Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Update: Is Gianaris and Parkside Going to Jail?, Fariña Charter Meltdown, 911 Lobbyists Appointed to Human Rights Commission

Does Lobbyists Bertha Lewis and Pat Lynch Bag Daily News Editorial 
Daily News Editorial: New York’s dime bags (NYDN Ed) The blowback against a scheme in the City Council to impose a 10-cent-a-bag fee on New York shoppers casts its sponsors as imperial know-it-alls on the order of their one-time nemesis, the allegedly out-of-touch and dictatorial Michael Bloomberg. Count Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander and Manhattan Councilwoman Margaret Chin them crazy for proposing to alter the universally shared experience of shopping in a way that smacks of piling one more hassle on top of all the others, including the mandatory recycling of paper, plastic, metals and, increasingly, food waste.

Bertha Lewis Bags Plastic $$$  

Bag lobby pays anti-fee advocate(Capital) Bertha Lewis, founder of the the Black Leadership Action Coalition and an outspoken opponent of a proposed plastic bag fee, is receiving payments from the pro-bag American Progressive Bag Alliance, the head of the group confirmed to reporters today. When asked how much BLAC was getting paid, Daniels said, "I really ... that's through an association, I don't know the number."  

Lewis recently published an op-ed in the Gotham Gazette opposing the fee, which supporters argue will dramatically reduce the amount of plastic bags that the city uses. Opponents say it will exact an unfair burden on low-income residents. Lewis said she had been working on building a coalition against the bag fee and approached Daniels as a partner. * City Council debates10 cent fee for plastic and paper bags(NYDN)* New York Today: Plastic Bag Talk(NYT)* New York City Council Hearing on Fee for Bags Becomes Heated(NYT)

Lobbyists Patricia Lynch Is Being Paid 50,000 by the American Progressive Bag Alliance to Work With Bertha Lewis to Kill the Could Bill
She vehemently denied that she was acting in exchange for payment.  Earlier this year Crain's reported that another group run by Lewis, the Black Institute, also received payment from a group of Upper East Side residents opposed to the 91st Street marine transfer facility. Lewis spoke out against that plan as well.* Mayor's ally being paid to fight him(Crains) When Bill de Blasio took the stage upon winning his mayoral primary last fall, community organizer Bertha Lewis stood beside him, crowing about liberalism's ascendancy in New York City. Yet last month, hours before Mr. de Blasio gave his first budget address, the outspoken Ms. Lewis was trashing a de Blasio-backed waste-management plan on the steps of City Hall. Ms. Lewis and Mr. de Blasio are longtime allies. They helped found the Working Families Party in 1998 and supported the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Ms. Lewis' connection with Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner raised eyebrows at the time: 

Bertha Lewis Has Made Her Own Niche in Campaign Lobbyists Shadow Government

Lewis Who Work With Advance in ACORN Now Works With Advance as Lobbyists Trying to Stop the Westside Waste Transfer Station
As her nonprofit Acorn was facing dire financial problems in 2008 because of an embezzlement scandal, the developer lent it $1 million and promised $500,000 in grants. Last spring, Pledge 2 Protect raised nearly $429,000 between April and October and spent more than $131,000 on mailers telling Upper East Side voters which 2013 candidates supported and opposed the transfer station. After Mr. de Blasio won the Democratic primary despite being targeted by the group, leaders of Pledge 2 Protect met with a consulting firm, Mercury Public Affairs, which was running an independent spending campaign funded by billionaire David Koch and others boosting Mr. de Blasio's general-election opponent, Republican Joseph Lhota. Instead of opposing the heavily favored Mr. de Blasio in the general election, however, Pledge 2 Protect hired the Advance Group, a Manhattan-based Democratic consulting firm that had just run a $1 million campaign to sink de Blasio rival Christine Quinn. Pledge 2 Protect also hired Ms. Lewis, who shares an office with the Advance Group and whose nonprofit is a client of it.

McCray's Joins Bad Press Poll Numbers Turkey Trot 
Two press releases from City Hall were unusual. The first announced that “First Lady Chirlane McCray, joined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,” would distribute turkeys at a Brooklyn pantry, and the second announced that they had done it. By having an honorary First Lady “joined by” an elected U.S. Senator, the releases were jarring, especially because of their timing. They arrived as a poll showed New Yorkers don’t like McCray’s big part in her husband’s administration. Quinnipiac reports that 71 percent think she should play a minor role or none at all, while only 24 percent want her deeply involved in public business. Just days earlier, Rachel Noerdlinger, McCray’s $170,000 chief of staff, took an unpaid leave to deal with her son’s troubles. Voters want the leave to be permanent, telling pollsters by nearly two-to-one they don’t want McCray to have a chief of staff. Naturally, her husband disagrees, which is probably why Mayor de Blasio hyped the turkey event. He called McCray “highly effective,” insisted “she’s going to have a staff” and said New York is lucky to get her “for free.” Free isn’t free if taxpayers pay for a staff, yet reality often escapes de Blasio. When Quinnipiac showed that his support among whites is collapsing, falling to 34 percent, he argued with that, too. He said public criticism “doesn’t necessarily make it right,” which is, technically, true. But as one political operative notes, de Blasio invariably says “polls are inaccurate unless they are good for him.” That’s the mayor’s personal “tale of two cities.” He’s right and everybody else is wrong.

