David Bookstaver was replaced as spokesman for the New York court system last year but was not removed from the payroll. He was dismissed after an accidental voicemail in which he said, “I barely show up for work and I’ve been caught.”
A longtime spokesman for the New York state court system was fired after he accidentally butt-dialed a New York Post reporter — yukking it up about how “I barely show up to work” while pocketing a $166,000-plus salary and boosting his taxpayer-funded pension. After speaking by cellphone with the reporter about a planned exposé on his cushy schedule, David Bookstaver butt-dialed back, and unwittingly left a four-minute voicemail while chatting with at least two other people, the Post reports.
On the voicemail, Bookstaver admitted lying to the Post about how he spent his weekdays and confirmed the accounts of court system sources who said he’s been working as little as two days a week. He said, ‘Look, the bottom line is, I’ll suffer through a terribly embarrassing story and then go get my f–king pension and retire.’ He added, “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 was stripped of his spokesman duties after a change in leadership of the state court system last year. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore replaced Bookstaver with Lucian Chalfen, who was her spokesman when she was Westchester County district attorney before she was put in charge of the court system in January 2016.