Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday Update

Council Continutes Secret Take Over of BOE 

Three city Board of Elections commissioner nominees swore Wednesday during a City Council grilling that they would work to rid the agency of nepotism and incompetence if appointed, the Daily News writes:

Quiet on the Bronx (and Brooklyn)front: Council mainly mum on elex board picks(NYDN)

Will the Council Members Knock Off Their Challengers At the BOE in 2017?  Da
Council Takes Over the BOE in Secret  

In choosing a new executive director, the Board of Elections cannot gets its act together. The City Council’s Manhattan delegation met in secret to select a new Democratic commissioner for the Board of Elections. Then the Daily News reported on their deliberations. Then the members distributed a memo stating that the leaker would be expelled from the delegation if identified.Here’s why they are afraid of sunshine: They picked a man who has a total of four months’ elections experience and made a botch of even that.As the Manhattan Democratic clerk (salary $107,735), Alan Schulkin oversaw June’s congressional contest between Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat. He managed to lose 215 votes.Schulkin admits that he now believes he is not cut out for such an administrative function. He thinks he will be better suited to setting policy for the whole incompetent place.

90% Percent Voters Participation in Scotland and 10% in NY What Are They Doing Better?
This is the best that Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito can do? Give us a break.Manhattan delegation of City Council warned against leaks(NYDN) The emailed ultimatum came from delegation leaders Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson. Hours after the Daily News reported that the Manhattan delegation of the City Council met behind closed doors to select a replacement for a departing Board of Elections commissioner, Manhattan lawmakers were warned that leakers might be barred from future meetings.The emailed ultimatum came from delegation leaders Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson. Citizens Union head Dick Dadey called the veiled threat “an unnecessary pressure tactic” that’s clearly “over the top.”* After the Daily News reported that a New York City Council delegation met behind closed doors to nominate a replacement for a Board of Elections commissioner who quit, lawmakers were warned that leakers could be barred from future meetings, the Daily News reports:  NYC Council vows 'fair, transparent, and public' pick of new Board of Elections commissioner(NYDN) * Show and tell(NYDN Ed)  Public must scrutinize Council’s Board of Elections picksDuly embarrassed by the Daily News exposing her secret process to find a new Manhattan commissioner for the Board of Elections, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is going public. The three job candidates should be forced to answer, on the record, whether they would keep the patronage system that’s created the miserable state of affairs at the board — or move toward hiring based on merit.* Now In Control, City Council Opens Up BOE AppointmentProcess (Gotham Gazette)

More Corruption in the Brooklyn Surrogate Court Public Administration Office
Estates official resigns after office mishandles $2.2M inassets(NYP)The official who oversees estates of people who die without wills in Brooklyn — and whose office was cited for sloppy work by the city comptroller last year — has resigned, The Post has learned. Kings County Public Administrator Bruce Stein stepped down earlier this month, in part because of questions about his ability to perform the job, a source said. Stein’s office was slammed by former Comptroller John Liu in 2013 for mishandling more than $2.2 million in assets, including misplacing a fur coat and allowing $50,000 in cash to sit unclaimed in a safe deposit box for five years. The money was claimed only after auditors pointed it out. The auditors found shoddy work in more than half of the 50 cases that were examined. Stein was appointed to the role in January 2009, and was earning more than $123,000. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Corrupt Surrogate Court
Another Conviction from the Corrupt Surrogate Court

Stealing From the Dead Court
‘Sorry’ estate robber off to jail(NYP) A crooked Brooklyn bookkeeper convicted of stealing $2.6 million from the estates of people who died without wills expressed remorse Thursday for his crime before a judge sentenced him to 6 to 18 years in prison. A crooked Brooklyn bookkeeper convicted of stealing $2.6 million from the estates of people who died without wills expressed remorse Thursday for his crime before a judge sentenced him to six to 18 years in prison. Crooked bookkeeper Richard Paul * Manhattan DA Statement

The Surrogate Court is A Political Toll Booth Exacting Tribute From Widows and Orphans - Robert Kennedy, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia 

Brooklyn City bookkeeper in 600G ‘scam’(NYP) A bookkeeper stole more than $600,000 in taxpayer money by creating a phony check from the Brooklyn municipal office that handles the estates of people who die without wills or next of kin, court papers allege.

Queens  A Court, Not Votes, Sustains a Political Machine in Queens (NYT, 11/28/11) *Were Have All the Journalist Gone After Newfield (True News, 7/14/11)) Not since the death or old school investigative report Jack Newfield in 2004 has any reporter in New York covered how the corrupt Queens Democratic Machine use the courts as there personal bank.

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. 

Staten Island Expose Corrupt Courts: Cover-Up Continues in Surrogate's Court 

Brooklyn Lawyer makes millions with no details on fees - New York Daily News *  Is ex-Surrogate Judge Michael Feinberg of New York a degenerate crook?

Surrogate's Court And Why It Should Go (True News)

More About Corruption in the Surrogate Court

Class Size Up 
Average class sizes in grades 1-3 in New York City public schools rose to 25 or 26 children in the last school year—an addition of three students a class from five years earlier, The Wall StreetJournal reports: 
More On Education, Charter Schools, Tenure
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña
NY's Failed Education System and No Fault Pols

Judge Dumps BOE Redistricting Language
Judge Tosses ‘Independet’ Redistricting Language(YNN) A state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday struck down proposed language for the upcoming redistricting amendment before voters in November, saying in a ruling that the measure is inaccurately described as “independent.” In the ruling, Judge Patrick McGrath found the language was misleading since the proposed commission “cannot be described as ‘independent’ when eight out of the ten members are the handpicked appointees of the legislative leaders and the two additional members are essentially political appointees by proxy.”New York State Judge Rejects Wordin Redistricting Ballot Question (NYT)      A new commission’s plan to redraw legislative district lines would be “little more than a recommendation to the legislature,” a State Supreme Court justice wrote.

Here is a Weiner Story You Won't Read His Flack Paper the Daily News

Warren Goes After Weiner As A Wall Street Lobbyists 
In a Huffington Post op-ed Massachusetts Sen. ElizabethWarren responds to Anthony Weiner’s criticisms of her concern over the“revolving door” between Washington and Wall Street, accusing the former congressman of being one of many politicians who do not see a problem with the workings of federal government:

The Reputation of the National GOP and Lack of GOP Leaders in NY Has Destroyed the GOP Vote in NYC
City Republicans present united front ahead of elections(NYP) That’s the message two dozen city-based Republicans sent out from City Hall Wednesday — presenting a united front and common agenda ahead of upcoming statewide elections. “This is really the first time that we have come together — all five boroughs — to deliver a consistent message,” said former Staten Island Assemblyman Robert Straniere. Among the issues he ticked off aimed at “forgotten” New Yorkers were support for charter schools, helping NYCHA residents purchase their units, and maintaining safety in the city.

More Evidence of Pushing the Poor Out of New York City  
NYC Elected Leaders Who Vote for Every Tax Break to Luxury Developers Are Shocked That the Poor Are Being Pushed Out of the City 

While incomes of the lowest earners have stagnated, those of the wealthiest New Yorkers have soared, benefiting in part from the resurgence of the financial industry.

The Technical Definition of Middle Income has Become Wealthy 
Apartment building struggles to find middle-income tenants(NYP)In a city with an apartment ­vacancy rate of less than 2 percent, and where an average Manhattan one-bedroom is nearly $4,000 a month, the Gotham West complex has vacant one-bedrooms that cost $2,509.  To qualify for that one-bedroom, you have to make between $88,102 and $95,865 a year. There are also openings for studio and two- and three-bedroom units targeted for middle-income renters in the city-sponsored complex on West 45th and West 44th streets.Former IRS official says NYS leaves millions on the table bynot auditing large real estate concern:

Affordable Housing Has Become A Band-aid On A Cancer for Elected Officials to Protect Them From What They Are Doing to Our City With Their Tax Breaks to Developers 
Poor Door’ in a New York Tower Opens a Fight Over Affordable Housing(NYT)
As public housing becomes a relic, American cities have grown morereliant on developers, who say they can maximize their revenues and build more affordable units, by separating them from their luxury counterparts. * Real Estate Developers, Tax Breakes and Politics

How Blacks the Poor and the Middle Class are Being Push Out of Brooklyn Because of Albany's Tax Breaks for Luxury Developers
Airbnb Housing Market

Voters Vote For Familiar Names in Avella Liu Race
Mapping a victory pattern in the Avella district(Capital) The results by portion of Assembly District show that Tony Avella won the vote in the parts of the Senate district that overlap with Assembly Districts 26 and 27. These areas cover large portions of Avella's former New York City Council district.In portions of the Senate district that had close to equal numbers of registered Democratic voters from Liu's and Avella's old City Council districts, Liu had more votes. The 25th Assembly District portion had 20 percent of its registered Democratic voters from Avella's old City Council district and 17 percent from Liu's City Council district. Liu won this portion of the district with 54 percent of the vote.  In the 40th Assembly district portion, Liu's old district covers 58 percent of registered Democratic voters and Avella's covers 41 percent. Liu won this portion with 53 percent of the vote.

The Spin Generation . . . Its Not Bloomberg Fault It is Bushes  . . .  Not A Era of Personal Responsibility
At de Blasio City Hall, Scorn (and Quiet Affirmation) forBloomberg Years(NYT) As Mayor Bill de Blasio and his surrogates continue to issue barbs at Michael R. Bloomberg, former Bloomberg administration officials have increasingly moved to defend him.

Today the Buck Stop Nowhere 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is traveling to England next week to speak at the Labor Party’s annual conference about his signature issue—income inequality, the Daily News reports:  *McCray A Shadow Mayor De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, was so intimately involved in the operation of City Hall during her husband’s first five weeks in office that she exchanged nearly 1,200 e-mails with his top aides, the Postwrites:  * Ex-Bloomberg Aides Strike Back Against de Blasio(WSJ) Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's top aides are pushing back against a fusillade of attacks on his legacy as Mayor Bill de Blasio breaks from many of his predecessor's signature policies.

Until New Yorkers Start Acting Like Ukrainian Voters We Won't Clean Up Politics Here 

NY1 Poll Has Grimm in the Lead by 4%
Despite a 20-count indictment on charges including tax evasion and perjury, Rep. Michael Grimm is holding his own against his Democratic challenger
@repmichaelgrimm holds four point lead over @DomenicRecchia- 44 to 40.“Currently, each candidate is winning the home court contest, as Grimm leads on the west side of the bridge 48-39 percent and Recchia leads 42-35 percent on the east side, about a quarter of the district,” said Mr. Greenberg. “Grimm has solidified his Republican base, a quarter of the electorate, leads by 14 points with independents, and has the support of more than one-quarter of Democrats.ItCH Alert: New Poll Numbers in the Grimm-Recchia Battle (NY1)In cd 11 Brooklyn & Staten Island @HowieHawkins and greens only polling 3% Obama unfavorable is 60% like the other cd19 & 21 Cuomo is 32%? * New poll shows @repmichaelgrimm leading @DomenicRecchia44-40 among likely voters in #NY11(Capital)The survey found Grimm, who faces a 20-count federal indictment, is unpopular in the 11th congressional district, with 49 percent of voters saying they have an unfavorable opinion of him. Meanwhile, a majority — 54 percent of voters — believe Grimm’s legal troubles will make them less likely for them to support him in November. Still, Recchia has his own issues, the poll found.  Forty-five percent of voters do not know who he is or have an opinion of the former Brooklyn city councilman.A new NY 1/Capital New York/Siena College poll shows incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm is locked in a neck-and-neck battle against Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia, leading by four points at 44-40:* Embattled Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm holds leadover Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia: poll (NYDN) Grimm holds a 44% to 40% lead over Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia among likely voters, according to a poll released Tuesday.* Grimm district poll: Strong support for police, DA in Garnercase (Capital)
/ / Siena Poll: Political Horse-race in

A Bridge Too Far for the EPA
In a blow to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s bridge plan, the agency denied most of a $511 million request, saying it was not for environmental use.* The EPA determined that $29 million of the plan to build the Tappan Zee bridge is a valid use of clean water funds, but the rest of the project – or $482 million – is not eligible for that cash.*“(T)he bridge construction was never dependent on this loan in the first place,” said Cuomo, who plans to appeal the EPA decision. “This was never part of the planning for the bridge financing in the first place.”

The Election is Over the Shadow Government Takes Over Goodbye Library, Yes Building in the Park
Trustees Endorse Plan to SellLand Beneath Branch of Brooklyn Library(NYT) The trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library approved a plan that calls for a developer to build a 20-story building that would include housing, retail, a school gym and the Brooklyn Heights branch.* * The future of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a narrow bead of land along the shore of the East River, could depend in part on opposing financial analyses of the plan to put two apartment towers in the park to help cover expenses, the Journal reports

A Shadow Government King
The Lobbyists for the Developer of the Library Hudson Companies is the Same Lobbyists for the Developer of the Hospital James F. Capalino & Associates, Inc.
Why is Bill de Blasio cozy with real estate lobbyist JamesCapalino ?
Bill de Blasio fund-raisers are big time lobbyists (NYDN) Spokeswoman for mayoral rival Joe Lhota says the lobbyists on de Blasio's host committee for his $1 million fund-raiser with Hillary Clinton show his 'hypocrisy' as 'he takes cash from developers and special interests. The host committee included James Capalino, who has lobbied for Rudin Management, developers of high-end condos near the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, and lobbyist Suri Kasirer, who met with de Blasio on Brooklyn’s contentious Atlantic Yards project.

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Moses Change NYC, Caro's Power Broker Book Also Changed NYC
Lobbyists Today Have the Power to Run A Shadow Government Like Moses, Where is the Updated Book?
Forty years ago today, Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography.MASTERWORK – “'The Power Broker' Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece: Forty years ago today, Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography,” by Scott Porch, an employment lawyer in Savannah writing a book about social upheaval in the ’60s and ’70s, for The Daily Beast: “He drew a series of concentric circles … with a single dot—Robert Moses—in the center. The first circle was Moses’s family and friends, the next circle was people in regular contact, and so on, to an outer circle of people who knew Moses, and dealt with him, and were willing to discuss it. “Realizing the book was going to happen whether he wanted it to or not, Moses relented. ‘So you’re the young fellow who thinks he’s going to write a book about me,’ Moses said at their first meeting at his summer cottage on Long Island out past Jones Beach on May 26, 1967, turning on the charm … Caro interviewed Moses seven times over the next year. … Robert and Ina Caro—the only research assistant who has worked on any of his five books—would eventually conduct 522 interviews for ‘The Power Broker.’” See a pic of Caro’s office

Cmery Movers to Take Over CCRB
Tosano Simonetti, 81, was shown the door after he and other Civilian Complaint Review Board members had increasing complaints about new Chair Richard Emery, the sources said Tuesday.

