de Blasio's Tammany Hall
Another Hospital to Close for Condos In deBlassioVille
GiftGate Kid-Glove Treatment of Bribery Suspect's Brother From Pct Where Commanding Officer Killed Himself
Pols Want New Restrictions On Deed Changes Where Were These Pols When de Blasio Changed the Deed on the Rivington Nursing Home?
Of Talking Horses And Rats NYCLASS Nislick and New Lawyer Up and Cooperating
Scandal de Blasio Poll Numbers Drop 19 Point in 3 Months
As Stringer Runs for Mayor Lancman Runs for His Job
Comptroller race heats up as Stringer eyesGracie Mansion (NYP) * NYC faces $3.8B budget gap by 2019, bigger than mayor's claim (NYDN) * Queens Democratic Councilman Rory Lancman is blasting the mayor, telling him to “man up” and “own up to the mess he created.” But de Blasio & Co. continue to cast the blame elsewhere (at Gov. Cuomo, in particular), citing a supposed conspiracy to undo his “progressive” agenda. Rory Lancman — and, it seems, the public — is right: The buck stops at the top. De Blasio has no one to blame for his sorry state of affairs but himself.* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said the city will face a $3.8 billion budget gap by 2019, which is bigger than the gap de Blasio is predicting, because the city will have to pay more to rescue public hospitals, for shelters and for overtime, the Daily News reports.
Brewer and Chin Who Allowed Rivington Nursing Home Deed Change, Blame de Blasio and Want More Govt Cross-Checks
de Blasio Sinking Hoisted on His Own Petard
De Blasio should blame himself for the sorry mess he’s in (NYP Ed) Facing seven (yep, seven) pay-to-play probes, Mayor de Blasio can’t find a whole lot of love these days. Not from his erstwhile allies on the City Council — and especially not from everyday New Yorkers. A devastating Quinnipiac poll Tuesday showed city voters give his performance a big thumbs-down, 52-41 percent. That’s a stunning 20-point flip since January, when they approved of it 50-42 percent, and the worst ratings since he took office. Plus, a majority say he doesn’t deserve reelection. Council members, too, are resisting a behind-the-scenes push from Team de Blasio begging them to publicly support the beleaguered mayor — even supplying them with helpful talking points. Lawmakers, for the most part, are in “a holding pattern,” as one puts it, watching as the shoes drop. Here’s the latest shoe: As The Post reported, US Attorney Preet Bharara and Manhattan DA Cy Vance are now looking into a $52 million deal to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights public library as a luxury condo tower. The bid was awarded to a de Blasio donor and fund-raiser, even though two other developers made higher offers. The deal also requires the Department of Education to lease the basement and build a huge science lab — even though DOE never asked for the space.
An Ambassador City Agent OK State Department
de Blasio's Homeless Motel Terrorizing Bronx Mayor's Office Lied to the Community
NYT It Is Time to Stand Up for New Yorkers
State Corruption Investigation
Even the Puppet Council is Hiding From the Mayor Mini Me Ydanis Still Loyal
The Post Copies Political NY Story On de Blasio Asking For His Council Friends to Support the Mayor
Replacing Bloomberg’s school standards with de Blasio’s hasn’t gone well (NYP) * De Blasio wants to keep control of the schools — but he’s still fighting tostop the best ones: charters (NYP Ed) * vTHANKS, DE BLASIO! Struggling schools stop making gains after Blaz did away with letter grades(NYDN) We aren’t talking about why high schools like Curtis on Staten Island and Hillcrest in Queens are graduating 76% of their students, only to discover that two-thirds of them can’t do freshman-level work at the City University without remedial instruction.* The Post writes that de Blasio’s “war” against charter schools provides state lawmakers with a reason to vote against his request for three more years of control over the New York City public school system.
Even de Blasio's NYCHA is Lawyering Up
The Press By Using Lobbyists Inside Mayor Office As Lobbyists Has Enabled de Blasio's Corruption
True News Reported Months Ago That de Blasio's Brooklyn Library Deal With Corrupt Not the Feds Start An Investigation
Another Pay to Play de Blasio Building That Changed Zoning
Cuomo Picks New Dem Party Leaders Big Deal
Feds, others looking at public-private partnerships (TU) Investigations examine complex interactions across New York The lobbyist who did work for the state university while representing the companies vying for tens of millions of dollars in business with its development arm. The manager of the governor's re-election campaign who took consulting fees from two of the same companies. Those are just a few of the connections in the tangled skein of personal and business relationships now under the gaze of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara. In late April, Bharara served Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration with a wide-ranging subpoena seeking information about actions taken by six administration officials for the potential benefit of almost two dozen companies. The list ranges from large developers to a previously invisible consulting firm, stretching across the map from Buffalo to Washington, D.C.* Some worry new NY big-projects agency is Cuomo power grab (Post Star) * East Syracuse-based Pyramid Network Services, the general contractor for the Mesonet Initiative, a $23.6 million UAlbany project supported by Cuomo to enable better planning for extreme weather events, is one of the nearly two-dozen companies mentioned in the federal subpoena issued to the Cuomo administration in late April. As part of a probe into former top Cuomo aide and friend Joseph Percoco and others close to the governor, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a subpoena to the administration for records and communications pertaining to various economic development and nano-tech projects. But in some cases, material being sought might have already been deleted — or never been retained in the first place.* Company in Cuomosubpoena is contractor on UAlbany initiative (TU) Pyramid Network Services was contractor for $23.6M weather system supported by governor Company in Cuomo subpoena is contractor on UAlbany initiative Pyramid Network Services was contractor for $23.6M weather system supported by governor Deleted Emails Cuomo email-deletion policy could hinder federal probeinto former top aide Joseph Percoco (NYDN) * Another Monday, Three More Cuomo Corruption Stories: The"Never Leave A Trail" Cuomo administration strikes a... (RBE)
@RaviBatra Silly Frivolous. Imagine City Agents Who Seek Favors. Worse Than Nepotism. This is Criminally Deranged
Loophole Bill and His Gang of Lobbyists Top Guy Capalino
Was Berlin Rosen Dirty Money Mailing Designed to Help Capalino and Team de Blasio?
* Alarm raised about 'dark money' in de Blasio's LICH - Fortis letter ..(Brooklyn Eagle).
Team de Blasio No More Email New Communication System Cone of Silence
de Blasio's Shadow Govt Lobbyists Secret Agent Men
King Wilhelm de Blasio: I am the Law Because I Rule by Divine Right
Chill, People: De Blasio Just Needs To Have Secret TalksWith Lobbyists (Gothamist) We’ve all been there: you’re the mayor of the biggest city in America and you need to have secret conversations with lobbyists and public relations specialists who you also really trust. Basic mayor stuff! But there’s this dumb law that says you’re supposed to disclose these emails and whatever. Do you release the communications? Or do you brandish the hundreds of lawyers and near-limitless resources at your disposal to show everyone who’s boss? For Mayor de Blasio, the choice is simple.
The Weakness of the de Blasio Cover-Up
For Months True News Has Said de Blasio is WaterGate Nixon Today Our Official Stenographer Agrees
de Blasio Claims Lobbyists are Part of His Government - Admits to A Shadow Govt
De Blasio Pressed to Clarify New Adviser Role: ‘Agent of the City’ (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio described the designation amid mounting scrutiny over City Hall’s shielding of communications with one of his closest advisers.* With the exception of Gaspard, a former 1199 political director who is now the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, each man on that list represents a firm that got large payments from de Blasio’s political nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York, now at the center of several inquiries into the mayor’s fund-raising efforts. * “Their communications to the Mayor’s Office, along with those of their support staff working at the principal’s direction on those particular matters, are exempt from disclosure when related solely to city business and not on behalf of any client,” said de Blasio counsel Maya Wiley.* 'Agents of The City' Mayor de Blasio's LAWYERED-UP Presser:Defends Fundraising 5/18/16 (Video)
de Blasio Says Lobbyists Are Part of His Govt and Their Emails are Protected
City Hall Releases Names of Outside Advisers BeingTreated Like City Employees When it Comes to Email Exchanges with Mayor (NY1) Mayor Bill de Blasio's inner circle at City Hall is bigger than you might expect. In addition to his top government aides, he relies on the help of five outside advisers. They aren't paid by your tax dollars, they are said to have no formal relationship with the city, yet the mayor wants them treated like city employees when it comes to his email exchanges with them. Emails between government officials and people outside government are supposed to be accessible under open-records law. But in the case of his outside advisers, de Blasio is saying no way. The advisers on the mayor's protected list are former campaign aides Jonathan Rosen of the communications firm BerlinRosen, Nicholas Baldick and Bill Hyers of the firm Hilltop Public Solutions, and John Del Cecato of AKPD Message and Media. Patrick Gaspard, a longtime de Blasio friend, is also included in the group. He is the U.S. ambassador to South Africa. In a statement, the counsel to the mayor, Maya Wiley, said,
From Two Years Ago
"As personal advisors to the Mayor, their communications to the Mayor’s Office, along with those of their support staff working at the principal’s direction on those particular matters, are exempt from disclosure when related solely to City business and not on behalf of any client.” Some elected officials and government insiders are privately saying they are shocked by the arrangement and by the legal argument the city is making. Most of the mayor's outside advisers also work for clients who have business before the city, companies like AirBNB and real estate developers like Forest City Ratner. The email issue was first reported by NY1 earlier this week after the city refused to turn over emails from Chill,People: De Blasio Just Needs To Have Secret Talks With Lobbyists (Gothamist)
True News Asked the Howard Backer WaterGate Questions About de Blasio Two Months Before the NYP
de Blasio Defense: "I Did Not Steal From Everyone" HE IS NUTS
Team de Blasio Putnam Spending Records Disappeared From Nassau 4 Days Before BOE Issued Criminal Referral
What is Good de Blasio is Good for the Public Interests
de Blasio: My Berlin Rosen Emails Are Shadow Govt Protected
Mayor Keeps Emails with Outside Consultants Secret,Fueling Accusations of a 'Shadow Government' (NY1) Critics accuse Mayor de Blasio of setting up a shadow government — comprised of consultants who are not paid by City Hall, but pocket cash from clients, many of whom have business before the city. The arrangement has long drawn complaints but it is generating a new wave of condemnation, because City Hall is refusing to release emails the consultants exchanged with the mayor and his top aides. "It's disappointing to see the mayor, whose whole persona in government is about doing it for the people and being transparent about it, and to be relying on a legal analysis from some lawyer about whether this consultant's communications are protected is ridiculous," said Dick Dadey with good government group, Citizens Union. "Just disclose." In a letter to NY1, a city lawyer referred to Rosen as a consultant to the Mayoralty. He argued the emails were protected by the same exemption that keeps us from seeing many of the e-mails the mayor sends to his City Hall staff only. A spokesman for de Blasio says: "The Mayor has worked with a number of people over the years who he continues to seek advice on a variety of political and communications issues. When these advisors consult with the Mayor in the interest of the Mayor’s Office and not on behalf of clients, those communications are not subject to disclosure." Rosen declined to comment. The open-records denial comes as federal and state investigators are examining the mayor's fundraising and political activities. The investigations have put a spotlight on the mayor and his consultants. However, when it comes to their emails, de Blasio seems determined to keep New Yorkers in the dark.
