Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Update: Reporters Skip Real Campaign Analysis, Teachout Dances Gov None Endorsement

Top Latino and Black Chief Out of NYPD
NYPD chief of department resigns(NYP) Chief of Department Philip Banks is leaving his position, the high-ranking officer told The Post on Friday morning. Police sources said Banks threatened to resign last week and reluctantly agreed to a promotion to First Deputy Commissioner because he was told by Commissioner Bill Bratton that he would have more responsibilities. But he felt Bratton reneged on the agreement, sources said, because he thought more people would be answering to him. “The police commissioner just lost a top Latino officer, Rafael Pineiro, and now Banks. We have a predominantly minority city, but there’s lack of minority leadership now at the top of the police department,” a police source told The Post.

Interesting the NYT Left Out Cahill Question to the AG If He Was OK With Cuomo's Decision to Close Down Moreland

Cahill Lobbyists Charges Against the AG Were Also Left Out of the NYT's Article
Miss the heated AG debate between Schneiderman and Cahill?Watch the full debate here: (NY1) * In New York Attorney General Debate, Cahill and SchneidermanClash Over Ethics and Integrity (NYT) Said Mr. Cahill, the case of an assemblyman, Vito Lopez, who resigned in May 2013 after being accused of sexually harassing female employees. But Mr. Schneiderman fired back, saying such accusations were “repugnant.” “The assertion that I had anything to do with the settlement in the Vito Lopez case was completely dismantled” by a state ethics commission, he said. “You keep saying things even though you know they are not true.”“Mr. Cahill stressed Mr. Schneiderman’s role in a state commission to investigate public corruption that was hastily dismantled in March by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, leading to a federal investigation. Mr. Schneiderman helped Mr. Cuomo form the panel, and Mr. Cahill sought on Thursday to link him to its questionable demise, calling the panel “the Schneiderman commission.”* Eric Schneiderman receives big bucks from hydrofrackinginvestor (NYDN) * State AG Eric Schneiderman, GOP challenger John Cahill sparon gun control, abortion at debate (NYDN) * AG candidates jaw in debate Schneiderman and Cahill exchanged blows in a lively debateon TWC News and NY1. @caseybortnick has the highlights (TU) * Schneiderman and Cahill Square Off in Heated Attorney General Debate (NYO)



While the NYT Was Soft On the AG it Slams Cuomo On LIPA's Response to Sandy
Don't Walk Out of A Dinner With the NYT?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Power Play(NYT) By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAn investigation shows that the governor was largely responsible for the Long Island Power Authority’s bumbling response to Hurricane Sandy.A New York Times investigation by Susanne Craig now shows that Mr. Cuomo’s administration meddled with the commission’s inquiry and report, partly to shield him from any blame for LIPA’s bumbling response to the storm. Kathleen Rice, who was in charge of the section of the commission’s report dealing with LIPA, dedicated several pages to staffing issues and concluded that LIPA “may have benefited” during the storm if positions like that of communications chief, the person who could have kept customers informed, had been filled. That finding did not appear in a report to the governor in January 2013. A Rally of Cuomos and Clintons, and Some Weren’t Even There(NYT) Democratic nostalgia seemed to be the theme of the night as former President Bill Clinton campaigned on Thursday for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.* Gov. Cuomo’s ugly economic legacy(NYP Ed) * The answer to Cuomo’s prayer(NYP ED) The stakes couldn’t be higher: A Democratic-run Legislature would fuel New York’s most left-wing, radically progressive movements. Unions would move to squeeze taxpayers, businesses, job-seekers and consumers. Charter schools — and the thousands of minority kids desperate to attend them — would take a huge hit, too. Even Democratic Gov. Cuomo (as everyone knows) is praying for a GOP Senate majority, despite his vow to the Working Families Party to help Dems take charge there. He knows Senate Republicans have been key to some of his biggest achievements, e.g., his property-tax cap and a pro-charter bill.*   Marist Poll shows Gov. Cuomo maintaining wide lead overRepublican Rob Astorino(NYDN) * Cuomo: Women's Equality line isn't about punishing Working Families Party\



Bully GOTV Shows Contempt for the Voters By Democratic Leaders

Elected Officials Do Not Want to Be Embarrassed By A Low Turnout So They Scare the Voters
Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to polls(NYP) The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday. “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says. “We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.” It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.” The woman also received a report card of her voting record, pointing out that she had failed to vote in two of the last four elections. Overall, the notices were sent out to 1 million registered Democrats who had failed to vote in previous midterm elections, according to the group.



You Think the Rise In Homelessness Is Connected to the Gentrification and City and State Housing Policy?
The number of homeless people across the country fell this year, but in New York City the homeless population continued to swell, according to an annual federal survey.

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




BOE Hires From the Inside and Not Small Fine Will Can A Thing
Conflicts of Interest Board Lipstick On the BOE Pig
‘Sopranos’ actor & BOE manager pays nepotism violationfine(NYP) The city’s Conflicts of Interest Board slapped fines totaling $13,000 on three board officials for hiring, promoting and supervising family members, it was announced Thursday. One of those cited for violating city regulations is Anthony ­Ribustello, an actor working in the board’s Bronx office who gained fame as a chauffeur for Tony ­Soprano on the hit mob show. In the most embarrassing case, the president of the board — Queens Democratic Commissioner Jose Miguel Araujo — was hit with the maximum fine of $10,000 for hiring his wife, Rita, as a temporary clerk between 2010 and 2012 so she could get medical-insurance coverage from the city. Board commissioners — who have the power to hire and fire — are appointees selected by borough political-party bigwigs and confirmed by the City Council. Congressman Joe Crowley, a Queens Democratic Party leader, appointed Araujo, 42, an attorney.*City Board of Elections president fined $10,000 for hiring his wife(NYDN)


There is No Shame In NY Politics 
A Win is A Win Right Comptroller
Holding our nose (NYDN Ed) The race for state controller leaves voters with little choice

Almost eight years ago, Assembly Democrats installed as state controller a loyal acolyte of Speaker Sheldon Silver who had no qualifications for the job. Since then, Tom DiNapoli has solidified his reputation as a go-along, get-along pol with no interest in changing Albany’s status quo. Instead, he harassed charter schools as an agent of teachers unions, grandstanded as a scold of corporations — including by supporting a fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron — and adamantly opposed offering government workers even the choice of a 401(k)-style retirement plan. New York needs better. Unfortunately, the Republicans have challenged DiNapoli with a decidedly underqualified opponent. Bob Antonacci, controller of upstate Onondaga County, is so lacking in support that he failed to raise the $200,000 in small donations needed to qualify for the state’s experimental matching funds program. In effect, the choice is DiNapoli or no one. Too bad you can’t vote for — or endorse — no one.


NYT Look At the Effect of Lobbyists on States Corruption Investigation But Ignores Stopped Corruption Investigation Caused By Local Lobbyists In NY 
New report asserts that lobbyists act to thwart states'corruption and fraud investigations(Progressive Queens) States' attorneys general are now being openly targeted by lobbyists in an effort to quash investigations of corporations, according to an explosive report published by The New York Times.Attorney General Eric Schniederman (D-NY) has been being lobbied by his ex-wife, Jennifer Cunningham, who had previously served as a key campaign consultant to Attorney General Schneiderman.  For months, Attorney General Schneiderman had at first refused to release any e-mail communications between his office and Ms. Cunningham, then, under pressure, the attorney general released some e-mails, but not all, claiming a privilege to withhold some communication where, in some instances, Ms. Cunningham had advised his office in a capacity that was analogous to that of a state employee, an assertion that some government reform activists found difficult to believe.  

Whereas The New York Times looked at the role of lobbyists being able to sway various states' attorneys general, no scrutiny was paid to whether Attorney General Schneiderman has been similarly influenced. As Progress Queens has previously reported, serious questions exist as to why state prosecutors have not prosecuted anybody for wrong-doing in connection with the Aqueduct Racino bid-rigging scandal, the unaccounted-for grants totaling $500,000 that were made to the Corona-Elmhurst Center for Economic Development, and the city's troubled Emergency Communications Transformation Program that is intended to upgrade the 911 emergency call system.   The Aqueduct scandal involved prominent lobbyists, including Hank Scheinkopf and Frank Sanzillo ; the Center for Economic Development controversy involved the powerful consultant, Luis Miranda ; and the ECTP affair involved the influential lobbyist, George Arzt. 

Since the state attorney general and local district attorneys must run for public office, all of the state's top prosecutors must rely on corruptive influence of campaign consultants and campaign donors to win elected office.  Once a prosecutor relies on the advice of campaign consultants, that opens the door to potential lobbying, because, in New York, campaign consultants often double as lobbyists.  For example, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Scheinkopf, and Mr. Arzt each act as campaign lobbyists and have done or can also do lobbying work. The report in The New York Times failed to examine whether local district attorneys also fell prey to lobbyists and other outside pressures.  Progress Queens has been asking the district attorneys for Manhattan and Queens why do their offices fail to prosecute corporate and political or campaign corruption, but prosecutors hide behind office policies that forbid them to discuss any investigation.

True News Wags the NYP On Acorn 
True News Has Reported That WFP Real Power Is How It Plays Fast and Loose Breaking Gaming Breaking Campaign Finance Laws . . .  Data and Field (2009), NYCLASS, United for the Future PACS (2013)
Rebranded ‘ACORN’ trying to help Dems win state Senate(NYP) A campaign arm of the rebranded, left-wing group ACORN is spending hundreds of thousands to help Democrats win control of the state Senate and protect traditional, union-controlled public schools. The new political-action committee is called New Yorkers for Good Jobs and Good Schools and is run by Jonathan Westin, executive director of NY Communities for Change — formerly known as ACORN. In a separate move, the UFT steered $100,000 to the Monroe County Democratic Party to help win an upstate Senate seat. The heavy spending comes as a furious high-stakes, big money battle rages for control of the Senate, where issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to charter school expansion could be decided next year depending on whether Democrats or Republicans are in the majority. UFT President Mike Mulgrew defended the union’s financing of the Good Schools PAC. Powerful interests on each side of the Senate fight are exploiting New York’s porous campaign-finance laws to funnel as much money as they can into races, said a government watchdog. Donors can give 10 times more money to a political party than the $10,300 contribution maximum for a Senate candidate. The party committee then uses the funds on behalf of a candidate — thus skirting the lower candidate contribution limits. “They’re using every loophole available. The local upstate political parties are getting all this money from downstate interest groups. And there’s an increase in spending by these independent expenditure groups,” said Bill Mahoney, a researcher at the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Son of NYCLASS, Data and Field . . . 
Hey Hey Hey  Daily News What Happen to the Investigations?
De Blasio Fights for a Democratic State Senate With Calls,Cash and Ads (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a leading role in the state’s Democratic campaign, encouraging contributions from A-list donors and dispatching top strategists. The mayor’s phone calls are generating a lot of signed checks. The mayor’s allies have infused hundreds of thousands of dollars into the state Democratic effort, with the donor list reading like a carbon copy of his most loyal supporters. Unite Here, for instance, a labor union run for years by a cousin of Mr. de Blasio’s, John Wilhelm, donated $100,000 this month. In some ways, the effort is an attempt to replicate the formula from Mr. de Blasio’s victory in the mayoral race last year. Emma Wolfe, a top aide who helped lead Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral run, has taken a leave from City Hall to coordinate the Senate effort. Ms. Wolfe works some days from the headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers, one of the mayor’s closest labor allies.“The mayor and his team have made no secret this is a priority for accomplishing a lot of the things they want to accomplish,” said Michael Woloz, an influential city lobbyist — and Mr. de Blasio’s top bundler in the mayoral race — who facilitated the taxi donations. * Top de Blasio supporters funded anti-Quinn group(CrainsNY)* Call him Dollars Bill(NYDN)
Mayor de Blasio hits up city-connected donors to finance upstate campaigns * Control of state senate out of city resident’s hands(NYP)

NYT Leaves Out de Blasio's Senate $$$ in Its Discussion of Outside Money
*Outside Donors Focus More Attention on New York StateSenate Races (NYT)  Political action committees are spending about $13 million this year in contests from Long Island to Buffalo.Most spending is still coming from Senate candidates and their parties, which have reported about $48 million in contributions during this election cycle, according to Bill Mahoney, a researcher at the New York Public Interest Research Group.


Yesterday's True NewsSon of Acorn NY Communities of Change Joins Senate Battle With $$$
Progressive group jumps into state Senate battle (CrainsNY) A new statewide progressive coalition plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Democrats in this year's battle for the state Senate, according to a source close to the effort. The group, New Yorkers for Good Jobs and Good  Schools, aims to be a counterweight to groups funded by real estate and hedge fund executives that are trying to keep Republicans in power in the state Senate. The new group's treasurer and spokesman is Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change, the Brooklyn-based successor to community organizing group ACORN that exerted clout in the 2013 city elections. Disclosures to the state Board of Elections list $166,000 of the new left-leaning group's funding so far coming from the United Federation of Teachers, and $55,000 from an outside spending group run by the Communications Workers of America District 1. New Yorkers for Good Jobs and Good Schools has spent on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates in races across the state, including Adrienne Esposito, Adam Haber, Justin Wagner, Terry Gipson, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ted O'Brien and Marc Panepinto. A source said the total spending would be "significantly higher." A litany of outside groups have formed this year to join the Senate battle. One of them, real estate-backed Jobs For New York, has said it will spend $2 million on behalf of Republicans, while charter-school supporters are spending millions through New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany. A group formed by the statewide teachers union, NYSUT, has been spending heavily in recent days as well. New York Communities for Change is a key cog of the labor-backed Working Families Party. Its offices are a floor below the WFP's in a building in downtown Brooklyn.* New CU Report finds nearly 1/2 of incumbents have noopposition or major challenger  Real Estate Board of NY spends $323K on Senate Republicans in key upstate races Real Estate Board of NY spends $323K on Senate Republicansin key upstate races 


Hawkins' Green Party Manager Slams Nation's Vander Heuvel's Magazine and WFP

Katrina vanden Heuvel WFP Campaign Flyer
In New York State, the best way to end corruption, reform politics and counter inequality is to keep the WFP strong.

Ursula Rozum Green Party's Hawkins Campaign Manager Answers Vanden Heuvel Attemps to Save the WFP With Her Magazine
This was predictable since the Nation urged Zephyr Teachout to endorse Cuomo on the WFP line if she were to lose the primary. I worked for WFP for a short period. While there are good people in the WFP, it's little more than a staffing and marketing agency for Democrats willing to pay for it's line and field services. It's far from immune from the "money drenched politics" since most of it's funding comes from the campaign coffers of corporate Democrats. In addition to bring up good issues, Howie Hawkins has also won endorsements from teachers unions, NYC Democratic clubs and education activist Diane Ravitch. Grassroots activists should join the Hawkins campaign and help build a real electoral alternative to the two parties and independent political power - www.howiehawkins.org :) * Teachout Contributes $28K To Senate Democrats (YNN)* As the Working Families Party released a statement criticizing Cuomo for calling public education a “monopoly”, the labor-aligned party finds itself in the unusual position of trying to get voters to in essence rebuke the governor by supporting him on their ballot line, State of Politics reports:  WFP on public ed “monopoly,” or: A party criticizes itscandidate 6 days before an election:  * Zephyr Teachout’s Campaign Manager Backs Cuomo on WFP Line (NYO)

Katrina vanden Heuvel's $100,000 
"Mr. de Blasio is also helping the Working Families Party, the left-leaning group he helped found. As are some of his supporters: Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, donated $102,300 to the party’s campaign committee this month. Ms. vanden Heuvel did not elaborate on what she and the mayor had discussed. But she said she shared the mayor’s eagerness to bring more liberal voices into the Legislature." (NYT)



Lobbyists Consultant Lobbyist Sheinkopf About the Law, Party Affiliation and Media Quote Darling   
Hank Sheinkopf is one of the most prominent Democratic political consultants in New York and is currently working as a well-paid operative for the state Democratic Party. But Mr. Sheinkopf has also been doing lucrative work for Republicans, although it’s not easy to discern from election filings. In working for two Republican clients, Mr. Sheinkopf's firm has received payments through a little-noticed entity called "Peninsula Partners," rather than through his main company, Sheinkopf Ltd. Both share the same Manhattan address. Peninsula has taken in $52,000 from Republican candidate Nachman Caller, who is running against veteran Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and in 2012, Peninsula quietly received nearly $73,000 working as a consultant for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. (In 2010, Mr. Sheinkopf worked as a consultant for the New York Senate Democrats’ campaign arm.) In incorporation filings, Sheinkopf Ltd.’s Andrew Moesel is listed as the CEO of Peninsula. Mr. Moesel didn’t return a request for comment, but Mr. Sheinkopf said Peninsula Partners was "absolutely not" being used to obscure work for Republican clients, and that having various companies was useful for tax filing purposes for many businesses. "We all use four or five companies, all over the country," Mr. Sheinkopf said.—CB Borough Park GOP state Assemblycandidate Nachman Caller opens wallet in bid to unseat 16-term pol Dov Hikind (NYDN) The real estate investor plans to spend $500,000 to flood airwaves and popular Jewish outlets with ads slamming his Democratic opponent, according to several campaign insiders. In response, Hikind, who has held the seat in Brooklyn for 32 years, is campaigning like never before, political insiders say.

Deep Secret Clients Sheinkopf and What They Stand For

Who Is The Spin Doctor Hired By "Unnamed Residents" Of New Square?

Hank Sheinkopf 1He protected the Catholic Church from the legal ire of hundreds of victims of Catholic clergy abuse, helping to ensure many more children from all religions will be sexually abused in the future. He helped Rabbi Mordechai Tendler after he was booted out of the RCA for various improprieties sexual the RCA says it documented that fall into the category of clergy abuse. And now he spins for an "unnamed group" of New Square residents to protect corrupt New Square leadership. Who is Hank Sheinkopf? The failed messiah



The Very Secret Sheinkopf Desperate and No Morals 
Is Hank Sheinkopf So Desperate That He Has To Represent theNew Square Slime?(calany) Hank Sheinkopf, former fierce lobbyist of the catholic league against laws protecting children from sex abuse, is now representing the Protector of molesters, in new Square.  Now, he is representing all the Bums in New York State, including Rabbi Tendler, a sex offender Rabbi dismissed form his job.  Nothing tops the best career move, his choice to represent the Skverer Rebbe in the latest arson case.Who is Hank Sheinkopf? Why is he so desperate? Was it not fulfilling enough for him to be a major lobbyist for the catholic league, opposing all laws protecting our children from being abused?  Double-crossing his old friends just to make some money, will help pay his mortgage on his million dollar home in the Hamptons, as representing all the molesters in town? Hank Sheinkopf was a personal friend and consultant to Bill Thompson, a decent and honorable Comptroller, until Mike Bloomberg paid him an extra dollar to flip sides.

Is Sheinkropf Getting Even With Hikind For Figthing for Rights of Victims of Sexual Sexual Abuse? He Supported Thompson Over Hikind
When Sheinkropf spotted A long time of anti-sexual abuse activist in the orthodox community attending an event at Rabbi Mark Schneider Westhampton Synagogue he freaked out. His yelling and attempt to physically go after was only stopped when 4 security guards removed him from the Synagogue.



Stewart-Cousins Ignores Low Blow Flyer Intended to Help Make Her Speaker    
The chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee would not repudiate a mailer from the statewide teachers union depicting a battered woman and accusing Republicans of blocking anti-domestic violence legislation, State of Politics reports:  Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins distanced herself from controversial NYSUT mailing Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins distanced herself from – but did not criticize - a controversial mailing sent by the state’s teachers union in support of her conference’s candidates. “We are not doing that and it is not the candidates that are doing that,” Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Westchester, said on public radio’s Capitol Pressroom show Thursday. The mailing features a woman with a black eye and takes Republican candidates to task for opposing Gov. Cuomo’s women’s equality agenda. It was paid for by VOTE-COPE, the campaign arm of the New York State United Teachers, and sent to voters in the districts of Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo and Hudson Valley GOP candidates Sue Serino and Terrence Murphy.* Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins distanced herself from—but did not criticize—the controversial mailing, the Daily Newsreports: * A Hispanic registered Democratic voter in New York City received a letter Wednesday, paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, which said that the party will be monitoring "whether or not you vote," Capital New Yorkreports
Super PAC spending pumps $14M so far into battle for state Senate(NYDN) The big-money free-for-all of Independent political action committees, which can raise and spend as much as they want, is pitting New York City real state, business, and charter school interests—which support the Republicans — against the teachers unions and other liberal activists backing the Dems.A pro-charter Super PAC, New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, has spent $3.9 million on Senate Republican candidates, with Julian Robertson, a city-based retired hedge fund manger whose son runs a Red Hook, Brooklyn, charter, and hedgefunder Daniel Loeb each giving $1 million. Jobs for New York, a super PAC funded by real estate interests, has spent $1.75 million this year. The Durst Organization donated $146,100, Tishman Speyer Development gave $168,300 and Extell Development — builders of the Upper West Side “poor door” building — threw in $100,000,Another Super PAC backing Senate Democrats, New York Friends of Democracy, has dolled out $673,866 so far. The PAC has received $600,000 from Jonathan Soros, whose main issue ironically is campaign finance reform.NYC's Unopposed Candidates: Accountability Tools (City Limits)

Election Time and the Empty Promises Dance    
Empty promises: Time and again, Andrew Cuomo fails to deliver(NYP Ed)Sure, Cuomo, if re-elected, might push some new plan. And he’s certainly right that the public schools are a monopoly that needs to be broken up. But does anyone really think test scores or graduation rates will suddenly soar? That the government-run, union-driven schools cartel will finally be smashed? That the bulk of New York kids will now get the “sound basic education” New York’s top court says they’re owed — and leave school truly prepared for college or a job? Cuomo’s reforms will “make New York a national leader in holding teachers accountable,” the governor assured us. They will “transform our state’s education system.” Oops, that’s not his latest vow; it’s what he said back in 2012, after pushing through then-new teacher-evaluation rules. When teachers unions simply vetoed plans to implement those rules, Cuomo’s promises fizzled. Remember the Port Authority’s toll hikes his first year? Cuomo (along with NJ Gov. Chris Christie) blew his stack over the astronomical increases. Agency officials later acknowledged the whole thing was staged — “Hollywood on the Hudson,” they called it — so Cuomo and Christie could feign “shock,” demand smaller hikes and come off as heroes. Next, Cuomo rolled out re-election ads disguised as state economic-development promotions. Since the ads were part of the new tax-incentive program START-UP-NY, their $30 million cost was slapped on taxpayers. Even the ads’ claims are misleading: “There’s a new New York,” they boast.

“Start your company in New York, and your first 10 years are tax-free.” The truth? The program applies to only a tiny fraction of the state, in areas near certain colleges and under certain conditions. All other businesses face the same-old, sky-high taxes. There’s his Moreland Commission fiasco. Cuomo set up the “independent” body to probe corruption. But word soon came that the governor’s folks were trying to steer the panel’s work. Then Cuomo shut it down cold, claiming his real goal had been only to press lawmakers to pass “ethics” legislation (yet another sham). A US attorney is now probing his Moreland maneuvers. The shtick-list goes on and on. Meanwhile, the state faces steep economic challenges, and some of the highest taxes in America. Its business climate continues to rank at the bottom. Schools here get more money per student than in virtually every other state, while two out of three kids graduate unprepared. And New Yorkers continue to move away by the busload. If the polls hold, Cuomo will waltz to victory Tuesday without having broken a sweat. But it’s not the size of his victory margin that will make that triumph stunning; it’s the fact that he got it by boasting so much while delivering so little. * Cuomo’s Latest Book Struggles in Second Week (NYT)* N.Y. voters, kept in the dark (NYDN) They've had few chances to press Gov. Cuomo on key questions about his record* Moss hits Cuomo on discrimination ads; Paterson responds 
Women Ad: Voting for Cuomo on the WEP line will "changehistory ... change women's rights forever." (Video) * Astorino Rips Cuomo Over Alleged Sandy Investigation Interference (NYO)* Howie Hawkins on left, @RobAstorino on right courting massive teacher vote against Dem Cuomo over comments, policies  (Newsday) * Cuomo’s campaign is boosting its efforts to snag votes on the Women’s Equality Party ballot line, airing a new television ad in hopes of getting permanent ballot status for the next four years, Gannett Albanyreports: * Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino ripped Cuomo over a New York Times report that the governor’s administration slowed the workings of the troubled Long Island Power Authority and then covered its tracks by interfering with a Moreland Commission Cuomo appointed to investigate the authority, the Observer reports: Astorino: Bill Clinton Should Be ‘Thankful’ for Westchester Tax Cuts(NYO)
Mark Green ‏@markjgreen 
Post-Ebola & Cuomo's $100m+ (campaign$ + "independent"$ + StandUpNY$) v. Astorino's $4m, AMC to get 50% (I'm one), RA 38, HH 11, other 1.


Moreland Prequel

Pay to Play Halloween . . .  Trick or Trick Campaign Corruption
De Blasio’s Halloween party costumes were free(NYP) The Halloween costumes Mayor de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray donned during Tuesday’s Halloween party at Gracie Mansion were paid for by a Brooklyn company that donated thousands to Hizzoner’s campaign fund last year. Broadway Stages — which city records show funneled at least $25,000 through its employees to the mayor — rented the costumes from Abracadabra, according to a de Blasio spokesperson. The ancient Greece-themed outfits cost about $350 to rent, according to the Abracadabra Web site. Broadway Stages, which bills itself as a “film, television and music production” facility, helped arrange for the mayor to appear on the CBS drama “The Good Wife” after he took office.


Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror 
As Sandy Money Pot Goes to Commercials and Private Hospitals and Not the Homeowners Nobody Notices
Cuomo, de Blasio hold events touting Sandyrecovery efforts(NYP) * Cuomo’s Role in Hurricane Sandy Inquiry Foretold Fate of HisEthics Panel(NYT) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s first Moreland Commission, investigating electric companies’ failures in the 2012 storm, omitted mention of his administration’s shortcomings, The Times found.* NYCHA still trying to repair public housing damaged duringHurricane Sandy(NYDN)* Capital Playbook: Cuomo rigs storm report (Capital)


Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror Attack Endangering NYC?  Political Leaders No Comment . . .  In Denial?    



As Lone Wolf Nuts Increasing Listen to Isis Call to Commit Terror NY Leaders Do Not Fight Back Against the Jihadist Message
The Horror Before the Beheadings (NYT) ISIS Hostages Endured Torture and Dashed Hopes, Freed Cellmates Say
* The 10 State Police commands across the state have been ordered to send troopers to patrol major passenger rail stations in New York City as part of a new counterterrorism effort,the Times Union reports: 
4 Days After NYC Terror Attack Nothing in the Paper



Media Covering A Car Fix Not Lone Wolf Terror Cause 

de Blasio and Cops Divide Growing
De Blasio supports ‘stop & fix’ cop, rank and file mockhim(NYP) Mayor de Blasio completely supports the police boss who told his cops to fix a busted headlight for the mom of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner, according to his spokesman. But his comments infuriated rank-and-file cops, who mercilessly mocked the assistant chief online with jokes that included a doctored “Pep Boys” ad featuring him, the Rev. Al Sharpton and top cop Bill Bratton.“If he’s doing a citizen a solid, that’s not a bad thing,” mayoral spokesman Phil Walzak insisted a day after de Blasio ducked questions about the “stop and fix” scandal. “He has faith in the officers and their discretion.” Of course, the repair wasn’t done at the cops’ “discretion” — they were ordered to make it.




NYT Says Vote Down Redistricting Amendment 
NEW YORK Proposal One is a constitutional amendment to revise the state’s redistricting procedure. This is a phony reform that purports to establish a new system of drawing legislative districts. Legislative leaders would appoint a committee charged with drawing new districts. If the legislators don’t like the first two tries, they can draw the districts themselves. The net result would be to reinforce, not reform, a system that virtually guarantees job security for incumbents and discourages competition. State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan, is correct when she calls it “a sneaky attempt to maintain power.” Vote no on Proposal One.* The TimesUnion editorial board proposes its recommendations for the ballot proposals up for a vote on Election Day: * A Citizens Union report found 38 percent of the incumbents in the state Legislature, or 74 of the 191 running for re-election, are unopposed—up from 28 percent two years ago, Gannett Albany reports: 


de Blasio Sued for Skirting Campaign Donations Limits . . .  Battles Quinn Again 
Other Ways Around Campaign Donations Limits: Data and Field, NYCLASS, United for the Future All Helped de Blasio
The head of the Putnam County Republican Committee is asking state Board of Election Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman to probe whether Democrats were improperly using a county committee to skirt campaign donation limits in several key Senate races. In his complaint filed Thursday, Anthony Scannapieco Jr. said the Putnam County Democratic Committee "appears to be engaging in a pattern of soliciting or receiving donations well in excess of the $10,300 limit for the express purpose of assisting Friends of Justin Wagner, a state Senate candidate and Friends of Terry Gipson, also a state Senate candidate."

First de Blasio Fought Quinn With NYCLASS Now He Fight Her WEP With Raising Funds for WFP Upstate Senate Candidates
Scannapieco referred to a Tuesday Daily News story that showed that the county Democratic committee, which had not received a donation for more than $1,000 in at least 15 years, suddenly took in nine donations in two days totaling $452,000. The committee promptly funnelled $433,000 of the money to the Wagner and Gipson campaigns. At least $50,000 of the money was donated by New York City supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, who said he gave at the urging of Mayor de Blasio. The head of a transportation company with dozens of city contracts also gave $100,000 to the committee. "The actions of this committee in transferring such clearly excessive and fraudulent contributions less than a week before Election Day is in violation of both the spirit and letter of the Election Law, which is why your investigation and intervention in this matter is critical. Scannapieco says the Democratic committee "appears to have orchestrated with others a contribution" to the Wagner and Gipson campaigns.

Catsimatidis' $$$ Puts Him On Both Sides of the Senate Battle

EXCLUSIVE: The developer, who did not wish to be identified, deals with the city on permitting and other land-use issues, a person who spoke with him said. The fundraiser's $50,000 suggested contribution put the developer in a tough spot, as while he likes the mayor he doesn't feel state Senate Democrats are friendly to the real estate industry.*
Jimmy Vielkind ‏@JimmyVielkind  John Catsimatidis gets explicit abt campndonations: @BilldeBlasio asked; Cats wanted to do favor, so he wrote check
VJ Machiavelli ‏@VJMachiavelli 
@JimmyVielkind @BilldeBlasio asks @JCats2013 for a favor at dinner and being a fool with billionaire he gave shame on him investigation now. @AndreaWNYC shame on u. @JCats2013  for doing "favor" for @deBlasioNYC  do u do lots of business with City and u want to keep on good side
Bill Hammond ‏@NYDNHammond  
Catsimatidis: "I do a lot of business in the city. .. He (de Blasio) asked me for a favor and I wrote the check." http://nydn.us/1pWlDfl



From Those Wonderful People Who Brought You Data and Field, NYCLASS And United for the Future  
If You Keep Getting Aways With Breaking Campaign Finance Laws You Do It Again and Again 
de Blasio Loophole $$$ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio steered at least one massive donation to an upstate Democratic committee that promptly funneled the money to two state Senate candidates—taking advantage of a huge loophole in campaign finance rules, theDaily News reports: An interesting circumvention of campaign finance rules, in a couple of ways. Look who gave whose money to whom. EXCLUSIVE: Bill de Blasio helps Democratic committee receive donation to aide 2 state Senate candidates The mayor steered a $50,000 donation from supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis to the Putnam County Democratic Committee. A loophole in campaign finance rules allowed the committee to then shift $433,000 to the campaigns of Sen. Terry Gipson and Justin Wagner. While the move was legal, it raised eyebrows because the committee had not received a check for more than $1,000 in at least 15 years.* Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration for allowing top staffers to take leave to campaign for others amid the Ebola crisis, saying everyone is present and accounted for and doing the job they need to do,” the Observer reports:





Malliotakis Calls Mark-Viverito Socialist . . .  Speaker Calls Assemblywoman A Back Bencher 
Melissa Mark-Viverito Strikes Back at Republicans After‘Socialist’ Jab(NYO) Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council speaker and a proud Democrat, is striking back against a pair of Staten Island Republicans who knocked her as a “socialist” to the “left of Mao” at a recent campaign rally. Ms. Mark-Viverito, through a spokesman, derided an assemblywoman, Nicole Malliotakis, as a “back-bench” legislator. But I do expect more creativity from the back-bench Assembly Member,” Eric Koch, a spokesman for Ms. Mark-Viverito, told the Observer. At a campaign rally for Mr. Grimm on Saturday, the two Republicans ripped Ms. Mark-Viverito, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, as dangerous liberals supporting the candidate trying to unseat Mr. Grimm, Democrat Domenic Recchia Jr. Though neither elected official has formally endorsed Mr. Recchia, a former Brooklyn councilman and ex-colleague of both pols, the mayor lent a key staffer to Mr. Recchia’s campaign and the speaker held a fund-raiser for the Democrat. “I do agree with Nicole that the speaker–I would say she’s to the left of Mao,” Mr. Grimm told the Observer on Saturday, referring to the 20th century Chinese Communist dictator, Mao Zedong. “She does not represent the traditional values that made our country great. She wants to give our city away.” Reaction from the Grimm and Malliotakis camps after Ms. Mark-Viverito’s jab was equally fierce. Ms. Malliotakis, who sits in the minority and is one of only two Republican assembly members in the city, ripped Ms. Mark-Viverito for passing legislation that stopped the city from cooperating with the federal government in detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants and for allegedly not covering her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance at a 9/11 ceremony.

The Last Recchia and Grimm Debate 
One of the greatest newspaper endorsement caveats of all time, from this morning's Staten Island Advance:

"There are, on occasion, electoral races in which both candidates are of high quality and high integrity and conduct a tough but fair campaign about the issues. Fair-minded voters have a difficult choice, but they can know that, no matter who is elected, they'll be well represented by someone who won't embarrass their community. The election for the House of Representatives seat in the 11th New York Congressional District is nothing like that." * For Congress: Advance endorses Michael Grimm (editorial) * Domenic Recchia: Staten IslandAdvance Endorsement ‘Got This Wrong’(NYO) * Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is backing Rep. Michael Grimm, adding a bold-faced name to Grimm’s growing roster of endorsements, theObserver reports:  * A day after standing with Rep. Grimm on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Cuomo endorsed his Democratic rival, former city Councilman Domenic Recchia, State of Politics reports: 


Thursday Update
After gaffes, @domenicrecchia hides from reporters. Alsoworth noting he's laid out no policy papers/proposals  

Brutal Staten Island Advance editorial for @domenicrecchia,as they endorse @grimm4ny 

"In a lighting round, Grimm and Recchia couldn't recall the last books they read."
Recchia and Grimm Clash in Final Debate Before Election(NYO) * Grimm/Recchia Debate Alternates Between Issues, Attacks(NY1) * Rep. Michael Grimm, Domenic Recchia Spar In Final Debate ForHouse Seat (WCBS) * Michael Grimm, Domenic Recchia face off in final StatenIsland House race final debate (WNBC) * Grimm and Recchia Spar in Final Debate of a Bitter Campaign(NYT) * SI congressional candidates unable to name last book read (NYP)* Michael Grimm defends his record against Domenic Recchia inbitter debate (NYDN)

A Congressional Mob War?   

CHUCK TODD: Staten Island Congressional Battle: A Fight Between Mob Families
'I Think You Made Another Ad': Chuck Todd Says Staten IslandRace 'Fight Between Mob Families' (Morning Joe) Did Chuck Todd just do it again?  His comment a couple of weeks ago that Dem Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama was quickly made into an ad by the McConnell campaign.  On today's Morning Joe, Todd made a highly quotable claim about another race. Todd described the campaign for a congressional seat in a district located in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn as  "a fight between mob families."  That sent Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough scrambling to disassociate themselves from the Meet the Press moderator.  And at the end of the segment, Mika told Todd: "I think you might have made another ad!"  Retorted Todd: "I'll never come on the show again."* Rep. Michael Grimm is set to roll out a new campaign adtoday featuring a Superstorm Sandy survivor, placing a bet that the endorsement will resonate with voters in his hard-hit Staten Island district.


 Grimm ‘funneled’ illegal campaign cash through rabbi (NYP)  Desperate to raise money in the weeks before his first run for Congress, Michael Grimm e-mailed an ally in a bold bid to score large, and likely illegal, donations. He asked for $10,000 donations from six people, when the legal limit for individual contributions is $2,400. “We have very little time, as I need to start collecting checks as soon as today or tomorrow,” Grimm wrote in the Oct. 18, 2010, missive to Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s organization. “I think that if the Rabbi calls the six people and asks them to each write one check for the $10,000, then we can finish this in the next few days.”* The House Majority PAC released a new TV ad slamming GOP Rep. Michael Grimm. The buy is $1.7 million, and the ad runs through ElectionDay. * Cuomo Won’t Commit to Campaigning for Recchia(NYO)




Pray for the Dead Hospital and Those That Will Die As A Result  

A.G., Comptroller sign off on LICH deal (Capital) The state's Attorney General and Comptroller have approved SUNY's plan to sell Long Island College Hospital to a Brooklyn real estate developer, the final step in a two-year long process to sell the Cobble Hill hospital.









