Plot Thickens Around SUNY Research Foundation President
by Buck Quigley - posted 3:51 pm, May 25, 2011
John J. O’Connor, president of the SUNY Research Foundation is currently on leave from his $276,000/year post due to an ethics probe questioning his role in hiring former state senate majority leader Joseph Bruno’s daughter Susan for a no-show job.
Today, the Associated Press reports that an internal memo from SUNY shows the state university system also wants a review of O’Connor’s involvement with the American Ditchley Foundation.
Artvoice has found the 990 tax forms for the Ditchley Foundation. They show that O’Connor has not only been “involved” with the foundation, but that he’s been the Executive Director there for several years. In that capacity, he made $80,000 from that foundation in 2007 (although it was paid to The Ballintober Group, with John O’Connor as the owner), $75,417 in 2008, and $85,000 in 2009. Ballintober Group has this one page website courtesy of GoDaddy.com. Email JJO@Ballintober.com.
In addition to O’Connor, Ditchley Foundation board members also include former SUNY Trustee and son-in-law to former president Richard M. Nixon, Ed Cox, and SUNY University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs Nicolas Rostow. Cox also served as chairman of the State University Construction Fund.
O’Connor’s lawyer claims he had “permission” to join the Ditchley Foundation in 2001, under former Governor Pataki. He was hired by SUNY in 1997 as vice chancellor and secretary of the university.
Click below to see the tax forms.