To the Editor: I am amazed New York's Chief Judge Janet DiFiore continues in her position despite having willingly and knowingly conspired to accept preferential COVID-19 testing in August 2020, along with Andrew Cuomo's family and friends.
As reported by The Associated Press on July 3, 2021, the New York National Guard and a public-health nurse were dispatched to DiFiore's Southampton residence, tested Judge DiFiore and her family, and the test samples were rushed by a State Trooper to a state laboratory in Albany for expedited processing.
By colluding with this special arrangement, Judge DiFiore was in flagrant violation of Public Officers Law, Section 74.3d, that states: "No officer or employee of a state agency...should use or attempt to use his or her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or herself or others..."
We should not tolerate a judge, much less a Chief Judge, breaking the law brazenly and with impunity. It is therefore imperative that Chief Judge DiFiore either resign or be impeached.
Janet DiFiore's ties to the disgraced Cuomo run deep. Her husband, Dennis Glazer, is a longtime confidante of the ex-Governor and was appointed by Cuomo to chair the Purchase College Council.
The Yonkers Times reported on May 1, 2018 that Glazer was pressuring members of the Westchester Democratic Party with hardball tactics to appoint his daughter, Alexandra DiFiore Murphy, to a judgeship on Westchester County's court. Glazer threatened that if they wouldn't support her, Governor Cuomo would appoint her anyway, something that was resented deeply by the more-qualified candidates for the Westchester judgeship.
The New York Law Journal reported on February 11, 2021 that DiFiore-Murphy quietly sailed to a 14-year term as a State Supreme Court Justice in the Ninth Judicial District in the mid-Hudson region. Cuomo engineered this by appointing DiFiore-Murphy's main opponent, Veronica Hummel, to a judgeship on the Court of Claims.