How LICH Hospital Was Murdered In Cold Blood 

Failure to ‘credential’ doctors lost major insurance monies The State University of New York (SUNY) has repeatedly claimed it was forced to shut down Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn and sell the property to a developer because the hospital was losing millions of dollars a month. Now, public filings, testimony and documents obtained by the Brooklyn Eagle show that SUNY treated thousands of patients at LICH for free for almost two years, losing more than $100 million — at the very least — in revenue that it is now scrambling to recover. Over the past couple of months, former LICH patients across Brooklyn have received bills for treatment at LICH that go back, in some cases, more than two years. How did this happen. Documents show that after taking over LICH in May 2011, SUNY Downstate’s failure to file standard paperwork with insurance companies cost LICH at least $106 million -- and likely more.
Why I am Not Voting Janet (LICH) Gamble, Crown Heights
Why I will no longer vote in NYC(Brooklyn Eagle)As a voter, you put your hope and trust in the person you cast your ballot for and want so badly ... so very badly, that they will try to come through for you.  But now I see how stupid and naive I was. Now I see it is not the voters that some New York politicians are working for — its rich, real estate interests. They are the official owners of New York politics.  It's not hard to see the damage these people have caused the average New Yorker. Affordable housing is almost non-existent in every borough. Once-beautiful historic blocks of brownstone housing are now dotted with newly constructed houses that resemble ugly cereal boxes. The well-off New Yorker has their pick of luxury housing, which brings me to the reason I will no longer vote.

 Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has just been sold to a developer who donated money to Gov. Cuomo. Several other companies were supposed to bid on running this hospital, but trumped up excuses were made against the first two bidders and they were passed over in favor of a company that donated the most money to the governor. This should be a scandal and fodder for whoever is running against the governor this year...but it won't be. Who is going to investigate this?  No one... not when you've pretty much hired everyone who could investigate you.  Our current mayor got himself arrested last year, protesting the closing of this hospital, but I knew it was just a stunt to gain attention ... and it worked. I voted for him with the silly hope that he would at least try to save the hospital, and when he negotiated a deal for different companies to bid for running the hospital, I had hope again...silly, silly hope. 

Has Albany Forced Hospital Closings Put New Yorkers in Danger If There is An Ebola Outbreak in the City?
New Yorkprepares for Ebola after years-long campaign of hospital closings(Progressive Queens) Last Tuesday, when city health officials first announced that Bellevue Hospital would treat Ebola patients in New York City, the announcement was cheered by health officials of other city hospitals, who had feared that they would have to treat Ebola patients.  However, the relaxed mood didn't last long, before Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) expanded the list of hospitals, which had been designated to receive and treat Ebola patients.  Of eight hospitals statewide designated by Gov. Cuomo, four are located in New York City :  Mount Sinai Medical CenterBellevueNew York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center
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Albany Sees Hospitals As A Cash Cow . . .  Not to Protect Us  
Kruger, Seminerio, Boyland and Espada All In Jail In Part for Pocketing Bribes From Hospitals
 Besides designating the eight hospitals, the state announcement last week also required that all hospitals follow “protocols for identification, isolation and medical evaluation of patients requiring care.”“Since 2006, 13 full-service hospitals have closed in New York City, representing the loss of each of entire facilities, strategic community resources, and the capacity of thousands of hospital beds.” The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would not comment about the impact the closure of Long Island College Hospital, or LICH, or other recent hospital closings, would have on city plans to being able to effectively contain and treat an outbreak of Ebola in New York City.  The closure of LICH meant the loss of 506 hospital beds.  Other important considerations raised in Dr. Farmer’s essay, like the failure of the market-driven pharmaceutical industry to develop treatments or vaccines for diseases that primarily strike people in poor countries, in low numbers at first, need to be addressed, as well.

Fariña Controls Spins Image Carefully   
Fariña micromanaging town-hall meetings with parent groups(NYP)  She’s been accused of micromanaging classroom teachers — and now parents. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is requiring that presidents of community education councils — which help shape school policies — meet with staff to answer, in precise detail, how ongoing, hour-long local town-hall sessions will be run. Questions on a printed template obtained by The Post include: “Who will greet her [Fariña]? Will there be a timekeeper? What will the stage look like? And what will the chancellor see when she arrives?”


Education Lobbyist Spend Big
Teachers, Gambling, Campaign Finance Dominate Lobbying Scene(YNN) * Charter advocates, teachers union are state’s biggestlobbying spenders (NYP)The city and the teachers unions spent a combined $3.3 million trying to influence government officials in the first half of 2014 and was listed first in the state by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which released the report. Families for Excellent Schools shelled out $5.95 million during the same period, dwarfing the union spending. Teacher Union Blasts Cuomo The city and state teacher unions blasted Cuomo Tuesday for referring to public schools as "one of the only remaining public monopolies,” the Daily News writes: 

NYP Endorses Astorino for Governor
Rob Astorino for governor of New York(NYP) Are you better off today than you were four years ago? That’s a tough question for New Yorkers to answer yes to. Under Gov. Cuomo, the economic needle has barely moved, with growth that ranks well below the national average and was 46th among states last year.  Yes, Cuomo’s done some good: He slowed Albany spending growth, passed a property-tax cap and cut some taxes. New York’s perennially late budgets, a symbol of Albany dysfunction, now seem like history. And he recently stood up for kids over unions by backing charter public schools. Then there’s corruption. New Yorkers hoped the governor’s Moreland Commission would clean up Albany. Instead, the governor ditched the panel and changed his story about its independence. Now a US attorney is probing the governor’s actions. Meanwhile, Astorino as Westchester county executive has done much to rein in spending, cutting operating costs 3.4 percent over his first four years. That helped him hold down property taxes — and win re-election in a heavily Democratic bastion. Astorino wants to slash New York’s top income-tax rate, reduce the number of tax brackets from eight to two and make the property-tax cap permanent. To pay for this, he’d grant mandate relief, end corporate welfare, reform Medicaid and offer public workers 401(k)-style pensions. And he’s not afraid to say he would OK fracking. How sad Cuomo refused to debate Astorino one-on-one, denying voters a chance to hear them spell out their sharp differences and how exactly they intend to help New Yorkers better their lives. All the more reason to pull the lever for Rob Astorino next Tuesday.* * In pushing through a cap on property-tax levies, Cuomo achieved one of the most significant fiscal reforms in New York history, but it needs to be permanent to make a permanent difference, Empire Center for PublicPolicy’s E.J. McMahon writes in the Post:  * The Times Union editorial board endorsed the incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli in the race for state Comptroller: Wednesday Update * Former President Bill Clinton, who has been stumping for Democrats across the country, is expected to campaign for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday at a rally in New York City, The WallStreet Journal reports:  
 Anti-Robrace rant: Slurring Astorino as Bull Connor(NYP Ed)* Andrew Cuomo calls public school system a"monopoly" he wants to bust. (Wash Post) * Cuomo: 'Lot of applause'for quarantine policy (Capital)* Bill Samuels Says Andrew Cuomo Ebola ‘Gaffes’ May CostSenate Democrats(NYO) * Sheila Astorino: Cuomo's Dishonest Attack Ads areUnforgivable (Video)* Pro-Astorino Super PAC Plans $800K Media Buy (YNN)* W.F.P. turns on Cuomo over ‘monopoly’ comment (Capital) The Working Families Party released a statement Wednesday criticizing Andrew Cuomo, the party’s candidate for governor, for his comments comparing the state’s public school system to a “public monopoly.” “Governor Cuomo is wrong on this one,” the W.F.P.’s state director Bill Lipton said in a statement to Capital.* In shot at Bharara, Cuomo sez prosecutors are "betterat starting investigations" than closing them. Ditto for govs.  * Cuomo decries "political baloney" over MorelandCommission controversy (YNN)* The low-key attorney general(Capital) * As session waned, Cuomo flew to city for Forbes summit (Capital)* Sales of Cuomo’s memoir, for which he received an advance of over $700,000, fell by more than 43 percent to 535 copies in its second week on shelves, The New York Times reports:
 SALSA ENDORSEMENT: Rob Astorino gets backing from musiclegend Willie Colon in Bronx, accuses Cuomo ofignoring borough(NYDN) *The governor of Wall Street (Capital) There was reluctance on Wall Street about Cuomo, given some actions as AG. Then Bill de Blasio got elected * Cuomo will push new teacher evaluations, vows to bust school'monopoly' if re-elected (NYDN) * After backing a 5-year moratorium on Common Coreconsequences for kids, Cuomo wants to toughen teacher evaluations: (NYDN) Read My Book Day after @NYGovCuomo recommends “All Things Possible” for #Ebola quarantine reading, book leaps to No. 16,288 on @amazon. #woot * Astorino again knocks Cuomo for using federal money for Sandy ads @NYGovCuomo took $37.5 million from Hurricane Sandy victims to pay for StartUpNY commercials. NYers got nothing back

A state Democratic Committee ad is touting Cuomo's SAFE Act  * Cuomo ally pro-charter Families for Excellent Schools Inc.spent $6 million thru June...curious why not on JCOPE list * Citing potential fraud, state Senate Democrats say they are considering going to court to try and keep all GOP senators from running on the Rob Astorino-created Stop Common Core ballot line, the Daily News reports:  * Cuomo’s re-election campaign raised $110,000 in contributions over a single 24-hour period from 13 donors, while Republican Rob Astorino raised $23,000 during the same time period from five donors, State of Politics reports:  * New York was again ranked 49th for its business tax climate by the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation, even after the group feted Cuomo earlier this month for his tax policies,Gannett Albany reports : * Former Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith writes in Politico that while the hagiographic gaze ofCuomo’s new memoir isn’t unique considering the low bar that is the politicalbiography genre, the book is singular in the degree to which current controversies circling the governor aren’t just glossed over, but ignored completely: Clinton Former President Bill Clinton to headline rally for Gov.Cuomo (NYDN) Gov. Andrew Cuomo will get his second Clinton bump within the span of a week. Former President Bill Clinton will headline a rally for the governor in NYC Thursday. * Ebola and the gubernatorial election (Capital)* UFT Prez Michael Mulgrew says  Cuomo's characterization of public education as a monopoly is "disturbing."* N.R.A. takes out $104,000 ad buy against Cuomo (Capital)* Rob Astorino: Mayor Bloomberg And New York City Better at Sandy Recovery ThanState (NYO)* Cuomo was flanked by Republicans on a visit today to acommunity praised for its Sandy buy-backsuccess.
* A Hispanic registered Democratic voter in New York City received a letter Wednesday, paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, which said that the party will be monitoring "whether or not you vote," Capital New Yorkreports:  * State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli explains why he’ll bevoting “No” on Prop. 1 in an op-ed in the Times Union: 



Strong Winds Blows Cuomo Christie in 72 Hr Storm Passing?
Wednesday Update, Doctor Mislead About City Travels and NJ Nurse Ordered Again to Quarantine by Maine and Refuses Again 
"Hero" doctor lied about self quarantine
Law-enforcement sources said the city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africathe New York Post writes:  Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said. “He told the authorities that he self-quarantined. Detectives then reviewed his credit-card statement and MetroCard and found that he went over here, over there, up and down and all around,” a source said.* DefiantEbola nurse Kaci Hickox: I will not be "bullied by politicians" overquarantine order(NBC) * Nurse: I'll go to court if Mainequarantines me: A nurse who was confined against her will at a New Jersey hos...(WNBC) * Bellevue Workers, Worn Out From Treating Ebola Patient, Face Stigma Outside Hospital (NYT)* Tough nurse who beat Ebola quarantine in New Jersey is now fighting quarantine in Maine (NY Mag)


Two Governors’ Shifts on Ebola Are Criticized as Politics,Not Science(NYT) * Cuomo’s quarantine contortions (NYDN Ed) The governor claims control, but he's not charting a steady course. When you get past Gov. Cuomo’s doublespeak and logical contortions, there may be a real case for the Ebola quarantine he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debuted, half-formed, on Friday.  But there’s no excuse for the shoddy way Cuomo rolled it out. Or for his credulity-defying insistence that he’s been right at every point over a four-day span — when he went from declaring things “under control,” to announcing a quarantine lacking the most basic details, to seeming to fill those in on the fly in response to a very public backlash. Trying to project strength, Cuomo has instead seemed buffeted by the news winds. Cuomo says he may NOT tell the public if more people are quarantined

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Cuomo fed panic by imposing a new policy of mandatory quarantines for all healthcare workers returning from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa,the Times writes: * With Ebola’s Arrival, de Blasio Stands Tall as Christie andCuomo Falter (NYT) * Quarantine This Book (Politico) Andrew Cuomo wants Ebola patients to read his terrible memoir. I skimmed it, so you won’t have to. * Cuomo, Citing Local Government Waste, Says It’s ‘Time WeFix’ High Property Taxes (NYT)

Stewart: "A tent with no heat, no shower, you shit in a box. Most New Yorkers would be like: What's the square footage?"* The federal government announced Ebola treatment guidelines that stopped short of tough measures in New York and New Jersey, while the Pentagon appeared to be setting its own course pushing for a 21 day quarantine for returning troops, The New York Timesreports: de Blasio Wins At Being Cool With a spotlight trained on City Hall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, known more for flights of rhetoric than feats of management, has seized on a largely unfamiliar role: the coolheaded executive, the Times writes:  * Trust deficit: Why public is twitchy(NYP Ed) * EBOLA'S MIA MAN: Obama's freshly appointed czar is nowhereto be found as CDC issues guidelines on deadly virus — 'It’s a theater of theabsurd... it’s laughable'(NYDN) The White House insisted Klain, appointed by President Obama, is working behind the scenes to coordinate the government's response to the Ebola virus while a top doctor called the lack of leadership 'laughable.' Meanwhile, the governors of New York and New Jersey stood by their quarantine policies despite the CDC's recommendations that they're not necessary.* Twinkle, twinkle little czar (NYDN Ed) The nation waits for Ron Klain to fix Obama's Ebola policy * Chris Christie calls Obama administration's Ebola guidelines'incredibly confusing' (WSJ) * Christie Defends His Ebola Policy as Scientists Condemn It(NYT) * "Christie, and also Cuomo, simply misread the nature ofthe public alarm"(NY Mag)* Study: Fear of Ebola Highest Among People Who Did Not PayAttention During Math and Science Classes(NY Mag)* Offering the first detailed account of New York’s quarantine order for healthcare workers returning from West Africa, the Cuomo administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow individuals to spend their isolation in a location of their choosing, The New York Timesreports: * A spokesperson for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “The City anticipates the costs of preparing for and treating Ebola will be significant – in the many millions…The City will be seeking federal assistance.”* Pols, panicsand pandemics (NYP Ed)


Teachout's Political Dance: No Green Party Endorsement And Attacks the WEP
WFP tensions rise over Cuomo-backed Women’s EqualityParty(NYP) “I’m not weighing in on the governor’s race,” Teachout told The Post. Hawkins, in a conference call on Monday, appealed to the 181,000 Democrats who voted for Teachout to back him.

Message Green Party Hawkins Sent to Teachout Today
Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins held a media conference call today at noon to make a direct appeal to Zephyr Teachout's supporters for their votes and to discuss the Working Families Party's cynical, sad, and impotent strategy.  Teachout was able to get 34% of the Democratic Primary vote (181,000 votes) by running on a progressive platform, appealing to voters furious with Gov. Cuomo's  record on income inequality, taxation, fracking, schooling and corruption. In the general election the only candidate running on a progressive platform is Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Hawkins is currently polling at 9%, which equates to 415,000 votes.  Unlike Mr. Cuomo and the Working Families Party, with Hawkins and the Green Party there is no electoral fusion confusion, or ballot hocus pocus: what you see is what you get—Howie Hawkins, the People's Governor, running on his party's ballot line.  Green party leaders and activists are able to comfortably endorse Howie Hawkins on the Green Party line, unlike WFP leaders and celebrities who are fighting for the very survival of their ballot status by hosting Gov. Cuomo on their ballot line though he does not hold their values or have a record they can support.* Zephyr Teachout Will Not Endorse Andrew Cuomo (NYO) * Teachout snubs Cuomo, won’t endorse him for a second term (NYP) * NYS Governor candidate Howie Hawkins tells us why he iswhats best for New York (City Limits)* Although she won’t be endorsing in the governor’s race, Zephyr Teachout said she plans to make financial and other contributions to the Democratic effort to retake the state Senate, State of Politics reports: 


No Debate: Teachout Puts Future Over Fighting Corruption 

Political Insiders Believe Teachout Connected to the WFP Who Rejected Her . . .  Was Her Race for Governor An Attempt By the WFP to Send A Message to Cuomo?  Cuomo's  Women's Party and Lack of Help for Dem Senate Candidates Would Confirm the Teachout Message
 Zephyr Teachout will not endorse Gov. Cuomo or anybody elsebefore Election Day (NYDN) “It doesn’t look like it is going to be a close race and I have chosen not to endorse,” said Teachout, who received about 35% of the vote against Cuomo in the primary. Teachout said she expects a lot of her supporters to back Cuomo on the Working Families Party line. She also expects a lot to vote for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. “I actually respect both of those choices,” she said. “I think both of those make sense.”

Less Than Six Degrees of Bertha Lewis Separation: de Blasio Teachout Edition
"The Working Families Party is urging people to vote for Andrew Cuomo by using a picture of NYC mayor Bill de Blasio" 
 W.F.P. mailer features Bill de Blasio(Capital) The Working Families Party is urging people to vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo by using a picture of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. The labor-backed party has faced persistent criticism since it backed Cuomo over Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout after de Blasio brokered a deal for Cuomo to endorse a Democratic takeover of the State Senate. The W.F.P. is hoping to bolster its vote total, lest it slip behind the Green Party (led by Howie Hawkins) or the Women's Equality Party (created by Cuomo.)




Teachout Blasts Women's Party  

WEP and WFP Operatives Battle for Control of Ballot Lines Using Voters As Pawns On Fake Trump Up Claims
Since Cuomo isn’t pitching himself on the Working Families Party line—especially not with women, a key voting bloc—the labor-backed party has tapped veteran activist and feminist Gloria Steinem to do it for him, Stateof Politics reports:  * Women's Equality Event with Secretary Clinton and Governor Cuomo 
The Nation editorial board argues that the best way to end corruption, reform politics and counter inequality in New York State is to keep the Working Families Party strong: Vote Working Families Party to Pressure Andrew Cuomo * * Mayor de Blasio won’t be joining the ranks of Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party on Election Day, telling reporters, “If you check my party registration, you will find I’m a Democrat,” the Daily News reports:

How Cuomo won over women

Is he transparently catering to female voters? You bet. Is it working? Like a charm.* Tactics such as the Women’s Equality Party are hollow political ploys made by Cuomo to gain votes from women—and they have worked, the Daily News’ Bill Hammondwrites: If this were pre-19th Amendment New York and only men could vote, Cuomo would be fighting for his political life. An Oct. 22 Siena College poll showed him losing to Astorino among male voters by two points, 41% to 43%. But the same poll showed Cuomo romping by an astonishing 40 points among women, 65% to 25%. Thanks to that 42-point gender gap, Cuomo was cruising in Siena’s overall results, 54% to 33%.

 Quinn Claims ‘Women’s Equality’ Line Will Make WFP Stronger (NYO) * Teachout Rips Quinn, Women’s Equality Party at NOWEndorsement(NYO) Hillary Clinton stumps for Andrew Cuomo's re-electioncampaign, but audience seems more interested in herAs Clinton moved to the podium, shouts of '2016! 2016!' erupted in the Grand Hyatt ballroom. When she finished with her introduction of the governor, about two dozen attendees quietly filed out the door.
Ben Max ‏@TweetBenMax 
I have a hard time respecting anyone who advocates the women's equality agenda (or party) and refuses to criticize Sheldon Silver


Woman's Party and Women's Rights and Wrongs

WFP the New Progressive Machine, Is it Corrupt At Its Core?




Lobbyists Sheinkopof Working for A GOP Assembly Candidate, At the Same Time Working For the State Democratic Party, Pushing for the IDC 
Veteran Democratic consultant rips idea of finding embattledcandidate a judicial nomination(NYDN) Veteran Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf says the party's effort to get embattled Dave Denenberg off the Long Island state Senate ballot by finding him a judgeship nomination sends a terrible message to voters that could backfire. "It looks like you're manipulating the judicial process, it looks like you have no ethics by pushing someone accused of thieving for the bench," Sheinkopf said. * Sheinkopf, a well know Democratic strategist, said he wasspeaking not on behalf of the state party–where he was hired to do consultingwork—but rather on his own. (NYP)

Sheinkopof Goes Rogue Media Stays Silent About Corrupt Consultant Lobbyists Who Have Taken Over NY Election System
Sheinkopf Helping GOP Candidate Against Hikind More Than $$$ 
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf is crossing party lines to join the campaign of Nachman Caller, a Republican seeking to unseat Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind, [The Insider]
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NY's Svengali Sheinkopf: The Corrupt Liar Still Running Politics and Fooling the Press

From Team Astorino


Statement from Governor Cuomo Spokesman 

Hank Sheinkopf on Andrew Cuomo

April 12, 2002  



Andrew Cuomo is "willing to say anything, do anything -- including distorting the facts -- to win election.''  (linkCuomo-McCall Contest Quickly Turns Nasty(2002 NYT) More Dems adviser urging Cuomo to forget Working Families Party(NYP) NYCLASS Hires Sheinkopf to Steer Mail Blitz - Blogs  * Sheldon Silver on hot seat over racino bid as e-mails track money to political committee(NYP)  Just before that scandal-plagued bidder was picked, Silver solicited “campaign dough” from Hank Sheinkopf, a friend who was lobbying for the company, the Aqueduct Entertainment Group.



Sheinkopf Up to His Balls In the FBI AEG Corruption Scandal is Somehow Working for the Democratic Party

Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal which is still being investigated by the feds as part of the AEG investigation.  The Feds are also investigating a Board Of Election   (the cesspool of political corruption) contract for new machines that Sheinkopf was a lobbyist for. Feds investigate switch by Board of Elections ... - New York Post  "Sheinkopf copped a memo, (Barrett, Village Voice, 2010) too, obtaining it from an aide to the top Senate staffer, Angelo Aponte, who Sheinkopf personally installed in the key spot. He had the power to do that because the skillful Sheinkopf doubles as a lobbyist and as a political consultant, and had advised Senate Democrats in the elections that led to the 2008 majority, helping to make Malcolm Smith majority leader. Sheinkopf collected $356,741 in consulting fees from the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee at the same time that he was representing AEG and its precursor with Senate Democrats. Having worked for Bill Thompson and Mike Bloomberg
 most recently, Sheinkopf makes kings so he can then make deals with the kings he’s made."  More on Hank Sheinkopf 
Bill Thompson Has His Own Pension Pals(Tom Robbins, Village Voice 2009)

A King's Pension Deal For Sheinkopf Partner
While Sheinkopf Worked for Comptroller Thompson His Partner Norman Levy Did Well With the Pension Funds  "Norman Levy “received a half-million dollars” in 2006 payments from Bill Howell, a major pension fund placement agent, and “appeared sometimes to be Howell’s partner” in controversial deals with the fund, according to a source familiar with the transactions. Investigators concluded that they were splitting fees, and not disclosing it. The payments to Levy - whose conviction for running a parking-ticket-fixing-scam decades ago was also overturned on appeal - were allegedly tied to his introduction of Howell to a principal of Global Strategies, a consulting firm whose client, Intermedia, was seeking millions in city and state pension fund investments. Howell made the placements and shared the fees with Levy, who appeared to be listed as an employee of one Howell entity. Sheinkopf received payments from Levy shortly after Levy was paid by Howell." (Voice)





New Leadership for Citi Bike   
Former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder is going to be named the top executive for the company that now oversees Citi Bike, REQX Ventures, the Daily News reports:  * Citi Bike to get new boss, expand into Brooklyn & Queens(NYP)* New Leader Will Drive Expansion of Citi Bike(NYT)* Editorial: No more training wheels(NYDN Ed) Very soon after New York City let self-styled visionaries from Podunk put thousands of rental bicycles on the streets, it was clear the operation would end in a helmetless crash.


City Rip Off Feds Tens of Millions In Medicaid $$$ U.S. Attorney
New York City Agency and Vendor Bilked Medicaid, U.S.Says(NYT) A federal prosecutor said that the city and a contractor exploited Medicaid billing loopholes to collect tens of millions of dollars in reimbursements.The office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Monday that the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the contractor, Computer Sciences Corporation, created schemes from 2008 through 2012 that would produce reimbursements on tens of thousands of false claims for early intervention program services for infants and toddlers.* The U.S. attorney’s office is suing New York CIty and a contractor for defrauding Medicaid by using a computerized billing scam that raked in millions in improper reimbursements, the Post writes: 
* Bharara sues city for Medicaid fraud (Capital)


Cop Guilty In Ticket Fixing and Drugs
Jose Ramos, 45, was convicted after a nearly monthlong trial; he faces five other indictments

Cuomo Christie Ebola Quarantine Rules 2.0
Some Other Press Morning Reports Say Christie Has No Plans to Change His Policy, At 9:30 Everyone Says Nurse Going Home 
Thursday


Can We Sue for Whiplash?
Cuomo and Christie say aid workers can serve quarantines athome (NYP) Gov. Cuomo, under pressure from federal officials, announced Sunday night that aid workers in New York will be able to serve their 21-day quarantines at home unless they show signs of a fever. Cuomo insisted at a Sunday-night press conference — which followed a day of criticism over New Jersey’s treatment of a nurse who might have been exposed to Ebola — that he was not wilting under heat from the White House.
Update Nurse Could Be Out Today  Reports: @GovChristie will allow nurse to leave hospital in Newark if CDC signs off today #1010WINS * Gov. Christie Releases Quarantined Nurse from Isolation 

NYT Claims Breaking News That the Nurse Is Going to Be Released At 9:30AM, NYP Has the Same Story At 1AM
carolynryan ‏@carolynryan
“@nytimes: Breaking News: Quarantined Nurse Can Go Home if C.D.C. Approves, Christie Says http://nyti.ms/1pQiei5 ”


He was just, he said, further detailing the policy he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had announced on Friday. The same policy will apply in New Jersey, a spokesman for Christie said.
 Monday Update  WH vs Govs The Obama administration has expressed deep concerns to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and is consulting with them to modify their quarantine orders as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers, The New York Times writes:  * The state's top Republican accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of "putting politics ahead of people" for having three City Hall aides out on leave to help Democratic campaigns during the Ebola crisis, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports: * Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino charged Sunday that Cuomo has become “unhinged and volatile’’ from the stress of the campaign, the New York Post’s Fred Dicker reports:
A new study claims Latinos hold only 5 percent of top positions in the Cuomo administration and in the state government workforce as a whole, the New York Post reports: Companies lobby Cuomo administration state for pipelineapprovals(Capital)* ‘MY BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED’: Nurse quarantined in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa furious at Gov.Christie (NYDN) * “At worst, Christie and Cuomo – whose respective presidential ambitions are no secret – are capitalizing on those fears to scorecheap political points by appearing to be guardians of their constituents’ safety.”


Are the Changing Plans Absurd or a Symbol on How All Government Has Failed?
Kaci Hickox, 33, was the first person snared by the 21-day mandatory quarantine announced by Christie and Gov. Cuomo for anyone returning to New York or New Jersey after treating Ebola victims in West Africa. Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel has signed on to help Hickox sue for her freedom.* Ebola scare brings out Cuomo’s old leadership instincts (Capital) * NY Governor Cuomo Eases Quarantine Policy After Criticism  .@NYGovCuomo @ChrisChristie stake territory after doctor isdiagnosed with Ebola(WSJ) * De Blasio covers Cuomo on an Ebola issue (Capital) * Bowing To Pressure, Cuomo Will Allow Ebola Quarantine To BeServed At Home (Gothamist)
Fredric U. Dicker ‏@fud31 
Democratic Party insider:"Cuomo screwed DeBlasio with the quarantine and then Obama screwed Cuomo in return.''



Pay No Attention to What I Said Before
Cuomo: No Shift In Quarantine Policy(YNN) “The policy that we outlined on Friday was the policy that we detailed on Sunday,” Cuomo said. Cuomo continues to deny policy changes between Friday and today. "This is what we talked about on Monday," he says of him and Christie. To recap: Cuomo puts a kinder face on quarantine policy, which hasn't changed. De Blasio joins him for presser, expresses no position. Governor Cuomo says re; quarantine "you will be at home with your family and your visitors." What kind of quarantine allows visitors?


IDC's $150,000 To Western GOP Senator  
Breakaway Dems donate mystery $150K(CrainsNY) Now a mysterious $150,000 donation by the IDC's so-called super PAC—recently made to another outside group, run by the League of Conservation Voters—raises questions about whether the IDC is quietly trying to help a Republican senator in Western New York defeat a Democrat. As Crain's reported earlier this week, the League of Conservation Voters has adopted a policy this year of working unusually closely with deep-pocketed interests, which don't necessarily have environmental causes at the top of their agendas.* The pro-public financing group Friends of Democracy this month spent virtually all of its $650,000 budget on TV ads in at least two state Senate races, State of Politicsreports:  * State Sen. George Latimer, a mainline Democrat, received a series of $10,000 donations from Independent Democratic Conference members Jeff Klein, David Valesky and Diane Savino, as well as from the IDC’s political action committee, the Daily News reports: 




Quarantine On the Fly Without A Plan Changing By the Hour
Sunday Morning
Dallas Morning News: Nurse Says She is In Quarantine Hell Piss Off 
Thursday 
Amid concerns that quarantining healthcare workers will dissuade them from traveling to Ebola-infected nations, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a plan to offer job security and financial incentives to doctors willing to fight the virus abroad, the Observer reports: 
'IT'S NOTHING THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED': Andrew Cuomo admitsEbola quarantine policy could be unenforceable The governor said officials had never considered whether people refusing to go along with the order could face prosecution or arrest. While Cuomo fielded questions, Mayor de Blasio scarfed down meatballs with his wife and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett at The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village, which briefly closed after Ebola-infected Dr. Spencer visited for about 40 minutes on Tuesday. * The nurse quarantined in NJ after helping Ebola victims isdenouncing how she's been treated (WNBC) Cuomo says it's "obnoxious," "irrational" and "irresponsible" to suggest he might be using the Ebola scare to his political advantage.* 1st-person account of nurse, now in forced quarantinedespite negative test. …(Dallas News) * Cuomo jumps into the Ebola spotlight, leaving de Blasio behind (NYDN) Cuomo, after initially sharing the stage with de Blasio on Thursday, went solo and coast-to-coast one day later. A de Blasio source claims it's not a surprise, while an Albany insider insisted there was likely no slight intended to the mayor.

Thurs: Cuomo w/ BDB urging calm; Fri: Cuomo w/ Christie calling for quarantine; Sat: Cuomo tamping down fear; Sun: WH out against quarantine
NYT's Carolyn Ryan on #MTP: New restrictions by Cuomo/Christie generates more confusion and public anxiety  #ebola * Quarantine for Ebola health care workers is enforceable,Cuomo says, as head of NIAID slams practice (NYDN)* White House Presses States to Reverse Mandatory EbolaQuarantine Orders (NYT) Norman Siegel plans legal challenge, says Ebola quarantine policy is "overly broad" & "infringes on Kaci Hickox's civil liberties" * Chris Christie predicts quarantine will be "nationalpolicy"



6PM Presser With de Blasio
Who Is In Charge Of Ebola Response Gov, Mayor and CDC Not Talking?
Bill Hammond ‏@NYDNHammond 
In Dallas, lack of command hindered #Ebola response. So who's in charge in New York — de Blasio, Cuomo or CDC? They aren't even talking.
@Ambassador_Power rightly says health workers inEbola-stricken countries should be treated as "conquering heroes"(NBC) * Top NIH official slams Ebola quarantines (The Hill) * The treatment of doctors and nurses actually fighting Ebola,by politicians pretending to fight Ebola, is disgraceful (Doctors Without Boarders) * Will mandatory Ebola quarantines imposed by states makethings worse? Many think so (WCBS) * Quarantine for Ebola health care workers is enforceable,Cuomo says, as head of NIAID slams practice (NYDN) * Christie sees 'national policy' as feds criticize quarantine(Capital)* Quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox says her "basic humanrights have been violated," isolation like prison (Newsday) * "From a public health point of view, it doesn't makeany sense." NYU's head of medical ethics on quarantine policy … *Norman Siegel attorney for 1st person quarantined by @GovChristie & @nygovCuomo talks to @nahmias about pending lawsuit http://capi.tl/1wxwDaj  #EbolaNYC * Video excerpt: Mayor de Blasio addresses the Cuomo/ChristieFriday quarantine policy & the failure to advise him.  * Hundreds of people may soon be in state-enforcedquarantines: (Bloomberg News) * De Blasio Spent Weeks Readying to Lead NYC Through EbolaMoment (Bloomberg) * "De Blasio wants to talk Ebola into submission, andCuomo has acted as if he wanted to punch the virus in the nose." (NY Mag) * @JimmyVielkind  Cuomo jokes that people on Ebola quarantine could read his book while under quarantine.* Cuomo’s imposition of a 21-day quarantine on health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him in the fight against AIDS, The New York Times reports:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Ebola quarantine policy is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS. * Cuomo bravely ventured a joke at a news conference about Ebola quarantines, saying impacted health care workers should “read my book” to pass the time. * For Crew in New York, a Virus Is Fought With Scrub Brushes andCleanser (NYT)

8PM Presser Cuomo de Blasio
NYT breaking news: "Under Pressure, Cuomo Loosens Policy for Ebola Quarantines."
"My personal practice is to err on the side of caution" -@NYGovCuomo on his quarantine policy *  "My personal practice is to err on the side of caution," Cuomo says, adding that the state has gone thru hurricanes, floods and blizzards.Cuomo explaining a kindler, gentler quarantine policy Cuomo says that the state will pay health pros for lost time, if their health organization doesn't pay them for their time. *  Cuomo says that the state will pay health pros for lost time, if their health organization doesn't pay them for their time. .@NYGovCuomo says quarantine order in NY will require people who were in contact with Ebola patients to stay HOME for 21 days. Not a tent. With states such as N.Y. and N.J. stepping in, can Obamacontrol the U.S. Ebola response? (CBS) * Manager claims tenant who bowled with Ebola doctor is underhome quarantine (NYP)* For the second straight day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was peppered with questions about New York’s quarantine policy for medical personnel treating Ebola, denying that he had in any way softened his stance between Friday and Sunday, Gannett Albany reports: * Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino accused Cuomo of having “no clue” what he is doing when it comes to Ebola, maintaining that the governor has changed policy three times and has failed to communicate with de Blasio, the Daily News reports:  * It hasn’t been easy to follow the governor’s direction on the Ebola issue—in a single weekend he undermined de Blasio’s message of calm, announced an aggressive new quarantine policy with Chris Christie without notifying city or federal officials, and inaccurately suggested a doctor-turned-Ebola-patient did not follow safety guidelines, writes Blake Zeffin Capital New York: 

A quarantine that allows unlimited contact with nonquarantined people doesn't seem like a quarantine
Bill Hammond ‏@NYDNHammond   De Blasio's expression could be interpreted as incredulous. * Cuomo says health care pros will check in twice a day. If they develop symptoms, they'll go to hospital. . *.@NYGovCuomo "interestingly the org Drs without Borders ... require" health care workers stay out of work for 3 wks when they return . * NYS Gov Cuomo backtracks, partly, on the quarantine order: doctors or travelers in contact with Ebola must now stay home for 21 days. . *Cuomo says he wants to encourage people to go to West Africa, treat it like being called up on military reserve. "This is a war."
Cuomo - This is a war on the virus in West Africa . *"Some people say we are being too cautious. I will take that criticism - because it's better than the alternative." - @NYGovCuomo . *Bill Hammond ‏@NYDNHammond  Translation: The tent wasn't my idea. MT @TomPreciousALB: Under fire, Cuomo re-explains Ebola protocols. Suspect cases can be "at home" ... . *

Under pressure, Cuomo says 21-day Ebola quarantines can be spent at home
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveils a warmer, friendlier quarantine: stay at home, get wages reimbursed, food delivered by city/state. . *De Blasio scolds New Yorkers for discriminating against medical workers fighting Ebola. . *seemingly far different tone from @NYGovCuomo tonight, on stage with @BilldeBlasio, than when he appeared with @GovChristie Friday..@NYGovCuomo concludes remarks without explaining how quarantine rule will be enforced. . *.@BilldeBlasio rips treatment of Nurse Hilcox _ while @NYGovCuomo, who signed off on quarantine plan, sits there stonefaced. . *So what happens to Kaci Hickox? Does she get to go home now? . *

Two unannounced visits from NYS & local Department(s) of Health for those quarantined for 21 days; those will involve taking temps. . * Gov. Cuomo disagrees with a reporter who suggests that this policy will spread fear about Ebola. . *De Blasio: if the returning healthcare pro is treated as a "hero," with respect, "that is a far cry from what we saw the other day." . *.@NYGovCuomo on home quarantines: "If, God forbid, the person becomes infected, we will know with certainty the number of people exposed." . *Cuomo says White House and CDC have yet to establish protocol for this situation, "and we have to operate now. We live in the here & now." . *.@NYGovCuomo jokingly calls the mayor "Dr. @deBlasioNYC" . *"Now it's Dr. Cuomo's turn," Cuomo says, after having referred to the mayor as "Dr. de Blasio." . *.@NYGovCuomo hedges on questions about nurse Kaci Hickox and directs questions about that to “Jersey officials" . *.@NYGovCuomo denies shift in his quarantine policy. "Always at home unless you don't have a home, then you'd be at a facility" . *Cuomo says CDC protocol will be the minimum standard, but states can choose to do more. Says there won't be one national protocol. . *@chrissmithnymag the doctors are doing great. The governors are making things worse. . *De Blasio to questioners: "I think there's a little bit of absence of understanding" that policies can shift in real time. And we're done.

