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Former Monroe Co. Deputy Executive indicted

There are 51 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Oct 7, 2009, titled Former Monroe Co. Deputy Executive indicted. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

Former Monroe County Deputy Executive James Smith has been indicted in connection with the Robutrad scandal.

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mad as hell-wendy howe

United States

#43 Oct 7, 2009
two choices wrote:
Either Brooks knew or she didn't.
Is either really acceptable?
She did much more than just know. Remeber the FARE Plan? 30 million to pay off Deficits; Rob u turd was at the top of that list. In fact it WAS THE LIST!!!
objectivity

Canandaigua, NY

#44 Oct 7, 2009
FUBO wrote:
It is so entertaining to watch all you DemoncRat WINGNUTS go off the deep end and make up such nonsense. The best part is you idots don't even realize how foolish you make yourselves look!
Remember, the DA is a DemoncRat himself. If there was any way he could get charges on Maggie Brooks he would have done it by now.
You're all a bunch of losers!
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Wow, intelligent response! So because Green is a Democrat, Brooks is automatically cleared. That's no different than saying that Republicans are the only ones who act unethically, when in reality they are just the ones who got caught THIS TIME. Wrong is wrong. Don't form opinions based on party affiliation.
I have just read Smith's interview w/ investigators and two others are confirmed to have had knowledge of the strip club incident:
1) Kevin Finnerty - Assistant County Executive
2) Michael Garland - Director of Department of Enviromental Services

Do you really believe that neither Smith or these two individual told Brooks back then. If that's true, are they not wrong for not going over Smith's head to Brooks?

page#2 of interview - "the oral sex allegation did not turn out to be very significant" ("while on company time in a Monroe County facility")
OMG!!!!!!!
Stop and think

Rochester, NY

#45 Oct 7, 2009
objectivity wrote:
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Wow! Intelligent comeback. So the fact that Green is a Democrat automatically clears Maggie. That is no different than saying that only republican politicians are unethical, when in reality they are just the ones who got caught THIS TIME. Wrong is wrong. Don't choose a side based on party affiliation.
I have just read Smith's interview with investigators. Two others also are confirmed to have had knowledge of the strip club incident:
1) Kevin Finnerty - Assitant County Executive
2) Mike Garland-Director of Dept.of Enviromental Services
And neither one of those two ever informed Brooks either. Are they not guilty also of failing to act. Shouldn't they have gone over Smith's head to Brooks if he was ignoring misconduct reports?
Take a moment and think about this:

Mike Garland was brought into the process which determined that Monroe County Human Resources should/would take it from there. Which they did. Kevin Finnerty accompanied his boss (James Smith) and shook these guys out of the Classy Cat with verbal reprimands. Then James Smith follows up with a follow-up verbal reprimand with Bob Morone the next day. Shortly thereafter, there is a meeting to discuss this "Morone/Robutrad" behavior. Mike Garland did what he was supposed to and so did Kevin Finnerty by my understanding of what I have read in the FBI interview. People, you must understand that there are processes to terminate government employees in order to avoid bogus law suits later on.

To me, it appears that James Smith and Maggie Brooks had a difference of opinion on how this shoould be handled - internally or through law enforcement.

James Smith's statement claims that he would prefer handling it internally. Rightly or wrongly, that was his opinion. Maggie chose the law enforcement path (to her credit, which no one seems to give her).

Now, was James Smith acting a criminal manner or was this just a plain poor, poor judgement/management issue? That is what needs to be determined in court.

Another thing I think we need to consider is "the boys will be boys" thing about being at the Classy Cat. Don't get me wrong, it's juvenile. However, was James Smith trying to keep this internal because of those men's arrested development? Who knows.

I don't have the answers and I guess I will have to wait until next Spring to find out. Which leads to another question.

Why indict James Smith now for a March 22, 2010 trial? Are the court dockets really that full or is this a political ploy? It seems to me (one that hates political nonsense) that Mike Green has dolled out all of these indictments stategically coming closer to election time.

