Still on The Job. Despite his 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a Brooklyn woman doing community service in a park, APSW maintenance worker Michael Palamar is still employed as a supervisor at Tompkins Square Park. The city is being sued by the victim over the incident. (The woman worked in parks for just ten days) Shockingly, lawyers defending the city in the lawsuit over that incident could not say in open court whether Palamar was still on the payroll or not, according to the victim’s lawyer. (Photo: R. Umar Abbasi)
In 1982, a 17-year-old Palamar broke into the Rosedale, Queens, home of his next-door neighbor, 83-year-old Morris Rosenhaft and bludgeoned him to death with a bat during a botched burglary. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 16 years of a 25-year sentence before being paroled in 1999. He was back behind bars in 2001, pleading guilty in Manhattan to petit larceny and possession of stolen property.
After these convictions Palamar was able to get a job with the Parks Department. During his employment he has had numerous work issues including failing to report accidents in city vehicles he drove, not safeguarding equipment, and lying about finishing an assignment, according to Parks Department records.
The issue is compounded because for years the City's elected officials have refused to allocate proper resources for the Parks Department so the agency has relied on hiring personnel with questionable backgrounds.
And what exactly might cause the Parks Department not to hire a perspective employee? An agency spokesperson said last year that as long as the applicant "didn't exhibit anti-social or disruptive behavior during the hiring process we would decline to hire that person.”
Asleep at The Wheel. Incredibly the Parks Department said last week it is still “reviewing” Palamar’s 2009 conviction.
- Geoffrey Croft
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