In the words of the imitable Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation, “It’s never too early to learn that the government is a greedy piglet that suckles on a taxpayer’s teat until they have sore, chapped nipples.”
Clearly exemplifying the spirit of this truth is Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio, often dubbed “drunk judge” by local media and Rochesterians. Ms. Astacio, effective April 1, received a state taxpayer-funded pay raise of $11,000 — bringing her salary to a whopping $187,200 — after she worked only one of 214 days.
…By letter, Chief Administrative Judge Craig Doran ordered the judge back to the bench on February 26; Doran confirmed Monday that Astacio is still continuing to blow off work.
Voicing her frustration with the “negative” and “racist” news coverage of her apparently appropriate raise on Facebook Live, Astacio said she did not report to work because she had a “medical excuse” and has reportedly provided Doran with a doctor’s note. Ms. Astacio whined about a potential “HIPAA violation” for such a disclosure.
In August of 2016, Astacio was convicted of DWI and later found guilty of violating her probation on at least two occasions. In June, from behind bars, Astacio was raking in her then-$175,500 annual taxpayer-funded salary.
According to Astacio, the raise was deserved and the media are “biased” in their reporting on her because they are “racist.”
There’s a super-terrific Facebook rant she made at the link.