Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Update: Govt Funded Apartheid in Brooklyn Spreading to Queens

How the Government Causes Gentrificaton and Rising Rents Are Pushing Blacks Out of Crown Heights and Bed Stuy  
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.

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:  

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.

NA 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

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

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

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) 

Killing the Middle Class: Rising Rents and Increase in Lower Paying Jobs 
New York’sjob squeeze(NYDN Ed) The workforce grows but income sinks. New York City added 6,800 jobs in September, putting the five boroughs on track to add more than 100,000 positions this year. And that will, indeed, be a happy and healthy gain. At the same time, the unemployment rate here fell to 6.8% last month, hitting its lowest point in almost five years. Again we cheer, because the trend signals greater opportunity for paycheck earners. That said, all is not sunny. As is happening across the country, the city continues to produce jobs toward the lower end of the economic ladder — stocking shelves, waiting tables, caring for shut-ins — while higher paying positions are in short supply. Hotels, restaurants, bars and similar businesses are the fastest-growing sector of the job market. They pay an average weekly salary of just $573 — among the lowest of any industry . Also rapidly expanding is the health-care sector — mostly in the form of positions for home aides and the like. This sector pays an average of $936 per week, barely a comfortable living in a costly town. Meanwhile, the critical financial sector — with weekly wages that average $5,761 — has yet to replace 23,000 of the Wall Street jobs that evaporated in the meltdown of 2007 and 2008. With the financial industry falling from 13% of New York’s jobs at the beginning of 2008 to 11% today, and with leisure and hospitality slots rising from 8% of the workforce to 10%, too many seekers land positions that barely pay a living wage instead of ones that afford a decent standard of living. From 2007 to 2013, when the Consumer Price Index ticked upwards by 12.4%, the average income per employee in the five boroughs increased by just one-half of 1%.

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

Was Cuomo's Book Tax Payer Funded  
Cuomo brushed off the tidal wave of lousy Amazon reviews of his new memoir, arguing he didn’t have the time to do a proper book tour to make people love the book.
Cuomo may have violated state criminal and ethics laws by using his public position and employees to promote his newly published autobiography, “All Things Possible,’’ a sworn complaint charges, the New YorkPost’s Fred Dicker writes: 
Common Core Petition Problem
A Manhattan woman who last week admitted to committing fraud when she helped two Republican candidates get on a new anti-Common Core ballot line may have done the same thing in at least two other races, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports: 
Cuomo No Go Western NY
 In two well-financed statewide political campaigns, in 2006 for attorney general and in 2010 for governor, Cuomo emerged victorious virtually everywhere except for one place: western New York, the Journal writes:
In a third part of a series examining Cuomo’s record, Gotham Gazette looks ethics and reform during his first term: * Voters need to pay attention to the state comptroller race because New Yorkers need a choice on the fiscal policies that hold us back, thePost’s Nicole Gelinas writes:
 McCain Makes a Fundraising Plug for Astorino(YNN)*Schneiderman Endorsed By Two PBAs (YNN)* Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appearing with Vice President Joseph Biden Jr., vowed to dramatically reshape New York City’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and turn two smaller airports into major hubs, the Observer reports: * State Sen. John Bonacic, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed disappointment that Cuomo did not re-nominate Judge Victoria Graffeo to the state’s highest court, but predicted an easy confirmation for the governor’s pick, Judge Leslie Stein, the Daily Newsreports:  * U.S. Sen. John McCain is the latest big name Republican to lend his name to a fundraising pitch for gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, touting the Westchester County executive’s tax-cutting record, State of Politicsreports: 
Traveling with Governor Cuomo is a unique experience. It moves very fast, without much time for breaks. That is particularly challenging when you are trying to produce for television, which is labor-intensive. But it’s also a fascinating window into what these politicians do, since we are basically embedded with the Governor and his staff for the roughly 12-hour adventure. * These Are Complicated Times:’ Cuomo Says 51 Percent Would BeA Victory (NYO) * Cuomo and Biden Vow Transformative Overhaul of New YorkAirports (NYO) Cuomo was quick to playfully jab at Biden’s comment comparing La Guardia Airport to a third world country.* NY1’s Zack Fink writes in State of Politics that traveling with Cuomo in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Ricoprovided a fast-paced but fascinating window into how high-level politicians and their aides operate:* For Cuomo And Astorino, Two Different New Yorks (YNN)* Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is not rich. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is defending his endorsement of GOPgubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. Astorino: Block Planes With Passengers From Ebola-StrickenNations(YNN) * Cuomo Plans More Book Promotion(YNN) * WFPer fuming about Cuomo: “Our great accomplishment wasgetting the Dem governor to announce his support for Dems" (NYDN)

Yea Sure, The Cuomo Douglas Debates
Biden Compares Cuomo to Lincoln 
'HE'S LIKE YOU PAL, HE HAD VISION:' Vice President Biden compares Gov. Cuomo to Abe Lincoln(NYDN) So that's why you never see Abe Lincoln and Gov. Cuomo in the same place at the same time. Vice President Biden and the governor got campaign-season buddy-buddy in Queens Monday over their mutual fondness for investing in infrastructure -- with the veep comparing Cuomo to the 16th president for being able to see the big picture. "He's like you, pal," Biden told Cuomo during an aside about Lincoln supporting the transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. "He had vision." Cuomo later deflected questions about whether Biden's Lincoln comment implied he should someday run for president. "You know, it's funny how you took it that way," Cuomo deadpanned. "I thought he was saying that I looked very old. That's how I took it." But what about that Biden's jest suggesting Cuomo come help break up D.C. gridlock? "I have my hands full right here. Maybe after we finish doing the airports," the governor said.

It Was the Worst of End of the Election Season and the Best of the End of the End of the Election Season  
Joel Siegel ‏@joelmsiegel 

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

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 runFirst 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.

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.

F Trump Why is There So Much Lobbyists and Campaign Contributions to Build Casinos In NY When it is Doomed to Fail Like NJ? 
DONALD'S FULL OF CRAPS: Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were utter failures,says N.Y. casinos will 'go down the tubes' (NYDN)Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes' The Donald predicted the state will take a loss in the not-too-distant future because the market in the Northeast is saturated. Trump says he no longer has financial interests in casinos in New Jersey, and recently has fought to have his name removed from the troubled Trump Taj Mahal.

