Thursday, July 16, 2009

DA Looking Into Nick Joseph Hiring


Who did Nick Joseph's background check?

SCATS ~~ Yesterday, Auberger couldn't recall any meeting with Parrinello regarding Pignato's hiring ~~ WHEC.com ~~ "A spokesperson says Auburger has no recollection of them ever meeting, but declined an on-camera interview." However, today's D&C says: "Auberger has acknowledged that he met with Parrinello about Pignato, but said the recommendation was not central to the decision to hire Pignato."

So then, WHICH WAY IS IT, MR. AUBERGER?

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I caught that double talk by Auberger too. Maybe I am he and Auberger didn't get their story straight.

Mirror Mirror on the wall.

Anonymous said...

C'mon now. Poor John got his tongue wrapped around his eyetooth and couldn't see what he was saying.

The "Man in the Mirror" is "I am him!"

Anonymous said...

Excellent Scats...You put the 2 conflicting statements in juxtaposition with the source of each. He cannot deny that the 2 statements cancel each other out. he is a liar.

Anonymous said...

According to Paranello they met in HIS office.
I hope i heard that right and if i went to someones office downtown i think i would remember that.

Anonymous said...

Why would Parinello want us to know that he pushed for Pignato to be hired. This guy has just been convicted of one of the most despicable acts a person in authority can do. It seems he is doing this to make his client rahn not at fault for the hiring and coercion to hire Pignato. Why would he want the community to think he would campaign for a sleaze to be hired by the town of Greece. Is it possible that he knew his support of Pignato would come out anyway and he wanted to make sure he spun it correctly? Surely he realizes his hopes of candidacy for mayor of Rochester are dead.

SCATS said...

To 4:26PM ~~ Parrinello's statement isn't exactly breaking news. Weeks ago he told the media that he asked Auberger to hire Pignato with Pignato present. He says he told Auberger "If he screws up, fire him." If that wasn't accurate, why didn't Auberger take exception to it when it first came out?

Anonymous said...

"if he screws up" ?! That's even worse. He was suggesting that Greece have an officer with a lack of scruples and the supervisor hired this man and then we can all wait for him to screw up? Isn't it comforting to know that our safety is in the hands of such people.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what's taking so long for them to come up with charges against Sgt Ball. He was suspended with Rahn and Mackin. They've both been charged. What gives with Ball?

Anonymous said...

They are trying to pin Nick Joseph on Brian Ball.

Poor Brian - took a week off for a vacation, comes back, stops and the office, leaves, and next thing ya know, he's charged with shredding, and now they will use him as a scapegoat for forging Nick Joseph's background check.

All Loczynski did was help Auberger frame the situation to his favor. And we, the stupid taxpayers allowed it.

Amazing.

Anonymous said...

6:20
How is this making Auberger look good or at least blameless? I agree he might be orchestrating this but he is looking worse and worse. Same as Parinello. They both are scrambling to point the finger at someone else.

Anonymous said...

"Poor Brian" ??? Ha! He's still working as the Union Hill fire chief.

He was in charge of DOCUMENTATION for GPD, so I figured they would pin something like that on him sooner or later.... not that I think he's innocent because I don't.

Anonymous said...

Ball was BUSTED red handed with a hot vacuum cleaner in his hands sucking up the shredder chad. What more evidence does anyone need?

Supersleuth from NYSP is probably going to charge Criminal Posession of a Dyson.

Anonymous said...

Was he wearing a French maids outfit? LOL

Anonymous said...

Have you already put in this assessment report of January 2009? It says that the Greece Town administrators are doing something wrong by the procedure of having only the town supervisor interview and assess potential hires for the police department. If you already have this link sorry. I seem to remember this in the news but it was so far back and before all the suspensions I forgot. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/assets/pdf/A213407953.PDF

SCATS said...