Lawyer Norman Siegel Going to Court to End the NJ Quarantine

Is the Cuomo vs de Blasio War On Again




Saturday Ebola Devlopments
'IT'S NOTHING THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED': Andrew Cuomo admits Ebola quarantine policy could be unenforceableSunday Update
Ebola doc has new symptoms as fiancee returnshome(NYP) * From Guinea: Ambassador Power concerned new Ebola rules in NY NJ IL stigmatize "heroic" volunteers @TODAYshow * Cuomo says NY-NJ quarantine was not meant to prod Obama admin. "I was not making any political statement to the White House," he says.* Cuomo stands firmly behind quarantine: "You can enforce it legally" if health workers decline to cooperate, he says in radio interview. * Cuomo defends 'flexible' quarantine policy, amid questionsfrom medical experts(Capital)

Andrew Cuomo did not consult Bill de Blasio before announcing his new quarantine policy for Ebola

Cuomo, Shifting His Policy on Outbreak, Opens Up Public RiftWith de Blasio - NYTimes.com * Ebola Quarantines Seen as Barrier to Volunteers (NYT) Ebola Patient in New York Is Called a Doctor at Ease in Danger (NYT)  * Officials Soothe Fears, While Workers Sanitize InfectedDoctor’s Path (NYT) * BellevueBack on Front Line in Another Crisis (NYT) BellevueHospital Center has long been on the front line of global health crises. But rising to the challenge of New York City’s first Ebola case may be one of its biggest tests.

Many Bellevuestaffers take ‘sick’ day after Ebola patient arrives(NYP) * Biohazard scrubbing begins at places visited by Ebola doctor (NYP) * New York'sEbola Response Gets Political (NY Mag) * Mayor, Borough President Visit Businesses Patronized byEbola Patient (NY1) * NYC politician declares Ebola bowling alley safe (NYP) * Fiancée of Ebola Patient Leaves Hospital (WSJ)
The fiancée of a recently diagnosed Ebola patient was released Saturday to her Manhattan apartment where she will remain under quarantine.

THEY TREATED ME LIKE 'A CRIMINAL': Texas nurse who tested negative for Ebola sickened by interrogation at Newark Airport (NYDN)New York, New Jersey Tighten Quarantines (WSJ) * Quarantined Nurse Lambasts Treatment At Newark Airport (Gothamist) * The Meatbola Shop: De Blasio Eats Meatballs, City Exhales (Gothamist) * Cuomo defends ‘flexible’ quarantine policy (Capital) Tested Negative for Ebola, Nurse Criticizes Her Quarantine (NYT) New YorkEbola Patient Enters Next, More Serious Phase of Illness, Officials Say (NYT)



Monday's Campaign Updates
 Cuomo could have opted for broader tax cuts or a rollback in regulations or could have OK’d fracking, which is spurring tens of thousands of jobs elsewhere, but instead, he chose START-UP NY, which has created barely any jobs, the Post opines * As Cuomo campaigns, his perks let him fly high - City & Region - The BuffaloNews NYS Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos Rips Mayor de Blasio for 'putting politics over people'  * NYSUT"s domestic violence campaign mailer unites Dems and Republicans in outrage * Will Eric Schneiderman and Thomas DiNapoli outperform Gov.Cuomo on Election Day?(NYDN) * State GOP lawmakers sign onto bill to ban non-lawenforcement GPS tracking   (NYDN)* "Getting harder and harder to live in NY."Property taxes are "the highest in the nation." Cuomo ad or Astorinoad?  * Cuomo’s Conundrum: a Powerful Governor Lurches Toward aSecond Term (NYO) Andrew Cuomo has had his annus horribillis. But is the governor, who seems a lock for re-election, poised for a political comeback? Or will he be weakened and pushed around by his old frenemy Bill de Blasio?* Terrence Pegula, the newly minted owner of the Buffalo Bills who made his fortune in hydrofracking development, has donated $30,000 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign, State of Politics reports: 


Monserrate Beats Carnival Corruption That Help Take Boyland Down 
Carnival company pleads guilty to bribing state senator(NYDN) The Bronx-based traveling carnival company, Tommy's Midway, was accused of paying off ex-State Sen. Hiram Monserrate in exchange for permits in his Queens district. A Bronx-based carnival company has quietly pleaded guilty to bribing ex-State Sen. Hiram Monserrate in exchange for help in securing permits for a festival in his Queens district, the Daily News has learned. Monserrate was never charged in the carnival scheme because of a confluence of events — he was indicted in an unrelated corruption case, the FBI’s carnival investigation expanded to catch another elected official, and the cooperating witness who allegedly delivered the $7,000 payoff to Monserrate died, sources said. The five-year statute of limitations expired last month, so Monserrate’s in the clear. In October 2010, he was indicted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for misuse of funds while he was a City Councilman. He was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. He is scheduled to be released in February. Monserrate’s lawyer did not return a call.



More Pre-K State Up Problems 
De Blasio’s pre-K push violates rules, puts kids in danger.  De Blasio’s frenzied push to expand pre-K programs has had dangerous consequences—hundreds of serious violations at unprepared centers since the start of the school year, including at least 78 for hazardous infractions that have still not been remedied, the Post reports: 




Top Lobbyists Caught In the Middle Of A Terror Fight Between Mark-Viverito Vs PBA 
Pitta Bishop Del Giorno Giblin Has Hit the Jack Pot With Over A 100 New Lobbying Clients Since She Took the Speakers Office .One Wonders How the lobbying Firm Explains the Speakers Views to Their PBA Client.
The City Council’s gift to thugs and terrorists(NYP) The City Council passed two bills last week to ensure that New York remains a sanctuary for illegal aliens — even if they’re violent, convicted felons, known gang members or on the terrorist watch list. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has spent years chipping away at the ability of the federal government to detain and deport illegals who wind up at Rikers Island.  Now she’s taken it to a new level: She’s shutting down Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s offices at Rikers, and ending virtually all city cooperation with ICE. Until now, arrestees at Rikers had their names run through a federal database of illegal immigrants. ICE then went after those most likely to pose a threat, particularly previously-convicted felons.* Photographer wanted friendly photo — and ends up documenting aftermath of hatchet attack in Queens(NYDN)


Lobbyists Are the New Party Bosses and Operate as a Shadow Government 

Melissa Mark-Viverito spent big bucks on speaker's race, campaign filings show

  Mark-Viverito spent significant amounts on campaign consultants - paying $22,352 to consultants Pitta Bishop Del Giorno Giblin. She also owes that firm another $6250.She paid $8295 to Amelia Adams from New York Communities for Change, now a top staffer on her city payroll, $10,000 to H Strategies, where her now-communications director Eric Koch then worked, and $10,000 to Jon Paul Lupo, who worked on her speaker campaign and is now a top aide to Mayor de Blasio.  She also donated $8500 to the Working Families Party.  Mark-Viverito collected donations from unions 1199 SEIU, CWA Local 1180, and 32BJ. An opponent of the proposed big soda ban, she also got $1000 from Coca Cola’s PAC.* Mark-Viverito spent $106K on bid to become speaker(Capital)
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Puppet Council Speaker Controlled By the New Private Tammany Hall
Top Speaker Lobbyists Puts A Man Inside
Council speaker puts connected lobbyist on payroll(CrainsNY) Melissa Mark-Viverito quietly handed a $130,000-a-year staff position to a lobbyist from the firm that helped propel her to the City Council speakership, payroll records show. In late March, Carlos Beato, who was a lobbyist at the firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, joined the City Council payroll as a deputy general counsel. The move came not long after the lobbying shop—which has long served as Ms. Mark-Viverito’s campaign compliance consultant—quarterbacked her council speaker bid. The firm’s Jon Del Giorno set up an “appointments committee” for Ms. Mark-Viverito to vet applicants for the council staff. The firm lobbied Ms. Mark-Viverito as her speaker bid was ongoing, and has continued to do so since her ascension to the city's second-most powerful post. The close ties have drawn scrutiny and a call from the Daily News for Ms. Mark-Viverito to sever ties with the firm and its clients. In an unprecedented and clever move, the Pitta Bishop set up a 2017 campaign accountto facilitate Ms. Mark-Viverito’s speaker run. That allowed her to raise $100,000, with more than $20,000 coming from the lobbying firm’s clients. The good-government group Common Cause accused Ms. Mark-Viverito of exploiting loopholes in state election law. Pitta Bishop's clients also reportedly funded much of her $27,000 inauguration party. * NY lobbying grows another 4%, spent $109 M in first sixmonths of this year; now 32 lobbyists for every legislator 

To the Winner Lobbyists Goes the Spoils (City Council)
Since the 2013 elections Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin has picked up of 70 clients to lobby for. 51 clients to lobby the city council, 17 to lobby the office of the mayor


Another big winner of 2013 made a similar argument. Jon Del Giorno, sitting in his firm's 28th-floor conference room a few blocks from City Hall, downplayed the notion that his closeness with Ms. Mark-Viverito will help his firm, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, which has hovered near the bottom of, or just out of, the top-10 list.  Pitta Bishop has done Ms. Mark-Viverito's election-law compliance since 2005, and last year Mr. Del Giorno quarterbacked her uphill speaker bid. In a clever and unprecedented move, the firm set up a 2017 campaign account for an unspecified office with the state Board of Elections, which allowed Ms. Mark-Viverito to raise $100,000 and hire a full staff for her run, despite needing just 26 votes from council colleagues to win. More than $21,000 of the money reportedly came from Pitta Bishop's long roster of business and labor clients, and gave Ms. Mark-Viverito an edge over her rivals. Common Cause New York said the new speaker was "exploiting" the state's lax campaign-finance system.A consulting firm—Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin—that helped Melissa Mark-Viverito in her runs for City Council and Council speaker has lobbied her on behalf of four clients, the Daily News reports: Disclosure reports show an advocacy group, the East Side Alliance Against Overdevelopment, paid Pitta Bishop $15,000 in November to fight a plan by Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital to build two towers on city-owned land on E. 73rd St. Pitta Bishop lobbied Council members from Manhattan, including Mark-Viverito — who represents East Harlem — to vote against the project when it came before the 12-member Manhattan Borough Board on Nov. 21. Mark-Viverito voted no, but the project was approved 6 to 4. Mark-Viverito’s spokesman said her vote had no connection to the lobbying by her consultant. In January and February, Pitta Bishop lobbyists also met with Mark-Viverito’s staff on behalf of another client, the Vera Institute. The goal? Vera’s request for additional Council funding of a pilot program providing legal aid to immigrants. Vera received $500,000 in funding last year and wants $5 million more this year. Pitta Bishop also lobbied Mark-Viverito in January and February seeking “support for museum programming related to anti-bullying” run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Manhattan. She was asked to speak at an anti-bullying event targeted to children, which she agreed to do, her spokesman said. And Luis Miranda of the MirRam Group enjoys a close relationship with Ms. Mark-Viverito.

The Speakers Lobbyists Cash In
Lobby for the City Council Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,: MedReview, Inc.,  Meadows Office Supply Co., Inc.,  National Lighthouse Museum,  Simon Wiesenthal Center, Inc.,  Knickerbocker Plaza LLC,  Local 420 AFSCME AFL-CIO,  Vera Institute of Justice, Inc.,   Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees & Bartenders Union Local 6New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council AFL-CIO,   Detectives Endowment Association Police Department, City of New York Inc.,  Lakeside Manor Home For Adults Inc.,   Community Health Center of Richmond, Inc,,  Grasmere and Cameron Lakes Bluebelt Conservancy, Inc.,  Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 1 of the United Association,  New York State Conference of IUOE,  Richmond Uni Home Care, Inc.,  Adco Electrical Corp,  BIO-REFERENCE LABORATORIES, INC.,   New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Assoc. of NYC, Inc. Health Benefits Fund,  LOCAL 372 NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES,  UNITE HERE,  MagnaCare Administrative Services, LLC,  District Council No. 4, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIOA.T.U.-Division 1181-1061 AFL-CIO,  OFFICE &PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION LOCAL 153,  International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 9 ,  RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER,  BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.,  International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B,  Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A,  Glenwood Management Corp.,  LOCAL UNION NO. 94-94A-94B, I.U.O.E., AFL-CIO,  NYSARC, INC., NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER,    New York Black Operator's Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.,    UNIFORMED SANITATIONMEN'S ASS'N LOCAL 831 - I.B.T,   Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York, Inc.,  East Side Alliance Against Overdevelopment, Inc.,   Urgent-MD Hewlett Management LLC , SOSH Architects, P.A.,, Lobby for the City Council and office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  New York Wheel LLCWellPoint, Inc.,  Pier A Battery Park Associates, LLC,  Garage Employees Local Union No. 272,  Staten Island Marine Development, LLC,  The Francis School,  Chef's Choice Cash & Carry Food Distributor, Inc.,  THE WITKOFF GROUP LLC,  Il Commandatore Restaurant Inc.,  RJ LEE GROUP, INC.,  Cameron Club of Staten island, Inc.,  Milrose Consultants, Inc.,  Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Inc,  UNIFORMED FIRE ALARM DISPATCHERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. , Lobby for the office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  Gardeners/Growers/Landscapers Association of New York, Inc.,  Council of School Supervisors and Administrators,  SOSH Architects, P.A.


Even the Red Cross is Controlled and Wastes Millions on Public Relations Consultants
In the wake of Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012 Americans sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, but the charity botched key parts of its recovery mission, diverted “assets for public relations purposes” and made politically-driven decisions when it came to distributing relief efforts, ProPublica and NPR report:


 The Shadow Government "Permanent Government" Changes the Guard and Remains in Control 

Lobbyists Political Consultants Cut Themselves Into Permanent Government Since Jack Newfield Wrote the Book 1977 

New Kings Makers Eat the Kings Meat and the Media Does Not Notice
Former Borough President Molinaro joins high-powered consulting firm with strong Staten Island ties(SI Advancew)  Molinaro has joined the Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin LLC government relations and consulting firm, a company with strong ties to the Island. In his role as senior managing director, Molinaro will oversee the firm's new satellite office in St. George, close to many of the economic development projects that Molinaro helped become a reality during his time in office. Pitta said that the Wheel development as well as other Island projects, including the development of the Stapleton home port and the re-development of the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Charleston, "are sure to spur further growth, opportunity and investment across all of Staten Island." Jon Del Giorno of the politically-prominent law firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC (which manages Melissa Mark-Viverito campaign finance filings) also helped pave the way for the councilwoman's deal with Brooklyn Boss Seddio.Feds charge Senate Dems' operative (CrainsNY) Michael  Cohen, who now works for the New York lobbying firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin, did not return a request for comment made through a  firm spokesman. Pitta Bishop lists crisis management among its specialties, and is affiliated with the law firm Pitta & Giblin. Ms. Mark-Viverito was escorted around Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club recently by Michael Cohen



Harold Ickes Both Advises de Blasio and Lobbies Them . . . Shadow Govnment Member 

Wednesday Update
JPMorgan Chase Drops Plan to Build 2 West Side Towers(NYT) The proposed building project foundered on issues including a package of tax breaks to the bank that was publicly scoffed at by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Harold Ickes both advises Bill de Blasio, and lobbies him (CrainsNY) A few months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed a union-backed bill through the City Council that handed $42 million in public funds to privately employed school-bus workers. Even some labor-friendly lawmakers questioned the precedent set by taxpayer-funded raises for workers at the low-wage bus companies. Behind the scenes, one of the country's pre-eminent political fixers had spent months laying the groundwork for the bill, lobbying records show. Harold Ickes, a former top Clinton administration official, had long been a fixture in the center of the lobbying universe: Washington, D.C. But since his protégé Mr. de Blasio's election last November—a victory aided by Mr. Ickes—the lobbyist has found new business opportunities in the Big Apple. Soon after vetting administration hires as a member of Mr. de Blasio's transition team, Mr. Ickes opened a New York branch of his lobbying firm, the Ickes & Enright Group. He and his employees have since lobbied a dozen de Blasio administration officials for a rapidly growing number of clients. Mr. Ickes also separately pushed legislation that led to the bus drivers' $42 million windfall. In recent months, the Ickes & Enright Group has signed a number of clients seeking to influence local government, such as the American Beverage Association, JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, North Shore-LIJ Health System, entertainment company AEG Live, office supplier Canon Solutions America and prekindergarten advocacy group Los Angeles Universal Preschool. At the same time, the 75-year-old Mr. Ickes remains a key de Blasio political adviser. Both men worked for David Dinkins' 1989 mayoral campaign, and drew closer when they worked for the Clintons. "He knows the [de Blasio] administration well, so it makes sense he would look to expand his business," said Sid Davidoff, a veteran lobbyist who is also considered tight with the mayor. Questioned about their ties at a press conference last week, Mr. de Blasio called Mr. Ickes a "dear friend," but insisted that their relationship would not affect policy decisions * Lobbyists spent $109.8 million to influence state government over the first six months of 2014—a 4 percent increase from the same time period a year ago—with the state teachers union spending the most, followed by anti-gambling interests and a group pushing for public campaign financing, the Daily News reports: 



Lobbyists Secret Government Cover Up By Pols and the Media 
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 
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

Lobbyists the New Permanent Government

Poor Door and Lobbyists George Arzt




A Tale of Two Boyfriend Problems




TLC cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ over June’s alleged boyfriend’s molestation background. TMZ broke news that Mama June (Honny Boo Boo Mother) was secretly dating a convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, who landed in prison for 10 years for forcing an eight-year-old child to have oral sex on him. He got out of prison earlier this year and TMZ posted a photo of the two of them together. One of June’s daughters claims the photo was photoshopped and said they are focused on family. Bill de Blasio Says He Has ‘Full Faith’ in Rachel Noerdlinger. Ms. Noerdlinger’s boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, pleaded guilty at 15 to manslaughter for shooting and killing a man over a down jacket, according to the report. In 2005, Mr. McFarlan pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking charges and was served time in Massachusetts state prison until being released in 2007. And on Facebook, Mr. McFarlan–a vocal opponent of stop-and-frisk–referred to police officers as “pigs.” TMZ broke news that Mama June was secretly dating a convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, who landed in prison for 10 years for forcing an eight-year-old child to have oral sex on him. He got out of prison earlier this year and TMZ posted a photo of the two of them together.
Sharpton CCRB vs NYPD, Noerdlinger, McCray, de Blasio


 
Everyone Been Was Asking Why the Reporters Were off Twitter or not Covering the Election
Now They Have Ebola and the Endless News Conferences As A Distraction to Ignore Doing Analysis of the Candidates Campaign Spin Commercials Dominate 





Media Not Protecting Public From the Campaign Sharks
Gov. Cuomo's reelection campaign, despite spending binge,heads into home stretch with nearly $15.8 million (NYDN) Cuomo’s campaign reported $8.6 million in total expenses during the past three weeks, according to a just-filed financial statement. The expenses included more than $2.3 million spent on television ads and another $4.4 million transferred to the state Democratic Party.  Despite the heavy spending, the governor still has plenty of money left over as the races heads into the final week and a half. The campaign reported a balance of nearly $15.8 million, dwarfing the $1 million that Republican challenger Rob Astorino has on hand in his campaign account.


Thomas Kaplan ‏@thomaskaplan 
Cuomo says it's "obnoxious," "irrational" and "irresponsible" to suggest he might be using the Ebola scare to his political advantage.




de Blasio Government TV: More Spin and Control of the Message  

WNYC TV and Radio Was Founded to " Dissemination of public information to the people of the City of New York upon an enlarged scale and therefore of a higher caliber"
De Blasio turning city’s TV station into campaign arm(NYP) NYC Media, the city’s production arm that includes NYC TV, has 49 staffers on the payroll. The station’s $5.7 million budget comes from taxpayer funds, a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and licensing payments by cable providers. One weekly show, “City Scoop,” consists of one-minute capsules on mayoral ribbon-cuttings, announcements and initiatives. “Since we’re owned by the city, we’re essentially de Blasio’s media arm. We follow him around because we are his,” the insider said. A September “City Scoop” episode shows the mayor high-fiving kids while announcing after-school programs, then flashes to de Blasio at a press conference with US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Govs. Cuomo and Chris Christie.  “It’s all mayor,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who wants other officials and professionals to have input. “Nobody pays any attention to this. There’s no real oversight. They can kind of do what they want.” Bloomberg also used the programming to promote his leadership, but de Blasio treats it like a campaign ad, the source claimed. “He milks it like crazy,” the insider said. “It seems like he’s still running.” De Blasio hired Janet Choi, a former TV reporter and producer, as the station’s general manager. She is a de Blasio pal and has boasted of plans to spend Thanksgiving with the mayor and his family, the source said.

Grover A. Whalen described himself as "Mr. New York" for his autobiography. Indeed, at various times he was the city's official and unofficial greeter of royalty, celebrity and the political elite. He was a businessman and a public relations guru, and is perhaps best known as President of the 1939-1940 World's Fair. "In March, 1922, a proposal came before the Board of Estimate and Apportionment for the establishment of a Municipal Wireless Broadcasting Station. Upon my suggestion as Commissioner of Plant and Structures, the Borough President of Queens made the proposal, pointing out that recent scientific developments in this new medium made possible the dissemination of public information to the people of the City of New York upon an enlarged scale and therefore of a higher caliber than was possible heretofore."*Channeling Mayor Bill (NYP) The city doesn’t need its own television station, but it seems the mayor does. As Susan Edelman and Amber Jamieson reported in The Post, the mayor is turning a “public” TV station into a vanity channel for his political and personal interests. Officially, it’s called NYC TV, but given the mayor’s role in dictating content, it would be better to call it WBdB-TV — for Bill de Blasio. The programming includes a feature the mayor ordered up on dancer and “healer” Alessandra Belloni — an old NYU pal who performed at Bill’s wedding. Her “spider dance” is supposed to help domestic-violence victims overcome trauma. It was filmed in September.


Is the Media Underreporting Copy Cat Terror Attack Endangering NYC?  Political Leaders No Comment . . .  In Denial?    

As Lone Wolf Nuts Increasing Listen to Isis Call to Commit Terror NY Leaders Do Not Fight Back Against the Jihadist Message
What is the Difference With following ISIS Orders Than Working With the Terror Group?

Though: Maybe Now We Will Get Real Mental Illness Reform

NYC's GOP Leaders Have Not Rallied the City Against the Message of the Terrorism 

Blame GOP Bottom Feeders For the 80% of NYC Voters Going for Cuomo . . .  Local GOP Leaders are More Interested in Giving Out Jobs at the BOE, Than Giving Out An Opposition Message to Democratic Leaders Who Ass They Constantly Kiss for Member Items and other pots of government $$$

NYPD's John Miller: Was this an act of terrorism? It appears at this point that was the suspect's intent. Watch:(WCBS) * Muslim convert in NYPD ax attack was pro-ISIS and called forjihad (NYP)   “Which is better, to sit around and do nothing, or to Jihad!” he wrote, according to reports. Fox News reported that Thompson blasted America directly and pushed for homegrown terror on Facebook.


 No "clear link to international terrorism" in NYPDhatchet attack despite angry Facebook postings by suspect: (AP) * Hatchet attack suspect acted alone, NYPD chief says,"I'm very confident this was a terror attack" (WNBC) * Attacker With Hatchet Is Said to Have Grown Radical on HisOwn (NYT)* Bratton: Hatchet attack on cops was a lone wolf "act ofterror" (WNBC) * Queens attacker had‘extensive social media presence’(Capital) * Jihad on Jamaica Ave.(NYP Ed) Zale Thompson may not have received orders from an ISIS outpost in Syria before he went after cops with an axe, but it’s clear he found radical Islam. “Which is better, to sit around and do nothing, or to jihad,” he commented on a YouTube video supporting an Islamist caliphate.* A lone wolf strikes in Queens(NYDN Ed) A radical jihadist attacks cops * NYC's top cop calls vicious hatchet attack on rookie policeofficer a 'terrorist attack' (NYDN)

Corrupt Goo Goo Citizens Union 
Interesting Citizens Union endorses @SenMartyGolden after news breaks of feds investigating his campaign expenditures
Goo Goos: Reforms Have Their Press Conferences . . . AndNothing Happens


Mark Green Tweets the Mayor is Not Ignoring Latinos
Mark Green ‏@markjgreen  
Falcon's bean-counting is bum rap agst BdB. http://bitly.com/1tyNya1  Mayor "ignores" Latinos after Viverito, Farina, Paoli, Carrion? Com'on.


Why is ISIS Willing the Propaganda War on the Internet?
Why Are American Muslims Allowing ISIS to Hijack Their Religion?
They asked this question right on CNN. Video of Ax Attack * NYPD concerned hatchet attack may be linked to terrorism (WPIX) * NYPD Cop Attacked With Hatchet, Suspect Shot Dead (NBC) * New York terror fears ascrazed hatchet-wielding discharged Navy man with a criminal past slashes Queens cop in the head and another in the arm beforebeing shot dead (Daily Mail) * Tracing Patient’s Possible Contacts Creates Host ofChallenges for the City(NYT) * FBI Investigates NYC Hatchet Attack On Four NYPD Officers,Terrorism Not Ruled Out  * Police Kill Man With Hatchet Who Struck 2 Officers(NYT) * A Growing List of Attacks Linked to Extremism (NYT)

Man shot dead after striking cop in the head with ax (NYP)* Hatchet-wielding man shot dead by NYPD cops in Queens;police eye possible terrorism motive (NYDN) Police are investigating the possibility that the attacker killed on a rainswept shopping corridor, identified by police sources as Zale Thompson, 32, had links to terrorism. A Zale Thompson on Facebook is pictured wearing a keffiyeh and had a recent terrorism-related conversation with one of his Facebook friends, according to a police source. * Too close to home (NYDN Ed) Lone wolves answer ISIS' call * Terror connection not ruled out in hatchet attack, policesay (Fox) * Muslim convert launches axe attack on US police The  London Times *  Hatchet attack suspect acted alone, NYPD chief says,"I'm very confident this was a terror attack" (WNBC) Sunday Ax attacker wanted ‘white people to pay’ forslavery (NYP)




How Come Pushing Out the Middle Class is Not An Issue in Campaign 2014
RIP, NYC's middle class? (NYDN) New York is now America’s second most racially divided city, behind only Milwaukee. And New York City now has the nation’s single most segregated public school system.
How Blacks the Poor and the Middle Class are Being Push Outof Brooklyn Because of Albany's Tax Breaks for Luxury Developers
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:


Should the Bellevue Doctors and Nurses Working On the Ebola Doctor Have Their Travel Restricted Govs?
 TIGHTER TRAVEL REGULATIONS: Flyers who have come intocontact with Ebola-infected people now face mandatory 21-day quarantine whenthey land in N.Y., N.J. (NYDN) * 'We want to account for ALL of his time': 'DiseaseDetectives' hunt contacts of Ebola-infected Craig Spencer (NYDN) Spencer's uncle said he didn't like the criticism his nephew was receiving, and called the 33-year-old doctor 'a wonderful boy.' His relatives spoke after Health Department 'disease detectives' retraced Spencer’s every step and tracked down all his contacts since he landed at Kennedy Airport on Oct. 17. Spencer fully cooperated with the probe, even handing over his MetroCard. * In New York City,no margin for error on Ebola (NYDN Ed) Officials must reconsider Ebola quarantine rules for health-care workers arriving from West Africa






Was the 2013 Election Because of PAC Spending from the Shadow Govt Illegal?  
Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC 
Most of private $ raised by politicians running for city wide office in NYC is raised from people such as lobbyists etc * NYC campaign finance law while better than nothing falls far short of eliminating legal bribery



NYT Gives No Reason to Vote For Recchia Except His Opponent is Corrupt 
Domenic Recchia Jr., a down-to-earth Democrat with an ear for the complaints of ordinary citizens. Mr. Recchia compiled a solid record of achievement on cultural and financial issues as a member of the New York City Council, where he served as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee and helped negotiate the city’s $70 billion budget. He doesn’t have Mr. Grimm’s experience in Congress, but he doesn’t have Mr. Grimm’s dubious record, either.Mr. Recchia is by far the best choice in District 11.


Daily News Endorses Schneiderman
Editorial: Schneiderman for AG  Shown the ability to stick up for New Yorkers’ interests while bringing home the bacon for the state’s coffers.  Schneiderman persuaded the state’s gun show operators to voluntarily run background checks on all purchasers — helping to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of convicted felons and others who shouldn’t have them.
DN editorial board: "Schneiderman should have vocally opposed Gov. Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland...commission. Cahill argues appealingly that putting at least one Republican in statewide office would keep Albany Democrats honest. But he has not persuasively made the case for a changing of the guard." He also showed poor judgment in allowing his political consultant and former wife, Jennifer Cunningham, to represent private clients in dealings with his office — and in then withholding email corrrespondence with her that ought to be public information.

How Come Pushing Out the Middle Class is Not An Issue in Campaign 2014 


NYT says it's confirmed: A doctor in New York City... tested positive for theEbola virus Thursday" 
NYC Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola, Sources Tell CBS 2 (WCBS)NYC has disease detectives  tracing the Ebola patient’s recent movements. City "prepared to quarantine contacts as necessary,” says mayor.  @billdeblasio confirms first Ebola case in NYC, says it is very hard to contract. Urges calm.
“Being on the same subway car” or living close to someone with Ebola isn’t in and of itself a risk, @deBlasioNYC says. * Governor Cuomo says NYC has learned from the experience with Ebola in Dallas and is very prepared * Cuomo says he's spoken with Ron Klain, the Obama-appointed "Ebola czar" and says a CDC team has been sent * Cuomo on #nyc Ebola doc: we believe he came into contact with four people during the relevant period. * Ebola patient took the A, 1 and L trains, says city health chief * Bassett: Among those Spencer has been in contact with isfiancé, two friends and a Uber driver.(WSJ) *-- Daily News: “FDNY hazardous materials specialistssealed-off Spencer’s apartment on W. 147th St. and took the doctor out on a stretcher. … the super in Spencer’s building, said firefighters took the doctor’s door off its hinges when they took him out of the apartment.”



You Want to Bet This Is the Last Time These Two Cops Dump Medical Waste in A Public Trash Can
The city's health commissioner said the Ebola patient went on a jog; took the A, 1 and L subway lines; and bowled in Williamsburg. * Bassett: Spencer's first fever was this morning. Staff is being sent to the bowling alley where he bowled * Ebola puts spotlight on Bellevue, key NYC trauma center (WSJ) * Bellevue hospital has "dedicated laboratory" in #Ebola unit, really is "self-contained," Dr. Bassett says * The Ebola patient went to the High Line,  restaurant yesterday, NYC health commissioner says.* Race on to decontaminate Ebola doctor’s NYC home (NYP)*   Cuomo and Christie have announced a quarantine for medical personnel returning from Ebola-stricken countries to New York or New Jersey.* Cuomo and Christie Announce Mandatory Quarantines in Wake ofEbola Threat(NYO) * New York Cityauthorities began decontaminating the apartment of Craig Spencer, the doctor who tested positive for Ebola.



Kellner Joins Silver and Lopez Sexual Abuse Tax Payer Funds
The sexual harassment defense of state Assemblyman Micah Kellner has cost taxpayers another $35,000, according to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office, the Daily News reports: 
Update Kellner Appeal In Sexual Harassment Case Denied(YNN)* An Assembly hearing officer upheld sexual harassment charges against Manhattan Assemblyman Micah Kellner, the Daily News reports:

It Was the Feds Not the AG That Sent Huntley to Jail . . .  Nobody Explain How Feds Got the Case After AG Arrest
AG Eric Schneiderman’s fourth TV ad includes footage of his former Senate colleague, Shirley Huntley, leaving court after her arrest oncorruption charges. Schneiderman, a former Manhattan state senator, helped prosecute Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens, on a variety of corruption charges. She ended up with a year in federal prison in 2013.









Sampson Lawyers He Took the Money Just Before the Feds Said . . .  The Statute of Limitations Issue  
Catch Me If You Can
In Senator’s Case, Defining ‘Embezzlement’(NYT) State Senator John L. Sampson, who handily won his primary last month despite being under indictment, returned to court on Thursday to seek dismissal of two of the 10 counts against him.  His lawyers did not argue that he did not embezzle from the government, but rather that he did it earlier than prosecutors have said.  The issue, laid out before Judge Dora L. Irizarry of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, hinged on what action constituted embezzlement: Mr. Sampson’s transfer of the money, or his use of it? Federal prosecutors have accused Mr. Sampson of embezzling funds from sales of foreclosed properties, which he was overseeing as a state court-appointed administrator of foreclosure funds. 


Sampson, who won his primary last month despite being under indictment, returned to court to seek dismissal of two of the 10 counts against him. His lawyers did not argue that he did not embezzle from the government, but rather that he did it earlier than prosecutors have said.
He is also charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering, evidence tampering and making false statements. Mr. Sampson’s lawyers argued on Thursday that the five-year statute of limitations on the embezzlement charges expired well before he was indicted.  Mr. Sampson was supposed to promptly return surplus money from the sale of two foreclosed Brooklyn properties to the New York State Supreme Court, according to the indictment. He did not. The defense agreed, for the purposes of the motion, that the embezzlement took place in 1998 and 2002, when Mr. Sampson transferred the money to escrow accounts he controlled.  It is “extraneous” and “irrelevant” how and when the embezzled funds were spent, his lawyer, Nathaniel H. Akerman, said in court on Thursday. A prosecutor, Alexander A. Solomon, argued that embezzlement was “not complete until the defendant used the funds in the escrow account,” which occurred within the five-year window. udge Irizarry asked, What if someone takes the money but just leaves it in an account and never uses it? “By your reasoning, a referee who does that could never be prosecuted,” she said. Mr. Solomon said it was not clear a crime had occurred until Mr. Sampson made withdrawals and cut checks in his name. The judge seemed unpersuaded, saying Mr. Sampson’s failure to give the money back “shows some intention.”
State Senator Sampson Arrested and Elected


Cuomo's Unanswered Subpoena Quesions 
Astorino's question to Cuomo asking if he or his staff had been subpoenaed in connection with the shuttered Moreland Commission was fair, and the governor had no one to blame but himself for it
Governor Cuomo asked for it(NYP Ed) Clearly, Gov. Cuomo was peeved during Wednesday’s debate when GOP challenger Rob Astorino asked him to swear neither he nor his staff had been subpoenaed by the US attorney, who’s probing the decision to shut down a state ethics panel. The question is “outrageous,” huffed the governor. And though Cuomo defended his handling of the panel, he declined to answer the question that was asked. Understandably, that will lead some voters to wonder if someone on the governor’s staff has indeed been subpoenaed. On Thursday, The Post gave Cuomo another chance to clear it all up. But an aide, Matt Wing, said, “We are not commenting on the US attorney’s investigation.” Let’s stipulate: Even if the US attorney, Preet Bharara, has in fact asked Cuomo or his staff for information, it doesn’t mean they are guilty of anything illegal.