Every Time There is A Killing In Public Housing the Pols Promise to Install Cameras
NYCHA projects’security camera installation snarled by red tape: report(NYDN) The city Department of Investigation has found the process for installing cameras in public housing is seriously hampered by built-in delays.* EXCLUSIVE: NYCHAscrewed up application, missed out on federal funds for security cameras (NYDN)  The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department offered $3 million this year in ‘emergency safety and security grants’ to housing authorities. But NYCHA officials sent in an incomplete application and got nothing, according to a HUD document obtained by the Daily News. Only half of the city’s 334 housing developments currently have cameras.

Why Did It Take The Death of A 7 Year Old PJ Avitto for the NYT to Demand Cameras in Public Housing?

NYPD Shooting on the Stairs 

Sunday Update

Councilman: New NYPD plan not implemented(Capital) "We were told rookie cops would no longer be patrolling high crime areas doing vertical patrols”* New York City Police Officer Accidentally Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man(WSJ) * Brooklyn Shooting Likely to Draw Scrutiny to 'Vertical Patrols'(WSJ)* Al Sharpton’s latest“hustle”: New lessons, new reports of troubling finances (Salon, Sleeper) Immunity from “the sorts of obligation most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent, and other bills

‘Wanted’ posters of cop taped up at Pink Houses(NYP) Residents at the notorious Louis Pink Houses gave a thumbs-up Saturday night to the latest notices to be taped to their lobby walls: posters reading “THIS IS THE FACE OF A KILLER” and purporting to feature the cop who accidentally shot dead an unarmed civilian in a stairwell. Officer Peter Liang “ambush[sic] and murder[sic] 28-year-old Akai Gurley in front of his girlfriend in cold blood,” read the posters, hung seven floors down from where Gurley was killed. Additional posters purportedly show pictures of Liang, accused Staten Island chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo and FergusonMo., Officer Darren Wilson, who is awaiting a grand-jury determination in the ­fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Calls and e-mails to, a Washington-based group whose name is printed on the posters, were not returned Saturday night.

City Officer’s Errant Shot Kills an Unarmed Man(NYT) The officer and his partner were patrolling the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York when they encountered the man; Mayor Bill de Blasio said the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.

Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC  @CommissBratton is spending more time on glitzy corp presentation & gadgets than addressing bread & butter of policing, patrol

Sharpton After A Week of NYT's Tax Attack Rebounds Because of NYPD Shooting
Sharpton on Brooklyn shooting: This man should not be dead, period. End of story
 ‘They’re going to shoot him in the chest and walk away — like he was a dog’: Loved ones of unarmed man, 28, killed by cop in dark Brooklyn stairwell say police didn’t even check on victim after fatal gunshot(NYDN) * Editorial: Anunjustifiable killing (NYDN Ed)  Amid numerous unanswered questions, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the fatal police shooting in a darkened housing project stairwell appeared to have been accidental. Even so, it was inexcusable. The facts as they are known point to the terrible conclusion that, at best, Officer Peter Liang failed to safely wield his weapon as he moved to descend steps, one hand grasping its butt, the other holding a flashlight.

WHY Did Gianaris's DSCC Hired Titanic Captain Parkside Who Lost in 2010 and 2012 To Lose the Senate Again?  
Brooklyn Boss Norman Went to Jail for Demanding to Candidates His Consultants Be Hired, Gianaris is Doing the Same Thing
Backlash Against Parkside
Post-Election Grumbling But a handful of Democratic insiders who worked on various losing campaigns this past cycle have started to question the methodology of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and their preferred vendor in many instances, The Parkside Group.Evan Stavisky's Parkside Group was over $175,000 by the DSCC to lost the senate in 2014.  In both 2010 and 2012 Parkside was also paid over $2 million to lost the senate   During the 2008 election cycle, when Democrats won back the majority, the DSCC’s main consultant was Red Horse Strategies. Red House according to Parkside was helped by the the big Obama sweep in 2008. In 2012 Parkside's take of $2.2 from the DSCC also help drive that committee into debt.  In 2011 Parkside had to be removed from the Weprin congressional campaign because of incompetent work.  Parkside ran the $7.5 million campaign for the real estate Pac Jobs for New York which lost the council speaker position for the Queens organization for the first tine in a generation.

