The Richie Kessel NYPA Watch, March 15, 2009 – By George J. Marlin
On February 17, 2009, Street Corner Conservative filed a Freedom of Information Request with NYPA to receive, among other things, Richie Kessel’s “schedule and/or calendar kept and compiled on a daily basis” from September 23, 2008 through and including February 13, 2009.
Mary Jean Frank, NYPA’s Associate Corporate Secretary, replied to the request on February 24, 2009 and said NYPA “will advise you whether your request will be granted on or about March 10, 2009.”
On March 10, 2009, Ms. Frank e-mailed this excuse: “Because of the potential number of records that may be responsive to the remainder of your request, Authority staff will need an additional period of time to identify, locate, retrieve and review any such responsive records and will contact you on or about May 6, 2009 with the status of your request.”
WHAT NONSENSE! To e-mail Richie Kessel’s daily calendar for his first four months in office should take under 5 minutes.
Richie Kessel, who purports to be a transparent reformer, obviously is stonewalling the FOIL request for his calendar. That’s because he spends very little time in the White Plains office or upstate on NYPA business. He is too busy pursuing his personal political agenda on Long Island. NYPA employees claim he doesn’t even show up at the White Plains office to pick up his pay stub.
Richie Kessel recently told Dan Janison of Newsday (March 19, 2009), “Most of the time I’m upstate. I’m on Long Island sometimes because of energy projects that impact Long Island…. But a preponderance of my time and effort are aimed at upstate.”
Which is it Richie: Do you spend most of your time upstate or spend most of your time on Long Island thinking about upstate?
Richie Kessel quit hiding behind your corporate secretary. Be a man and release your calendar.
Street Corner Conservative wants to thank the many dedicated and hard working NYPA employees who have provided information concerning their absentee CEO, Richie Kessel.