Archive for November 8, 2010

The Kessel NYPA Watch, November 7, 2010 – By George J. Marlin

November 8, 2010

What is Richie Kessel hiding?

On August 23, 2010, over ten weeks ago, Street Corner Conservative (SCC) filed a short FOIL e-mail with NYPA requesting, among other things, disclosure of NYPA contributions to not-for-profits in 2009 and 2010.  On September 14, 2010, SCC received a response from NYPA’s corporate secretary stating the Authority would release FOIL material “on or about October 26, 2010.”  On November 1, SCC received this notification putting off the release of documents until December 7, 2010:

Dear Mr. Marlin:

This is in further response to your e-mail dated August 23, 2010 and received by this office on August 23, 2010, requesting the following records:

1.     Information and records as to contributions and payments to not-for-profit entities from NYPA or any subsidiary or affiliate including purchase of tickets or sponsorships to events conducted by any such not-for-profit for the period January 1, 2009 through and including July 31, 2010;

2.     Information as to each NYPA facility or office the President and CEO of NYPA was physically present in during each business day of the period from February 13, 2009 through and including July 31, 2010.

3.     Information and records as to discussions, memoranda, financial and analyses and information as to any proposed merger, consolidation, combination or other transaction of any kind between or among NYPA and the Long Island Power Authority created (whether or not by or on behalf of NYPA) from February 13, 2009 and through and including July 31, 2010;

4.     Information and records as to health insurance coverage or benefits or indemnification against health insurance coverage provided to any NYPA Board member;

5.     Information and records as to use of cars in NYPA’s car pool for the White Plains office from the period from September 1, 2008 through and including July 31, 2010 by any of Richard Kessel, Bert Cunningham, Rocco Iannarelli, Francine Evans, Sarah Barish Straus, Denise Ellison, Roni Epstein, Victoria Simon and Francis X. Ryan (collectively, the “Subject Employees”);

6.     Information and records as to expense reports by any of the Subject Employees filed during or with respect to the period (or any part thereof) September 1, 2008 through and including July 31, 2010.

Authority staff will need an additional period of time to identify, locate, retrieve and review any such responsive will contact you on or about December 7, 2010 with the status of your request.

Sincerely,

Karen Delince
Corporate Secretary
New York Power Authority

How long can it take to compile a list of NYPA 501(c)3 contributions?

Do NYPA officials fear embarrassment?

Did this upstate authority donate large sums to Long Island not-for-profits?

Did Richie Kessel direct contributions in return for honors and awards?

Are these unexplained delays designed to hide abuse and waste till after the new administration picks its new team?

New York rate payers have the right to know if their money was squandered to promote Kessel on his home turf of Long Island!

Richie Kessel, stop stonewalling and come clean!