Bratton Boxes de Blasio In (need factor) Takes Over NYPD Dares Mayor to Fire Him
Bratton forcing his second in command out of NYPD(NYP) NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is forcing out the department’s second-highest-ranking official who once lobbied for his job, sources told The Post on Monday. First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro told staffers Monday that he will be leaving effective Oct. 31, after more than 40 years with the department. “Bratton asked him to leave,” said one source familiar with the situation, adding that the commissioner had always intended to replace him after taking over nine months ago.* The Police Benevolent Association of New York State law enforcement union made state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's re-election effort its first-ever statewide endorsement, the Times Union reports:  * Policing the police-bashers(NYP)One possible reform, says PBA President Patrick Lynch, is legal consequences for those who file baseless complaints. Other New York jurisdictions require that complaints be signed under penalty of perjury.* City ramps up war on crime in 15 toughest NYCHA developments (NYDN) The City Council Public Housing Committee, which is to hold hearings Tuesday on the NYCHA anti-crime campaign, found that while crime at public housing citywide has fallen slightly since January, some of the 15 developments continue to see a stubborn upswing.NYC religious leaders, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. Al Sharpton, met to discuss how to strengthen relations between local communities and the cops after the death of Staten Island dad Eric Garner.* Law and Disorder: A View on Broken Windows from Journal Square (City Limits) * Brooklyn Councilwoman:Bratton Doesn’t Understand Broken Windows * Mayor de Blasio’s plan to clean up crime at NYCHA projectsis ‘not a one-shot deal’: (NYDN) official Elizabeth Glazer, director of criminal justice for the mayor, made the vow Tuesday at a City Council hearing in Brooklyn to discuss the spike in crime at NYCHA developments since 2009.First Deputy Police Commissioner Rafael Pineiro was stunned to hear that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton wanted him to retire to make way for a new second in command – a decision that reportedly had de Blasio’s blessing.
Bratton denied there was any animosity between himself and Pineiro, but said: “With time marching on, changes occur, personnel changes and organizational changes.”* De Blasio Administration Touts Reduced Crime in PublicHousing * The de Blasio administration announced yesterday that its $210.5 million investment in anti-crime measures for the New York City Housing Authority was already paying off, with officials claiming a 14.4 percent reduction in crime in public housing, the Observer reports:  * New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he has no information suggesting any terrorist plot to target the city—just a day after warning that websites affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were encouraging followers to attack Times Square, the Observer reports: 
NYPD, Commissioner Bratton, Chokehold and Garner's Death

Finally Cuomo Tells the Truth  
* New York voters deserve a serious debate from the candidates for governor, not the nonsense we’re seeing of late, the Times Union writes:

A television ad by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s camp embellishes some of the stances of the Republican candidate for governor of New York, Rob Astorino.*Ad Duel in Governor's Race Turns Toward the Trivial(NYT)

Flier shows Gov. Cuomo flipping the bird(NYP) Here’s Gov. Cuomo as you’ve never seen him before — courtesy of Harlem Democratic state Sen. Bill Perkins. Just outside Perkins’ legislative office in Albany is a photo-shopped picture of a grinning Cuomo flipping the bird. The doctored picture is actually a campaign flier for Randy Credico, the comedic-activist who challenged Cuomo in the Democratic primary for governor.* Whether you chalk it up to an election year or the scandal surrounding the Moreland Commission, Cuomo has spent far less time in the Capital Region this year than in any other period in his administration, theTimes Union writes

Laura @nahmias and @SR_spatial crunched the Dem primaryreturns, and found Cuomo did worst where turnout was highest (Capital)* DATA DIVE -- “In city, Cuomo won big where turnout was Orthodox,black, relatively small,” by Capital’s Laura Nahmias in Albany:“[E]lection district level data shows a pattern: Cuomo’s biggest margins [in the city were in districts with] a lower-than-average level of voter turnout. While Cuomo did well in the Bronx, Queens and parts of Brooklyn, his margins against [Zephyr] Teachout were much narrower in … Chelsea and the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as well as waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Williamsburg, home to affluent liberal voters. … “‘He did not do well in white Democratic liberal strongholds,’ [said Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. … “[G]enerally speaking Cuomo did best in the [Assembly districts] that are predominantly black.’ Cuomo also performed better, on average, in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in predominantly non-Jewish neighborhoods.”Cuomo attended a fundraiser last night at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush. The event was not on his public schedule.* Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has enlisted his 11-year-old son Sean to bash Gov. Cuomo in a new web video, the New York Post reports:  * At multiple campaign stops, Gov. Cuomo refused to engage with reporters when questioned about an ad run by Erie County Democrats in which Astorino’s son was photoshopped out of a picture, State of Politics reports: * Steven Brill poses the question “Just how strange is Gov. Andrew Cuomo?” and wonders which of his staffers are enabling his odd behavior in his “Stories I’d like to see” column for Reuters:* Zephyr Teachout may win more fans by unveiling her new book that lashes out at the U.S. Supreme Court and the nation’s political culture of corruption, the New York Post writes:  In her treatise “Corruption in America from Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United” (Harvard University Press), Zephyr Teachout argues that recent court decisions — and a lax attitude toward corruption — are putting private interests over the public good.* Steven Brill would like someone to delve deeply into Cuomo’s psyche and write a story about how “strange” he is.*Cuomo Spending Big on TV Ads in Race Against Astorino (YNN) * Zephyr Teachout—the little-known law professor who challenged Cuomo in last week’s Democratic primary—said she’s thinking about another bid for either citywide or statewide office and said it’s “unlikely” she’ll endorse anyone, the Post reports: 

An After Election MeetUp
The W.F.P.'s Cuomo dilemma (Capital)The Working Families Party, which created and then abandoned the surprisingly strong gubernatorial candidacy of Zephyr Teachout, could find itself getting squeezed this November. Teachout rallied Cuomo's left-flank critics—the party's natural base—and savaged the incumbent Democrat who, in a triumph of pragmatism over ideology, W.F.P. leaders selected as their standard bearer. But how pragmatic was it to choose Cuomo? The famously vindictive governor remains angry with the party for forcing him to make concessions to liberals before awarding him the nomination. Their marriage is one of convenience, and the all-but-inevitable divorce will be bitter.

Why is the NYP Trying to Stop Gentrification by Using Shooting Scare Tactics?

Backdoor NYPD Support?
If Vogue is calling Bushwick the 7th coolest neighborhood in the world, then of course lots of newcomers are going to look for apartments. But as real estate prices rise there and in Bed-Stuy, the Post warns that gentrifiers are getting attacked, mugged, and burglarized. The Post's police sources tell them, "All I can say is there should be a sign that reads, ‘Buyer beware,’ " and "A lot of the white folks moving into these areas are from out of state. They walk around as if they own the place... then they get robbed… The problem is they’re moving into their beautiful home with all these housing projects around them. That’s where the crime comes from." The paper hit the streets to scaremonger IRL, and found 29-year-old Paulina Jamet, who was checking out an open house on Quincy Street going for $1.3 million. She told them, “I’ve seen how fast the new neighbors are moving in. More people like me are moving in and changing the neighborhood. So that’s comforting.” Oh really Paulina? The Post countered her search for comfort with a report about a 35-year-old gunned down just a block away from her would-be dream home. The paper also mapped out crimes, million-dollar listings, and expensive rentals. One real estate agent admitted, "People still have to be really careful. I want to call it a neighborhood in transition," while a longtime-resident said, "At night, the freaks come out." So… we should all move to Jersey City?

Secret Plan to Lower Shooting in Brooklyn Gentrification 

NYP Attacks Mayor's Anti-Violence Plan is Right But for the Wrong Reason

The New Secret Army of Crime Fighters
It's is Rapid Gentrification in Crown Heights that is reducing crime numbers not the "Save the Street" program that the mayor is expanding to stop the increase in gun shootings  Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Gets Its Turn(NYT) In fact, residents credit the successful post-riot reconciliation between the two communities with being one of the drivers of Crown Heights’ rapid transformation — or gentrification, depending on one’s perspective.Along Franklin Avenue, signs saying “Moving to Flatbush” have appeared on many businesses in the last couple of years, and while longtime residents don’t tack up signs, there are indications they have also been leaving in large numbers as new arrivals replace them in this community of about 140,000 people.

Gentrification and Race

Taxes Pushing the Middle Class Out of NY 
Proportionately, New York State taxes the middle class more than most states, according to a survey by the financial social media site Wallet Hub, the Times Union reports:

Liu Discovers Reality to Concede
Former City Comptroller John Liu will concede to state Sen. Tony Avella on Tuesday, one week after their heated Democratic Primary for Avella’s northeast Queens seat appeared to be decided by a margin of less than 5 percent, the Daily News writes:
BATTLEGROUND: LONG ISLAND: The balance of power in the State Senate will most likely be determined by a couple of close races on Long Island, writes Jerry Kremer in an op-ed for City & State

Gillibrand: Protect Spin and Sell the Book 
Gillibrand: I wanted to tell colleague to go f–k himself(NYP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped an f-bomb during an interview Monday, while trashing a loudmouth male colleague who criticized her weight.US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called her new book “part memoir, part how-to, part call to action.” She insists it has nothing to do with any national ambitions.

No Matter How Weak NYC's Party Machine Gets the Party Never Ends
Democratic leaders ran for cover Monday from legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to vote in New York and become eligible for health and other benefits now reserved for citizens, the Post reports: 

Weaken Political Machines, Tammany Hall

Moses Change NYC, Caro's Power Broker Book Also Changed NYC

Campaign Finance Board, City Council Respond toUnprecedented Outside Spending(Gotham Gazette) Not only are the 2013 New York City elections memorable for moving the city into the post-Bloomberg era, they stand out for the unprecedented levels of outside spending, or independent expenditures, by non-campaign organizations that vied to influence electoral outcomes. Due to gaps in disclosure requirements around election advertisements, the sources of much of last year's spending, which rattled the election's financial playing field, were largely obscured to voters. Lawmakers have since sought to quash that trend with the passage of new city laws in August. In the new normal after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, though, there is little the City can do about the existence and expansion of independent expenditures, leaving officials to look for ways to ensure that there is as much transparency to those expenditures as possible.

According to the New York City Campaign Finance Board's (CFB) recently released analysis of the 2013 election cycle, independent entities not directly associated with any candidate campaign, such as political action committees (PACs), limited liability corporations (LLCs) and unions, spent a remarkable $15.9 million to sway voters, mostly through mass mailings and television and radio advertisements.In a bit of irony, the City is able to limit the amounts spent by candidate campaigns (by offering public matching funds in exchange for buy-in to the rules of the system), but not amounts of independent expenditures, or IEs, made by non-campaign entities.On September 2, the CFB published an extensive analysis of how money was raised and spent during the mayoral, city council, and other races of the 2013 election cycle.

UFT Protected From Illegal Campaign Spending by Prosecutors 
The report draws particular attention to what it calls the "remarkable influx of independent spending" throughout the election cycle. Its data shows that outside groups spent about $8 million to promote and detract from candidates in the mayoral race and $6.2 million in city council races.Jobs for New York, which was one of two PACs responsible for half of all 2013 election spending, aggregated $6.9 million from "over 120 LLCs and partnerships associated with specific [real estate] development projects" to influence city council races, according to the CFB. Voters received mailings financed by Jobs for New York, often portraying candidates negatively, with no more than a "Paid for by Jobs for New York" label on them, essentially revealing nothing about those LLCS or the fact that the PAC was founded and backed by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). United for the Future, another PAC, channeled more than $2.7 million into Bill Thompson's bid for mayor. The organization is a proxy for the New York City teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).  Lastly, anyone who followed last year's elections should recall the demise of early Democratic front-runner and then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Several groups opposed her bid for mayor and, under the slogan "Anybody but Quinn," independent groups New York City is Not for Sale (NYCN4S) and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), an animal rights group which opposed Quinn for her support of the local horse and carriage industry, invested almost $1 million to damage Quinn's candidacy. According to the CFB's Post-Election Report, "this amount was by far the highest devoted to opposing any candidate in the primary."
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Smoking Up: Call the Nanny
New York City's adult smoking rate rose to 16.1 percent in 2013, the third straight year that tobacco use has crept up in a metropolis once known for its innovations in getting people to kick the habit, the Journal reports: \
* City nail salons are woefully under-inspected by state agents, putting customers at risk of health problems like reproductive issues, asthma and even cancer, Public Advocate Letitia James warned, the Post writes:  * A REAL PAIN IN THE BUTT! Smoking rate in NYC rising 16% totopple 1 million, despite heavy health blitz (NYDN)“New York City's adult smoking rate rose to 16.1% in 2013, the third straight year that tobacco use has crept up in a metropolis once known for its innovations in getting people to kick the habit, according to government data released Monday. City officials and public-health workers blamed a steady drop in funding for anti-tobacco programs for the highest rate of smoking since 2007. For the first time in six years, more than a million New Yorkers said they smoked at least occasionally.”* New York City needs to continue its anti-smoking efforts and keep up the pressure on sales of untaxed cigarette dealers and continue a strong ad campaign to persuade daily users to kick the habit, am New Yorkwrites:

Reading Today's Newspapers Explains Why They Are Becoming Irrelevant 
News Your Can't Use
Letitia James questions guard at de Blasio’s unoccupied home(NYP)Even a top political ally of Mayor de Blasio thinks the city needs to stop shelling out big bucks to keep the NYPD posted outside his unoccupied Park Slope rowhouse. “I don’t understand why it’s still there,” Public Advocate Letitia James told The Post on Sunday.

