Lee Zurik again tackles favoritism in Jefferson Parish Government getting reaction from Chris “Mini-me” Roberts on John Young’s former secretary.

Ok folks two reporters go to a house to research a tip the house has a leaky faucet that wastes some water.  When they arrive they find the house engulfed in flames.  One reporter immediately files a report there is a major house fire in town.  The other writes a story about the leaky faucet……

This is the best analogy I can think of to describe Lee Zurik’s “investigation” into John Young’s former secretary folks.  Yeah the topic is newsworthy but given all the blatant favoritism that has been on display in Jefferson parish for years that he never reported on, starting off with Young’s secretary is a bit odd.  I mention this because after I posited that 2 different observers in Jefferson parish pointed to Big Dog Alario as the source of Zurik’s hot tip on Young’s former secretary taking a $53,000/year job to baby sit the Alario center I heard from others that said it was Mini-me Roberts, not Alario that fed Lee Zurik and this whole affair is just an other extension of the open warfare between the council and Parish President’s office. This makes sense especially since Robert’s was the star of part 2 of Zurik’s “investigation” into the topic of favoritism in Jefferson Parish government.

As I pointed out yesterday this is a target rich environment and I for one am happy Zurik has entered the fray and I look forward to the possibility he will drain the entire swamp beginning with Robert’s supported favorites in Deano Bonano and Peggy Barton. Of course after I opined as much in the post and in emails to readers, I heard from Margie Seemann at the Citizen’s for Good Government who pointed out to me yesterday that she gave Mr Zurik an extensive 12 page research report on the subject of the hiring of the unqualified Nancy Cassagne to be the mid 6 figure figurehead/CEO at West Jefferson Medical Center in early 2010 that Lee ignored, as is his prerogative.

Of course we don’t play favorites here on Slabbed so I’ll begin with a few excerpts from Part 2 of Zurik’s “investigation” before posting the entire 12 page document on the shithouse double-dealing that resulted in unqualified Cassagne’s installation at West Jefferson Medical Center and it there we begin:

Jefferson Parish’s council chairman says the parish president needs to be held accountable.

That comes after a FOX 8 Investigation revealed John Young hired promoted his secretary to a position her resume shows she may not be qualified for.

“She wasn’t put in there because she is my secretary,” Young said. “She was put in there because she can do the job. And she’s done an excellent job.”

“We can’t hold some people accountable to a standard of having to be met, and then on other matters we don’t,” said Council Chairman Chris Roberts. “And I think the question that this particular issue brings about is whether or not we’re being consistent on all levels. And right now it would appear that we aren’t.”

Roberts is an expert on the topic of inconsistency as the Parish routinely has changed job descriptions and qualifications so their pet political cronies like Cassagne can plug into jobs making over $400,000/year and indeed he was a big part of Cassagne’s hiring.  Luckily I don’t have to do much work on that topic as it has been done by the Citizens for Good Government and it is there we go next to visit with their 12 page report on the hiring of Cassagne that is has several names that should be very familiar to the Slabbed Nation in Peter Butler Jr, Carol Smith, Pamela Watson, Byron Lee and his looted charities etc. Click the pic to get the 12 page pdf.

Folks I’ve mentioned a few times that the people who were sourcing a good bit of Val Bracy’s reporting did not trust Lee Zurik after Bracy was dumped by Fox8 last August.  I say that not to bash Zurik, who won the Peabody after taking tips from the Dambala at American Zombie and running with them on the shithouse dealings in the Nagin administration. I do say it because this is what they are telling me and I mention this again because yesterday’s report did nothing to build any sort of trust as Lee’s infrequent foray into the cesspool that is Jefferson Parish government has fallen flat given his treatment of the subject matter as rumors of relationships to certain folks that are under federal investigation continue to swirl.  Tom Benson’s connections to Aaron Broussard via former Saints minority owner Wendell Gauthier are well-known in Parish legal/political circles and speculation he was interfering in the news operations at Fox 8 intensified after Val Bracy was let go.  Val’s replacement  better work both smarter and harder to overcome those perceptions, especially after news of media plants like Garland Robinette broke here months ago.

To be clear John Young is fair game and I have no interest in covering for him.  But considering Roberts has been in hiding from the media after the Legislative Auditor released the report in the Performing Arts Center debacle it sure would have been nice if Lee Zurik had a few tough questions for him as well.

sop

41 thoughts on “Lee Zurik again tackles favoritism in Jefferson Parish Government getting reaction from Chris “Mini-me” Roberts on John Young’s former secretary.”

  1. If ah said it once ah said a million times: Lee Zurik eats only food put in his mouth…he cannot forage for his own food and without the 'voluminous' amounts of help and support he gets from his 'friends' , Lee Zurik would starve, Peabody or no Peabody.

    What a perfect POS.

