The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BAD DAY FOR MARTY

Worse day for Joel.

While much of the recent news has focused on the forty-one count indictment of GOP County Legislator Martin Reid, we must not lose sight of our esteemed DA's ethical issues relative to his Republican colleagues.


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According to the story:

"The state Labor Department turned over copies of the judge's ruling, and other records in the case — including Reid's county time slips and his certifications to the state that he qualified for the benefits — to the Rensselaer County district attorney's office for review as a potential criminal case. District Attorney Joel Abelove, a Republican who took over as district attorney in January, declined to pursue the case and, earlier this year, denied his office received a referral from the state Labor Department."

Abelove stated that no referral was ever made. On the news this morning he was quoted as saying that his predecessor had the information and did not act.

However, in January Abelove said:

"We've been dealing with a lot more pressing issues," said Abelove, who recently hired one of Reid's relatives, Christine Labbate, as an assistant district attorney. Abelove declined to confirm how Reid is related to Labbate. But he added that Labbate has experience as a former prosecutor in Essex County and said his decision to hire her will not sway any case under review by his office, including Reid's."

Whatever. This guy is a train wreck.

Earlier in the year Abelove's office dropped charges against Rich Crist, a key player in getting any office seeker the GOP and conservative lines.  Crist, if we recall, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. The charge was deemed unfounded by Child Protective Services. It sounded like a dust-up between Crist and his teenage son. Another DA would have, more than likely, dismissed the charge.

Point is, these are softballs pitched right down the middle. Send the cases to another District Attorney. That's it. Easy. End of story.

Anyone who spoke to Abelove after his election but before he took office knows the District Attorney-elect voiced his enthusiasm for cracking down on welfare cheats. Oh, the hypocrisy. And before we get any idiotic comments, we do not, and would not, expect Abelove's office to prosecute these cases. We just expected him to do the right thing.

Instead, people having growing concerns about Abelove's conduct and we are barely 8 months into his term. We should have known. In a massively Republican election year, this guy barely squeaked into office.





21 comments:

Mrs. Gordon's Frying Pan said...
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Anonymous said...

He should resign. Who can trust him now.

Anonymous said...

Your a moran. Do you expect him to prosecute the uncle of one of his workers!!!

Co-Worker said...

I worked with Joel. There should be more coming out on him soon. It's not pretty.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone he hired still there?

Anonymous said...

Just a few are left. He screwed over Krista Book and then her replacement left soon afterwards. We also have the NG Judge who quit the bench, went to work for JA and quit three days later. He's just a terrible leader.

Inside Man said...

The local judges are not impressed either. Poor performances by poorly trained, unprepared ADA's has made the office a laughing stock. Joel is in way over his head. He should do real estate closing or something like that. He's just not up to the job. Hope Carm runs again.

Anonymous said...

This unfair to Joel. There is no proof that Reid did anything wrong. This was a political indictment and Reid will be found not guilty. He's paid into the system, why isn't he intitled to get something back?

Anonymous said...

Abelove lied and the truth will come out soon.

Anonymous said...

Seven ADA's that were hired by Abelove have quit. One of them tried bringing a loaded handgun into Troy Police Court! Abelove has refused to prosecute his own Republican operatives, Crist, Reid, etc. look at his first two or three months in office and count how many sex crimes were dismissed. Joel Abelove is an incompetent bafoon! Run him out! Send him back to Utica where he came from.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who truly knows Joel Abelove is not surprised by all of this. He is an arrogant incompetent heartless lying idiot. Why do you think he can't get attorneys who have been around to work for him? They're all from out of the area and just out of law school. Really, have you ever heard anybody say"I like that Abelove guy, he's so nice".

Mrs. Gordon's Frying Pan said...
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Anonymous said...

I have never seen a less qualified more arrogant bafoon in my life. Say goodbye Joel!

Robert Cox said...

“Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.” The man could not possibly care less about the specifics of actually governing. He has no actual policy positions to speak of, no record of governing to which he can point...nothing. For years the GOP has been far more interested than getting a plug on that day’s Limbaugh, Hannity, or Levin show than actually advancing any policy outside of getting more money to the wealthy. But the boring mechanics of governing? YAWN. And now they’ve just cut to the chase and want to nominate a billionaire who would be the first to tell you he’s going to profit from this campaign but really has no actual ideas on how to improve anything else. Fucking perfect.

Anonymous said...

Why - how - did he leave DeAngelis' Office? Was it voluntary?

Anonymous said...

He was fired back in the day by Deangelis.

Anonymous said...

Jesus, what do you have to do to have that train wreck let you go?

Anonymous said...

Remember the Captain in the movie STRIPES? That's Joel.

Anonymous said...

He should go back to the State. He couldn't screw up too badly there.

Anonymous said...

To bad Andra, or Sondra or Creston or Laura or Megan won't tell us too much about the 'Management' style that caused them to flee within five months.

Anonymous said...

Not a word from Franco on the Marty and Joel debacle