Looks Like Bharara Wanted to Make A Statement About Moreland Before the Debate 
“The important thing here is that thatwe have the files.” @sarbetter @WCNY *Bharara: “When you're trying to solve a problem, you need a certain amount of longevity and you need ... some independence.”* Bharara: "I have joked .. that Albany is at the intersection of ambition and greed." Bharara on his next move: "I'm not thinking about that right now." Says there's an eternal well of stuff to prosecute. Leads from multiple Moreland cases + whatever he's doing re Cuomo RT @NickReisman Bharara: "You're assuming there's one investigation." Gulp With Cuomo about to debate his opponents, Bharara talksMoreland in a radio interview  * Despite the recent polls, anger in upstate New York over the SAFE Act and lingering questions that remain from the disbanding of the Moreland Commission make it possible for Astorino to win, the Post’s Seth Lipsky writes:

'Sopranos' actor backs Astorino, calls Cuomo a'big pussy'  * Here's my full write-up of Preet Bharara's interview on@CapPressRoom  Bharara says there is "precious little disclosure" that leads to corruption and conflicts of interest. Bharara says "unfettered outside income" is a "recipe for what we have in NY which is a little bit of a corruption disaster" Bharara says anti-corruption commissions, generally, need "longevity" and a degree of independence. Bharara won't comment on question regarding whether Cuomo's use of political leverage via Moreland Commission constitutes a crime. * With Cuomo about to debate his opponents, Bharara talksMoreland in a radio interview  * Before Cuomo's debate, Bharara hints at many probes (CrainsNY) * Cuomo's post-Moreland reforms, so far, are a bust (Capital)
Zephyr Teachout ‏@ZephyrTeachout 

New Yorkers shouldn't respond to Cuomo's mismanagement of Ebola, Moreland, testing, etc by staying out. We need a Dem Senate. 9 close races.



Barron Looks for Respect and Member Items in Albany in His Own Special Way 
No doubt striking fear into the hearts of fellow Democrats, Assemblyman-in-waiting Charles Barron pledges “it’s not going to be ‘go alongto get along’” when he gets to Albany.







What Happen to All the News That Fix to Print?  NYC's Picture Newspaper? 

RUPERT-ZUCKERMAN -- Tabloid union? -- Capital’s Joe Pompeo: “What if New York City's two tabloids, those famously bloody newsstand warriors, joined forces? Recently, the age-old rivals were considering just that … The New York Post and the Daily News have been, by popular definition, locked in a tabloid war for decades. But within the past year or so, even as they waged their vituperative battle in public, they were talking about a number of potential business deals that would have made unlikely bedfellows of enemy combatants—had they not broken down, according to several sources familiar with the matter. … --Out of Print: “Within tabloid circles, chatter is rampant that the News is already considering a plan to go digital-only sometime in the next few years. A source close to News management corroborated that such conversations are taking place. ‘The discussions are not about if, they're about when,’ the source told Capital.”


The Only Debate is A Tease Of What Could Have Been  
Douglas Muzzio @musingmuttering 
“@CelesteKatzNYC: I've never said this before, but I wish this #NYGovDebate would go on longer. And I mean it.”
Cuomo, Astorino trade blows in only election debate(NYP) The gubernatorial debate involving Gov. Cuomo and Republican challenger Rob Astorino got ­vicious Wednesday night, as ­Astorino predicted the governor would be indicted and Cuomo accused his foe of racial discrimination. * How Rob Astorino could win (NYP Ed) At this stage of the race four years ago, Paladino, a political amateur, was floundering. Astorino, by contrast, is a veteran of political office, a Republican executive who was re-elected to lead, in West­chester, a Democratic county. The governor’s lowest blows against Astorino in the debate were to suggest he’s running a racist county because he’s defending the county, as have Democrats before him, against lawsuits over housing. Astorino’s reply is that he’s won handsomely in Democratic West­chester, proof of his ability to win with diverse voters in a county that is supposedly “where Republicans generally go to die.” The Republican also also insists that he can shellac the governor upstate. Siena’s poll shows Cuomo ahead of Astorino upstate, 47 percent to 38 percent. But Astorino reckons upstate voters resent the extremism of Cuomo’s opposition to gun rights and support for late-term abortion. * BUFFALOBRAWLIN': Astorino rips into Cuomo on taxes, Moreland commission during heateddebate (NYDN) Astorino, the Republican challenger, went on the attack over the scandal surrounding Cuomo’s handling of his anti-corruption commission, which has resulted in a federal investigation. “He is swimming in a cesspool of corruption,” Astorino said. * Lovett: Gubernatorial debate was too little for GOPcandidate Rob Astorino (NYDN) Recent polls show Cuomo ahead by at least 20 points. And while Astorino will try to capitalize on his debate zingers, he will surely be overshadowed Thursday by Cuomo's appearance in the city with uber Democrat Hillary Clinton. * BUFFALO BRAWLIN': * Cuomo Questions Cuomo * Hillary Clinton Boosts Andrew Cuomo and His Women’s EqualityParty(NYO) * Astorino Calls For Second Debate (YNN) * Cuomo’s Off-Beat Response To Term Question (YNN) Each time Cuomo has been asked about serving out a full term, he makes a joke about having a “heart attack” or dying in the middle of the term — seemingly an effort to throw the reporter asking the question off balance. This has happened at least three times. * Cuomo Releases Plans For Cuomo 2.0 (YNN) * Rob Astorino wants one more gubernatorial debate againstAndrew Cuomo (NYDN) Buoyed by his performance Wednesday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is pushing for a one-on-one televised debate with Gov. Cuomo.* New York has kept state spending largely to the rate of inflation, but still carries heavy debt, according to a state report released this week. This comes as voters are being asked to approve a $2 billion bond act to fund technology inschools.


Governor Debate Tweet Report
Cuomo says he wanted the Legislature to get a law passed, and the Moreland Commission would "go away." Preet Bharara knocked this approach * .@HowieHawkins: Legislators should be banned from taking outside income. “They should be working for us.” #nygov  Cuomo on Moreland:  “They passed the law. The law has an independent enforcement agent, new bribery language.” #nygov  This is why Cuomo only agreed to one TV debate, one not head to head w/ GOP nom. He sucks at it and he comes off as a prick. #NYGovDebate   Hawkins: "Whose running on the clean money and who is running on the old dirty money?"  *Cuomo on Moreland: “There was no abrupt stopping. I wanted the commission to get a law passed.” #nygov  .@HowieHawkins says if elected he will reempanel Moreland. (Somewhere, former members are groaning.) #nygov   


*Debate underway. @NYGovCuomo says "misinformation" has prevailed on Moreland. Says new ethics law made commission unnecessary.  *Astorino: "Once again, would you like to tell the people of New York whether you've been subpoenaed, or if your staff has been subpoenaed?”
Dem Cuomo has delayed use of Common Core for promotion of kids ‘until they’re ready;’ Astorino would seek to end it  Astorino says Andrew Cuomo "very well may be indicted" #nygov #nygovdebate  Astorino says Cuomo "lies." “There's only one person here who has a criminal defense team. It's not me, it's Andrew Cuomo.” #nygov  
Astorino accuses Cuomo of lying. "There is only person here with a criminal defense team."  #NYGovDebate  Astorino: "There's only one person here who has a criminal defense team. It's not me. It's Gov. Cuomo."  *Astorino: "Why do you need a criminal defense team if you've done nothing wrong?"  Remember what a Dem consultant once said re Cuomo: “willing to say anything, do anything – including distorting the facts –to win election.”  Now its getting testy. @NYGovCuomo says Astorino is the one giving false and misleading statements to prosecutors.#NYGovDebate
 Cuomo says Astorino's accusations are "outrageous," then attacks Astorino on a number of fronts. #nygov  Astorino challenges Cuomo to "raise his right hand" and swear that neither Cuomo nor a member of his staff have been subpoenaed by Preet.
"Only in NY can anti-corruption commission be corrupted" -- Rob Astorino
Astorino says @NYGovCuomo "is swimming in the cesspool of corruption" and may be indicted. #NYGovDebate  Astorino: "Four years ago, Andrew Cuomo pretended to be the reformer.. right now he is swimming in a cesspool of corruption" #SwordsDrawn  #oops @NYGovCuomo on conservatives no place in state comment: "That's not what I said or what I meant." #nysgovdebate  Cuomo: "I don't believe there's political support for a politician" who holds conservative views on social issues  


Cuomo, answering questions on "ultraconservative" radio comment. “That's not what I said, or that's not what I meant.” #nygov TZ bridge is all of Cuomo in one: something he got started no one else did, he has been totally secretive, he tried a fund grab EPA blocked  Cuomo, on question on Tappan Zee's affect on tolls. Will figure out tolls when bridge costs known, “will b affordable for commuters.” #nygov
Cuomo: "We will figure out the toll when we know the final cost" on TZB bridge replacement
Cuomo takes no ownership of Common Core. Oh, except fixing it. * Astorino says Cuomo is "playing the race card." #nysgovdebate *  Green Party Howie Hawkins has called for legalization of marijuana and heroin, then strict regulation and money for treatment programs
As AG, Cuomo defended the use of half a million in taxpayer money to silence women raped by government insiders. #nysgovdebate *  I have a hard time respecting anyone who advocates the women's equality agenda (or party) and refuses to criticize Sheldon Silver. * Cuomo disrespected women by supporting Silver for using hush $ to cover up sexual assaults. Silencing women #nysgovdebate *  Astorino knocks Cuomo for "defending" Sheldon Silver * Howie Hawkins: "I will push very hard for legalization.. of marijuana."#nysgovdebate *  Astorino and Cuomo basically ignoring what the topics of the Qs are and litigating the HUD issue repeatedly * Astorino on HUD: “They're coming into your community next.” #nygov * HEY, it's four white guys talking about race and women's rights!
So far, Cuomo and Astorino have clashed on abortion, housing in Westchester *, and the Moreland Comm. #nygov
Cuomo pledges to serve full four years if re-elected. #NYGovDebate
Gov says Rob Astorino is breaking Martin Luther King's law. *  In #nysgovdebate, Astorino closes speaking in Spanish - he's been trying to woo the Latino vote.




NY Times Endorsement 
New York’s Attorney General and Comptroller
The attorney general and the comptroller of New York State are two of the most powerful officials in the state. The incumbents in those offices — Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, and Thomas DiNapoli, the state comptroller — have exercised their powers in ways that have benefited the public, and both deserve re-election.



City Hall Failed to Disclose New Taxi Court Judge's Deep Ties to the Industry 
City Hall forgot to disclose new taxi court judge's deepties to the industry(NYDN) The new chief judge in charge of policing the taxi industry was until recently a top lawyer for a group that reps medallion owners, a key fact Mayor de Blasio omitted when announcing  his eyebrow-raising pick. De Blasio named Fidel Del Valle, a former lawyer for the Greater New York Taxi Association, Commissioner and Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. In addition to overseeing Taxi & Limousine Commission trials for OATH, Del Valle will also be in charge of hearings on other agency infractions, including the Environmental Control Board Tribunal and the Health Tribunal. De Blasio announced the appointment in a press release touting Del Valle as the "son of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants and most recently a private practice attorney." The release neglected to say that the group he was an attorney for was GNYTA, which lobbies on behalf of medallion owners and has sued the city on their behalf. * Taxi owners to fight ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ in Court of Appeals(NYP)

Taxi Industry Gets $ to Pay for Handicap Cabs + Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industryThe Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.




McLaughlin Out of Jail 
Former Assembly member Brian McLaughlin released fromfederal pen(TU) Brian McLaughlin, a one-time Queens Democratic political power and labor leader, was released from a federal prison camp after serving a little more than half of his 10-year sentence. McLaughlin was released Oct. 10, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District. He was sentenced in July 2009 to 10 years in federal prison. His reduced term came about because of his cooperation in federal probes and good conduct while in prison, according to his lawyer, Michael Armstrong.





Everyone in the Media and Politics Knew About the Love Affair 
The Mayor's Flack and the City Hall Reporter
A City Hall Affair to Remember (Daily Beast) Capital New York’s City Hall correspondent is in a relationship with the mayor’s chief spokesman, but the website’s editor insists there is no conflict of interest. And, inevitably, it’s a story about love’s complications and the awkward circumstances they occasionally provoke. In this instance, the complications and awkwardness arise from a romance between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief spokesman and the lead City Hall correspondent for the Capital New York online outlet, and they are prompting questions about journalistic ethics and governmental fairness. Recently, insiders wondered about the motive for Goldenberg’s tweet after The New York Times’s City Hall bureau chief, Michael Grynbaum, wrote an Oct. 9 story about the mayor’s apparent aversion to openness regarding his wife’s chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger, and her failure to disclose details about her problematic live-in boyfriend, a man with a criminal record, including a homicide as a teenager. To illustrate the de Blasio administration’s possible lack of transparency, Grynbaum wrote that after the mayor defended Noerdlinger in a news conference and declared the controversy “case closed,” the mayor’s press staff departed from its usual practice of sending out a same-day transcript and instead delayed for days. Goldenberg tweeted: “Pretty sure transcript’s been on city site since monday”—the same day as de Blasio’s remarks. Was she rising to the defense of her boyfriend’s underlings—or simply making an accurate observation?

The Mayor Met His Wife At City Hall Also
At least one critic, Columbia University Journalism School Prof. Richard Wald, a former president of both NBC News and ABC News, suggests the arrangement smacks of “insanity” and can’t reasonably be sustained. The main dramatis personae are Sally Goldenberg, of Capital New York, and Phil Walzak, the mayor’s press secretary. Instead they are seriously dating; indeed,  spend time together in their respective apartments and have been romantically involved for more than a year (and a public couple at least since the New York Daily News’ gossip column, Confidential, outed the lovebirds last January, 28 days after de Blasio took office). In an arrangement that strains the credulity of certain cynics in New York’s media-political complex, the mayor’s office has determined that any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved by a policy in which Walzak has no workplace contact with Goldenberg regarding her stories, and instead delegates the task to a deputy. It’s unclear whether this policy applies to pillow talk.



Ben Bradlee RIP: A Newspaper Hero Who Took Down Nixon 
A Lost Art of Journalism: Chasing A Story Until You Find the Truth 
Dig Dig Dig You Don't Have the Story Yet
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93(Wash Post) Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. The most compelling story of Bradlee’s tenure, almost certainly the one of greatest consequence, was Watergate, a political scandal touched off by The Post’s reporting that ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history.* Journalists remember Ben Bradlee "He forever altered our business."  Ben Bradlee, Editor Who Directed Watergate Coverage, Dies at93 (NYT) * @tombrokaw in @politico on Ben Bradlee: “In the new forms ofjournalism we’ll not likely see his kind again." * The Media Equation: Ben Bradlee’s Charmed, Charming Life (NYT) * --JILL ABRAMSON, on TIME.com: “It was his great strength of character and gutsiness under fire that made him indestructible. David Halberstam, writing about Ben two years before the Cooke affair, understood this about Bradlee. In his great book, The Powers That Be, Halberstam wrote, “his own personal self-image, developed long before he went to the Post, simply did not permit him to show fear.” … Ben had total joie de journalism. It oozed from every pore. No one had more fun chasing a big story and no editor made the chase more fun. He wrote his first newspaper story at age 15 as a copy boy for the Beverly Evening Times in Massachusetts.* How Ben Bradlee dealt with PR folks We should do this more often.Ben Bradlee to a p.r. flack: "...[W]e trust our editor's news judgment and [...] we distrust yours." #GoldenEra * Lessons of Watergate: Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee on thepressures of investigative reporting Postscript: Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921-2014)(New Yorker)


A 2 Billion Dollar 911 System and the FDNY Commputers do Not Communicate With the EMS Commputers 
Human error and a fire department dispatch system that’s “unduly complicated and unacceptably flawed” delayed the response to a Queens fire in April that took the lives of two 4-year-olds, city investigators found 
Kids died in blaze after ‘flawed’ dispatch delayed EMT:report(NYT) The DOI report dinged the city’s “bifurcated computer-aided dispatch system” for not allowing the FDNY and EMS to share the most basic of information — including the borough in which a fire is located.* Editorial: Calling 911 for 911 (NYDN Ed)  They vowed it wouldn’t happen again, and it did: The city’s 911 emergency system inexcusably delayed dispatching an ambulance to a fire that took the lives of two children. Ten months after the system lagged by 4 minutes and 18 seconds in sending an ambulance after 4-year-old Ariel Russo was fatally struck by a runaway SUV, a full 21 minutes passed before medical help arrived for Jai’Launi Tinglin and his half sister, Ayina Tinglin. The 911 failures were of a wholly different kind, with an equally outrageous order of magnitude. NYPD 911 operator gets report of fire in Far Rockaway.John Liu asked Cy Vance to review corrupt #ECTP contract forfraud, but nothing happened. (Progress Queens)

A Poorly Designed 911 System Causes Workers Errors . . .  Where the $2 Billion Go? 
Operator conferences in FDNY dispatcher. Dispatcher enters information into a computer. The data appears on EMS computer screens , but the address doesn’t list the borough. Why not? Because that’s how the system was designed. More, EMS dispatchers have never been trained to use the FDNY computers.* Faulty System and Human Error Delayed Medical Help to KidsWho Died in Queens Fire (Village Voice)* Calling 911 for 911 (NYDN Ed) Investigators detail inexcusable lapses in ambulance dispatches They vowed it wouldn’t happen again, and it did: The city’s 911 emergency system inexcusably delayed dispatching an ambulance to a fire that took the lives of two children. Ten months after the system lagged by 4 minutes and 18 seconds in sending an ambulance after 4-year-old Ariel Russo was fatally struck by a runaway SUV, a full 21 minutes passed before medical help arrived for Jai’Launi Tinglin and his half sister, Ayina Tinglin. The 911 failures were of a wholly different kind, with an equally outrageous order of magnitude. Ariel’s case combined human errors with problems in a high-tech computer-assisted dispatch system that cost tens of millions of dollars to develop and that was supposed to produce seamless communications between the NYPD and the Emergency Medical Service. The case of the Tinglin siblings matched more human errors with Fire Department–EMS procedures that are a throwback and require teamwork by six people.* As deaths under ECTP rise, there's no legal scrutiny of theprogram's negligence(Progressive Queens)

How Many More Must Die Before Their A Criminal Investigation of the 911 System?
Comptroller John Liu Called for A Criminal Investigation of the 911 System in 2012 911 system contractor never should have been hired, city controller says (NYP) Hewlett-Packard overcharging taxpayers, audit finds. City Controller John Liu released a scathing audit of the 911 system overhaul Wednesday, finding a key contractor soaked taxpayers with questionable and inflated bills. Hewlett-Packard overcharged the city by as much as $163 million — and never should have been chosen to spearhead the project that has almost doubled in cost in six years, the audit found. Liu said he is concerned about possible fraud in the bidding and billing process and has asked Manhattan prosecutors to open a criminal review. “Taxpayers should be outraged at the fleecing that transpired under City Hall’s watch,” Liu said.* AS CITY TRAILS STATE, STRINGER SEIZES MWBE ISSUE: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that government contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses was an income inequality issue, stealing a page from Mayor Bill de Blasio, City & State reports: 

Do Lobbyists Have Anything to Do With the City Not Cleaning Up Its Corrupt Commputer Contract System? YOU BET

'Weaknesses' remain in city’s handling of computer contracts, nearly four years after explosive CityTime scandal: investigators(NYDN) The report found that CityTime contractors hired sub-contractors who in turn hired their own sub-contractors, some of whom were unknown to the city. Peterson says all sub-contractors should undergo exhaustive review. The city paid an outside consultant, Mark Mazer, to oversee CityTime, but he wound up masterminding the $500 million fraud. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. DOI says the city must assign a qualified city employee to that role for all future projects. The upgrade started in 2004 and was supposed to take three years and cost $1.3 billion. By 2012 it had grown to $2 billion — and wasn’t complete. Mayor de Blasio halted it in May after dispatchers complained of glitches that regularly delayed emergency response times. And Controller Scott Stringer held up a $6 million settlement with the project’s contractor, Hewlett Packard, due to an earlier audit that found $160 million in possible overbilling. DOI is now trying to determine what went wrong and whether fraud occurred. Peters’ recommendations will likely apply to the ongoing effort to upgrade the 911 system. CityTime Scandal Time Line

More Evidence That Arzt Protects and Causes Bad Government 
In 2009 Juan Gonzalez wrote in the Daily News City officials were unhappy with Hewlett Packard Company.  By 2006, ECTP was suffering from so many problems that Mayor Bloomberg assigned his chief troubleshooter, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, to supervise it. In 2007 HP hired George Arzt to lobby Skyler on communications. 2013 the family of Ariel Russo, the 4-year-old who was killed by an unlicensed driver is suing the city because they believe a flawed 911 system led to the death of their daughter. The Russo lawsuit says there was a four-minute delay in sending an ambulance to the scene of the crash because of problem with the 911 system. NYC's already beleaguered 911 system crashes again and again — and again(NYDN)
More on Corrupt Lobbyists Arzt
911 Phone System Failure Scandal


Media Never Names the Lobbyist Who Made Money on the Broken 911 System . . .  Will the Investigators?
What role did 911 lobbyists play in giving Verzon gifts to NYPD Assistant Chief Charles (Chuck) Dowd?  The Death of Ariel Russo Did Not Even Stop the Corruption and Incompetence of the 911 System
Daily News the What Happen But Not the How and Why
Daily News Today Says 911 System Failed Ariel Russo But Do Not Name the Lobbyist for the Contractors or the reasons for NYPD's communication director Dowd being forced out and his aides jumping ship. Former Comptroller Liu said HP overbilled the city for $163 million and didn't properly deliver for years.   In 2012 Liu callled for a review of the HP contract by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “because of the possibility of fraud in the solicitation and billing process.”

Liu’s audit said that Hewlett Packard shouldn’t have been hired for the 911 work because it failed to meet the city’s technical requirements. Among the lobbyists to get paid by the city’s broken 911 system contractors wLiu also claimed that the city and HP hired unqualified project consultants and overbilled the city by another $50 million.as George Arzt, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, Jennifer Carlson, Peter Barden, Jonathan Greenspun, Michael McKeon, Kasirer Consulting LLC. More on Corrupt Lobbyists.   Instead of putting the project back out for bid, DoITT selected HP, which had twice failed to meet the minimum technical score to manage and complete the project, Liu said. HP then hired iXP as a subcontractor on the project, Liu said. Both Mercury and George Artz have been lobbyists for Hetwlett-Packard which was the main contractor of the  city's 911 emergency system that crashes a lot. The city 911 system is now being sued by the parents of 4-year-old Ariel Russo who claim she died because an ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital was delayed by a 911 crash. More on Dark Pool Corrupt Lobbyists The city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications allowed the company to “drastically mark up” subcontractor bills, with project consultants overbilling the city, it said. Liu said the 911 system’s flaws echo faults in city oversight of an automated Internet-based payroll system called CityTime


The Following NYC Public Officials Should Be Asked What Do They Think of Their Political Consultants George Arzt's Involvement in the HP Contract   
Queens BP Melinda Katz, Consumer Affairs Commission Judy Menin, Former DA Joe Hynes, Candidate Oliver Koppel, Assemblyman Danny Farrell, Congressman, Congressman Jeffries, Former DA Morgenthal, Senator Carl Kruger (in jail),  AG Schneiderman, de Blasio (2009 Public Advocate), Councilman Rubin Wells (Indicted), Comptroller Stringer, John Liu for Mayor 2013, Former Assemblyman Kellner. Melinda Katz Before She Queens BP A Paid Lobbyist For @nypost @FoxNews @newscorp 

But the company was doing a terrible job with both contracts.“Leadership and staff improvements have not occurred as promised,” Cosgrave wrote. “Deficiencies are not corrected. HP’s staff is not sufficiently skilled to meet program requirements, resulting in a large additional layer of administrative staff to correct mistakes.” Cosgrave found the company was even marking up prices for some products by 50% over their cost.Along with top officials in the police and fire departments, he recommended immediately rebidding the project and getting rid of HP within a year.More than a year later, HP was forced to pay back $32 million for failing to deliver a  working dispatch system and replaced on that portion of the project, but it was kept on as the lead contractor for the overall program until early 2011, when City Hall brought in Northrop Grumman to take over, and it continued to do work on the project for several more years.Meanwhile, a 2012 audit by then-Controller John Liu found persistent problems of overbilling. One HP helpdesk operator, for example, was paid $185,000 annually. Some of the company’s unskilled office workers were billing for six-figure consultant salaries. Liu demanded that HP repay $163 million. Bloomberg’s aides ridiculed his audit and commissioned their own. But even their report found more than $24 million in overcharges by HP. Then in his last days in office, Bloomberg quietly reached a settlement for HP to repay taxpayers a paltry $6 million. To his credit, Stringer refused to approve that deal. Still, for all those years the Bloomberg administration kept giving second and third chances to HP and those other big name contractors.



A Machine DA Investigates A Machine 2% Win
Bronx DA looking into claims of voter fraud(NYP) The Bronx district attorney is investigating claims of voter fraud in a hotly contested Democratic primary for the Assembly that was decided by two votes.  Following a hand recount, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo defeated challenger Hector Ramirez, a district leader, 1,888 votes to 1,886 votes, in the 86th District, covering University Heights, Fordham and the West Bronx. Ironically, Pichardo, by winning a special election, succeeded Assemblyman Nelson Castro, who was nailed for election fraud after nine voters were discovered registered at his one-bedroom apartment. He later cut a deal with the feds and wore a wire to ensnare other officials engaged in corruption.DA Robert Johnson has subpoenaed Board of Elections records relating to voters who submitted absentee ballots. Investigators also visited the homes of some voters, many of whom are Dominican immigrants.* Meantime Arroyo Fraud Drags On



True News Reported Two Years Ago About New York's 100+ Year Old Voters
850 people ‘officially’ over 164 years old: NYC Board ofElections(NYP) A single Bronx voter listed in official records as being 164 years old led Board of Elections officials to review their files — where they turned up another 849 New Yorkers who were supposedly alive when Abe Lincoln was president. The stunning discovery came after The Post reported last week that the birth date of Luz Pabellon, a spry 73-year-old who has been living and voting in The Bronx since the 1970s, was recorded as Jan. 1, 1850. This week, a search of the records in all five boroughs found 849 more voters with the same wacky birth date.

168 Year Old Women Does the BOE Have A 2000 Year Old Man?
Board of Elections records say voter is 168 years old(NYP) If city Board of Elections rec­ords are to believed, voter Luz Pabellon has defied the tides of time and is a walking miracle, living quietly in The Bronx at the astonishing age of 164. Pabellon’s official voter registration card puts her date of birth at Jan. 1, 1850. “AGE: 164,” the record proclaims, a number that has only been achieved in biblical stories. That preposterous age would make Pabellon a contemporary of Abraham Lincoln.A simple phone call by The Post quickly determined that Pab­ellon has never in fact met Honest Abe. The Bronx resident, born in Puerto Rico, is a slender, spry 73-year-old who said she is insulted that election officials placed her in the 19th century. For the record, Pabellon was born on Feb. 14, 1941. Board of Elections officials confirmed its records do indeed list Pabellon as 164.  And they have an explanation, wacky as it may be: Pabellon registered to vote in 1978 and wrote “18 +” under the date of birth category on the manual voting card. When the board converted its voter files over to an electronic database, it board plugged in “01/01/1850” as the default date for those whose birth dates were unknown or unclear. The practice raises the specter that hundreds or thousands of voters are listed as being 164.



Another Albany List Of Top Movers and Shakers  
Some Animals are More Equal Than Others
LIST -- “The City State: Albany’sTop 40” in The Observer: “1. Andrew Cuomo … 2. Preet Bharara … 3. Patrick Foye Port Authority Executive Director … 11. Thomas DiNapoli Comptroller … 12. Steve Spinola President of the Real Estate Board of New York … 13. Benjamin Lawsky Superintendent of Financial Services … 14. Merryl Tisch Chancellor of the Board of Regents … 15. Larry Schwartz Secretary to the Governor … 16. Jennifer Cunningham Partner at SKDKnickerbocker … 17. George Gresham President 1199 SEIU … 18. Loretta Lynch U.S. Attorney, Eastern District … 

19. John King State Education Commissioner … 20. Kenneth Adams President of Empire State Development Corporation … “21. Joe Percoco Executive Deputy Secretary to the Governor … 22. Liz Krueger State Senator … 23. Dean Fuleihan New York City Budget Director … 24. Michael Gianaris State Senator … 25. Zephyr Teachout Fordham Law Professor … 26. Gustavo Rivera State Senator … 27. Catharine Young State Senator … 28. Christine Quinn Former City Council Speaker … 29. Jim Malatras Director of State Operations … 30. Jonathan Rosen Principal at BerlinRosen Public Affairs … 31. Emma Wolfe New York City Director of Intergovernmental Affairs … 32. Steven Cohen Former Secretary to Governor … 33. Keith Wright Assemblyman … 34. Herman ‘Denny’ Farrell Jr. Assemblyman … 35. Adriano Espaillat State Senator … 

36. Josh Gold Political Director of Hotel Trades Council … 37. Micah Lasher Chief of Staff to Attorney General … 38. Mike McKeon Partner at Mercury Public Affairs … 39. Harold Iselin Managing Shareholder at Greenberg Taurig … 40. Mike Avella Partner at Meara Avella Dickinson.” Bill de Blasio … 4. Jeffrey Klein … 5. Sheldon Silver … 6. Andrea Stewart-Cousins … 7. Eric Schneiderman … 8. Dean Skelos … 9. Thomas Prendergast [MTA] Chairman … 10.




After A String of Losses, Quinn, Rangel Race the No Shame NYT Picks Cuomo

NYT Editorial 
Endorses Cuomo
– with caveats. It wants him to devote himself to cleaning up Albany, and passing campaign finance reform, for the next four years. Calling him a “strong governor” the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed Andrew Cuomo for reelection and urged him to use his political powers to clean up New York State government: His first order of business should be to use his political muscle to change the sham campaign finance laws that have turned Albany into a place that best serves moneyed interests and the politicians in hock to them. Mr. Cuomo himself has benefited from lax rules that have allowed him to raise nearly half of the $45 million for his campaign mostly from the developers and lobbyists giving $40,000 or more.* NYT editorial endorsing Cuomo criticizes Astorino for opposing Common Core. Cuomo abandoned the standards in new ad. Oops.
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 Mr. Cuomo has said that while he supports reforms, the Legislature refuses to play ball. He could set a decent example for Albany lawmakers by refusing to take tainted, albeit legal, pots of money himself. That might allow him to shame the Legislature into acting; now, lawmakers can point to his finances and jeer. Reforming his own practices might also help restore his reputation after his sudden shutdown of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission, which had started looking into issues that may have involved his political supporters. A United States attorney has now taken up that work. Another major disappointment was Mr. Cuomo’s failure to veto redistricting maps in 2012. Those maps were designed by legislators to thwart competition and harden the status quo in Albany. A state constitutional amendment on the November ballot — Proposal One on revising the state’s redistricting procedure — would undoubtedly make things worse. Mr. Cuomo should stop pushing for this deeply flawed measure. Another GOPer For Cuomo Republican Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente became the latest GOP elected official to endorse Cuomo for re-election, State of Politics reports:  * Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino released a policy agenda that would create inner-city enterprise zones, emphasize the role of fathers in families and overhaul public assistance programs by promoting school attendance and re-imposing fingerprinting for food-stamp eligibility, State of Politicsreports: 




Daily News On Cuomo
 Gov. Cuomo appears to be winning his battle with New York progressives by positioning himself as an indispensable centrist who balances the left and right extremes as he defines them, Harry Siegel writes in the Daily News: 

Harper Collins Illegally Pimping the Gov Book
Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG said he received an email from Harper Collins promoting Cuomo’s new memoir at an address where he only receives mail from the state Democratic Party, raising the likelihood that the party or the governor's office turned over their email lists—a possible no-no under state campaign finance law, the Daily News reports:

Teachout Beating Cuomo
Cuomo’s book ranked 18,104 on Amazon’s best-selling book list as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, while the new book from his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout’s “Corruption in America”, ranks 1,461 on the list,Gannett Albany reports:

* Republican attorney general hopeful John Cahill said incumbent Eric Schneiderman should be working with new businesses like AirBnB instead of investigating them, the Daily News reports:
* The real estate industry and state and city teachers’ unions, both of which are spending heavily in the war over control of the State Senate, have poured money into the New York League of Conservation Voters’ PAC, despite the former supporting the Republicans and the latter aiding Democrats, Crain’s reports: 
Harper Collins Rents Cuomo’s Campaign List
Sen. Liz Krueger opposed the redistricting constitutional amendment (Prop. 1), calling it “fake reform” and urging friends and colleagues to vote “no.”*  The NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus also opposes Prop. 1.
The first – and only – televised debate between the gubernatorial candidates will take place tomorrow night in Buffalo.
Emails pushing @nygovcuomo book to supporters may have helped sales: book went from 13,886 in am on Amazon best seller list to 4,426 in pm.

Hevesi to Teach Others How to Use Big Money In Politics   
Ex-comptroller Hevesi to speak on money in politics(Capital) The title of Hevesi's speech is “Big Money, Congressional Combat, and the 2014 Elections.” In 2006, after winning re-election as state comptroller, Hevesi resigned from office and pleaded guilty to a felony for assigning a state worker to chauffeur his ailing wife, without reimbursing the state for the service. In 2010, Hevesi pleaded guilty to what the Times called “a sprawling corruption scheme” involving the state’s pension fund. Hevesi admitted he accepted about $1 million in exchange for steering $250 million to associates.Hevesi Makes First Major Public Appearance Since PrisonRelease: From New York City Reporter Bobby Cuza Since ... * Former State Comptroller AlanHevesi gave his first public talk Monday since completing his prison sentence. (NY1) * Hevesi Makes First Major Public Appearance Since PrisonRelease(YNN)  * ALAN HEVESI ON MONEY, POLITICS AND RETIREMENT
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NY Post Hits Cuomo on Judge Pick
If Gov. Cuomo wanted to demonstrate that he was above making judicial picks based on politic labels he would have given Judge Graffeo another term instead of nominating Justice Stein, the Post writes: 
On D vs R @NYSenate control: #LI can't be ignored "likethe well-behaved child in a troubled family"(Newsday)


Begging to Stop the Rubenstein Cover Up 
Lawyers for Rubenstein accuser beg DA to make arrest(NYP) The lawyers of the woman accusing high-powered attorney Sanford Rubenstein of rape have penned a letter to District Attorney Cyrus Vance, begging his office to make an arrest. “Her complaint along with her injuries provide a factual and legal basis sufficient for the arrest of Sanford Rubenstein,” read the letter, dated on Tuesday. The alleged victim’s lawyers, Keith White and Kenneth Montgomery, call their client a “stellar member of our community” who has remained cooperative throughout the investigation.

Council Members Who Come From District That Lack Diversity Demand That Better Performing Schools Increase Diversity 
Council’s craven ‘diversity’ drive(NYP) Lander’s legislation is a Trojan horse: Its “pro-diversity” shell disguises an attack on charter schools and the “disproportionate” number of Asians attending the city’s elite specialized high schools. His bill does the bidding of the UFT, which despises high-achieving charter schools (and their young black and Hispanic scholars). Charters are overwhelmingly minority because the legislative mandate creating them required that they be placed in low-performing districts, which happen to be in racially segregated minority communities. There’s no secret racism at work here. Oddly enough, Lander and his high-minded colleagues represent racially and ethnically drawn districts that reflect our city’s racially segregated neighborhoods (or more politically correct, “ethnic enclaves”). No one has suggested creating racially integrated council districts. * Our public school system shouldn't lower the bar for admission to its best high schools, instead it should move to close the achievement gap by improving the quality of the education in schools serving African-American and Latino children, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation's Larry Cary writes in am New York


You're Fired: Chancellor Farina Its About Personal Not Bad Schools Performance 
Social Promotion Superintendents
Seven of the 15 new superintendents appointed by New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña led schools that were rated below average
Fariña’s new superintendents led low-grade schools(NYP) Seven of the 15 new superintendents appointed by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña led schools that were rated below average. Superintendents Maria Lopez, Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy, Leticia Rodriguez-Rosario, Danielle Giunta, and Rafaela Espinal were principals at primary schools that received poor ratings on school- progress report cards or whose students scored below city averages on state exams this year. Muñiz-Sarduy, Lopez, and Rodriguez-Rosario all led schools where students struggled on the state’s tough Common Core tests. At the high-school level, former School for International Studies principal Fred Walsh claimed he had no idea his assistant principal dismissed eighth-graders on the last day of school in June 2011 while marking them present. Joining him is Michael Prayor, whose Brooklyn HS for Law and Technology prepared only 12 percent of its students for college and had a graduation rate of merely 49 percent in 2013.* New York State will conduct a compliance review of school districts’ enrollment procedures in an effort to eliminate barriers to schooling for undocumented immigrant children, the Times writes: http://goo.gl/TOhlC2* Finally shred the charter-school cap (NYDN Ed) Why limit the spread of success?