    A GREENIE – WEENIE just like Freaky Freddie Heebe…sorry Newman School in uptown New Orleans…ah am sure you have some wonderful alums…these two are not among that number.

    Now where DID John Georges go to school? And big brother Constantine , the Asst U S Atty?

    Feathers ruffling anywhere? Just asking. Simmadownowe

  2. mini-me Roberts mouth … the gift that keeps on giving … as we read this rather ominous quote:

    “Roberts says it's too early to tell if Lydia Folse is doing a good job. But he warns, if the Alario Center doesn't meet certain revenue projections, the money comes out of taxpayers’ wallets.”

    Lee Zurik Investigation: JP official criticizes Folse promotion http://www.fox8live.com/content/news/lee_zurik_in

    About Ms. Folse employment future … Alario says “…the jury is still out…” and his puppet mini-me says “…it’s too early to tell…” Politico speak for Ms. Folse needs to step down, we have someone else in mind …

    That mini-me had the gall to mention concern for the taxpayer’s wallet is laughable though an insult. This profligate could care less about spending taxpayers’ monies … all one has to do is look at the millions and millions of dollars he has voted to approve in excessive and mostly unnecessary outside attorneys’ fees … yea what about the millions and millions of dollars Roberts voted to spend in cost overruns on that white elephant called the JPPAC …

  3. I've said it before and I'll say it again…Benson will not allow Zurick to pee-pee on his boot lickers.
    I do believe it is mini-me starting all of this. He wants Young but I can't pin down the exact why, yet.
    For that miscreant Roberts to now be concerned about the publics money…where has this idiot been? (rehtorical question) This group belongs together; Young for "good" gov't and now mini-me concerned about public spending. ROTFLMAO

  4. On Valentine's day, February14, 2008 the TP wrote a story as per the CCFG report above :

    "Roberts said 'Katrina isn't entirely to blame for the hospital's financial mess.' ' Who do I despise over this the most?Gary Muller,' he (Roberts) said adding that the previous administrator bailed as soon as times got rough."'

    Chrissy, by 'rough times' do you mean that you and the Clowns with Wilkinson, wanting to put in his own relative, ran Gary Muller out of town?

    Well, Chrissy "The Special Man" Roberts how is WJMC's finances and brain child Nancy Cassagne working out for you these days?

    How about a current status on WJMC's finances as compared to when Nancy assumed the top throne over its operation.Maybe her 5 year contract starting in 2008 needs to be reexamined if the WJMC is not doing significantly better or as well as EJMC.

    And Chrissy you blaming the previous administrator, Gary Muller , sounds very much like Largeass and the Council of Clowns blaming the original architect Wiznia of the JPPAC for all the cost overruns.

  5. Roberts payback against Young on the Red Light Cameras. Margie's letter was delivered to Zurik when he was at WWL-TV 4 not when he was a Fox 8. WWL-TV 4 has contractual rights over any investigation, document, newstory, etc that Zurick had while there and any investigation/story he was working on were contractually barred from by BELO (WWL-TV's owner) from being worked on at Fox8 which is why he has had to drop some stories and work on others which weren't linked to any work at WWL-TV. Fox 8 & Zurik don't want litigation to ensue if Zurik starts another story on NOAH for exmple. Doesn't matter that Bracy already laid the ground work for Fox 8 what does matter is that Zurik was working those stories which are now the exclusive property rights of WWL-TV 4. You want to blame someone for not running those stories then blame WWL-TV for sitting on them not Zurik or Fox 8 this time.

    1. I'll add that Margie resent the Cassagne document to Zurik and others at Fox 8. Let's see if they cast a wider net on the subject or fold. I'm not holding my breath but would love to be pleasantly surprised.

      sop

  6. Pres: you sound an awful lot like someone in Parish Govt who was in the MSM at one time before joining the council staff…just sayin…anywhoo…if ,as Sop believes, Zurik was given the info while he was prohibited from going on camera with a competitor but not while still physically at WWL TV then your entire hypothesis falls. You never were the sharpest tool in the shed ( but you always were a tool, LOL) … Zurik was 'working' on numerous stories during his 'in between time', and in fact showed up at several meetings to review documents requested by Fox 8…soooo I dunno, maybe a lawsuit between WWL and Fox 8 might be interesting…but of course they probably don't want to air THEIR dirty linen in public view…IMHO. Good to hear from you again Pres…keep the chuckles coming

    1. Simmadownnow Shark, Pres was giving an honest opinion.

      Lee Zurik has done some great work and has built up a fair amount of goodwill with the public and rightfully so. Some people have also gone after Zurik and that enhances his rep. as a straightshooter.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmbEA59_Kjw

      But then you get a report like the one on Young's secretary and it has caused lots of head scratching among political observers and the good government crowd. And the selective reporting hurts his rep.

      sop

  7. Because he HELPED the government PROVE their case?
    If the US Attorney's office is COMPETENT they should not need to use a FILTHY FUCKING SNITCH ASS COP!
    Rewarding CRIMINALS for making their JOB EASIER is BULLSHIT!