In the NYT Effort To Save Their Guy de Blasio the Former Paper of Record Says Bloomberg Laundered $$$ Too
De Blasio’s Elections Strategy, Under Scrutiny, Recalls Predecessor’s (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to channel donations to Democrats in 2014 State Senate races is similar to events that played out in a 2007 race, when Michael R. Bloomberg played a crucial role.*NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising strategy to assist the Senate Democrats in their 2014 attempt to retake the majority, which has drawn scrutiny from investigators, is similar to a method employed by his predecessor, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, to help the Senate Republicans in a key 2007 special election on Long Island. *De Blasio,Facing New Questions, Promises Public Input on Deed Changes (NYT) de Blasio, faced with new questions about deed restrictions lifted by the city with little public input, said on Wednesday that he would personally sign off on all such decisions going forward. In an unusual scene at City Hall, Mr. de Blasio addressed the subject while seated with top city lawyers — the corporation counsel, Zachary W. Carter, and the mayor’s counsel, Maya Wiley — as well as top officials from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which handles changes to deed restrictions.According to a memo, BRP Companies had been in talks for “the last few years” about creating a 30-unit residential building on the lot with space for the nonprofit. According to documents, the nonprofit approached the city about lifting the restriction in April 2014. It was not clear if that plan would go forward. Months before BRP Companies entered into contract to buy the lot in May 2015, a company controlled by the developer donated $10,000 to the Putnam County Democratic Committee, coinciding with a fund-raising effort by Mr. de Blasio to help Senate Democrats in the 2014 campaign. Mr. de Blasio said decisions surrounding the Harlem lot were made to help the Dance Theater of Harlem pay off debt. “Clearly, in this case, public benefit was achieved,” he said. He contrasted it with the removal of a protective deed on Rivington House, a nursing home on the Lower East Side that was sold for $116 million after a deed change. The city received $16 million — far less than a quarter of the sale price. Those transactions remain the subject of investigations. *The Rivington and St. Nicholas negotiations have significant parallels. Lobbyist James Capalino, who works for 45 Rivington purchaser Slate Group, has bundled $50,000 in donations to Mayor de Blasio (a spokeswoman for Capalino has since stated that he did not represent Slate Group in the deal); BRP Companies in 2014 contributed $10,000 to the Putnam County Democratic Committee—coinciding with the Mayor's push to support Democratic Senate candidates through New York county committees. The Mayor's campaign donation habits are currently under federal scrutiny. * City taps BRP to build 166 affordable units in Flatbush * BRP moves forward with plans for 580 units in Jamaica
NYPD GiftGate Arrests Coming Bratton
FBI Investigating Secret Recording Showed How Leaders of NYCLASS Bought de Blasio and Others
FBI Examining Secret Recording Of NYCLASS Meeting As Part Of Probe Into Bill de Blasio’s Fundraising (WCBS TV) The FBI is examining a secret recording as part of its investigation of an animal rights group’s relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The recording is being used by the FBI to determine whether the group was able to influence the mayor’s decisions by donating money to his campaign. Back on May 19, 2011, horse carriage driver Christina Hansen infiltrated – and recorded – a meeting of New Yorkers for Clean, Liveable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) at Stitch bar on West 37th Street “I was stunned,” Hansen said. “I was worried.” NYCLASS has been trying to eliminate horse-drawn carriages in New York City and replace them with electric cars. What Hansen saw and heard astonished her, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
recently issued subpoenas to two NYCLASS executives as part of a wide-ranging probe into the fundraising activities of Mayor de Blasio and whether promises were made in exchange for donations. The strategy discussed by the anti-horse carriage group at the meeting was simple: Convince then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support a ban, or they would run a big bucks campaign against her when she ran for mayor in 2013, and then support someone else. “If this doesn’t happen within the next year, we are in total and absolute war with her. It’s a war,” Steve Nislick of NYCLASS said on the recording. “Remember, we have de Blasio on our side, we have [then-Manhattan Borough President Scott] Stringer on our side, we have [former New York City Comptroller] Bill Thompson. Quinn refused to shut down the industry. The group spent close to $1 million on “Anybody but Quinn” campaign. They ran ads and infiltrated some of her rallies. George Capsis, a de Blasio supporter, slapped State Senator Brad Hoylman at a Quinn rally weeks before the primary. Also present at the time: NYCLASS members. At the meeting that Hansen recorded, the NYCLASS people foreshadowed their tactics if Quinn didn’t fall in line. “If not, we’ll start a fight,” Nislick said on the recording. At an earlier meeting, NYCLASS members also talked about the advantages of getting the 211 horse carriage operators to vacate their West Side stables “They occupy thousands and thousands of square feet of space,” Nislick says on the recording. “We need 68 cars. We need far less space. They free up a lot of .” Hansen said she couldn’t believe what she heard. nsen said she couldn’t believe what she heard. “The fact that anyone would go around talking blatantly about that, pretty much, in so many words, buy the next mayor,” Hansen told Kramer. “I didn’t think that politics worked that way. It’s not supposed to that way.” At an earlier meeting, NYCLASS members also talked about the advantages of getting the 211 horse carriage operators to vacate their West Side stables “They occupy thousands and thousands of square feet of space,” Nislick says on the recording. “We need 68 cars. We need far less space. They free up a lot of real estate.” The Mayor’s said de Blasio has never changed his position on horse carriages “The mayor’s position on the issue has been consistent and clear,” said Peter Kadushin, a spokesman for de Blasio. “Carriage horses don’t belong on busy city streets Kadushin pointed out that de Blasio called for a horse carriage ban while still public advocate.
Cuomo: I Did Not Start the Investigation Fire Ask the Feds No Conflict of Interests
Gov. Cuomo denies being involved in probes of Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising efforts (NYDN) Cuomo shot back hard Tuesday at Mayor de Blasio's contentions that the governor and his allies are behind some of the investigations hanging over City Hall. The mayor has said the trail behind some of the probes leads to the state executive branch."I thought it led to (Manhattan U.S. Attorney) Preet Bharara and to (Manhattan District Attorney) Cy Vance and to (state Attorney General) Eric Schneiderman," Cuomo responded to reporters in the city. Cuomo, who has been at war with the mayor, denied being behind any of the probes. "The only thing I know about the investigations on the mayor is what I read about in the newspaper," he said. "It may all be a grand conspiracy against him, but then the U.S. attorney, the attorney general of the state of New York, the Manhattan district attorney are all part of a conspiracy. * The governor also mocked de Blasio’s claim that the state’s “executive branch” — in other words, the governor — was behind the investigations of the mayor’s administration and fund-raising activities.
Not All The Names That Contributed to Campaign for One NY Were Released Peebles Name Not On the List
Connection to Riverington Nursing Home Deal Lobbyist Capalino and Developer China Vanke
Pier 6 affordable housing deal collapses amid de Blasio probes (NYP An agreement cut between the feuding de Blasio and Cuomo administrations to bring affordable housing to Brooklyn Bridge Park is now dead after state officials raised concerns over possible conflicts over it related to ongoing investigations surrounding the mayor. Following nearly a year of inaction, the Cuomo-backed Empire State Development Corp. was set to modify a project plan it approved in 2006 so the city could include 117 units of affordable housing in the 339 units slated for two high-end condo towers eyed for Pier 6 at the waterfront park. However, the deal collapsed after ESDC officials opted to cancel a vote scheduled for this week and seek more time to weigh their concerns. Among these concerns were that the project’s developer Robert Levine had been picked by the city last year only weeks after donating to de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York, which is under investigation by the feds, sources said Other concerns include the involvement of the city’s top lobbyist James Capalino in pushing the plan and Levine’s equity partner, developer China Vanke, being linked to the Rivington House project on the Lower East Side that being probed by state and federal investigators. "We can’t keep putting off the vital issue of funding this incredible park, or of building the affordable housing this community needs,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “We intend to move ahead with this project, with or without the State.” * An agreement cut between the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations to bring affordable housing to Brooklyn Bridge Park is now dead after state officials raised concerns over possible conflicts related to ongoing investigations surrounding the mayor, the Post writes. * State officials, citing potential conflicts linked to various investigations of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, blocked a deal on a long-delayed plan to put up two apartment towers inside Brooklyn Bridge Park.
SHOCKING NYT Focuses On de Blasio Moving Ahead With Park Buildings
de Blasio Bad Homeless Budget Math Spend to Keep the Homeless Off the Headlines
Another budget from de Blasio, another massive underestimate of the gargantuan cost of sheltering the 58,000 homeless people, with the IBO projecting the administration will have to spend $106 million more than the administration claims, the Daily News writes. * Billion-dollar Bill spends and spends on homeless shelters (NYDN Ed) A nother budget from Mayor de Blasio, another massive underestimate of the gargantuan cost of sheltering New York’s city within a city of 58,000 homeless people. The Independent Budget Office projects that the administration will have to spend a mind-blowing $1 billion on shelters in 2018 — including $106 million more in city tax dollars than the mayor’s budget experts claim. Lowballing shelter spending comes as addictive habit for a mayor intoxicated by confidence that his own white-knight policy prescriptions will reduce the swollen ranks of the homeless. Last year, the Department of Homeless Services had to add $120 million in city funds to the 2016 budget just to keep up. Lesson learned? You kidding? While awaiting results from a soup-to-nuts review of homeless programs, for 2017 the mayor astoundingly at first proposed spending less than in 2016 — only to add $169 million in city funds after a scolding from the IBO and state controller. “We’re owning this issue 110%,” de Blasio trumpeted at the turn of the year, in committing to a turnaround in fortunes for the homeless. Actually he’s lowballing even there.* New York City is investigating allegations that Covenant House, the largest local provider of shelter to homeless teenagers and young adults, has been inflating the number of people it serves and has not been complying with the terms of its contracts with the city.
Lawyer Mastro Fought Against WFP' Data and Field, Son of NYCLASS. Data is Where Team de Blasio Learned to Go Around Election Laws
Mastro Journey From Data and Field to NYCLASS
Errol Louis discussed the investigation into Mayor de Blasio, and his dealings with the horse carriage industry, with former Deputy Mayor Randy Mastro, who is counsel to the controversial anti-horse carriage industry group NYCLASS.
How the Advance Group Conspired to Steal the 2009 and 2013 Election
CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping
Who Watchers the Watchman, Lobbyists, Grand Jury, AG - DAsConflict of Interests With NYPD and Elected Officials
de Blasio Funded Another Slush Fund From Campaign For One NY Slush Fund Under Investigation
De Blasio funded nonprofit from campaign currently under investigation (NYP) A nonprofit launched by Mayor de Blasio to push his progressive agenda nationally got all of its money from one source last year: another of the mayor’s nonprofits, records show. Tax filings submitted by The Progressive Agenda Committee for 2015 show revenues of $480,100, all from the Campaign for One New York. The mayor’s fund-raising on behalf of CONY — which touted his progressive agenda locally — is currently under investigation by the feds and the Manhattan DA.The Progressive Agenda’s payouts show $160,000 going to Hizzoner’s preferred media consultants — AKPD, which was founded by former White House senior adviser David Axelrod.Other payouts included $188,000 on “program service” expenses and $7,500 for fund-raising.TPAC, which was founded in May 2015, has raised more funds in 2016, which will be disclosed in July. But it hasn’t said what its plans are following de Blasio’s botched attempt to hold a presidential forum on income inequality, which was scrapped after none of the presidential candidates agreed to attend the December 2015 event in Iowa.* A Look at Tax Forms for Mayor's Nonprofit Group Called the 'ProgressiveAgenda'(NY1)That organization was de Blasio's initial nonprofit group, set up to support his push for universal pre-kindergarten. Earlier this year, that group shut down and is now the subject of a federal investigation. The Progressive Agenda is now its own separate entity, which a spokesperson described as "in transition."So far, the group has seen mixed results. It was supposed to host a presidential forum in Iowa last year, but that never got off the ground. According to the filing, its accomplishments for 2015 include creating a 14-point agenda to combat income inequality and a website. It champions its effort to get people to sign on to its platform. And it also "built a following on social media to gain supporters." The agenda has slightly more than 3,200 followers on Twitter. Last year, its biggest check went to one of de Blasio's favorite consultants, AKPD Media, for $160,000. The cash was for media consulting.At the end of the year, the group spent nearly all of its seed funding. Its ending balance was a little more than $32,000. Nonetheless, NY1 is told it is not shutting down and that it has been fundraising. However, it no longer employs its executive director. She is returning to private consulting.* The Progressive Agenda, which de Blasio and his allies formed last year, raised no other money in 2014 and has just lost its sole full-time employee, Executive Director Geri Prado.* National
AKPD Message and Media is an American political and media consulting firm catering to Democratic candidates and related causes. Formerly Axelrod and Associates, it is named after its four original partners: David Axelrod, John Kupper, David Plouffe, and John Del Cecato. All four were members of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, with Plouffe serving as campaign manager, Axelrod as senior strategist, and Del Cecato as media advisor. Axelrod, who is personally close to Obama, left AKPD to serve as Senior Advisor to the President in the Obama Administration and sold the firm to Kupper, Del Cecato and Larry Grisolano. AKPD's advertising and strategy have been widely credited for significantly altering elections in their clients favor.TIME has praised one of their most talked about ads, "Dante," as "The Ad that Won the New York Mayor's Race.". AKPD's offices are located in Chicago, Washington DC, and New York where it has recently expanded its presence by partnering with Bully Pulpit Interactive and Analytics Media Group.