Fariña Moves to Control Superintendents
 New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who has been blasted in recent weeks for failing to roll out a program for citywide school improvement, swapped 15 of 42 city school superintendents, or nearly 36%, in her biggest personnel shakeup since taking office, the Daily Newsreports: * The Daily News praises the education reforms championed byRegents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King as anecessary evolution to prepare students for a changing economy: De Blasio admin underestimated how much city would have topay in contract agreement w teachers union:(Capital)* Skills to pay bills(NYDN Ed) A wise and economically crucial step forward for career and technical education in New York* Parents at one Brooklyn day-care site say their 3-year-olds were unceremoniously dumped to make room for the mayor’s preferred, high-paying pre-kindergarten programs, the Postwrites: 


Fariña fires away(NYDN Ed) Good for the chancellor for replacing many school superintendents. Principals deserve similar authority.* New York Schools Chancellor Replaces 8 Superintendents(NYT) The major personnel reshuffling was the first since Chancellor Carmen Fariña took over in January.* De Blasio has pushed for expanding access and improving quality of pre-K programs, but we still need to help parents, administrators and policy makers see that classrooms that pulse with meaningful play are our smartest investments, Bank Street College’s Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager write in the Times: * Schools chancellor welcomes new public schoolsuperintendents: 'You are the anchors of the system'(NYDN)  Carmen Fariña gave a rousing speech to a new crop of superintendents in the wake of firing nearly 36% of the high-ranking officials. She put much of the responsibility of overhauling the city’s public schools in their hands, encouraging them to be ‘on the ground visiting and listening.’* Retired teachers still awaiting back pay(Capital) * Brilliant, Bill (NYDN Ed) The mayor smartly promotes gifted-and-talented entrance exams to all in pre-K
More on Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña


Will All the Govt $$$ Used to Build Barclays Stadium Wind Up In the Hands of the Russians? 
Forest City selling majority stake in Barclays Center(Capital) * Breaking: Ratner's selling share of Barclays Center(at a loss?) (Atlantic Yards Report) SBJ writer Daniel Kaplan suggested that potential owners could be Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who owns a 45% share of the arena, or the new owners of the Islanders, former Capitals owner Jonathan Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin. If Prokhorov controls the arena, that would mean that foreign owners control all of Atlantic Yards. * Current management seen as continuing at Barclays Center(operating company), though not clear how long; why is Ratner selling for seeminglow price? (AYR) Forest City Enterprises and Bruce Ratner are selling their 55% share of the Barclays Center--actually, the arena operating company--and only a few details have emerged since Sports Business Journal broke the news yesterday. Sports Business Journal noted that investment bank Evercore, which is packaging the arena deal, declined to comment, and "Forest City referred questions to Nets and arena spokesman Barry Baum, who declined to comment." Ratner has been unable to sell his 20% share of the Nets, though the paper valuation of the team has rocketed, to a potential $1 billion or more. There's apparently a gap between the paper value and the lack of annual profits. Sports Business Journal reported: The problem, market insiders said, are the steep financial losses at the Nets, which incurred a U.S. sports record loss of $144 million last season, according to published reports. The team has committed to stop the red ink after this season, but with an owner, Prokhorov, seen as willing to tolerate losses to sign top players, finding a willing partner subject to capital calls is not easy. ...Forest City paid Prokhorov a fee to avoid capital calls through July 2015, according to Forest City’s annual report, so the purchaser of the stake would apparently enjoy one capital-call-free season — the coming, 2014-15 season.* Forest City selling majority stake in Barclays Center(Capital)* Greenland Forest City now promoting condos to buyers in China; 2005 video shows executive claiming Forest City had no preferencefor condos (AYR)



Question That the Daily News Does Not Ask About Homelessness
Has Tax Payer Funded Breaks to Developers Caused the City's Increase In Homelessness

 De Blasio was surely right when he described an ever-escalating homeless population as unacceptable, but now he faces the tough realities of stemming the tide while providing decent service at a remotely economical cost, the Daily News writes:

More Children Sleeping in Homeless Shelters Increased Under de Blasio
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Editorial: Bill homes in (NYDN Ed) The number of children sleeping in the city’s homeless shelters has risen by 2,600 since Mayor-elect de Blasio declared that “an ever-growing homeless population is unacceptable to the future of New York City. ”All told, a record 41,633 kids and parents now live in the shelters — up 13% since de Blasio took office. His struggle to find them housing was dire enough this month that five families slept in a city intake center for want of a place to go. Overnight stays in city offices have long be * The beating death of 3-year-old Jeida Torres allegedly by her stepfather in a homeless shelter has shed light onto the growing numbers of homeless families in city shelters, prompting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to vow an investigation into the conditions, the Wall Street Journalwrites: 





Bright Side on the End of the Election
 We will only have to watch tax payer funded Start Up NY commercials 4 only 17 more days
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de Blasio Only Connection to Transparency Was His Campaign Promises 
Team de Blasio Use Private Emails For Govt Business
Two top deputies of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on creating a new era of government openness, commonly use their personal Gmail accounts to discuss city-related issues, the Daily News writes:   NAILED ON EMAIL: Top de Blasio aides use personal accounts for city-related issues despite mayor's transparency promise  Top de Blasio aides use personal accounts for city-relatedemails despite mayor's transparency promise (NYDN)


First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and director of intergovernmental affairs Emma Wolfe routinely communicate on city issues via their private email addresses, according to multiple insiders. Good-government groups say that’s a covert way to dodge oversight and contrary to the open government de Blasio vowed to run. First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and director of intergovernmental affairs Emma Wolfe routinely communicate via their private email addresses, according to multiple government insiders.  Good-government groups contend that’s a behind-the-scenes way to dodge oversight and contrary to the open government de Blasio vowed to run as he campaigned for mayor.
Newsday Says Long Island Dead Without A GOP Senate
Long Island voters should be “very afraid” of a Democratic takeover of the state Senate, Newsday’s Editorial Board writes, suggesting thatthe suburbs would be left with virtually no voice



Comic Says Schneiderman Used Cocaine As A State Senator
A political activist claims state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York’s highest-ranking law-enforcement official, snorted cocaine in the back room of a bar while he was a state senator, the Post writes: 
Gillibrand Emails For Schneiderman(YNN) * The 2005 party at which AG Eric Schneiderman is alleged to have snorted cocaine was a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims headlined by Al Franken. Attendees said there were no drugs at the event.* Activist Randy Credico, who made the allegations about Schneiderman’s drug use, now says he was “hoodwinked” by the NY Post, and he’s not happy about it. AirBnB The New York Post applauds Republican Attorney Generalcandidate John Cahill for his criticism of incumbent AG Eric Schneiderman’s confrontational approach to Airbnb as counterproductive, adding that the state should examine the laws Airbnb is accused of violating to see if they still serve the public’s interest:


Want to Bet Subway Fares Going Up 
Why Are Pols Not Being Question On the Fare Hike During Their Campaigns?
DiNapoli also released a report showing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s short-term financial outlook has been buoyed by the economy, but simply borrowing money to close the unprecedented $15 billion funding gap in its proposed five-year capital program could be costly for riders, WNYC reports: 
MTA borrowing could mean major fare hikes(NYP) Straphangers could be hit with hefty fare increases if the MTA chooses to borrow billions of dollars to help pay for its transit improvement plan, a new report warns. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found that every $1 billion the MTA borrows to help fill the massive $15.2 billion funding gap in its latest capital plan is equivalent to a 1 percent rate hike for riders. That means if the MTA were to rely solely on borrowing money from the government, it would have to raise fares and tolls more than 15 percent — bringing the price of a single subway or bus ride up to approximately $2.90. Fares are already set to rise by 4 percent every two years beginning in 2015.* The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan is filled with misplaced priorities, not focusing enough on needed repairs and renovations and not explaining where its funding will come from, the Citizens Budget Commission writes in a new report: 
In a report, the Citizens Budget Commission says the authority should improve the conditions of its existing transit systems, before moving ahead with the Second Avenue subway and other expansion projects.* Pileup at the MTA(NYP Ed) This month a state review panel — in an unusual move — vetoed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $32 billion capital budget because the agency has no idea how to pay for nearly half the cost.
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How the Government Causes Gentrificaton and Rising Rents Are Pushing Blacks Out of Crown Heights and Bed Stuy  






Tuesday Update: Gentrification Is Not One of the Reasons That the Council Uses to Express Opposition to Astoria Cove 
 The New York City Council slammed the 1,700 unit development plan for the Queens waterfront known as Astoria Cove as lacking details on unionized labor and unaffordable to many residents City Council criticizes Astoria Cove project as unaffordable(NYP) City Council members slammed a 1,700-unit development plan for the Queens waterfront Monday, saying it skimps on affordable housing and lacks detail on the level of unionized labor. “These [rental] rates are above market for the vast majority of people in my community,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, who represents the Hallett’s Cove area where the project is planned. “Until Astoria Cove is made affordable to all Astorians, I can’t support the development.” “You guys are way off,” Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-B’klyn) told the developers, saying their plan to make 20 percent of the units affordable was inadequate.

The Same Company Pushing Out Tenants In Brooklyn Want to Do the Same Thing In Queens With City Tax Breaks
City officials and real-estate company battle over rent hike(NYP) City officials vowed Sunday to put the skids on a 1,700-unit Queens development if the real-estate company behind it doesn’t roll back rent hikes in a Crown Heights building. Alma Realty, which is scheduled to appear before the City Council on Monday to seek approval for its massive Astoria Cove development in Queens, recently told residents at the rent-stabilized Brooklyn Jewish Hospital apartments that it’s raising rents from between 5 percent and 15 percent — a move elected officials say is in violation of the agreement that allowed Alma to buy the former hospital in the first place. “We cannot afford to lose any rent-stabilized affordable housing in the Crown Heights district,” said Public Advocate Letitia James, who appeared at a press conference outside the Prospect Place building Sunday alongside tenants, as well as city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblyman Walter Mosley, who represents the area. To block a rent hike at the Brooklyn building, James urged tenants to appear at City Hall on Monday to pressure the council into blocking Alma’s application for a zoning change on the Queens project. At the very least, she said, Alma should raise the percentage of affordable housing at Astoria Cove from the proposed 20 percent.* Airbnb, an Alternative to Hotels for New York Marathon Runners, Isn’tWelcome by All (NYT) Even as it is aligning itself with the marathon, one of the city’s most storied athletic events, Airbnb is at loggerheads with the New York attorney general’s office and local hotels.* Mark-Viverito Supports Push for More Affordable Units at Astoria Cove(NYO)* While de Blasio has said he’s confident the proposed Astoria Cove development will offer “substantial affordability” in housing where it might have had none, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she supports Councilman Costa Constaninides’ push for more low-rent units, theObserver reports: 

Same Developer Who Wants to Gentrify Queens Took Advantage of Ratner Gentrification of Brooklyn to Raise Rents There
Protesters Link a Queens Project to BrooklynRents(NYT) Negotiations over the fate of Astoria Cove, the first new city development to opt into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing program, have attracted no shortage of advocates and critics hoping to influence the process. Housing advocates are pushing for the developer to increase the number of cheaper affordable units. Local officials are concerned about transportation and density. Real estate executives are worried that the city’s sharpened focus on affordable housing will cut into profits. But on Sunday, the back-and-forth over the Queens project found a new set of stakeholders from another rapidly gentrifying neighborhood: Crown HeightsBrooklyn. The developer of the 1,700-unit Astoria Cove, Alma Realty, owns about 700 units around Prospect Place and is seeking to take them out of rent regulation. Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to increase affordable housing.New York Will Require More Builders to Add Affordable UnitsSEPT. 5, 2014 A housing lottery won Brandon Deese one of the apartments set aside for low-income tenants at the Chelsea Park, a luxury rental on West 26th Street. Mr. Deese’s rent is $540 a month.Affordable Housing in New York’s Luxury BuildingsAUG. 29, 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio presented his housing plan in Brooklyn on Monday.De Blasio Sets a 10-Year Plan for Housing, Putting the Focus on AffordabilityMAY 5, 2014* Council questions Astoria Cove plan(Capital)But at a Council hearing on Monday, officials disagreed with developer John Maurodis on the definition of affordability and how many housing units they are willing to build in exchange for their approval.

“Mayor de Blasio, don’t fail this test!” pleaded one sign at a rally outside one of the buildings on Prospect Place in Brooklyn on Sunday, when elected officials and tenant organizers urged the City Council not to approve the Astoria Cove project unless Alma Realty rolls back the rent increases in Crown Heights and addresses concerns about its plans in Queens.
Council Pushed Poor Door On Us
MYTH OF INCLUSION: City Council members have recently expressed outrage over “poor doors,” but the bill allowing them was approved by Mayor Bill de Blasio the Council voted unanimously to approve them in 2009, Seth Barron writes in an op-ed for City & State: 

How Lobbyists Arzt Buys the Council to Pass His Poor Door
“Frank left the job because the bench was less-than-scintillating,” said Seddio spokesman George Artz. “Frank is a people person, and he found the post wasn’t for him.” You think after losing with Hynes Artz would have gotten out of Brooklyn?* 2013-10-29 George Arzt - NYS Board of Elections Contributions - Disclosure.pdf George Arzt represents Excell One57 and dozens of other developers * George Arzt - NYC LobbyistSearch Result * More  George Arzt is A Bad Guy LobbyistsWho has done a lot of harm(True News)  *  One of George Arzt's clients is Extell,and Extell is the sponsor of the exclusive, luxury condo called One57 that is the target of an investigation for possible corruption. * George ArztCommunications, Inc. - NYC Lobbyist Search Result
EXTELL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. Media Contact: George Arzt  at 212-608-0333 Can we expect the candidates like Katz that Arzt is trying to elect this year will help him get more tax breaks for luxury highrises. Subpoenas have gone to Gary Barnett’s Extell Development, sponsor of One57 *Extell Lobbyist Money is Also Flying At the Hudson Yards
Real Estate Developers, Tax Breaks and Politics


NYP Wants to Keep Building in the City's Business District
Build, baby, build(NYP ED) The clock starts today on the formal approval process for a new East Midtown skyscraper. Which means New Yorkers may soon see some real progress in Mayor de Blasio’s progressive city.  The tower would rise across from Grand Central Terminal on Vanderbilt Avenue. Zoning changes to make it a reality would apply to five blocks, perhaps laying the groundwork for a sorely needed overhaul of a far broader swath of East Midtown. We’re crossing our fingers that the Vanderbilt plan sails through its review period quickly and opens the door to the larger overhaul vital for the area’s future. Failure would send a terrible signal. Meanwhile, time’s a-wasting. Let’s see if the mayor’s team can get this done quickly and put the progress back in progressive.* De Blasio rejected a request from JPMorgan Chase for more than a $1 billion in tax incentives from the city and state to keep its headquarters in New York City, Crain’s reports:  


Lobbyist For the Astoria Cove Project Davidoff Spotted At City Hall
De Blasio Performs First Marriage at City Hall(NYO) between lobbyists Sid Davidoff. and Linda Stasi, a columnist for the Daily News.Sid Davidoff, an early de Blasio backer and longtime friend whom insiders view as one of the big winners of the 2013 elections. Has gotten the following contracts in 2014 to lobby the mayor: Telebeam Telecommunications Corporation,   New York Cosmos LLC,  Association of Water and Sewer Excavators Inc.,  Madelaine Chocolate Novelties, Inc.,   AMERICAN RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES INC.,  Election Systems & Software, Inc.,  Touro College,  Abbott Laboratories,  Times Square District Management Association, Inc.,  Oxford Nursing Home, Inc.,   New York Community Bancorp, Inc.,   Marshall E Bloomfield ESQPalladia, Inc.,   RCN Telecom Services, LLC,  AbbVie, Inc,  2030 Astoria Developers, LLC.,   HUNTS POINT TERMINAL PRODUCE COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION INC,  Taxicab Service Association Inc.,  Master Plumbers Council of the City of New York, Inc,  American Recycling LLC,  FIGLI DI SAN GENNARO, INC. ***Here is City Hall lobbyist Davidoff telling Earl Lewis on NY1 that the mayor will be OK


 Davidoff Cashing in Again  5-building complex OK'd for Queens waterfront (CrainsNY) The City Planning Department has given a preliminary thumbs-up to a proposed residential project set to include three towers, each with as many as 32 stories, plus a pair of six-floor buildings farther inland, with a total of 1,698 apartments. "This project will take what is presently an isolated and desolate, underutilized area and transform it into a vibrant mixed-use community," said Howard Weiss, chair of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's land-use group, who is representing the developer. Astoria Cove, south of Astoria Park on a gritty waterfront peninsula, is being developed by 2030 Astoria Developers Group, which includes Queens-based Alma Realty. The property will include 295 units of affordable housing, a public school and a supermarket, plus a waterfront park that will be open to the public.

We Run A State Election and Pushing Blacks Out of Brooklyn Is A None Issue
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

How AirBNB is Killing NYC's Neighborhoods

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.


City Halls Secret Plan to Reduce Shooting In Brooklyn Gentrification

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






Pay to Play Education Contract 
Critics are ripping a $420,750 technology contract New York City handed to a former Education Department official’s nonprofit group in September, the Daily News reports: New Classrooms, started by Joel Rose, was granted a one-year contract for $420,750 in federal grant money to operate a learning program Rose created while working for the city. Critics say Rose promised the services free of charge in a previous deal. * Uncommon smarts (NYDN) School superintendents confirm that raising standards is the right thing for kids



Another High Tech Game Changer: Supermarket Shopping 
Wonder how the Fresh Direct Protesters and the Supermarket Owners who Fund Them Will React to Amazon Fresh?



Vast sums fueled the Watergate scandal, $$$ illegal then, legal now
Vast sums fueled the Watergate scandal, $$$ illegal then, legal nowThe Cost of Campaigns(NYT)  Beyond its durable imprint on American civic life, the Watergate scandal of four decades ago left its mark on political language. For one thing, that suffix will not go away. Commit a major folly, and you can count on some headline writer describing it as Whatever-gate. Forty years later, investigations into wrongdoing by public officials still routinely yield the Watergate-era chestnut: What did so-and-so know, and when did he know it? Americans are well aware, too, that they would be wise to “follow the money,” abiding words bequeathed by the shadowy figure Deep Throat in “All the President’s Men,” the 1976 Watergate-themed film. “Follow the money” was sound advice in the 1970s. It is even more sensible these days, when cash courses through American politics like a flash flood. “Watergate” was a catchword for a multitude of government and political sins. At its core were secret, and illicit, contributions to the 1972 re-election campaign of President Richard M. Nixon. Some Nixon retainers went to prison. Also, more than a dozen American corporations were found guilty of criminal behavior, typically for having showered barrels of dollars on the campaign in the hope — no, expectation — that their largess would translate into favors from the administration. As can be seen in the latest video documentary from Retro Report, tracing the money side of life from Watergate to today, much has changed. Oh, the cash still flows, and a fair amount of it continues to be secret. But what was deemed ill-gotten loot 40 years ago is now legally accessible, countenanced by no less than the United States Supreme Court. And the money no longer rains down on presidential and congressional campaigns by the barrelful. By the truckload is more like it.

The NY Media Is Responsible for the Tantrum-Throwing Babies That Run NY

The Media Blames Cry Baby Pols
Tantrum-throwing babies are in charge of New York (NYP) In Albany, there is Andrew — engaging and gracious when he gets his way; surly, suspicious and menacing when he doesn’t. In February, reports Capital New York, a torqued Cuomo stomped out of a private restaurant dinner with New York Times staffers. Cuomo’s dinner date with The New York Times (Capital) While it's unclear why exactly the dinner went south, the governor has publicly acknowledged his rocky relationship with the Times, most recently in an interview with the Times itself, pegged to the release of his memoir, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, on shelves tomorrow via HarperCollins. 
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No Follow Up to the NYT Investigation Into Cuomo's Appointed Anticorruption Commission During the Entire Governor Campaigns . . .  Did the Storm Out Work? 
McMcmanus NYP "These last several months, leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Cuomo has attracted close scrutiny from news outlets. For the Times' part, Craig, Kaplan and William K. Rashbaum published the findings in July of their investigation into a Cuomo-appointed anticorruption commission, The Moreland Commission, that "the governor’s office deeply compromised," they wrote, by "objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him." A venial sin, on its face, except that it neatly illustrates why intimates confess reluctance to put the governor in unscripted situations. Such as unsupervised television interviews. Which is why staffers last week cancelled a sitdown in Rochester when reporters refused to limit questions to Cuomo’s new book.
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The Press Does Not Hold Pols to Their Campaign Promises
McMcmanus NYP " Just as he wonders why anybody would have thought he was serious last spring when he promised to campaign hard for a Democratic state Senate in return for the backing of the Working Families Party. “I won the endorsement. And that’s what’s really relevant,” he said afterward. And he has scarcely lifted a finger for Senate Democrats since.  “I am the government,” Cuomo once announced.  Bill de Blasio leaves a hospital protest in handcuffs (Capital 2013) And then there is Mayor de Blasio — so unfocused and self-absorbed that it’s news when he shows up anywhere on time; so unsure of his message that he can speak only in superlatives, and so eager to please the authority figures in his life that he can scarcely say no to anyone.  For the mayor, there are no plain-vanilla policies. They are all “transcendent!” That is, when they are not “transformative!” Or profound!” Or “momentous!” Or maybe even, “most-bestest!” (Well, not yet. But soon!) Meanwhile, his press releases are pamphlets — chock-a-block with praise for the mayor from politicians and the public alike.

What de Blasio Says What He Really Means 
McMcmanus NYP "Or maybe it’s that he just speaks in tongues. A new NYPD training program meant to change the department “profoundly,” he said Thursday, includes “verbal judo [which] in effect means learning how to defuse a crisis first through dialogue before having to resort to physical means.”Here’s a rough translation: “When the Rev. Al and I get done with this department, nobody’s going to recognize it.” Which would indeed be profound."



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 Is It the Press No Coverage List or de Blasio or Both?
McMcmanus NYP "Of course, keeping Al Sharpton’s smile in place has been Job One since Day One for Bill de Blasio — but not only Sharpton. The mayor’s never-disappoint list also includes, but is not restricted to, the teachers union; his wife, Chirlane McCray; that storefront bishop in Brooklyn; the office-clerks union; the leaders of the now-substantially diminished, post-Cuomo Working Families Party — and, of course, Rachel Noerdlinger. Take the still-bubbling Noerdlinger controversy. No need to parse details here; they’re well known. The nut is that Noerdlinger, chief of staff to McCray, exercised egregiously bad judgment, lied about it on official documents — and got away with it. “Case closed,” thundered the mayor — channeling the toddler’s trick of becoming invisible by squeezing his eyes shut. The city just laughed. Soon, though, the joke will be on all New York — which once was run by giants, never mind grown-ups. Good times, long time passing." *Andrew Cuomo's run-out-the-clock strategy

Does the Press Crave de Blasio Approval or Are They Afraid of Sharpton?
McMcmanus NYP "It’s not so much that he owes them all political favors, though he does. It’s that he seems to crave their approval as well — to the point where he has seriously, and needlessly, damaged his mayoralty"


Sharpton Says the Press is On A Witchhunt Against Noerdlinger Will the Press Respond? NOPE

Sharpton Threatens the Press


Azi ‏@Azi (Capital)  
Sharpton: "ebola to ISIS … people dying … all you can put on the front page is @rachelnoerd ? something sick about that” cc @rupertmurdoch

@TheRevAl tries to embarrass #nyc #reporters & #editors for what he says is unfair coverage of his former asst #RachelNoerdlinger #politics 

Some Media says #RachelNoerdlinger should be fired from #CityHall job, #Sharpton warns reporters to be careful about their own backgrounds * It follows the full text transcript of Spiro T. Agnew'sAttacking The Media speech, delivered at the Mid-West Regional Republican Committee Meeting in Des MoinesIowa - November 13, 1969.



Daily News is Blaming Bed Stuy Gentrification on A Man Who Died 40 Years Ago . . .  Are They on Crack? 
Or is the Daily News Protecting the Developers and Elected Officials Who Gave the New Residence Tax Breaks to Push the Blacks Out
BYE-BYE, BED-STUY: How gentrification in one Brooklyn nabe is marginalizing a population and making theharsh fantasy of a hateful Robert Moses come true(NYDN) The legendary urban planner Robert Moses once said he'd like to - quite literally - rip America's ghettos and their residents from the map. "The first prescription for slum dwellers in the ghettos of the big cities is total, immediate, uncompromising surgical removal," he wrote in his 1970 book "Public Works: A Dangerous Trade." At the top of his list of tumors was Bedford-Stuyvesant. "I have recently seriously proposed a workable, uncompromising plan, involving at the start 160,000 people, to raze the central Brooklyn slums [and] move residents" to the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, he wrote. Wow. Sadly for him, happily for my family of Bed-Stuy natives, Moses's idea went nowhere, and he died leaving behind the public perception presented in Robert Caro's classic book, "The Power Broker," of a man contemptuous of blacks, and all those without political clout.




True News for Years Has Been Giving George Spitz Credit for Coming Up With the Idea for the 5 Borough Marathon . . .  We Are Glad That the Road Runners Club Caught On

Gadfly George Spitz Was Exposing Corruption In NYC Before the Internet, Maybe before type
One Man’s Vision: Footrace in Five Boroughs (NYT) By even the dauntingly high standards of New York, the man who “invented” the New York City Marathon, George Spitz, is a bona fide character. Two weeks after this year’s marathon, he will celebrate his 92nd birthday by doing what he does most days: writing the history of New York City for an independent book project On Oct. 30, New York Road Runners will induct Mr. Spitz into its Hall of Fame. The other inductees are German Silva of Mexico, a two-time New York champion; Kathrine Switzer, a women’s running pioneer; and Allan Steinfeld, a former Road Runners president.




Rangel Getting A Little Revenge On Team Sharption? 
Harlem activist gets thousands to sign petition for authorities to charge attorney Sanford Rubenstein with rape claim (NYDN) Calvin Hunt, along with his petition, brought a sign with a picture of Rubenstein’s face above the words: 'He did it.' Rubenstein, 70, was accused of sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman at his E. 64th St. penthouse hours after attending Sharpton’s 60th birthday bash on Oct. 1.







Letterman's Top Ten  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appearing on the show to plug his new memoir, provided “The Top Ten Reasons Why New York State is Better Than Ever” list on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” the New York Post writes * Gov. Cuomo says New Yorkadding a thumb to the Finger Lakes in DavidLetterman Top 10 appearance (UPDATED WITH FULL LIST) * Gov Cuomo gets support from Letterman when guv did `Top 10Reasons NYS is Better than Ever'  CBS got state jobs aid.  Astorino's Award * Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is offering $1,000 to anyone who will crash Cuomo’s book signing event in Union Square and get him to answer five questions on camera about his now defunct anti-corruption commission, the Daily News reports:  


Trip No Plans Yet Cuomo still has not finalized the details for his plan to travel to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the near future, despite saying he would like to travel before Election Day, the Times Union reports  Green Party Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or Libertarian Michael McDermott both support actual ideologies they express honestly and you don't have to agree with them, particularly on tactics, to recognize that their goals deserve discussion, Newsday’s Lane Filler writes: No Frack No Moreland Cuomo By Cuomo  Cuomo’s memoir—which never mentions the fracking debate or Moreland Commission—isn’t about telling the whole truth; it’s about presenting himself to the country as a potential national leader, and that calls for a selective memory, the Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes:  * Cuomo said that controversy over the Moreland Commission is"a political dispute more than anything." …(Capital) * "I think at some point in time down the road I will beable to talk more about it" Schneiderman talks Moreland (TU) * .@AGSchneiderman on Moreland: “I treated it as anindependent commission.”  * Rob Astorino offers more tax returns in exchange for one-on-one debatewith Gov. Cuomo(NYDN) Transparency * As part of a series, Gotham Gazette examines the governor’s history with transparency during his first term: (Gotham Gazette)  * In New Yorkgovernor's race, corruption remains a top issue - Newsday @Newsday


Teachout Endorsement With the Women's Party Could Knock WFP Off the Ballot
Teachout on the Senate Race  He is not actively campaigning for SenateDemocrats ... It’s another broken promise" (LoHud) Court of Appeals  Susan Arbetter ‏@sarbette  Cuomo's self-imposed deadline to pick a Court of Appeals judge is tomorrow, same day @GannettAlbany reports he's flying to Puerto Rico & DR.* Cuomo Lavishes Praise on Legislature He Vows to Change  (NYO) * Astorino Criticizes Cuomo For Pre-Election Book Tour (YNN) * Cuomo: Book Isn’t About Criticizing Washington (YNN) 


No Women's Agenda Secret Ballot War

WFP vs WEP vs Ballot Line
With the WEP and A Strong Green Party Candidate is the WFP in Danger of Not Getting the 50,000 Voters Needed to Keep the Ballot Line
In NY Controlling Minor Parties is Powerful
WFP Co-Chair: No Need for Women’s Equality Party (YNN)

If Teachout Endorses Green Party Hawkins Will It Prevent the WFP to Get the 50,000 Votes to Qualify for A Ballot Line?
Green Party gov. candidate Howie Hawkins working to wooDemocrats unhappy with Cuomo(NYDN)  The 61-year-old UPS worker is casting himself as the 'progressive choice' in the race, gaining traction among voters who are unhappy with Cuomo for embracing tax cuts and charter schools, and for not banning fracking, a gas-drilling technique. Howie Hawkins Says ‘It’s Open’ Whether Zephyr Teachout WillBack Him(NYO) Republican nominee for New York State attorney general JohnCahill is looking at a big pay cut if he wins.  Village Independent Democrats Endorse Howie Hawkins. FirstTime Venerable Club Has Endorsed Third Party Candidate Cuomo Endorses Democrat for State Senate(NYT) Says something abt Dem Cuomo that his (tepid) endorsement of a Dem for State Senate qualifies as news: * Hawkins Gets Jim Owles Club Nod (YNN)* Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins received the endorsement of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, the first time the LGBT club has backed a non-Democrat for governor in its 10-year history, State of Politicsreports: 
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has entered the Common Core fight,  saying he wants to get rid of statewide standards – and standardized testing – altogether.


de Blasio is the First Mayor of NY in 60 Year That Won't Talk To Gabe Press 
At the start of the parade, 90-year-old television reporter Gabe Pressman — who has criticized the mayor for not being available enough tothe press — approached Mr. de Blasio with his microphone, asking a question from the other side of the mayor’s banner. Other press rushed up behind Mr. Pressman, hoping to hear any response the mayor might offer — but the scrum was quickly broken up by Mr. de Blasio’s security, even as Mr. Pressman kept pointing his microphone at the mayor as he was shuffled away. * After 25 blocks of reiterating that he would take no questions from the press at the Columbus Day Parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press staff made him available after all, only for him to say that he had “explained all situations” surrounding his wife’s embattled chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger, the Observer reports:  * Mayor @BilldeBlasio gets lukewarm Columbus Day welcome atNYPD lunch.
De Blasio booed at Columbus Day Parade (NYP) “He’s horrible,” said Staten Island resident Liz Musto, 57. “We need to get rid of him.” One dissatisfied taxpayer even heckled Hizzoner with chants of “socialist,” while several more fixated on the mess surrounding top aide and former Rev. Al Sharpton press secretary Rachel Noerdlinger. * Mayor de Blasio got a scattering of boos on Fifth Avenue duringthe Columbus Day Parade(NYP)
Pablo Guzmán ‏@yoruba69  @unitedNYblogs @farrodread Mayor @deBlasioNYC knows better & should be ashamed. But Bloomberg and at times Giuliani ducked #GabePressman.
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Jonathan Lemire ‏@JonLemire 
Parade comes to brief halt as 90-year-old Gabe Pressman tries to ask question to @BilldeBlasio, who has no Q&A scheduled. De Blasio refuses. * NY1 Online: Consultants Discuss Controversy Over PersonalLife of Mayor's Top Aide (NY1)
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The Mayor Shares His Pizza 
Pizzeria where de Blasio ate with fork closes for healthviolations(NYP)Stick a fork and knife in this pizza joint — Mayor de Blasio certainly would. The Health Department has temporarily closed a popular Staten Island eatery — where Hizzoner infamously ate a slice of pizza using cutlery earlier this year — after it was found to have serious public-health hazards. Goodfella’s Pizzeria was hit with 53 violation points during an inspection Wednesday, including for evidence of mice and for cold food items being kept at temperatures that were too warm. That’s nearly twice the 28 points it takes to score a dreaded C grade.



Astorino Pulls Out of the WNYC Radio Debate


Why Did WNYC Radio Make A Deal Which Helped Cuomo In the Debates Without Telling Astorino?
A series of emails released by the Astorino campaign show negotiations to agree to debates with the Cuomo administration were fairly one-sided, with the Cuomo campaign accepting two debates that were not on the original list, NY1 reports:  On Saturday, the Cuomo campaign announced it had agreed to two debates. NY1 asked if there had been any negotiations at all between the two campaigns on the terms or format for those debates. "There was some email traffic back and forth, and we've talked to the campaign manager since then," said Peter Kauffman with the Cuomo campaign. "We got two invitations. 

We accepted them." However, a series of emails provided by Astorino's campaign show that negotiations between the two campaign managers were fairly one-sided. Astorino's campaign manager, Mike Lawler, first reached out to Cuomo's campaign manager, Joe Percoco, in August. He never heard back. The conversation resumed September 18 when Lawler sent Percoco an email that read, "I'd like to discuss the debate schedule and format." He then listed the five offers on the table, which included one from Time Warner Cable News, NY1 and News 12. Percoco got back a day later, saying, "I got the invites let me go through them and I will get back to you." Five days later, Lawler sent another email that read, "Just wanted to follow up with you and see where you guys are at." Two days later, Percoco responds, "Still working out dates. Will get back to you shortly." Lawler responded later that day, "No problem. Is there a time tomorrow we can speak via phone and discuss?" Two days later, on a Saturday, Percoco responded, "We are accepting debates today and announcing shortly. Will send you release asap." The two debates Cuomo accepted were not on the original list, and one of them will not be televised. The Cuomo campaign said it never agreed to negotiate terms, although the governor did say previously that the campaigns "have to work them out." "You could say we shouldn't do any debates. You could say we should do one debate, two debates, 10 debates. I think we struck the right balance," Cuomo said.* Those Emails (YNN) * Cuomo Says It’s Up To Debate Sponsors To Coordinate (YNN)


Cahill Stop the Legal Hush Money Payoff
 John Cahill slams AG Eric Schneiderman's handling of VitoLopez legal fees (NYDN) Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill is calling on incumbent Eric Schneiderman to halt the use of state dollars to pay legal defense fees arising from the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal. Meanwhile Maureen Koetz, the little’s known Republican running against Silver, also issued a statement slamming Silver over the legal fees. “The taxpayers of New York State and the residents of Lower Manhattan are rightly outraged by today’s revelations that the State has again shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to defend both predatory sexual acts and the coverup that caused them in Albany,” Koetz said in a statement






Gov. Andrew Cuomo says pundits who believe he has a likability problem: “Don’t know me,” insisting: “I would say I’m very likable.”









Why should a pol tell the truth Gov?  Reporter don't care and are so dumb they cannot tell the difference
Glenn Blain ‏@gblainnydn 

GOP Senate Targets NYC Council and Mayor to Survive  
Republicans are moving to make Mayor de Blasio and the liberal City Council a centerpiece of their campaign to maintain control of the state Senate, the Daily News reports: Republicans will make the mayor and the liberal City Council a centerpiece of their campaign to sway voters in several up-for-grab districts upstate, a Senate GOP official said. Ads will show that Democrats in office will result in ‘higher taxes, illegals getting the right to vote, and New York City will control the entire agenda,’ the official said. Union Backs GOP Senators  Health-care workers union supporting GOP for state Senate(NYP) United Health Care Workers East ­Local 1199, the powerful union aiding the Working Families Party campaign for a Democratic-run Senate, has given $6,500 to re-elect Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, records show. The union is also backing the re-election bids of two upstate GOP senators, with $6,500 of its funds going to Mike Nozzolio of Seneca Falls and $5,000 to Cathy Young of Olean.* Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout, a former gubernatorial candidate, says she is focused on shifting the state Senate to full Democratic control and criticized Cuomo for “not putting his heart and soul into this,” State of Politics reports: * The Real Estate Board of New York continued its efforts to keep Republican control of the state Senate, having spent more than $225,000 through its political action committee on mailers, polling, TV ads and campaign expenses, State of Politics reports: 

Welcome Aboard Recchia To Another Boss Seddio Congressional Train Wreck
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Grimm’s Trial Delayed Until February(NYT)* Judge rejects Grimm’s charge that indictment was personal(NYP)Judge Pamela Chen denied Grimm’s bid to have prosecutors turn over material that he claims would help demonstrate that charges of tax evasion and hiring illegal aliens at a Manhattan restaurant stem from a personal beef. Chen said there was no evidence Grimm was singled out and that plenty of other politicians and public figures have been nailed on similar charges.