  8. A TIMELY RE-POST:

    "I beg the SlabbedNation's indulgence once again as I write this tirade concerning the Former Parish Attorney, troglodyte Tom Wilkinson and his PWT sister-in-law, Coulon's knee-bender Nancy Cassagne.

    Before I meander through the political history with of how Cassange emerged, here are some previous references posted by myself and SOP:

    WHITMERGATE:
    "…the hiring of Nancy Cassange, an unqualified significant friend of Coulon, and sister-in-law of Wilkinson, to be Director of WJMC at a salary of $400,000 DOLLARS. This is a case of fraud and an abomination; an indictable insult aimed at the JP taxpayers; and everyone connected with this “fait accompli” should be held accountable;…," http://slabbed.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/river-bir

    SOP:
    circa February 2008 when Tom Wilkinson’s sister-in-law was made top dog at West Jefferson Medical Center:

    The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday appointed former parish administrator Nancy Cassagne to lead West Jefferson Medical Center, a job she has filled on an interim basis since the previous chief executive resigned in October.

    The five-year contract includes a base salary of $387,204, the same amount paid to former chief executive Gary Muller, with an automatic 5 percent cost-of-living raise each January.

    The unanimous approval came the same week that West Bank council members received anonymous complaints about Cassagne not meeting the requirements set out by the state Department of Health and Hospitals.

    But Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson and hospital lawyer Peter Butler Jr. said they determined that Cassagne fit the standards set by federal regulations, state law and DHH code.

    Similarly, the council gave short shrift to the no-name complaints.

    “I hate when people send those anonymous attack letters,” Councilman Byron Lee said. “People should stand up and just say, ‘This is who I am and this is my position.’ But unfortunately those things happen.”

    The state health department requires hospital administrators to have one of three combinations of education and experience: a master’s degree and three years of health-care management experience, a baccalaureate degree and at least five years of health-care management experience or no college degree and at least 10 years of experience in hospital administration.

    Wilkinson, who is married to Cassagne’s sister, said he found that she fits the second category. http://slabbed.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/pigs-love

    My favorite lines from all of the above is the assurances by Wilkinson and Butler, Jr. that we are to take their totally fraudulent representations as gospel…we say she's qualified, so she 's qualified…and Byron Lee's whining about people questioning the irrational appointment of a totally unqualified political hack and insider to be Director of what was formally an acclaimed medical institution. An abominable act so shameless and arrogant, that it may be the ultimate scenario that defines "GretnaMentality" for all time !

    So how did Nancy Cassange move up in the insider ranks of Jefferson Parish government ? This is my take:

    As a result of being Tim Coulon's knee-bender, Cassange is hired while he is still Parish President. She is designated as an internal auditor, although she performs no such task while in that department. Broussard upon being elected to his first term as Parish President, tragically makes the mistake of retaining Coulon's top people, namely Tim Whitmer, as COO and Tom Wilkinson, as Parish Attorney. Sometime later into Broussard's first term, Kenny Hughes is fired by the Council as Research and Budget Director. Tim Whitmer leaves the Administration for the Council and fills for Hughes. After a few weeks of personnel transition, Cassange miraculously appointed COO…WOW ! We learn that besides the Coulon 'connection', Cassange is Wilkinson's sister-in-law, and that's a good thing. Besides PA Wilkinson and Cassange, another sister-in-law is Clerk for the Parish Council; he has a sister who works in the Planning Dept; and as a result of the Porteous Impeachment proceedings we learn his brother Jay is also at the public teat as a US Magistrate; and oh, yes, his mother is employed as a 'nurse' at the WJMC. And to think this is only family I know about. It seems that the taxpayers of Jefferson have had the pleasure of supporting a Wilkinson family business.

    Now Katrina comes, and Broussard and Cassagne are signing checks in the millions over to Hubbard for work his company allegedly performed, although is not quite certain there are invoices to back up these payments. Within six months, from August 30, 2005 through February of 2006, Hubbard receives over some 37 MILLION DOLLARS ! Checks signed by Broussard and Cassange and endorsed by Hubbard. And as we now know Hubbard was to receive MILLIONS more as a result of his clandestine relationship with Whitmer. For some reason the internal auditor department is eliminated, the reason for such action has still remained unexplained to this day.