Daily News' Owner Zuckerman Dumps His Pay to Play Toll Booth Ticket to City Hall After Navy Yard Development Deal Finalized
Bill de Blasio's price of admission to City Hall (NYDN) There should be a sign outside City Hall listing a price of admission — because it’s steep. For WeWork, a start-up that rents out short-term shared working and living spaces, entry started at $68,000.That’s how much a company executive rounded up and delivered to Mayor de Blasio’s reelection campaign on Jan. 8 and 11 — after the firm’s $25,000-a-month lobbyist wangled a Jan. 6 phone call to discuss future business with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. For years, janitorial services magnate Joseph Dussich fruitlessly pressed city officials to buy his Mint-X trash bags, his big claim being that they repel rodents.In late 2014 and early 2015, Dussich gave $100,000 to the mayor’s Campaign for One New York. Soon, the mayor welcomed him to a City Hall meeting.Within weeks, the Parks Department tested the bags. The city then issued a request for bids that specified “Mint-X MX3345STB or equal,” as much as guaranteeing the city would buy Dussich bags in bulk, even after he failed to submit the lowest bid. Now, get this: Vermin-control experts tell the Daily News that the bags don’t even really ward off rats. But . . . but . . . protests de Blasio: He serves the greater good of advancing a progressive agenda against an oppressive status quo! And all transactions are fully vetted by his lawyers!What a delusional statement the mayor makes: that access and operations are essentially chits up for bid to burnish de Blasio’s image as the people’s champion.
Another Pay to Play Developer Exposed Lobbyists Global Strategy
Firm pays $68G to pitch future projects to Mayor de Blasio(NYDN) How much does a phone call to pitch your product to the top reaches of Mayor de Blasio’s administration cost? $68,750, apparently.
That’s how much a company that’s been accused of ignoring workers’ rights sent to de Blasio’s campaign just five days after their paid lobbyist snagged a coveted phone chat with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.WeWork, a company that provides office space across the city, paid lobbyist Global Strategy Group Jan. 1 to press the mayor on unspecified “procurement” issues, records show. Global’s Jon Calvan got right to work, and on Jan. 6 he was able to get the extremely busy Glen, who is running de Blasio’s much-touted affordable housing program, to take his call, the mayor’s office confirmed Saturday. During the call, Calvan pitched “future projects” WeWork wants to do with the city. Two days later, on Jan. 8, WeWork Vice President Arana Hankin began collecting 19 checks totaling $68,750 for de Blasio’s 2017 reelection bid. The checks were delivered Jan. 11, making WeWork the biggest “bundler” so far for de Blasio. Long before the checks and the meeting, the District Council of Carpenters targeted WeWork for what the union saw as “unfair labor practice.” The union says WeWork regularly hires contractors to build its offices who routinely pay workers $15 to $20 an hour without benefits. Union scale for the same work would be $48 an hour in a paycheck and $98 with full benefits.* How much does a phone call to pitch your product to the top reaches of the de Blasio’s administration cost? $68,750, apparently. That’s how much a company that’s been accused of ignoring workers’ rights sent to the mayor’s campaign just five days after their paid lobbyist snagged a coveted phone chat with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.
Yes the Daily News Zuckerman Did Not Bundle Any Money for the Mayor On Its Navy Yard Project But He Uses the Paper to Kiss the Mayor's Ass Every Chance He Gets
Daily News Double Talk: 2003 Residences of Atlantic Yards Priced Out by Gentrification - Daily News de Blasio Was Right to Back the Project
Atlantic becomes pacific as buildings rise at Brookyn rail yard (NYDN Ed) Eventually, the entire Pacific Park complex will contain 2,200 affordable housing units — albeit ones that will draw half their tenants from surrounding neighborhoods demographically unrecognizable from their 2003 state, with former residents since priced out. Although confronted with intense community opposition, then-City Councilman (and, later) Public Advocate Bill de Blasio backed the development, citing among other things its potential for producing affordable housing. As it turns out, he was right.
As the Daily News Editorials Praise Ratner's Atlantic Yards the News Section Shows His Abuse to Prospect Heights Neighborhood
Dissecting the Daily News's dopey, suck-up Atlantic Yards editorial (complicated by its own reporting) (AYR)
- A Living Nightmare: Neighbors say life next to Atlantic Yards is like living in 'shark tank'
- Promises of full-time jobs at Atlantic Yards has turned into part-time reality for Barclays employees
- Fight Night: Atlantic Yards neighbors lash out at developers as harassment persists
- No Place Like Home: Atlantic Yards project has Jerry Campbell fighting for his place in Brooklyn
Dr Ben Carson Calls on Young Journalists to Reject How the Media Bosses are Teaching Them to Be Dishonest And Tell the Truth
Straw Fundraiser by Businessman Whose Staff Made Unusual DonationsDe Blasio Fundraiser Tied to Businessman Whose Staff Made Unusual Donations (DNAINFO) The owner of a beauty supply business whose employees made suspicious donations to Bill de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign dates a top de Blasio fundraiser who is a fixture in the Upper Manhattan nightlife scene. The owner, Sm-Ali (Alex) Amanollahi, and workers at his company, Primary One LLC, donated to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign at the encouragement of his girlfriend, Rud Morales, a bar maven who served on de Blasio’s inaugural committee and as a board member of a city nonprofit, sources said. Amanollahi was also a victim of an alleged Ponzi scheme connected to the federal probe of NYPD brass and the mayor’s fundraising practices, DNAinfo New York has learned.Morales and Amanollahi's relationship connects several aspects of the ongoing federal investigation into de Blasio's campaign, corruption in the NYPD and the Ponzi scheme allegedly orchestrated by West Harlem restaurateur Hamlet Peralta. DNAinfo reported last week that federal investigators were scrutinizing de Blasio’s campaign for straw donations. And a DNAinfo review of de Blasio donations showed unusual contributions made by two drivers for Amanollahi’s business. Amanollahi, his family, his employees and his associates contributed more than $55,000 combined to de Blasio between October and December 2013, Campaign Finance Board records show. The Primary One drivers, who live in modest Queens apartments, each gave nearly $10,000 during that time. And one of them flip-flopped about making the donations. Driver Rafael Zepeda initially told DNAinfo that he contributed $9,450 to de Blasio’s campaign, but hours later said that he didn’t. Records show Zepeda gave two donations to de Blasio, including a $5,000 contribution he made via an Oct. 27, 2013, fundraiser at the Inwood nightclub Negro Claro Lounge. The hour-and-a-half event — which was attended by well-heeled businessmen — raised more than $213,000, according to records that the de Blasio campaign submitted to the Campaign Finance Board. Morales told DNAinfo New York that she believes the reported fundraising amount is inaccurate and said that her event only took in roughly $65,000. Morales is a go-to fundraiser in Upper Manhattan who has also hosted events at Negro Claro for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.
Team Cuomo Fear and Panic
The NY Post’s Fred Dicker reports Team Cuomo is on “lockdown,” with tight-lipped aides fearful that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s ongoing investigation of the governor’s former top aide Joseph Percoco and lobbyist Todd Howe may snare other officials.
Buffalo Billions Part of Larger Investigation of State Economic Projects Beyond Two of Gov Men
Regardless of whether federal prosecutors uncover any evidence of wrongdoing, a culture of secrecy, nurtured by the governor, may have helped spark the current investigation. * Hours after legislative leaders refused to commit to approving $485 million in additional funding for Buffalo’s SolarCity project, Cuomo administration officials said a key funding vote by a state oversight panel scheduled for today has been postponed. *While original agreements with the state required SolarCity to hire at least 1,460 workers for its Buffalo factory — including 900 within the first 24 months of operation — the number was dropped to just 500 workers, according to an amended agreement filed with the SEC. Both SolarCity and SUNY Polytechnic Institute officials deny the job reductions are a setback. * State officials hope to try again next Wednesday to approve $485 million for the SolarCity project in Buffalo, but legislators still want the Cuomo administration to provide more specifics about the funding before that meeting, The Buffalo News writes.* State officials hope to try again next Wednesday to approve $485 million to complete the SolarCity project at Buffalo’s RiverBend complex, though legislators say they still want the Cuomo administration to provide more specifics about the funding before that meeting.*
Buffalo Billion probe is part of a larger investigation of state projects (Buffalo News) New subpoenas show that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is looking for official corruption far beyond Western New York The first subpoenas from federal prosecutors arrived 11 months ago, demanding information about a couple of Buffalo Billion-funded projects, including the sprawling RiverBend project. ¶ But a single federal subpoena to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office two weeks ago showed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s probe has expanded significantly, and extends far beyond Buffalo. The subpoena wants information about individuals and companies from Brooklyn, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Westchester County, Rochester, Manhattan and Maryland. ¶ And though Cuomo last week said prosecutors are focusing on the actions of just two individuals the governor counted as among his longest and most trusted advisers – Joseph Percoco and Todd Howe – investigators appear to be headed in several directions that could take them well beyond just those two men. The Buffalo News obtained a portion of the federal subpoena to the Cuomo administration, and it demands: • All documents relating to the October 2013 request for proposals for the Buffalo Billion program as well as a development project by the same state university-created corporation – Fort Schuyler Management Corp. – in Syracuse, along with a March 2015 RFP by a sister entity for a since-stalled dormitory project at SUNY Polytechnic in Albany; • Details about certain actions taken by Percoco, Howe, several top current Cuomo advisers and the head of the state Power Authority, as well as Peter Cutler, a longtime Democratic operative from Buffalo who recently left Cuomo’s economic development field office in Western New York. The New York Post first reported that last week. Cutler last week confirmed he, too, had received a subpoena from Bharara’s office, though he declined to say what he is being asked to provide; • Any actions by those individuals “for the benefit of” nearly two dozen companies, including LPCiminelli, the Buffalo construction company handling construction of the RiverBend complex, and Norstar Development USA, a Buffalo-based company headed by the former top housing czar in the administration of the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor’s father; • Phone logs, visitor logs and calendar entries going back to January 2012 that might show meetings or contacts between administration officials and two dozen people or entities, including Ciminelli, Norstar, several Syracuse firms, a Brooklyn real estate developer, a Rochester real estate company, and two firms that, according to Percoco, paid him up to $120,000 in consulting fees sometime in 2014. Also on the list: Alain Kaloyeros, the SUNY Polytechnic president and Cuomo point person on the Buffalo Billion, as well as Howe.* Prosecutor who put away Silver now defends Buffalo judge in probe (Buffalo News) Carrie Cohen replaces local attorney in ongoing probe * Column: Joe Percoco's current employers have 18 billion reasons to stay in favor with state government:(TU) * Probes of de Blasio, Cuomo could shake up New York politics via
Fredric U. Dicker
And More Albany Probes + Cuomo + de Blasio
Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos head to prison, but state corruption probes aren’t over (Daily Freedman)
Now de Blasio Slams Silver As A Bad Apple in 2015 "Man of Integrity"
De Blasio slams ‘bad apples’ Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos (NYP) * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio trashed crooked ex-pols Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos as “bad apples” who got what they deserved in a WABC radio interview, while downplaying the multiple probes facing him and predicting he’ll be re-elected next year.* Dean Skelos Sports Complex removes references to disgraced politician's name (NYDN) A Long Island sports complex named after Skelos has quietly removed the signs bearing his name. Though the park is still named after Skelos, who last week was sentenced to five years in prison on federal corruption charges, the village of Rockville Centre removed any signs referencing the Dean Skelos Sports Complex.* Sheldon Silver's Surrender Date Pushed Back to August 31 (NY1)
In 16 Months and One Trial Silver When From "Man of Integrity" To "Bad Apple"
Albany Ethics Pension Rerorm Still Going Nowhere
Negotiations over a proposal to strip pensions from corrupt lawmakers continue in Albany — though broader ethics reforms appear to be going nowhere despite two recent scandals involving their leaders.* Gridlock Creeps Up On Ethics Bills(YNN)
Silver and Skelos Will Not Go to Jail Until After Supreme Court Rules On Corruption Case
Manhattan federal prosecutors told the judge who sentenced Dean and Adam Skelos last week that the government won’t push for them to go to prison until at least three-plus months after the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a pending case on anti-corruption laws.