If Former Brooklyn Boss Norman Was Sent to Jail For Coercing Candidates to Pay Thousands of Dollars AQ Favored Campaign Consultant Why is Parkside and Gianaris 

DSCC requirement to use Parkside for mailers reminiscent of Norman's requirement to use Lendler [UPDATED] (Progress Queens) Former Brooklyn Democratic Party chair Clarence Norman was indicted and later convicted for requiring judicial candidates to use party-favored political campaign vendors. Prosecutors said Mr. Norman had coerced two candidates for civil court judge to pay thousands of dollars to favored campaign consultants, or lose his organization’s support in the 2002 primary. In due course, Mr. Norman was found guilty in a jury trial of "coercion, grand larceny by extortion and attempted grand larceny by extortion" stemming from charges of having "coerced two candidates for civil court judge to pay thousands of dollars to favored campaign consultants, or lose his organization’s support in the 2002 primary," according to a 2007 report published by The New York Times.

Gianaris Forces Senate Candidates to Hire Parkside
The New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, or DSCC, headed by State SenatorMichael Gianaris (D-Queens), required that "DSCC-backed candidates must use Parkside to print their campaign mail, an arrangement some Democrats have long bristled at," according to a report published by inThe New York Observer.   Parkside as of the last filing pulled in about $3.6 million this year. Primarily their services include direct mail, television ads, Polling and cards or literature. Sources say that in many instances Parkside representatives made clear to the candidates that if they do not use their services, they will not be receiving DSCC money.  Sometimes that was made clear in the form of a threat, other times it was demonstrated through pulled support.  The case many Democrats point to is Justin Wagner who ran the last two cycles for the seat currently occupied by Republican Senator Greg Ball. Wagner wouldn’t sign on to Parkside, and as a result he got limited help from the DSCC. Even though that was an open seat and a potential pickup for the Democrats. Finally, there were charges that Parkside “acted in their own self interest rather than what is best for the Senate.” With DSCC Chairman State Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens acting as “an account manager for Parkside.” And if any Chairman was coming out of dramatic losses such as these, he or she “shouldn’t be in a job any longer.

Gianaris Allows Parkside to Over Spend On Lost Cause Races
Another oft cited example by Democrats is Adam Haber who ran against Republican incumbent Jack Martins on Long Island. Haber spent close to $2 million, much of it his own money. That’s far more than any other Democrat. Roughly $393,000 of that went to Parkside. Insiders say polls never really showed Haber within striking distance, but that did not stop the DSCC or Parkside from taking his money. Lots of it. Parkside also did Haber’s ads, and according to the last filing took $300,000 for them. But in one example of what some call sloppy management, Cablevision was forced to pull one of those ads off the air because it failed to meet a basic requirement. That’s some amateur hour nonsense, according to one insider. Ultimately Haber lost by 12 points.

Queens Boss Crowley Keeps Losing Parkside In the Money
 Multiple Democraticsources said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who played an outsized role in the SenateDemocrats’ efforts to recapture the majority, was dissatisfied with Mr.Gianaris and the DSCC’s lead consultant, the Parkside Group. Mr. Gianaris, a Queens lawmaker, is close to a partner with the firm, Queens District Leader Evan Stavisky, and DSCC-backed candidates must use Parkside to print their campaign mail, an arrangement some Democrats have long bristled at.* State Sen. Michael Gianaris, chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, intends to continue in his role—even after Democrats suffered a wave of election defeats and chatter remains about him losing his post, the Observer reports Michael Gianaris says he will remain as DSCC Chair.* DSCC requirement to use Parkside for mailers reminiscent of Norman's requirement to use Lendler (Progressive Queens)* Top Dems collude to line Parkside's pockets (Queens Crap) From City HallAccording to the terms of a contract kept secret during the campaign, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee was prepared to sign over a full 80 percent of all money spent on political mailers, radio commercials and robo-calls for the 2010 campaign cycle to one firm: the Parkside Group.* The Queens Machine Cleared the Way for Gianaris in 2010 to Become State SenatoAlbany veteran George Onorato bows out, young foe MichaelGianaris steps in(NYDN)

Airbnb Rents Do Not Make Good Neighbors
How Airbnb makes cities less safe(NYP) A few weeks ago, Airbnb began renting out some condos in my Upper West Side building. I consider this dangerous. Forget what strangers would do to my furniture; I wouldn’t rent out my apartment out of respect for my neighbors. Even worse, Airbnb puts strangers into homes but is indemnified by its users from any liability. This means the company doesn’t have to vet anyone. Criminal checks are not undertaken. Identities are not verified, normal practice in hotels. And regular maid and security services with entry privileges are not in place to safeguard others.A burglar or a pedophile can rent a pad anywhere without questions asked. They can stay in your home, or building, and have access to residents, corridors, stairwells, gym, pool, locker rooms and lounges. Last spring, one hapless New Yorker rented out his place and was evicted immediately when the landlord found out what he’d done. Another woman rented out her place and returned to find condoms and diaper wipes; her “guest” was a prostitute. Still another came back to a trashed apartment where an orgy had been staged.