    So with all this wheelin' and dealin' with recovery money going ongoing on, Whitmer comes back as Broussard's COO. Broussard, unfortunately for us and he might say himself at this juncture in time, gets re-elected and that's all these WestBank MFs were waiting for. Whitmer unlawfully changes the organizational structure and now has his partner in crime Wilkinson accounting to him, and not the Parish President. They all think Broussard's looney anyway. Coulon proceeds to take up office space in the visitor's conference room on the 10th floor at the Yenni Bldg, I presume to be closer to his good buddy and business partner Whitmer. More ? Think Wilkinson's perverse raises…River Birch…Karen Broussard…Debbie Villio…Redflex…The Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center…and a complaisant Parish Council voting 7-0 99% of the time, all under the protection of DA Connick, whose private law firm is receiving MILLIONS in illegal fees paid for by the JP taxpayer.

    NOW BACK TO CASSANGE: So after 6 months (March 2006-August 2006) Whitmer returns as Broussard's COO, with an increase in salary that will rise from $111,000 dollars to $190,000 dollars by January 2008. A big increase you say…how about Cassange going from about $115,000 dollars from September 2006 to $390,000 dollars by February 2008 having been illegally appointed Director of WJMC following her interim gig as the same position.

    Were these lateral and horizontal "job" moves just a coincidence ? I think not. It reeks of political incompetents being concerned only with their selfish greed for money, to feed their habit being the retirement junkies they exposed themselves to be.

    I have written about this egregious episode again and again and again…every person involved in this fraudulent fiasco needs to be prosecuted for their role in this criminal conspiracy of abuse of power. The Parish and/or private taxpaying citizens should file a civil suit against all the principal participants, particularly but not limited to Cassange, Coulon, Whitmer, Broussard Wilkinson, Butler Jr. and the JP Council, to recover all monies Cassange has received in salary and benefits during this disgraceful episode.

    And considering all the above we have this rogue impostor of someone who is qualified to be Hospital Director, Cassange, as a hostess at some lavish party at our expense. And people tell me the guillotine is too severe a punishment…well is wasn't for another woman who told the public to shove it and eat stale cake !

  9. ANOTHER RE-POST:

    Tom Capella

    THE LIE:ANOTHER

    Capella seconded Lagasse's motion to appoint Nancy Cassange as director of WJMC. The unanimous approval came the same week that West Bank council members received complaints about Cassagne not meeting the requirements set out by the state Department of Health and Hospitals.

    But Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson and hospital lawyer Peter Butler Jr. said they determined that Cassagne fit the standards set by federal regulations, state law and DHH Code.

    The state health department requires hospital administrators to have one of three combinations of education and experience: a master’s degree and three years of health-care management experience, a baccalaureate degree and at least five years of health-care management experience or no college degree and at least 10 years of experience in hospital administration.

    Wilkinson, who is married to Cassagne’s sister, said he found that she fits the second category.

    THE TRUTH:

    So how did Nancy Cassange move up in the insider ranks of Jefferson Parish government ?

    As a result of being Tim Coulon's knee-bender, Cassange is hired while he is still Parish President. She is designated as an internal auditor, although she performs no such task while in that department. Broussard upon being elected to his first term as Parish President, tragically makes the mistake of retaining Coulon's top people, namely Tim Whitmer, as COO and Tom Wilkinson, as Parish Attorney. Sometime later into Broussard's first term, Kenny Hughes is fired by the Council as Research and Budget Director. Tim Whitmer leaves the Administration for the Council and fills for Hughes. After a few weeks of personnel transition, Cassange miraculously appointed COO…WOW ! We learn that besides the Coulon 'connection', Cassange is Wilkinson's sister-in-law, and that's a good thing. Besides PA Wilkinson and Cassange, another sister-in-law is Clerk for the Parish Council; he has a sister who works in the Planning Dept; and as a result of the Porteous Impeachment proceedings we learn his brother Jay is also at the public teat as a US Magistrate; and oh, yes, his mother is employed as a 'nurse' at the WJMC. And to think this is only family I know about. It seems that the taxpayers of Jefferson have had the pleasure of supporting a Wilkinson family business.

    Now Katrina comes, and Broussard and Cassagne are signing checks in the millions over to Hubbard for work his company allegedly performed, although is not quite certain there are invoices to back up these payments. Within six months, from August 30, 2005 through February of 2006, Hubbard receives over some 37 MILLION DOLLARS ! Checks signed by Broussard and Cassange and endorsed by Hubbard. And as we now know Hubbard was to receive MILLIONS more as a result of his clandestine relationship with Whitmer. For some reason the internal auditor department is eliminated, the reason for such action has still remained unexplained to this day.

    So with all this wheelin' and dealin' with recovery money going ongoing on, Whitmer comes back as Broussard's COO. Broussard, unfortunately for us and he might say himself at this juncture in time, gets re-elected and that's all these WestBank MFs were waiting for. Whitmer unlawfully changes the organizational structure and now has his partner in crime Wilkinson accounting to him, and not the Parish President. They all think Broussard's looney anyway. Coulon proceeds to take up office space in the visitor's conference room on the 10th floor at the Yenni Bldg, I presume to be closer to his good buddy and business partner Whitmer. More ? Think Wilkinson's perverse raises…River Birch…Karen Broussard…Debbie Villio…Redflex…The Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center…and a complaisant Parish Council voting 7-0 99% of the time, all under the protection of DA Connick, whose private law firm is receiving MILLIONS in illegal fees paid for by the JP taxpayer.

