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Petition to New York State Commission of Judicial Conduct

Remove Judge Astacio from the Bench!

Judge Leticia Astacio's actions over the last year have proven she is grossly unfit to be a judge. She shows repeated, elitist contempt to the law she has been elected to rule onto others, and will continue to receive an over $170,000/year salary of taxpayer dollars (increasing every year) unless removed from the bench. By the time her ten year term is complete in 2024, she will have taken almost $2MM from Rochester Taxpayer pockets; less than $400,000 of which was actually earned by doing a job.  Below is a timeline of her behavior to support the opinion of this petition.  Feb 13, 2016 - Astacio arrested for DWI flllowing a car crash on 490. She had a BAC of 0.19!! Mar, 2016 - Astacio pulled from hearing cases (no longer functioning as a judge)  Aug 22, 2016 - Astacio found guilty of DWI and given a conditional discharge and ordered not to drink for one year and have interlock device in vehicle.  October 2016 - Astacio in court. Interlock detected 2 positive alcohol blows.  Nov 16, 2016 - Astacio tells court she "didn't read the terms of her sentence" involving being disallowed from drinking. (This is a joke ... "not reading directions" isn't a permissible excuse in life.)  Nov 20, 2016 - Astacio creates public scene when she refuses to leave a restaurant bathroom and tells security guard "You can't spray me with pepper spray, I'm a judge."  This statement illustrates her elitist attitude, as though to say she is "above" how others may be treated for similar misbehavior.  Nov 28, 2016 - Thanksgiving photos surface of Astacio with a shot glass and tequila. Same day, she was banned from the hall of justice courts.  Feb 3, 2017 - Astacio in court regarding allegations about restaurant and thanksgiving incidents, enters "general denial" to either accusation. (This response to the allegations is basically saying "ehh, I'm not sure"; another joke of an excuse).  May 27, 2017 - Court determines there isn't enough evidence to convict her of violating probation. (She knew that a "general denial" plea would help warrant this response. Another example of her jumping the law; making a mockery of it.)  April 29, 2017 - interlock device detect positive reading.  May 3, 2017 - Astacio flies (1-way ticket) to Thailand to "live with monks". May 5, 2017 - Court ordered alcohol detection test May 26, 2017 - Court ordered an explaination why she skipped court ordered alcohol test from May 5th.  May 30, 2017 - Misses court date because she is still in Thailand. Bench warrant issued.  June 5, 2017 - Astacio returns to court, is arrested, plea deal rejected and goes to jail.  July 6, 2017 - Astacio sentenced to 60 days in jail plus 3 years probation and ordered to wear ankle monitoring bracelet. Daughter tells judge "F*ck you!" and has to be removed from court (Showing she has raised a very disrespectful daughter). Astacio's lawyer also states her client requests straight jail because she will "violate probation immediately." (Absolutely SHOCKING! Basically stating that Leticia Astacio refuses or is incabale of following the law and not drinking during that period of time. This woman obviously has a serious issue with alcohol abuse and it has consumed her to the point that she isn't capable (or care to) follow the judgement placed upon her.) July 13, 2017 - Astacio released from jail  August 1, 2017 - Astacio's ankle monitor detected the presence of alcohol. (This was two weeks. TWO weeks to violate her probation).  Judge Astacio has proven herself to be everything a judge should not be. Her elitist attitude lost her respect and spurred anger through the Rochester Community, she continually victimized herself through court preceedings rather than take accountability for her actions, and to this day, refuses to seek treatment for her alcohol addiction or do anything to improve her situation; opting instead to consistently make things worse. It is time that she has the freedom to make these mistakes on her own and no longer have them funded by Rochester taxpayer money! 

Anna D
34,090 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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Hate has no place in DC: Trayon White, resign from office

Hate is not a Washington value. We are best served when our leaders display respect, humility, and a willingness to learn and grow. DC Councilman Trayon White has done none of these things. In March 2018, Councilman White shared a Facebook post suggesting that a family of Jewish financiers was responsible for climate change. Days after the post, it was revealed that White had made similar claims, again invoking the anti-Semitic trope, at a February city council meeting. In an effort to make amends with the Jewish community, White and his staff visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a visit described by the Huffington Post as "bizarre." White left the tour halfway through, leaving his staff, one of whom described a Polish ghetto as a "gated community," to complete the visit. On April 20th, it was revealed that White had instructed a member of his staff to make a $500 donation to a Nation of Islam event that featured an anti-Semitic speech by Louis Farrakhan. At this event, Farrakhan told the crowd that “powerful Jews are my enemy." Farrakhan is an avowed anti-Semite with a history of spreading hate speech. Good leaders accept responsibility for their words, make amends for poor actions, and work to build bridges in the community. By his continued hate speech and actions, White has shown that he is incapable of doing such, and is unfit to continue to serve. We call on Trayon White to immediately resign his position as Ward 8 councilman. 

Melissa Weiss
117 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Registered voters, Cape and Islands Democratic Council

Recall GOP County Commissioner Ron Beaty, Jr.

County Commissioner Ron Beaty Jr has proven himself not only ineffective, but a harmful addition to the County government of Cape Cod. With his wildly divisive attitude, and dismissal of constituent concerns, he has shown an ineptitude that is truly remarkable in it's overtness.  With his evident lack of knowledge regarding aquaculture and environmental issues ( willfull ignorance of the insidious and prevalent issue of sexual harassment and violence ( and more recently, his atrocious attacks on gun violence victims ( this felon needs to be recalled from elected office, and told in no uncertain terms that this reprehensible behavior is completely unacceptable in civil discourse, especially as an elected official seeking higher office ( While there is currently no provision for recall of county commissioners, the hope is to incite conversation and create pressure to amend our local County Charter to include such a provision. Please sign and share, for decency and civility in government, especially local government. Cape Cod needs representative government. This is not representative of who we are.

Meaghan Mort
1,122 supporters