Peekskill Council Democrats Continue Unethical Ways with Associate Judge Selection

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Just as InsidePEEK accurately predicted in a previous post in August, the Peekskill Democratic Party Council Majority voted on November 13th to appoint Melissa Loehr as the Associate City Judge. As disturbing and unethical as this act may have been, it may also be illegal. Proving to be the amateurs they are, Claxton-McKenzie-Noodle-Talbot once again may have violated proper procedure in the sequence of voting.

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/peekskill-dems-corruption-spreads-to-associate-judge-selection/

The irony is that the improper vote occurred for the resolution to support the most qualified candidate for the job, Lissette Fernandez – someone who has actually practiced general law and presided over courtrooms in the past – an intelligent and highly qualified Latina woman who would have been fitting for a city with a significant and growing Latino community. This is a move that will surely come back to bite the Peekskill Democratic Party when they run for office. Why would the Latino voters support them after this? It’s a direct affront to what was the right thing to do. And yes, all three Republicans voted “YES” to appoint her.

Oh, the dems will probably try to deflect away their negative vote since they all voted to “abstain” from the Fernandez vote. Abstain? Why? Was there a conflict of interest? Or was it exactly what Councilman Vesce immediately stated after the vote – “No guts.”

Being the amateurs and political hacks they are, the Democratic majority may have actually caused the opposite effect they wished for. By voting to “abstain’ they may have changed what the voting majority needed to be in order for the motion to pass! According to Roberts Rules of Order a vote to abstain is actually a non-vote. Since a quorum was established, by abstaining the required “yes” votes may only be of those voting, not of the board. Normally it takes 4 votes to pass a resolution, but now it is possible that the 3 “Yes” votes cast will be enough. Mayor Catalina may decide to have the result of the vote challenged so a judge can determine the outcome. Which means that Ms. Loehr may not taking her seat on the bench on January 1, if at all.

Preventing Ms. Fernandez from becoming judge was not the only negative action taken by the Democrats at the meeting. They also actually voted “NO” to prevent Peekskill native and School Board member Colin Smith from being selected judge. Councilman Noodle was embarrassed when he attempted to use an earlier statement of Catalina, who supported Smith early on, against him. Mayor Catalina then called his bluff by making a motion to amend the judge appointment resolution to instead include Smith’s name. Catalina listened as Noodle proclaimed Smith as his “friend” and that he “worked closely together with Colin.”

Seeing an opportunity to put Noodle on the spot and challenging him to pick someone he praised as “his friend” over someone who was a pure political choice, Catalina motioned to put Colin Smith’s name in nomination. Noodle voted no, as did the three other Democrats. Noodle sadly chose politics over his “friend” – it was an embarrassing moment for the City of Peekskill.

So what of this Melissa Loehr? We pointed out in our previous post why the Democratic Party wants her appointed but InsidePEEK has obtained additional information since our post. Not only did Loher refuse to answer questions during her interview, she omitted key facts from her work history. It has recently been discovered that while working for the Peekskill Court, the very court she looks to preside over, Ms. Loehr was caught removing key court documents for the improper use by a plaintiff in a case! Rather than be fired and brought up on charges she resigned from her position. When asked about the incident she refused to answer. She knew she didn’t have to – the fix was in.

Loehr also is closely involved with many members of the Peekskill Democratic Party and especially those on the Common Council. Some of our readers say very closely involved.

The rules of ethics and law mean nothing to the Peekskill Democrats. They lie about anything and everything. Claxton even continued the lie about the state of her health. Their close friend Arnie Paglia (another subject of a previous post) continued to lie about his legal residence. He illegally claims he lives at his restaurant address when, in fact, he lives off of Sprout Brook Road in Cortlandt. He even applied for the NY Star exemption for his Cortlandt home. Clearly proof of an illegal act.

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/arnie-paglia-and-the-peekskill-dems-division-street-corruption/

It was also pointed out than NONE of the DEMOCRATIC council members attended the Veterans Day Ceremony! Not one! Oh, they were able to wait on the Westchester County Airport tarmac until 2:30 am on election eve to watch their hero Hillary’s plane land, and even until the same time on Election Day at the Javits Center (only to have Hillary diss them when she knew she lost) – but they couldn’t bother to come and pay their respects to the true heroes of our country. Disgraceful.

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