    NOW BACK TO CASSANGE: So after 6 months (March 2006-August 2006) Whitmer returns as Broussard's COO, with an increase in salary that will rise from $111,000 dollars to $190,000 dollars by January 2008. A big increase you say…how about Cassange going from about $115,000 dollars from September 2006 to $390,000 dollars by February 2008 having been illegally appointed Director of WJMC following her interim gig as the same position.

    And Capella has consistently voted with his colleague Council Clowns, 7-0 ! Capella, by voting for Cassange, fraudulently misrepresented to the taxpayers of JP that Cassange was qualified to be hired as Director , which she most certainly is not.

    Another example of Capella deferring to the corrupt machinations of Tom Wilkinson without any public disclosure and critique of Cassange's resumé. Another groundless pronouncement," I say she's qualified, so she's qualified !"

    LIAR, LIAR you need to jump in a bonfire…

  10. Gee Whitmergate, do you think Lee Zurik can follow your bouncing ball?

    Lee, how much more do you need it all laid out for you?

    First the divine M&M sisters laid it out for you with all documentation needed.
    Now Whit lays out his info AGAIN for you.
    So no whining that you don't have enough info, or help, or interested parties.

    Oh and as an added bonus you get to take a swipe at John Young again since he was on the Council when the bogus Casseigne appointment was blessed by her brother-in-law and disgraced former JP Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson and his blow buddy Baby Butler.

    So Lee: ya listening or what?

  11. AND MORE RE-POST:

    CLUE FOR THE FBI … follow the money into Eton Largeass’s Barry Bordelon’s pockets !!!…

    3) So when Bordelon's good buddy Theriot heads off to BR for some
    other shill, Bordelon is appointed to the hospital Board in his
    place by his boss Lagasse. If that isn't peachy enough the
    Director's position becomes open, and voila, Coulon's good
    close friend, Tom Wilkinson's sister-in-law, and Broussard's
    partner in signing MILLIONS of dollars in checks to Hubbard,
    Nancy Cassange, who is absolutely unqualified, is appointed
    Director at a salary of about $400,000 dollars a year plus.
    And it was Lagasse who motioned the appointment to be
    approved by the other Council Clowns. Everyone involved in
    this disgraceful act should be indicted, convicted and sent to
    prison and be made to pay back this woman's fraudulently paid
    salary. Bordelon in a TP story dated Oct.1, 2007 is quoted as
    saying, "…the job will take the right person…"

  12. Oh Lee honey ah am so sorry…I didn't realize you were so busy catching really bad people doing really bad things in NEW ORLEANS again…like owing property taxes or parking tickets or ………..

    PAST DUE????!!!!! Your new big expose is named PAST DUE?!!!!

    What is PAST DUE is you and your station reporting on the corruption in Jefferson Parish IN DEPTH.
    You have all the info you need and you have had it for over a year…but ah forgot…you and the bad JP people are 'friends' and 'schoolmates'…

  13. SHARK: are you saying Lee Zurik is like William Shakespeare in ANONYMOUS? He is just the dupe who takes what his 'ghost writers' hand to him? WOW. Who'd a thunk it?

  14. Unslabbed : There are bad 'ghost' writers and good 'ghost' writers and we at Slabbed are good 'ghost' writers.

    I think of Zurik like I think of JY, a two headed snake, which sometimes goes to the good right then sometimes goes to the bad left :

    htpp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFKVkwf_sJA

    After firing Barbara Namer and then rehiring her with a toilet paper, paralegal degree from the internet JY is definitely going to the left. Zurik's left head is seemingly following JY by not reporting on the Namer scandal.

  15. The following are the assumptions made in a reconstruction of the amount of money to be paid to Ms. Nancy Cassange from the time she started her job as CFO at WJMC until the end of 2011. The salary figures are based on information published in the Times-Picayune. These are conservative estimates of these payments based on available information.