de Blasio Defends Sharpton On Tax Troubles
Bill de BlasioDefends Al Sharpton on Tax Troubles(NYT)Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday amid questions over his unpaid taxes, emphasizing Mr. Sharpton’s work on civil rights issues and adding that he knew “a lot of good people” who had struggled with tax troubles.Mr. de Blasio began by calling Mr. Sharpton — a close ally whose access to the administration has attracted scrutiny in the mayor’s first year — an “important civil rights leader.” He added that he had “not seen the details” of the article. 

The New York City mayor began his defense of Mr. Sharpton, a close ally whose access to the administration has attracted scrutiny, by calling him an “important civil rights leader.”
“I’ll start with the obvious: Everyone should pay their taxes. Everyone should pay their taxes on time,” Mr. de Blasio continued. “But I will also say, in my long experience, I know a lot of good people who ran into one kind of problem or another with their taxes.” “It’s not an abnormal thing in American life that some people have tax issues,” he said. “What matters is: Are they dealing with those issues?” He joked that he “would not take a poll of this room,” which was filled with reporters, but noted that he knew many people who had filed taxes late or received extensions. It seemed unlikely that many of the people in the room at the time had run into tax problems on the scale of Mr. Sharpton’s. *

Farina Charters Dumping Poor Students Before Tests
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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s favorite target. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña — who once said charter-school students were “on their own” — has now spread the incendiary falsehood that the independently run, publicly funded schools inflate test scores by breaking the rules. Coming from the head of the nation’s largest public school system — educating 85,000 kids in charters, with 50,000 more banging on the doors to get in — this is the height of irresponsibility.

Saturday Update 
Chancellor Is Criticized For Remarks on Charters(NYT) Carmen Fariña said at a conference that some charter schools push students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children.* Charter advocates demand Farina back up claim schools rig results(NYP) Charter advocates are demanding Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina produce evidence of a startling claim that some charter schools are rigging results by dumping poorly-performing students right before state exams. “The chancellor’s charge that there is a ‘whole movement out of charters the month before the [state] test’ is incorrect and irresponsible,” said Families for Excellent Schools executive director Jeremiah Kittredge. “Unless she can back up this statement with facts, she should withdraw it.”

Chancellor Fariña has the UFT & AQE anti-charter school talking points down pat.New battle betweencharter school advocates, City school boss Carmen Fariña(NYDN) Fariña’s comments at a conference hosted by Crain's New York Business echo longstanding concerns of many city educators who think charter schools serve fewer challenging students. City schools boss Carmen Fariña is in a fresh battle with charter school advocates after she accused the schools of inflating their scores by pushing away needy students. Fariña, who leveled the charges at a conference hosted by Crain's New York Business in Manhattan, had been seeking to soften the city’s relationship with the publicly funded, privately run schools... * .Fariña fibs(NYP Ed) If you can’t beat ’em — make up excuses. And who cares if they’re true? “There shouldn’t be a whole movement [of students] out of charters the month before the test,” Fariña said Thursday, implying charters push out weaker kids to inflate their average test scores. One problem: There’s no evidence for either claim. None. In fact, charters retain students, even lower-performing special-ed ones, at higher rates than traditionals. On top of this, the mayor — Fariña’s boss — is well-known for his anti-charter hostility and on Friday backed up his chancellor. Of course, Fariña’s falsehoods about charters are a backhanded admission that the schools she runs are being outperformed.* Weingarten on de Blasio’s ‘audacious’ community schools(Capital) The U.F.T. hosted an event to introduce politicians to the community school model on Thursday

Stunning ignorance from NYC chancellor - Fariña fibs  via @nypost

NYP Hits Stringer On Rising Pension Costs
Pension fees soar to record levels under Stringer(NYP) The city paid a record $530.2 million in fees to pension investment firms last fiscal year, despite Comptroller Scott Stringer’s vow to rein in the escalating costs. The fat fees forked out to private advisers and consultants skyrocketed from $472.5 million in fiscal year 2013. The half-billion dollars in fiscal year 2014 is five times the $97.9 million paid in 2003. In the last 15 years, the city has paid $4 billion to advisers.

Brooklyn DA Will New Pot Police Clog the Courts?
The new marijuana rules will overload the summons system.