More Crap From NYP's Dicker And NYT
Mark Green Masterbation
Insiders say de Blasio could beat Cuomo forgovernor in 4 years A former top city official calls a “very ambitious’’ de Blasio—who provided crucial support and political cover to Gov. Cuomo in last week’s Democratic primary—a good bet to challenge Cuomo for governor in four years(NYP) NYT Turning into A Local Newspaper Coming to the Rescue for Riders Who Drop Treasures on theTracks(NYT) * Two Jet Skiers Are Rescued After Mishap in Lower Bay (NYT) * 2 Bystanders Injured in Manhattan in Off-Duty Officer’s Tussle for Gun (NYT)* Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce bill 10 banning flameretardants from kids' products(NYDN)

Is the NYT All About Politics 
The NYT Which Has Not Commented About the Undemocratic 9% Turnout is Pushing For A Big November Vote to Keep the Senate in Democratic Control
A Bigger Midterm Election Turnout(NYT Ed) Will voters realize that decisions made on Nov. 4 will reverberate in laws not passed, roads not built and jobs not created?* In wake of dismal primary turnout, sources tied to Gov.Cuomo want him to lay out 2nd term agenda and energize base(NYDN)

Daily News More Worried About the BOE Than the Fact New Yorkers Stop Voting
The reason the New York City’s Board of Elections continues to make mistakes running the city’s exercises in democracy is because of how the board trains their hires, the Daily News writes: 

Daily News Still Pushing Cuomo
In a memo obtained exclusively by the Daily News, the Cuomo campaign says his GOP opponent has never publicly released his returns despite having entered the race six months ago and having served as Westchester County executive for five years.

de Blasio is Trying to Become Governor Also 
De Blasio, to Aid His Agenda, Is Pushing for DemocraticTakeover of New YorkSenate (NYT) Two factors may improve Democrats’ chances: Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s prodigious spending for Republicans will be out, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will be in.* Albanycliffhanger(NYP) It’s hard to fathom New York tilting even further against taxpayers. But it could happen — if November’s elections lead to Republicans being shut out from leadership in the state Senate.  Remember, all our state’s top offices (governor, comptroller, attorney general) are today held by Democrats. The Assembly has been in the Dems’ hands since the dawn of time, and is sure to stay that way. * LOVETT: AlbanyDemocrats may not favor Mayor de Blasio's push for city control of rentregulations(NYDN) Legislative Democratic leaders are refusing to commit to de Blasio's interest in toughening up the regulations and turning control of them over to the city from Albany.emocratic leaders in the state Legislature are refusing to commit to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's push to repeal a four-decade-old state law that prohibits the city from enacting tougher rent regulations than the state* Cuomo Meets With Brooklyn Black Leaders 2010 and Again in 2014 POST-PRIMARY -- “Brooklyn black officials get 'reset' meeting with Cuomo,” by Capital’s Laura Nahmias: “Andrew Cuomo held a meeting with African-American elected officials from Brooklyn on Friday afternoon, to help mend a strained relationship during his first term. The meeting, held in Cuomo's Manhattan office, was attended by congressional representatives, members of the state Assembly and City Council, and state senators including John Sampson and Velmanette Montgomery. … The last time Cuomo held such a meeting was four years ago, when he was campaigning for governor in the fall of 2010*Brooklyn black officialsget 'reset' meeting with Cuomo (Capital)* With Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins piercing through double-digits in public polls, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he is open to including the third-party candidate, State of Politics reports: The governor hasn’t been spending much time in the Capital Region*Zephyr Teachout wants to stump for Democratic Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and James Kemmerer, challenger to Brooklyn GOP Sen. Marty Golden.*  Teachout and Tim Wu called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo support net neutrality.* Astorino Laments the State of the State(NYT) The Republican candidate for governor says New York is lagging, compared with other states, on issues like taxes and economic opportunity.

de Blasio Operates On A Higher Level
TALE OF THE TAPE -- “A Transcendent Tally of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Words,” by WSJ’s Mara Gay and Josh Dawsey: “In his first nine months in office, … [t]he mayor has invoked ‘historic’ and ‘transcendent’ more than 80 times … Among the transcendent: a new park in Brooklyn, a budget deal, the appointment of a veterans-affairs commissioner, federal dollars to repair storm-damaged public housing in Coney Island, the possibility of hosting a Democratic convention and his own election, among other things. … The mayor has used the word [‘historic’] at least 55 times this year, including 27 times to describe his universal prekindergarten plan.” With a great graphic: --See how many times de Blasio has used the words or phrases: “Pre-K, Police, Brooklyn, Bratton, Amen, Albany, Inequality, Chirlane, Progressive, Previous administration, Manhattan, Bloomberg, Sharpton, Stop and frisk, poverty, Tale of two cities, Horse carriages, Terrorism”:

Brooklyn Boss Seddio's Innocents Projects

Mar 10, 2011 - “I don't know what will happen with Carl Kruger but anytime I have dealt with him he has been an honest broker,” Seddio said(Brooklyn Paper)
24-Hour Contribution Report for State Sen. John Sampson | NYS Board of Elections

Are We Protected in NYC Mayor de Blasio?
Saturday PM The beasts commit new act of savagery, this time beheadingBritish aid worker (NYT)
De Blasio under fire amid new threat from Islamic Statefighters(The Hill) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under sharp criticism for making decisions that may have undermined the effectiveness of his police department’s counter-terrorism operations. Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks on Manhattan, prominent security experts say de Blasio has made fighting terrorism a lower priority in order to appease the communities that helped elect him.
 “A classic case of taking your eye off the ball at the worst possible time is Mayor de Blasio in New York,” said John Lehman, a former member of the 9/11 Commission.He said de Blasio is failing to take seriously enough the new threat posed to New York and other major American cities by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has reportedly trained dozens of American jihadists. “At the very time when the threat suddenly emerges in a whole new additional form focused on the U.S., he decides to end some of the most effective programs in the country in the NYPD counterterrorism unit,” Lehman said. “He has reassigned people and vehicles and special equipment to non-counterterrorist activities,” he added.In April, de Blasio disbanded a special unit tasked with conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslim groups suspected of radical ties.  Michael Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, said the unit was instrumental in mapping out possible terrorist ties within Muslim communities. “They weren’t simply conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslims. They were mapping communities, figuring out where someone from Lebanon or Yemen or any of the other hot spots would go if they wanted to come to this country and find refuge,” he said.*Mayor applies for security clearance after Post story (NYP)*NYT editorial: Obama’s plan to rely on Syrian rebels “isfull of hope and fraught with obstacles.” * Warning of Terror Risk, Three Leaders Showcase Their Focuson Safety(NYT)In a rare joint appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, for a private session with Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, followed by a somber news conference in which they warned of terror threats* Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding * ISIS supporters urged to attack Times Square with pipe bombs(NYP)* New York Man Charged With Trying to Support ISIS (NYT) The most significant accusation in the seven-count indictment of Mufid A. Elfgeeh of Rochester asserts that he tried to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State.* ISIS has mastered social media, recruiting ‘lone wolf’terrorists to target Times Square: Bratton (NYDN) * Bratton: NYC In ‘New Era’ Of Potential Terror Threats (NYDN)Rep. Eliot Engel spoke on the House floor about the threat ISIS poses to the United States, warning if the U.S. does not act, “many more September 11ths” will happen on American soil.* A man who was already accused of plotting to kill US service members is now also accused of trying to send two men from Rochester to Syria to fight alongside terrorist group ISIS.* Targeting Times Square (NYP) * New York CityPolice Add Security Amid a Call for Attacks(NYT) The police stepped up security in response to the possible threat of a terrorist attack in Times Square, even as officials cautioned that they had no information about specific plans against the city.

Is the City Unsafer When the Mayor and Top Cop Not Close? 

Or is the Public Distance Made Up to Allow Bratton to Remain Close to His Cops and Not Look Like de Blasio's Puppet?
Bill zings ’em(NYDN Ed)  Bratton flies solo. It used to be true that no city commissioner would dare announce that his or her agency needed a major budget boost without being in sync with the mayor. Then came Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio. While insisting he is as close to the mayor as Bert is to Ernie, the NYPD chief told the City Council he needed to expand the force by 1,000 cops (figure $70 million-plus a year), plus he had to get more funding to pay for the enhanced training he’s about to do. In no position to publicly spank his top cop — not when last month was the safest August in recorded NYPD history — de Blasio responded ever so mildly that he’ll decide Bratton’s bucks when the time comes.

Everyone See What They Want From Bratton's General Statements 
NYT Connects Bratton's Call For 1000 More Cops As An Acknowledgement That the Department Needs Changing 
Interpreting Bratton
The New York City police commissioner has acknowledged that the culture of his department needs changing.*  De Blasio finally asks feds for security clearance(NYP)* Eric Garner supporters hold vigil, call for feds to takeover investigation into choking death by NYPD cop (NYDN)
Activists and family members took to the streets of Staten Island demanding justice after the 43-year-old father was killed after an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
There’s mutiny afoot at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the NYPD watchdog group. Board members have launched a not-so-secret effort to oust executive director Tracy Catapano-Fox.Her position has become increasingly at risk in the months since Mayor de Blasio took office promising to shake up the $12.7 million agency, and appointed Richard Emery to replace the chairman who had hired her, Daniel Chu.* Garner Family Attends Birthday Rally on Staten Island (NY1)* City religious leaders including Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. Al Sharpton met Monday to discuss how to strengthen relations between local communities and the cops after the death of Staten Island dad Eric Garner, the Post reports: 
Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC
@nypmetro @nypost @CommissBratton beginning to realize DEB needs him around to shield him from the lack of respect rank & file have for him
More About the NYPD, Commissioner Bratton, Chokeholds and Garner's Death 

A Tale of Two Jewish Voting Blocks
The Hasidic population boom is transforming the religion’s traditional profile in New York.FOR generations, American Jews, and particularly Jewish New Yorkers, have largely been identified as ardent liberals. Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe formed a substantial core of early 20th-century progressives and socialists. More recently, 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama in 2012, about the same as Hispanics, and were exceeded in their enthusiasm mainly by African-Americans. But that liberal image is poised to change.  A 2012 demographic study by UJA-Federation of New York found that 60 percent of Jewish children in the New York City area — the Jewish center of the United States — live in Orthodox homes, which suggests that in a generation a majority of the city’s one million Jews may be classified as Orthodox. A sizable percentage of those children happen to be Hasidim, the group that has fueled Orthodox growth with its astonishing fecundity. (Seven or eight children per family is common and one Hasidic woman, Yitta Schwartz, had about 2,000 living descendants when she died in 2010. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy director for intergovernmental affairs is Avi Fink, an Orthodox resident of Queens. Letitia James, the public advocate, employs Yoel Lefkowitz, a Satmar Hasid from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as a community outreach coordinator.

When America Produced Leaders Not the Political Class We Have Today 

Ken Burns' fantastic documentary on Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. To watch the documentary on the Roosevelts — Teddy, Eleanor and Franklin — debuting on public TV Sunday is to be transported to a sorrowfully bygone era when American politics produced giants. Where is today’s Teddy, the overly timid, sickly little boy who self-consciously grew into a brash, unstoppable man, charging up San Juan Hill with bullets whizzing, hunting bear at close range, swashbuckling as New York City police commissioner and busting trusts in the White House?

Read Political Consultant O'Brien's TR Book
It is Inauguration Day, March 4, 1901. New Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uncovers a vast international conspiracy that has already claimed the lives of Queen Victoria and other world leaders. Aided by British spy Sidney Reilly, Roosevelt races to prevent more attacks around the globe. But the threat they fight has already reached 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ...

Why Would de Blasio Bring Up an Issue That Connects to A Federal Investigation Against Advance and A SIDA Investigation Against WFP? 
Carriage Horse Vote May Be Delayed Until 2015(NY1)A decision on the fate of carriage horses in the city could be on hold until next year. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the possible delay this week after Rafael Espinal, who leads the council's consumer affairs committee, said he opposes the ban.  The move comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio - who campaigned on the promise of banning horse-drawn carriages - said in April that a vote would come later this year.

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Cuomo Was Tought By Meade Esposito 
Exposito: "Don't Make Friends Just Make Temporary Alliances . . .  IDC Dead?
De Blasio went to bat again and again for Cuomo and his embattled running mate, Kathy Huchul, before last Tuesday's primary. By going out on a limb for Cuomo, de Blasio is now in a position to seek help in Albany in return — but some insiders say Cuomo doesn't deal in IOUs.* If Democrats take control of the state Senate, New York will become more anti-taxpayer and anti-business as the Republican leadership has been the only thing keeping the state from heading over the cliff, the Post writes: * Undocumented immigrants in the state could score billions in Medicaid and college-tuition money—along with driver’s licenses, voting rights and even the ability to run for office—if Democrats win control of the state Senate in November, the Post reports: 

. Cuomo vs Astorino vs. Teachout Fracking
Disclose Cuomo prove results before election: Astorino(NYP) US Attorney Preet Bharara should tell voters before Election Day whether Gov. Cuomo or his aides committed a crime by interfering in a state panel’s probe of Albany corruption, Republican Rob Astorino said Friday.* Zephyr Teachout mulling Andrew Cuomo endorsement if he opposesfracking (NYDN) The one-time Democratic gubernatorial challenger says that the governor will only get her thumbs up if he declares his opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.* On the last time a Cuomo debated debating, by Mickey Carroll (NYDN)* Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism (Daily Beast) * Report: Black troopers reassigned from Cuomo detail (Capital)* Rob Astorino launches first statewide TV ad (LoHud)
2014 Gov Race: Cuomo, Astorino, Teachout

de Blasio's 180 on Charter Schools
Mayor de Blasio’s charter-school power grab(NYP)Memo to the mayor: You don’t get to run charters, even though they are public schools. You don’t get to dictate their “values” or their “approach.” And you certainly don’t get to use the threat of withholding space as a cudgel to bend them to your will.
The city has increased its inspections of facilities since many more have opened under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal prekindergarten program.* A lawsuit filed by a group of charter-school supporters alleges that a chronic funding gap between charter schools and traditional public schools violates the state constitution and disproportionately hurts minority students, The Wall Street Journal writes: 

Blacks Stand Behind de Blasio
Here's Why De Blasio Still Has 'Overwhelming' Support FromBlack Community(DNAINFO)The mayor has seen his approval rating among blacks remain steady at 65 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released late last month. "Overwhelming," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of Quinnipiac University's polling service, in describing de Blasio's support among black voters. "You don't get those kind of numbers."

 Is the NYT Trying to Mislead New Yorkers on the WFP? 
Does the Staten Island WFP Investigation Have Anything to Do With Wolfe Taking Time Off From City Hall?

2009 WFP . . . Data and Field . . .  Wolfe . . .  
Connecting to 2013 Spending Limits 

Investigator wants to speak with Mayor de Blasio aide Emma Wolfe in Working Families Party probe(NYDN) Roger Bennett Adler sent a letter in September to Emma Wolfe, de Blasio’s director of intergovernmental affairs, asking for a sitdown, according to sources. The investigation is examining whether the party’s now-dismantled for-profit arm, Data & Field Services, gave cut-rate prices to Working Families candidates, giving them an unfair advantage in elections. The investigation is examining whether the party’s now-dismantled for-profit arm, Data & Field Services, gave cut-rate prices to Working Families candidates, giving them an unfair advantage in elections.
Prosecutor investigating Working Families Party sought interview with de Blasio aide Emma Wolfe

A special prosecutor investigating the Working Families Party’s relationship with get-out-the-vote corporation Data & Field Services wants to interview Emma Wolfe, an aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, The Wall Street Journal reports:  Since 2012, the prosecutor,                                                         Roger Bennett Adler, has been investigating the Working Families Party's relationship with Data & Field Services, a corporation formed by the left-leaning party to provide its candidates with get-out-the-vote staffing and expertise. Investigators are looking at whether the for-profit firm charged significantly lower fees than is typical for such service, potentially providing an unfair advantage to favored candidates. 