Maggie Haberman ‏@maggiepolitico 
Can't say I understand the Daily News calling Trump for comment on things and then trashing him for giving it

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

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

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. 
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.

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."

 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.

Recap of This Week In the Race for Gov

NYT Tell Cuomo New Yorkers Deserve to See Real Unscripted Debates
Gov. Cuomo’s Debate Follies(NYT) With New York elections less than a month away, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on a vigorous campaign to sell his new autobiography. What’s missing from this busy schedule is the political reality of the moment.  Mr. Cuomo is running for re-election on Nov. 4, and so far he has agreed to only one one-hour televised debate with three other candidates, including Rob Astorino, the Republican in the race. That isn’t sufficient for voters who need to hear and see the back and forth on issues like ethics in Albany, taxes, women’s rights and the economy.  Mr. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has said at least five such debates were proposed, mostly by news organizations. However, Mr. Cuomo is only willing to participate in a group debate — which would include Mr. Astorino and candidates from the Green and Libertarian parties — in Buffalo on Oct. 22. The Cuomo campaign has said that Mr. Cuomo had agreed to one radio debate with Mr. Astorino. Unfortunately, Mr. Astorino refused the offer because he wanted it to be televised, a demand the Cuomo campaign rejected. Mr. Cuomo has raised more than $44 million in campaign funds compared with Mr. Astorino’s $4 million. The governor has a hefty lead in the polls. Still, New Yorkers deserve to see real, unscripted debates between their the two main choices for governor

.NYPUp for debate This week has brought us three strikingly different takes on public debates from candidates running for office. The sole debate between the two candidates for state comptroller — incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli and GOP challenger Bob Antonacci — proved remarkably polite. By contrast, up in Connecticut, the fifth debate (yes, fifth) between Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley turned into a bare-knuckled brawl. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo called complaints he won’t have a single, one-on-one televised debate with GOP challenger Rob Astorino a “baloney issue.”

The NYP is Wrong to Call Cuomo A Maestro He is Really A MAGICIAN 

Andrew Cuomo — the maestro (NYP) Andrew Cuomo has pulled off a brilliant move, one that gives him the Working Families Party slot on the ballot even as he undermines that party’s future.  WFP, recall, endorsed Gov. Cuomo for re-election despite big policy differences. That’s because WFP leaders calculated the endorsement was their best route to gaining the 50,000 votes they need to retain an automatic ballot line for the next four years.The governor, meanwhile, wanted the WFP endorsement, a tool of the city’s biggest unions, primarily to cripple his challenger in the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout, who would have benefited enormously from WFP backing.Since then he’s barely mentioned the WFP.* Cuomo's New Women's Political Party Serves Multiple Purposes (WXXI)

The Leaders of the Women's Party Have Said Nothing About the Albany Sexual harassment Slush Fund
Meanwhile, he formed a new ballot line, the Women’s Equality Party — and appeared in an ad touting it along with his girlfriend and his daughters. WFP leaders now fear Cuomo’s new party line could siphon enough votes from their party that it loses its ballot position. Which only highlights the corruption of a system, unique to New York, that allows parties to cross-endorse candidates on other lines instead of running their own candidates. The incentive here is for minor parties to sell their endorsements to the highest bidder. But it doesn’t prevent that bidder from acquiring other lines. If the WFP now find itself on the losing end of the deal with the gov, it has no one to blame but its own leaders. * More WEP Upset (YNN) * Cuomo Has Book, Will Travel (YNN)* Consternation over Cuomo’s push to create a Women’s Equality Party line is growing among Democratic women who worry that the effort will hurt down-ballot candidates running on Row A, State of Politics reports: 

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) Unemployment Down  Cuomo touted the state’s 6.2 percent unemployment rate as the lowest level in six years as well as an honor from the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation for lowering tax rates, State of Politics reports:  * Although Cuomo in his memoir at times seems to be talking to a national audience—blasting Democrats and Republicans alike and even appearing to implicitly criticize President Obama—the governor insists he is speaking to New Yorkers, State of Politicsreports: * A report from Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG shows that real estate mogul Leonard Litwin, who has used a variety of business entities to donate $1 million to Cuomo’s re-election campaign, also gave the biggest donations to both Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Controller Thomas DiNapoli, the Daily News reports:  * Bobby Jindal came down to Manhattan to try to elect Rob Astorinogovernor(NYO) * Rob Astorino claims Andrew Cuomo may have accepted a bribe when he took the endorsement of the Working Families Party (NY1)
Friday Cuomoreceives award from conservative research group (NYP) The Tax Foundation honor is a coup for Cuomo, who is running for a second term against business-friendly Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive. “outstanding achievement in state tax reform award” for slashing corporate taxes* Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said he would limit the governor, attorney general, state comptroller and all state lawmakers to two four-year terms in office, The Wall Street Journal reports: * After giving himself a two-week extension of the legal deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce his nominee for a slot on the state's Court of Appeals on Friday, the Times Union reports:  * Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said he would limit the governor, attorney general, state comptroller and all state lawmakers to two four-year terms in office, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * Astorino accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday of measuring success by “how many people are on welfare,” the DailyNews reports: * In the governor’s race yesterday, Republican Rob Astorino called for eight-year term limits for statewide office holders and members of the Legislature, while Cuomo touted a drop in unemployment. Judge Pick Cuomo nominates State Supreme Court Justice Leslie Stein, aDemocrat, for Graffeo’s slot. Her resume:
* Cuomo decision flips Court of Appeals to Democrats  via @capitalnewyorkvCuomo has chosen to not re-appoint Republican Court of Appeals Justice Victoria Graffeo, instead nominating Democrat Leslie Stein, an associate justice of the Appellate Division * Seeking Votes at Home, Governor Cuomo Goes Far Afield (NYT) Saturday Update 
Howie Hawkins gaining support in the governor’s race(NYP)* #Corruption IMHO #Cuomo illegally collected and spent $$$from a "housekeeping" acct for political ads. The most...