No Human Rights for Ariel Russo Who Counted On the 911 Emergency Phone System to Live

de Blasio Names 911 Failed System Lobbyists Greenspun to the Human Rights Commission
Bill de Blasio nameschair for city's Commission on Human Rights, eight new commissioners(NYDN)  de Blasio named a chair for the city’s Commission on Human Rights and eight new commissioners to the agency’s board Friday – including a deep-pocketed lobbyist who donated heavily to the mayor in 2013. Newly appointed Jonathan Greenspun, a Mercury Public Affairs Managing Director and registered lobbyist, bundled $4,075 for de Blasio’s 2013 City Hall campaign, and donated another $23,000 towards his transition, according to campaign finance records. Greenspun, a former community affairs commissioner for ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was apparently hedging his bets during the campaign. He also raised $5,000 for mayoral candidate Bill Thompson – who lost to de Blasio in the primary – and another $400 for failed Republican candidate Joseph Lhota. The mayor, who has been criticized for failing to appoint Hispanics to high-ranking positions, also tapped three Latinos to serve on the board alongside Greenspun. Those three are Ana Oliveira, a Brazil native and president of the New York Women’s Foundation, Catherine Albisa, a constitutional and human rights lawyer of Cuban heritage, and East Harlem native Arnaldo Segarra, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

No Accountability to For Those Responsible for the Failed 911 System
de Blasio's Own DOI Said Consultant Like Mercury's Greenspun Ran the Failed 911 System

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

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

Albany 2015 Same Old Shit
NY’s Capitol TV — your guide to Albany’s soap operas(NYP) The nominal plotlines are already shaping up for the next season of “The Real Lawmakers of Albany” — catfights over charter schools, rent laws and multibillion-dollar bank-fine windfalls. Yet the best story arcs center on the cast of characters of this reality show. Yet haunting the speaker is his long affiliation with the Jew who stole from the Jews— from a Jewish charity, no less. The details of the schemes that diverted millions to William Rapfogel’s pockets are complex matters of insurance fraud. But the bottom line is that the head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a Silver friend and the husband of Silver’s decades-long chief of staff, Judy Rapfogel, was caught with bundles of cash in his home. 

Cash that should have gone to help the poor, especially poor Jews. Silver is Orthodox, and traditional Jewish teaching takes charity very, very seriously. There is not the slightest hint that the speaker was in any way involved in this obscene crime. (Cynics do ask if the key investigators, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, even dared to look.) Surely the speaker, a man who could take great pride in his lifetime of achievement, must wonder every time he meets another’s eyes in temple: What is he thinking? Does he wonder what I knew? If I just ignored the warning signs?  Do they all think I just didn’t care? The fragility of his grasp on power must haunt Skelos: It took truly egregious gerrymandering plus a national Republican wave to put him back in the driver’s seat. (Some charge it took even more: a secret deal involving Gov. Cuomo as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to protect the interests of all three.) 

And the 2016 election, not an off year, is likely to put him back in the minority. And this brings us to Jeff Klein, the head of the Senate’s Independent Democratic caucus. He’s in a bind, 1) having burned bridges with so many other Democrats by siding with Skelos, and so shutting them out of power, the last two years, yet 2) having promised in this fall’s campaign to reunite with those other Democrats next session. If Skelos, his eye on the longer game, is willing to take Klein back, the question isn’t so much whether Klein will find a face-saving way to break his word as when. Klein will surely tell himself he’s smarter than the likes of Espada: He washes any hint of influence-peddling through the purifying font of his law firm, just as other Albany leaders do. On the other hand, all Albany now has to beware of new advances in listening-device technology: US Attorney Preet Bharara is still there off-camera, looking for more scalps.* Mayor deBlasio rejects Dean Skelos criticism of his work for Senate Dems(NYDN)

Asshole Lawyer for GOP Operative Calls Bharara An Ayatollash Because Judge Refuse to Delay A Trial

Smith Trial Starts In January On Time
Judge declines to delay Malcolm Smith trial (Capital) Judge Kenneth Karas ruled Thursday that the pregnancy of Deborah Misir, the lead defense counsel for co-defendant Vincent Tabone, is not a compelling reason to sever the cases or delay the trial.  Misir has been confined to bed rest while she deals with a high-risk pregnancy. Grant Lally—Misir’s husband and partner in Lally & Misir—appeared in court on Thursday to argue for the delay, after removing himself from the case during a failed attempt to unseat Rep. Steve Israel on Long Island. “It’s outrageous,” Lally said after the decision. “Ayatollah Bharara wants to bring Sharia law that discriminates against pregnant women to the United States.”*Pregnant Lawyer Fails in Bid to Delay Trial(NYT) * Lawyer’s pregnancy won’t delay Malcolm Smith trial(NYP)

