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(NYPost)   Westchester district attorney accused of illegally pulling strings to get state benefits for her housekeeper - for you, this would be called theft. For NY politicians it's called streamlining the application process   (nypost.com) divider line 22
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2012-05-29 09:44:11 AM
I've got friends who work for her. Wonder what they think about it.
 
2012-05-29 09:48:17 AM

RexTalionis: I've got friends who work for her. Wonder what they think about it.


You should ask and report back to us.
 
2012-05-29 10:19:21 AM
And she's in charge of the New York state ETHICS panel.

I hear the governor has a temper. Wouldn't blame a bit if he used it today.
 
2012-05-29 10:21:08 AM
You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?
 
2012-05-29 11:14:01 AM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


If you know people.
 
2012-05-29 01:08:33 PM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


That might not actually be that bad, for the house keeper. All depends on what her living conditions and other benefits are.

Pay is only 10k a year (which is crap, I know), but if you have a decent living space rent free with your food and utilities paid for, plus other benefits? That would be easily equal to 28-32k a year.

I know a doctor who has a live in housekeeper with like a 1200 sq ft guest house as her living quarters.
 
2012-05-29 01:13:50 PM
If she was eligible and had trouble getting through the system, its not theft. Let me just look at the article to see the facts and policy citations that lead to the inevitable conclusion that this was done in bad faith...

/oops, NY Post.
 
2012-05-29 01:14:44 PM

Satanic_Hamster: if you have a decent living space rent free with your food and utilities paid for, plus other benefits?


I don't know. I like being able to leave work sometimes.
 
2012-05-29 01:16:39 PM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


You need a room that has access to a private bath, and, usually, is away from the family bedrooms. In essence, you are providing free lodging and utilities ($1200/month), free food (from $100 - $300, depending), and free transportation for work purposes ($100). That changes it to about $520 a week, on the low end. Granted, it's not great money, but, if uniforms are provided, too, the $825 a month can be almost all savings. The only taxes she would be paying are capital gains on her savings because the cash payments mean she wouldn't be losing a portion of her salary to taxes. It seems like the really bad thing the housekeeper did was not declare disability benefits.

On the other hand, paying people under the table is very illegal, and the DA ought to catch hell for doing this. And, if she really did pull strings to get her housekeeper benefits the housekeeper did not qualify for, she should get an extra layer of hell.
 
2012-05-29 01:19:40 PM
DiFiore, a Republican-turned- Democrat

Buchanan, 58, was paid $200 a week in cash


A well heeled, cheap, corrupt political opportunist. Yeah, she's from Westchester.
 
2012-05-29 01:21:35 PM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


The article says she was only working "up to 18 hours a week."
 
2012-05-29 01:24:08 PM
The solution is to not pay the DA enough so much. That way he won't be able to afford a housekeeper to pull strings for. No reason he should make any more than teachers in the state.
 
2012-05-29 01:25:11 PM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


You can if you let the gov't subsidize the things the employer, or employee, would normally pay for. Say things like insurance, or extra food, or a little extra cash. What this brave job creator did was find a way to put a person to work for a feudal paycheck but left them a way to avoid having to live under a bridge and blow hobos for food. American Success story!!!
 
2012-05-29 01:27:03 PM
Eh, it's Westchester. They're just trying to look as rich as Southwest Fairfield County.
 
2012-05-29 01:27:20 PM

salvador.hardin: If she was eligible and had trouble getting through the system, its not theft. Let me just look at the article to see the facts and policy citations that lead to the inevitable conclusion that this was done in bad faith...

/oops, NY Post.


And even if she weren't eligible, it would be fraud or corruption, not theft.
 
2012-05-29 01:28:14 PM
DiFiore, a Republican-turned- Democrat,


That kind of says it all, doesn't it? Obviously there is something wrong with her thought process....probably make a great progressive senator.
 
2012-05-29 01:31:19 PM
How does such a trivial, boring local news story end up here? It doesn't even have a trolly headline (nothing controversial about saying NY state politics is sleazy). WTF?
 
2012-05-29 01:34:00 PM
Further, she had a credit card with a $55,000 limit, sources said, yet still sought county benefits

Wat.
 
2012-05-29 01:46:53 PM

GoodyearPimp: Further, she had a credit card with a $55,000 limit, sources said, yet still sought county benefits

Wat.


If that is actually true, it is just further proof of predatory lending practices of credit card companies. $50,000 limit on a salary of $200 per week, the arsehole who issued that card should be in jail.
 
2012-05-29 02:24:34 PM

max_pooper: GoodyearPimp: Further, she had a credit card with a $55,000 limit, sources said, yet still sought county benefits

Wat.

If that is actually true, it is just further proof of predatory lending practices of credit card companies. $50,000 limit on a salary of $200 per week, the arsehole who issued that card should be in jail.


Yes. Unless the employer co-signed, no bank worth a damn would have given her such a high credit limit. It's not like her boss has any pull at any financial institutions. I'm not sure why that was even in the article.
 
2012-05-29 03:02:52 PM
is a credit line an asset that you can claim as income?
 
2012-05-29 07:42:51 PM

EatHam: You can get a live in housekeeper for $200 a week?


You provide housing. And you can provide them some Medicaid, foodstamps, and SSI payments if you're the DA, apparently. I know people who worked as au-pairs in New York for 1000 a month. It's not a bad way for them to come to NY for a few months and improve their English.
 
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