WFP Lawyering Up To Stop An Investigation
According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Adler last fall sought an interview with Ms. Wolfe, who was then deputy manager and political director of Mr. de Blasio's mayoral campaign and is now his director of intergovernmental affairs. There were discussions with an attorney representing Ms. Wolfe to arrange the interview, but the interview has yet to take place, these people said. Ms. Wolfe was a key player in Mr. de Blasio's 2009 campaign for public advocate and served as his chief of staff when he was in that position. She previously worked as an organizing and field director for the Working Families Party. The party has said its support for candidates in 2009 was legal and is seeking to have Mr. Adler removed from the investigation, arguing in court papers that the process used to select him was unlawful. The Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, is slated to hear arguments in the case on Tuesday. The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office probed the party's ties to Data & Field Services in 2010, but that probe has ended. Dan Donovan, the district attorney in Staten Island, also began investigating and later recused himself from the probe. Mr. Donovan's request for a special prosecutor, which was granted, is under seal.  Joe Dinkin, a spokesman for the party, said the legal requirements for appointing the special prosecutor weren't followed."The appointment should be voided and the matter returned to the DA," he said.

More On the WFP the New Progressive Machine

Cuomo Will Debate Astorino 
Cuomo gives in to debating Astorino(NYP)WABC-TV, the Daily News, WXTV Univision 41, and The League of Women Voters of the City of New York have teamed up to invite Cuomo and his Republican rival, Westchester Council Executive Rob Astorino, to face off in a prime time debate. The Meaning of Cuomo's Embarrassment (New Yorker)* Business Community Hedges on Cuomo(YNN) * After Teachout-Wu Loss, No Endorsement By PEF(YNN) * In Two House Districts, Bad Numbers For Cuomo(YNN) *  Per-Vote Cost Correction(YNN)The cost-per-vote calculation that has been widely cited was initially reported by The Washington Post’s “Fix” blog, which said the Cuomo-Hochul campaign spent $60.62 for each vote it received to Teachout-Wu’s $1.57.* Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino called on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to let the public know before the November election whether he has found criminality tied to the Cuomo administration's handling of the governor's anti-corruption commission, the Daily News writes:

2014 Gov Race: Cuomo, Astorino, Teachout

Chokeholds Undercouted  
The city's police review board said it found more chokehold complaints against New York Police Department officers after discovering that it had misclassified some of them.

Queens Library Head Dumped But Still Getting Paid 
Queens Library chief Thomas Galante placed on paid leavepending results of city and federal investigations(NYDN)* Queens Library Leader onLeave as Inquiry Goes On(NYT)While officials investigate spending under Thomas W. Galante, the board of trustees moved to give the city comptroller full access to the library’s financial records.* Queens Library Leader onLeave as Feds Conduct Probe(NY1) * After paying CEO Thomas Galante an exorbitant $392,000 a year when he was showing up for work, the Queens Public Library is now paying Galante the same amount to do nothing, the Daily News writes: 
* Money for nothing (NYDN) Suspended Queens library chief Thomas Galante idles on the public dime

More About the Queens Library Scandal

NYCHA Real World: Despite the Promises Washington Cut Will Reshape Public Housing 
Thousands of city renters who rely on public subsidies are being forced to pay more for housing or move into a smaller space.
NYCHA and Housing, Rent, Cameras

A City and State Op-Ed is Really A Paid Ad 
In an op-ed in City & State, an Airbnb host tells herpersonal story of how the social networking site allowed her to supplement her income allowing her to stay home and care for her ill father: * Pols Seek to Deflate Airbnb (NYO)“Airbnb is an illegal hotel operation wrapped in a shiny bow of tech innovation and slick marketing,” said Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal. “Airbnb is destroying communities to build its own empire and increase its own profit.”They’re being harassed out of their homes. They’re frightened of what’s happening in the apartments next to and above them,” said Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger. Brooklyn Assemblyman Walter Mosley went so far as to call for Airbnb’s obliteration as an enterprise.* Group Launches Campaign Against Airbnb In NYC  * WFP Emails On Airbnb (YNN)
Airbnb Housing Market

How Come No NYc Class Action Against Airbnb Lawsuits for Driving Up the Rents Here? . . . NY Pols Dance in Front of the Cameras, Why No Class Action Lawsuit Like SF?   

Union Protection Yes
Tenant Protection No
It takes the Hotel Workers Union for NY Pols and AG to Fight Airbnb.  Nobody is fighting for the residence of Crown Heights and Bed Stuy who are getting push out of their homes by gentrification in part fueled by landlords warehousing apartments for Airbnb? Why is their no Class Action Lawsuit Against Airbnb Which is Driving Up Rents In NYC pushing long time residence out of their homes? Airbnb with 19,500 New York City listings enabling landlords to kick tenants out of affordable housing, warehouse their apartments and then rent them as illegal hotel rooms.De Blasio has allies in the hotel workers' union, which opposes AirBnB, but all three of AirBnB's co-founders—Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczy—also donated the maximum $4,950 amount to his mayoral campaign.

Why Does It Take A Hotel Union to Organize A Protest Against Airbnb . . .  Why Are The People Getting Push Out Union Pawns and Not the Catalyst of the Pol's Protest?
The press conference marked the beginning of an organized counteroffensive against AirBnB, which has spent months advertising on New York City subways and televisions (and with media outlets, including this one) touting the role it plays in helping struggling apartment-dwellers make ends meet. It estimates that AirBnB has spent roughly $25 million, including more than $500,000 on lobbyists.AirBnB is also a sponsor of the New York City Marathon.Certainly, the sheer number of elected officials who took part in Friday morning’s protest and were listed as allies in the release—15 councilmembers, 14 state legislative leaders, Public Advocate Tish James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Rep. Jerry Nadler—is a testament, in part, to the sway of the Hotel Trades Council. Neal Kwatra, the founder of Metropolitan Public Strategies, is spearheading the anti-AirBnB effort. His last public-sector job was as Schneiderman’s chief of staff. Before that, he was the hotel union’s chief political strategist.*  Airbnb Faces New Threat in New York From Housing Coalition (WSJ)

Airbnb Driving Up San Francisco Rents, Class Action Says   Airbnb Inc. was hit in California court Wednesday with a proposed class action representing thousands of renters in San Francisco, claiming the room-finder website is driving up rents and making it tough for property owners to compete in the city's fierce rental market. The lawsuit, filed by two long-term tenants of a San Francisco residential hotel, accuses Airbnb of flouting city laws that forbid the rental of residential units for “tourist or transient use.” Airbnb's site even mentions those laws but continues to offer rentals in San Francisco, according to Louis Gamache and Danielle McGee's complaint.Both plaintiffs live in San Francisco's Sheldon Hotel, a long-term residential hotel where Airbnb also rents units to tourists. That activity affects at least 300 residents in the Sheldon alone, the complaint said. The plaintiffs are seeking damages and an injunction barring Airbnb from renting San Francisco apartments illegally.  The complaint accuses Airbnb of violating California's unfair competition law by illegally converting residential units for tourist use, which allegedly makes it more difficult for other property owners to compete. It also accuses the site of violating San Francisco's residential hotel conversion and demolition ordinance and its residential unit conversion and demolition ordinance.“We believe this is the first lawsuit ever on this important issue,” plaintiffs' attorney Tyson Redenbarger of Hooshmand Law Group told Law360. “Airbnb is facilitating the short-term rental of rent-controlled units, thereby preventing the rental of those units to long-term tenants. This lawsuit will hopefully correct this issue and make available more units for long-term rental.”

Tracking Lobbyists Who Supported online Journalism

Lobbyists Secret Government Cover Up 
True News Has Been Reporting About the Lobbyist's Shadow Secret Government . . . And Mr. Power the Media is Enabling the Pols to Cover It Up

Why Did the NYT Make Powell A Sports Reporter? All His Friends Have Conspiracy Theories About Why the Times Would Remove (with no replacement) A Reporters Who Understands the World Outside the Kingdoms' Bubble 
Threat to open government posed Worth noting: Unlike AG, de Blasio admin did NOT cite consultant exemption on emails
Lobbyists Berlin Rosen Takes Over NYC Government
Corrupt Hank Sheinkopf

Corrupt lobbyist: Arzt, Mercury, Advance Group, Berlin Rosen, Parkside, Schlein. Kasirer, Bolton-St. Johns, D'Amato, Sheinkopf

Lobbyist Corruption

Dark Pools Lobbyists Campaign Consultants and Money

Lobbyists the New Permanent Government

Poor Door and Lobbyists George Arzt

CrainsNY Goes After the Secret World of Political Consultants 

The first time Crain’s filed a request for information with the attorney general’s office for a story on political consultants, it was denied. Their tune changed the second time.Jennifer Cunningham, the AG’s former wife, is part of a is part of a growing industry consultants who do not register as lobbyists yet nonetheless have close ties with New York politicians and represent clients (including elected officials) with interests before the government.

NYT Refuses to Look At Big Money in NY Elections Esp Consultant Lobbyists Controlled PACs
 An Amendment to Cut Political Cash(NYT Ed) A proposal to amend the Constitution would restore fairness to American politics by reducing the influence of big money.* The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics held its first-ever hearings on specific alleged violations of state lobbying law, the Times Union reports:  * The state of political consulting(Politico)

The NYT Out of Touch of New Yorkers 

Endorsement Power Meltdown
Is the Times' editorial board a Democratic player or protester?(Capital) Nobody believed that The New York Times' decision not to endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo in yesterday's Democratic primary would be a deciding factor in the race. But insofar as it expressed a liberal dissatisfaction with Cuomo's record, it at least comported with the results: Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu drew approximately 35 and 40 percent of the vote in their bids for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, making theirs a shockingly successful protest. But the controversial decision by the editorial board in the governor's race is one of the few in this primary that fell on the right side of history. While the Times did not endorse Teachout, the paper did endorse Wu, who lost to Kathy Hochul. In State Senate District 34, covering parts of the Bronx and Westchester county, the Times endorsed Oliver Koppell, who lost a nasty campaign against Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein. In Queens' District 11 the Times endorsed John Liu, whose challenge to incumbent Tony Avella, another I.D.C. senator, failed.

In the Assembly, the Times endorsed former investment banker Gus Christensen in the 76th Assembly District, covering parts of the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. He lost to attorney Rebecca Seawright. A race in which the Times-endorsed candidate won was, in this sense, an outlier: the primary in Brooklyn's Assembly District 52, where the paper supported Jo Anne Simon over the longtime Working Families Party activist Peter Sikora (who had the endorsement of mayor Bill de Blasio). After Christine Quinn had seemed to work hard to gain the Times' endorsement for mayor last year only to lose to de Blasio, there was muttering that a Times endorsement might not be the agenda-setter it has historically been presumed to be in New York's downstate Democratic primaries. Last night's results won't make the presumption any easier to maintain.To be clear, the mixed record shouldn't be taken as evidence that the Times endorsement doesn't matter. While some of its candidates of choice ended up losing in competitive races—Liu and Christensen—other of the Times' "failed" endorsements, like Koppell and Wu, were principled suicide missions. So a pure win-loss analysis would punish the paper for having the courage of its convictions, rather than being cheaply transactional. About that, though: The Times no longer appears to be completely sure what its convictions are, when it comes to the mission of the editorial board itself. Part of the board's justification for that odd, tradition-defying Cuomo-Teachout non-endorsement was that Teachout wasn't thought to a plausible candidate for governor. But that didn't stop them from endorsing Wu, who had even less political experience than Teachout, and who duly proceeded to outperform his unendorsed running mate by more than 20,000 votes.
NY Times Failed Kingdom and Jill Abramson

Bharara: Consultants Needs to Be Held Accountable 
“As the jury found, Lowe participated in a series of back-room deals in which the bridge of corruption extended between the world of elected officials and their complicit consultants,” he said. “Consultants, like elected officials, need to be held accountable." Preet Bharara, the United States attorney* Prosecutor Preet Bharara prepares for the spotlight(CrainsNY)Later this month, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will do a series of live interviews at events in New York City, a new setting for the high profile prosecutor who doesn’t shy away from the press

More On US Attorney Preet Bharara

The day after Sampson survived the primary battle, his political consultant, Melvin Lowe, was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring with Sampson to defraud the DSCC
Democratic operative convicted on all counts

Ex-Consultant Found Guiltyof Fraud Tied to Lawmaker (NYT)The verdict arrived as Mr. Sampson celebrated winning his primary in Brooklyn, despite the cloud of a federal indictment in an unrelated case and endorsements of his three rivals by prominent Democrats like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Herbert Hadad, a spokesman for Mr. Bharara, said his office could not say whether prosecutors would seek charges against Mr. Sampson in connection with Mr. Lowe’s crimes.

Sampson Hugs for Brooklyn Boss Seddio
The conviction stemmed from an investigation that has already felled Shirley L. Huntley, a former Democratic state senator from Queens. She was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after she pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayers’ money through a nonprofit organization she was running.   Malcolm A. Smith, a Democratic state senator from Queens who was seeking re-election but lost his primary on Tuesday, is awaiting a retrial on bribery charges that grew out of the inquiry. A judge granted a mistrial in June. *  Former Sampson aideguilty of conspiring to defraud Dems(NYP)* Victorious Sampson Knocks de Blasio and Cuomo For EndorsingHis Opponent(NYO)

Melvin Lowe, a Democratic operative accused of defrauding the state Senate Democrats' campaign arm of $100,000 and other charges, was convicted by a White Plains jury on all nine counts he faced Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office confirmed. Mr. Lowe was found guilty of steering the $100,000 to a New Jersey political consulting firm, Cornerstone Management Partners, which then kicked back much of the money to political consulting firms controlled by Mr. Lowe. Even before the crime, Mr. Lowe had been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee in 2010, which struggled for years to get out of debt caused by that election cycle's profligate spending. Democrats lost a briefly held majority in the Senate that year and are still fighting to regain it. Twenty-thousand dollars also went to political consultant Michael Nieves, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Nor has political operative Elnatan Rudolph, a former Brooklynite who owned Cornerstone Management Partners and who received $5,000. In addition, Mr. Lowe was convicted for tax violations for his failure to report more than $2 million in consulting income, causing his bank to make a false statement to his mortgage lender, and for defrauding a Yonkers resident of $66,000. The most serious count against him carries up to 30 years in prison, said the spokeswoman for Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson, who easily won his Democratic primary Tuesday, was also wrapped up in the transactions involving Mr. Lowe. Mr. Nieves told an IRS agent that Mr. Sampson had said the $20,000 paid to Mr. Nieves was for work previously done, even though Mr. Nieves was owed no money by the Senate Democrats' campaign arm. Mr. Sampson, the former Senate majority leader, faces an upcoming trial on unrelated embezzlement charges.(CrainsNY)Former
Consultant To New York
Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Found Guilty Of Tax And Fraud Charges LOWE was retained as a consultant by the DSCC after New York State Senator John Sampson was appointed as the Senate's Democratic Conference Leader following the June 2009 "coup" that temporarily shifted the balance of power in the New York Senate from the Democrats to the Republicans. In early June 2010, Sampson asked LOWE to arrange for a covert payment of $20,000 to Michael Nieves, a Queens-based political operative who had previously worked for former New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate and who had helped engineer the resolution of the Senate coup that had brought Sampson to power. LOWE then arranged for a New Jersey-based political consultant to submit a false invoice to the DSCC for $100,000 in printing services. Sampson approved payment of the invoice and the DSCC sent $100,000 to the New Jersey-based consultant. LOWE instructed the consultant to send $20,000 of the proceeds to Nieves, $75,000 of the proceeds to LOWE's consulting company and to keep $5,000 for himself. The jury heard evidence that LOWE and Senator Sampson had a close relationship of trust that included LOWE giving Sampson an envelope of cash.

