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Court boss guild boss accused of calling black judge as ‘monkey’



Court boss guild boss accused of calling black judge as 'monkey'

The court union boss who is being investigated on charges of racial discrimination has been accused of calling three black judges “monkeys,” The Post has learned.

The claim was contained in a 2017 lawsuit against Dennis Quirk – the old president of the New York District Court Officials Association – and the state court system which was then paid $ 325,000, court records show.

The federal civil rights suit was filed by a Manhattan court official, Lieutenant Angela Shirlaw, who accused him of being unfairly denied several promotions between 2010 and 2015.

Shirlaw said that as part of a successful effort in 2008 to be promoted to lieutenant, he submitted “two or three recommendations from sitting judges who had worked with him to support his application.”

Quirk, who allegedly planned to fill all the lieutenant’s open work with the men, later told Shirlaw that filing a recommendation “f-king destroyed everything” and instructed him “so that he would better guard [her] shut up ‘and not to talk to any judge, “the lawsuit said.

“He then spoke insultingly about the female judge who had given recommendations to Lieutenant Shirlaw, each of whom was an African-American woman,” according to the lawsuit.

“Officer Quirk described the judge to Lieutenant Shirlaw as ‘three monkeys’ and said that they needed to ‘cover the mouths of their kings,’ too.”

No judge was identified by name in the Manhattan federal court filing.

Last week, The Post exclusively revealed that Chief Judge Janet DiFiore ordered an investigation into allegations by three Brooklyn black bailiffs that Quirk was “a safe place for racist speeches and actions” and that officers “who had spoken about racial inequality and brutality had replied. “

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Dennis Quirk at a funeral in 2010.
Dennis Quirk at a funeral in 2010.Staten Island Advance

Quirk, who has denied allegations by Brooklyn bailiffs, also refuted claims that he called black judges “monkeys.”

“I never said that comment,” he told The Post.

“I might call the hole judge, of course, but not a monkey.”

Quirk, who is white, also pointed to the 1994 incident in which he condemned the Manhattan Housing Court Judge at the time, Margaret Taylor on charges that he referred to black court officers as “gorillas.”

“I told him to go alone,” he said.

Quirk was suspended for nine weeks and then apologized to Taylor, The Post reported in 1995.

One black bailiff involved in the controversy, Gene Saunders, said that Quirk “represented me on many occasions, throughout my career.”

“Based on my relationship with him, I do not believe he is racist,” said Saunders, who retired last year.

In the 2018 settlement agreement, Quirk and the State Court Administration Office each agreed to pay Shirlaw $ 162,500 on provisions that should not be “interpreted as acknowledgment of the validity of the allegations or claims made.”

Quirk signed the agreement on behalf of himself and NYSCOA, which he has led for the past 46 years, and he was represented in the case by a union lawyer, Bruce Baron.

He said the settlement and costs of the Baron were borne by union insurance.

An OCA spokesman did not return requests for comment.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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