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They’re running former City Councilman Domenic Recchia, whois — how to put this? — not the swiftest gazelle on the savanna.(NYDN Ed) With indicted, reporter-threatening Staten Island Republican Rep. Michael Grimm up for reelection, Democrats had a shot to seize a House seat. They’re running former City Councilman Domenic Recchia, who is — how to put this? — not the swiftest gazelle on the savanna.* Grimm’s Mother Makes Plea to Voters in Letter(NYO)

Grimm-Recchia debate turns into major shouting match(NYP) The first televised debate between Rep. Michael Grimm and former City Councilman Domenic Recchia devolved into a playground shouting match Friday. Within minutes after taping began at WABC/Channel 7, both candidates were talking over each other in a heated dispute over public health funding for Ebola. Recchia, a Democrat, accused Grimm, a Republican, of voting to cut federal funds that could have been devoted to fighting the deadly disease, a charge the incumbent quickly denied. Recchia then pivoted to Grimm’s federal indictment on fraud charges, dating back to when Grimm owned a restaurant in Manhattan. “You know what, you lied to the FBI, you lied to the US Attorney’s Office,” Recchia charged. Grimm responded: “I’ve never even been interviewed by the FBI, I’ve never even been interviewed by the US attorney, so how could I have lied to them?” Recchia swung right back. “Listen, you were indicted for lying under oath,” he said. “You’re saying something that’s false . . . you were facing a 20-count criminal indictment. This is ridiculous.” Recchia barely got the words out before the two began going at one another again, at which point moderator Diana Williams had had enough. “OK, gentlemen, gentlemen!” Williams pleaded, trying to restore civility. She gave Grimm one more chance to address the indictment, an issue that in most races would be a political death knell.



The Gothamist Says the NYT Endorsement of Cuomo is An Old Fish Story
For millions of years, Barracuda have hunted us down and torn our flesh with their enormous jaws. But barracuda are also really shiny, and hopefully they will stop devouring us. For this reason, we are endorsingBarracuda for governor. Sardines chose not to make an endorsement in the primary to send a strong message to the Barracuda that their sedulous pursuit of sardine mass murder was unreasonable. So far, Barracuda have ignored this gesture; Barracuda seem to take special joy in eating our children. Barracuda denied harming any sardines, promised a full and independent investigation ofthe food chain, and appointed a group of sardines to lead the investigation. No one has seen those sardines since. Still, Barracuda's opponent, Bluefish, have not shown a willingness or the experience to lead (Bluefish also eat sardines). Barracuda can be counted on to strike quickly and painlessly. You can see Barracuda coming. For these reasons, despite the concatenation of carnage that has characterized Barracuda's relationship with sardines, we support Barracuda for reelection. This time it will be different.



  New Poll 20% Lead  A new Siena College poll found all three incumbent Democratic statewide officials hold at least 20-point leads over their Republican opponents, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo leading Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino by 21 points: With 13 days until the Nov. 4 election, Governor Cuomo has a 21-point lead over Rob Astorino, according to a Siena Institute poll out today. The poll of 748 likely voters shows Cuomo leading Astorino 54 percent to 33 percent. The poll also has good news for other Democrats running in statewide races. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a 20-point lead over G.O.P. candidate John Cahill, while Comptroller Tom DiNapoli leads Republican challenger Bob Antonacci by a 27 points, the poll shows.

Its Hand to Hand Combat End of Campaign Times 
Cuomo’s disapproval rating was up.Gov. Cuomo hits all-time favorability low in latest. New SienaCollege poll out now has Astorino LEADING Cuomo in the suburbs!New Siena poll also has Cuomo under 50% Upstate. Turnout key since Astorino being buried in NYC, 72-16%. New Siena poll has Astorino LEADING Cuomo among men, 43-41%! Astorino being buried among women, 65-25%. Siena College poll:"More voters now view Cuomo unfavorably than at any time in the last nine years that Siena has asked about him." @SienaResearch poll; still beats Rob Astorino handily * STEP UP TO THE PLATE DADS: GOP (NYDN)  gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino proposes poverty attack plan that 'celebrates the role of the father' * "The difference is Howie Hawkins’ nine percentsupport." * Six things to watch for in the gubernatorial debate (Capital) * Rob Astorino gets another chance with tonight's Cuomo debate * Andrew Cuomo's memoir sold 945 hardcovers in first week on shelves, according to BookScan. That's right, guys, 945 copies.(WeeklyStandard)* Schneiderman Allies: Cahill Ad ‘Shameful’ (YNN) * Cahill Ad Blasts Schneiderman On Rapist Release (YNN) * Bharara: ‘You’re Assuming There’s One Investigation’(YNN) “We have some of the smartest people in law enforcement continuing that work,” he said. Bharara also hinted there are multiple focuses when it comes to the inquiry into the commission’s work. Arbetter, on Twitter, noted she had been trying to land an interview with Bharara for months and the timing was coincidental. Nevertheless, Bharara said any panel charged with going after public corruption should have a long shelf life and a degree of autonomy. “Generally speaking, when you’re trying to solve a problem, you need some amount of longevity and you need the core of that institution is independence,” he said.* Long, In Radio Ad, Pushes A Vote For Row C (YNN) * Senate Dems Mobilize Against Prop. 1(YNN)* Members of the “regular” Senate Democratic conference are expressing opposition to Proposition 1—the redistricting constitutional amendment that New Yorkers will be asked to vote on next month * While pushing the Women’s Equality Party, Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul has described a proposal to reform colleges’ handling of sexual assaults as the 11th plank of its agenda.* Cuomo, Astorino spar over corruption, economy, HUD (LoHud) After Debate Cuomo dismisses as "outrageous" Astorino claim that he'll be indicted. Won't say yes or no on whether he's been subpoenaed. ‪#‎nygov



Grimm Puppet of de Blasio and Sharpton
New Grimm Ad Attacks de Blasio-Sharpton-Recchia ‘LiberalDream Team’ (NYO) Congressman Michael Grimm’s campaign yesterday released a new web and television ad casting challenger Domenic Recchia, a former Brooklyn City Councilman, as a “puppet” to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton.* Sharpton Accuses Grimm of Race-Baiting in Campaign AgainstRecchia(NY1)* Domenic Recchia Portrayed as Circus Clown in RepublicanMailer (NYO) A victory by either Rep. Michael Grimm or his Democratic opponent, Domenic Recchia, in NY-11 would be problematic for the winner.*Cancer victim on cover of 'desperate' mailer attackingMichael Grimm #NY11 * The DCCC’s latest salvo against Republican Rep. Michael Grimm features NY-11 constituents saying he’s “not the guy” they thought he was.*Grimm Bashes Recchia For Skipping Another Debate(NYO)* The race between Representative Michael Grimm and his opponent, Domenic Recchia, has grown toxic as they fight for voters on Staten Island and in Brooklyn, the Times writes: 
Embattled Rep. Michael Grimm released an adtouting his post-Sandy recovery work 
More on the Grimm Race


The Bum in Recchia is Coming Out
Recchia Was Once Called the Butcher of Brooklyn
‘I Met a Japanese Foreign Exchange Student': Daily ShowSavages Domenic Recchia(NYO)  That’s the question Daily Show host Jon Stewart had last night for Domenic Recchia Jr., the Democrat taking on indicted Republican Congressman Michael Grimm. Mr. Stewart took time to skewer Mr. Grimm, who threatened to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony, but saved his fire for the little-known Mr. Recchia, savaging the former councilman for a series of verbal flubs that have haunted him on the campaign trail. Mr. Stewart’s segment on the race was dubbed: “Wait, How the Fuck Does That Happen?”  * T'S ALL ABOUT RECCHIA! THE VOTERS HAVE NO CHOICE  How Recchia become know as the Butcher of Brighton In 2003, after Dr. Oleg Gutnik, running (2001) on the Republican line, came very close to becoming the first GOP candidate to win in Recchia’s 47th Council District in a hundred years, Recchia hatched a plan to divide the Russian community. The Councilman made a backroom deal with the Redistricting Commission, controlled by former Council Speaker Gifford Miller, to cut about 33% of the Russian voters out of his district.

This Can't Help Recchia Campaign 

Staten Island was the only borough where Lhota beat de Blasio in the mayoral election. Lhota won the conservative stronghold 53.2% to 44.2%.







Its Not Ballot Position That Gives Power To the WFP, Its Their Illegal Use Of Campaign Finance 
WFP tensions rise over Cuomo-backed Women’s Equality Party(NYP) With disaffected leftists upset at Cuomo, WFP officials are conceding privately that the Green Party will likely surpass the WFP’s vote totals with little-known UPS worker Howie Hawkins as its gubernatorial candidate. Female leaders of the Working Families Party are fuming that Gov. Cuomo has created a new party geared to women that threatens to siphon votes from their ballot line.  “A Women’s Equality Party run by men? Please!” WFP co-founder Bertha Lewis told The Post. “The Women’s Equality Party is unnecessary. I don’t like it. It’s cynical.”  WFP co-chairperson Karen Scharff also ripped the women’s party.


True News Wags the NYP On WFP's 50,000 Vote Problem
True News Wrote Yesterday That WFP Might Have Jumped the Shark By Backing Cuomo, Today the NYP Copied the 50,000 Vote Problem
Cuomo’s creation of the Women’s Equality Party could potentially put at risk the Working Families Party’s 50,000 votes needed to stay on the ballot another four years despite the fact that they endorsed Cuomo, which only highlights the corruption of cross-endorsement ballot systems, the Post writes: 

Did WFP Jump the Shark By Backing Cuomo?
“Women are actually the vast majority of voters in New York state, and I don’t think we should be pigeonholed in a separate party,” Scharff said on “Capitol Tonight,” an upstate cable-TV news show. “Women should be voting on the WFP line.” Said another WFP insider: “The Women’s Equality Party is Cuomo’s F U to the WFP.” The WFP awarded Cuomo its line after much wrangling, hoping to run up its vote totals Nov. 4 — an election that determines ballot position over the next four years.  With disaffected leftists upset at Cuomo, WFP officials are conceding privately that the Green Party will likely surpass the WFP’s vote totals with little-known UPS worker Howie Hawkins as its gubernatorial candidate. Hawkins received about 60,000 votes — or 1 percent — as the Green candidate in 2010. Cuomo received 155,000 votes on the WFP line and 146,000 on the Independence Party line four years ago. Most of his 2.9 million votes, of course, came on the Democratic line.

Bertha Lewis A Founder of WFP In the Battle to Save It
Hawkins is now getting between 7 percent and 9 percent in polls. “We will become the alternative voice to the establishment. We’ll have two parties on the left — the Green Party and the Democratic Party,” he said. * Working Families Party co-founder and activist Bertha Lewis is sending an email to WFP members urging them to vote on the party’s line to ensure its survival, the Daily News reports:  * Working Families Party members told to vote for party, notcandidate, in governor's race (NYDN) Activist Bertha Lewis is sending an email to WFP members urging them to vote on the party’s line to ensure its survival. 'Other people may vote personalities, but I believe it's also important to vote for the party — it's only through organized people that we will transform our state,' Lewis wrote.* Working Families Party founding co-chair Bertha Lewis on whyshe is joining progressives to #VoteWFP on Election Day:
More on Bertha Lewis


The WFP Has Played Fast and Lose With the Election Law

Will the WFP's Data and Field Cover Up Be Exposed By These Two Men?

A 5-year-old investigation of the Working Families Party is back on track with a special prosecutor issuing subpoenas in his probe for alleged campaign abuses. “This is not meant to be a fishing expedition,” said Roger Adler, who was appointed when Staten Island DA Dan Donovan recused himself from the case. “It’s meant to be targeted to people who have relevant information.” Adler is looking into allegations that City Council member Debi Rose, who was backed by the WFP, received improper support from the party’s for-profit campaign arm, Data and Field Services, during the 2009 election that made her the council’s first black lawmaker from Staten Island. According to a lawsuit filed by voters against the party, the WFP’s campaign arm provided discounted consulting and get-out-the-vote services to Rose’s campaign that were never disclosed, a violation of campaign-finance laws. Adler said he has issued subpoenas to the WFP, the Campaign Finance Board, SEIU Local 1199 and the Communications Workers of America.* Albany County DA David Soares says he’s cooperating fully with the federal probe into the Moreland Commission’s demise.

WFP Caused the Walmartization of NY's Politics . . . Using the Wal-Mart Business Model to Win Campaigns and Drive Out the Competition 
NYC does not have a single Walmart because of the WFP and their friends in the progressive movement protesting the company unfair business practices. The protesters accuse Wal-mart of bulk purchasing and corporate financing to sell merchandise at low costs in order to drive competitors out of the market.  WFP says the Wal-Mart's business model pushes mom and pop business out of the market creating an economic monopoly.  It is now clear that the WFP has use the Wal-Mart unfair business model to take over NY's politics by using unfair economic advantages.  In 2009 the WFP created Data and Field as a for profit company to give them competitive advantages in campaigns.     

Centralization of Money And Campaign Consultants Taking the Power Out of the Local Communities to Choose Who Represent Them
WFP, Unions and Developers Sucking the Life Out of NYC Neighborhoods
Date and Field was a complicated web of coordinated campaign services at reduced prices, shared resources and staff, and quiet money transfers between six 2009 Council campaigns, as well as Bill de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate. Upwards of a million dollars, and possibly more, was involved, with over $1.7 million in matching funds comprised of taxpayer dollars already disbursed and more are potentially was at stake. Data and Field was forced to shut down as part of a lawsuit settlement against Councilwoman Debi Rose, filed by five Staten Island voters. The voters alleged that Rose was under billed for a services provided by Data and Field Services (DFS), a political company created by the WFP. Rose should have paid DFS $100,000, but the lawsuit alleged that her campaign was under billed because she was endorsed by the Working Families Party, which violates election laws. After years fighting in court the Staten Island DA has just won the right to use a special prosecutor to investigate Data and Field.  Special prosecutor Roger Adler will be looking at all the campaigns run by Berlin Rosen, which is now the house lobbyists for City Hall that received funding and services from Data and Field, including Bill de Blasio, Brad Lander, Debi Rose, Daniel Dromm,  Jumaane Williams and Melissa Mark-Viverito.

It Not the Size of the Party Its the Way They Conduct Campaigns The .0003% Potemkin WFP Party
There  is no doubt that the WFP is the most powerful party in New York  politics today, after taking over City Hall and making the govern of the  empire state gravel on video to gain their support.  What is at question  is who does the Working Families Party represent and how do they  operate.  In a city that has 8,337,000 residents, the WFP has 2529  active members that voted in the 2013 election, just .0003% of NYC  voting population.  Political parties in NYC were designed by district  to give a voice to each neighborhood in the city.  At the height of the  Tammany Hall Democratic Party, there were over 400 clubs representing  the neighborhood in the city. Many in the same neighborhood competing against each other.  There’s   was more to the Tammany Hall story than corruption. Tammany Hall’s  leaders delivered social services and took care of the residents of  their district problems. They massaged justice at a time when the poor  did not have access to public defenders. They gave food and jobs to  those who need them.  In short Tammany Hall power came from delivering  services to the  voters.  Political parties today like the WFP gain their power by  controlling ballot access, campaign  consultants, lobbyist and money.   Bloomberg paid  millions for the GOP and Independent party line when he was mayor.   Malcolm Smith tried to buy  the GOP line from two party leaders who are under indictment.  Not only are registered voter in the Independence Party not receiving the services that Tammany Hall democratic were provided at the turn of the century, but as the Daily News proves over and over again those IP  registered voters have no idea they belong to a real party, they think they are just independent.   


More Charges Against Hynes Top Guy Vecchione
Vecchione accused of double-crossing ex-client after move toDA’s office(NYP) Former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes’ controversial right-hand man will be dragged back into court to answer bombshell allegations that he used privileged information from a man he represented as a defense lawyer to get that same man convicted after he switched sides to work as a prosecutor, according to court papers and law-enforcement sources. Michael Vecchione — the prosecutor in an overturned murder case that cost the city a $10 million wrongful-conviction settlement — was the defense attorney for murder defendant Antwon Dennis in the early 1990s before quitting to work for Hynes. “There is no cause to assume that Mr. Vecchione would not have shared information concerning the defendant’s case with his office,” acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge ShawnDya Simpson wrote as she ordered a hearing on the case. Dennis wants his guilty verdict tossed because he claims his lawyer should have demanded a special prosecutor. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Monday. * Flush in a Recession, a BronxLandlord Is Ready to Shop (NYT) * Jacob Selechnik (Village Vocie 2006)  'Sometimes they don't open the windows and let the walls breathe'  * ‘Snake’ landlord linked to Pel Bayproject (Bronx Times 2008)


Why Does the City Fund Millions to Bad Landlords 
NYC’s ‘worst landlords’ still get big bucks from the cityand feds(NYP) The city’s two “worst” landlords have continued collecting federal subsidies and city payments for services, The Post has learned. The pair topping the city’s “100 worst landlords” list — issued last week by Public Advocate Letitia James to highlight those with the most violations — took in more than $3.5 million since 2010 from the city and feds, records show. No. 1 worst landlord Robin Shimoff raked in $465,000, even with a collective 3,352 violations at her 13 buildings. The No. 2 worst owner — the Mount Hope Housing Company in The Bronx — has taken in more than $3.2 million, even though the nonprofit’s 14 buildings have racked up 3,050 violations. Advocates say the city has missed a prime opportunity to use the millions in public subsidies as leverage to force repairs. * CLOSE COMPANY (City Limits, 2003) The private company that handles New York City's billion-dollar property tax collection business tried to make a deal with a landlord--just as he was in court for mismanaging his buildings.



If only the police unions had dropped their legal challenge to a stop-and-frisk lawsuit, says the new lawyer representing Eric Garner’s family, the Staten Island man who died in police...
* A Drug Policy Alliance report shows that arrests formarijuana possession in New York City under de Blasio are on track to equal—or even surpass—those made under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, despite de Blasio’s 2013 campaign promises to curb such arrests: 


Cuomo Top Aide Schwartz Connected to Moreland Shutdown and AEG Scandal
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 Moreland AEG Schwartz Double Header
Lawrence Schwartz remains at governor’s side, in spite, orperhaps because, of legal problems with AEG and Moreland (Progressive Queens) With less than 3 weeks to go before gubernatorial election, advocates for government reform notice the absence of a key Cuomo aide, Lawrence Schwartz.  For months, advocates have been speculating whether Mr. Schwartz would face a possible criminal indictment over his role in interfering with the corruption-fighting work of the Moreland Commission, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) infamously disbanded last March after reaching a political deal with the state legislature.  Even before Mr. Schwartz became implicated in the waves of controversies that have engulfed the Moreland Commission, Mr. Schwartz was at the center of yet another Albany political controversy going back at least five years. According to a 300+ page report issued in October 2010 by the New York State Office of the Inspector General, then-Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) had selected Peter Kiernan and Mr. Schwartz as the executive personnel, who would take part in the evaluation process to select a winning bidder to operate a “racino” at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens.  

The proposed facility earned the nickname of racino from the combinded terms of race track and casino. Mr. Schwartz’s troubles with Gov. Paterson’s troublesome selection of AEG date back to 2009, when Gov. Paterson reopened bids for the proposed Aqueduct racino after prior attempts stretching back to the Pataki administration had failed to select a winning operator.  Mr. Schwartz was faulted in the Inspector General’s report for a range of failures.  In minor respects, Mr. Schwartz was criticized for having failed to provide “guidance to the executive agencies despite being acutely aware of the need to refine the process” in respect of the selection of the racino operator.

 In more serious respects, Mr. “Schwartz further incredulously claimed to not recall myriad meetings he organized and attended, various e-mail correspondence between himself and other individuals, and numerous conversations in which he engaged, and claimed unawareness of the Governor’s selection of AEG despite personally engaging the Governor’s press office in a colloquy about the very subject.” In spite of the critical findings by the Inspector General’s investigators, Mr. Schwartz’s role in Albany politics continued after Gov. Paterson’s administration came to an end, because, after Mr. Cuomo won the gubernatorial race, Gov. Cuomo reappointed Mr. Schwartz to the hold the same post in the Cuomo administration, shocking the conscious of AEG investigators.  

As if by plan, Mr. Schwartz continued his role under Gov. Cuomo as chief advisor to and political protector of the governor, skills that he had honed under Gov. Paterson tumultuous administration.  Eventually, though, Mr. Schwartz’s political machinations on behalf of the new governor would again flirt with legal boundaries when it was reported by The New York Times that Mr. Schwartz had interfered with the corruption-fighting work of panel members appointed to the Moreland Commission by Gov. Cuomo.  When Moreland commissioners had subpoenaed Buying Time, a media firm that had provided key services to the Cuomo campaign, Mr. Schwartz stepped in to protect Gov. Cuomo.  After Mr. Schwartz learned of the subpoena, he reportedly instructed the commissioners to, “Pull it back,” resulting in the subpoena being “swiftly withdrawn,” according to the bombshell report in The New York Times.  Buying Time continues to be involved in Cuomo campaign activities that were just this week described by WNYC to appear to circumvent campaign contribution limits.* Former ESDC head "Ambassador" Gargano, "classy political opportunist," now a leader of EB-5 firm promoting Atlantic Yards investment

Son of AEG?

Did the NYP Just Send Sharpton and de Blasio A Message By Bring Up A Gambling Deal
Sharpton and Gambling Deep Roots NYP Ups the Fight Beyond Noerdlinger
An associate of the Rev. Al Sharpton who is trying to open an upstate casino is an accused tax deadbeat, joining another pal of the preacher and Sharpton’s own National Action Network as targets of tax collectors, the Post writes:   Alabama authorities claim that Greenetrack and its CEO, Luther Winn, Jr., owe $72 million in sales taxes and interest from electronic bingo game revenue in its betting facilities in that state. * First NYPD Officers Start Retraining in Wake of Garner DeathThis Week via @Dnainfo 


Winn, who serves on the network’s board, is the lead partner in the bid to open a massive 140-acre Grand Hudson casino resort near Stewart Airport in Orange CountyWinn and Greenetrack are in court fighting the Alabama liens, which were first issued in 2009. His lawyers claim the liens are bogus. A Greenetrack spokeswoman said the tax dispute was disclosed in its application to the gaming commission. “We have demonstrated that our project is fully financed and we’re confident in the Grand Hudson project,” said Greenetrack spokeswoman Juanita Scarlett. Some of New York’s most influential African-American politicians have rallied around Winn’s casino bid, including former governor and current state Democratic Party Chairman David Paterson, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Bronx).
Paterson advising casino despite past ‘bid-rigging’ scandal(NYP) The New York State Democratic Party chairman is an “unpaid” confidante to Greenetrack, which runs an “electronic bingo” gambling parlor in Eutaw, Ala. — and wants to build a casino complex on a 140-acre site near Stewart Airport. “It’s mind-boggling,” said Blair Horner, director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “Paterson is the new Democratic Party chairman getting behind one of the bidders for a casino. Should he be doing that? No.” A state Inspector General’s Office report in 2010 faulted Paterson for poor oversight of the “tainted” selection process that led to claims of bid-rigging on behalf of Aqueduct Entertainment Group. “Gov. Paterson engaged in an ill-advised meeting with the Rev. Floyd Flake, a well-known member of AEG, within five days of its conditional selection in an effort to garner political support,” the IG report said. Paterson last year admitted that he backed the AEG bid as a favor to former Senate Democratic Majority Leader John Sampson — who has been indicted in a separate real-estate scam.* Minority-group lawmakers push state officials to awardlicense to gaming operator with Al Sharpton ties (NYDN) Some of New York's most powerful minority-group lawmakers, including Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) and Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Brooklyn), sent letters to the state Gaming Commission last week expressing support for Greenetrack, an Alabama-based gaming operator whose president sits on the board of Sharpton's National Action Network. * NY1 ItCH: A Bad Strategy for a Tabloid War (NY1) Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a not-so-quiet little war with The Daily News and the New York Post about a top City Hall aide—Rachel Noerdlinger, his wife's chief of staff whose portfolio extends beyond her official duties. * A really interesting look at Genting's "secretweapon" in fight for casinos(Capital) *

AEG Cover Up




How Come Brooklyn Boss Seddio Has Not Remove Lopez Who Refuses to Pay A $400,000 Fine Sexual Harassment As District Leader 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants ex-Assemblyman VitoLopez to pay up(NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked an Albany court to force the serial groper to pay more than $400,000 for sexually harassing staff members. Schneiderman’s office filed paperwork in state Supreme Court late Thursday seeking an order compelling Lopez to pay a $330,000 fine levied against him in 2013, plus $72,600 in interest and penalties. According to the papers, Lopez did not respond to a letter sent by the attorney general’s office in July demanding payment. If Lopez still refuses to pay, the court could order the pervy pol's income garnished or put liens on his assets.

75% of Airbnb Rental In NYC Illegal 
Tenant Eviction Protests In SF Against Airbnb Why Not NYC?
Airbnb Listings Mostly Illegal, State Contends(NYT)
A report by Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, found nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in New York City were illegal. * Airbnb nets $40M in illegal NY listings: AG (NYP) Schneiderman has also argued that Airbnb hosts should be paying the city’s 14.7 percent hotel-occupancy tax.  Schneiderman has also argued that Airbnb hosts should be paying the city’s 14.7 percent hotel-occupancy tax. Central Park West resident Noelle Penraat is being sued by her landlord for using Airbnb to transform her duplex into a way station for tourists and transients.She took in $8,883 a month on her $4,477-a-month pad by charging “guests” between $75 and $100 a night for three of the four bedrooms in her apartment.


The average price of a Big Apple hotel room last year was about $300 a night, according to city data.*De Blasio administration files first lawsuit againstapartments operating as illegal hotels through Airbnb (NYDN) EXCLUSIVE: The city has been granted a preliminary injunction against the owners of two residential buildings in Manhattan, where investigators claim units were rented out by the night on apartment-sharing websites like Airbnb.com. Airbnbis making millions off illegal listings, AG says(AMNY) * City Hall in legal papers: "Sites like Airbnb help tomost acutely diminish the city’s affordable housing stock."Protestors in San Francisco stage a demonstration outside of an apartment building that allegedly evicted all of the tenants to convert the units to AirBnb rentals on July 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Protestors with the San Francisco Tenant Union staged a demonstration outside of a building that allegedly evicted tenants to convert units into AirBnb units. The protestors also put of signs warning of other alleged illegal conversions in the North Beach neighborhood.





de Blasio Covers His Ass on Airbnb After AG's Report Show Airbnb Abuse 
The de Blasio administration filed its first lawsuit against apartments operating as illegal hotels through Airbnb, the Daily Newswrites:
Airbnb confirmed Tuesday that Bill Hyers has joined its New York team, but the company declined to detail his exact role. Hyers was de Blasio's campaign manager last year. Airbnb is in a legal tussle with New York officials, and has beefed up its marketing campaign to encourage New Yorkers to support their right to rent out their homes.* Home sweet hotel (NYDN)  The AG lays down the law on Airbnb rentals Schneiderman’s report revealed that 6% of 25,000 sampled Airbnb hosts had rented out three or more units and accounted for 36% of reservations and 37% of revenue. These sound like the mini-Waldorfs that are generating complaints from neighbors who see streams of strangers in their hallways. Mayor de Blasio’s aides will be in court Friday seeking to shut down one such allegedly illegal midtown hotel operator, reports the Daily News.

How Come Taxes Get the Media and Pol Attention, But Pushing Blacks, the Middle Class and Poor Out of Brooklyn Gets None?

 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..


First Forest City Ratner Rip Off  II  
In China,Nets' visit boosts "Atlantic Yards III": deceptive pitch for cheapfinancing from Chinese millionaires seeking green cards under EB-5 (AYR)  The Brooklyn Nets, in China for the NBA's Global Games, have played in Shanghai and Beijing. The Nets sold "Hello China" t-shirts. The Brooklynettes saw the Great Wall. The team revamped a gym in Beijing with a Nets theme. Tweets, press releases, and articles piled on publicity. A quieter--at least to an American audience--but cynical and deceptive activity was also under way: a third effort to essentially sell visas to Chinese millionaires (and their families) in exchange for short-term low-interest loans of $500,000 that purportedly create ten jobs. The"Atlantic Yards III" promotion--aiming at $100 million from 200 investors--should save Greenland Forest City Partners tens of millions of dollars in interest, while delivering big fees to the middlemen, including lawyers, immigration consultancies, and theU.S. Immigration Fund, the federally-authorized regional center that packages the investment. 

First Forest City Gets Over A Billion in Government $$$ to Build Their Stadium . . . Now Green Cards
It comes on top of $228 million raised in 2010 by Forest City Ratner under the federal government's EB-5 program, and $249 million raised earlier this year by Forest City, in combination with Greenland. (In the Chinese EB-5 market, the Atlantic Yards brand has enough cachet that they're not calling the project Pacific Park.)   Why bother, when the partners presumably have a significant amount of equity? Because they need loans to proceed with the project, and they want a bargain. “It’s a very low-cost way to fill out your capital stack," a real estate lawyer has said, comparing a 12% interest rate for a mezzanine loan to an EB-5 loan in "the low single digits." (The immigrant investors care more about getting green cards, and getting their money back after five years, than a robust interest rate.)Yards brand has enough cachet that they're not calling the project Pacific Park.) Reasons for cynicism about EB-5  The federal government's EB-5 program should inspire significant cynicism on its face, given that it's dubious to let the wealthy, especially ones with no special skills, jump the immigration line. Also, it's fundamentally dubious to hand out green cards when no actual new jobs need be counted (indirect jobs are OK) and when private companies--not the public--are the major beneficiaries. The EB-5 track record should inspire further cynicism, given that, to qualify for the $500,000 investment, the regional centers gerrymander the map to ensure that the project is located in an area of high unemployment. (Remember the "Bed-Stuy Boomerang" that encompasses Atlantic Yards?)  


Greenland Forest City Partners, the joint venture that will reap the savings from a below-market loan, is 70% owned by the Greenland Group, itself owned by the Shanghai government.  In other words, as with the second round of Atlantic Yards fundraising, a foreign government is profiting by marketing a scarce U.S. public resource--green card slots under the EB-5 program--to its own citizens.  This is, as far as I know, unprecedented. And the role of Greenland (see the green logo at top left in the advertisement below) enhances the investment for a Chinese audience. If this is legal, it's unimaginable this scenario was contemplated by Congress when it authorized the program in 1990, aiming to compete with other countries that were welcoming the world's wealthy in the wake of uncertainty in Hong Kong. In other words, it's twisting the spirit, if not the letter, of the law even more than the dubious 2010 first round of Atlantic Yards EB-5 fundraising. The proponents of the "Atlantic Yards III" investment, on a web page set up by the Qiao Wai Group migration consultancy, include elected officials like Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson, and Borough President Marty Markowitz, who are no longer in office. Also, this is the first time I've ever seen EB-5 promoters claim that a top U.S. diplomat is in support, in this case Charles Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. As far as I can tell from a machine translation, Rivkin is saying optimistic things about Atlantic Yards.

Greenland Forest City Partners, the joint venture that will reap the savings from a below-market loan, is 70% owned by the Greenland Group, itself owned by the Shanghai government
Norman Oder ‏@AYReport 
MT @davidbivins Interesting article abt future of BK realestate,gentrification, w/some juicy details @brooklynbureau * Despite convo@ realEstate parley, mayb ENY is a "nextneighborhood"  @brooklynbureau @citylimitsorg via @CrainsNewYork




Daily News Ignores the Suffering Caused By Unchecked Gentrification 
Oh, the horror! (NYDN Ed)  Gowanus suffers an attack of the NIMBYs. NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) and BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) are in a tizzy over the development of the Gowanus, the formerly industrial Brooklyn neighborhood between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. They’ve winced at the opening of: a supermarket, a rock-climbing studio, a shuffleboard club, hotels, restaurants, bars and more. Now neighbors have filed suit to block a kid-friendly music club. And Monday, a businessman opened a place where little ones can play tennis on special courts sized just for them. When will this evil gentrification stop?

Gentrification and Race

Airbnb Housing Market



Son of Nanny Mayor Bloomberg 








Power is Going On With the Mahattan DA With the Rubenstein Rape Case 
Women's Lawyer Blames DSK It Really About Power People Like the Mayor, Sharpton and Brafman 
Wednesday
Rubenstein denied entry to sex club after alleged rape(NYP) Rubenstein, 70, went to swingers club Checkmate on E. 56th St. Saturday night, but the manager told him there had been too much recent press about his sexual hi-jinks at local hot spots and he didn’t want that kind of exposure for his establishment, the source said.


Saturday Update 
Rubenstein rushed rape accuser out of his home (NYP)  Sanford Rubenstein rushed the woman he is accused of raping out of his Upper East Side penthouse the morning after the alleged assault — telling her, “I missed a meeting, I got to get out of here,” a source close to the case told The Post on Friday.

Sanford Rubenstein slow to be charged in rape to avoid DSKrepeat, says accuser's lawyer (NYDN)  Civil rights attorney Sandy Rubenstein has been accused of raping a woman after Rev. Al Sharpton's 60th birthday bash but has yet to be charged because Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is trying to avoid another Dominique Strauss-Kahn debacle, says the attorney for Rubenstein's alleged victim. Charges against DSK were ultimately dropped after the accuser's story fell apart. Manhattan prosecutors have been slow to charge Sanford Rubenstein with rape because they fear another high-profile loss — like the one suffered in the bungled prosecution of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The bold claim on Tuesday came from Kenneth Montgomery, who represents the 42-year-old accuser. “There was no rape,” Brafman told the Daily News. “Period. A source with knowledge of the investigation suggested prosecutors simply don’t believe the accuser’s account. The source called the woman’s claim that she was passed out during the sexual contact “highly suspect.” Investigators also spoke to another woman who accompanied Rubenstein and his accuser to the penthouse apartment after the party. She left before the alleged assault. “Basically, she left because it was late,” a law enforcement source said. “She was not asked to leave. She saw nothing to suggest there was a problem. Everyone was getting along.” Brafman also defended Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, who was busted in 2011 for the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid. The Manhattan DA’s office eventually dropped the charges against Strauss-Kahn after holes in the maid’s account were exposed. Vance’s office also suffered a high-profile defeat after prosecutors failed to get a sex-crime conviction against Kenneth Moreno. The former cop was accused of raping a drunken woman in her East Village apartment in 2008 while his partner slept on the woman’s couch. They were both convicted of official misconduct.* Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson rejected reports claiming that he, along with the four other borough district attorneys, has been having difficultly setting up a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Observer reports:


The Press Chickens Out After Sharpton Threats Against Them
Noerdlinger Update A de Blasio administration official explains why de Blasio is refusing to fire a scandal-plagued aide, Rachel Noerdlinger, and said the scandal will be forgotten and he will ultimately be judged on education policy and implementation of universal pre-K, the Observer reports:  *Why Rachel remains: This fight helps the mayor (NYP) The City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger can’t stop making news, even though her boss, Mayor de Blasio, keeps ordering the world to stop talking about her — and her ex-boss, Al Sharpton, is essentially issuing threats to reporters on the subject. Sharpton offered an implicit threat over the weekend to reporters who dared write about Noerdlinger: “Let’s get the name of everybody at City Hall, see who’s been around anybody who’s been busted, including Room 9 where the reporters are.” In other words: Shut up, City Hall reporters, or I’ll do some investigating of my own. Sharpton may have lost a ton of weight, but he hasn’t lost his talent for menace.* She’s got tickets to ride (NYDN Ed) Rachel Noerdlinger needs to pay up, and Bill de Blasio needs to wise up. Undoubtedly, Noerdlinger will now pay up to avoid being redesignated a scofflaw while serving the mayor. Should have happened long ago and should have been laid on the public record without like-pulling-teeth resistance by de Blasio’s “case closed” team.* Rachel Noerdlinger, aide to de Blasio's wife, hit with$7,200 judgment in credit card debt, records show (Newday) * De Blasio Comes To The Defense Of Wife’s Troubled Chief OfStaff (WCBS) * De Blasio on Noerdlinger: ‘Everyone Should Pay Their ParkingTickets’(NYO)


Campaign 2013 Dante . . .  Campaign 2017 Noerdlinger
Can this be good for de Blasio? It can. The answer has to do with the nature of the New York City electorate, the way de Blasio got elected in 2013 and the way he will seek re-election in 2017. Well, now he’s mayor, and he’s vulnerable to a challenge next time from an African-American insurgent candidate. He is, after all, in charge of the Police Department, and even the end of stop-and-frisk didn’t save him from racial controversy when Eric Garner was killed. Nor can he feel secure about Sharpton’s future support. After all, Sharpton told him he’d be “your worst enemy” if de Blasio played “spin games” when it came to police behavior. So his stalwart defense of Rachel Noerdlinger may be just the thing he needed right now. She is not only an African-American left-wing activist, she’s a single mother with a child, living with a man she loves who’s been crosswise of the law and feels mistreated by police. Rachel Noerdlinger isn’t just a trusted aide. She’s de Blasio’s base all rolled into one person. By defending her, he may be trying to erect an electoral barricade around himself.


Will A Reporter Ask the Mayor Why He Does Not Have Security Clearance?
De Blasio downplays lack of federal security clearance(Capital)“The fact that we’re meeting with the F.B.I. director, the homeland security secretary, and the chief counterterrorism advisor to the White House—and I think they were speaking very frankly—suggests clearly to me that I have the information I need and will have the information I need in a time of crisis.” * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has faced criticism on public-safety issues, was in the nation’s capital Tuesday for meetings with federal officials on the threat of terrorism and the Ebola outbreak, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * De Blasio says lack of security clearance is not a big deal (NYP) “When you become mayor of the city that’s the No. 1 terrorist target in America, your credentials start acting immediately,” de Blasio told reporters. The Post first reported Sept. 10 that the mayor lacks a security clearance, unlike his two immediate predecessors, and that makes certain classified info off-limits. De Blasio is now applying for that clearance.