State Senator Sampson Arrested and Re-Elected

Is Pitta Bishop Operative The NJ Based Consultant?  Why is the Name Being Covered Up?

From NYT "At Mr. Sampson’s request in 2010, he arranged for a New Jersey-based consultant to bill the committee for $100,000 in printing services that were not performed, the news release said.Mr. Lowe allowed the consultant to keep $5,000 and he gave $20,000 to Michael Nieves, a political operative based in Queens, who had helped the Democrats regain power. He kept the remaining $75,000 for his own firm, which he used to renovate his second home in Georgia."
Former Sampson aide not in complaint(CrainsNY)A former top aide to ex-Senate Democratic leader John Sampson says he's not the "Political Consultant #1" mentioned in a federal complaint charging political operative Melvin Lowe with defrauding the state Senate Democrats' campaign arm.
Michael Cohen, the former district office chief of staff for Mr. Sampson, now works for the New York lobbying firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin. A firm spokesman said that Mr. Cohen maintains that "Political Consultant #1" in the charges against Mr. Lowe unveiled this week was "not him." Mr. Cohen has hired prominent criminal defense lawyer Sanford Talkin, who declined to comment.
Mr. Lowe is charged, among other things, with pocketing much of a $100,000 payment the state Senate Democrats' campaign arm initially paid to a New Jersey political consulting firm, which Crain's and others have identified as Cornerstone Management Partners. The money then went back to Mr. Lowe and others, the complaint alleges.s part of the scheme, prosecutors contend, Mr. Lowe directed a vendor to submit a false invoice for printing to the campaign committee, and then to redirect $75,000 of the committee’s payment for those nonexistent printing services to him and $20,000 to a political consultant, identified in the complaint as Political Consultant No. 1.  The complaint says the $20,000 payment to the unnamed consultant was made days after a state senator, identified in the complaint only as Senator No. 1, promised to pay the consultant for assistance the consultant had already provided to the senator.  * Melvin Lowe | Capital New York A political consultant with ties to leading Democrats has been charged with defrauding the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, in a complaint by federal prosecutors. 

Did Klein Ever Ask Lowe What He Was Doing With the Money He Was Paying Him?

Independent Senate Democrats Re-Ignite Push To Outlaw Political Consultants From Lobbying (UPDATED)View All Blogs IDC spokesman Eric Soufer blasted the traditional Democratic conference for opposing the bill in June.  His statement specifically hit Sen. Liz Krueger, the Manhattan Democrat quoted earlier in the week in the New York Times claiming special interests “bought” tobacco bill that was pushed by IDC Leader Jeffrey . “By voting no on a common sense ethics reform bill, Senator Krueger and her allies are giving shady consultants like Mel Lowe an opportunity to double-dip in Albany's largesse,” Soufer said. “If Sen. Krueger and her colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference are serious about cracking down on conflicts of interest, then the least they can do is vote yes for a common sense reform."UPDATE: A Krueger spokesman just sent over a blistering response to Soufer."Is this serious? While Sen. Krueger would love to put more distance between lobbyists and campaigns, as drafted this bill was almost certainly unconstitutional, and she's not in the habit of voting for silly, plainly unconstitutional bills that are certain to go down in court. And frankly, if I were Mr. Soufer I wouldn't want to raise the subject of Melvin Lowe, who was hired on and received these absurd payments during DSCC Chair Jeff Klein's watch. When Liz Krueger was chair of the DSCC, she personally signed off on every payment of $1,000 or more -- if Sen. Klein followed the same procedure, then he signed off on those checks. And if he didn't, then he's a rube."* State Sen. Jeff Klein is still operating a law office in a residential neighborhood more than two years after The Post revealed he was violating the zoning code, the New York Post reports:

Booklyn Dems Love Sampson Kicks the Ass of Team de Blasio   

In Hotly Contested Races, the de Blasio Endorsement OnlyGoes So Far(NYO)Brooklyn, where Mr. de Blasio has lived for decades, was where his endorsed candidates had the most trouble. Despite campaigning in person for Pete Sikora twice, the economist with the Communication Workers of America lost to Jo Anne Simon, a Democratic district leader, by more than a thousand votes. Mr. Sikora’s loss was glaring because it was in the brownstone Brooklyn Assembly district that heavily overlapped with Mr. de Blasio’s old City Council district: the mayor’s Park Slope row house lies just blocks beyond the district’s boundaries.A similar dynamic played itself out in central Brooklyn. District Leader Jesse Hamilton, backed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams–the Democrat who held the senate until this year–and other local Democratic power brokers, easily bested attorney Rubain Dorancy, who ran with WFP and mayoral support. The district, rich with black voters that overwhelmingly supported the mayor in 2013, rejected Mr. Dorancy, who was assailed for recently moving from Mill Basin to Crown Heights. The mayor sided with Mr. Dorancy after the WFP and 1199 SEIU–the union most instrumental in his win a year ago–chose the upstart attorney over Mr. Hamilton.In eastern Brooklyn, twice indicted State Senator John Sampson faced down a challenge from Dell Smitherman, a former political director for 1199. Backed by Mr. de Blasio, the WFP and just about every labor union under the sun, Mr. Smitherman still lost to Mr. Sampson, once the majority leader of the senate, by 14 points. Mr. de Blasio made personal appeals for Mr. Smitherman at a megachurch in East New York and at a subway station yesterday, but the mayor–treated like a celebrity in those corridors–could do little to move the needle against an incumbent with high name recognition and a power base that has yet to erode. (The same was true for WFP, who found themselves in the unfamiliar position of falling to the county organization in many competitive races.) * Brooklyn Dems celebrate defiant Sampson win (Capital)

Even With Teachout Protest Vote Turnout Only 9.3% . . . Where is the Outrage? 

Daily News Too Busy Kissing Cuomo Ass To Understand New Yorkers Think Voting Makes No Difference

Landslide Cuomo (Daily News )

Randy Credico ‏@Credico2014  

All joking aside, his approach to campaigning ismystifying." Cuomo's (very) low-turnout primary: (Capital) Unofficial election results from the state’s Board of Elections show only about 9.3 percent of the state’s 5.8 million registered Democrats cast their ballots in the primary contest last night, the lowest turnout in a Democratic statewide primary in more than a decade. Turnout actually dipped below 2002’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, when Cuomo took himself out of the race against then-state comptroller Carl McCall shortly before the vote to avoid an expected hiding, and remained on the ballot in name only.  According to unofficial returns, 531,205 Democrats voted yesterday, which was also lower than the 661,296 who voted in 2010, when there was no competitive race for governor.* Paterson: Low Turnout Raised Volume Of Cuomo Dissenters(YNN)The Democratic primary race is shaping up as one of the lowest-turnout statewide contests in recent memory – under 10 percent.* Why almost no New Yorkers voted(NYP)

Public Fianancing is an Opportunity to Weakerns Big Money Puppet Show  

Yes NYP Public Financing Will Not Stop Corruption But It Will Allow A Few Individuals Not Selected By Big Money Interests To Get Into Office 
The phony cure for New York corruption(NYP Ed)

FU Liu From Wu
Tim Wu ‏@superwuster 

Too bad progressive John Liu @JohnCLiu lost.  If we had worked together, I'm sure he would have won.  Unfortunately, he never knew me.

BS Political Gov Campaign Spin
Upbeat from his victory the previous night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was “fine with 60 percent” of the vote in the primary election and called the results “liberating,” The New York Times reports:  * One night after losing to Cuomo in the primary election, former Democratic gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout went back to teaching law at Fordham Law School, the Times writes: * Democratic candidates who were endorsed by the Working Families Party and lost in the primary elections now face the decision of running in the general election and potentially taking away votes from other Democratic candidates, Gotham Gazette reports: * Teachout attracted a narrow constituency of upscale white liberal voters, while Cuomo is an accomplished politician who rallies the broad spectrum of New York’s 5.9 million Democrats, and she should endorse Cuomo, the Daily News opines: * Teachout's running mate slams de Blasio's Cuomo endorsement

IDC Growns Stronger 
Diane Savino: ‘Jesse Hamilton Will Be a Member of the IDC’(NYO) The election of Jesse Hamilton to the State Senate may have made a good night even better for the Independent Democratic Conference.“Jesse Hamilton was successful in Brooklyn and Jesse Hamilton will be a member of the IDC,” State Senator Diane Savino, an IDC member, declared at an election night party for the conference’s leader, State Senator Jeffrey Klein.* HAMILTON HEDGES ON JOINING IDC: After his state Senate primary victory Tuesday, Jesse Hamilton is still undecided about joining the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, despite Sen. Diane Savino’s claim last night that he would become the IDC’s newest member, City & Statereports

Hamilton Wasn’t Always Playing IDC Footsie(YNN) In debates during his Democratic primary, Hamilton — who received support from the IDC during his campaign — ruled out joining the IDC. “Definitely not,” he said during a debate on our sister station, NY1.

True News Give You the Why the Media Gives You Filtered News About Gentrification 
Brooklyn Dems celebrate defiant Sampson win(Capital)At a victory party in Canarsie on Tuesday night, State Senator John Sampson and his supporters in the Brooklyn Democratic organization celebrated a defiant win, beating back three challengers, despite the cloud of a federal indictment and a spate of endorsements for his rivals. “I think it was in the Bible where Job had to fight one heartache after another, one calamity after another, and ultimately he prevailed. And now, John Sampson has done that," said Frank Seddio, the county's Democratic chairman, who was walking around the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in a "RE-ELECT JOHN SAMPSON" t-shirt.

We Run A State Election and Pushing Blacks Out of Brooklyn Is A None Issue
Landlord trying to swap renters for ‘rich, white tenants': suit (NYP)
A group of black Section 8 tenants in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood claim that their landlord wants to swap them for “more affluent white tenants” by opting out of the federal housing subsidy program.
Three women living at 781 Washington Ave. in Crown Heights — just steps from Prospect Park — are suing to stop real estate honcho Douglas Rosenberg from exiting the program and renting out the building’s 63 units at market rates. “The inevitable result of the landlord Defendants’ opt out from Section 8 will be the displacement of African-American families from the subject building and the Prospect Heights neighborhood, and their replacement by more affluent white tenants,” according to their suit, filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. The suit claims that Rosenberg failed to properly notify startled tenants that he planned to remove the building from Section 8 status by the end of September.

True News Give You the Why the Media Gives You Filtered News About Gentrification 

How Albany's Manhattan Real Estate Tax Breaks Are Pushing Blacks and the Poor Out of Brooklyn

 Buyouts have long been part of New York City’s real estate lore, but as offers have become more common, buyouts have become instruments of illegal harassment and a growing threat to the stock of affordable housing, The New York Times writes Tenant groups cite illegal harassment and a growing threat to affordable housing, while landlords say buying out longtime tenants in low-rent apartments is lawful.* SWEATING IT OUT: Brownsville tenants live without hot water and electricity (NYDN) 

NYT Reports on Gentrification In Crown Heights It Does No Report Why It is Happening So Fast?  
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Gets Its Turn(NYT) The neighborhood has finally overcome a reputation for intolerance and violence that had plagued it since the 1991 riots between blacks and Hasidic Jews. In fact, residents credit the successful post-riot reconciliation between the two communities with being one of the drivers of Crown Heights’ rapid transformation — or gentrification, depending on one’s perspective.
Along Franklin Avenue, signs saying “Moving to Flatbush” have appeared on  many businesses in the last couple of years, and while longtime residents don’t tack up signs, there are indications they have also been leaving in large numbers as new arrivals replace them in this community of about 140,000 people. * Nuns raise rents at immigrant home to boot longtime residents(NYDN) They’re kicking them like a bad habit. The nuns running St. Joseph’s Immigrant Home in Hell’s Kitchen are boosting the rent on young female residents and trying to boot women..* Lawmakers call for Airbnb investigation over misleadinginsurance claim. 

Real Estate Market Forces: International Money, Gentrificatrion and Airbnb Are Making Affordable Housing Program into A Band-Aid on A Cancer


Is Anyone Studing the Effect of Foreign $$$ Puring Into the City

NY's Real Estate Has Become the New Swiss Hidden Banks Accounts to Hide Illegal Money  
GILDED CITY – New York mag cover, “Stash Pad: The New York real-estate market is now the premier destination for wealthy foreigners with rubles, yuan, and dollars to hide,” by Andrew Rice:  “Every year, the British real-estate brokerage Knight Frank publishes a document called ‘The Wealth Report.’ The latest edition produces the curiously precise estimate that there are 167,669 individuals in the world who are ‘ultrahigh net worth,’ with assets exceeding $30 million … forecasting that over the next decade, the ranks of the ultrarich will increase by 30 percent, with much of the growth  coming in Asia and Africa. … New York is forecast to add more ultrahigh-net-worth individuals than any city outside Asia over the next decade.”“[S]ince 2008, roughly 30 percent of condo sales in large-scale Manhattan developments have been to purchasers who either listed an overseas address or bought through an entity like a limited-liability corporation, a tactic rarely employed by local homebuyers but favored by foreign investors. … Corcoran Sunshine, which markets luxury buildings, estimates that 35 percent of its sales since 2013 have been to international buyers, half from Asia, with the remainder roughly evenly split among Latin America, Europe, and the rest of the world. ‘The global elite,’ says developer Michael Stern, ‘is basically looking for a  safe-deposit box.’ …* A study showed Manhattan’s apartment inventory is up after a two-year shortage, but the average price for a Manhattan apartment rose 20 percent to more than $1.6 million, the Times writes:  Hidden in Plain Sight: New York Just Another Island Haven()ICIJ) Lax U.S. rules and real estate industry’s no-questions-asked approach make it easy for dodgy characters to funnel wealth through high-end Manhattan apartments.