The Bronx DA Gang
Dozens of New York City Police Department bosses were yanked from their regular crime-fighting duties to play kids games at a summer camp-style retreat in The Bronx held by Commissioner

The NYPD Gang
It’s all fun & games for NYPD brass at Bratton’s retreat (NYP)Dozens of NYPD bosses were yanked from their regular crime-fighting duties to play kids games at a summer camp-style retreat in The Bronx held by Commissioner Bill Bratton. About 140 members of the brass gathered at the luxe Wave Hill House in Riverdale — a scenic property with a botanical garden and striking views of the Hudson River — for the two-day summit. Cops were split into groups on Wednesday for the team-building “marshmallow challenge” — a competition to build the tallest free-standing structure using just spaghetti sticks, tape and marshmallow.

Schneiderman Should Ask the Citizens Why They Stopped Voting
Schneiderman plansprobe into New York'slow voter turnout (NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to find out why the state's voter turnout was just under 30% on Election Day. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is planning to probe why New York’s voter turnout was so low on Election Day.  Schneiderman, during a radio interview Thursday, expressed alarm that so few voters took part in the election and said he wanted to investigate what impediments might be keeping people from the ballot box.

 We don’t have voter ID laws, and yet we are always on the bottom of the list in terms of voter participation,” Schneiderman, a Democrat, said on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” Pay RaiseAG Eric Schneiderman backs pay raise for state lawmakers * If all state legislators are going to do is pick taxpayers’ pockets by traveling to Albany to give themselves a raise, they should give up the idea of a special session and just stay home, the Buffalo News writes: * AG Backs Legislative Pay Raises(YNN)

The NYT Should Interview Janet Gamble Who Stopped Voting Because Campaigns Full of Lies Have No Connection to Governing

New York's Falling Voter Participation Rate is A Canary in the Coal Mine Warning for Our Failing City and Democracy
2013 Was the Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote . .
200,000 Votes Less Than 2009

The NYT Offers Nonsense Excuses But, Ignores A Broken Election System As the Reason Why Citizens Are Not Voting
The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years(NYT Ed) New York tied for third-worst : The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years Republicans ran a single-theme campaign of pure opposition to President Obama, and Democrats were too afraid of the backlash to put forward plans to revive the economy or to point out significant achievements of the last six years. Neither party gave voters an affirmative reason to show up at the polls. Showing up at the polls is the best way to counter the oversized influence of wealthy special interests, who dominate politics as never before. But to encourage participation, politicians need to stop suppressing the vote, make the process of voting as easy as possible, and run campaigns that stand for something..* Forty Years of Freefall in New York Voter Turnout (Gotham Gazette)

OPINION: Why I will no longer vote in NYC
By Janet Gamble  For Brooklyn Daily Eagle

I have been voting in New York City for nearly 30 years, and now I feel no need to vote here ever again.  As a voter, you put your hope and trust in the person you cast your ballot for and want so badly ... so very badly, that they will try to come through for you.  But now I see how stupid and naive I was. Now I see it is not the voters that some New York politicians are working for — its rich, real estate interests. They are the official owners of New York politics.  It's not hard to see the damage these people have caused the average New Yorker. Affordable housing is almost non-existent in every borough. Once-beautiful historic blocks of brownstone housing are now dotted with newly constructed houses that resemble ugly cereal boxes. The well-off New Yorker has their pick of luxury housing, which brings me to the reason I will no longer vote.

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has just been sold to a developer who donated money to Gov. Cuomo. Several other companies were supposed to bid on running this hospital, but trumped up excuses were made against the first two bidders and they were passed over in favor of a company that donated the most money to the governor. This should be a scandal and fodder for whoever is running against the governor this year...but it won't be. Who is going to investigate this?  No one... not when you've pretty much hired everyone who could investigate you.   Our current mayor got himself arrested last year, protesting the closing of this hospital, but I knew it was just a stunt to gain attention ... and it worked. I voted for him with the silly hope that he would at least try to save the hospital, and when he negotiated a deal for different companies to bid for running the hospital, I had hope again...silly, silly hope.  When the bidders were rejected under odd circumstances, I knew where this ship was heading and that Gov. Cuomo was at the helm. While I am not sure if the mayor knew how crooked this deal was, his silence was loud enough. In the old days of Hollywood movies, the good guys and bad guys were always clearly seen and most of the time, there was a happy ending. But in this movie, the people (politicians) who we thought were the good guys, turned out to be the bad guys... and there is no happy ending.

