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Attempted Removal of Tenants' Lawyer From Judicial Screening Panel

Posted by Mark Smith on May 13, 2000 at 00:24:56:

From the New York Law Journal, Monday, May 15th:

Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, Manhattan Democratic party leader, sought to remove a tenants' lawyer from a party panel, which is currently screening candidates for Civil Court, because of unhappiness over the lawyer's support of an insurgent candidate in 1996, several party activists report. Mr. Farrell strongly denied that the effort to remove tenants' lawyer, Kenneth Rosenfeld, had anything to do with Mr. Rosenfeld's support of an opposing candidate over the one Mr. Farrell had backed four years earlier. Instead, Mr. Farrell said he sought Mr. Rosenfeld's removal because the lawyer recently lobbied him for funds on behalf of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., and this had created a "conflict of interest." Mr. Rosenfeld is chief counsel to the improvement group. But Curtis Arluck, the chairman of the party's Judiciary Committee, said that the party's lawyers had examined its rules and decided Mr. Rosenfeld could remain because lobbying is not a disqualifying factor.


MY NOTE: Ken Rosenfeld was a tenants' representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board for several years, but was not reappointed last year by Mayor Rudoplh Giuliani.

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