Gentrification and Race

de Blasio's 180 on Charter Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said on Wednesday that it would find space in public school buildings for four charter schools that want to open or expand next year, the Times reports: 

de Blasio to Take Over Albany Leading to Rent Control  . . .  NYCHA Stringer Attacks Conditions 

Mayor de Blasio is campaigning hard for Democrats to secure control of the state Senate in the hopes of wresting city rent regulation from Albany, according to a published report....* The killer flaws of de Blasio’s housing plan (NYP Ed)Mayor de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan has two big flaws. First, it uses bad data to describe the size of the problem. Worse, his solution is unlikely to put a dent in the number of “severely rent-burdened” New Yorkers. “Housing New York,” the mayor’s bid to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing, says the city faces a special “crisis of affordability,” with 600,000 households — more than 30 percent of the total — who pay over 50 percent of income in rent. The big picture is this: The de Blasio plan is a costly diversion that will benefit only a fortunate few — and continue to help them even if they no longer need it.Far better for New York to turn its attention to its real housing crisis: the wretched condition of its public housing, in dire need of billions in capital repairs and routine maintenance. Reducing the number of new market-rate housing units (as “affordable” requirements do) will do nothing to fix that crisis, while depriving the city of new property-tax revenue that might help tackle it. In the Post, Howard Husock, vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute, points out numerous flaws in de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, including a lack of accurate dat * Report by Controller Scott Stringer shows public housingconditions are worsening  (NYDN) Problems such as broken windows, rat infestations, and water leaks are on the rise at NYCHA apartments. Even many of the city’s rent-stabilized apartments have faced trouble. ‘We have failed to stop the deterioration of NYCHA housing stock, and there are dire consequences for tenants,’ Stringer said. * Mayor de Blasio wants to take control of rent regulationfrom state lawmakers (NYDN) For years, Republicans in the Senate have oppose efforts by Democrats and tenant advocates to strengthen the rent regulation laws to make it harder for property owners to shift their apartments to the free market. But if Democrats take control of the Senate in November, the de Blasio administration could be allowed to rule on rent regulation.* Broken Windows (Real Ones) Surge in Public Housing (NYT) According to a report from the New York City comptroller’s office, windows across the city’s public housing complexes have fallen into a degree of disrepair that seems drawn from generations past.

Why are NY Lobbyists Make Millions With Gambling Contract and Pols Get Big $$$ When Atlantic City Melts Down 

New York casino bet in wake of Atlantic City debacles(NYP)Something for the New York Gaming Facility Location Board to think about next week, when it begins hearing from developers claiming that giving them a casino license will revive struggling Upstate communities.* The casino crackup: New York’s betting on this for jobs?(NYP) While casino gambling was sold as a money magnet for upstate, it’s more likely to prey off local resources than to bring in much from outside*Another Atlantic City casino has shut its doors (WNBC)
@zephyrteachout casino gambling is not economic development Great to generate campaign contributions for pols bad for the people.
Gambling and lobbyists 777

de Blasio Dumps 911 Contract
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio ditches NASA's contract for overhaulof 911 system after costs skyrocketed(NYDN) Consultants from NASA were hired two years ago by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to solve technical problems with the 911 system, which the city is spending $2 billion to fix. But the project is behind schedule and over budget — in part because of high-priced consultants taking in average annual salaries of $250,000. Mayor de Blasio is grounding NASA. Consultants from the space agency were hired two years ago by de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to solve mounting technical problems with the city’s $2 billion overhaul of its 911 system. But now our new mayor is scrubbing NASA’s $13.2 million contract for the project, and he wants city officials to take over mission control themselves, the Daily News has learned.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is abandoning a $13.2 million contract with NASA to overhaul the city’s 911 system in part because layers of high-priced consultants were driving up costs

de Blasio is Hillary Body Guard on the Left 
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defended Bill Clinton’s record on confronting economic inequality, and said Hillary Clinton is “absolutely” a true progressive.
POLITICO deemed de Blasio “the new icon of the left.”

Grimm Future 

Judge refuses to delay Grimm’s tax evasion trial until after elections(NYP)
Trial for indicted Rep. Michael Grimm set for after the November election (NYDN)
* A federal judge on Tuesday said U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm's tax-fraud trial will begin Dec. 1, despite defense lawyers' objections that negative political advertisements airing as he campaigns for re-election might bias potential jurors, The Wall Street Journal writes:

de Blasio and WFP Black Ops Triangularization Taking the Heart Out of Cuomo   

I GOT YOUR BACK, ANDY! De Blasio will endorse Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul — despite her being under constant attack from liberals(NYDN)
First Lady Chirlane McCray stumps for Gov. Cuomo's running mate in Crown Heights(NYDN)
De Blasio Endorses Hochul, Cuomo’s Pick for Lieutenant Governor(NYT)

Speeding Cam$ Helping Keep the Middle Class in NYC?
Mayor cheers as city rakes in $9.15M off 6 speed cams(NYP)
Mayor de Blasio revealed Tuesday that the city had collected an astonishing $9.15 million since January from $50 fines generated by speed cameras around public schools.* City will install more speed cameras near schools(NYDN)

Traffic, Vision Zero and Speed Cameras

The St Patrick's Parada Allows Gay Groups  

After a battle of 20+ yrs, NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade will allow gays, lesbians to march under their own banner
he organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue will allow a single gay group to march next year, altering a policy that has sparked controversy and protests for decades.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be the parade’s grand marshal.
Gay Groups to Join St. Patrick’s Parade in New York as a Ban Falls (NYT)
In Irish Enclaves, Support and Relief as St. Patrick’s Parade Lifts Ban on Gay Groups(NYT)

The Stringer Tells Eva Moskowitz  
"I Can Do Anything Better Than You"
The dog ate his homework(NYDN Ed) De Blasio cuts some corners on pre-K

Stringer Theory: a Democrat Rises to Challenge de Blasio\ via @Politicker
The Battle for New York Schools: Eva Moskowitz vs. Mayor Bill de Blasio(NYT)
* Calling expanded pre-kindergarten the "centerpiece" of his battle against income inequality, Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the school year by visiting preschool sites in all of New York City’s boroughs, the Daily News reports: 
* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said he has still received only 186 of 570 pre-K contracts from the Department of Education and called on city officials to “get their act together,” the Daily News writes: 
* Many of the nine new pre-K sites shuttered by de Blasio this week are under investigation for "integrity issues," according to the Department of Investigation, and not likely to open this year school year, DNAinfo reports:

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Budget


Campaign 2017 is A Tale of Two School Systems

Public schools ‘doing bad things to children': Success Charter head(NYP)
If Mayor de Blasio thought a leading advocate for charter schools would be silenced after reaching a deal with the city for more space, he was badly mistaken. Charter chief... * Gonzalez: Eva Moskowitz isn't just backed by Wall Street, she moved there(NYDN)
Fariña Tackles Challenges Ahead of Opening Day(WSJ)
As New York readies for the first day of school on Sept. 4, it is up to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to deliver on Mayor de Blasio's promise to provide free full-day preschool for 53,000 children and to deal with other challenges.* First day at city schools has smooth start, few snagsreported(NYDN)
More than 1 million kids turned out for classes Thursday, with more than 51,000 kids coming to the city’s newly established universal prekindergarten programs** De Blasio said that all charter schools in the city will have to meet City Hall’s standards, including acceptance of special education students and English-as-a-second language learners, the Daily News reports: 
A lawsuit filed by a group of charter-school supporters alleges that a chronic funding gap between charter schools and traditional public schools violates the state constitution and disproportionately hurts minority students.

de Blasio Vs Brooklyn Boss Seddio In Brooklyn Endorsements, 52AD, 19SD, 20SD

Sampson When He Was A Senate Leader Had Over $1.5 in His Bank Account Today As He Faces A Hard Re-Election Under Indictment He Has $2000
Bill de Blasio gives endorsements to his underdog supporters(NYDN)
Four little-known candidates who backed Mayor de Blasio early in the mayoral campaign are getting his endorsement back for being 'true believers.' Flatbush district leader Rodneyse Bichotte alienated many people in her community last year when she backed Bill de Blasio for mayor over former Controller Bill Thompson.But the unpopular decision is paying off. Bichotte — now vying for an open Assembly seat in Brooklyn — is one of four little-known candidates Mayor de Blasio has chosen to endorse because they were early backers of his underdog campaign. This week, de Blasio is expected to endorse two more longshots, sources said: Assembly candidate Pete Sikora, running in Brooklyn against district leader Jo Anne Simon; and Dell Smitherman, a former political coordinator for the powerful healthcare workers union 1199SEIU who is challenging State Sen. John Sampson. The mayor has also endorsed Rubain Dorancy — whose Haitian American Association for Political Action-PAC backed his mayoral bid early on — for an open Brooklyn Senate seat. And he also gave his nod of approval to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), who has been in the mayor’s camp since de Blasio served on the school board in 1999.* Cuomo endorses challenger to Sampson (Cuomo)

NYT: Small Donations Fuled Mayor's Race

But Leaves Out Small Donor PACs Like NYCLASS, United for the Future and 7 Million Jobs for New York
Small Donations Fueled ‘Most Wide-Open’ Mayoral Race Last Year, Board Says
Mayoral candidates received $14 million in matching funds, according to a report by the New York City Campaign Finance Board to be released Tuesday.

Cuomo Secret Black Ops Operation to Keep Teachout Out of the Media, The Moreland Connection

BUYING TIME INDEED: Is Andrew Cuomo's Money Keeping Zephyr Teachout Out Of The Media? (Opennews)

At the heart of the Moreland Commission scandal lies a firm so shrouded in mystery, news stations won't touch it with a hazmat suit on. Even MSNBC, that bastion of progressive television, specializing in governors-gone-wild reportage of late has not seen fit to delve into the dealings of Buying Time, one of the "subpoena proof" companies made infamous in the NY Times' July 23 bombshell "Cuomo's Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission".WHAT WE KNOW: Cuomo's top aide Larry Schwartz is alleged to have triggered the withdrawal of subpoenas, including one to Buying time. This request was then reportedly un-requested. We know Cuomo then aborted his much-ballyhooed corruption crusade amidst a cloud of inexplicable secrecy, after commissioners followed the money trail right to Cuomo's "backdoor". Then, another aide Joe Percoco reportedly pressured Moreland commissioners to release pro-Cuomo statements even as US Attorney Preet Bharara was announcing an investigation of Cuomo's handling of the commission.

Teachout No Debate Little Press At Closed LICH Hospital . . . Media Thinks Public Does Not Care About A Closed Hospital? Or Something Else Going On?
Props 2 Bkln Eagle, NY1, Capital NY, WCBS! Shame on rest of press For Skipping Teachout's Press Conference on the Closing Of the LICH Hospital
No wonder why only 10% of the public knows who she is. The same lack of investigative press coverage can explain why 69% of the public does not know what the Moreland Commission is or 60% Don't Know the name to the AG.Even with Teachout on the ballot everyone expects a record low turnout for a governor's Primary.

Horse Feathers Media Meets "Vinny the Chin" Avoidance and Pretending Not to Know

The Making of An Uninformed Public

In 2009 when Tom Robbins wrote The Mayor's Press Pass, in the Village Voice it look like independent media coverage of politics was dead and Bloomberg would control news coverage for good. Since the Robbins story lobbyists has gained power over the news media using the advertising dollars they control, in influencing what news stories are covered and how they are covered. Now five years later we not only see new full of fluff and none coverage of issues important to New Yorkers like a closing hospital and a governors race. We also see very little  investigative independent journalism like Robbins, Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett produced for years at the voice.  Just ask the biggest corruption fighter in town today, U.S. Attorney who criticized the lack of investigating reporting in today's NYC media. Newspaper gives vote of approval to paying politicalcandidates (New York World) * A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians (2011 True News)* Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters

An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.” - Thomas Jefferson

Political Corruption Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders
"Rather than just covering the cases that my office and other offices are already bringing, figure out ways to break new ground and to cover new stories" Bharara

When it comes to investigative journalism reporters and newspapers become "Vinny the Chin" ignoring the issues while pretending not to know what is going on. Today's reporters operating in very weak media economy and with lack of experience or historical understand think good journalism is reporting first what the mayor or any pol said, now what is really going on. * U.S. Lost 30% of its Paid Journalists in 6 Years

The Dumbing Down Of Journalism is Not All About Political Decisions Not to Cover A Camdidate for Governor  Its About the Quality of Reporters

Stony Brook Prof Stresses Value of Old-School Journalism
Jon Friedman‘s latest Marketwatch column is a good one. In framing what he thinks it still takes to be a good journalist, he laments the fact that many of his Stony Brook journalism students are fixated on the glittery sheen of the boob tube:
When I asked my students last semester what they hoped to do in their careers, the majority said they wanted to be on television. (The most honest of them declared they wanted to be TV stars, not so much for the big bucks but since it just seemed so darned cool to be on TV!) None of them said he or she hoped to be a link in the chain to the late, great Edward R. Murrow. (Who?)
It’s not my students’ fault that TV news today has taken on the mentality of the fabulous 1976 film Network (a movie most of them had never heard of, much less seen). It’s all about flash and pizzazz. News and entertainment are so blurred that it’s hard to tell them apart.

Local TV News Which Makes Millions Off of Campaign Ads, Lobbying Ads Like Airbnb and Government Public Service Ads

Pay to Report Local TV New$
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in TV lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down. Copy Cat Journalism * Shrinking Newspaper Coverage Means Less Real TV News More Sexy Reporters

Shrinking Coverage Means Less Real News on TV Which Reads the Newspaper Headlines Every Morning
 Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's PensionBloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion * Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)

Local TV News Has Become Wires and Lights in A Box

"This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”Edward R. Murrow 1958 speech * Good Night, and Good Luck: Edward Murrow Speech

At the Start of the School Year Everything Looks Pure and Good, Lots of Plans . . . Wait?

City schools will push for more 'family connections,' parent involvement: Chancellor Carmen Fariña(NYDN)
New York Times
Fariña thinks big New York Daily News
NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is an “active and engaged grandmother” of two boys.
New York State United Teachers is seeking to intervene in an anti-tenure lawsuit filed against the state.* PreK  Universal Pre-K Takes Off While it might not be completely smooth, more than 50,000 4-year-olds will start prekindergarten on Thursday, primarily thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio.* Ninety city schools failed to pass a single black or Hispanic student on state tests, study says(NYDN)
Overhaul to school discipline code won't be made this year(NYDN)* * Looking at a diverse cross-section of 90 New York City schools, an education-reform group found that not a single black or Hispanic student passed the state-administered math and reading exams, which is shameful, the Post writes: * As 50,000 4-year-olds prepare for their first day of expanded pre-K in New York City, it is important to remember how this extra year of education will help, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina writes in the Daily News: 
More On Education, Charter Schools, Tenure

NYT Hands Down Its Choices
No endorsements on the Sampson and Smith senate races?
Choices for the Legislature and the Civil Court(NYT Ed)
The Times makes some recommendations for the Democratic primary races in New York City.
NYT for Koppell and Liu another message to Cuomo?