The NYP Sends Queens Boss Crowley's Bank the Queens Surrogate Judge A Message
In 2004 Jack Newfield Wrote How Queens Pols Rip Off Their Surrogate Court
Lawyer makes millions with no details on fees - New York Daily News * Is ex-Surrogate Judge Michael Feinberg of New York a degenerate crook?
Bronx Bronx Surrogate Judge, Facing Discipline (NYT) Judge Holzman, the Bronx surrogate since 1988, is in the midst of a disciplinary hearing in which he is charged with allowing his staff to run amok and to take fees that were excessive and unearned from estates that it was handling. Judge Holzman could lose his job as a result of the hearing.
Another Hospital Closing Staff Beth Israel
Beth Israel Hospital set to close soon: Staff The Villager Nurses from Mount Sinai Beth Israel made emergency calls to The Villager on Tuesday. It wasn’t to provide medical care — but rather to let the newspaper know what they say is already a done deal: that the historic hospital will close, and “sooner rather than later.” Official word may come extremely soon, the nurses said. “They are going to make a big announcement before the end of the month,” one of them said. “We anticipate this is coming next week.” *Mount Sinai denies reports it's preparing to close Beth Israel Capital New YorkMount Sinai Health System on Friday evening acknowledged that it was still looking to overhaul Beth Israel Medical Center but denied reports that it was about to close the money-losing East Side facility, saying it was "100% committed to serving the community." Nurses and physicians have been worried for some time that Beth Israel would be closed or dramatically reduced in size, shifting jobs to other parts of the health system. A spokeswoman for Mount Sinai told POLITICO New York that leadership “was working on a plan [to] develop new facilities,” but declined to provide any further comment. Ken Davis, Mount Sinai’s CEO, has previously stated he is looking to rebuild Beth Israel, replacing its aging infrastructure with what could be a smaller facility with fewer in-patient beds.* Lower Manhattan's Last Large Hospital Could Be Shrinking, Despite Denials (Gothamist) De Blasio was openly critical of the fact that so many hospitals closed when Michael Bloomberg was mayor, and was arrested in 2013, during his mayoral campaign, for protesting the closing of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.
How Does This Guy Still Have His Job Running the BOE? 20% Poll Workers Don't Show Up
Board of Elections chief says there's 'no explanation' for Brooklyn election blunder (NYDN) * Poll workers have one job to do — and 20 percent don’t do it(NYP)
The head of the city’s embattled Board of Elections disclosed Friday that 20 percent of the poll workers trained by his agency don’t show up on Election Day. When asked to clarify the startling statistic he provided at a City Council budget hearing, board Executive Director Michael Ryan had few answers. “We train them and then they don’t show up,” he said. Bronx poll worker Diana Finch, who attended the hearing, told The Post she believes the percentage of no-shows is much higher.*NY Lawyer Brings Court Case Over Primary Chaos – Jonathan Clarke Talks with Lee Camp 
Still No Answers From BOE About the 120,000 Purged Voters?
City Council BOE Takeover
10 Areas Where DOI Can Investigate the BOE
What Happens After Golden Pick Rudiano is Accused of Wiping Out 120,000 Brooklyn Voters ? Her Court Testimony May Help Him Take Over the Brooklyn GOP
Before he heard any testimony or saw any evidence, the judge announced he was going to rule Golden's proxies back in, which would knock out current Brooklyn party Boss Arnaldo Ferraro and put Senator Golden in charge. And he repeatedly prevented any talk of the Golden-Rudiano alliance from being put on the record. The judge stymied our lawyer left and right, and spoon-fed points to the opposing lawyer. When the Board of Elections Suspended Brooklyn office chief Diana Rudiano testified on Friday, she repeatedly answered "I don't remember" when our the anti-Golden lawyer asked something, but had answers to all her lawyer's questions. The anti-Golden forces Brooklyn Courts are fixed and they will win on appeal. "Yeah, Marty had this judge in his pocket from the opening remarks on"* Brooklyn GOP factions submit competing leadership bids (City and State
The Bottom Feeders Running the NYC GOP Still Fighting Each Other
Golden ally issued deceptive robocalls in county chairman race (Booklyn Daily) A top advisor to state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) admitted in court on May 9 to sending out deceptive robocalls during last year’s contentious Republican party county chairman contest in an attempt to tip the scales for his boss’s preferred winner. James McClelland, a political adviser to the Brooklyn pol, sent calls to party members ahead of a Sept. 30 convention implying ballots they had previously filled out were not valid and instructing them to toss their votes — called “proxies” in political lingo — and wait for party leaders to send them the “official” ballots. “Please do not sign and return the postcard proxy you recently received in the mail,” McClelland told party members without identifying himself during a Sept. 23 round of robocalls. “Over the next few days, your district leader or representative will contact you personally to have you sign the official proxy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and service to the Republican party.” It’s the latest revelation in an ongoing power struggle between former party chairman Craig Eaton and Golden that is playing out in court. Eaton-backed former Assemblyman Arnaldo Ferraro beat Golden-backed Ted Ghorra in the Sept. 30 contest after party officials invalidated more than 400 votes for Ghorra.
competing meetings where Ferraro and Ghorra both acted as chairman. And Ghorra took Ferraro to court over the 400 tossed votes. But the litigative gambit backfired when McClelland admitted he helped Ghorra obtain the votes through deception. Ferraro attorney Ezra Glaser asked McClelland if the robocall — specifically with the use of the word “official” — was orchestrated to confuse people into believing they had signed an incorrect ballot and should re-sign their names on the “official” one for Ghorra. An erstwhile Golden ally who received three of McClelland’s robocalls believes they were designed to manipulate people, he said. “The whole purpose of that robocall was to convince people that there was something wrong with that proxy,” said former Golden political consultant Gerry O’Brien. “There are no ‘official’ or ‘unofficial proxies.’ There are valid and or invalid — but when you say, ‘Don’t sign that proxy, because there’s something wrong with it — this is the official proxy,’ it’s misleading and it’s fraudulent.” Testimony ended May 10, and now Supreme Court judge Edgar Walker will decide the party’s next boss.
Justice for Sale in Manhattan What About the Silver Court?
Prosecutors rip lawyer and paralegal accused of bribing court worker (NYP) Prosecutors Friday blasted a criminal defense lawyer and a paralegal for corrupting justice by allegedly bribing a court staffer to steer them wealthy clients. “It was a complete scam carried out by these defendants to exploit and corrupt this system for their own gain,” said ADA Samuel Levy at the Manhattan Supreme Court bribery trial of attorney Benjamin Yu and paralegal Jose Nunez. The defendants allegedly paid a New York Criminal Justice Agency employee more than $30,000 for funneling them potential clients from August 2013 to September 2014. CJA staffer Luis Veras Rodriguez was tasked with interviewing defendants prior to their arraignments so he could make bail condition recommendations. He would allegedly target “people with money, people with good paying jobs” and would hand them Yu’s business card * De Blasio finally admits Sheldon Silver is a criminal (NYP)
* Former Assembly Speaker Silver asks to stay free pending appeal (CrainsNY) Lawyers said the U.S. Supreme Court is considering changing the limits of a law used to convict the 72-year-old Manhattan De
Team Cuomo Blasts de Blasio Blame Game Smokescreen
Democratic leader slams de Blasio for ‘political smokescreen’(NYP) The executive director of the state Democratic Party slammed Mayor de Blasio in an interview Friday for creating a “political smokescreen” to distract from probes of his fund-raising. Basil Smikle disputed efforts by the mayor and his allies to pin the leaks about the investigations on political rivals including Gov. Cuomo, The New York Times reported. “To the extent that the mayor is asserting that the current investigation is politically motivated, that would imply that actions of the Manhattan DA and the US attorney are politically motivated,” Smikle Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. and Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara are looking into whether de Blasio’s aides played fast and loose with campaign finance rules.
de Blasio's Lawyer Interconnected With the State Dem Party Lawyers
De Blasio lawyer did event for group with ties to state Dem party (NYDN) At the same time allies to Gov. Cuomo hammer Mayor de Blasio and his campaign lawyer Laurence Laufer for branding probes by state entities into the mayor and his associates as politically motivated, Laufer last week helped lead an event by a group aligned with the state party designed to teach lawyers about state and city campaign finance laws. “The (state party) seems happy to rely on Mr. Laufer's expertise when it suits them but questions it when politically expedient,” said one Democratic aide. Laufer, a former counsel to the city Campaign Finance Board, and Doug Kellner, co-chairman of the state Board of Elections, led the May 12 event sponsored by the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, which is a joint voting rights project of the state and national Democratic committees Laufer last week released a scathing letter saying that the Committee For One New York, a non-profit created to push de Blasio’s agenda, would no longer cooperate with a probe by the state ethics commission. Laufer claimed called the probe a political witch hunt undertaken by allies of the governor. He also recently released a letter trashing as political criminal referral made by Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman, a Cuomo appointee, regarding the de Blasio fundraising operation's help for Senate Democrats in 2014. In that letter, he said the legal points Sugarman made in her referral letter were not accurate and also raised the issue of possible political hijinks. Former state Sen. Martin Connor, a lawyer who does campaign work, attended the May 12 event as part of a requirement in New York that attorneys every two years get a certain amount of continuing legal education. He said Laufer focused on the rules pertaining to the city Campaign Finance Board and did not bring up any of the investigations or hostilities between the governor and mayor.
de Blasio May Not Understand But He Just Called DOI, CFB and Conflict of Interest Board That Picks Is Under His Thumb
NYT Putnam de Blasio's Protect Cuomo Lundered Senate $$$ Also Gray Lady Says Percoco Was Involved
NYT in the Tank for the Mayor
Albany Plays the Schoolyard Bully (NYT) State lawmakers need to stop playing games and let Mayor Bill de Blasio keep control over city schools.
Next: Bharara's Premature Closing of the Moreland Commission Warning
Preet Bharara says he’s not done — and Cuomo might be next (NYP) Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara watched with smug satisfaction Thursday as a judge slapped the second of Albany’s “three men in a room” with prison time. But the sure-shot lawman made it clear that Gov. Cuomo remains on his mind — taking time from his victory lap to fire a salvo straight toward the state’s chief executive. “In the span of just 16 months, we have seen the arrest, prosecution, conviction and sentencing of both leaders of the New York State Legislature,” Bharara said in a statement minutes after former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was given five years in prison. “These cases show — and history teaches — that the most effective corruption investigations are those that are truly independent and not in danger of either interference or premature shutdown,” Bharara added — a clear jab at Cuomo. Cuomo created a Moreland Commission panel in 2013 to fight against corruption in state politics, but abruptly shut it down less than a year later amid pressure from lawmakers. Bharara launched a probe into the panel’s closure but said earlier this year that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove the Cuomo administration had committed any federal crime. But with his statement Thursday, Bharara made it clear that the battle against corruption in Albany continues. “The only thing that is truly bipartisan in Albany right now is the corruption.” Bharara sat in the back of the courtroom as Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood sentenced Skelos. Bharara kept his head down as Skelos’s wife, Gail, sneered, “You can go to hell,” as she walked past him, Politico reported. * Despite Perennial Reform, Scandals In NY Swell (YNN) * Following the Skelos sentencing, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement that took a clear jab at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the early shutdown of the corruption busting Moreland Commission, which Bharara looked into, but ultimately declined to bring any charges.* An inquiry by Bharara’s office focuses on de Blasio’s fundraising efforts to help the state Senate Democrats in their failed 2014 effort to re-take the majority. But the Cuomo campaign, which was run by ex-Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, who is also now under investigation, was nonetheless involved in the overall effort and may have been aware of the mayor’s actions.* Preet Bharara looking into Percoco's wife, the ex-teacher, and her education gig
Moreland Investigation Ends, Media Cover-Up
Where Will de Blasio Next Birthday Party Be Held?