    Ms. Cassagne started on October 30, 2006 as CFO of WJMC at $222,000 per year. Then on October 29, 2007 she became interim CEO, and was reported in the Times-Picayune as “negotiating a contract.” Since I don’t know the salary that she agreed to for the three and a half months she spent in the interim job, I am conservatively using her CFO salary for that period of time. Also, she may have received a cost of living raise in January 2008, but since wI don’t know this for sure we are conservatively assuming that she didn’t. Then on February 13, 2008 she was appointed CEO with a 5-year contract at a base salary of $387,204 with an automatic 5% cost-of-living raise each January. These assumptions that have been made in estimating the payments made to Ms. Cassagne to date are summarized in the following table:

    SALARY ASSUMPTIONS MADE IN COMPUTING PAYMENT TO MS. CASSAGNE
    SALARY EVENT AT WJMC
    BEGINNING DATE
    SALARY

    Started job as CFO at WJMC
    10/30/06
    $222,000.00

    Appointed interim CEO;negotiated salary unknown, used CFO salary
    10/29/07
    $222,000.00

    5-year appointment as CEO
    02/13/08
    $387,204.00
    5% cost of living raise

    01/01/09
    $406,564.20
    5% cost of living raise

    01/01/10
    $426,892.41
    5% cost of living raise

    01/01/11
    $448,237.03

    ESTIMATED PAYMENTS MADE TO MS. NANCY CASSAGNE WHILE WORKING AT WJMC
    TIME PERIOD
    SALARY ASSUMED
    AMOUNT PAID

    10/30/2006 to 12/31/06
    $222,000.00
    $37,000.00

    01/01/07 to 12/31/07
    $222,000.00
    $222,000.00

    01/01/08 to 02/13/08
    $222,000.00
    $27,750.00

    02/14/08 to 12/31/08
    $387,204.00
    $338,803.50

    01/01/09 to 12/31/09
    $406,564.20
    $406,564.20

    01/01/10 to 12/31/10
    $426,892.41
    $426,892.41

    01/01/11 to 120/31/11
    $448,237.03
    $448,237.03

    TOTAL ESTIMATED PAYMENTS TO MS. CASSAGNE THRU 12/31/11
    $1,907,247.14

    AND TAKE NOTE: THESE FIGURES DO REPRESENT HEALTH CARE COSTS, RETIRMENT PACKAGE, SICK DYS, VACATION TIME AND ANY OTHER PERKS THESE THUGS MANAGED TO GIVE AWAY TO THIS CUNT.

    So I can say that this minimally educated and non-qualified political whore has been illegally paid over $2,000,000 DOLLARS … THAT’S RIGHT …OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN SALARY AND BENEFITS within the last 5 years … this is no less than political robbery of the taxpayer’s money obtained by fraud and malfeasance by those who voted for Cassange to be appointed !!!

    WITHOUT A DOUBT ABSOLUTELY IMMORAL, UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL … YOUR GUT TELLS YOU THIS JUST PLAIN WRONG …

    And we have to thank the same usual suspects of the Jefferson Parish Politico Mafioso … Largeass, Barry Bordelon, TheRiot, Roberts, Lee, Butler, Jr., Tom Wilkinson of course, Coulon, Whitmer, Broussard, the remaining Council Clowns who made the vote unanimous, the entire WJMC Board EXCEPT FOR B.H. MILLER (who abstained and voiced his opinion that the position required a national search) and so many more who facilitated the cover up by not making this travesty more of a public issue … yea, I mean you DA Connick !

    I suggest that these politico thugs have elevated this type and degree of favoritism to define a new criminal offense … THE CRIME: the political display of unbridled arrogance of power and the greed of taxpayers’ money !!!

  16. Ok let me get this straight:
    Cassagne got $222,000 upon her appointment?
    Young's secy got $53,000 upon her appointment?

    Cassagne has over the past 5 years received $2 MILLION?

    LEE ZURIK ARE YOU NUTS ? YOU HAVE HAD THIS INFORMATION FOR HOW LONG AND DONE NOTHING , I REPEAT NOTHING, WITH IT? Does anyone else think $2 Million dollars is a little more serious than $53000 dollars? Or is it just me?

    MSM=SOS (Main Stream Media = Sold Out Sluts)

  17. Although I am from Jefferson Parish, and Whitmergate is my cousin, I work and live in Washington, D.C. A town full of media people like yourself. A town full of politicians like John Alario and Chris Roberts. I read and see the interaction of ‘them’ on a daily basis, and it’s all the same. Y’all need each other; and y’all use each other. However there are times one side or the other steps over the unwritten code of ‘don’t embarrass me’.

    Mr. Zurik it looks like you’ve been ‘massaged’ by the powers that be, namely John Alario’s use of his puppet strings on Chris Roberts.

    In essence your personality was used to convey a message from Mr. Alario through Mr. Roberts to Mr. Young, and to put it quite simply: ‘ You should have appointed who I told you to appoint.’

    THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE/THE MEDIUM IS THE MASSAGE
    The phrase was introduced in his most widely known book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, published in 1964.[1] McLuhan proposes that a medium itself, not the content it carries, should be the focus of study. He said that a medium affects the society in which it plays a role not only by the content delivered over the medium, but also by the characteristics of the medium itself.