Black Alumni Group Gives de Blasio and Farina Cover to Change Top HS Tests

EXCLUSIVE: A letter addressed to Mayor de Blasio and city schools boss Carmen Fariña slammed the city for failing to help minority kids gain entrance to the city’s high schools. “It is outrageous that most specialized high school students come from just a handful of middle schools,” said the scathing missive, which was obtained by the Daily News.  “As long as schools are unequal, a single test will yield unequal results,” the letter said. The letter also called on education officials to alter the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, which is used as the sole criteria for admission to the city’s specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant. Just 3% of students at Stuyvesant are Hispanic or black, but those students account for about 70% of the city’s total student body. Other elite schools display similar disparities.
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As More and More Foreign $$$ Pours Into NYC Real Estate, Will Foreigns Hire Lobbyists to Control NYC Politics? 

Lobbyists Will Take $$$ From Anyone
State Department concerned about Chinese spying at WaldorfAstoria after sale to insurance company with possible Communist Party ties (NYDN) The State Department said it is reviewing the sale of the hotel to Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group, and that it may stop leasing space for the U.S. ambassador to the UN or the General Assembly. Anbang is reportedly linked to China’s Communist Party, which has overseen a massive effort to use cyberspying to steal U.S. trade and military secrets.

Will the New Private Tammany Hall Follow the Money to Foreign Real Estate Developers?

An Enemy In Our Own City?














For NY's Corrupt Pols Campaign $$$ Follow Them to Jail 
According to an analysis conducted for the New York Post by the New York Public Interest Research Group, some $5.7 million is sitting in 100 different campaign accounts of former state legislators—including felons and the dead

Over $5M in campaign funds still accessible to formerlegislators(NYP)  Politicians retire, die or go to prison. But their campaign funds have eternal life — and the potential to be plundered. Some $5.7 million is sitting in 100 different campaign accounts of former state legislators — including felons and the dead, according to an analysis conducted for The Post by the New York Public Interest Research Group. Former Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger, who was imprisoned after pleading guilty to pay-to-play bribery crimes, has $412,755 in his Friends of Carl account. Disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez has $835,181 sitting in two campaign accounts. He resigned in 2012 after a scathing state ethics report found he sexually harassed as many as four female staffers. Ex-Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada, convicted of looting hundreds of thousands in Medicaid funds from a health-care agency he founded, has a campaign fund with $290,000. But he hasn’t filed an updated report since 2010. Other felons who reported money in the campaign till include ex-Sens. Hiram Monserrate ($46,731) and Efrain Gonzalez ($53,293), and ex-Assemblyman and former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman ($43,295). None of the three has updated filings in recent years. “The money is being used as retirement funds in some cases,” said NYPIRG’s Mahoney. “Or it’s being used to pay for criminal defense. Ex-candidates should give the money back to the donors or give it to charity or the state.” * Gov. Andrew Cuomo dipped into his campaign account at least twice over the past two years to buy gifts for the State Police officers who guard and fly him, according to political expenditure records and interviews, the Times Union’s Jim Odato writes: 


How Come Brooklyn Boss Seddio Has Not Remove Lopez Who Refuses to Pay A $400,000 Fine Sexual Harassment As District Leader 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants ex-Assemblyman VitoLopez to pay up(NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked an Albany court to force the serial groper to pay more than $400,000 for sexually harassing staff members. Schneiderman’s office filed paperwork in state Supreme Court late Thursday seeking an order compelling Lopez to pay a $330,000 fine levied against him in 2013, plus $72,600 in interest and penalties. According to the papers, Lopez did not respond to a letter sent by the attorney general’s office in July demanding payment. If Lopez still refuses to pay, the court could order the pervy pol's income garnished or put liens on his assets.




Wilson-Pakula Keeps the Corruption, Cult and Smoke and Mirror Party Alive
Cuomo Who Once Said Wilson-Pakula Must End Now Creates the Women's Equality Party 

“Something has to be done about Wilson-Pakula and cross-endorsements. You have mayoral candidates that are talking about this outwardly, about what they have to do to get on the ballot. That whole electoral process stinks and has for a long time. I think there’s an opportunity to reform that,” he said. “In an ideal world,” he said, “you’d have no cross endorsements.”* Cuomo says so long to Wilson-Pakula - Legislative Gazette Unlike in most states, New York electoral law permits electoral fusion. As a result, New York ballots tend to list a large number of political parties. The endorsement of major party candidates by smaller parties can be important since smaller parties often use this ballot feature to offer a candidate an additional line on the ballot.


Who On Whose Side in the Battle for the Senate 
The Battle for the State Senate is As Confusing As the Middle East
The fight for Democratic State Senate majority reveals political duplicity from City Hall to Queens to Albany(Progress Queens) The election year problems for the Cuomo campaign and the de Blasio camp can be traced back to the shady backroom deal to secure the WFP nomination.  Gov. Cuomo has derided what he calls the Democratic Party’s “extreme left," who basically comprise the same progressive spectrum that the WFP purports to represent and who nominated him for reëlection.  Indeed, in order to secure the WFP nomination, in order to achieve Gov. Cuomo’s vain goal of winning a reelection race with a higher percentage than did his father, Gov. Cuomo begrudgingly promised, amongst other things, to help the Democratic Party win majority control of the State Senate.  However, Gov. Cuomo has barely publicly campaigned in his own race, much less in the Democratic State Senate races that would matter to make good on his promise to the WFP.  Furthermore, questions still remain whether Gov. Cuomo will betray the spirit of his campaign pledge to the WFP by endorsing Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti.  Already, the governor has formed his own third party, which he called the Women’s Equality Party, to directly appeal to women’s voters.  Now, the WFP is being forced to support a governor, who may be trying to dilute the WFP’s influence in the November general election.* Fight for NYS Senate downt to four districts, Dems andGOPers say(NYDN) Recent polls showed Republicans performing strongly in several Long Island districts the Democrats had initially hoped to poach. Democratic efforts will now focus on a Hudson Valley seat being vacated by Republican Greg Ball, a four-way race in Buffalo and contests involving incumbent Democrats Terry Gipson of Dutchess County and Cecilia Tkaczyk of Ulster County. Despite poor showings in the recent polls, some Dems insist they haven’t completely given up on incumbent Sen. Ted O’Brien of Rochester and Adrienne Esposito, who is running for an open seat in Suffolk County and was endorsed by Gov. Cuomo Saturday.* A labor source says the weekend endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Adrienne Esposito by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just the beginning of a concerted effort to raise her name recognition and potentially win the GOP-held seat, State of Politicsreports:   * The political action committee backed by the Real Estate Board of New York invested nearly $30,000 in mail supporting Republicans in two key Long Island Senate districts, including $13,358 in the third Senate district, where Republican Tom Croci is trying to retain a seat against Esposito, State of Politicsreports:  * The battle for control of the state Senate is now likely down to four upstate districts—a Hudson Valley seat vacated by Republican Greg Ball, a four-way race in Buffalo and contests involving incumbent Democrats Terry Gipson of Dutchess County and Cecilia Tkaczyk of Ulster County, the DailyNews’ Ken Lovett writes: 


No Tax Breaks by Our Elected Officials for Developers are Killing Mom and Pop Stores and the City's Middle Class
Developer-friendly rezoning, not Starbucks, is what wiped out Williamsburg mom-and-pop stores
Council progressives won't try to save Mom and Pop stores because they are controlled by the real estate $$$$ and lobbyists
The real small business killer(NYDN) Sure, it's fun to hate on Starbucks, but doing so misses the bigger point. Although isolated chain stores chip away at mom-and-pop shops, the most substantial displacement of independently owned business occurred in areas that were rezoned by the city and rebuilt by private developers. In these neighborhoods, commercial turnover was less of a “slow burn” than a slash-and-burn.   When the city adds commercial space through rezoning, landlords receive an incentive to redevelop or sell their properties and replace existing commercial tenants.


 If big commercial storefronts are included in a rezoned area, national chain stores are likely to swoop in. Under Mayor Bloomberg, large areas of Brooklyn were rezoned to enhance their economic growth potential. After a 2004 rezoning, a thriving corridor of independently owned department stores and restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn was virtually erased to make way for high-end chain stores. It wasn’t the market’s invisible hand, but the very visible one of city government that ushered Armani Exchange and Nordstrom into Fulton Mall.  Such displacement is far from inevitable. The plan for Essex Crossing, a massive proposed redevelopment on the Lower East Side, guarantees space to existing Essex Market tenants at the rent they currently pay. Such guarantees should be required of all commercial redevelopment projects that undergo public review. In this way, the city could use municipal power to diversify the identity of a commercial area and preserve existing businesses. * The Disappearing Mom & Pop Stores Of New York City(Business Insider)





Queens GOP Bottom Feeders Let Their Party Die Selling Ballot Line Over the Years  
Queens Republicans Fielding Almost No Candidates in State Races(NY1) It’s no secret that Republicans are a vanishing breed in New York City. Outnumbered more than six to one, they account for just 11 percent of the city’s registered voters, versus 69 percent for Democrats. There is just one Republican in the city's congressional delegation, just two out of the city's 65 representatives in the state Assembly, and two of out 26 state senators.  In Queens, though, party officials are doing especially little to reverse the trend. "Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, the Republican Party is on the verge of extinction in Queens County," said City Councilman Eric Ulrich of QueensUlrich is Queens' lone Republican elected official, and it appears he won't have company any time soon. This year, with every seat in the state legislature up for grabs, most Queens Democrats are running unopposed. Republicans are fielding just two candidates for 25 seats.



Progressive Leadership Breaking Its Own Rules Allowing Homeless to Sleep In Homeless Office
HomelessServices breaks own rules, lets people sleep overnight at office(NYP) The Department of Homeless Services has broken its own longstanding rules by letting people sleep overnight on chairs at its Bronx office, The Post has learned. At other times, DHS bent the rules by shuttling people to a nearby hotel before dawn for as little as an hour — before returning them to the center. “You’re not supposed to sleep there, they’re supposed to take you somewhere. They didn’t,” said Cynthia Penns, who was with her 14-year-old son. “There were a lot of people sleeping — kids, babies, too.” The strain at the registration center comes as the homeless population has increased by 4,400 since January to more than 56,000.



The Good Wife: Sampson and Seddio
Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio will make a cameo on the television political drama The Good Wife, and he says producers told him to just act like himself
Tentative Feb. 2 trial date for Sampson, or: Things couldget hectic(TU)The office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Loretta Lynch says the trial of state Sen. John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, is scheduled to start on Monday, Feb. 2, some 21 months after he was indicted on federalcharges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and making false statements toFBI agents.
The Brooklyn Democrat was reindicted last February on charges that he told additional fibs to federal agents concerning his ownership stake in a liquor store.  Neither set of charges was enough to defeat the former Senate Democratic leader in the Democratic primary, where he bested three other candidates. Sampson enjoyed the support of the Brooklyn Democratic organization, led by party chair Frank Seddio, although Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed his opponent Dell Smitherman.  The day after the primary, Sampson’s political consultant Melvin Lowe was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring with the lawmaker to defraud the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. 

Lobbyists Arzt is the Guy Who Puts His Corrupt Clients On CBS
First Hynes an Arzt Client In Brooklyn DA During the 2013 Campaign, Now Seddio on the Good Wife, What Next for Next Season Sampson on  Inside an American Jail
Because Sampson is expected to win another victory in November, the February trial date — which could shift as events proceed — presents complications for the operation of the Senate.  While he was kicked out of the Democratic fold following his initial May 2013 indictment, Sampson is expected to vote in line with the mainline conference. Malcolm Smith, another former Democratic leader indicted in 2013′s Springtime for Scandal, was similarly ousted from the Independent Democratic Conference, which he joined just after its union with the Republican conference. Smith lost his own primary battle, and will not return to Albany next year. * Brooklyn Democratic BossWill Appear on The Good Wife (NYO)
More on Brooklyn Democratic Boss Seddio







de Blasio Meets With Sharpton Not the DAs 
New York City's district attorneys have been trying for months—without success—to arrange a group meeting with Mayor de Blasio to discuss public safety, the Daily Newswrites: * City DAs trying to get group meeting with de Blasio formonths: sources (NYDN) Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson first contacted City Hall in March on behalf of top prosecutors from all boroughs and also spoke to a high-ranking mayoral official about the prospect of a collective meeting but none was ever arranged, his office said.


de Blasio Won't Meet With DAs But Meets With Plenty of Lobbyists Who Make Up the Shadow Government
Lobbyist supporters get meetings with de Blasio while DAscan’t(NYP)Records show there were 11 lobbyists who met face-to-face with Hizzoner since he took office in January and seven of them gave him campaign donations in 2013 — either directly or through family and affiliates. Some of the seven include former White House counsel Harold Ickes, who bundled and donated a combined $19,800 and hosted three campaign fund-raisers for de Blasio, and who was subsequently tapped to serve on the mayor’s transition team. Ickes, who could not immediately be reached for comment, represents the Amalgamated Transit Union school-bus workers who recently received a $42 million windfall from the administration — an unprecedented bonus to private-sector employees. The mayor’s surprise proposal to boost the bus workers was introduced and ratified by the City Council in less than a week, even as some questioned its legality. Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra — now with the lobbying and consulting group Park Strategies — bundled and donated more than $30,000 for de Blasio last year. He had a Sept. 9 sit-down about Capital Management Services — a Buffalo-based debt-collection agency that has been bombarded with complaints about its process servers being too aggressive in New York CitySome lobbyists who got face time with de Blasio were labor leaders — Michael Mulgrew of the United Federation of Teachers and Peter Ward of the New York Hotel Trades Council — and the heads of the New York Public Library and the Real Estate Board of New York.



The Deed is Done . . . LICH Hospital is Dead 

SUNY signsdeal to sell LICH(Capital) SUNY has finalized a deal to sell Long Island College Hospital to a Brooklyn developer, ending a two-year battle to shed the money-losing hospital. Fortis Property Group will purchase the campus for $240 million, and N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center will run the remaining health care on the site, along with Lutheran Medical Center N.Y.U. has committed to building a $175 million, four-story medical facility that will eventually have a staff of 400, including about 70 physicians. The amount of square-footage devoted to medical care is double what was originally proposed in the Fortis bid, "in recognition of the need for greater services in the community," SUNY chair Carl McCall said in a statement. McCall said SUNY negotiated for increased health care on the site, in response to the needs of the surrounding communities. * SUNY has reached a deal to sell Long Island College Hospital to Brooklyn developer Fortis for $240 million—the final chapter in a two-year battle that cost taxpayers millions and pitted the community against the state, the Daily News writes:

Closing Hospitals, HHC, LICH   More




True News Said in the Past Show the Pols A Video of Convicted Pols Like Kruger Crying At Their Sentencing 

Curtis Sliwa Plan to Scare Pols By Showing Them Past Corruption Will Just Give Them More Ideas On How to Commit More Crime
Scare the pols straight: A video for New York officeholders(NYP Ed) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton recently had 800 top NYPD brass view videos of multiple acts of police brutality, followed by a stern warning that this won’t be tolerated. With New York passing even the Soprano State (New Jersey) in political corruption, it seems to me our elected officials would benefit greatly from a similar show. Along with fake Arab sheiks and “real” mobsters, the film shows corrupt pols including US congressmen on the take. Follow that with the real grainy video of former Staten Island Rep. John Murphy acting like a mob boss, dispatching his consigliere to pick up the Abscam bribe money — an envelope stuffed with $50,000. Next stop for him was federal jail. Then switch to video from 2006: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Gordon sitting with a building contractor who she’s willing to help as long as he gives her a house for free.




Indicted Wills Protests, But Where is the Media's Objection For AG's Campaign Disguising A Politial Commerical As A News Report?
Wills accuses AG of bias over use of image in campaign ad(NYP) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is being accused of unfairly smearing an indicted Queens lawmaker by ­including him in a TV campaign ad, The Post has learned. City Councilman Ruben Wills is now trying to turn the tables, demanding that Schneiderman be removed as the prosecutor in his case for violating a court rule barring prejudicial pretrial publicity against a defendant. Schneiderman’s 30-second TV commercial shows news footage of Wills — handcuffed from behind — being “perp walked” to a vehicle by two police officers. * Schneiderman, at Columbia,laments the state of politics (Capital) “I’m proud of the fact that in the last three and half years—probably every month or so—we have done something that no one has ever done before,” Schneiderman told the gathering. “We change the way people are doing business and the way that governments are operating.”

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Last GOP Senator From Brooklyn Under Investigation by Bharara . . .  McCray Attacks GOP Senate Also 
Bharara investigating Golden’s campaign finances(NYP) US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating the campaign finances of Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden, The Post has learned. Golden has hired Gottlieb & Gordon, a law firm that specializes in government investigations and white-collar crime defenses, in response to a subpoena from the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office.* De Blasio, wife kick off push to win back state Senate(NYP) The de Blasio’s husband and wife push to take back the state Senate officially began Wednesday night. 


 First LadyChirlane McCray takes starring role in Democratic bid for State Senate (NYDN) * Via @GloriaPazmino: First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray will headline a fund-raiser for #nysenate Democrats  * Democrats' fight to win control of the state Senate could hinge on pushing for an increase in the minimum wage, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night, Capital New York reports:  * City Council Progressives Fund-Raise For a Democratic Senate (NYO) * Working Families Party Hosts Pol-Studded Pre-Election PepRally (NYO) * A bevy of high-powered politicians—U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, de Blasio, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James and state Sen. James Sanders—fired up a hundreds-strong crowd at a pre-election pep rally for the Working Families Party, the Observerreports: A slew of left-leaning NYC Council members gathered in Chelsea last night to raise campaign cash for an endangered freshman Senate Democrat: Cecilia Tkaczyk.** One day after New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito issued a warning to the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference to keep its word and caucus with mainstream Democrats, the group hit back, Capital New York reports:  * With polls showing key state Senate races leaning in Republicans’ favor, Cuomo has at times seemed less than fully committed to returning the state Legislature to Democratic control, the Times writes:  * Working Families Party co-chair Karen Scharff said last night that she does not see the need for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party, State of Politicsreports: 
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NYT Calls Charter Expansion Polarizing, They Whould Ask the Students Parents Who Attend the New Schools  
17 CharterSchools Approved for New York City,Expanding a Polarizing Network(NYT) The decision by a state committee substantially increased the size of Success Academy, one of the city’s largest and most polarizing charter networks. * SUNY boardapproves creation of 17 new citycharter schools (NYDN) Former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz will run 14 of the 17 new schools, solidifying her as the city's largest operator of publicly funded, privately run charter schools. This development could end up costing the city millions in rent. * Bill, hug Eva (NYDN Ed) The Mayor ought to welcome SuccessAcademy charter school expansion with open arms Clearly, SUNY officials recognized the truth that de Blasio has spurned and that the teachers union denies: The network’s 32 existing schools have racked up an astonishing record in educating poor and minority students



NYPD Backs Cops Says $62 Not $1,300 Others Disagree  
Cop’s cash seizure was handled properly: NYPD(NYP)The construction worker who accused a Brooklyn cop of stealing $1,300 from his pocket during a search was actually carrying just $62 — and it was all properly vouchered, the NYPD said on Thursday. Officer William Montemarino, a 22-year veteran, was cleared of any wrongdoing by Internal Affairs after the Sept. 22 incident outside the Surfside Gardens housing project, sources told The Post. A week later, Lamard Joye, 35, and his lawyer, Robert Marinelli, went to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and claimed the cop had taken $1,300. On Thursday, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch defended the officer, saying: “It is time for people to start giving the cops the benefit of the doubt. At least five officers rushed to the West 31st Street housing complex that night in response to a 911 call of a gun-toting man in a black hoodie and black pants. A large crowd, including Joye, interfered with the cops. Joye was frisked against a fence, and Montemarino removed his cellphone and $62 in cash, the statement said. Joye — who has an open warrant for driving without a license — and his sister were then pepper-sprayed by Montemarino. He ran off before cops could arrest him. “The officer returned to the precinct and vouchered the suspect’s cellphone and $62. The suspect never returned to the precinct to obtain his property,” said the NYPD. “He was taking his girl out [on a vacation] the next day,” Joye’s cousin and the witness who took the video, Shannal Mitchell, 28, told The Post on Thursday. “He wanted to make sure he had [the money] out before that day because they were leaving early in the morning,” Mitchell added. “They just pepper-sprayed him, took his money, his phone, and that was it.”* NYPD claims rough stop-and-frisk cop took $62 from Brooklyn man, not $1,300 (NYDN) Lamard Joye was caught on video being stopped and frisked by an NYPD cop. During the incident, Joye said the officer reached into his pocket and confiscated cash, but the NYPD claims it was far short of what Joye claims.* NYPD Denies Accusation that Officer Took More Than $1,000 From Man Detained in Brooklyn(NY1) Saturday Update NYPD copaccused of stealing $1,300 from Brooklyn manwas sued in 2013 for beating suspect
Police StopsErode Public Support (WSJ) A rare, large-scale police department survey of New York City residents found that the more times a person is stopped by an officer, their favorable view of local law-enforcement authorities plummets.

Bad Cops in Booklyn 40 Years After Serpico and Knapp Commission? 
Cop accused of stealing $1,300 during search(NYP) The Brooklyn DA’s Office is probing whether an NYPD cop stole $1,300 from a construction worker while searching him in ­Coney Island, officials said. The investigation was launched after a video emerged showing the unidentified officer putting his hand into the pocket of Lamard Joye and pulling out what looks like papers as the Brooklyn man is ­being held up against a fence shortly after midnight on Sept. 16.

 In the video — which was taken by an onlooker with a cellphone camera — Joye can be heard yelling after the officer took the “papers.” “Give me my money, man! Give me my money!” Joye exclaims. * Cop ‘knockedout’ teen who was stopped for pot (NYP) * Queens Man Dies After Police Pursue and Then Detain Him (NYT) * 'Hepepper-sprayed me in my mouth and whole face': Sister of man allegedly robbedby NYPD officer for more than $1K tells The News she was also involved in thestop-and-frisk gone wrong — VIDEO(NYDN) * NYPD's'Summer All Out' comes to an end — for most (NYDN) EXCLUSIVE: The 90-day initiative to boost the police forces at 10 precincts and five housing developments is coming to an end, but not all 314 transferred cops will be returning to their home precinct.





Homeless de Blasioville in Park Slope 
You Want to Bet They Will Be Gone By this Morning
In Gentrification’s Shadow, a Campground for the Homeless in Brooklyn(NYT) The cheerful blue tent looks perfectly bucolic pitched on a grassy hilltop. Except this green patch happens to be alongside the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn. The tent stands by a tricky turn where southbound drivers bearing left off the Gowanus to head onto the Prospect Expressway must pay close attention. Those who catch a glimpse might wonder: a hipster expedition or maybe a performance prank? The reality is more sobering.For the past year it has been a flimsy shelter for two homeless men, Anthony Pastore, 57, and his close friend, Frank Grillo, 51.* Homelessness increases under de Blasio administration,residents protest new shelters in their neighborhoods (NYDN)* #NYC has 6of US's 10 most expensive nabes says @Forbes via @nypost


Elected Officials Who Pass Budgets Are Responsible for Bad Parks
 The city is ultimately responsible for all of New York's 1,000 public playgrounds and 1,900 parks and if many are below par, that's the fault of the elected officials who draw up the municipal budget and allocate resources, am New Yorkwrites: 






de Blasio Proforms Robin Hood for the Voters and Press Than Makes the Back Room Deals With Developers and Political Power Brokers  

Corrupting Robin Hood
Equal treatment for Bill(NYDN Ed)
De Blasio should spruce up parks with less attitude. Mayor de Blasio had good news for the children of New York City on Tuesday: 35 neighborhood parks will be rebuilt at a cost of $130 million. But why did he have to spread the word so sanctimoniously? Families living in the targeted communities will benefit nicely if de Blasio delivers on the promised renovations on budget and on time. That’s his job — to improve basic services. Additionally, New Yorkers have just learned that the mayor has established a formula for allocating park spending that includes the density of poor kids in a neighborhood and lack of past park investment. That’s his job, too — to establish fair criteria for deciding who gets what. Regardless, riding a high hobby horse, de Blasio insists that he is doing more than fundamental mayoral work. At every turn, he is saving New Yorkers from rich, powerful forces that have been out to hurt them. Thus, standing in a love-worn Flushing playground, he decried “another example of inequalities that have plagued this city: Over time some parks have done very very well. Other parks didn’t get the resources and support they deserved. We’re here to take a major step toward addressing those inequities.”* LET'S SHARE THE GREEN: De Blasio to ask privateconservancies helping Central and Prospect Park to fork over cash tohelp greenspaces in poor neighborhoods(NYDN)* Mayor @BilldeBlasio announced a $130 million investment inNYC’s underserved parks(Map)
Mark Green ‏@markjgreen  
Just amazing how Andrew overcame burden of famous name/money/networks/Dad-on-phone... 






Disconnect and Forgotten in the Courts: Justice Denied As Albany Shrugs  
Where is Cuomo and Schneiderman?
Too many working-class New Yorkers are routinely tried, convicted and locked up without serious attention from an attorney and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Cuomo have failed to fix the problem, the Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes:  * Courthouse Serves Justice, With Indignity (NYT)

The NYP Does Their Spitzer Routine On Sharpton's Cashew Lawyer
NYP's Wood
Sharpton lawyer accused of rape is ‘hung like a cashew’(NYP) * Why Rachel must go: The bleeding won’t stop soon (NYP) Ten months into his incumbency, the mayor still seems impervious to embarrassment. He doesn’t get that when mayors speak, people listen. That words matter. That a statement made today might have to be defended tomorrow.**Victim of Sharpton lawyer ‘rape’ looked sober in video(NYP) * Family of Eric Garner sticking with Rubenstein — for now (NYP) Sharpton said the family will announce a decision Saturday about their legal representation.






Affordable Housing Canard or Tale  

Queens councilman smashes‘affordable’ $2,700 rent(NYP) An angry City Council member Monday blasted a de Blasio administration-backed “affordable housing” project in Queens for allowing rent on a “discounted” one-bedroom to top out at $2,700 per month. That’s simply not affordable, Queens Councilman Costa Costantinides said. The push-back came one week after the City Planning Commission gave approval to the Astoria Cove project, which calls for 345 of the planned 1,723 apartments — 20 percent — to be set aside as affordable. But of those lower-cost units, only 10 percent are guaranteed to be priced for “low income” New Yorkers — leaving the developer with significant flexibility to target moderate- and middle-income residents. * Council promises final say on Astoria Cove 'affordability (Capital)



A Forgotten Cover-Up Corruption Scandal Connected to  

Has the statute of limitations passed?
The collapse of the Corona-Elmhurst Center for Economic Development, a nonprofit partly organized by State Senator Jose Peralta, remains a mystery. A Queens-based nonprofit group that has never publicly accounted for its use of $500,000 in funding has conspicuously escaped a corruption investigation.  The nonprofit group, the Corona-Elmhurst Center for Economic Development, is politically connected with some of the city's highest elected officials and campaign consultants.  Government reform activists question whether those political ties precluded any prosecutorial investigation into the nonprofit's finances. When State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) was only an Assemblymember, he helped to form the Center for Economic Development.  In 2009, The New York Daily News reported that the Center for Economic Development had failed to file its tax returns, amongst other controversies.  In addition to financial irregularities, the Center for Economic Development's executive director had separated from the nonprofit.  According to the Daily News report, State Senator Peralta and his top political consultants continued to seek additional funding for the Center for Economic Development in spite of the nonprofit group's difficulties.  Reportedly, another nonprofit, the Audubon Partnership for Economic Development, was identified as assisting the Center for Economic Development during its financial and leadership crisis. * Assemblyman Jose Peralta scored $500,000 in taxpayer fundsfor inactive nonprofit (NYDN)



To Oddo and Ignizio Grimm is Just A Fairy Tale 

Staten Island Republicans mum on Grimm-Recchia race(NYDN) Borough President James Oddo said he didn't want to talk about it, but expressed unprompted support for Democratic Assemblyman Michael Cusick, a Democrat battling Republican Joe Tirone. City Council Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio said it wasn't appropriate to talk about politics, since the pols were in the middle of a press conference about resiliency measures at Staten Island University Hospital. "I’m not going to get into politics with the mayor here, or with anyone else for that matter, at this event,” he said, even though Mayor de Blasio had just offered his full support for Rechhia, a fellow Democrat. * Despite running against an opponent who has been recently indicted on charges such as tax evasion and who publically threatened a reporter, former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia continues to struggle in his race against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, Gotham Gazette writes: 

From A Creative Fun City Where Moving Up the Class Ladder Was Possible to Cold Disconnect Rich City  

1970's All Welcomed to NYC, 2014 Only the Rich Can Get In

Why I got out of New York City (NYDN, Katcham) The super-rich are driving rents up, and character out.
Middle-income residents — already a smaller percentage of the population here than the national average — are seeing incomes shrink and opportunities decline. Even as New York’s GDP increased by nearly 50% between 1990 and 2007, the average wage stayed flat, at about $16 an hour. And the share of income received by the middle 45% of New Yorkers, defined as those drawing incomes between $29,000 and $167,000, plunged by 19%. Recently I asked several old friends — all, like me, born-and-raised middle-class New Yorkers — if they still liked living here. I was curious because, a year ago, as a freelance magazine writer unconstrained by workplace, I headed west to a small town in Colorado, where rents are low, life is relaxed and the landscapes are wild and beautiful. A beer at a bar runs a buck-fifty, a big meal for two at a decent restaurant $15. My poll produced some very angry commentary about the outrageous cost of living in a city Mayor Bloomberg once described as “a luxury product” and about the takeover of neighborhoods, especially in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, by the super-rich, who drive rents up and character out. 


“The city is almost entirely about money now,” said Dave, 39, a Manhattan contractor. “A dead place full of people so tired and overworked they don’t remember what it feels like to feel good.” He talks with nostalgia about the ’70s and ’80s when the city, rife with crime and polluted, was culturally dynamic. Artists, writers and musicians, blessed with a low cost of living and thus with time to relax and be creative set the tone. Today, investment bankers, corporate lawyers and Russian oligarchs set the tone in a city that’s less about culture than the consumption of high-end goods. “One particular homogenized stratum of society has taken over,” said Rob, “multiplying like an invasive species.”  The city controller’s office said just that, if in milder language, in 2013: “Growing income disparities,” it warned, “can intensify patterns of class and racial segregation, and can undermine the social cohesion that makes urban neighborhoods interesting and comfortable places to live and work.” 


New York in the ’70s was known for three things: cheap rent, free healthcare and free education,” said John, 52, a lawyer. “That was the city I loved, the one where I drove a cab for five years to pay for law school. It’s gone. So Times Square got cleaned up. For what? Now it’s a demented cross between Tokyo and Disneyland.” Middle-income residents — already a smaller percentage of the population here than the national average — are seeing incomes shrink and opportunities decline. Even as New York’s GDP increased by nearly 50% between 1990 and 2007, the average wage stayed flat, at about $16 an hour. And the share of income received by the middle 45% of New Yorkers, defined as those drawing incomes between $29,000 and $167,000, plunged by 19%. Despite Mayor de Blasio’s happy talk about ending our tale of two cities, the combination of rising housing costs and falling wages is pushing us toward the future envisioned long ago by dissident economist Scott Nearing: “Myriads of serfs or ill-paid wage earners do the work; business managers, stewards and officials do the trading. Members of the imperial ruling class are the money-lenders; the investors; the land owners; the idle rich; the politicians.” Unless this changes, we will not be what we once were and still see ourselves as: the city of hope and opportunity for the many.

Living Wage is A Band-Aid On A Cancer (Gentrification) That is Causing 1000 Mom and Pop Business to Close Each Week

Mom and Pop Stores Was the Ladder to the Middle Class
City's Small Business Crisis Continues - Gotham Gazette* While de Blasio boasted that his executive order boosting the pay rate that tenants at city-subsidized projects must pay their employees will effect 18,000 workers, critics put the number closer to 4,100 and argue that the order could make it harder to create entry-level jobs in poorer neighborhoods, Crain’s reports:


How Come the Press Has Not Made NY's Low 40% Rate Of College Ready Students?




The Race for the State Senate

STATE DEMS SPENDING ON SENATE RACES: While some observers were skeptical that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would push aggressively for a Democratic takeover—which he pledged to do while securing the Working Families Party’s line—there is some evidence that he is following through: (C&S) * Three first-term Democratic senators are trailing their Republican challengers in critical races that will help decide control of the chamber, a Siena College poll today found, Gannett Albanyreports:  * At home in Albany (NYP Ed) Nassau County Democrats have now done an abrupt about-face. Apparently they’ve decided their state Senate candidate, recently accused of fraud, would be much more at home in Albany than on the state bench. Then again, the whole reason Democrats were angling to put David Denenberg forward for a judgeship was to get another candidate to take his place on the November ballot for an open Senate seat. In the latest campaign finance filing period, Cuomo transferred $2.52 million from his $27.3 million campaign war chest to the New York State Democratic Committee, in addition to $3.5 million transferred in the previous filing period.* These @SienaResearch polls look very, very good for NYSenate Rs (and thus Cuomo) Joining @sarbetter on @CapPressRoom Re: 3 new @SienaResearch State Senate polls. SD 41 Serino-R +12; SD 46 Amedore-R +10; SD 55 Funke-R +25* GOP challengers pull ahead in upstate senate races (NYP)



Another de Blasio Campaign Promise Bites the Dust
FreshDirect gets City Hall to back off on campaign promise(NYP) FreshDirect lobbied City Hall — and dangled the prospect of giving workers a raise — to get the mayor to drop his campaign promise to end the firm’s city subsidies,... Flashback De Blasio blasts Fresh Direct’s $100M freebie(2013, NYP) Fresh Direct would never have gotten more than $100 million in government subsidies to stay in New York City if he ran City Hall, Bill de Blasio said Thursday. The Democratic mayoral nominee said his administration would remove subsidies from large companies such as Fresh Direct and “give them to smaller companies.”




If You Thought Dumping Hynes Was the End Of Sexual Problems In the Brooklyn DA Office Forgetaboutit 
Brooklyn prosecutor AbeGeorge, who ran for District Attorney last year, forced out amid sex harassmentaccusation(NYDN) George, 36, a former Manhattan prosecutor, said Wednesday that he was leaving his post as the Brooklyn DA's deputy chief for narcotics to pursue work at a foundation. But sources say he was forced out after trying to smooch a 28-year-old female prosecutor who worked under him.* Former Top Candidate For BrooklynDA Resigns Over Alleged Sexual Harassment (Failed messiah) * High-Ranking BrooklynProsecutor Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Claim (DNAINFO)

Brooklyn DA Thompson, Hynes



Former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern Fights NYU Park Expansion 
The city should fight to preserve precious Manhattan parkland threatened by the school's expansion




NYT Covers-Up Lobbyists Berlin Rosen and Shadow Government Out of Mayor's Slush Fund 1NY Story 
More to Come, Developing Story From True News
A video touting de Blasio’s pre-k program was sent from a City Hall address, under the city seal, to a list of de Blasio’s campaign supporters, among others, raising questions among legal experts and good-government groups about whether it was an appropriate form of official communicationThe New York Times writes


Jobs4NY Which Failed After Spending $7 Million To Take Over the City Council Now Seeks to Keep the Dems From Taking Over the Senate
REBNY jumps into Senate battle Without the Parkside Group Which is Working for DSCC

Jobs for New York Inc., an outside spending group that poured $8 million into New York City’s 2013 elections, is now poised to help Republicans in the high-stakes battle for the state Senate, records show, Crain’s New York reports


Awards And Media Coverage for Failed Lobbyists Parkside Group
Lobbyists Groups Parkside Spent $7.5 Million of Real Estate Developers Money and Failed to Elected A Council Speaker. . . Making Their Queens Boss Crowley Their Benefactor A Loser

But the biggest donors to council races were the city’s real estate titans, who raised nearly $7 million in a bid to influence the election of City Council members. Spending for the PAC was coordinated by the industry’s lobbying arm, the Real Estate Board of New York.  But after the elections, REBNY President Steven Spinola was quick to declare victory, asserting that 18 of the 22 candidates backed by his group had won their elections. But determining just who was doling out the big bucks proved challenging, since most of the contributions to the real estate PAC, dubbed Jobs for New York, came from murky corporate entities that are otherwise ineligible to donate directly to candidates in city elections.* NY State Senate Republicans have $2.9 million in campaignaccount(NYDN)




Memo to Progressive: The Likely GOP Takeover of the Senate Will Mean Less Money for MTA, NYCHA, HHC Other City Servies


The mayor has chalked up victories at home and rallied fellow mayors around an activist platform. Sure, this could be another false dawn for the hope of a new, national urban agenda. But maybe ...