Cuomo, Judicial  and Screening Committee Politics 
Cuomo’s unappealing game (NYDN) Cuomo has filled two slots on the court based on the recommendation of a screening committee that sent him the names of 14 candidates, all of them Democrats. This time, the panel endorsed six Democrats and one Republican, Judge Victoria Graffeo, who was first named to the court by then-Gov. George Pataki. By all accounts, she has a solid record.  Putting politics before good practice. Most revealingly, Planned Parenthood put out a release praising Cuomo’s selection of Albany Appellate Division Justice Leslie Stein — before the governor’s office announced his decision. Cuomo delayed making his choice on the ground that he did not want to politicize it during the election campaign. Unfortunately, he did just that. In 2006, she was among four judges who declined to throw out a New York law reserving marriage to heterosexuals — a decision that wisely left the issue for the Legislature and governor. While the legal analysis was well crafted, that crime put her beyond the pale for Cuomo’s activist base and, perhaps, for Cuomo. Some went a step further to claim falsely Graffeo had voted to bar parental visitation to a lesbian who had entered a Vermont civil union with a partner who was pregnant, and from whom she later split. Actually, Graffeo had joined a unanimous decision upholding the lesbian’s visitation rights. Most revealingly, Planned Parenthood put out a release praising Cuomo’s selection of Albany Appellate Division Justice Leslie Stein — before the governor’s office announced his decision. Cuomo delayed making his choice on the ground that he did not want to politicize it during the election campaign. Unfortunately, he did just that. * NY Senate GOP, IDC leaders split on party lines over Courtof Appeals nominee(NYDN)

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)

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.

NYP Calls Cuomo's Limited Media Hits for Book Tour Canned
 Cuomo’s book tour gets off to a rocky start (Capital) * Few Die-Hard Fans Turn Out For Andrew Cuomo’s Book Signing(NYO) * For Cuomo, a Low-Key Book Signing (NYT) * Befitting Cuomo’s political stature, a book signing event was heavily guarded and stage-managed, but it attracted only a modest crowd of would-be readers of his new memoir, the Times reports: * Cuomo will only talk about book, station cans interview (NYP)* Gov. Cuomo's first book signingdraws small crowd
* Amazon reviewers are savaging Cuomo’s new memoir—of 428 reviews posted as of 10:30 a.m., 387 gave the book one star, with a sizeable chunk of the criticism appearing to come from the right, the Observer reports
A network of interlocking accounts paid for a permanent ad campaign that made meaningful opposition against Cuomo all but impossible, WYNCreports

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

DiNapoli Hit At Debate For Signing Off On Lopez Silver Sexual Abuse Hush Fund

SUCKING TAXPAYERS: Ex-AssemblymanVito Lopez's sexual harassment case creates soaring legal bill as state forksover $700G(NYDN) The state already has forked over nearly $700,000 to two law firms hired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Assembly to defend them against lawsuits filed last year by two of Lopez’s accusers - and the trials are still months away.The accusers, Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera, charged in their lawsuits that Silver was "deliberately indifferent" to Lopez's pervy ways, creating a hostile work environment. The firm Proskauer Rose, hired by Silver to defend him against a federal lawsuit brought by the two women, received $367,443 as of July, according to data provided by the state controller's office. And the firm Hogan Lovells, which is defending the Assembly in a similar suit brought in state court by Burhans and Rivera, has been paid $309,831.

Silver (D-Manhattan) and the Assembly hired the firms after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman bowed out of thecase because his staff had advised Silver's office in negotiating a secret settlement with two other Lopez victims. That settlement cost taxpayers $103,000. Schneiderman, however, determined Silver could have the state cover the costs of his defense. Disgraced Vito Lopez a big part of state controller debate(NYDN) DiNapoli touted his record cleaning up his office after taking over in early 2007 from Alan Hevesi, who ended up going to prison over his role in a massive pay-to-play pension fund scam during his time in office. But Antonacci hit him for not doing enough to crack down on state government corruption. He criticized the incumbent Democrat for signing off on the payment of a $103,000 secret settlement Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reached with two of the victims who accused Lopez of sexual harassment. Antonacci repeatedly referred to Lopez as "Gropez." Crains and Newsday Endorse Cahill saying Cahill promises more transparency than the “overly politicized” incumbent Eric SchneidermanNewsday endorsed Republican John Cahill for AG (Newday)* Crain's, following Newsday, endorses Cahill for AG overSchneiderman:(Crains) * The League of Conservation Voters endorsed both Schneiderman and Cahill, while the Sierra Club’s Atlantic chapter backed only Schneiderman, State of Politicsreports: 

He also accused DiNapoli of not doing enough to go after lawmakers who abuse the taxpayer-funded travel expense system. DiNapoli countered that in the past two years his office was part of investigations that led to 80 arrests of public officials and the recovery of $12 million. Most recently, he was part of the probe that led to twin state and federal indictments of Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens) on charges that he put in for thousands of dollars in travel expenses for which he was not entitled. As for his approval of the Lopez settlement contract, DiNapoli argued as long as a contract is legal, it's not the role of the controller to decide whether it is appropriate or not. "When there's fraud, when there's malfeasance, when there's corruption, those are the instances to stop a payment," he said. "But you cannot pick and choose."* Sole Debate in Race for New York StateComptroller Is Gentlemanly (NYT)

de Blasio Has Women's Party Problem 
With Revenge to de Blasio Quinn is Having A Party
De Blasio skips gay pride dinner honoring Quinn (NYP) “He had a scheduling conflict is my understanding,” said Allison Steinberg, a rep for the Empire State Pride Agenda, which sponsored the Fall Dinner. “That’s what his office told us.” But de Blasio had no public events listed on his schedule Thursday.