    McLuhan frequently punned on the word "message" changing it to "mass age", "mess age", and "massage"; a later book, The Medium is the Massage was originally to be titled The Medium is the Message, but McLuhan preferred the new title which is said to have been a printing error.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_me

    Personally Mr. Zurik, I would also suggest that you additionally read the essays of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, a favorite of ‘Gate and I, to possibly help you contemplate the dilemma your political ‘friends’ have postured you.

  18. CORRECTION: The over TWO MILLION DOLLARS that CASSANGE has unlawfully received to date DOES NOT … DOES NOT include taxpayers's monies she also has fraudulenty stolen in the form of of health benefits, vacation pay, sick leave and no telling what else she sucked out of these political thugs …

    NANCY CASSANGE's appointment to this position was not only a travesty but a farce !!!

    It seems as though the ghostly legacies of COULON, WHITMER, WILKINSON and BROUSSARD will haunt us to political bankruptcy …

  19. While gathering paper to light the "Old Smokey", I happened to glance at the latest Gambit & noticed an article on the JP Non-performing arts center.

    Entitled "Tragedy in Jefferson" it is a PLEA for"
    "Local, State & Federal investigators to delve deeply into all aspects of the JPAC's design, bidding, contracting & construction phases.

    I would like to amend that sentiment with an additional offering :
    ***********RESIGN JIM LETTEN***********

    Gambit also published a glowing report of Letten on January 4, 2010.
    http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/jim-letten

    According to Jan Mann:
    "What he appears to be, he really is," says Mann, who describes Letten as "sort of Columbo-esque," after the legendary TV detective portrayed by Peter Falk. "He's very smart, very quick. He just absorbs everything around him." Mann adds that all the recognition hasn't changed Letten, either. "He is just as friendly to people who work around here as he is with people in Washington."

    "What he appears to be, he really is," says Mann.

    ********************************************************************
    What he APPEARS to be & REALLY is :
    INCOMPETENT & INEFFECTIVE & INSULTING.

    AND….Ms. Mann's comparing him to COLUMBO, a FICTIONAL TV Detective, represents another unnerving level of idiocy to the equation.

    AND……His dog's name is RICO?
    hahahahahaha!

  20. Patricia..agreed to your call of resignation from Jim Letten..also, I call for J.P. D.A. Connick to also join him, and a whole host of miscreants in State Government jobs in Baton Rouge also for departure…too many names to mention, but we can start with "Jimbo the Clown" Donelon..State Insurance Commissioner…(whatever would State Farm do without their puppet…? ! )…

  21. So now that it appears that Young has appointed, presumedly, two competent women in key positions of his administration who have displayed some degree of independence in performing their respective job descriptions … Deborah Foshee as Parish Attorney and Tiffany Wilkin as Director of Code … mini-me has ‘questions’ about both offices !?!?

    And yes he has questions about another woman's appointment and performance … Lydia Folse … Hmmm …

    This is a classic Butch Ward move … and why am I not surprised … Roberts is Butch Ward’s mini-me … and I quote from the article:

    “Roberts said Monday evening that he was still compiling the questions, which will be submitted in writing to Young's administration.

    He said a variety of issues cropped up in discussions between council members. Some of the questions concern the departments of Law and Code Enforcement, but details were unavailable late Monday.”

    Jefferson Parish Council plans to postpone vote on budget
    Published: Monday, November 07, 2011, 6:15 PM Updated: Monday, November 07, 2011, 6:18 PM
    By Paul Rioux, The Times-Picayune http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/11/je

    Sounds like mini-me is going to be spending over-time on his 5AM toilet training as he stirs up shit while typing out the “questions” on his laptop …

    Questions need to asked about the budget no doubt … and the first question should start with Roberts role in the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN 'COST' OVER RUNS HE VOTED FOR THE JEFFERSON PARISH non-PERFORMING ARTS CENTER …

  22. Commenter on NOLA article calls the Council MISOGYNISTS = woman-haters. Listen up Ladies: last I looked you make up a majority of the voters , demographically speaking…just ask Greg Rigamer at GCR…are the Council weenies taking out their frustrations over the Divine M & M Sisters & CFGG on the hired female help?

    Looks like Rioux is determined to continue carrying water for Mini-Me…apple doesn't fall far from the tree and Rioux IS a westbank boy…

    Does anyone on the Council have ANY questions about the millions paid to Hubbard in so few weeks following Katrina? Same NOLA commenter says Hubbard was paid $32 million in October 2005 for debris removal…$32 million? In 2 months when no one was even allowed in JP?
    I may be missing something but how could Hubbard have gotten that much work done since there were few to no people there? Just who did he hire? Where did he get that much machinery? Where ARE the supporting documents? And are the missing supporting documents part of the reason FEMA disallowed the charges?