Mayor Defends Dumbing Down of Elite HSs

When Your Setting in A Cancer Ward, Are Your Looking for Doctors Who Are the Smartest or That Your Doctor Comes From A HS That Was Racial and Ethnic Balanced

After A Campaign of Lobbyists Press Releases the Media Shows Green Shoots Of Analysis 

The NY Times none editorial of Cuomo yesterday afternoon was the first article written this campaign season that analysis a campaign this year.  Up until then all the coverage of campaigns were copied press releases put out by lobbyists consultants full of lies and promises to be broken. The NYT endorsement is only a green shoot with faint hope of changing an election system in New York where most voters get their information on the candidates they vote for by TV commercials or campaign mailings written by lobbyists and consultants who are experts on lying and making fake promises. 95% of the media coverage is still generated by press releases from the campaigns.  The NYP editorial on Cuomo's TV Ad on Astorino The Rob Astorino story: racketeering, conspiracy, fraud.” The Post points out that the lawsuit which the TV Ad is based on is based on a lawsuit filed by by Astorino’s longtime political foe, the head of the Westchester branch of the Independence Party. Which y has endorsed Cuomo. Candidate all over the city are being outgunned by PAC money designed to win votes for their candidates who will in turn doing the bidding of the special interests funding the PACs. Citizens United PACs controlled by lobbyists and the special interests that fund them have developed into a system of legalized bribery, which the media has not reported on during a campaign yet. Data and Field in 2009, NYCLASS in 2013 and this year dozens including One New York PAC controlled by the mayor.  We need a local PoliticFace in New York during campaigns.

NYP Analysis Cuomo Commerical Against Astorino
The Cuomo fraud racket(NYP)

Earlier this week, The Post’s Fredric U. Dicker reported the Cuomo campaign has begun airing a commercial that opens with this line: “The Rob Astorino story: racketeering, conspiracy, fraud.” It goes on to accuse him of “conspiring with a family and accomplices to rig his election through election fraud.” Sounds awful. So what’s this “racketeering” all about? Turns out it’s based on a civil lawsuit that’s been filed against Astorino. What the Cuomo ad leaves out, however, is that this suit was filed by Astorino’s longtime political foe, the head of the Westchester branch of the Independence Party. Which y has endorsed Cuomo. Now, we’re not ones to complain about negative ads. They often sharpen issues for voters and force pols to respond. But this commercial does none of that. To the contrary, it avoids drawing contrasts between the men on the many real and substantive differences that divide them: on tax rates, on fracking, or on the generally sluggish state of the New York economy. Then again, it may be that Gov. Cuomo has calculated the real issues don’t work to his advantage — and has his campaign staff working overtime to change the subject.* Cuomo’s campaign promised to pay for his excursion to Israel this month. But the well-stocked re-election fund won’t cover the thousands of dollars associated with the State Police detail that provided round-the-clock security for the candidate.Saturday Cuomo pushes ‘progressive’ record as Democratic primary nears(NYP)

NYT Denounces Citizens United Over and Over Just Does Not Report Its Effects on Local Races

While the NYT Ignored Illegal Campaign Funding Going On in the 52AD Campaign (and other campaigns) They Covered A Climber Near the District

To Get A Tough Senate Primary You Need to Be Indicted or Fight Rangel or WFP 
 New York Democrats face tough primary elections(NYP)  Four Senate incumbents find themselves in tough races, including two in legal jams. For the first time since being indicted by a federal grand jury, state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens and Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn are up for re-electionSmith was indicted in April 2013 for trying to buy his way onto the city  mayoral ballot. But Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, who once worked for Smith, expects him to prevail. “The man has not been convicted of anything, he is well-liked in his community and the truth will stand with him,” Sheinkopf said. In Brooklyn, fellow indicted pol John Sampson has a tough challenge. His recent campaign filing showed a deficit of $9,621. There is also strong opposition to Sampson, who has been indicted twice in two years for embezzlement and lying to the FBI, drummed up by his primary opponent, Dell Smitherman. In Queens, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella is in a fight with fund-raising machine John Liu — who currently has four times the amount of cash on hand as Avella. After losing a congressional primary to Rep. Charles Rangel, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is locked in a primary with former City Councilman Robert Jackson. * LOVETT: Michael Bloomberg hasn’t given Senate Republicans a dime since he left office, despite being their single largest donorduring his three terms as mayor(NYDN) Senate Republicans have lost a big weapon in their fight against the Democrats for control of the chamber: former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was the single largest donor to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee during his three terms in office — but since leaving City Hall, he hasn’t given a dime. … he has also given nothing to the Assembly Democrats, who received $250,000 from Bloomberg two years ago. … In fact, campaign records show that Bloomberg this year has given just a single $6,500 donation in New York — to Buffalo Republican state Sen. Mark Grisanti. … one of just four Senate Republicans in 2011 who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which Bloomberg supported as mayor

NYT Detached From NYPD Crisis Looks At Sharpton

A Slimmed-Down Al Sharpton Savors an Expanded Profile(NYT) From an overweight Brooklyn firebrand clad in track suits and draped in medallions, the Rev. Al Sharpton has transformed himself into the White House’s civil rights leader of choice.

Free Incumbent Senate Mailings
New York state senators sent out $3.2 million worth of state-funded mailings for the six-month period ending March 31, 2014, the latest expenditure filings show, the Post reports:

Tax the Rich II
Higher taxes down the road are a distinct possibility, given New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fiscal record so far, because while it may have enough cash now, the city might soon fall short, the Post writes:

As Candidates For Office Try to Get Their Message Out the Daily News Turns Into A PR Agent for Incumbents While Candidates Cry to Get Their Message Out  
Biking is picking up amongst City Council members(NYDN)
The Daily News Goes After the Corrupt Queens Library President and Puff PR's Van Bramer Who Benefited From the Corruption

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer on his homeless childhood, calls for residents to be part of the solution(NYDN)
Flashback   EXCLUSIVE: City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer explodes at colleagues (NYDN, 1/29/2014) Van Bramer's colleagues questioned whether Van Bramer's ties to the Queens Library would compromise his ability to hold a hearing on the library's finances

NYP Uses the Times Square Muppets to Defend NYPD 

The right to not be arrested?(NYP Ed)vGotham’s “reformers” are seeking a new entitlement: the right not to be arrested.vWe’re not kidding. It’s part of the recent hostility toward cops and, in particular, their successful 20-year focus on low-level, “quality-of-life” crimes (also known as “broken windows” policing).vIs there a quicker path to a lawless city?


Cuomo's Medicaid Lobbyists  
Backlash after Cuomo names lobbyist to oversee Medicaid spending(NYP)
A leading Republican congressman is demanding an investigation into how a lobbyist was named by the Cuomo administration to help oversee $8 billion in Medicaid funds, The Post has learned.
The probe would focus on Jim Introne, a top Cuomo health adviser who previously served as a hospital lobbyist and health-care consultant.
“Of particular concern is that Gov. Cuomo has appointed former health-care lobbyist Jim Introne to oversee the disbursal of the Medicaid waiver money,” House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a letter Thursday to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Goo Goos Finally Acomplish Something - A Civil War Between Good Govt Groups   

Reform-group civil war over Cuomo-style redistricting(Capital)
Citizens Union and the League of Women Voters unveiled a new website Tuesday in favor of a new commission

NYT Calls de Blasio Meets Reality, Its Really NYC's Campaign System Meets Reality
What the NYT does not report that there is something wrong with a campaign system that elects candidates with a cult like following that does not reflect the reality of governing. The media covered what former mayoral candidate Albanese called a campaign prop at the time of  de Blasio  in 2013 to stop the closing of LICH Hospital.  The hospital is closed and the NYP calls it reality yesterday.  Is the media telling us that campaigns with all their mailings are campaign props and they know it? 

Its Not About Liberal Friction It is About Reality and Fooling the People During Campaigns
 De Blasio Encounters Rising Friction Over Liberal Expectations(NYT) Faced with the realities of pension costs, budget deficits and a scarcity of federal support, the mayor has struggled to please his supporters. On Wednesday, housing advocates will march in Harlem to highlight what they say is a too-weak effort by City Hall to build affordable homes. And the Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a march on Saturday to call for an end to aggressive policing in the wake of a black Staten Island man’s death after being placed in a chokehold during a routine arrest.De Blasio has angered his angered the liberal base that propelled him into office by bowing to realities of having to make deals with developers on affordable housing and defending hard-nosed policing. “The mayor who shot to fame denouncing stop-and-frisk tactics and luxury condominiums is now defending hard-nosed policing and cutting deals with developers, bowing to the realities of leading an unruly city but also angering an activist left that propelled his rise … Impatience with the mayor is now spilling into outcry. On Wednesday, housing advocates will march in Harlem to highlight what they say is a too-weak effort by City Hall to build affordable homes. “And the Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a march on Saturday to call for an end to aggressive policing … Mr. de Blasio, who advisers say is deeply concerned about disappointing his supporters, has struggled to explain that the lofty liberal rhetoric of his mayoral campaign cannot be imported wholesale into City Hall — that there may be a limit on how many affordable units can be extracted from developers, that the so-called broken-windows policing strategy often credited with helping to lower crime cannot be abandoned overnight.
Former Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese. and A Candidate for Assembly Tries to Tell the Truth and Get Boycotted By the Media 

“Inequality is not something that a mayor of New York can solve, but public safety is...

NYC Voters Are Disconnected From Their Own Believes 
New York's Voters
Cuomo Connected to Corruption
We Support Cuomo
Cuomo Emerges Unhurt From Morelandgate Scandal; Dem Primary Challenger Unknown 
More voters see Gov. Cuomo as part of New York's corruption problem, not solution: Quinnipiac Poll(NYDN)
Fully half of voters in the new poll say they disapprove of the way the incumbent Democrat is handling government ethics, while only 39% say he's doing the right thing.
That's a total reversal from the May 22 Q poll, when 48% of voters approved and 34% disapproved. Despite the souring views of his ability to muck out the Albany cesspool, Cuomo is still wrecking all challengers in the Democratic primary and November general election, Quinnipiac found in the latest survey. Cuomo still holds a 56 to 28 lead over Republican gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino despite almost half of voters saying Cuomo is part of the corruption problem in the state, a new Quinnipiac poll found* Polls continue to show huge lead for Cuomo over Astorino(NYP)

Local News Wins Emmy For Keeping the Public Uninformed
That's a total reversal from the May 22 Q poll, when 48% of voters approved and 34% disapproved.
Despite the souring views of his ability to muck out the Albany cesspool, Cuomo is still wrecking all challengers in the Democratic primary and November general election, Quinnipiac found in the latest survey.

How Local TV News Make Millions Rehabilitating Candidates and Cleaning Up Policies Harmful to the Public

This is What It Takes to Get Media Coverage in New York? 

Rep. Maloney visits panda in China, possibly headed for New York zoo(NYP)

Sunset Quinn

Christine Quinn leads Women’s Equality Party rally(NYDN)


How NYC Tax Breaks to Developers is Killing the Character and Style of the City 
De Blasio, unchain the city now (NYDN) Save NYC's character During the Bloomberg years, New York City lost a staggering number of small businesses, many of them long-lived cultural touchstones, including CBGB’s, Bleecker Bob’s, Bill’s Gay Nineties, the Stage Deli, McHale’s bar, Lenox Lounge, restaurant Gino, Carmine’s at the Seaport, Coliseum Books and the list goes on.Combined, thousands of years of business history were quickly wiped out thanks to the massive rent hikes and skyrocketing property values of corporate-sponsored hyper-gentrification. In countless cases, rents doubled, tripled and more. Colony Records had thrived in Times Square for 60 years, until its new landlord reportedly quintupled the rent . After 24 years in the once-gritty, now glamorous Meatpacking District, ever popular Restaurant Florent had its rent shoot up nearly tenfold, from $6,000 to $50,000 per month.

de Blasio Rides the Tax Payer
De Blasio’s vacations covered by taxpayers, unlike earlier mayors(NYP)  The mayor doesn’t pony up subway rides on business trips around the city — and has even let taxpayers foot the bill for gas on personal, out-of-state weekend trips, like his most recent excursion to Massachusetts for a family funeral, aides told The Wall Street Journal. The Democratic mayor also let taxpayers sport the cost of his fancy ride — a chauffeured, white Mercedes-Benz — while traveling through Italy on vacation last month with his family. “Sets a bad example for city employees $ wastes taxpayer $. Did he really need a white Mercedes to ferry him around Italy?” tweeted former city councilman and 2013 Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese.*Mayor de Blasio refuses to pay city back for transportation costs for personal trips(NYDN) * The free train(NYDN Ed) Even the mayor needs to swipe* Taxpayers are footing the bill for de Blasio’s car rides(NYP)   * Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz attacked de Blasio in an interview with More magazine, calling him a “former operative of the teachers’ union” who is seeking to undermine her charter schools, the Daily News reports: 

The Only Man Who Can Clean Up Albany
Why Cleaning Up Albany Keeps Being Left to Bharara(Gotham Gazette)
When U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was asked about his investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo's now-defunct Moreland Commission on Public Corruption last month on The Charlie Rose Show, he gave what can be seen as a stern assessment of good governance efforts in New York."Our interest above all other interests is to make sure that the job is getting done - because we are the people who do our jobs," said Bharara of rooting out corruption.Bharara's comments could be taken as a critique of ethics enforcement and reform in Albany as a whole as all of the state's agencies and other entities that can police political corruption appear restrained or restricted from actually doing the job. Thus, Bharara's federal office enters yet again to pick up the slack.* The real Moreland takeaway (NYDN Ed) We need public campaign financing* US Attorney Preet Bharara told the New York Times: “I have no interest and desire to seek political office…Now or ever.” In Five Years, a Federal Prosecutor Has Taken On Terrorism, Corruption and Cuomo(NYT) During his tenure as the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara has embraced the media spotlight while fighting attempts to politicize justice.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regularly doesn't pay for subway rides when on government business—contrary to what his office said earlier—and takes personal out-of-state trips paid by taxpayers, the Journal reports:  * The fact that de Blasio sometimes uses tax dollars to pay for personal travel or his subway rides conflicts with his everyman image, some public relations experts said, Crain’s reports:  *Mayor de Blasio’s free ride(NYP) Bill de Blasio has gone to great lengths to portray himself as a different kind of mayor — a true progressive, who cares more about the have-nots than other pols. Well, he’s certainly different in one way: He refuses to pay for his personal transportation expenses.

