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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Roomie's Still Workin'...

Apologies for the Delay

But here's the deal ...

At issue for us is how to adequately determine the race and gender of Council staffers. Not as easy as one might think...especially since we don't work at the Council (and therefore, must rely on a variety of sources to help us pinpoint every attorney, analyst, secretary and messenger; to help with the effort, please email us at

But, we're still working on it ... and do plan to have a final analysis for you ... hopefully sooner rather than later.

In the mean time, though, we thought it most appropriate to release to you all the information that was released to us in response to our FOIL request. No reason for us not to share...

The only thing we're not currently including - for technological reasons - is in Part III, the list of the entire central staff of the City Council prior to the dismissals (which in the short term, we'd be happy to email to you if you contact us at


Part I: The Council's Official Response
(as given to us)

March 9, 2006

Backroom Deal Breaker

Re: FOIL request

Dated: February 23, 2006

Dear The Editors, Backroom Deal Breaker:

Enclosed is the Council’s response to your above dated request. This response consists of the following:

1. list of central staff terminations;

2. list of central staff prior to terminations; and,

3. statistical information for staff.

Very truly yours,

Edward F. O’Malley
Records Access Officer


Part II: The List of Dismissals (as given to us)

ANGELO, Larian; ANNAMUNTHODO, John; ARBELO, Rick; BAFFI, Giselle; BUTLER, Steven; CASTANEIRA, Evelyn; CHERRY, Claude; COLON, Richard; DAMASHEK, Jay; DARGAN, Denise; DILLON, Alexander (Sandy); DOULALAS, Athanasios; FINGERMAN, Daniel; FONTANO, Joseph; GARDNER, Kebra; GLADSTONE, Seth; GOLDEY, Mark; GOLDSTEIN, Stuart; GRAHAM, John; GROOTFAAM, Barbara; GRULLON, Santiago; GUILLERMO, Angela; IEN, Michael; JACKSON, Tisha; JEDREZYK, Agnes; JOYCE, Patrick; KHAN, Sandra; KURUVILA, Bikku; LaBONTE, Marie; LENNY, Andrew; LIFRAK, Saphora; LOTITO, Natalie; LUHMANN, Daniel; MA, Hui Jin; MARK, Troy; MENSAH, Evans Gyima; MIKUTEL, Sarah; MULLEN, Gloria; PAUL, Ajay; PENA, Pedro; PEREZ, Giovanna DeCastro; PEREZ, Julissa; RANNEY, Nora; ROBIN, Sean; RYBATSKY, GalinaSABALVARO, Maria Christy; SANCHEZ, Luisa; SANTORELLI, Michael; SARICH, John; SERVENTI, Jenny; SOLOMON, Stephen; STEIN, Perry; STROMAN, Kim; THELEMAQUE, Carl; TIXE, Kanessa; TRAMONTANO, Frank; TURRIAGO, Daniel; WILLIAM, Joy Leshaunda; WITZ, Doris Robin; WONG, Yan; ZUBEL, Paul


Part III: Council Calculations
(as given to us)



WOMEN 26 / 61 43%

MINORITY 28 / 61 46%




54% MEN




Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FOIL results clearly support the original numbers the Council released about the makeup of the staff that was terminated. This whole thing has been a witch hunt. To the person who likes to call people 'Quinnette' and attack anyone who disagrees with them: I can't wait to see how you'll spin this to fit your personal agenda.

3:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right. While I suspect there are "Quinnettes" doing some spinning, those who see conspiracies, stonewalling, etc. in almost everything -- can easily undermine the credible and substantive criticism of Quinn.

4:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, this could backfire on those who wanted to use the firings against Quinn. Unless there's a new attack strategy, Quinn emerges victorious. To recap:

1. Quinn's Council laid off 61 at-will employees.

2. The Council put forth info about the firings which was subsequently branded incomplete and "misleading." Quinn is accused on this blog of all sorts of bribery & corruption.

3. Roomie FOILs the Council after writing that there "may be a bit of hocus pocus going on." Roomie even dramatizes the event with a FOIL clock.

4. The Council gives Roomie what it wants in "a record" 14 days, which includes Saturdays and Sundays. Even Roomie has to give the Council "kudos."

5. Even a cursory analysis of the info shows that the original numbers Quinn put out were not misleading. The list is not only accurate, but includes people of all races and (for those who know) both management and staff positions.

Okay...where's the misinformation, stonewalling, bribery, corruption, etc., etc.,?????

5:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the "misinformation, stonewalling, bribery, corruption" is still with Quinn, but not anything to do with this FOIL. This should not be for those who jump at conspiracy theories. Get the facts.

6:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

NICE TRY 5:52am! You're acting as if Roomie has released its findings, and that they're favorable to Quinn.




8:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The firings were not based on race. Other factors were involved. The REAL story is who is being hired to replace the terminated employees, what is their connection to Queens, the Bronx and possibly Brooklyn, and what will be the new hires salaries vis a vis the terminated employees.

8:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far, I count probably four comments by one or more Quinn staffers trying to spin for her here as quickly as possible although Backroomie states that the analysis is still being worked on. Could you be more obvious?

As for the vital issue of Quinn having misused taxpayer dollars by firing highly experienced employees and replacing them with Manton's totally unqualified dead weight as a bribe to buy votes for her to be speaker, that is reason enough for her to resign now. Others like Laura Blackburne, who was forced out of the Dinkins administration for wasting $3,000 on a pink couch, have been forced to resign for far lesser abuses of their positions. Quinn should resign now. She is unfit for office.

9:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that backroomie had one sleepless Quinn staffer (the so called "quineettes") working the blog from 3:52 am to 5:52 am. Something tells me this must be either Chuck or Quinn herself - it has to be someone really close to the decision to fire experienced staff and who is obviously worried about the consequences of that decision. My gut feeling tells me the sleepless writer is Quinn herself.

ps-i don't think it was Maria Alvarado because she can't write.

11:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria Alvarado CAN write, talk, chew gum and walk at the same time. Stop the lies.

1:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sure she CAN chew gum and walk at the same time - that's not what she can't do

ps: her threads (e.g. the previous one) say it all.

8:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tick tock tick tock Roomie. I guess complying is not as easy when the shoe is on the other foot.

11:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

quinn has some psycho quinnette holding some sort of snotty watch on our tax dollars

12:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

quinn has some psycho quinnette holding some sort of snotty watch at our expense (our tax dollars)

12:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone noticed how she's only hiring young white people, and how they all seem to lack the same thing, i.e. qualifications?

12:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...will they be the same folks who work on the "CouncilStat?"

12:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is "councilstat"?

8:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey's better to burn out than to fade away. Hi Hi Hey Hey....

So when the numbers are in, will anyone still be here to notice?

Oh and before all you paranoid people call me a Quinette, I don't work for her and I am not Maria Alvarado.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone looked into her past hires and fires? i've heard no discussion about her former Chief of Staff Andrew Block. Though it appeared that he was hired to manage her district staff and press for quinn, rumor has it that he was actually hired to manage her campaign for speaker--that's why they created the position of deputy chief of staff for a while--the deputy handled the duties of the chief of staff while the chief of staff worked on the campaign. that's what i've heard, and it seems pretty unethical. i also heard that ultimately, she was such a bitch that she forced out the guy who was hired to help her with her campaign. i wonder just how much tax payer money was spent with him using his office hours to connect her with the right folks in queens which resulted in her victory. it's funny now that her district staff has only the chief of staff and no deputy. campaign time must be over.

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