The New York State Senate Judiciary Committee chair is demanding answers about why former Chief Justice Janet DiFiore still has a driver and bodyguard after resigning during an ethics investigation.
State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) blasted the State Office of Court Administration’s “two-sentence statement” on Friday after The Post found two state SUVs parked outside DiFiore’s swanky Westchester penthouse apartment, along with two court officers on track to earn $150,000 a year each working overtime.
“Certainly there are heightened concerns for the safety of judges and elected officials and their families,” Hoylman said. “However, the public and officials deserve a better and more thorough explanation of the nature of this spending.”
In response to the Post’s findings, an OCA spokesman said Thursday that DiFiore’s unprecedented order was decided “by law enforcement personnel in our public safety department” and declined to elaborate further.
On Friday, spokesman Lucian Chalfen said: “When it comes to the nature of a security detail or a threat analysis, don’t give away a lot of information on your own. That is the point. So we say very little.”
Holyman also said he plans to introduce legislation to “prevent judges from evading investigations by resigning, publicizing trials earlier and protecting the budget of the Commission on Judicial Conduct.”
A spokeswoman for Gov. Kathy Hochul, who would need to review the law if it passed the legislature, did not return a request for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/02/brad-hoylman-demands-to-know-why-ex-ny-judge-difiore-has-drivers-guards/ Brad Hoylman wants to know why ex-NY judge DiFiore has drivers and guards