    Now those are some questions I would like answers to …

  23. Shark: let’s remember that Hubbard was busted because he strong-armed St John Parish outside contractors to pony up to buy Hubbard’s mistress a CAMRY…and (allegedly) when said Contractors failed to make the monthly installment said mistress pitched a fit and brought down the curtain…so women may not be any politician’s favorite sex at this point in time…just ask Mr. Cain. Which leaves us with the perplexing situation where the council ‘weenies’ seem only interested in beating up WOMEN WHO BUCK THE SYSTEM instead of buckling under. I would only posit the following to the ‘weenies’: think about where Hubbard is right now and who he may be buckling under to…then think about you being there too. Sweet dreams boys.

  24. Well I guess I'll just have to write this TRUTH about mini-me Roberts:

    Chrissy ' Butch Ward'smini-me' Roberts is without a doubt … an unmitigated, real time …

    MALE CHAUVINIST PIG !!!

  25. 'Gate, mon cousin, let's not forget that Mr. Roberts took charge in the Council's executive sessions, insisting that 'they' inflict their vengence upon Ms. Vandenweghe, a woman. A personal miscalulation by Mr. Roberts and his colleagues that will take a toll, not only upon the taxpayers of Jefferson Parish, but the Council members themselves and the misguided lawyers of Phelps, Dunbar they hired to cover up for their unethical and illegal acts.

    And lest I remind you that Mr. Roberts is a racist. He voted to hire Phelps, Dunbar to defend the unconscionable conduct of Parish employees for their racist conduct against a black co-worker, Terrence Lee. This infamous 'Noose' case, that included displays of a hanging rope, whipping post and whip, cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees and damages. The question that continues to haunt me is: how could Kim Boyes, a black woman and a partner Phelps, Dunbar, take part in this shameful defense ?

    Additionally, Mr. Roberts is a Nazi. Again in the cloister of an' executive session', Mr. Roberts voted to hire the Blue,Williams law firm, and I quote 'Gate, "to defend the indefensible". Another infamous case that has become known as the "Nazi" case, Simon v. Kerlec. And again the taxpayers picked up the tab for attorneys's fees and damages.

    Seriously, do these votes by Mr. Roberts give any credibility that he is concerned about the budget ?

  26. So if I correctly read the posts by Whit and Pelican then they are saying that Mini-Me 'Chrissy the Sissy' Roberts, Jefferson Parish Council Chair and Member at Large aka

    Jefferson Parish Council Chairman

    CHRIS ROBERTS

    is a

    RACIST, A SEXIST AND AN ANTI-SEMITIC NAZI

    being supported by taxpayers dollars …

    This is America folks! WTF is going on in Jefferson Parish? No wonder people are bailing from Jefferson Parish for anywhere else…

    Hey Chris…it ain't the Parish Attorney lady or the Code Enforcement lady or the Alario Center lady or any other lady or ladies in Jefferson Parish running people out of Jefferson Parish. It's YOU you Racist Sexist Anti-Semitic Nazi Male Chauvinist PIG..

    Now do you get it?!!!

  27. Looking down this JP hell hole from what I just read that Roberts said it looks as though he taking this fucking wannabe mafia Soprano BS for real.

    So WTF Roberts you don't have the balls to confront Young heads up so you threaten the women around him ? Kinda like putting a gun to their head you probably think. Just rape them thru the coals until you get back and Young agrees to do what you want.

    For a long time now I always had the feeling you didn't like women. You're going to burn in hell for the way you've treated Margie Seemann and Margaret Baird. You certainly don't behave like a person who allegedly survived fucking cancer.

    Who would want to stay in this hell hole you helped create when it's MFer's like you who are the reason people leave. No matter what you believe, you did not receive one sorry ass vote to be elected to the Council seat you're going to sworn to in January 2012. Only the Devil himself could have conspired with you, Lagasse and others to rule by default over these fucked up people in JP.

    Make no mistake Chrissy, you're falling down this hell hole head first.

    And I agree with 'gate and the others. You hate women, you hate Jews and you hate blacks and this cancer of meaness is spiraling your sorry fat ass down this JP Hell Hole as you write your questions down.

  28. From the '"You may believe your above the law, but your no longer under the radar" files:

    Hey mini-me … stop your crying … it’s your crap that has caused all these people you say are leaving Jefferson Parish on a daily basis …

    Oops ! … no wonder your whining … looks like you forgot your lap-top …

    http://www.flowgo.com/funny/1743_poddy-training.h

  29. Lee Zurik has a Jefferson Parish expose on the JPSB which from all indications makes Patricia Schwartz Core look competent. If the rumors are true the Superintendent will resign by the end of the week.

    "Lee Zurik IS the Antichrist"

    1. He is Shark and hopefully Mark Morgan too. This whole backdoor way they slipped Meza in stunk. I heard a rumor Zurik was poking around JPS. I bet it is good.

      sop

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