The Central Park Horses Are Treated Better Than the Voters In This City
There are good politicians, on both sides, who do want to fight for us. But the rich control the rest, and they will not let anything good happen. There is this mix of emotion that I feel about this: anger, frustration, sadness and hopelessness. When you see thousands of good people losing their jobs and a community losing its hospital — knowing that the people you voted for are the cause of this ... knowing that they betrayed you, just because you were stupid enough to trust them — there is this gnawing ache … an ache of inferiority. Because I, and the average, non-rich, New Yorker, mean nothing to these people ... nothing.  I know there are those who will say that if I don't vote then I should not complain when nothing changes. Well I did vote...and I voted for term limits in New York City. I signed the petition to make it a law and voted for term limits, twice. 

Then I watched our former, rich mayor strong-arm the city council into overturning that law. No, no more. I will never put my faith in any of these people ever again. Some people will also say, “Just find another hospital.” Why? My luck in picking hospitals is not that great! Nearly every hospital that was affiliated with the doctor I chose has closed. St. Mary's in Brooklyn, St. John’s in Queens and now, LICH. So, I think I'll be doing you hospitals a favor by not going to you at all!   I know now that I am invisible ... a nobody ... worthless... left to vent my anger in a letter that hardly anyone will see.  LICH was nearly 160 years old. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and even the skyline of Manhattan did not exist when this hospital saw its first patient.  How ironic to see it fall just because of the view that grew up before it. It was one of the first hospitals to use anesthesia. One of the first hospitals to use a dedicated ambulance corps.  Every woman in this country should be angry because, the very first hospital that felt women need special care, too, gave us the first doctor of gynecology.  Soon, this will be gone, replaced with luxury condos that only the richest among us can afford.  And when that first bulldozer comes to tear down this historic place, I will bury my voter's registration card in its rubble. Thank you, governor ... thank you, mayor ... for nothing.

Janet Gamble,  AKA Nobody
Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn
Janet Gamble, a Crown Heights resident, was born in East New York and raised in Bed-Stuy. She has had two surgeries at LICH.  

New Yorkers Says Fuck You to Big Brother Threats to Vote 

Pols Tried to Avoid Shame and Analysis of Low Vote Turnout
NY breaks lowest voter turnout record in governors race(NYP) New York voters shattered a record in Tuesday’s elections — but no one’s going to be bragging about it. This record is for the lowest turnout in a New York gubernatorial election in the modern era. Only 3.7 million people bothered to go to the polls — the fewest since the state Board of Elections began keeping precise tallies in the 1970s. That means only about one-third of the state’s 10.8 million active voters filled out ballots to re-elect Gov. Cuomo.Gov. Andrew Cuomo won re-election with what is probably the fewest number of votes of any New York governor since Franklin Roosevelt in 1930 Democrats ‘Shame’ Voters With Mailers (WSJ) Pre-Halloween Scare Comes Via Postcards and Letters.  Democratic Party mailers sent to more than 800,000 NewYorkers gave them grades on how often they voted (WSJ)

Not Voting Is A Protest Against An Election System That Only Gives Us Broken Promises
The Post’s Bob McManus notes that Cuomo racked up thefewest votes recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate in New York since FDR in 1930, but that he still was in “the catbird seat” after the election: *Democratic voter complains about pushy ‘vote or else’ letter(NYP) He kicked their ass to the ballot box! One registered Democrat filed a furious complaint letter with the state’s Board of Elections after his party tried to shame him into voting this Tuesday with an intimidating letter. “I am incensed. How DARE the NYS Democratic Committee send me such a letter. It is none of their business whether I vote or not, or why I may choose not to vote,” wrote Tom Gris of Brooklyn. “This use of intimidation and shame tactics to spur votership has to stop. In fact, I may choose to not vote this November 4th just because of this letter.
. Is the NYT Losing It Knock Out Power? 
 Mr. Sharpton said. “It’s the same agreement, y’all.” He could not say what he currently owed in back taxes, including penalties and interest. As of December of last year, Mr. Sharpton said NAN owes $400,000 in back taxes and the same amount in penalties–he openly bristled at the penalty amount.The reverend, who enjoys an extraordinarily close relationship with both President Barack Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio, tore into the media for constantly highlighting his bond with those figures and ignoring how allegedly well he worked with past leaders like President George W. Bush and Michael Bloomberg, two Repuban.

Sharpton Plays NYC Weak Press Like Yo You Ma Play His Fiddle 
To underscore the point, he read aloud from a dedication Mr. Bloomberg wrote for Mr. Sharpton’s lavish 60th birthday party, which he said raised more than $1 million for NAN. Mr. Sharpton claimed news outlets zero in on his relationship with President Obama and Mayor de Blasio–his former aide, Rachel Noerdlinger, was chief of staff to Mr. de Blasio’s wife before taking a leave of absence this week–because powerful interests never wanted to see either of them win their posts. (Mr. Sharpton would also not confirm another report today that he offered Ms. Noerdlinger her old job back.) “A lot of people don’t like the fact that President Obama is the president, a lot of people don’t like the fact that Bill de Blasio won for mayor and certainly don’t like the act that I’m still here—and I ain’t going nowhere,” Mr. Sharpton told the Observer.