People actually paid $250 to go to de Blasio’s birthday party (NYP) After having trouble selling tickets to his birthday bash, Mayor de Blasio eventually was able to sell enough $100-to-$250 tickets to fill Brooklyn Bowl, where he was roasted by comedian Louis C.K. Thursday evening. More than 600 people attended the event, including Emma Wolfe, a top political aide to the mayor who was subpoenaed in the federal probe looking into money funneled to Democratic candidates for state Senate. * Mayor de Blasio’s Birthday Party Serves as Re-election Rally (NYT) To a room of actors, taxi drivers and public-relations experts, Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched for a second term, urging participants to stand with him.* After initially having trouble selling tickets to his birthday bash fundraiser, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio eventually was able to convince enough people to pay $100-to-$250 to fill Brooklyn Bowl, where he was roasted by comedian Louis C.K. last night. *De Blasio pitched his re-election run in 2017 to the crowd of his supporters, urging them to stand with him against “powerful forces” arrayed against the “progressive change” brought by his administration.
Skelos 5 Years His Son Adam 61/2
A nephew of Dean Skelos, Basil “Billy” Skelos, was arrested for grabbing a Daily News reporter’s phone, throwing it across the street and grabbing her wrist following the disgraced pol’s sentencing alongside his son. * Nephew of Dean Skelos arrested for wrenching Daily News reporter’s wrist following uncle's sentencing (NYDN) * Dean Skelos Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Corruption Case (NYT) -&Adam 61/2. Unelected son's abuse of pwr; tragic *Ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos sentenced to 5 years, son Adam gets 6 1/2 in prison for bribery, extortion and conspiracy (NYDN) * Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ nephew Basil Skelos was detained by the NYPD after he grabbed the wrist of a Daily News reporter in the post-sentencing scrum and threw her cellphone. He was charged with third degree assault.* While the crimes and the 12-year prison term of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exceeded those of Skelos and his son, the Skeloses’ trial stood out for the gritty, unvarnished look it offered of the personal and political dealings of a family immersed in Albany’s back channels.
No Mrs. Skelos Clarence Bharara Will Get His Wings and Your Husband is Going to Jail
she told the federal prosecutor: “You can go to hell.” * Judge Kimba Wood did not set a date by which the Skeloses had to surrender to prison authorities, saying she would first rule on a request by their lawyers that they be allowed to remain free pending their appeals.* Dean Skelos is all son Adam has left (NYP) * Dean Skelos Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Corruption Case (NYT) The sentencing of Mr. Skelos, the second in 10 days of a former senior New York lawmaker, closes an extraordinary chapter during which two trials exposed the seamy side of Albany politics.* Judge Calls Out Skelos Son’s ‘Appalling’ Ways (WSJ) Adam Skelos was sentenced to 6½ years in prison, more time than his father, Dean Skelos, received * As Skelos heads to prison, Albany’s corruption story never ends(Buffalo News) * Adam Skelos’ personal life has been destroyed by the corruption scandal, which prompted his wife, Anne Marie, to file for divorce, his lawyer said at Adam’s sentencing. Adam’s ex is now planning to move in with Adam’s mom, Gail, along with their two autistic sons. * Ken Lovett: “Even for New York, which has almost become numb to the procession of public officials in recent years who left office in handcuffs or shame, having two top legislative leaders given substantial prison time a little more than a week apart is a new low.”
US Attorney Bharara
IDC GOP Senate Coalition and Skelos Flanagan
The Affordable Housing Fake Promise
The odds of landing affordable housing in NYC are 1,000 to 1 (NYP) The odds of landing an affordable apartment through the city’s Housing Connect Web site have gotten so long that they’re now at about 1,000 to 1, officials said Wednesday. Housing Commissioner Vicki Been testified at a City Council budget hearing that 2,628 affordable apartments have become available online so far this year — drawing 2.54 million applications. The lottery excludes affordable units that are reserved directly for seniors, the formerly homeless and for supportive housing. Rents vary, but are almost always well below market rates. A project in downtown Brooklyn at 461 Dean St., near Barclays Center, has a one-bedroom currently available for as little as $600 for a couple earning no more than $29,000 a year.The number of applications represents a dramatic increase from fiscal 2013, when some 364,000 applications were submitted for just over 2,300 units. The odds of landing affordable digs that year — the first year of the online lottery — were about 150 to 1.* The woman with a federal Sec. 8 rent voucher who must use her car as her living room.
Daily News Pushes Hard On Albany to End Child Abuse
'I HAVE NO COMMENT': New York State’s big three politicians don’t have time to discuss reforms to child abuse law(NYDN)
'SHAME ON YOU': Former DA Jeanine Pirro 'disappointed' in pols for protecting pervs rather than seeking justice for victims
‘AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER’: ‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson — a Staten Island native — slams school priest accused of sexist, racist rants
Always behind closed doors: Albany won't speak up on sex abuse(NYDN Ed)
Cuomo has dodged repeated entreaties from advocates against child sexual abuse to support legislation that would enable many victims of this crime to seek justice from their abusers. A spokesman said the governor supports changes to current law, but wouldn’t say what those changes are.* N.Y. bizman wants to spend $100G against senators to help child sex-abuse victims: 'kids are still getting abused every day' (NYDN) * Kathryn Robb, a sex abuse survivor-turned-attorney and advocate for victims, has a meeting in Albany today Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco to discuss a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for pursuing criminal charges or filing lawsuits in child sex abuse cases.Top Democrats in Albany still won’t tell survivors where they can stand on the decade-old effort to reform the state’s statute of limitations law on child sex abuse claims. * A coalition of nearly three dozen organizations is looking to jumpstart the push for Lavern’s Law before the legislative session ends in June. * GIVING PREDATORS A PASS: The case of Father James Williams underscores the urgency of statute-of-limitations reforms (NYDN) After being called out by victims, Cuomo said – through a spokesman – that he wanted to pass a bill in the next few weeks that would make it easier for adults who were sexually abused as kids to seek justice.
From Koch, Silver and Percoco MSG Pays No Local Taxes
NY1 ItCH: A Hat Trick in the State Capitol (NY1) MSG is still reaping the benefits from a 1982 deal with then-Mayor Ed Koch that prevented the Rangers and Knicks from moving to New Jersey – or other parts unknown -- for at least ten years. As The New York Times' Joyce Purnick pointed out in 2002, Koch at the time portrayed the tax break as temporary – although the fine print said otherwise. Since the deal was struck – which required state approval -- MSG may have saved a cumulative total of about $450 million in taxes. With New York City's mascot morphing from Travis Bickle to Mickey Mouse, it's unclear why the Garden is still getting an annual tax break. Are the teams seriously looking to leave midtown Manhattan for somewhere in South Carolina? And should big businesses get the same kind of tax breaks that are typically reserved for churches and educational institutions? While the mayor and the City Council want to put the Garden back on the tax rolls, it's a different story in Albany. For years, James Dolan, the CEO of Cablevision, which owns the Garden, smartly curried favor with former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was a big Rangers fan and the driving force behind killing a rival West Side stadium for the New York Jets. And earlier this year, Dolan picked a big card from Governor Cuomo's deck, hiring longtime Cuomo confidante Joe Percoco last December to be a senior vice president. Percoco has since become a familiar name in the news, facing a federal probe for his role in Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" program. If state lawmakers and the governor wanted to distance themselves from both corporate power and the pay-to-play culture, they could have allowed the city to send a tax bill to the Garden that thousands of small businesses pay each year.
Yesterday True News
A good offense may often be the best defense in sports, but Mayor de Blasio is whistling in the dark if he really thinks it’s his way out of one of the biggest political scandals in New York City history.
The mayor is desperately trying to deflect attention any way he can from the myriad criminal probes now under way of his administration on five different fronts. That’s why he’s now blasting the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, refusing to cooperate with its probe of his slush fund, the Campaign for One New York. It’s a political hit job clearly directed by the governor, de Blasio suggests.
Not that he’s mentioning Cuomo by name. He just urges reporters to “look into these fascinating interconnections and potential motivations and the cast of characters” involved in JCOPE’s operation. Yes, JCOPE was a Cuomo creation. But all that guilt-by-association insinuation cuts both ways: Similar “interconnections and potential motivations” — and an odd cast of characters — have de Blasio squirming on the investigative hot seat. Like possible quid pro quos: favors given to donors to his slush funds and campaigns. But JCOPE is trying to subpoena CONY, not de Blasio. By aggressively declaring non-cooperation, the mayor only underscores just how tightly connected he and his slush fund actually are. Besides, the mayor’s public bluster ignores the fact that US Attorney Preet Bharara has had criminal probes of City Hall shenanigans under way for some time. The investigations even predate the state Board of Elections criminal referral to Manhattan DA Cy Vance — a move that de Blasio also tried to write off as the work of a Cuomo ally. Fact is, the two prosecutors remain much bigger potential threats than anything the relatively toothless JCOPE might do. De Blasio brought this whole mess on himself. And all the tough talk in the world won’t change that.
Yesterday True News Wrote:
Does the Press Understand How Unconstitutional It is When the Mayor Says He Does Not Want His Lobbyists to Follow the State Law? And How Dumb
AS Feds and Manhattan DA Zero In ON Same Crimes as JCOPE?
FBI Had Their Own Investigation Into the Mayor's Fund Raising During the 2014 Election Before Before JCOPE Made It Criminal Referral
FBI Probed Mayor's Fundraising Before DA Got State's 'Criminal Referral' (DNAINFO) Federal authorities were already investigating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2014 fundraising efforts to unseat state Senate Republicans months before the Manhattan District Attorney received a "criminal referral" from a state elections official about "Team de Blasio," DNAinfo New York has learned. A team of FBI agents from the bureau’s Public Corruption Unit started eyeing the mayor’s 2014 election efforts for upstate Democratic candidates as many as five months before Risa Sugarman, the state Board of Elections' Chief Enforcement Officer, wrote the DA that her team discovered "willful and flagrant" violations by the mayor and his associates, sources said. The timing is significant because the mayor and his supporters maintain that the investigation into the upstate activities stemmed from Sugarman's referral, and that it was politically motivated by foes of de Blasio and his progressive agenda.
