Although, the question should be when did Andrew Cuomo know about this, we will wait for his decisive action to remove all doubts. Is Cuomo serious about cleaning out the criminals out of the Albany Swamp and fiscal responsibility or will he try for a cover-up?
Factual Note: Andrew Cuomo has been aware of the criminal acts of and malfeasance and cover-up of court corruption by Chief Judge Lippman and it is all documented on ExposeCorruptcourts.blogspot.com
"When-Gov. David Paterson [was] poised to lay off hundreds of state employees, the oblivious Lippman put in for some $1 million in decorating upgrades. Like $368,800 in cherry-wood furniture. And $49,915 in Carrera marble tile. Plus personal refrigerators and microwaves for each justice. Not to mention a $400,000 "museum." The building itself will feature stained-glass skylights and a mural of the Zodiac. No wonder Gov. Cuomo took a public swipe at Lippman for refusing to abide by the 10 percent spending cut he asked for from all agencies during this 'time of unprecedented financial hardship.' The Office of Court Administration submitted a $2.7 billion budget request -- more than $50 million above last year's."
Judge Lippman conspired and concealed from public knowledge and used State funds for a project which benefited himself and others. Judge Lippman knew that this project would not have been approved by act of the Legislature signed by the Governor. The value was in excess of one thousand dollars to Judge Lippman and others. This is crime under New York Penal Law §195.20 Defrauding the government. Defrauding the government is a class E felony. Andrew Cuomo is aware and has received criminal complaints against Judge Lippman.and has a duty to direct Attorney General Schneiderman to prosecute. Andrew Cuomo can immediately ask the New York legislature to remove Judge Lippman from office.
Here, Andrew, is the applicable law to remove Judge Lippman:
NY Constitution~Article VI § 23. Removal of certain judges and justices, by legislature;
Law § 63. General duties of Attorney General. 2. Whenever required by the governor, attend ...any term of the supreme court or appear before the grand jury thereof for the purpose of managing and conducting in such court or before such jury criminal actions or proceedings ...in which case the attorney-general or his deputy so attending shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties in respect of such actions or proceedings, which the district attorney would otherwise be authorized or required to exercise or perform;
§ 63-a. Action by attorney-general for forfeiture of public office.
The attorney-general may maintain an action, upon his own information or upon the complaint of a private person, against a public officer, civil or military,who has done or suffered an act which by law works a forfeiture of his office.
But how will Cuomo act?
“You are a coward when you even seem to have backed down from a thing you openly set out to do” ~ Mark Twain
3. Or the man with a duty:
"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood" ~George S. Patton
4. Or as Ian Welsh asks, "Andrew Cuomo: stupid or evil?"
"Tear this evil from NY" ~CuomoTARP