To 11:31PM ~~ Since I won't pay to retrieve older items from the D&C archives, I am not sure what article you referenced. However, I can assure you that at the time it came out, there was a BLOG or two about how GPD's accreditation was lost for a couple of months. In my opinion, it should be TAKEN AWAY RIGHT NOW and turn over our safety to MCSO until this investigation is completed. I don't know of anyone I would trust right now, do you?

Anonymous said...

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009905030354

Anonymous said...

Greece police hiring faulted - Gary Craig • Staff writer • May 3, 2009

The Greece Police Department — stung by personnel problems and the suspension of its chief — nearly lost state accreditation this year because of hiring practices.

The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council determined in a January report that the town was improperly interviewing candidates for the force.

"Oral interviews are currently conducted by the Town of Greece Supervisor and no written policies are contained in the General Orders," the council wrote in a report obtained from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services by the Democrat and Chronicle under the state Freedom of Information Law.

"The Greece Police Department is not involved in the interview process," the report stated.

Greece police policies and how the town makes hiring decisions have taken on particular significance because of the department's current woes.

In March, a judge found Sgt. Nicholas Joseph guilty of criminal charges stemming from an automobile accident. In June, suspended Police Officer Gary Pignato is scheduled to be tried on charges that he allegedly coerced a woman into sex.

And the Town Board last Sunday suspended three police officials, including Chief Merritt Rahn, after allegations arose that they shredded documents the day before at police headquarters. The others suspended were Deputy Chief William Mackin and Sgt. Brian Ball.

Both Joseph and Pignato were former Rochester Police Department officers who left the city force before being hired in Greece. Pignato was fired by the city in 1997, according to court documents. Joseph resigned from the city in 2003 and took a lesser-paying job in Greece.

In recent weeks, Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger has found himself confronted with questions about his role in hiring Pignato in 2002 and Joseph in 2003.

Auberger said police supported the hirings. He said that police have been involved in hiring throughout his tenure but incomplete record-keeping about interviews led to the certification problems.

In 2004, the accreditation council found no issues with police hiring, deciding there was serious police participation in the process. Joseph and Pignato were hired during the time when the hiring process was not being challenged by the council.

Anonymous said...

Pignato was fired by the city after two allegations of misconduct, according to documents on file with the regional appellate division of state Supreme Court. The documents were filed in connection with litigation over the city of Rochester's decision to fire Pignato for misconduct. In one incident of alleged misconduct, Rochester police claimed that Pignato tipped off a bar owner who was under surveillance, the documents state. In a second, according to the documents, supervisors accused Pignato of taking a cross-dressing man to the birthday party of another officer, who engaged in a sexual act with the cross-dresser, apparently thinking the man was a woman.

Information is not publicly available about why Joseph resigned from the city force.

Police Chief Rahn has defended the hiring of both Pignato and Joseph.

In January, the state accreditation council decided that, despite the "good job" the Greece department had done with other policies, the issue of interviews with job prospects was serious enough to refuse accreditation, records show.

Two months ago, the council approved accreditation after assurances that police officials would be involved in interviews and that questions for job prospects would be consistent.

The accreditation council is a state-supported entity that relies on the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for staff. Most police departments use accreditation from state or national organizations to ensure that they are meeting generally accepted law enforcement standards.

New York's Law Enforcement Accreditation Council scrutinizes 132 areas — from record-keeping to training to traffic enforcement — before awarding accreditation.

Debra Bourque, who oversees that accreditation, said the job interview standard is particularly important. A department police chief or subordinate should be involved in interviews, even if elected officials must approve hires, she said.

"This is going to be the individual who, number one, is going to supervise these individuals (and) understands the nuances of the police departments," she said.

Anonymous said...

In 1999, Pignato, a veteran of the Rochester Police Department, became the focus of a heated disciplinary fight within the department.

Robert Warshaw, who was the city's police chief, decided the misconduct allegations warranted Pignato's firing, despite an arbitrator's recommendation to only suspend Pignato.

The arbitrator said Pignato's "relatively long and ... excellent prior record" justified suspension instead of dismissal.