In the detailed referral, which was leaked to the media, Sugarman, a former top Bronx prosecutor appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said her investigators determined “that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place.” She claimed the fundraising apparatus used by “Team de Blasio” deliberately circumvented campaign donation limits in three races, channeling funds to candidates through county committees that could accept up to $103,000 from a single donor — well above the $10,300 allowed if a direct contribution was made to the candidate. At the time of the Sugarman referral, the Manhattan DA's office had its own investigation going into aspects of the mayor's fundraising in his 2013 mayoral election, and questionable money transactions tied to his campaign to rid the city of carriage horses, the sources say. The Sugarman issues, however, were not on their radar and opened yet another avenue to examine. But sources say it was not long before the DA realized the feds had a "parallel" probe well underway, and they teamed up.* DNAinfo New York reported last week that the federal probe is now eyeing the mayor's entire fundraising apparatus as a potential criminal enterprise — with many of the same advisers, campaign officials or lobbyists acting in a "conspiracy" to circumvent election laws. Such a federal charge would likely be accompanied by other offenses such as mail fraud, wire fraud, extortion and even money laundering, sources said. For example, DNAinfo New York reported that real estate developer Don Peebles said he felt he could not say "no" to de Blasio's request for $20,000 to support universal Pre-K. Peebles later requested his money be returned when some of it went to other initiatives, including one that was working against Peebles' own interest to develop Long Island College Hospital.Supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, meanwhile, has told federal investigators that de Blasio buttonholed him at a charity event in 2014 and asked him to give $50,000 for the Putnam County Democratic Party. He said he later was angry to learn the money almost immediately went to an upstate candidate’s campaign coffers.DNAinfo New York has reported that the FBI probe began more than two years ago with a corruption tip about Philip Banks, the NYPD's former Chief of Department. Sources say violations of state law that do not rise to the federal levels will be ultimately be prosecuted by the Manhattan DA, whose office declined comment, as did the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. * Mayor de Blasio brushes off ethics commission’s motion to bring his defunct Campaign for One New York to court (NYDN)
JCOPE Asks Judge to Order Team de Blasio to Heed Subpoena on CONY Investigation Preferential Treatment Being Looked At
Court Is Asked to Compel de Blasio Nonprofit to Heed Subpoena(NYT) A state ethics panel asked a court on Monday to compel the Campaign for One New York, a political nonprofit connected to Mayor Bill de Blasio, to hand over documents related to its lobbying and fund-raising activities after the group’s lawyer declared last week that he would not comply with the panel’s subpoena. The panel, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, known as Jcope, filed papers in State Supreme Court in Albany seeking to have a judge enforce the subpoena, arguing that the nonprofit had no basis for refusing to provide the documents, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Campaign for One New York now has several days to respond, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the papers were filed under seal. The group’s lawyer, Laurence D. Laufer, said in a letter on Friday that the group would no longer cooperate with the panel’s investigation into the nonprofit’s lobbying activities, saying the inquiry had become “blatantly political.”* Disclosure forms filed by the Campaign For One New York show it accepted numerous contributions from companies that did business with the city or wanted something from his administration. Investigators want to know if donors received preferential treatment from the city in exchange for contributions to the group, which was created to promote the mayor’s policy agenda.
The Speaker Found Guility of Using An Illegal NYCLASS Lobbyists Says de Blasio Follow "Letter of the Law"
City & State found some details of his nonprofit groups and their interactions with City Hall remain private or virtually inaccessible to the public, and oversight of them appears muddled with largely voluntary compliance.* A Long Island Republican wants the state Board of Elections to expand an investigation into the use of county party committees by de Blasio and his team to help Senate Democratic candidates in 2014.* De Blasio: State Commission Subpoena Is Part Of Witch Hunt By Cuomo (WCBS) Meanwhile, Others Hint About Running Against De Blasio Next Year
Kramer: “They claim that they have seven Democrats and seven Republicans and it’s bipartisan. I wonder if you believe what they’re saying.” De Blasio: “No, I don’t. I think it’s quite clear a double standard is being held. I think it’s quite clear there are other motivations, and if they want to go to court, they can go to court. We think it’s quite clear that they are beyond their purview.”
Boyland Chief of Staff Does Not Want to Go to Jail Corruption Hot
The ex-lover and former chief of staff of convicted former Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. is asking for a sentence of just probation for her involvement in his bribery schemes. *
Ex-lover of disgraced politician pleas for no jail time (NYP) The ex-lover of convicted former Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. is asking for a sentence of just probation for her involvement in his bribery schemes. Ry-Ann Hermon, who served as Boyland’s chief of staff and was also romantically involved with the pol, is asking Judge Sandra Townes for no jail time ahead of sentencing in Brooklyn federal court Friday. Hermon — who notably told an undercover agent that a $1,000 payoff made her “so hot” — cooperated with the feds.
Albany and City Hall Corruption
You Want to Bet the Feds Are Forcing IDC's Klein to Return Nursing Home Pay to Play ContributionAmid questions about nursing home favored in budget, Klein returns contributions (PoliticoNY)
The head of the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference says he has returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from a nursing home operator whose facility received a carve-out in the state budget. State Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx returned the contributions on May 2, a spokeswoman told POLITICO New York. She wouldn't specify exactly how much was returned. Klein's actions come a month after the Legislature passed a budget that included a provision entitling the Citadel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge to receive an extra $1 million a year in Medicaid reimbursement funds until March 2046. The nursing home's chief executive, Leopold Friedman, along with companies in which he claims an ownership stake, have given at least $71,000 to state campaign committees since 2013. Half of this money went to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but a sizable chunk — $22,000 — went to Klein. An additional $13,000 went to top Republican senators.* Amid questions about nursing home favored in budget, Klein returns contributions Facility received a $30M carve-out in state budget * Nursing home with ties to senator awarded $30M grant (NYP)
A $30 million grant to a troubled Bronx nursing home in the state budget has raised the hackles of government watchdogs. The earmark of $1 million a year until 2046 goes to the 385-bed Citadel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge, whose owners have contributed thousands of dollars to Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein’s campaigns. “A little-noticed provision of this year’s budget directs $30 million to a single nursing home in The Bronx — which is unusual even by the standards of New York state government,” noted the Empire Center for Public Policy. Klein has received at least $10,000 in contributions from owners of the nursing home, which is in his district and also is in the turf of Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz. Klein pushed the funding in the Senate spending proposal, and it was later included in the state budget, with the support of Gov. Cuomo and the Assembly.
Owner Leopold Friedman gave money to both Klein and Cuomo. Senator is returning campaign contributions from nursing-home interests as part of a regular internal audit of “monies that present the appearance of a potential conflict.” * A $30 million grant to a troubled Bronx nursing home in the state budget has raised the hackles of government watchdogs. The owners of the 385-bed Citadel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge have contributed thousands of dollars to Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein’s campaigns.
Parkside Which Owns the State Senate Now Target by GOP
Senate GOP Knocks Dems For Consulting Firm Ties (YNN) Senate Republicans are attacking a suburban Democratic lawmaker who has used the Parkside Group in his campaigns. In a statement from Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif, Westchester County Sen. George Latimer is criticized for retaining the consulting firm in his 2012 and 2014 campaigns, giving the firm more than $330,000. The consulting firm is one of several that were issued subpoenas by Board of Elections enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman, who recommended criminal prosecution for the fundraising activities of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose efforts two years ago aiding Senate Democrats in key battleground races has fallen under scrutiny. George Latimer needs to rid himself of his tainted consulting team right now,” said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif. “If he truly believed in ethics reform, he would have done so already. What Latimer does here will tell Westchester voters everything they need to know.” The push from Senate Republicans comes after Democrats successfully flipped the district on Long Island once held by former Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was ousted in December following his conviction on corruption charges. “This is comical coming from the Conference of Dean Skelos that has continuously blocked ethics reforms and has multiple members under investigation,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy. “The Senate GOP are getting desperate and know that their days in the majority are over. Also this fake attack ignores the fact that The Parkside Group is a voter contact firm not a fundraising firm but facts never seem to matter to the flailing Republican Conference.” The victory by Todd Kamsinky, who had retained Parskide as one of several consulting firms,
Airbnb Has A Bigger Race Problem Fueling Gentrification Pushing Blacks Out of Minority NeighborhoodsAirbnb’s burden to end any racial bias in its rentals (NYDN Ed) The online lodging service Airbnb has a race problem that the tech giant has a moral, if not legal, duty to expunge from its self-described “trusted community marketplace.” But, in a striking commentary on the true level of hidden racism in America, there is substantial evidence that the Airbnb “community” is less inclusive to African-Americans than to others. The Twitter hashtag #airbnbwhileblack, posted alongside screenshots of curt rejections by prospective hosts, sums up the experiences of users who suspect that their race played a role in denying them accommodations. They’re not paranoid. Harvard Business School researchers ran tests in Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. They found that potential renters with black-sounding first names were 16% more likely to be rejected than those with white-sounding names, for that reason alone * Airbnb fights bill to ban advertising of illegal units (NYP) * * A political organization funded by a top hotel-trades union has helped develop the Share Better campaign – a multifaceted lobbying effort to persuade New York City politicians to curtail Airbnb, according to emails and records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.* Airbnb moved in, and there went my neighborhood
Manhattan landlord Steve Croman surrenders to face charges he threatened, sued rent-protected tenants to force them out for high-rent units (NYDN)
@HammerDaily NYC landlord Steve Croman arrested for threatening rent-stabilized tenants--"secret weapon" is former NYPD cop
Team de Blasio Creating A NYS Constitutional Crisis As They Defy Subpoenas By the JCOPE Which Regulates Election and Lobbyists
When Lawyer Ravi Batra A JCOPE Commissioner Tried to Expose the Illegality of the None Profit CSNY Campaign-Lobbying Coordinating in 2012 He Had No Idea That He Would Also Be On Point for A Tax Exempt None Proft de Blasio Would Form A Year Latter the Campaign for One NY
RaviBatra@RaviBatra C41NY, as CSNY, is tax-exempt issue-advocacy. No tax-exempt body can Candidate-Coordinate OR lobby & remain such. JCOPE is Lobbyists'Cop * I protested in7/12 as JCOPE Commissioner when #JCOPE, w/o Pwr, alteredDisclosure Date to cloak #CSNY & Cuomo-admitted 2Coordinating-CSNY * AsJCOPE Commish I notified Feds in 8/12 & resigned 9/7/12 from JCOPE. Now, C41NY has BdB-Coordination, lobbying, QuidProQuo Donor-BdB? JCOPEsubpoena must be complied w/ by C41NY, Donors disclosed, Tax-Exempt lost, look4QPQs, conspiracy & state & federal (tax)crimes nailed. * Goodbye, Committee to Save New York! (Met Council on Housing) * "A guide to political corruption probes in New York State" (Because there are a lot of them and it's confusing)
-Thx to Cuomo feeling bitten by @PreetBharara, he cut de Blasio to distract; but Preet & Cy can take both out
Both Nixon and Now de Blasio Refused to Answer Subpoenas From Investigates
John Catsimatidis said he made the 50,000 contribution at the request of the mayor, after they spoke at the Al Smith Foundation dinner Oct. 1. Alexis Lodde was not known to contribute to New York political campaigns, but shortly after his school-bus company's workers got a chunk of $42 million from the de Blasio administration, he sent $100,000 to aid one of the mayor's pet causes: state Senate Democrats.* We Won't Comply With 'Blatantly Political' Subpoena, Mayor's Lawyer Says (DNAINFO) JCOPE does have the power to go to court to try to compel the mayor's nonprofit to respond to the subpoena. The group announced in March that it was closing after good government groups called for an investigation. “We want the documents and we want them now," Seth Agata, JCOPE's executive director, told The New York Times. According to Laufer's letter, JCOPE is investigating whether the Campaign for One New York was required to register as a lobbyist in 2015 as it did in 2014 when the group was known as UPKNYC and focused on lobbying activities to bring universal pre-K to New York City, a successful campaign that is one of de Blasio's signature achievements. But in 2015, the Campaign for One New York decided not to register as a lobbyist because the group was mainly focused on launching The Progressive Agenda, de Blasio's somewhat failed effort to make income inequality a central issue in the 2016 presidential elections. The Progressive Agenda became a separate entity in July 2015 and the Campaign for One New York's work "did not trigger the statutory threshold for registration as a lobbyist," Laufer wrote.
