$166,000 NY Courts Admin Butt-Dials Reporter, Records Himself Saying He Barely Shows Up At Work
David Bookstaver Butt Dialed Reporter And Admitted He Barely Works
A spokesman for the state of New York court system accidentally butt-dialed a New York Post reporter and had his conversation with colleagues where he admitted “I barely show up for work” while making $166,000 a year recorded on the reporter’s cell phone.
The New York Post was planning on running a story on David Bookstaver, the communications director for the New York State Courts since 1996, the newspaper reported.
A NY Post reporter spoke with Bookstaver on his cell phone and Bookstaver butt-dialed the reporter back by mistake and left a four-minute message of his conversations with other people.
In his butt-dialed comments, Bookstaver admitted to lying to the newspaper about how much he worked and confirmed he was working as few as two days a week.
“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,’ ” Bookstaver said, according to the newspaper.
“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.”
After his colleagues laughed, Bookstaver said he didn’t need to show up “because they took away all my responsibilities and left my pay.”
He continued: “They left me alone and look, I have a big mouth. I told people I’m not doing much. I do take a lot of time off,” he said. “I kind of asked for it. You know, if you have a big mouth, you know it catches up with you.”
While Bookstaver makes a hefty salary for doing almost nothing, in 2004 he was critical of off-duty court officer Francisco Rosa, who was murdered while moonlighting as a security guard to pay child support that his $40,000 court salary couldn’t cover. Bookstaver was quick to point out that they never would have authorized Rosa to work that second job, if he had asked.
Bookstaver is scheduled to retire Oct. 1 according to the newspaper. He talked about the possibility he could get fired “because of a story in The Post.” He added it “would probably affect my pension check by $6 a month.”
“Look, the bottom line is, I’ll suffer through a terribly embarrassing story and then go get my f–king pension and retire,” he said.