Pignato challenged the ruling in court, but the court found justifiable cause for the firing.

After he left the city department, Pignato worked for smaller police departments in Wayne County before joining Greece. When he left the village of Palmyra Police Department in 2002, the Village Board accepted the resignation "with regrets," minutes show.

This past November, Pignato was arrested on charges of bribery, coercion and official misconduct. He is alleged to have coerced a woman into sex after responding to a domestic dispute at her home.

After Pignato's arrest, Rahn defended Pignato's 2002 hiring. Rahn said a background check and psychological profile showed that Pignato would be a good police officer.

Local lawyer John Parrinello contends that Auberger, not Rahn, was largely responsible for Pignato's hiring.

"Pignato was hired by Auberger based on my recommendation," Parrinello said.

Parrinello, who represented Pignato in his civil suit against the city, said he arranged a meeting with Auberger and Pignato in 2002. Pignato was a good officer who "should never have been fired by the city," the lawyer said he told Auberger.

"I told Auberger, in front of Pignato ... 'If he screws up, fire him,'" Parrinello said.

Pignato's defense lawyer, Scott Green, said he did not know specifics about Pignato's hiring by Greece.

Auberger acknowledged last week that he did meet with Parrinello and Pignato. But, he said that he was not solely responsible for the hiring of Pignato or Joseph and Police Department officials were supportive.

Tougher hiring policies

Deputy Greece Town Supervisor Jeffrey McCann said that today's policies call for Auberger, police officials and the personnel director to discuss prospective hires.

Anonymous said...

With both Pignato and Joseph there were "positive recommendations" from colleagues, past supervisors and others, including Parrinello's support of Pignato, McCann said.

"Typically, our preference is a transfer" versus a rookie officer, McCann said. "We like the experience of a seasoned officer."

McCann said the recent accreditation problems stemmed from a lack of record-keeping about Auberger's interviews with job prospects.

Bourque, of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, said records show police officials were involved in job interviews in the previous three accreditation cycles for Greece — 1994, 1999, and 2004.

Records show that Joseph started with Greece on Nov. 24, 2003 — a day after his effective city resignation.

Joseph's defense lawyer in his current criminal case, Lawrence Andolina, said he did not know why Joseph chose to leave the city force. Andolina fielded questions on behalf of Joseph.

Records show a significant pay cut for Joseph. He was making $53,703 in Rochester and went to Greece for $42,533 a year.

Joseph was recently fired by Greece after his criminal convictions stemming from a June accident in which he rear-ended a stalled vehicle on Route 390 and left on foot.

In March, a judge determined that Joseph was drunk and on cocaine at the time of the accident, which caused premature labor by a pregnant woman in the idled car. Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.

At his grand jury hearing, Joseph was asked about the typical Greece police response to serious accidents, court records show. He said there wasn't always an accident technician available to be called.

"Being under oath, I have to be honest with you," said Joseph, whose convictions also include perjury to the grand jury. "Sometimes that place runs very questionable."

GCRAIG@DemocratandChronicle.com

Includes reporting by staff writer Meaghan M. McDermott.

Anonymous said...

Here's the part that PROVES Auberger is a LIAR:

The Greece Police Department — stung by personnel problems and the suspension of its chief — nearly lost state accreditation this year because of hiring practices.

The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council determined in a January report that the town was improperly interviewing candidates for the force.

"Oral interviews are currently conducted by the Town of Greece Supervisor and no written policies are contained in the General Orders," the council wrote in a report obtained from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services by the Democrat and Chronicle under the state Freedom of Information Law.

"The Greece Police Department is not involved in the interview process," the report stated.

SCATS said...

To 12:30-12:39AM ~~ Yes, I blogged about that back at the time it became public knowledge. Auberger even admitted he does ALL of the hiring, as I recall. At the very least, he never defended against that allegation ;)

At this point, I've lost track of his various contradictory statements. There have been a few.