BdB told the public he paid for personal vacation to Italy. But City Hall confirms NYC paid for this Mercedes-Benz.  BdB recently consulted w/ lawyer to determine whether he should personally pay for commuting from Gracie. * BdB recently consulted w/ lawyer to determine whether he should personally pay for commuting from Gracie.

Less Jobs in the City, Lower Unemployment Rate, Oh Yea
New York City’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in July—from 7.9 percent in June—even though the private sector lost 9,000 jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports:

When Negative Stories Are Printed by News About Airbnb or Cuomo's Moreland Problems Local TV News Makes Money and is the Main Source of News For Most Americans

Local TV News Makes More Money Keeping Us Misinformed and Giving the Special Interest News Control Though Paid Ads
The television news media in America: The dumbing down of a nation!

Why is the agency studying 'perceived station bias' and asking about coverage choices?
The report notes the important role of television news but also describes how cutbacks have resulted in newsrooms without deep, beat-oriented expertise. It also says that news stations need to do a better job disclosing paid programming and how they serve the public interest.
Conan has done the local-news-anchors-reading-from-the-same-script bit several times before, such as a hilarious compilation of them earlier ...

How Local TV News Make Millions Rehabilitating Candidates and Cleaning Up Policies Harmful to the Public

Hillary Distances 
Hillary slams Obama for ‘stupid’ foreign policies(NYP) Hillary Clinton blasts President Obama’s foreign policy in an interview published Sunday, saying her former boss’ failure to have a clear strategy for the Middle East has spawned the current ISIS crisis in Iraq.  “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” said Clinton, who was Obama’s first secretary of state and who is said to be mulling a run for the White House.*  In an interview with The Atlantic, Hillary Clinton blasted President Obama’s foreign policy, saying her former boss’ failure to have a clear strategy for the Middle East has spawned the current ISIS crisis in Iraq.



Brooklyn Reformers Take Both Sides
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout and Cuomo’s hand-picked LG running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, attended the same Brooklyn Democratic club meeting last night.

NY Pols Duck and Cover On Cuomo and Other Corrupt Elected Officials    

Elect Officials Like the Cops Have A Wall of Silence on Not Talking About Their Corrupt Colleagues
HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Democrats in the state Legislature, and Rudy Giuliani are all performing the same duck-and-cover routine when it comes to commenting on Moreland Commission interference, writes City & State’s Morgan Pehme in his latest column:

Here’s Bill de Blasio on the Moreland Commission imbroglio in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo now finds himself steeped: “I’m not following it because I have a lot of other things to do. I try to keep up a bit with the world, but when I look at the media, I am focused on the things that affect New York directly.”What a crock!bringing shame upon their colleagues by tarnishing the institutions in which they serve, our electeds say nothing.* Chuck Schumer Mum on Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Controversy(NYO) * In Spite Of Moreland Mess, Cuomo Still Earns Praise From Republican Lawmakers(YNN)

Three months after Ruben Wills was arrested for what Attorney General Eric Schneiderman described as “a shameful breach of the trust his constituents placed in him,” have any of his 47 fellow Democrats in the New York City Council called on him to resign? Why is it that the safest harbor for indicted politicians in this state is inside the halls of government? Not that Democrats are alone in laying on thick this appalling whitewash. Take Rudy Giuliani, who POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman quotes as saying, “The Cuomo situation, I can’t figure it out … I’m getting nervous that prosecutors are jumping [at a political case].” Wha—?! Let’s ignore for a second that Giuliani had to preface his remarks by disclosing that his law firm is representing individuals who might be questioned by investigators in connection with Moreland.

This is Rudy Giuliani! The crusading U.S. Attorney who made his entire career taking on political corruption! If anyone should be cheering on Preet Bharara, it’s Rudy! How low Giuliani has sunk since the days when he heroically brought powerful politicians like Meade Esposito and Mario Biaggi to justice. Has he forgotten his own words? “I don’t think there is anybody worse than a public official who sells his office and corrupts others—except maybe a murderer.” I guess the only remaining test for our elected officials’ tolerance of one another’s crimes is for one of them to actually commit murder. Then we’ll find out if that’s somehow an excusable offense, too.*  Polls Despite the governor’s continuing lead in a recent poll in the wake of the Moreland Commission scandal, the race is far from over as we wait to see if the scandal will release a bombshell that upends the election or fizzles out in the coming months, Michael Goodwin writes in the Post:  *Cuomo Says Staff Should Aid Inquiry(WSJ)
* “Experts say (Cuomo’s) bungling of a high-profile criminal dragnet…damaged his future as a crime-fighting policymaker.” *  “Cuomo is having a bad summer, though apparently not bad enough to jeopardize his re-election chances in November.”* Astorino: Why doesn't anyone call for Moreland special prosecutor? Politics on Hudson  *Democrats Seize On Astorino Inaccuracies (Updated)(YNN)  * Astorino Asks For Heroes, Perhaps Longer Than Just For One Day(NY1) * NY Post: “If Rob Astorino wants to be elected governor, he’ll have to start giving New Yorkers a reason to vote for him. Soon.”

Cuomo Top Aide Schwartz to Avoid Subpoena Moves to Meet With Feds
Cuomo aide to meet with prosecutors in commission probe (NYP)The top aide to Gov. Cuomo has agreed to meet with federal prosecutors investigating the governor’s disbanding of his own anti-corruption panel. Larry Schwartz voluntarily agreed to meet with prosecutors from US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, according to a source with law-enforcement ties. Schwartz and others “want to avoid the embarrassment of a subpoena, so they proactively volunteered to go in,” the source said.Schwartz has been accused of contacting one of the panel’s co-chairs to yank a subpoena issued to an ad-buying firm that had worked for the governor’s campaign.* Top Cuomo Aide to Meet With Prosecutors(WSJ)  * "the commission had identified 15 lawmakers who may have been involved in potential criminal activity .."  * National Republican Committee weighs in on Moreland Commission scandal(NYDN)* National GOP Takes A Swipe At Cuomo And Rice(YNN)* Duffy: ‘I Have Faith’ In Cuomo(YNN) * A top official in the Westchester and Yonkers Independence parties called GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as a “f—ing racist liar.” * In response to a FOIL request, Cuomo’s office claims staff do not use private email accounts for official business, but that’s not actually true.Tuesday Update Gov. Cuomo’s criminal defense(NYP Ed)

Charity lived large as it stiffed staff: suit(NYP) A Queens nonprofit — which counts indicted Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith and ethics-probed Rep. Gregory Meeks as benefactors — cheated its workers out of wages while throwing lavish parties for friends of the charity’s chairman and CEO, a new lawsuit charges. Five former employees are suing the now-shuttered Jamaica Business Resource Center for $250,000 saying they stopped receiving full paychecks in 2012 and then were fired in 2013 for complaining about not getting paid.

Albany Lawyers Up
So Shelly Hired a Penthouse Attorney and Andrew Hired Woody Allen's Attorney?

Andrew Cuomo is in trouble — but probably not for reelectionWashington Post * For the first time, Cuomo scrambles to play defense-Newsday *Cuomo Faces Legal Issues in Moreland Wall Street Journal * US Attorney presses Cuomo on witness tampering USA TODAY *Cuomo draws scrutiny from US attorney
Buffalo News  * Cuomo acknowledges federal inquiry; says office did nothing Poughkeepsie Journal * Aide seeks Cuomo aid Albany Times Union*Gov. Cuomo’s cover-up?(NYPED)Some of this contradicted earlier comments. For example, though co-chair William Fitzpatrick now says the governor honored the commission’s independence, the Times reported an e-mail in which he griped the governor’s office wasn’t treating the commission as independent. The Times says Bharara demanded that, “to the extent anyone attempts to influence or tamper with a witness’s recollection of events relevant to our investigation,” his office should be notified immediately.* A Daily News editorial notes that while Al Sharpton and other critics charge the NYPD with rampant, race-based brutality, it is unclear if de Blasio agrees, and until there is an even-handed review of over 1,000 complaints against the police force and a fair accounting of Eric Garner’s death, it will remain unclear if the brutality is endemic or isolated:

 Big Foot vs. Big Foot–Bharara’s warning to Cuomo & Co.(NYP Ed)  * It was Joseph Percoco, a longtime political aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who contacted several members of the now-shuttered commission in the past week and encouraged them to make public statements supporting the governor and affirming the panel’s independence. He even offered to provide drafts.* Cuomo’s Back-Room Style Draws a Potent Critic(NYT) Cuomo said his office was interested only in setting the record straight about the role it played in the handling of the disbanded anticorruption panel. * Trying to influence the commissioners while Bharara’s investigation is underway “put the governor is at risk in ways he was not before,” writes legal ethics Prof. Stephen Gillers. The US obstruction statutes are incredibly broad.” * Bharara’s investigators had already questioned delays in receiving thousands of emails and other documents they had subpoenaed from the panel more than two months ago.* Cuomo acknowledged having discussions with “relevant parties” about inaccuracies in news reports about his office’s involvement with the commission. * “Andrew Cuomo is having the roughest stretch of his political career since flaming out of the New York governor’s race in 2002,” POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman writes. “…The mess is almost entirely of his own making.” * In short: “Cuomo is in hot water for allegedly micromanaging his response to a scandal based on his own micromanagement.”* Cuomo Faces Legal Issues in Moreland(WSJ) * good ready by Moreland mess turns into just another Albany politician  * Wife of chief Cuomo anti-corruption defender up for judgeship (NYP) * NYPost editorial: "Apparently it’s not as easy to laugh off a US attorney."(NYP Ed) * Erie County DA Frank A. Sedita III, a Moreland commissioner, defended commision co-chair, Onondaga County DA, Bill Fitzpatrick, calling him an “incorruptible public servant.”

BridgeGate II?
InvestigatIon into Andrew Cuomo's dirty money for Tappan Zee.(Capital)
NJ Gov. Chris Christie, when asked to comment on the Moreland mess, said: Come up with another question; you’re wasting your time.”* Christie doubled down against GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, saying: “I don’t have the juice to make a 37-point race a competitive one.” More trouble for Cuomo's incompetent, smoke and mirror administration. A 4$ billion bridge; no way to pay for it

Mayor and Brooklyn Boss Bad Timing Backs Cuomo 
De Blasio backs Cuomo through allegations of interfering with Moreland commission(NYDN)
Brooklyn Democratic boss backs a lawmaker facing criminal charges(NYDN)

CM Dromm Continues His War On Charter Schools 

City Council Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), who heads the city Education Committee, said the city has no control over the charter schools even though they are given $13,000 per student. An investigation into harsh discipline, rigged admissions and other allegations needs to be completed, reads a letter the committee will send to the state.

The NYT is Counting On an Un-Elected Prosecutor to Clean Up Albany
It’s not just Mr. Bharara’s job to clean up Albany. It is up to the voters to decide whether to go on endorsing business as usual. As the indictments and embarrassments continue (26 at latest count since 1999), New Yorkers will have to decide if their representatives are politicians they can trust, including Mr. Cuomo. * U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara appeared on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” and said his office will succeed in cleaning up corruption in Albany where the Moreland Commission failed “because if other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it,” Gannett Albany reports
* Bharara: “We are the people who do our jobs" (LoHud) * Bharara and Schneiderman Do Lunch(YNN)

Here Comes the $3.50 Fare Right After the Election 

DiNapoli Frets Possible MTA Funding Gap(YNN) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan over the next five years could have a funding gap as high as $12 billion, a report released on Thursday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found.* MTA faces $12B funding gap for major capital projects: report(NYP)* Comptroller: MTA Needs More Funds for Capital Projects (WSJ) Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned the MTA may face a funding gap of more than $12 billion for its plan to finance repair and construction projects over the next five years* The MTA said recent contract agreements with its unions will cost an added $1 billion through 2016,(NYDN)  setting the stage for a debate over how the agency will pay for construction and repairs in coming years, The Wall Street Journal reports:

More on the MTA

Dark Money For A Dark Money Fund
The Creation of A Secret Govt to Rule NYC
School bus firms try to hide $40K in donations to mayoral nonprofit(NYP) School bus operators who need Mayor de Blasio’s help to retain lucrative city contracts contributed nearly $40,000 to a mayoral nonprofit — but took steps to hide the donations from public view, a Post review found. The school bus owners were among a number of special-interest groups that helped de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York raise $1.7 million in the first six months of 2014. But, unlike the yellow-cab firms and the teachers union, the bus owners tried to mask their involvement. Careful Bus Co. — which has $90 million in contracts set to expire in 2015 — gave nearly $10,000 through a number of LLC’s, including 88th Street Self Storage Inc. and First Investors Equipment Leasing Corp. Another donation is listed solely as coming from Richard Caparella, who is the brother-in-law of Careful Bus co-owner Marty Hoffman.

The Real Build New York Campaign
Construction projects prelude donations for Cuomo(NYP)State government contracts are paving the way for political donations to Gov. Cuomo, a Post analysis of records reveals.A $3.8 million project to repair a portion of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Pleasantville served as a prelude to $15,000 in contributions to Cuomo’s re-election, including from the contractor who won the bid. According to Board of Elections records, William Schultz, owner of W.M. Schultz Construction in Saratoga County, donated $5,000 to Cuomo six months after repaving a stretch of the Saw Mill to reduce flooding. “The project had nothing to do with the contribution,” Schultz told The Post. Within a year after the project was complete, Cuomo received $10,000 more in contributions from four businesses near the construction site.Two were first-time donors to Cuomo — ECCO III Enterprises, which dropped $5,000 into the governor’s campaign account, and Hughes Contracting Industries, which contributed $3,000.  The companies — all located on Saw Mill River Road just off the parkway that was paved — did not return calls for comment.

NYP Left Out that Assembly Wright As NY County Leaders Gets Judges Their Jobs 
 Assemblyman Keith Wright pushed a court to reinstate his top aide’s driver’s license after she was busted for a 4 a.m. DWI in Harlem last month, where she dropped his name and threatened cops, the Post reports: 

NYP is Demanding the Mayor's PAC One NY Give Back the UFT $$$  

Give the money back, Mayor de Blasio(NYP) Maybe Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman is right: There’s “zero” connection between the sweetheart deal the teachers union won from the city and $350,000 its parent union donated to Mayor Bill’s Super PAC.  Maybe it’s also just a coincidence, as Crain’s reported, that the donation from the American Federation of Teachers to the Campaign for One New York came less than a month before the mayor agreed to a nine-year-contract with its New York local whose health “savings” are vague but whose retroactive pay is all too real.  StudentsFirstNY has called for an investigation. In a letter to the chairman of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, the organization says “New Yorkers deserve to know whether it is a conflict of interest for Mayor de Blasio to take large Super PAC contributions from a union with whom he is negotiating a new contract.”