the time the lawsuit was filed, the City of Oneonta actually publicized that it notified agencies providing rent subsidies, about supposed problems with the building long before it filed the lawsuit against the Pervus:
And, the city of Oneonta, speaking through its attorney David Merzig, has said in that same publication, on behalf of Merzig's wife (sorry, chairman of the Board of Public Service Margery Merzig), that
And who is the Supreme Court Justice in Otsego County?
The Honorable Michael V. Coccoma.
And who is the attorney for the Otsego County Department of Social Services, one of the main witnesses in the case, with an interest to protect themselves from liability of being accused that they have put people into the supposedly unsafe housing, using taxpayer money?
But, of course, it is Judge Michael V. Coccoma's own wife Ellen Coccoma.
So, what, again did Judge Coccoma do once he got into the case where his wife's liability is at stake?
This is what he did:
Figure - the City of Oneonta (Attorney David Merzig's wife) is the petitioner/plaintiff in the case, but the judge, coincidentally, the husband for another witness in the case, DSS attorney Ellen Coccoma, orders that the burden of proof is not on the plaintiff, but on the defendants in the case.
Do you think Judge Coccoma momentarily suffered an episode of dementia?
Forgot who carries the burden of proof in civil litigation?
Which is certainly not the defendant.
Of course, not.
The old corrupt fox is just trying to get his not-so-bright wife out of the mess - as he did many, many times before.
So, he demands that the burden of proof is now on defendants, leaves the case and assigns to it the County Judge John F. Lambert
- an Acting Supreme Court Justice (appointed for one year only, subject to re-appointment by Coccoma), and with it, the salary and status increase, as well as being
- "supervising judge, DWI parts, 6th Judicial District", also subject to cancellation by Coccoma, and as
- "supervising judge, problem solving courts, 6th Judicial District", position also subject to revocation by Judge Michael V. Coccoma,
Of course, Judge Lambert is starting to do everything in his power to preserve his salary and status, the law be damned.
Same as he did in Delaware County.
There, Lambert has first found that Barbara O'Sullivan, in Delaware County Court, was unlawfully charged with a felony based on forged arrest warrant, and after pointing out that the town justice who supposedly issued that warrant lied in his own testimony under oath (and the charges were fabricated because a police officer illegally employed by the Delaware County Sheriff's Department, because his uncle worked in the District Attorney's office, was the perpetrator of a crime of vehicular assault against Barbara O'Sullivan - who also assaulted another woman who looked like Barbara, in Broome County, and the lawsuit of that woman in federal court was settled right on the eve of a jury trial).
Derek Bowie, the police officer in question, was after that booted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Department - but was eagerly picked up by the Deposit Town Police and is still "serving" us, unfortunate buggers.
Look at Derek Bowie's glorious career - as demonstrated by his salary dynamics, shown at seethroughny.net - the career saved by Judge Lambert, by dismissing, on frivolous grounds, the case Barbara O'Sullivan already won, by default, from money damages, being booted from the police force, for good, charged for vehicular assault for attempted murder of Barbara O'Sullivan, Alecia Bracci and the unborn baby, as well as for the assault and attempted murder of Kylie Smith, not to mention forging arrest warrants, trespasses, tasering the family dog, unlawful incarceration of Barbara O'Sullivan and Alecia Bracci, perjured testimony, forged application for workers comp etc. etc. etc.
And now, in a chart form:
See the dynamics of police officer Derek Bowie's salary from 2009 to 2018?
Came from Deposit, returned to Deposit - but not to prison, thanks to Judge John F. Lambert's misconduct.
Because, when Barbara O'Sullivan sued the nephew of the Delaware County DA's longtime investigator Jeff Bowie, Derek Bowie, for vehicular assault and he defaulted - and the County (whose Sheriff has PERSONALLY SERVED his own employee Derek Bowie with the lawsuit papers) then used taxpayer money to try to reopen the default, frivolously claiming that it was "not put on notice" of the litigation - Lambert dismissed her lawsuit.
Because she did not comply with discovery asked by Derek Bowie.
Why didn't she?
Because her house was burnt down, likely, by that same Derek Bowie, to the ground, and she, her daughter and her then-unborn grandchild narrowly escaped, but one of their three dogs didn't make it. And nobody investigated. Because who would investigate - uncle Jeff Bowie will investigate nephew Derek Bowie. Uncle Jeff Bowie would rather try to put the victims of nephew Derek Bowie in prison - as he tried, but failed, with both Barbara O'Sullivan and her daughter Alecia Bracci. And, when he failed, the house where the documents were kept was conveniently burnt down, and firefighters who came to look how it is burning had no water, and nobody investigated anything.
And Judge Lambert dismissed Barbara's lawsuit because the defendant Derek Bowie, nephew of DA investigator Jeff Bowie, hs likely burnt down her house, together with the documents that he sought in discovery.
But, Lambert kept himself in good graces of the local "law enforcement community" and continued in his position as a supervising judge in DWI and "problem solving" courts.
As is what he is doing now - trying to keep himself up in Judge Coccoma's graces.
Because Judge Lambert may also be a witness or target of an FBI investigation now, I wrote about it earlier - and, to keep his freedom, his law license and his judgeship, needs to do anything anybody is telling him to do.
Now, let's look at Judge Lambert's own salary dynamics.
A steady growth since 2012
See that his salary is directly tied to his position as an "Acting Supreme Justice"?
Meaning, if he is booted from that position to a "mere" County/multi-bench judge, he will be hit in the pocketbook?
And the person who can hit him is the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Michael V. Coccoma, who
- presided over the City of Oneonta v Pervu case initially;
- ordered a reverse order of the burden of proof in the case, on the Pervus, not on the City of Oneonta - to protect his own wife and the wife of David Merzig, the Chairperson of the Board of Public Service, and who
- after recusal, still assigned a judge to the case - and will keep assigning judges until he gets the judge who will do what Coccoma wants, or else.