Top County Clerk Official Resigns After IG Probe

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A top official in the Manhattan county clerk's office is resigning next month amid allegations that he turned a blind eye to racist or sexist graffiti that was written on a behind-the-counter wall in the New York County Clerk's office, according to sources. James Rossetti, chief management analyst, will leave his $144,243 position effective Jan. 15.

Sources said that Rossetti was implicated in a court system inspector general report after complaints were received that someone had written racist and/or sexist remarks on a wall while he was on vacation.

Rossetti, 58, is not alleged to have written the offensive comments, but was accused of neglecting to take action upon his return and misleading investigators, sources said. Sources said he resigned rather than accept a suspension and demotion, sources said.

Rossetti has been with the county clerk's office since 1985, when he was appointed first deputy. He was promoted to chief deputy in 1996 and to chief management analyst in 2000.

David Bookstaver, spokesman for the Office of Court Administration confirmed that Rossetti "has resigned effective the end the day Jan. 15," but declined further comment. OCA refused to disclose the inspector general report.

New York County Clerk Norman Goodman said he was "not at liberty" to discuss the matter involving his top lieutenant.

Rossetti could not be reached for comment.

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