A key rule to understand with regard to the government is that the government is not ‘US.’ It is not you and me. It is its own thing. With its own agenda. Like a big bloated company that happens to have a monopoly on the use of force.
Another key rule is that GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR ITSELF FIRST. After which the complying peons may get some scraps. But those scraps are enough to entice some of the people to allow the government to do what it wants.
That is government summed up.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in New York doled out $3.25 million in bonuses to prosecutors from its asset forfeiture fund since 2012, according to records obtained by Newsday through a Freedom of Information request.
Newsday reported that the funds were $500,000 more than previously reported, leading to consternation from local legislators:
Bonus recipients included deputy chief homicide prosecutor Robert Biancavilla, who received a total of $108,886 between 2012 and 2017, and division chief Edward Heilig and top public corruption prosecutor Christopher McPartland, who each received $73,000, according to records obtained from county Comptroller John Kennedy’s office through the Freedom of Information Law […]
On Tuesday, the legislature will hold a public hearing on a bill by Legis. Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue) to require asset forfeiture expenditures, including by the district attorney’s office and the police, sheriff’s and probation departments, to be approved by the Public Safety Committee […]
“Asset forfeiture money that comes into this county counts into the millions of dollars,” Calarco said. “That’s a lot of money to be spent at the sole discretion of an individual with no oversight.”
According to Newsday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed the Suffolk County D.A. for more records on the bonuses.