This is What JCOPE Said Team de Blasio, CONY and the Consultants Did
De Blasio, aides accused of ‘criminal’ fundraising activity (NYP) “There is considerable evidence in this case that New York City mayor William de Blasio organized a team dedicated to getting a sufficient number of Democratic New York State senators elected in 2014 to achieve a Democratic majority in the senate. The evidence indicates that de Blasio established a structure, both within and outside City Hall, and entered into an agreement with powerful unions… and political consultants… to raise and spend money to influence senate races,” wrote Sugarman, who was nominated to the post by Gov. Cuomo. “The evidence demonstrates that the de Blasio team coordinated its fundraising activities with and intentionally solicited contributions for these candidates … in order to evade contribution limits and to disguise the true names of the contributors, conduct which may violate [two election laws],” she wrote. One of those alleged violations is a felony. The memo targets de Blasio, his legislative director. When the Putnam Party Committee Hired Team de Blasio Political Consultants It Showed An Ilegal Quid Pro Quo Arrangement with the Campaign for One NY Radio De Blasio begins weekly radio appearance amid talk of investigations (Politico)
Board of Ed Bullies Incompetent Contracts Bronx PEP Member Quits Shades of BP Diaz Campaign 2017
School spending panel: DOE bullies us to side with de Blasio (NYP) The Panel for Educational Policy, a 13-person body that votes on billions of dollars in school spending, is under-trained in financial oversight and pressured to do whatever Mayor de Blasio asks, members say. “We shouldn’t be made a rubber stamp,” said Bronx appointee Robert Powell, who quit in frustration in January. “We need to be able to make the right decision.” Powell was the only PEP member courageous enough to vote down a problem-plagued $1.1 billion computer contract supported by City Hall and was later iced out by Chancellor Carmen Fariña, he told The Post. The revelations come as de Blasio pleads with state lawmakers to extend his control of city schools, which expires June 30. When mayoral control began in 2002, the PEP was formed to replace the old Board of Education — and to provide some checks and balances on the mayor’s power. The mayor gets to appoint eight of the unpaid members, and the five borough presidents one each. Powell, appointed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., said he got the “cold shoulder” from Department of Education brass in February 2015 after casting the lone no vote against a five-year, $1.1 billion contract for computer hardware and software services. The vendor was previously cited for looking the other way while a consultant used a kickback scheme to steal millions in school funds. After the 10-1 vote, Fariña “wouldn’t speak to me,” Powell said. “She wouldn’t look at me. Before, she would say hello. After that, she would walk into a room and speak to other people one-on-one but never said a word to me. His stance on the contract, along with whistleblowers, helped save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The DOE bargained the contract down to $635 million, but later yanked it — a first in history. Leonie Haimson, a watchdog who first raised a red flag about the suspect pact, said the PEP routinely approves deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars without a peep. “They have never rejected a contract,” she said. “Often there are no questions or comments in public before contracts are unanimously approved.” Powell said he felt “micro-managed.” For instance, he faced heat for balking at a DOE plan to co-locate a charter school with a Bronx school that Fariña had just tapped to become a “community school” with lots of new services. Norman Fruchter, a former director of NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy who served two years on the PEP, believes he got adequate training from procurement officials, but still “felt a bit foolish” that he voted for the $1.1 billion computer contract at the DOE’s urging. Teacher who allegedly raped student landed job at DOE: probe (NYP) * Standardized testing can be "abusive" to certain students, Regents chief says * 6 out of 10 NYC students leave HS unprepared -- and they're literally paying the price.
- The city teachers union got a $9 billion, no-concessions contract — and days later the United Federation of Teachers wrote a $350,000 check to one of the mayor’s pet nonprofits.
- Violent incidents at city schools have risen 23 percent — with forcible sex offenses up 90 percent since 2014 and assault with serious physical injury up 48 percent. And the most violent schools are disproportionately black and Hispanic.
- Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and her cronies have only pretended to address the scandalous grade- and test-fixing scams that produce countless “worthless diplomas.”
- Plus, the UFT is neck-deep in the fund-raising shenanigans that have Team de Blasio under federal investigation.
- And that’s not even mentioning de Blasio’s ongoing cold war on charter schools, or the vacuity of his plans for the regular public schools to all be great a decade or so down the line. In the past, we’ve supported mayoral control even under this mayor. But we never imagined he would sell out the interests of the city’s children to help fund his statewide and national political ambitions.
Who Watchers the Watchman, Lobbyists, Grand Jury, AG - DAs Conflict of Interests With NYPD and Elected Officials
Horse-Carriage Fight Politics
Media Cover-Up of NYCLASS, Other Citizens United PACs, Mayor One NY PAC
CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping
CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping
Developer Trying to Another Senior Housing Program While the Park Slope Pols Sleep
from the Associate Press this weekend describes the plight of Annemarie Mogil, Alice Singer, Lillian Guide, and two others who are standing up to Haysha Deitsch, who purchased Prospect Park Residence in 2006 for $40 million, then proceeded to sell it in 2013 for $76.5 million. Deitsch kept the sale a secret until Spring 2014, when staff told the Residence's 125 seniors that their care facility would soon become condos.* 'THIS USED TO BE A BIG, HAPPY, WARM VILLAGE': Five elderly holdouts at Brooklyn assisted-living facility fight to keep their home from real estate developer (NYDN) Relatives of several elderly holdouts at a Brooklyn assisted-living facility said they refuse to back down in their battle for a decent place to live. The stubborn tenants of Prospect Park Residence in Park Slope have already been to court and to Albany to block a pending sale of the once-flourishing long-term care facility they call home. Now they face another hurdle — foreclosure. The residents — women between 91 and 101 years old — are all that stand between developer Haysha Deitsch and his plan for a new condo development. Two years after the sale of Prospect Park Residence was announced, nearly all of the assisted-living facility’s 125 residents have long since heeded management’s orders to leave. But five holdouts have refused, challenging the handling of the $76.5 million sale and sparking a web of litigation. Their fight is shining a spotlight on the plight of the elderly and their desire to live in dignity. The newest twist involves
Ethics is Dead In Albany
Fredric U. Dicker
Political machine provides cover for even the corrupt among themPolitical machine provides cover for even the corrupt among them(Post Star)Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan described Thomas Libous as a “good man” this week.A man of character. Someone who was universally admired. And one of the finest senators the state has ever known. Libous,
who died Tuesday at the age of 63, spent the last six months of his
life under house arrest after lying to FBI agents about plans to steer
government business to a law firm in exchange for a $150,000-a-year job
for his son. Libous was the second-ranked member of the state Senate at the time. * In corrupt Albany, silence becomes betrayal (democratandchronicle)
NYP Says de Blasio's Press Secretary Left Because She Was Thrown Under the Bus and Had No Influence
Shakedown Bill Crisis Deepens City Hall Panic As Press Secretary Jumps Ship
Howard Glaser, ex-Cuomo aide, got paid by Columbia program whose founder's linked to probe (LoHud)
De Blasio’s Press Secretary Says She Will Quit (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary will leave her post next month, the latest sign that the administration is continuing its long struggle to control and disseminate its own message. The administration’s inability to define itself has been highlighted by the weeks of unforgiving headlines that have accompanied news in at least five investigations, including inquiries by the
television cameras followedand reporters lobbed questions as he walked to his sport-utility vehicle, infusing a routine mayoral appearance about immigration with the high drama of a media frenzy. Throughout his more than two-year tenure as mayor, de Blasio has repeatedly criticized his own ability to communicate a clear message to the public – a not so subtle dig at his press operations.
He also publicly threw Hinton and his communications team under the bus several times – including on April 6, after a damning story accused him of pulling funds from a vital water tunnel project. “There are times when my team does not do a good job of explaining something,” the mayor said that day. “This just was not explained properly.” The press office has also seen a host of transfers and departures under de Blasio.* De Blasio press secretary to leave administration (PoliicoNY) Hinton, who is married to former Cuomo aide Howard Glaser, was believed to be the start of a concerted effort by de Blasio to take a more aggressive tack with the governor and a more collegial tone with the media, after the administration had struggled with both.* De Blasio’s chief spokeswoman, Karen Hinton, abruptly announced that she would quitafter a year on the job. Hinton said in a statement she wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter, and that she would stay with the administration through the end of budget negotiations for the upcoming the fiscal year, which begins July 1.
More About Lobbyists George Arzt
City Council weakens bill against TimesSquare panhandlers (NYP) City Council members have watered down a bill to regulate the costumed characters besieging
Now the Plastic Bag Tax From the City Council
Pretty ironic that u can urinate anywhere in NYC but @NYCCouncil passes this law for a cleaner environment #bagitnyc
City Council Fake Progressives, Puppets
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
2014 True News Has Pointed Out the Problem with the Board of Elections Against and Again
BOE History of Corruption and Incompetence Timeline
BOE History of Corruption and Incompetence Timeline Part 2
10 Areas Where DOI Can Investigate the BOE
de Blasio Asks Senate GOP for Continued Mayoral Control in the Middle of His Funding Scandal Against Them
Continued Mayoral Control of the Schools Setback
Who Leaked the BOE Report to the Mayor and Common Cause?
Mayor de Blasioinsists campaign lawyers serve him well throughout fund-raising probe (NYDN) The mayor said he doesn’t want to “conjecture” why City Hall has been on the receiving end of a federal subpoena — along with his top aide and a fund-raiser — but again stated he was unfairly singled out as a target by the state Board of Elections. De Blasio also defended his now-disbanded Campaign for One New York after NY1 reported that the Conflicts of Interest Board warned him to avoid soliciting “anyone with a matter pending or about to be pending.” He insisted he hadn’t, despite the fact that many union, real estate and lobbyist donors had business before the city.* De Blasio Asked Mefor $20K And it Was Hard to Say No, Developer Says )DNAINFO) — A real estate developer said Bill de Blasio personally called him him to donate $20,000 to a nonprofit to promote universal pre-K while he had business before the city — and that it was hard "to tell the mayor no." Don Peebles, whose real estate company owned a building they later got city approval to turn into condos, told DNAinfo
Team de Blasio is accused of campaigncrimes far beyond ordinary politics (NYP) One huge difference is the state Board of Elections charge that Team de Blasio’s involvement stretched all the way to telling campaigns how to spend the money — namely, to hire the mayor’s favored consultants, such as BerlinRosen and AKPD Message and Media. If that holds up, then Team de Blasio wasn’t just using upstate Democratic committees as cutouts to fund its favored candidates’ campaigns. It was also using the campaigns as cutouts to pay its own cronies. Such micro-management is light years beyond what state law envisions in letting party committees help fund local campaigns. Of course, the allegations also run to crossing the line in dumping funds on those party committees. The Board of Elex memo notes, “Team de Blasio held discussions with the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee concerning who would be paying for what aspect of the campaign” and how to identify the de Blasio-raised money. Having the cash from “independent” donors flagged as really coming from you isn’t “usual,” either. Beyond all that is the question of what if any favors were promised to the city-based donors for their upstate donations. *NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York was accepting thousands of dollars in donations from people who do business with the city, potentially violating a directive from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board.
Voter's Protest: New York's Decreasing Voter Turnout
Daily News Stenographers True News Two Year Investigation of the Lobbyists Take Over of NY Govt and Politics and Call it EXCLUSIVE Media A Bunch Of Low Life Press Bullies Thugs
How True News For the Last Two Years Exposed How Shadow Govt Lobbyists Took Over NY's Govt and Election System
Lobbyists Berlin Rosen Takes Over NYC Government
The Privatization of the Tammany Hall Machine
Red Horse Campaign Consultants
de Blasio One NY PAC Interlocking-directorates Slush Fund, Berlin Rosen, Bill Hyers, Red Horse
The Advance Group, meanwhile, was fined by the city and state more than $25,000 in October for illegally helping New Yorkers for Clean, Livable & Safe Streets — an anti-horse carriage group that gave to City Council candidates in 2013 — evade contribution limits. The Advance Group has represented a range of elected officials ranging from former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to a number of state legislators and Council members. SKDKnickerbocker is the only top firm that has not been tied to any of the recent scandals involving de Blasio's fund-raising operation. In 2013, when de Blasio was elected, the firm worked for his primary opponent then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. It has also represented city Controller Scott Stringer, who is considered a potential de Blasio challenger.
Rather Than Investigate Corruption the Daily News Tells de Blasio Corruption in A Children Book
Pensions for felonious pols: An outrage NY lawmakers refuse to fix (NYP) Dean Skelos’ lawyers last week protested the prosecutors’ move to make the loss of his taxpayer-paid pension part of the penalty for his crimes. Their excuse: He was only corrupt at the end of his career. Give them points for chutzpah — and for the reminder that felonious
Lockup: NY Lawmakers Behind Bars
Albany and City Hall Corruption
NYP Copies True News On How de Blasio Learned to Go Around the Election Law Limits and Just About Everything Else
|True News Posted in 2015|
The Great NYP Robbery of True News Part 1 On How de Blasio Learned to Go Around the Election Law
Finnegan’s law firm represented another union group, UNITE HERE!, run by de Blasio’s cousin. UNITE HERE! funneled $175,000 on June 1, 2013, to the animal-rights group NYCLASS, which has fought for a ban on horse carriages. Two days later, NYCLASS gave the money to a political action committee that bought TV ads attacking rival Christine Quinn for opposing the ban. After becoming mayor, de Blasio and campaign advisers founded the nonprofit Campaign for One New York. Like the Fund for Public Advocacy, it was used to raise unlimited amounts of money to push his agenda. Finnegan’s union gave $500,000 to the campaign. UNITE HERE! added $400,000. Finnegan, who left SEIU 1199 in November, did not return messages. A union spokesman did not answer questions about its relationship with the mayor. Now prosecutors are examining several of the charities and fund-raising practices de Blasio and his brain trust set up.