Louis Flores ‏@maslowsneeds 
Now we know why Quinn all of sudden cares about women's issues : WEP a vehicle for political revenge against BdB/WFP. @SquarePegDem @fud31 * As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memoir hits bookstores Tuesday, Cuomo will hit the interview circuit—raising his profile in New York and nationally three weeks before Election Day, the Daily News writes:  

Who Do They Think They Are 

The Women's Party Not Comment on the Silver Lopez Albany Hush Fund Show Their Disdain for New Yorkers
The governor’s use of campaign funds for gifts to State Police underscores how even in small, sometimes well-intentioned ways, a blurry law is abused, the Times Union writes:  * Cuomo withholds fund-raising details until chided (Capital) The administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo has refused to release details about the governor's political fund-raising, stating more than six months after Capital requested records under the Freedom of Information Law that it considers anything not posted on his pre-edited public schedule to be "exempt" from public disclosure. Cuomo's prodigious fund-raising has netted nearly $45 million since he was elected in 2010, and has drawn scrutiny this electoral season from Republicans and Democrats alike. Capital requested schedule records that would have offered details on Cuomo's Hollywood junket in late January as well as another event in Albany last September. * Gov. Cuomo's book tour gets started with CBS interview(NYDN) * Cuomo's campaign faces "enthusiasm gap," say someNY Democrats, who cite big lead, friction on left (Newsday) * Cuomo To Charlie Rose: I Don’t Delegate (YNN)The Real Estate Board of NY spent another $225,000 on stateSenate Republican candidates in the last several days(YNN)
Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch  
Governor Cuomo Breaks His Promise to Working Families Party

Cuomo Plays the Women's Vote to the Max 
Women help Gov. Cuomo to 20-point lead over Rob Astorino inQuinnipiac poll of likely November voters (NYDN) Incumbent Democrat Cuomo, who's been making an appeal to female voters via his "Women's Equality" party, trounces Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 51% to 31%, with a 32-point lead among women. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins pulls eight percent of the vote in a three-way matchup. In an August Quinnipiac poll of registered (not likely) New York voters, Cuomo held a 28-point lead over the GOP's Astorino. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo got a head start on the Quinnipiac University poll with his weekend campaign bus ride touting women's issues. A monster lead among women voters powers him past Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino,” said pollster Maurice Carroll.* Hochul discusses family connection to domestic abuse (Capital) Cuomo's running mate said that her grandmother was a victim of domestic abuse, an experience that shaped both her and her mother's activism on the issue. * Statement on Gov. Cuomo's "Women's Equality Party"Ballot Line from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) "Cuomo defended benefits to Liazonsaying the word 'start-up' doesnt refer 2 how mature the biz is" (NBC) * A NYPIRG analysis shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has amassed nearly half the $44.9 million in campaign cash he has raised since December 2010 from just 331 donors. Cuomo’s big-money donations of more than $40,000 dwarf those brought in by Republican Rob Astorino, who snagged just 17 donors with that kind of generosity. *NY Dems see cash cow in Rob Astorino's refusal to releasefive years of taxes(NYDN) * Debate Settled, Cuomo And Astorino Spar On Circumstances (YNN) * Business Council Endorses Cuomo (YNN) * Q-Poll: Cuomo 51, Astorino 31(YNN) * Latest Polls * A Quinnipiac poll shows State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli leading GOP opponent Bob Antonacci 56 percent to 28 percent, Cuomo ahead of Rob Astorino 51 percent to 31 percent, and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman leading GOP challenger John Cahill 46 percent to 34 percent, the Observerreports:  * The same Quinnipiac poll shows Cuomo enjoying a 32-point lead among female voters, the Daily News reports * The state Business Council announced endorsements for both Cuomo and Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill, despite their stark political differences, Capitol Confidential reports:  * Cahill and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have agreed to a live, televised debate in front of an audience at Hilbert College in Hamburg, just outside BuffaloState of Politicsreports:

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

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-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.

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: 
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%.

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.

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:
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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...

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

Daily News Hits Noerdlinger Again Friday 

The embattled City Hall aide and her cop-hating beau, Hassaun McFarlan, remained silent on McFarlan's parking and traffic ticket controversy as they went off to church with Noerdlinger's son Sunday. She did, however, have some words for a Daily News crew.

Rachel Noerdlinger’s boyfriend hid under bed from cops whencaught in 1993 killing, retired officer recalls (NYDN)  STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Rachel Noerdlinger’s boyfriend accused by retired police officer of hiding under mattress from cops after being caught in 1993 killing Hassaun McFarlan, the boyfriend of top City Hall aide Noerdlinger who has derided police on social media, was 15 when he fatally shot a fellow teen in the head in a feud over a down jacket. He went on the lam and was eventually tracked down with a tip from an ex-girlfriend, retired NYPD Detective Jay Maher said. Long before Rachel Noerdlinger’s boyfriend ranted on social media about hating cops, he desperately tried to avoid them — hiding under a bed when they closed in to arrest him in the execution-style killing of another teen over a down jacket. The 15-year-old shooter walked 20 feet away — then returned and fired a bullet into Carter’s head. “It was a senseless execution,” the prosecutor said, according to an Associated Press report on the arraignment. Carter died after a month on life support.* The recent attacks on the New York City Police Department are doing little to confront police misconduct and fight crime in the city and a lot to deter future police officers, Thomas Reppetto, former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, writes in the Post:  * Blame the Media: Bill de Blasio Waits For Noerdlinger BadNews to Blow Over(NYO)

The judge, who McFarlane identified as black, shot him down by pointing out that it would be impossible for the parking ticket agents to know he’s black if he’s not in the car
Mayoral aide’s killer boyfriend: Traffic cops target mebecause I’m black(NYP) Rachel Noerdlinger’s convicted killer, live-in boyfriend Hassaun McFarlane went on a tear against cops at a traffic court hearing, claiming that they targeted him with parking tickets because he’s black. The judge, who McFarlane identified as black, shot him down by pointing out that it would be impossible for the parking ticket agents to know he’s black if he’s not in the car. “Is there any consideration that the police be lying?”

Is McFarlane Dog Named Checkers?
McFarlane pled in his defense to administrative law judge Marisa Miranda, according to audio recordings of the July 2014 hearings obtained by the Post. “Because I’m black and I drive a nice car.” McFarlane was driving Noerdlinger’s Mercedes Benz when he was ticketed for parking “zero feet” from a fire hydrant. * * Crain’s columnist Alair Townsend asks why RachelNoerdlinger, a top aide in the de Blasio administration, has not been fired yet in light of “a mountain of reasons” why she should lose her job: * Boyfriend of mayoral aide told judge his parking tickets arethe result of racial profiling: 'I'm black and I drive a nice car'(NYDN)

NYT Says:
"Noerdlinger worked for and with the Rev. Al Sharpton, and the police unions are negotiating new labor agreements with the de Blasio administration."
Yet the NYT Left Out the Threats Against the Press Made By Rev. Sharpton on Saturday for their Coverage of the Noerdlinger story. And the press lack of response 

Noerdlinger's Supporters Mobilize
Hazel Dukes: “Most of the white folks who say they live in NYC have 2 homes. They live in NYC when they want to.
A group of prominent black women came to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense Wednesday—with the head of the state NAACP charging that the embattled New York City Hall aide is the victim of a “witch hunt,” the Daily News reports:   Noerdlinger’s defenders — including Hazel Dukes, head of the New York NAACP, former National Action Network director Tamika Mallory and Amsterdam News editor Elinor Tatum — planned a conference call Wednesday night to voice their anger and discuss a strategy for protesting coverage of the controversy.

