August 13, 2008

Joyce Saga Closes, But Should It?

We've talked about Niagara County Coroner James Joyce before, stating that the county was right in creating a board of inquiry to probe Joyce’s connections with massage parlor owners ‘Alan’ Tsui and his wife, ‘Lisa’ Chong. Joyce apparently has chosen to avoid the inquiry by retiring, instead opting to take a nearly $30,000 a year pension from the state.

With his retirement, the board of inquiry will be terminated. The question is, why? If Joyce participated in illegal or even questionable practices while he served Niagara County, do we not still have the right to know that? Does walking away absolve him for anything he may have done wrong? Joyce had previously raised red flags when his relationship with an individual who turned out to be an FBI plant trying to get Niagara County officials to take bribes in the late 1980s was investigated. Now he's claiming ignorance, not knowing that these "massage parlors" were fronts for sex rings.

Chong, by the way, was convicted of human trafficking. It was James Joyce that had arranged to have former Sheriff Tom Beilein's picture prominently displayed in one of the massage parlor windows, obviously to present an image of police protection.

Every elected official in Niagara County is required to fill out some type of financial disclosure form, but the envelope is only opened in the event of an investigation. With Joyce's retirement, and subsequent skating of answering questions related to his relationship with the owners, we will never really know if he personally benefited from those relationships - unless he voluntarily releases the documents.

Retired State Supreme Court Judge Ronald Tills resigned his post as a hearing officer because of his alleged role in taking a local massage parlor worker across state lines for purposes of prostitution, but that does not mean he didn't face charges. If you've committed a crime, resigning from your job should not be a way of getting out it.

Continue with the inquiry. We have a right to know.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

And he gets $30k a year and probably lifetime health insurance to boot for not telling the truth. What a racket.

Fawn Leibowitz said...

I think you raise a valid question: Legally does the inquiry have to end or can the county move forward with it, and if he is found to have violated his oath or committed illegal activities, can he be stripped of his pension and health insurance?

Anonymous said...

What would Larry say? It's a witch hunt, a witch hunt indeed!

Larry S said...

It can't be a witch hunt of the witch is dead. Of course, a dead witch never collected a cushy pension like Joyce will.

Joe Niagara said...

Oh I forgot only democrats get a pension, republican's like bill ross get 4, one from the miltary, one from power authorthy, one from niagara wheatfield school and when he's ready he will have one from the county. But don't get me wrong bill's a great guy and does a swell job. Just saying everyone in public sector get great pensions, not like chumps in the private sector. No wonder wheatfield lost another plant today (138 chumps out of a job), but don't worry when OZ opens they can sell cotton candy.

rob clark said...

How do you know it was Joyce who had the picture of the sheriff hung up? I think that this board of inquiry was a political waste of time to begin with. Wojtaszek was just trying to make himself look good at someone else’s expense.

I do not care who you are or what party you belong to. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. And in case any missed it, Joyce’s lawyer stated in the paper that the federal government found no wrongdoing by Joyce. But lets drag him through the mud one last time before he retires.

Anonymous said...

Rob Clark said, "How do you know it was Joyce who had the picture of the sheriff hung up? I think that this board of inquiry was a political waste of time to begin with".

Well, we'll never know now, will we? Joyce ducked and ran for cover first chance he got. Now he's going to suck down my tax dollars as his reward? What a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Hey Clark, maybe you will be next, kinda like opeing other peoples mail,sound familiar, I'm sure you will have some snappy comment, oh thats right nobody cares

rob clark said...

Your right nobody cares. Because it wasn`t true. Just political B.S.
Look if this was a Republican this issue would have been never brought up or buried. All I am saying is everyone should get a fair shot until proven guilty.

rob clark said...

I don`t care what Party they belong to.

Anonymous said...

Rob, you're so ridiculously partisan to say that if it was a Republican issue it would have never been brought up. Your boy Virtuoso would have been all over this like flies on shit. Don't give me this GOP bullshit. For once in your life stop being Rivera's bitch.

Anonymous said...

Rob, it's the other way around. Sean O'Connor's wife snaps a lucrative contract out from under the NTCC and the local papers ignore their relationship. If that was a Republican's wife, would that have been part of the story?

rob clark said...

Anonymous...I`m nobody`s bitch. But your right on the rest. I`ll give you that one.

Anonymous 2... Its kinda hard to beleive a Dems wife scooped it up.

joe niagara said...

So now the comments are just hobbes(now anonymous) and clark. No wonder larry gave up on this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

poor Rob Clark he don't get any respect.

Clark Griswold said...

Rob - "innocent until proven guilty", sure, few can argue with that fact. But the point is that there is at least a decent possibility that Joyce is choosing to retire at this time so that any inquiry would be put to an end. Therefore, any actions that Joyce took in support of these people will probably not be uncovered. Also, deeming this as simply a Republican-sponsered witch hunt of sorts is a joke. The FACT is that Joyce had a pretty large connection with this Ring, and that any politician, regardless of party affiliation, would be coming under just as much, if not more, heat.

Anonymous said...

Rob,

You should consider inviting the
gang over to your place...

We can debate the night away...

I got my pistol yesterday so I’ll be complete comfortable in your “hood”.

rob clark said...

Come on down

Anonymous said...

Rob is acting like a chocolate face mail stealer. Did you ever get the locking box's yet? More wasted tax payers money due to idiots like you and dan.

Reverend Right said...

I've heard from reliable sources that Joyce planned to retire even before he ran again. It has nothing to do with the long delayed Board of Inquiry.

And if this Board of Inquiry was so hot to get to the bottom of things, why has it taken so long to get off the ground? They let Joyce slip through their fingers.

Maybe there should be a board of inquiry to investigate why did the Wojtaszek Commission let this happen? Investigate this apparent incompetence in governance!!

THEY LET JOYCE SLIP THROUGH THEIR FINGERS EVERYONE!!
THEY LET JOYCE GET AWAY WITH WHATEVER IT IS THEY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT FIND.

DID THE WOJTASZEK COMMISSION TAKE A PAYOFF? WHAT ELSE COULD EXPLAIN THIS?

INVESTIGATE NOW!