Monday, January 01, 2007

 

Rumors Swirl Seddio to Turn In Gavel

Rumor mongers claim that Surrogate Court Judge Frank Seddio is planning on resigning. It may be hard to believe, but working in the black robes may not be as much fun as one would think.

So appears to be the mantra of one-time assemblymember and current Brooklyn Surrogate Court Judge Frank Seddio, who has allegedly voiced his displeasure with his new post to a number of political colleagues, a move that has opened up a Pandora’s Box of rumors that he is thinking of resigning.

According to a recent editorial in the Daily News as well as an article in the New York Law Journal, Seddio is planning on leaving for a host of reasons ranging from sheer boredom at the job to allegations that he is stepping down to ward off an investigation by the Commission of Judicial Misconduct.

There are also widespread whispers that a number of judges are preparing to fill the void once Seddio officially announces his resignation.

When contacted, Seddio would not comment on the rumors.

But those in Brooklyn’s political circle believe that Seddio is protesting too much and that he isn’t planning to step down.

“He’s not going anywhere,” said one close colleague who wished not to be named. “Frank’s one of those guys who wears his heart on his sleeve and he says what he feels. He’s said that the job is boring and that he’s living a monkish existence, which is bad for a guy who likes to schmooze and be with his friends all the time. But that doesn’t mean he’s resigning.”

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“He might not be meant to be a judge, but everyone I talk to from the bar association tells me he’s doing a good job,” the insider said.

After being an assemblyman for seven years, Seddio came to the Surrogate court post mired in controversy, with challengers claiming that the judgeship he filled was created in the fall – late in the political season — preventing any other viable candidates from running for the position.

Albany’s “date game” ensured that the first judge for the new spot would be selected by the reigning political party which, in Brooklyn’s case, is the Kings County Democratic Party.

The party’s executive committee selected Seddio in September 2005 after the man who was expected to warm the bench, State Assemblyman Joe Lentol, opted out.

Seddio was elected to the bench without any opposition. In January, he began sharing the Kings County Surrogate Court with Judge Margarita Lopez Torres, who won her spot following a three-way primary.

Interviewed last year, Seddio looked at his new post with optimism, claiming that he hoped to change the scandal-scarred Surrogate Court, the administrative body that holds sway over estate probates as well as adoptions.

Historically, Surrogate Court judgeships were considered the cash cow of patronage positions because of the judge’s power to dole out lucrative estate cases to attorneys.

“My main goal in 2006 will be in working on improving the image of the court, and I hope to do that by being a fair and honest judge in a court that requires compassion and a need to take care of the little guys,” he said.

Currently, it is unclear if the Commission of Judicial Misconduct was looking into allegations that Seddio gave money from his Assembly campaign fund to State Senator Carl Kruger and Assemblymember Alan Maisel last year.

Critics allege that he gave the money out after he announced he was running for the Surrogate Court, which is illegal.

Experts, however, believe that even if he is found guilty of misconduct – which is a long shot — he would only get a public admonishment and nothing more, not enough of a reason to step down from his post.

By Thomas Tracy 12/22/2006
Couier Life Paper

 

With Friends Like These

I'm really not sure what this says about the State Senate, but the first wave of affirmations of the GOP Majority Leader came from labor unions.
Now here's one from a Senate Democrat, Carl Kruger of Brooklyn:
Recent reports putting into question the integrity and even-handedness of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno are both appalling and ironic when you consider his strong commitment to openness and fairness within the Legislature and on behalf of the people of New York State.... His emphasis on bipartisan dialogue demonstrates his belief in the democratic process – a process that will vindicate him when all the facts are aired.

One thing to keep in mind: When legislative leaders fall, it tends to be pretty abrupt. And Room Eight's Yoda, who has a pretty good track record of predictions and a baseball cap to prove it, has called this one for Skelos.
Posted by Ben Smith at December 26, 2006 11:07 AM

Comments
Kruger is a slimeball piece de merde, so his endorsement of Bruno is hardly reassuring. What a DINO brown-nosing a**wipe! Thanks for sitting in on the Green '01 mayoral campaign's "secret" meetings on hitting Ferrer on Sharpton without revealing that you had already switched sides and endorsed Ferrer, Carl, you treacherous viper!
Posted by: Some Donkeys Don't Forget, Either at December 26, 2006 11:19 AM
are you fuckin'kiddin' me?!
Posted by: jaq at December 26, 2006 11:22 AM
No, and Kruger's belated cluck-clucking over the below-the-belt flyer reprinting the Sean Delonas cartoon of Ferrer and Sharpton -- Carl clearly was the leak to the Daily News -- was hypocrisy on stilts. Two-faced doesn't even begin to get at the bottomless depths to which that hack will sink to serve his own perceived interests!
Posted by: Freddy Kruger at December 26, 2006 11:25 AM
Thanks for the compliment Ben. Doesn't it say a lot about the Senate Republicans that when Bruno needs help, he asks Dennis Rivera & Randi Weingarten. Bruno apparently know that traditional groups that might have influence among Republicans (Business Council, Conservative Party) have less clout with Republicans than unions do.
Posted by: Yoda at December 26, 2006 11:28 AM

Oh, as far as Kruger's statement - this is one of the rare cases of a rat jumping ON a sinking ship.
Posted by: Yoda at December 26, 2006 11:30 AM

why insult a rat by comparing it to kruger?
Posted by: anon at December 26, 2006 12:01 PM

Kruger was the one pushing for Mark Green's mayorial campaign to put out the racist flyer of Ferrer kissing Sharpton ass from the Post cartoon
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 01:53 PM
Do these guys know that Bruno is about to be indicted for felonies?
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 02:11 PM

when is someone going to start investigating keugers fundraising with the real estate and russian business interest - sidepoint - check out if carl ever graduated from tilden as he claims -- everything about him is phony - even his alleged family
Posted by: anon at December 26, 2006 03:52 PM

looks like someone is trying to cash in on some extra member item dollars if bruno survives, which seems increasingly unlikely
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 05:15 PM

if there is a way to cash in - kruger will
Posted by: anon at December 26, 2006 06:44 PM

How come Kruger has so much money in his campaign account. Why so much from realestate? Why does this nut make all his workers clean off their desks every night?
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 06:54 PM
Kruger has an absolute fortune in his campaign account! And when has he ever had a competitive election??? I really don't want to know what he did to get those donations.
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 09:41 PM

before they tear tilden high down, someone ought to check the records. ck claims to be a graduate. another lie of his. when will the public wake up an realize that kruger is like a house of cards that is ready to topple. carl.s phoney tilde and college graduation stories are just the start.
Posted by: anon at December 26, 2006 10:07 PM

I wonder what Kruger did for Bruno that earned him $500,000 in member item money last year....a fortune for a Senate Dem.
Posted by: Anonymous at December 26, 2006 10:57 PM

Kruger would turn Republican if the Democrats pick up a few more seats and there was a tie.
This lowlife wants to run for controller or public advocate as a Democrat?
Dream on dummy
Posted by: Anonymous at December 27, 2006 09:22 AM

How many months until Kruger changes parties and then follows in the footsteps of Espada, Mendez and Nancy Lorraine Hoffman?
Posted by: Anonymous at December 27, 2006 08:20 PM

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