'THIS IS A WITCH HUNT': Rachel Noerdlinger supporters defend City Hall aide

A group of prominent black women came to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense Wednesday — with the head of the state NAACP charging the embattled City Hall aide is the victim of a “witch hunt.” Noerdlinger’s defenders — including Hazel Dukes, head of the New York NAACP, former National Action Network director Tamika Mallory and Amsterdam News editor Elinor Tatum — planned a conference call Wednesday night to voice their anger and discuss a strategy for protesting coverage of the controversy. * De Blasio Comes To The Defense Of Wife’s Troubled Chief OfStaff - CBS New York(WCBS)
Michael Benjamin ‏@SquarePegDem  
Police go where the crime is and respond to needs of victims who are mostly of color. @mictoground @CommissBratton

Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC 

@SquarePegDem @mictoground @CommissBratton that's funny his boss DEB  campaign was based on racially divisive policing & he's criticizing it

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 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 
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.

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.

The Conservative Party Permanent Leader 
Found in an old box-Jan. 1980 @NYDailyNews political column w Mike Long led-Conservative Party & @chuckschumer news

A Real Tale of Two City's: Privilege Kings Men Vs the Rest of Us 
Friends of Bill (de Blasio, that is)(NYP)    In a city run by a man who likes to rail against unequal treatment, being a friend of Bill sure has its privileges. We mean Mayor Bill de Blasio — the same guy who spent years demanding transparency from his predecessor and denouncing him for standing by aides tarnished by scandal. Now it’s de Blasio standing by his wife’s chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger, even as fresh outrages confirm she is not fit to hold public office. Not only won’t he hold Noerdlinger accountable, Lord de Blasio won’t even discuss it. “Case closed,” he decrees. A Tale of Two Cities is of a city with one set of rules for the mayor’s privileged pals and another for ordinary Joes. Nor has he ever been shy about using his influence to ask for special treatment for his circle. Examples include:
• Pressing the Manhattan DA to help a teacher at his daughter’s school, Steve Quester, avoid jail time after being arrested at an anti-Israel protest.
• Intervening with school authorities to help a nephew of Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clark get into MS 51 in Park Slope.
• Getting Working Families Party boss Dan Cantor’s water bill lowered.
• And, in one of his first acts as mayor, calling the cops to keep a pastor friend out of jail after he’d been arrested. “End of the story,” he said when asked about that, too. As indefensible as Noerdlinger’s actions have been, the abuse her case highlights is even bigger than her lies. It’s the mayor’s colossal double standard.* Josh and James Brolin's brother is homeless and survives byeating trash. (NYDN)

Is de Blasio Making Public Housing More Dangerous
Domestic violence at NYCHA projects on the rise as de Blasiogives homeless families housing preference over victims (NYDN) A City Council report found that the number of domestic violence crimes at NYCHA developments have more than doubled, from 809 in 2009 to 1,642 last year. The report comes as the mayor changed priorities to let homeless families jump ahead of abuse victims on the huge waiting list for NYCHA apartments.

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.

Joel Klein Time for Shankers Teacher Supervised Internship
Albert Shanker in 1985 proposed "a supervised internship of from one to three years" as a requirement for #teachers.  OAKLAND, Calif. — Monica DeSantiago wondered how in the world she would get the students to respect her. It was the beginning of her yearlong apprenticeship as a math teacher at Berkley Maynard Academy, a charter school in this diverse city east of San Francisco. The petite, soft-spoken Ms. DeSantiago, 23, had heard the incoming sixth graders were a rowdy bunch. She watched closely as Pamela Saberton, a teacher with seven years’ experience in city public schools and Ms. DeSantiago’s mentor for the year, strolled the room. Ms. Saberton rarely raised her voice, but kept up a constant patter as she recited what the students were doing, as in, “Keion is sitting quietly,” or “Reevan is working on her math problems.”* Instead of haggling with Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz and other successful charter leaders over each additional school, the city should be encouraging them to step up their game, the Post writes:

Principal Quits Says No Education Plan What to Do About Failing Schools  . . .  Farina Showcase Schools Failing   
Bernard Gassaway, the principal of Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, offered Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Education Department one of its sternest public rebukes yet. Mr. de Blasio and the schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, have distanced themselves aggressively from the approach taken by the administration of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the city’s worst performing schools, which rested primarily on closing them and replacing them with new, generally smaller ones. But Mr. Gassaway’s critique, perhaps the first of Ms. Fariña’s tenure to be made so loudly by an insider, comes amid growing questions about what the city plans to do instead.* 

Boy and Girls HS Gassaway Become Charter School Hero
Over the last week, New York City's education reform movement has done its best to focus media and public attention on Brooklyn's Boys and Girls High School and its recently departed principal, Bernard Gassaway. The effort is part of broader but equally disciplined effort to pressure the de Blasio administration and the city Department of Education to release a plan for struggling schools. Gassaway's resignation was first reported by the New York Post on Friday, then followed with a New York Times profile calling the resignation one of the D.O.E.'s "sternest public rebukes."Charter movement adopts controversial principal (Capital) *  Test scores low at many of Fariña’s ‘showcase’ schools(Capital) Many of the 17 schools chosen by chancellor Carmen Fariña to be part of her Showcase Schools program—and lauded as exemplary—have low math and English exam scores. Students at three of the schools scored well below the citywide average on both math and English state exams this year, and at two others scored below the average in English, according to data released Friday by the education reform group StudentsFirstNY. At other showcase schools Fariña announced on Thursday, students scored better, but still low: Scores on the math and reading exams ranged from 37.2 percent proficient to 65 percent proficient.* Mark Fariña tardy (NYDN Ed) Boys and Girls High School needs a makeover

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.”