De Blasio Gives UFT Their Contract Magic Class Size Is No Longer A Problem
Teachers union gives de Blasio a pass on school overcrowding(NYP) The teachers union is going soft on Mayor de Blasio in its campaign to reduce class sizes. During Michael Bloomberg’s tenure at City Hall, the United Federation of Teachers blasted out press releases and held press conferences every September decrying the number of overcrowded classrooms.




Your Can't Have 1984 Control of the Media If the Public Finds Ways to Communicate
In a rare move, the de Blasio administration testified against a piece of New York City Council legislation that would create an online platform where New Yorkers could start and sign petitions aimed at receiving a government response, Gotham Gazette reports: 



Preet Bharara Speaks  
Republicans might accept Preet Bharara as attorney general(NYP) * #PreetBharara: institutional "culture" is key re corruption. Must be culture where ppl see bad action & blow whistle, ppl willing to listen. * #PreetBharara: seemed #Moreland was heading right direction. When being disbanded, felt must ensure work not lost to "dust bins of history" * US Atty Bharara at @CrainsNewYork forum on Astorino ad: "people try to use the work they presume my office is doing for their own purposes" *   Preet Bharara keeps mum on whether he's up for AttorneyGeneral Job (NYO)* Preet vows Rikers reforms 'one way or another' (Capital) * Bharara: elections won'taffect timing of his Moreland probe - Newsday @Newsday JCOPE lost another commissioner*Bharara explainsabsence of Wall St.prosecutions(CrainsNY)
US Attorney Preet Bharara


End Candidate Swap ... No Fucken Way With This Group in Albany
Skelos Floats Ending Candidate Swap(YNN) Senate Republicans would considering barring candidates from being transferred from one ballot line and being nominated for judgeships after Democrats sought to place former Senate hopeful Dave Denneberg in a Supreme Court justice race.

LI Dem Drops Out of Senate Race - Could Effect Control of the Senate 

Senate GOP Ldr Dean Skelos: Dems "showing a total disrespect for our judicial system" by nominating embattled Dave Denenberg for judgeship

Update Denenberg Stays on the Ballot
* Although David Denenberg dropped out of a state Senate race in the wake of allegations of charging fraudulent legal fees, the Nassau County Democratic chair says Denenberg will stay on the ballot, Gannett Albanyreports: 

David Denenberg drops out of Long Island state Senate race after being accused of stealing from his old law firm(NHDN) “This was a seat we felt we had a very good chance of winning,” Jacobs said. “When you take a targeted race and you take away a leading candidate under these circumstances, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say it negatively effects the chances for this race. And if that is one of the targeted races, you can do the math.” He also said he recognizes that unless the Dems put up a viable candidate, the Republicans can “pivot” its resources to other campaigns, “which make some other races a lot more competitive.” Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos called it "outrageous that the Senate Democrats have sunk so low that they knowingly chose a candidate who was convicted of serious crimes and had his law license suspended, and now they are showing a total disrespect for our judicial system by nominating this criminal to a Supreme Court judgeship."* David Denenberg, a Long Island Democrat, stepped out of a key state Senate race after his former law firm filed a lawsuit accusing him of defrauding a client for “fictitious” services, Newsday reports: Accused of Bilking Client, Long Island Democrat Ends StateSenate Bid (NYT) * Senate Democratic leader bows out of fundraiser forembattled Long Island Dem candidate (NYDN)* The business-backed group Unshackle Upstate released its endorsements, supporting mostly Republicans in the state Senate, but also supporting IDC member David Valesky, State of Politics reports: Juris-Imprudence  (NYP Ed) What do you do if your star candidate for a key state Senate seat is accused by his former partners of stealing ­­$3 million? If you’re the Nassau County Democratic Party, you make him a judge.* Astorino said Cuomo shouldn’t allow Nassau County Democrats to manipulate election laws to remove “disgraced” Senate candidate Dave Denenberg from the ballot.



Pay to Play Court Lawyers
Four Charged in a Bribery Scheme to Gain Clients in Arraignment Court(NYT)  A worker who interviewed defendants was paid as much as $1,000 per client that he steered to three lawyers and a paralegal, prosecutors said.


As PACs Suck Power Away From Local Communities, Centralizing Campaigns In the Hands of Lobbyists and Special Interests 

The Daily News Says PACs Have Not Been A Game Changer (Depends Which Game You Care About)
 The influx of independent PACs—which can raise and spend as much as they want for statewide and legislative races as long as they don’t coordinate with the campaigns—has hardly been the game-changer some expected, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:  *State Senate PACs  Coalition pushing for Democrat-controlled state Senate setto begin campaign mailings(NYDN)*  An independent expenditure group recently set up by education reform advocates associated with StudentsFirstNY has raised $1.75 million over the past week to pour into New York’s November elections—and is likely to help Senate Republicans, Crain’s reports: *Charter-schools group poised to aid Senate GOP 

 The healthcare workers union 1199 SEIU has endorsed Brooklyn GOP Sen. Marty Golden for re-election, in spite of a vow earlier this year to work exclusively toward helping the Democrats win the majority.
The NYC-based consulting firm BerlinRosen Public Affairs is establishing a new digital practice headed by former Obama campaign staffer Josh Cook.*IDC PAC Funds Bronx County-Backed Assembly Candidates(NYO) Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos outlined the successes of coalition rule, an indication that he isn’t ready to write off the Independent Democratic Conference just yet, State of Politics reports:  * De Blasio: Not SoDangerous (YNN) If you look at his agenda, I think it’s dangerous for this state,” Skelos said. “You have his candidates running for the Senate or running for re-election around this state.”  Obviously, de Blasio disagrees, saying full control of the Senate by Democrats would help middle-income people.

Developers Pressure Kills de Blasio's Inclusionary Proposed Increase 

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s forthcoming mandatory inclusionary housing proposal is more likely to hover around a 20 percent affordability requirement—a ratio associated with the current Inclusionary Housing Program—rather than the increase to 30 percent or more that some have suggested, Crain’s reports: 


Here Comes the $3.50 Fare Right After the Election, No Funds for Capital Budget  

Yet The MTA is Not An Issue in Campaign 2014

In M.T.A. Capital Budget, a Reappearing Cash Gap(NYT)The budget proposal released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority put the cost of keeping the aging system in working order at $32 billion, outpacing available funding by over $15 billion.


The MTA is proposing to use the $1.2 billion generated annually by the controversial payroll tax to back bonds for its five-year, $32 billion capital plan.


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:* The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved an almost $32 billion capital plan to upgrade aging infrastructure, but the agency still faces a more than $15 billion funding gap, the Post reports:  Tom Prendergast - Poor Tom. The MTA’s $15.2 billion shortfall in its five-year capital plan isn’t his fault, really. But now he has to deal with it. We guess that’s what you get for aspiring to public service. CITY & STATE TV: Gene Russianoff, NYPIRG attorney and spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign, discusses the MTA capital budget plan and the significant deficit in the proposal, in an interview with Nick Powell: * The MTA will need to establish an entrepreneurial unit to get past bureaucratic obstacles and move quickly to pursue clear revenue targets that contribute in significant ways to funding of the system, the Long Island Association’s Kevin Law and the Partnership for New York City’s Kathryn Wylde write in theDaily News:  * The MTA suffered more than $200 million in unexpected losses scrambling to install high-tech surveillance equipment to protect subway riders from potential terror attacks after defense contractor Lockheed Martin failed to deliver, the New York Post reports:



Daily News Takes A Hard Shot At Schneiderman's Shadow Government Cunningham Lobbyist Protection  

Don't want to take questions from the media? Well, OK — but Rick Karlin might gently rap on the tinted window of your taxpayer-funded sled.(TU)
Schneiderman Protects Lobbyist Cunningham
Editorial: Lay it out, Eric(NYDN) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s dealings with a top political operative with whom he has a long-standing personal and professional relationship are getting too cozy for comfort.  Worse, Schneiderman is refusing to release all of his official communications with Jennifer Cunningham under a dubious reading of the Freedom of Information Law.  Now is the time for the state’s top legal official to come completely clean. His campaign has paid the firm where she is a managing director, SKDKnickerbocker, $5.8 million over the past four years.But it turns out that Cunningham has been wearing the additional hats of (c) unpaid consultant to the attorney general’s office and (d) paid representative of private clients doing business with that same office. The newly public documents show that Cunningham had gone to bat with Schneiderman and his office on behalf of a half-dozen paying clients over the past four years. They included a hospital owner looking for help with a merger, a health-care company seeking an informational meeting, gay rights activists requesting a quote for a press release, organizers of a forum on prescription drug costs inviting the AG’s office to participate and an anti-bullying group suggesting the wording for a friendly tweet.Meanwhile, Schneiderman’s office is concealing who knows how many additional emails, discussing who knows what topics. Allowing officials to exempt any Tom, Dick or Harriet as “consultants” — without pay or a signed contract — would blow a mile-wide hole in the public’s right to know.*Newspaper Inkind Ads New Yorkers who are struggling to stay in their homes received a boost when state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said there was another $40 million for a Homeowner Protection Program that arose following the 2008 financial crisis, the Times Union reports:

As Cahill Gains Ground in the AG Race Schneiderman is Being Push Into Every Corrupt Democratic Operatives (Very People He Needs to Put In Jail) To Pull Out the Vote For Him

Now the AG Needs the Old Machine to Pull Out the Vote
John Cahill gains ground on Eric Schneiderman(NYP) The SienaCollege survey found that 50 percent of 809 registered likely voters would re-elect Schneiderman, while 34 percent would vote for Cahill. Last month, Schneiderman had a 54-27 lead over Cahill, who served as chief of staff to former Gov. George Pataki. 

The Old Machines and the New Tammany Hall Will Pull Votes for Scheiderman
Republican John Cahill accuses Attorney General EricScheiderman of hiding political consultant's role (NYDN) * 3 things John Cahill says about NY's AG silence on MorelandCommission (video) (syracuse.com) * The Ground Zero ad goes on to hit Schneiderman hard where it counts: on the corruption in Albany and the curious silence of the AG regarding Gov. Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland Commission. (NYP) John Cahill assails Eric Schneiderman's record as attorneygeneral (TU) * GOP Attorney General Hopeful John Cahill Backs Airbnb andUber (NYO) * AG candidate John Cahill blasts incumbent for lack of transparency (.legislativegazette.com) * GOP opponent blasts attorney general over Moreland Commission (Buffalo News) * Cahill: AG’s crime unit should vet casino bidders(TU) * The Lopez stain spreads(NYP) Both Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have had to answer questions over their own roles in the burgeoning mess regarding the hush money secretly paid to Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s first sexual-harassment victim. * New York Attorney General Race Narrows to 16 Points,Poll Says(WSJ)

Who Watchers the Watchman



The LIRR Extenion That Was Supposed to Be Finished in 1993 is Still Getting Funding

Can Anyone Say Over Budget?
In 1974, the finishing date for East Side Access was set to 1993.Now the the new terminal is expected to be operational by between 2019 and September 2023. BS



The Debate About the Debate . . .   Update Sat 1PM Cuomo Agress to Two Debates  

Monday
 Republican nominee for governor Rob Astorino called Gov. Andrew Cuomo's two debate proposals a "farce" and said he may not take part in either session in part because his campaign was not consulted about them, the Daily News reports: 

Astorino's Answer
Astorino campaign, calling for a one-on-one televised debate, rejects Cuomo debate proposals as "insulting to the people of New York State." No TV in NYC?
Astorino spokeswoman:"No one from @wnyc or @wsj contacted the Astorino campaign about a debate. Funny how Cuomo camp had already accepted."* Cuomo Accepts Debate Invitations(NY1) * Gov. Cuomo agrees to two debates with challenger RobAstorino, but it may not be enough for the GOP candidate (NYDN)
Cuomo seeks to avoid debate on TV with GOP opponent
Cuomo agrees to two debates (Updated) The campaign said it would participate in one held upstate in Buffalo and a second in New York City.  The upstate debate, to be sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED-WBFO, would include four candidates: Cuomo, GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott.  The New York City debate, sponsored by WNYC New York Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal, would be one-on-one with Astorino, the Westchester County executive.  The inartful dodger (NYDN Ed) He can run and maybe he can hide. With a little more than five weeks to go before Election Day, Gov. Cuomo has yet to agree to debate Republican challenger Rob Astorino, or, for that matter, anyone else on the ballot. It is long past time for Cuomo to commit to serving the public interest with a question-and-answer session that scrutinizes his record — about which much has been said — as well as his plans for a second term — about which the best the voters can guess at is more of the same. Saying yes or no to a debate proposal — ours or anyone’s — has become entangled in ultra-Cuomoesque calculating that plainly does him no good. (Again, see Moreland Commission.) At the moment, it is he who is playing cute with debate ideas that would be a disservice to democracy.* 'The Cuomo campaign proposed that any debate include fivecandidates, including the candidate of the Sapient Party"(NYDN) @NYDNHammond what in the last 4 years suggests Cuomo respects democracy? RT: The inartful dodger: Cuomo's debate games demean democracy


Local TV News Will Not Criticize Cuomo No TV Debate Because of Feal of Losing the Benjamins  



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 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





More Proof That NY's Political Parties Are Dead and Used for Person Gain 

As Rent Increase Change the Racial Make Up of Crown Heights and Bed Stuy The Rent is Too Damn Hight Party Off the Ballot?
Say it ain't so! RT @gblainnydn: Jimmy McMillian of 'Rent is2 Damn High' party tossed off gubernatorial ballot





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

Charter School Rent Too Damn High Also
Management company cuts high rent it was chargingtaxpayer-funded Brooklyn charter school(NYDN) National Heritage Academies, based in Michigan, was charging a whopping $2.5 million per year for classrooms leased to Brooklyn Excelsior CharterSchool, which it also manages, in a building it owns in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Is the Daily News Turning Into the Incumbent Protection Party Newspaper?



Attorney general reaches $925K settlement that will givemajor pay raises to 40 JFK airport skycaps giving the News Fair Pay campaignanother victory (NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached the deal with Alstate Maintenance LLC, which employs the skycaps and for years had underpaid them. His office pressured Alstate to raise the pay to $9 an hour, up from the $5.65 that many workers were receiving.




Tax the Foreigners Who Own NYC Apartments for Investiments *** What About the Gentrification Pied-a-Terres are Causing? 

Wednesday Update
NYP Wnats to Protect Luxury Developers 
 New York City’s sky-high taxes are already a disincentive to invest here and adding a surcharge on city co-ops and condos will only make matters worse, the Post writes: 

What About Tax Breaks NYS is Giving Luxury Developers to Build Housing for Pied-a-Terres?

The left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute argues that the de Blasio administration should levy a tax on New York City’s very expensive pied-à-terres—homes not lived in by their owners who often reside in other countries—a move that could prove palatable to the city’s business establishment but which would also have to get cleared with Albany first, Capital New York reports: http://goo.gl/QQRgoQ  * If Mayor Bill de Blasio pursues the Fiscal Policy Institute’s recommendation for higher taxes on ultraluxury apartments owned by foreigners, state Sen. Brad Hoylman has just the bill, Crain’s reports: http://goo.gl/chTDTi* Fiscal Policy Institute proposes tax on luxe pied-á-terres(NYP) Left-wing allies of Mayor de Blasio have come up with a new way to tax the rich by going after nonresidents who buy expensive co-ops and condos that they seldom...


AG Beats Dead Pol Lopez

Vito Lopez Who Runs A Multi-Million Dollar None Profit Empire . . .  Controlled the Developers . . . Has No Money to Pay for A Sexual Abuse Settlement? BS  
Not Speakers Silver Job to Investigate Sexual Complaints?
Lopez says he can’t pay any potential settlement money(NYP)Disgraced former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez is waving a tin cup, saying he can’t find a job — and can’t pay any potential settlement in a pending federal sexual-harassment lawsuit accusing him of groping two former underlings. His claim, if true, could leave Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is also named in the suit for allegedly allowing Lopez’s behavior to continue unchecked, on the hook for any settlement or award, the plaintiffs’ lawyer said Monday. Lopez lawyer Laura Sack told Manhattan federal Judge Michael Dolinger in court that the former Brooklyn Democratic boss and power broker “is not in a position to contribute” to any settlement in the lawsuit by two former Assembly aides Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera. Lawyer Kevin Mintzer, representing Burhans and Rivera, told Dolinger he had not contacted Lopez’s lawyers with an offer because “the gist of it is that Mr. Lopez has no ability to pay.” 





Albany Incumbents Take Over the Political Party and Centralize Power  

Senate Dems, State Party Coordinate For Battleground Races(YNN) The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and the state Democratic Committee are undertaking a coordinated and layered advertising effort in key races. The mail in the Senate districts is already being sent out, with TV ads also expected, Democratic officials said.
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Shush . . . Income inequality is Increasing in NYC Because of Gentrification
De Blasio brought his message on income inequality to theinternational stage Wednesday with a speech in the U.K., further solidifying his position as a leader in the activist wing of the Democratic Party.


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




Airbnb Killing Bed and Breakfasts Business

Airbnb regulations threatening actual bed and breakfasts(NYP) Strict laws enacted to prevent abuses by users of Airbnb are putting the city’s legitimate bed-and-breakfasts out of business. That’s because the regulations, meant to keep apartments from turning into illegal hotels — or, in a few notorious cases, brothels — are being applied to B&Bs that have been operating here for years, according to Crain’s New York Business.* B&B be gone (CrainsNY)  A law cracking down on illegal hotels in the city, and the rise of Airbnb, have put real bed-and-breakfasts out of business.


Bharara Pushes City Hall to Fix Rikers  

Moving the Media Aways From Moreland During the Cuomo Campaign
Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, questioned the commitment of New York City officials to make meaningful reforms at Rikers Island, which has come under scrutiny for a “culture of violence,” The New York Times reports: http://goo.gl/yHgwDU  * As New York City’s Department of Corrections seeks to beat back controversy, Commissioner Joseph Ponte is replacing a top staffer—Chief of Staff Sara Taylor—who is a holdover from the Bloomberg administration, the Observer reports: http://goo.gl/U8j6WC  Preet Bharara threatens legal action over jail conditions(NYP)* Prosecutor Warns That Rikers Island Problems May Prompt U.S. Lawsuit (NYT) The New YorkJail Scandal Continues (NYT)  News that city officials sanitized a report about Rikers Island raises many questions on whether the city is ready to reform the jail system.* NYT says Rikers scandal raises questions about both Bloomberg and BdB admins De Blasio Seeks to Enlist Outside Help in Fixing Rikers(NYT)

The Jerks in the Council Pushing Out Small Landlords and Helping Take-Over Landlords of Push Tenants Out
NYC City Hall Shaming BadLandlords for ‘Inflicting Pain for Profits’(epochtimes) Committee chair Jumaane Williams said the point of the bill was not to fine all landlords $10,000, but to increase protection for tenants in the right.  The bill may be counterproductive for smaller landlords, however. Frank Ricci, director of government affairs for the Rent Stabilization Association, told Wall Street Journal the fines could put small landlords out of business and encourage selling their properties to institutional investors. The large institutional owners are typically the landlords who have the ability to hire entire portfolios of lawyers and systematically try to push tenants out if they so wish. Stories of tenants bewildered over the level of constant harassment they receive over a few hundred dollars is common, because the apartments they live in are potential multi-million condos.   According to lawyers and small landlords, the debt taken in purchasing a building full of rent-stabilized units, which may have had no mortgage when the small landlord owned it, basically calls for turning over all the regulated apartments




Investigative Journalism At Last . . . 

Daily News Looks to Be Close to the Next President Journalism, Common Sense Be Dammed 
Huma Abedin remains at Hillary Clinton’s side despitesexting woes with husband Anthony Weiner (NYDN) Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal left his wife Huma Abedin’s role with Hillary Clinton in doubt. But one year later, Abedin's position as Clinton’s personal chief of staff remains intact, as well as her marriage to Weiner.

Investigative Journalism At Last . . .  Undercover Elmo 

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Who is Paying to Plant News In the NYT? 

THE article ran above the fold on the front page early this month, a Times investigation into the influence of foreign money within American research organizations. It reported that more than a dozen think tanks “have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities.” It warned of the danger of that big money, which it said was “increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington.” Maybe The Times should heed its own warning. The very next day, a complaint arrived in my email — not about the think tank article but about an Op-Ed piece. The writer, Till Bruckner of Transparify, a nonprofit organization that looks into think-tank funding, said that “the NYT may be unwittingly aiding and abetting the very manipulations of public opinion and government policies that it publicly deplores.” Titled “The Saudis Can Crush ISIS,“ the Op-Ed article called for “the international community to form a solid coalition with Saudi Arabia to roll back ISIS’ military advances.” One of its authors is affiliated with Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which Mr. Bruckner described as “one of the most opaque think tanks,” in terms of disclosing its funding sources.There may be no conflict of interest here — but it is awfully hard to tell. And this is not an isolated case of a Times reader calling for more disclosure. Many are demanding it. And they’re right. Readers continually cite examples, on both the news and opinion pages, in which The Times gives voice to information and opinion without disclosing the financial or political ties behind them. Here are two I have heard about.




Here Come the Corporate Lobbyists Newspapers 
Remember the Brooklyn Standard? The permanent campaign adjusts(AYR)
Remember the Brooklyn Standard? It was supposed to be published way more often.
Two years ago, on 6/17/05, Forest City Ratner announced:
FOREST CITY RATNER LAUNCHES THE BROOKLYN STANDARD TO KEEP BOROUGH INFORMED ABOUT ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT
Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), the developer of the Atlantic Yards project over the Long Island Rail Road yard at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, today announced the publication of The Brooklyn Standard, a periodic publication providing updates on the project and information about other relevant news and events in the borough.

(Of course the project is not simply “over” the railyard.)
Here's the first issue."Every few months"
The press release offered a prediction of publication “every few months”:
“We want The Brooklyn Standard to be informative and to the point on issues related to the Atlantic Yards project,” Bruce Bender, the FCRC executive vice president for government and public affairs. “Every few months we will put out a new issue with updates, summaries of meetings, up-coming events and even other activities throughout the borough that people may find interesting.
Of course, that was before the New York Times belatedly trashed the first issue and the second issue, released in October 2005, facedcriticism of its content and reports that it falsely attributed bylines to a stringer.
The second issue was never mounted on the web, and no further issue never appeared, so the publisher never printed corrections requested by the stringer cited above.
Questions continue  But Bender recognized that, yes, the public would have questions:
“We anticipate that as the project goes forward there will be questions about traffic and construction – along with others about how to find employment or opportunities for small businesses – and we intend to use this publication as a way to speak directly to the people of Brooklyn about these and other issues.” 
As demolitions are planned, the developer has found new avenues--press releases and a Community Liaison Office--to present some calibrated doses of information. The Community Liaison Office, however, has met with widespread criticism, from community groups such as the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods and even in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which reported 5/1/07 that "whenever this reporter has called that number, only an answering machine is heard."
Brooklyn Tomorrow Now we have the annual Brooklyn Tomorrow, produced not by Manhattan Media for Forest City Ratner but by the New York Post's Community Newspaper Group (aka Courier-Life) for... well, the advertisers, who most prominently include Forest City Ratner and Barclays Capital.
The tabloid appears in each edition of this week's Courier-Life issues, as well. Consider it another adjustment in the "Atlantic Yards permanent campaign."
As Lumi Rolley of NoLandGrab wroteWho needs a fake tabloid when the Post will do it for you?

The NYT Out of Touch of New Yorkers 
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.
Endorsement Power Meltdown
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 Abramso

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 oney Keeping Us Misinformed  and Giving the Special Interest News Control Though Paid Ads

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.

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



Stringer Looking for Press Goes to Citi Bike  

Why Not Use Some of the Pension $$$ to Expand the Program?
City auditing Citi Bike, the bike share program that's beentroubled since debut(NYDN) Auditors are conducting an in-depth review of the finances and management of Citi Bike, including revenue and cost of operations, condition and maintenance of equipment, and the availability of bikes to riders, according to Controller Scott Stringer’s office.COMPTROLLER STRINGER ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY PENSION FUNDS RETURNED 17.4PERCENT IN FISCAL YEAR 2014 New York City to save $17.8 billion through 2035 because of above-average returns


Lobbyists Pitta Bishop Del Giorno Which Already Control the City Council Is Seeking To Also Take Over GOP Clubs


New Boss Same As the Old Boss
Pitta & Giblin LLP Sponsor of our Annual Columbus DayDinner (Queens Village Republic Club) The members of the Queens Village Republican Club wish to extend our warmest thanks to Robert Bishop, a partner at the lawfirm, Pitta Bishop, Del Giorno, Giblin LLP for the generous donation from his lawfirm, to sponsor our annual Columbus Day Dinner on Oct. 2nd at the Knights of Columbus, St. Annes Council in Glen Oaks. Giulani Saving the Bronx GOP* The Bronx Republican Party will host a fundraising golf outing to fill its coffers Wednesday at the acclaimed Saint Andrews Golf Club in Westchester County with special guest former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Daily News reports: 




. LICH Hospital Loses After 2 Elections 
LICH deal crumbles After the 2nd Election . . . 1. After Mayor's 2013 Campaign Promise to Keep LICH A Full Service Hospital the Developer Created A Doctor in A Box Emergency Room . . . 2. After 2014 Election Community Loses Fake ER 
The judge, DOH and SUNY all seem to be at fault
N.Y.U.Langone Medical Center is pulling out of its agreement to run Long IslandCollege Hospital, derailing a deal to sell the property and leaving open the question of whether any health care will be offered on site  Just when you thought it was over...the neverending mess at#LICH comes roaring back. "LICH Deal Crumbles" (Capital)* Deal to keep emergency room at site of Long Island City Hospital collapses(NYDN) A deal to keep an emergency room on the site of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn has collapsed, a huge setback to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to keep a health care facility there.* NYU Backs Out of LICH Project(WSJ)  University Medical Center Cites Nursing Dispute as It Steps Away from Brooklyn Development***Tuesday Update ‘Expectations are low’ for salvaging a LICH deal (Capital)
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 A Fake Fight Over A Fake ER NYU Pulls Out After the Election . . .  de Blasio's Promise to Keep A Full Service Hospital Open in 2013 Campaign Comes Up Again in Local Newspaper 
Saturday Mayor de Blasio weighs in on NYU’s exit from LICH deal (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) We are heartened that today emergency services are still being provided to the community at LICH,” de Blasio spokesperson Phillip Walzak said late Friday afternoon. “Yet the fact remains that SUNY must live up to its responsibility to ensure that people who relied on LICH in the past will continue to have access to the care they need.”* NYU pulls out ofdeal to save LICH over snag with nurses union (NYP) When he was running for City Hall last year, Mayor de Blasio pledged to maintain medical care at the Brooklyn facility and was even arrested at a protest to demonstrate his support. NYU officials said a court decision dragging them into a lawsuit involving the New York State Nurses Association led to the withdrawal. A top state official blasted irresponsible politicians, litigious labor leaders and a meddling judge for destroying a hard-fought deal.
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What Bull Shit:  NYP Blames the Nurses and Community for Killing LICH Not the Developers and SUNY 
Well, now it looks as though Cobble Hill has also lost the emergency room and clinics that were to replace it. For that, it can thank the nurses union and an activist judge. When Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes ordered the union to sue the buyers as well — NYU’s Langone Medical Center and developer Fortis Property Group — NYU pulled out of the deal. Fortis says it still wants to go through with the $240 million sale but will be hard-pressed to find another medical partner. Which means the likeliest outcome is a total shutdown with no replacement. Here’s the bottom line: The community and judge who demanded more hospital beds get no beds at all. The union that demanded more jobs gets no jobs at all. 

Daily News Also Sides With Real Estate Developers Over Its' Own Readers 
What Bill hathwrought (NYDN) The LICH deal de Blasio boasted about continues to fall apartBrooklyn Judge Johnny Lee Baynes — who recklessly conspired with Mayor de Blasio to throw the sale of Long Island College Hospital into chaos — has now blown it up completely. Unwilling to be sucked into pointless legal tangling, the seasoned, respected hospital professionals at NYU chose to walk away — quite possibly for good. So Cobble Hill is stuck with the white elephant of a near-vacant hospital in never-ending limbo.And de Blasio — who launched this courtroom farce as public advocate, then, as mayor, declared in February that he had “saved” LICH in a “truly historic” deal — is stuck with egg on his face.

The Founder of the Daily News Spoke for the Average New Yorker Not the Rich Developers

When Joseph Patterson founded the Daily News in 1919 he said the paper would not represent one class over another.  His pledge still remains on a corner stone of the former Daily News Building at 220 East 42nd Street.  It is a pledge long forgotten


Daily News Founder
Rebellion Joseph Medill Patterson, author (1879-1946)
Chicago: Reilly and Britton Price: 1.25
Plain people and city life furnish dramatic material for "Rebellion," by Joseph Medill Patterson. The husband in the story becomes interested in politics, like most young men, and eventually develops as the lieutenant of the leader. By easy stages he becomes a typical ward heeler*, loses his standing with the leader and at the same time develops an inordinate craving for strong drink.  His wife again becomes a wage-earner.  The intemperance of the husband drives the wife, through neglect and desperation, to receive, reluctantly at first, attentions from another suitor.  A church's unalterable position toward divorce furnishes a theme that is hardly required to make "Rebellion" of itself a story impressive in its human appeal.  No reader can fail to appreciate the author's careful, painstaking analysis of a situation that finds many counterparts in all our great cities. * ward heeler: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than for public ends. (FreeDictionary.com) Daily News Sides With the Real Estate Developer Over Those Protecting the Library * The Brooklyn Public Library’s trustees have approved an extraordinarily good deal for their cash-strapped system, the Daily Newswrites:

WFP and Berlin Rosen Has Tuned Campaign Funding Into Anything Goes and Fake Campaign Mailings into An Art
NY1 allowed Biviano to changed WFP candidate Peter Sikora with Illegally coordinating the mayor's One NY PAC money with his campaign money. The PAC mailing told the community that the emergency room being built by the developer of luxury housing on the site of the closed LICH Hospital with meeting the communities health care needs. Doctors and community leaders have said the mailing are a total lie.  While NY1 allowed those charges to be aired over 100 other journalist in the city have opened Biviano's press releases with contained the illegal PAC charges and said nothing. Lobbyists Berlin Rosen Takes Over NYC Government

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Today's Media Blacks Out Judicial Conventions 

In 2008 True News Wrote 
Judicial Convention Sausage Factory Continues, Almost Nobody Noticed “For a glimpse into the odious nature of how the political bosses make judges in New York, we direct your attention to a letter in Friday's Voice of the People by veteran court watcher Alan Flacks. On Tuesday, Flacks dropped in on the Brooklyn Democratic Party's ceremony for elevating faithful lawyers to the bench. The party calls it a convention. It's not. It's a charade, currently directed by boss Vito Lopez.” – September 19, 2008.Manhattan: I attended the Kings County Democratic judicial nominating convention Tuesday. It was orchestrated "Soviet-style." Short, sweet, lady- and gentleman-like, the script called for the eight candidates to be designated or redesignated without opposition, even for supposed "open" seats. Before adjournment, each judge candidate got up and gave a short thank-you speech. Every one of them expressed gratitude to the party district leaders for their support, and they also expressed effusive thanks to and praise of County Leader Vito Lopez (photo). One "re-up," John Leventhal of the Appellate Division, Second Department (after inquiring if the press was present) thanked now-imprisoned county leader Clarence Norman as well, and another called Lopez "the greatest county leader ever." After adjournment, I spoke with a number of delegates who voted "automatically" and didn't seem to know for whom they were voting. They didn't know, and were just told for whom to vote.  - Alan Flacks

In 2008 the Daily News Only the Daily News Noticed That Jeff Feldman Help Run the Brooklyn Judicial Convention in 2014 None of the Media Noticed 

Feldman and his Friends Play the System
“Similarly unseemly was the role played at the convention by Jeff Feldman, a one-time party honcho who was indicted with Norman but won dismissal of charges. No longer exiled from the convention, Feldman helped run Tuesday's show.” -– NY Daily News Editorial, September 19, 2008.
More On Corrupt Judicial Conventions

Boyland Blames His Lawyers A Month Before Sentencing 
ConvictedAssemblyman Boyland blames lawyers in letter to court(NYP)The taped bribery sessions and damning e-mails didn’t sink William Boyland Jr. — it was his lawyer’s fault! That’s the claim the disgraced former Brooklyn assemblyman — facing up to 12 years behind bars — is making in an apparent bid for leniency. In a new Brooklyn federal court pre-sentencing filing, Boyland claims well-respected attorneys Peter Quijano and Nancy Ennis defied him at trial and have ignored him since his March conviction.  Slated for sentencing next month, the incarcerated crook wrote to Judge Sandra Townes and requested a new attorney to represent him.



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NY's Incumbent Protection Party 

New York’sIncumbent Party — can’t throw the bums out(NYP) There come moments, H.L. Mencken once wrote, when men must rise above principle. For New York, this may be one of those moments. Here’s the problem: Today a single party maintains its grip over Albany by rigging the electoral maps. It’s called the Incumbent Party, and it includes Republicans and Democrats alike. In theory, voters go to the polls to choose their representatives. In practice, legislative control over redistricting often means incumbents choosing their voters. And data-driven technology makes it easier and easier for them to do it. In 2010, California opted for a citizens’ commission to reform a redistricting process skewed, like New York’s, to favor incumbents. The next year, Pro Publica ran a story exposing how Democrats had gamed the reform. “Skilled political professionals armed with modern mapping software and detailed voter information,” the story said, “managed to replicate the results of the smoke-filled rooms of old.” Truth is, any completely independent commission would by definition also be completely unaccountable. It also means recognizing the problem will only get worse. Long before he was indicted on federal bribery charges and became one of the few incumbents to lose a primary, state Sen. Malcolm Smith had admitted that if Democrats got control of both houses at redistricting time, they’d “draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the state of New York for the next 20 years.” But instead of looking for one big magic fix, New Yorkers would be better off recognizing that even if this reform would help, it’s only one of a series of measures needed to put the squeeze on Albany’s Incumbent Party. 

Others include ending rules that now allow third parties to cross-endorse a candidate already on the ballot as a Democrat or Republican — which only gives incumbents another line on the ballot they can buy. Goo-goos should also have no problem with another simple measure: requiring full disclosure of all outside income — and its sources — for our part-time legislators.Incumbents might have a more difficult time being returned to office if their challengers could point voters to the connections between an incumbent’s votes and the people who are paying him the big bucks. The challenge of gerrymandering, of course, is as old as American democracy, going back to accusations that Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry in 1789 tried to design Virginia’s voting districts so as to deprive Federalist James Madison of a seat in Congress. No one’s yet found the cure, and even champions of the one on New York’s ballot will concede this one isn’t perfect. But it sure looks more promising than the rotten status quo. * Carl Paladino announced Thursday he will host a reception for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Sept. 30, which will include an appearance by Texas governor Rick Perry, Capital New York reports * Sharpening his rhetoric, Republican challenger John Cahill said Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was "complicit" in the sexual harassment of legislative staffers allegedly committed by former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Times Union reports: 



The Silence of the Jewish Hate Crime Attack Spike 
City Hallripped for silence over hate crime spike(NYP) The de Blasio administration has been too quiet in the face of a troubling spike in hate crimes, Jewish and other elected officials charged Thursday. Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield contrasted City Hall’s muted public response in the wake of a 39 percent spike in anti-Semitic crimes this year with the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who headlined a rally against such incidents in her country earlier this week.





Affordable Housing Fix? Guess 
 A city program that provides millions of dollars annually in low-interest loans for private landlords to rehabilitate affordable housing units rarely bothered to verify if those landlords repaired building violations that their loan arrangements required them to fix, the Daily News’ JuanGonzalez writes: 


Lipstick on a Pig Port Authority  
 In the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, lawmakers in both New York and New Jersey should approve changes that will ensure greater transparency and accountability so abuse at the Port Authority will not happen again, the Times writes:






Meet the New San Gennaro Mob the Same As the Old San Gennaro Mob  
EXCLUSIVE: San Gennaro Feast is a famine for local charitieswhich collect under 5% of massive proceeds — just slightly more than when themob dished out the dough(NYDN)The current treasurer, Vivian Catenaccio, was allowed to stay on after it was revealed that her brother, Frank, was identified by law enforcement as a made member of the Genovese family. Frank has since died. In 2000, the late Anne Compoccia, then head of the charity, was charged with skimming money from Mulberry St. merchants. She later pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. In recent years, this altruism has all but evaporated. In fact, in two years — 2007 and 2009 — the group gave zero dollars to charity, tax forms reveal. In 2012, the last year for which tax forms are public, Figli took in $768,000 and gave out $55,000. That’s 7%.




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)




Judge Dumps BOE Redistricting Language

The proposed redistricting commission is not “independent.”
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.* After last week’s Democratic primary Zephyr Teachout, who appears determined to keep her finger in New York politics, issued a statement urging voters to reject the constitutional amendment that will change the redistricting process, State of Politics reports: 



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 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.




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


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.





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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 indep