Vote for your best candidates. Those that reflect your personal opinions and needs.
objectivity

Canandaigua, NY

#46 Oct 7, 2009
TDH wrote:
The thing most difficult for me to swallow is the fact that Smith was the only person on the Executive staff to be told of the criminal activity.
Is Maggie so hard to communicate with, or was it set up that because she was SO busy conducting county business, that all things needed to be passed up to her through Smith?
I find it hard to believe that Maggie knew nothing of what Smith supposedly knew before the "lnvestigation" started.
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read the transcript of Smith's interview w/ investigators. On page #2 it states that the Assistant County Executive (Kevin Finnerty) and the Director of the Department of Environmental Services (Michael Garland) both knew of the strip club incident. Finnerty even went to the Classy Cat with Smith to catch the workers.
I agree. It's hard to believe that the Deputy County Executive and the Assistant County Executive both knew in May 2008 but never mentioned it to Brooks.
Truth from Leicester

Rochester, NY

#47 Oct 7, 2009
RRR wrote:
<quoted text>Greene stop promising deputies PROMOTIONS to get VOTES........HE SAID HE IS TRANSPARENT - Greene CANNOT RUN A BUCKMAN'S CAR WASH!!
And you couldn't lead a one man parade. Running scared are you? As soon as your team loses then you're out of a job and you are too dumb to get one in the private sector. UH OH. Whatcha gonna do go on welfare like the other socialists???
Truth from Leicester

Rochester, NY

#48 Oct 7, 2009
objectivity wrote:
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Wow, intelligent response! So because Green is a Democrat, Brooks is automatically cleared. That's no different than saying that Republicans are the only ones who act unethically, when in reality they are just the ones who got caught THIS TIME. Wrong is wrong. Don't form opinions based on party affiliation.
I have just read Smith's interview w/ investigators and two others are confirmed to have had knowledge of the strip club incident:
1) Kevin Finnerty - Assistant County Executive
2) Michael Garland - Director of Department of Enviromental Services
Do you really believe that neither Smith or these two individual told Brooks back then. If that's true, are they not wrong for not going over Smith's head to Brooks?
page#2 of interview - "the oral sex allegation did not turn out to be very significant" ("while on company time in a Monroe County facility")
OMG!!!!!!!
If Mike Green is a democrat then I am mistaken for Christie Brinkley on a daily basis. The point is that Mike is friends with Maggie and he should have checked his ego and sent it to a different agency, if anything for the sake of integrity. As well intentioned as these officials want to be, friends CANNOT investigate friends. There is no way a legitimate investigation can be conducted--just not possible. Ethics are what we have when no one is looking and elected officials should keep that in their heads--otherwise don't run for public office.
RocNow-dot-com 9-6-09

Canandaigua, NY

#49 Oct 7, 2009
...Former Deputy County Executive James Smith resigned earlier this year, citing the need to deal with family issues, including an ailing mother. His attorney, Joseph Damelio, said Friday that the resignation had nothing to do with Robutrad; County Executive Maggie Brooks has also said Smith resigned solely for personal reasons.
Only one involved?
Brooks has maintained that Morone, the former Gates Republican Committee chairman, was a renegade county employee who tried to curry favor within the GOP ranks. She has insisted that, if he did commit crimes, he likely was the only one in her administration involved in the wrongdoing.
....Some Democrats have challenged O’Flynn to answer questions about whether he can conduct an impartial investigation into the Brooks administration.
- 9/6/09
jen

Rochester, NY

#51 Oct 7, 2009
Oh, Maggie, Maggie- it's about to all hit the fan- have a drink and relax- you'll need to!!!!
disgusted

Pittsford, NY

#52 Oct 8, 2009
Wouldn't surprise me if Maggie had work done by them too. These politicians and government executives are all crooked to some degree and I would not put anything past any of them.
get out of NY state

Webster, NY

#53 Oct 8, 2009
just like rome the great us is about to fall to the greed.
3Conomics

Rochester, NY

#54 Oct 9, 2009
Truth from Leicester wrote:
<quoted text> If Mike Green is a democrat then I am mistaken for Christie Brinkley on a daily basis. The point is that Mike is friends with Maggie and he should have checked his ego and sent it to a different agency, if anything for the sake of integrity. As well intentioned as these officials want to be, friends CANNOT investigate friends. There is no way a legitimate investigation can be conducted--just not possible. Ethics are what we have when no one is looking and elected officials should keep that in their heads--otherwise don't run for public office.
Thank you! The Republicans already had their candidate for DA (Taddeo). Thats why Green had to run as a democrat.

"Democrat Michael Green will return to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office with a new title in January 2004 - Monroe County District Attorney. The local district attorney's race was just one of a number of positions decided throughout Monroe and Erie counties in Tuesday's general election.

Green held off Republican challenger and former Monroe County Family Court Judge, Ann Marie Taddeo. Unofficially, Green received approximately 53 percent of the vote: 111,833 to Taddeo's 99,858. He has served in the district attorney's office since 1987. In January 2001 he was named first assistant district attorney.

Green will replace Howard Relin who is retiring from the office."

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