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: 
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.

e 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.”

Tech Revolution: All the Taxi Bosses and Lobbyists Could Not Stop the Lowering of Medallion Costs

NYC taxi medallion cost $1.1m 6 months ago Now about $800k Because Uber

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

Not Even Taxi Bosses and Lobbyists $$$ Can Stop Vision Zero Ticket Blitz 

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is cracking down on dangerous yellow cabs and has issued almost 5,000 safety-related tickets to hacks so far this year—a 95 percent jump from 2013
City cracking down on bad taxi drivers(NYP) The Taxi and Limousine Commission has issued almost 5,000 safety-related tickets to the hacks so far this year — a 95 percent jump from 2013. The huge increase comes even as the number of summonses decreased in the first three months of this year. Tickets skyrocketed in April, when the agency ramped up enforcement as part of the city’s Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. The summonses are for speeding, tailgating, blowing stop signs, and unsafe lane changes, among others infractions.

Taxi Driver Will Not Be Charged 4 Running Over 9 Year Old Boy 

Thursday Update City Council Passes Bill to Yank Taxi Licenses After Crashers
City Council Passes 'Cooper's Law' to Yank Cab Licenses After Crashes(DNAINFO)

de Blasio Rewards Those That Help Fund His Campaign
TAXI FUND-RAISER, NOW REGULATOR(Capital) -- De Blasio aide gets gig at taxi commission -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: Izabella Vais been named an assistant commissioner for policy and intergovernmental affairs at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the agency charged with regulating New York City's fractious, litigious, and monied taxi industry. The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs. Several sources in the taxi industry told Capital that Vais was a point person handling donations.* De Blasio raised prodigious amounts of money from the taxi industry during his run for mayor. Now, one of the consultants who helped him raise money from that industry is helping him regulate it 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.

NYP Connects James Office No Show to Weaknes of the PAs Office

Public Advocate Letitia James isn’t showing up for hours at a time, or is cutting out early some days, the most likely reason is because there’s no real work to do and the office should be abolished
We have to wonder at all those New Yorkers who profess to be shocked, shocked to discover that Letitia James, our new public advocate, doesn’t seem to make it into the office much. In practice, as The Post has long argued, “the only real service the office provides is a soapbox for grabbing attention and making mischief.” That, and using it as a publicly funded stepping stone to a run for mayor. If James isn’t showing up for hours at a time, or is cutting out early some days, the most likely reason is because there’s no real work to do.The agency that handles New York City's tax revenue collection wants to establish a "taxpayer advocate" to help residents with complaints about their bills and navigate the murky system, Capital New York reports:  @NY1 Public Advocate Talks Salon Workers, Foster Youth & BodyCameras 

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.

Astorino Wants Bharara to Investigate Women's Equality Party "Widespread Pattern of Fraud”
Astorino wants investigation of Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Party(NYP) Rob Astorino is asking US Attorney Preet Bharara — already probing Gov. Cuomo in the Moreland Commission scandal — to widen his investigation to include a widespread “pattern of fraud” involving Cuomo’s newly created Women’s Equality Party. The Republican gubernatorial hopeful, citing six recent state Board of Elections decisions tossing Democratic Senate candidates off the WEP ballot line because of unlawful nominating petitions, said that both the US Attorney’s Office and district attorneys where the Senate races are being held should seek to hold those responsible criminally liable.  

Sunset Quinn Ready For My Close Up Cuomo

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

Christine Quinn expects to keep campaigning for Cuomo, even after the November elections, with an emphasis on the 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda, Capital New York reports: 

Former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn on whether she’ll get a job with the Cuomo admin: “I’ve not talked to anybody in the Cuomo administration – not the governor or anybody else – about a job.
Charmian Neary ‏@CharmianNeary  

.@WillBredderman a FAKe womens party dreamed up by men to defeat a real woman @ZephyrTeachout. I guess @chriscquinn needs a job.

NEW STATE TARGET FOR MWBES: Gov. Andrew Cuomo now wants 30 percent of all state contracts to go to minority- and women-owned businesses—the highest target in the nation, according to state officials: 

Astorino Uses LBJ Nuclear Investigation to Bring Attention to Cuomo's Moreland Investigation
@RobAstorino goes nuclear in new ad. Watch:  Astorino copies LBJ's famous "Daisy" nuclearcampaign ad in move against Cuomo (Village Voice) These are the stakes. Do we re-elect a governor who may end up in jail? * Astorino Tries To Goldwater Cuomo (YNN)
“The fact that so many of the signatures were thrown out indicates that the gathering was done by the same team. The botched Women’s Equality Party petition drives for upstate Senate Democrats was bankrolled by Cuomo 2014, the Times Union writes:  * In Afghanistan,Cuomo Raises Bar on New YorkSecurity (WSJ)* Democratic Candidates Rally For Women’s Agenda(YNN)  * Attacking Cuomo on Ethics, Astorino Remakes the ‘Daisy’ Ad(NYT) * Astorino Ad: Cuomo Didn’t Fix Albany (YNN)

 Cuomo TV Ads Cuomo’s Ad Faults Astorino on Health Care for Older Adults(NYT)*Democrats Charge Astorino With Pay To Play(YNN)
Cuomo Running Against Terrorism While traveling in Afghanistan, Cuomo said he wants New York to develop “the most sophisticated homeland defense system ever designed by any state,” the Daily News  * In Kabul,Cuomo Seeks Insights on Terrorism (NYT) While in Afghanistan, Cuomo, who is not known to mingle with strangers in New York, made a concerted effort to project a relaxed image among the soldiers, who met him over a barbecue in a garden at the heavily secured headquarters of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.
 Will MTA Fare Hike Hurt Cuomo * A four-percent hike of MTA fares and tolls is a major issue that could derail Cuomo’s reelection and could hit him at the worst time—just before the election, the Post reports: WEP flops upstate (TU)

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:

A Cash Cow Speed Trap Camera  

Keeping the Middle Class In NYC?

Speed camera generates $77,550 in just one day(NYP) A speed camera in Brooklyn tallied a bank-busting 1,551 tickets in a single day this summer, according to the Department of Transportation. At $50 a pop, the July 7 ticket blitz generated $77,550 for city coffers.The area’s city councilman, Chaim Deutsch, praised it for making roadways safer. “If anyone is speeding . . . they deserve a summons,” he told the blog Sheepshead Bites. But Councilman Mark Treyger has blasted the camera’s location as a speed trap.

