The spokesman for the New York State Court system has been fired after a disastrous butt-call to a reporter in which he admitted barely working to earn his $172,000 job. David Bookstaver, 59, was previously stripped of his duties but he remained as “communications director” with his high salary and virtually no work. That is when the spokesman was undone by the accidental dialing of a reporter and a four-minute tirade in which he laughed about this sweet job.
Bookstaver lost much of his duties under the new chief judge, Janet DiFiore, after she took over in 2016. DiFiore however left a highly paid spokesman with little responsibility for actually speaking. He then spoke too much in the butt dial to the reporter in which he laughed at his current status:
“I spoke to [the reporter] on the record for awhile. I said, ‘I’m in a much less visible position; that doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything.’ But, frankly, look, the bottom line: The story’s true. I’m not doing anything. I barely show up to work and I’ve been caught.”
Bookstaver ia now a former spokesman.
Bookstaver told The New York Times that he “deeply regrets” his actions. We are still waiting for a possible posterior statement to follow.