NYP Rips Off True News's Story On de Blasio on Data and Field And Leaves Out Two Players Being Investigated By the FBI DUMB
Emma Wolfe Refused to Speak to A Special Prosecutor About Data and Fields
How the NYT Tried to Stop the Investigation of Data and Fields For One Staten IslandCampaign, a Special Prosecutor Instead of an Auditor (Dwyer NYT)
de Blasio Spin Of Innocent and His Mini Me Media Friends Backing Him Up Mean Nothing: Its Up the the Jury "The People Who Are Getting Screw By Govt to Decide If the Mayor Broke"
WNYC's Lehrer is Not Tim Russet Allows de Blasio to Fill Interview With Talking Points
De Blasio denies corruption on pair of radio shows (NYP) Mayor de Blasio threw some of his closest associates under the bus Friday — denying any hands-on role in a shady fund-raising operation that got a top aide and others slapped with subpoenas by federal and city investigators. “I was certainly not involved in any of the specifics of the day-to-day of different efforts,” de Blasio told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. De Blasio got grilled by callers to the public-radio show, on which he frequently appears to tout his political agenda.One woman, who identified herself as Debbie from
Progressives and Their Goo Goos Friends Attack LLCs Which Mostly Help GOP What About Party Committee Loop-Holes That Help the Dems?
Judge Tell Halloran Your Going to Get Lock Up
Pagan ‘prince’ politician won’t have his prison term tossed (NYP) Disgraced ex-City Councilman Dan Halloran just lost his bid to get his 10-year prison sentence tossed. And the
Baning Carriage Horse Efforts Good for the Campaign for One NY Fund Raising Efforts
Hey Blaz NYT Was FDR Appointing the Seabury Commission To Go After Corrupt Mayor Walker Political?
We Did Not Know Our Law Department Was Pushing For Toxic School Dep Mayor Shorris
Blaz Chose Cronies Over Kids
NUTS Daily News Lets Blagojevich Consultant and Uber Lobbyist Game de Blasio Investigation
de Blasio Campaign Fund Raiser Get Jobs and Appointments
BOE boss finally apologizes for 126,000vanished voters (NYP) The head of the city’s Board of Elections issued an apology Tuesday for the mysterious purge of 126,000 voters from the rolls that wreaked havoc on last week’s presidential primaries. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the public for any actions that might have been taken by our staff that may have caused any amount of the public trust in New York City to erode,” executive director Michael Ryan told a crowd of nearly 100 who packed the board’s weekly meeting. That was a reversal from his position last week, when he told Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” he was “proud” of his staff. Ryan claimed his remarks were taken out of context and that he was specifically praising workers for tallying the results in an “unprecedented” short time. There were 121,056 affidavit tallies citywide, 37,214 of which were in Brooklyn. Board commissioners later ratified Ryan’s recent suspension without pay of Republican Diane Haslett-Rudiano as chief clerk of the
Kellner Who Supported Sending de Blasio's Campaign Contributions to the Prosecutors Turns Against Ms. Sugarman to Protect the Mayor
To de Blasio's the Budget is A Distraction
$82.2B budget, warns of financial threats (NYDN) * De Blasio’s budget boosts Beacon center services in city schools (NYDN) * De Blasio’s $82.2 billion executive budget focused on savings extracted from city agencies, and a few new programs addressing recent problems like snarled snowplows and voting woes in the presidential primary, The New York Timesreports: * De Blasio said he would earmark additional money for the city’s third water tunnel to ensure that clean drinking water could be delivered within 48 hours of an emergency shutdown of City Water Tunnel No. 2, the Times reports: * De Blasio unveiled his $82.2 billion executive budget with a presentation focused on savings extracted from city agencies, and a few new programs intended to address problems that arose over the past year, from snarled snowplows in
If You Want to Know What is In the Daily News Days Before They Write It
The Daily News writes that de Blasio’s claim that he is a victim of a politically motivated attack in the federal probe into his campaign funds – instead of just dealing with the problem head on – is an insult to New Yorkers * The Post writes that de Blasio’s assertions that he isbeing targeted by political enemies are the ultimate cop-out and sound like the defense put forth by former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is awaiting sentencing for his public corruption conviction * The Post’s Bob McManus writes that since the early days in office, de Blasio and his team have proven time and again that they can’t handle the high-pressure world of
Firm lobbying for permits donated $68K tode Blasio (NYP) A top exec at an “incubator” office-space firm bundled the largest contribution to Mayor de Blasio’s re-election bid from her bosses and others — while the company was lobbying the city over a Financial District conversion project, The Post has learned. De Blasio took in $68,750 collected by Arana Hankin, senior vice president of WeWork, which is adding residences to a building at
The Daily News Which Investigated the Advance Group Ducks Comment the CFB AG Parking Ticket Fine
Is Stringer the Only Pol Who is Speaking Out About Voting Rights in NYC?
The Daily News and Good Govt Groups Who Said UFT PAC Illegally Funding Advance Now are Silent
CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping
Media Cover-Up of NYCLASS, Other Citizens United PACs, Mayor One NY PAC
The Daily News Says DOI Commissioner Peters Should Resign "Compromised"
Both tactics are legal, but candidates are strictly barred from coordinating with independent spenders or promising contributors anything in return for their checks. Sources familiar with the campaign finance aspect of the probe say agencies involved include the Manhattan U.S. attorney, the city Department of Investigation and the Manhattan DA. All three declined comment. A key focus is the Campaign for One New York, set up by de Blasio a month before he took office. Since he’s become mayor, the group has collected $4 million to support his pet causes such as universal pre-K and affordable housing. Much of that has come from big developers and lobbyists writing big checks at the same time they’re seeking zoning changes or tax breaks* Elections Board Official in Brooklyn Removed Amid Investigation (NYT) Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the board’s chief clerk in Brooklyn, has been suspended amid an internal inquiry into the handling of the voting rolls as city and state officials begin their own investigations.* The anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS, a key donor to de Blasio, was subpoenaed as an investigation zeroes in on whether his campaign broke rules by pursuing checks from powerful interests seeking favors, theDaily News writes: * The federal inquiry into de Blasio’s fundraising efforts in 2014 is based on a state ban on contributions to a party committee if they are given or solicited for a particular candidate, with an intent to evade individual contribution limits, the Times reports: * The city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters’ involvement in de Blasio’s fundraising efforts show he is a compromised team player, and he should resign so that someone independent can serve, theDaily News writes:
Cancel Wins in the 65AD
Does the Daily News Think That the Nassau GOP Boss is the Only One Running Unqualified Puppets for Public Office?
More About Pitta Bishop and the Other Shadow Government Lobbyists
More about Lobbyists Mercury
How the Advance Group Conspired to Steal the 2009 and 2013 Election
DOI Commissioner Peters Blind to de Blasio's Administration Conflict
of Interests and His Own
The Nursing Home and NYPD Giftgate Federal Investigations has Shown Us the Conflict of Interests In Mayoral Picked Controlled DOI
de Blasio Lawyer;s Up With A Lobby Law Firm That Does Business With the City
Despite Warning From Aide Team de Blasio Show Me the Money
Bharara to Albany: Sign Ethic Contract or Else
Goo Goo de Blasio Must Step Down During Investigation
"100s of hours of FBI wiretaps"
The FBI investigation, which includes hundreds of hours of wiretaps and several cooperating witnesses, has moved to broader political corruption issues involving mayoral fund raising, sources say.(DNAINFO)
The Mayor's Berlin Rosen Flack Said the Mayor's Fund Raising Which Included the PACs Was Legal and Part of the Campaign
De Blasio has no one to blame but himself for what happens next (NYP ED) So now Preet Bharara has cast a gimlet eye on Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising. Which comes as no surprise. If de Blasio isn’t running one of the gamiest administrations since Tammany’s sachems were pulling the strings at City Hall, it isn’t for lack of trying. But not to worry. As mayoral operative Dan Levitan says: “We are fully confident that the campaign has conducted itself legally and appropriately at all times.”
The mayor's PACs “has created a perpetual campaign, confusing the role of government and politics, to the detriment of the public interest,” the letter said. It was sent to the Campaign Finance Board and the Conflicts of Interest Board. Both are stuffed with mayoral appointees, and neither responded. In fact the CFB and Conflict Board both gave small fines to the Council Speaker from getting illegal help form the Advance Group who ran the NYCLASS PAC that was so helpful to electing de Blasio by blasting Quinn. The lawyer for the Advance Group in the illegal help for the speaker investigation was Lawrence Mandelker. Mandelker is also the lawyer for the de Blasio's campaign fund and for the PAC Campaign for One NY
The Mayor's Other Two PACs
Why Was the Campaign for One NY Closed Before the CFB and Conflict Board Was Able to Vote? Will They Still Rule?
Capalino and His Fellow Lobbyists Criminals Raking $$$ In At Record Levels
How the Lobbyists Shadow Govt Runs NY
Still the Albany Secret Sausage Factory
Everyone Attacking Silver in the Replacement Race
Niou Has $144,872.19 in Her Filing, Has Spent $24,000 - $13,000 on John Liu Consultant CHUNG SETO and Election Lawyer Connors $5000
Even Habitat for Humanity is Pushing Poor Long Time Tenants Out of Bed Stuy
Bharara 3rd Anniversary of Smith's Arrest and Standing By for Silver and Skelos Sentences While Albany Ducks Ethics Bill
Political Parties Survive Despite Much of Its Power Being Eaten Away By NY Lobbyists Class Because of New York's Falling Political and Voting Participation
NY's Political Class in Both Parties Which Using the Election Law to Control Judgeship, Special Elections and Run An Incumbent Protection for Elected Officials and Party Leaders Not is Trying to Influence the Voters Who They Disconnected A Generation Ago
Everyone Saw the Conflict of Interests In the Mayor Slush PAC Taking $$$ From Lobbyists and People Doing Business With the City, But the Mayor's Conflict of Interests Board
Port Authority Yes $$$ Airport, Bus Terminal No Penn Station
NYP Goo Goos Ignore Slush PAC NYCLASS and UFT's United for the Future That Elected the Mayor and Council
Assembly Dems Try to Protect the Lobbyists
Assembly Dem bill requires more disclosure by groups wholobby in NY; exempts talks with edit brds as lobbying The bill, according to officials, would also specifically exempt from the definition of lobbying any communications with news outlets, including editorial boards. The bill, officials said, would require organizations registered to lobby in
Daily News and NYP Protect the Lobbyists As Usually
Oust the JCOPE bureaucrats for their speech-suppressing power grab (NYP) * N.Y.’s free-speech impediment (NYDN)* * A group of public relations firms filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to stop the state’s top ethics panel from implementing a rule that would require the firms to disclose their efforts to influence editorial boards, The New York Times reports: * * The Daily News writes that it looks forward to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics’ day in court because the body displayed ignorance while attempting to classify PR professionals’ communications with editorial boards as lobbying: * The Post writes that it hopes the courts “slap” the Joint Commission on Public Ethics “fast and hard” for trying to treat public relations firms as lobbyists and that the commission’s members lose their jobs:
de Blasio One NY PAC Interlocking-directorates Slush Fund, Berlin Rosen, Bill Hyers, Red Horse
Why Did theNYP Leave Out the Fact That Berlin Rosen Work for the Mayor the Developer and for the Campaign for One NY?
A City Union and Soros Are the Biggest Contributors to the Mayor Slush PAC
Why Does the Media Ignore That the de Blasio's Lobbyist Feeding Frenzy Fueled By An Controlled Cover-Up Conflict of Interested and CFB Boards