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) ( * 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 ( * 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  

 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


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.

Klein Working to Build IDC . . .  Will He Keep His Word to Join the Dems?  

Klein's Power Play
Jimmy Vielkind: “Jeff Klein may or may not follow through ona tentative deal to end his Independent Democratic Conference’s alliance with Republicans and form a new coalition with Democrats come November. But there is one goal he is doggedly, indisputably fixated on in the meantime: growing his conference to maximize his own influence.”Diane Savino: ‘Jesse Hamilton Will Be a Member of the IDC’(NYO) * JESSE HAMILTON UNDECIDED ON JOINING THE IDC Despite rumors of Hamilton's commitment to joining the Senate IDC, his campaign insists he is undecided.* Gotham Gazette takes a deep look at the involvement of Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and their networks in the battle for State Senate control:* Republicans considering legal challenge to efforts to getLong Island Dem off state Senate ballot (NYDN)
IDC GOP Senate Coalition

Groundhog Murder Cover-Up  

RIP Staten Island Chuck, er, Charlotte

Groundhog dropped by de Blasio died a week later(NYP)Mayor de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands! A week after Hizzoner dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Feb. 2, the winter-weather prognosticator died of internal injuries — and then the coverup began, The Post has learned. Staten Island Zoo officials went to great lengths to hide the death from the public and keep secret the fact that “Chuck” was actually “Charlotte,” a female imposter, sources said Wednesday.

de Blasio Thugs Strong Armed the Zoo Boss and the Liberal NYT Protects Him From the Murder Charges
Staten Island Zoo spokesman on Chuck/Charlotte’s demise: “We don’t know how the animal suffered the injuries but we don’t think it was from the fall.”

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]
Story Developing 

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)
Russell Schaffer ‏@RussOnPolitics

de Blasio Double Talk On OWS People's Climate March Protest Rights vs Marchers Arrests  

Mayor de Blasio: 1st Amendment More important Than Traffic As He Allows NYPD to Arrests Protesters
De Blasio also praised those who took to the streets over the last few days, including those at yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street-style protest that involved over 100 arrests, the Observer reports: More than 100 arrested at Wall St. climate protest(Politico) * de Blasio: ‘The First Amendment Is a Little More ImportantThan Traffic’(NYO) * Mayor: Police handled protest 'beautifully'(Capital) * More than 100 Arrested at Climate-Change Protest (WSJ)* The hundreds of protesters who flooded the Financial District Monday provided the first test of how de Blasio and his police force plan to handle unauthorized mass demonstrations, the Journal reports  * Mayor: Police handled protest ‘beautifully’ (Capital) * 

A Bronx Recount Goes On and On 

NOT YOUR TYPICAL RECOUNT: Allegations of voter fraud are complicating the Democratic Assembly primary recount between incumbent Victor Pichardo and challenger Hector Ramirez, City & State's CATCHING UP WITH “ELECTION CREEP”: As New York City candidates start campaigning earlier and earlier, city officials are considering whether to expedite the matching funds process, City & State reports: 

Women and Their Groups Have Their Own Blue Wall of Silence to Protect Speaker Silver
So any potential liability, Mintzer added, could fall directly on Silver, who is also named in the suit as an “aider and abettor” of Lopez’s alleged serial-perv behavior in Albany. Mintzer during the hearing also reiterated some of his clients’ allegations against Lopez while working for him in 2012, including that he had them “massage his hands while driving,” attempted to stick their hands by his private parts and would routinely request that they “not wear a bra at work.” Silver lawyer Bettina Plevin said she believes “liability falls exclusively” with Lopez because “it is not Silver’s job to investigate complaints.” Mintzer disagreed, saying Silver should be held liable “because he has hiring and firing power in the Assembly.” Lopez reportedly hasn’t paid a $330,000 fine the state Legislative Ethics Commission hit him with last year for sexually harassing staff members.
Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline

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:  * 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:* 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.

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.

Rangel Continues to Fight to Reattach the Public to Decision to go to War

 “I voted against the Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2015,” writes the Harlem congressman, “because I strongly believe amassing additional debt to go to war should involve all of America debating the matter.” That’s not crazy. Neither is this: “I have [also] called for . . . bringing back the military draft. Conscription will give everyone in America a real stake in any decision on going to war.” Rangel’s dissent: Wise call for war debate (NYP)

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:  * 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:  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

Nussbaum, Comrie, Crowley and Parkside Tammany Hall Journalism Organized Crime Politics  
The publisher of the South Eastern Queens Press which endorsed Leroy Comrie for state senate against Malcolm Smith was his wife Marcia Moxam Comrie.  During her husband political career Mrs. Comrie has been listed as the SE Queens Press's Publisher, Contributing Editor and Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of the Queens Tribune. The Owner of the South Eastern Queens Press is also the publisher of the Queens Tribune Michael Nussbaum.  Michael Nussbaum the publisher of the Queens Tribune owns a printing company called muilti media that has a long relationship doing printing work for Parkside clients.  But if you look at the finance filings you almost never the Nussbaum or any other hidden subcontactor because because the election law does not require them to file.  This year Parkside was paid at least $33,000 to do mailing for Comrie.No surprise here: Trib endorsed only Multimedia candidates (Queens Crap)* Meng lies about her relationship with Multimedia (Queens Crap) * Democrat who Backs Bloomberg Played Role in Bribery Scandal (NYT)The businessman, Michael A. Nussbaum, was convicted in 1987 of soliciting a $250,000 bribe for Mr. Manes, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. The appeals court ruled that Mr. Nussbaum could not be charged with bribery because he was not a public official, and that there was insufficient evidence linking Mr. Manes - the only public official implicated - to any bribery plot.

The Queens Machine Controlled the Tribune From the Start of the Paper
A New York World review of campaign finance records and endorsements found that of the 15 candidates who purchased services from Multi-Media Advertising in competitive races for amounts exceeding $1,000, 11 also received a public endorsement from the Tribune in that race.

In queens the local newspaper, the political machine and government all work together.  The paper do not preform the role of checks and balances that Founding Father envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy.  Instead Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens. 

More on Nussbaum and the Queens Tribune, Queens Machine and the Parkside Group
How Does Nussbaum Get Away Without Being A Registered Lobbyists for the RKO Keith?
They work in campaigns and are lobbyist to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect.  The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic  party to controling who becomes gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county.  The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers.FOR MENG CONSULTANT NUSSBAUM, A HISTORY OF VOTE-SPLITTING(True News) NUSSBAUM...should have gone to jail back in the Manes days when he was caught red handed in ...wasn't it a Time Warner bribery scandal?  And this is the man who is "representing" the RKO Keith's owner de jour...Patrick Thompson. . .

True News: A Takeover Of Journalism by Lobbyist and Politicians * True News: True NewsNussbaum Unplugged A New Organized ... * True News: The Queens Chronicle Asks Why is A Sex Sex Trafficker  * Assembly hopefuls get cash from afar • TimesLedger Tribune publisher Michael Nussbaum; andRon Kim is using The Parkside Group, the go-to consulting firm for the QueensDemocratic Party, ... The Queens Tribune Does TheGottlieb Controversy (City and State)

 Nussbaum is now the associate publisher of the QueensTribune. He’s also the owner of a company, Multi-Media Advertising, which does work for political candidates. Among those candidates was City Councilman-elect (yes, I know, it was only a primary) Tom White, best known during his previous run in elected office for not showing up to meetings before being ousted by term limits. Nussbaum’s company took $31,195 in fees from White this year, the bulk for “campaign consulting.” And the Tribune endorsed White in the bizarre local race: “The only viable alternative – the only serious opponent not arrested during a campaign that has shamed the district – is former Councilman Thomas White who has delivered in the past for his community. “Schenkler & Ackerman Reacquire Queens Tribune

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 


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 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: 

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)

Puppet Council Speaker
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.

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.

 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

. 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)
 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.
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. ( 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


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.

Saturday Crime Report NYP vs NYT
Friskings Ebb, butStill Hang Over Brooklyn Lives (NYT)In the Brownsville neighborhood, the police still maintain a heavy presence, and residents are wary of innocently drawing their attention. Interactive Graphic: ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is All but Gone From New York (NYT)


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%.

James' Pay to Play Hotel 
Letitia James Backed Hotel Project After Builder Donated toHer Campaign(DNAINFO) Letitia James received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions last year from two real estate entrepreneurs hoping to build a hotel on city land in Brooklyn — and just three days after pocketing their donations, she penned a glowing letter on their behalf to city officials deciding on the proposal, records show.

Is the party for rent, or just the storefront?

Council Continutes Secret Take Over of BOE 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Dumps BOE Redistricting Language

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

UFT Protected From Illegal Campaign Spending by Prosecutors 
The report draws particular attention to what it calls the "remarkable influx of independent spending" throughout the election cycle. Its data shows that outside groups spent about $8 million to promote and detract from candidates in the mayoral race and $6.2 million in city council races.Jobs for New York, which was one of two PACs responsible for half of all 2013 election spending, aggregated $6.9 million from "over 120 LLCs and partnerships associated with specific [real estate] development projects" to influence city council races, according to the CFB. Voters received mailings financed by Jobs for New York, often portraying candidates negatively, with no more than a "Paid for by Jobs for New York" label on them, essentially revealing nothing about those LLCS or the fact that the PAC was founded and backed by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). United for the Future, another PAC, channeled more than $2.7 million into Bill Thompson's bid for mayor. The organization is a proxy for the New York City teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).  Lastly, anyone who followed last year's elections should recall the demise of early Democratic front-runner and then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Several groups opposed her bid for mayor and, under the slogan "Anybody but Quinn," independent groups New York City is Not for Sale (NYCN4S) and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), an animal rights group which opposed Quinn for her support of the local horse and carriage industry, invested almost $1 million to damage Quinn's candidacy. According to the CFB's Post-Election Report, "this amount was by far the highest devoted to opposing any candidate in the primary."
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Reading Today's Newspapers Explains Why They Are Becoming Irrelevant 
News Your Can't Use
Letitia James questions guard at de Blasio’s unoccupied home(NYP)Even a top political ally of Mayor de Blasio thinks the city needs to stop shelling out big bucks to keep the NYPD posted outside his unoccupied Park Slope rowhouse. “I don’t understand why it’s still there,” Public Advocate Letitia James told The Post on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More On the WFP the New Progressive Machine

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

2014 Gov Race: Cuomo, Astorino, Teachout

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

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

More About the Queens Library Scandal

NYCHA Real World: Despite the Promises Washington Cut Will Reshape Public Housing 
Thousands of city renters who rely on public subsidies are being forced to pay more for housing or move into a smaller space.
Lobbyists Secret Government Cover Up 
True News Has Been Reporting About the Lobbyist's Shadow Secret Government . . . And Mr. Power the Media is Enabling the Pols to Cover It Up

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

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

Lobbyist Corruption

Lobbyists the New Permanent Government

Poor Door and Lobbyists George Arzt

CrainsNY Goes After the Secret World of Political Consultants 

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

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

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

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

Booklyn Dems Love Sampson Kicks the Ass of Team de Blasio   

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

Public Fianancing is an Opportunity to Weakerns Big Money Puppet Show  

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

FU Liu From Wu
Tim Wu ‏@superwuster 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic, Vision Zero and Speed Cameras

The St Patrick's Parada Allows Gay Groups  

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

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

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

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Budget


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

Mayor Defends Dumbing Down of Elite HSs

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

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

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

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

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

As Candidates For Office Try to Get Their Message Out the Daily News Turns Into A PR Agent for Incumbents While Candidates Cry to Get Their Message Out  
The Daily News Goes After the Corrupt Queens Library President and Puff PR's Van Bramer Who Benefited From the Corruption

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

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

Citizens Union and the League of Women Voters unveiled a new website Tuesday in favor of a new commission

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

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

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

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

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


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

* A top official in the Westchester and Yonkers Independence parties called GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as a “f—ing racist liar.” * In response to a FOIL request, Cuomo’s office claims staff do not use private email accounts for official business, but that’s not actually true.Tuesday Update Gov. Cuomo’s criminal defense(NYP Ed)

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