The Weak Spin Press Allows Sharpton to Answer the NYT With Almost No Challenging Questions
Al Sharpton, the durable warrior (NYDN) Skilled and useful, the Rev. is here to stay
Rev. Al Sharpton says he is not father of RachelNoerdlinger's son(NYDN) * @agrenell writes about Sharptonprivilege in a de Blasio administration (City and State)@GloriaPazmino No one asked him though. He just brought it up.* Video - Sharpton: News Corp gives $ to National Action Network & Fox News used to like me.  The Rev. Al Sharpton blasted a New York Times story detailing years of unpaid taxes, accusing the newspaper of writing a “misleading” and blatantly political piece about past issues that he claimed were long resolved.* NY1 Online: Sharpton Defends Self Against Report of Alleged Financial Negligence(NY1)@errollouis piece on @thereval. "Like hisfriend Donald Trump, Sharpton cannot be embarrassed." (NYDN) * Sharpton responds to Times, mentioning de Blasio and Obama(Capital)

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.

Sharpton Blasts the NYT and Media:  
Weak and Enabling Press Allows Sharpton To Battle the NYT Knockout Machine
Al Sharpton Blasts ‘Misleading’ New York Times Story AboutHis Tax Troubles(NYO) Rev. Al Sharpton blasted a lengthy New York Times story detailing years of unpaid taxes, accusing the newspaper today of writing a “misleading” and blatantly political story about past issues that he claimed were long resolved. “The story Is at best misleading and totally out of context,” Mr. Sharpton told reporters at a press conference at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. “The politics of it is very interesting.”   Mr. Sharpton said today he and NAN were paying their taxes on time and keeping up with installment plans. Rebuffing the report, he said “not one dime” had been used by NAN to pay the expensive private school tuition of his children and said there was “not one red penny” of current taxes owed by NAN or himself. “These are all on back taxes pre-2006 that you’ve covered over and over again. Every time there’s a Sean Bell or a Ferguson or a Trayvon Martin, we go through my taxes,”* Al Sharpton Criticizes New York Times Report on Unpaid Taxes(NYT)* Sharpton Says Books are Open Amid Tax Questions(NY1)* Al Sharpton DeniesHe’s a Distraction for Bill de Blasio (NYO) * A little tax trouble won't drive a wedge between BFFs AlSharpton and Bill de Blasio(NYO)

Even Schneiderman is Blaming the Press 
Eric Schneiderman Blames Press for Promoting Republican Challenger(NYO) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, coming off his easy 14-point triumph over Republican challenger John Cahill, blamed political reporters for depicting the race as remotely close. Mr. Schneiderman defeated Mr. Cahill, former chief of staff to ex-Gov. George Pataki, by nearly half a million votes–comparable to fellow Democrats Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s victories over GOP Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. Speaking on the Capitol Pressroom radio program, the state’s top lawman said the media had falsely portrayed the contest for his office as competitive.  Honestly, I think it was more a phenomenon of the political press and insiders. They like a horse race,” he said. “I think there was an effort by my opponent and he was helped by some of the press in making it look like it was closer than it was.”

de Blasio Runs 2013 Campaign Against Kelly Appoints Bratton and Sinks Him With Sharpton
Bratton Poll 47% Approval . . . Kelly 2013 Approval 75%
Bratton gets Billy clubbed with 47% approval rating in poll(NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s approval rating is in the toilet at 47 percent — compared with predecessor Ray Kelly’s stellar 75 percent rating when the use of stop-and-frisk was near its peak, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Quinnipiac University polling expert Mickey Carroll pointed the finger at Sharpton and Mayor de Blasio for their constant criticism of the NYPD and its stop-and-frisk policy. A total of 86 percent of New York City voters, including 82 percent of whites, 87 percent of blacks and 93 percent of Hispanics, say crime is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, the poll found. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton pulls 12-year lowapprovals for NYC top cop: poll(NYDN ) * Not even half of city voters approve of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton: poll

A Tale of Two Cities: de Blasio's Racial Divide 
Mayor de Blasio’s overall approval rating among voters has roughly stayed the same during the controversy surrounding his embattled aide Rachel Noerdlinger, but the racial divide over his job performance has widened, according to a new poll.* De Blasio’s Approval Rating Wanes, but Is Still Solid, Quinnipiac Poll Finds(NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio received the support of 49 percent of New Yorkers, with a sharp racial divide over his performance. Seventy-one percent of black voters approve of de Blasio; only 34 percent of white voters do. * Racial divide in latest de Blasio approval ratings(NYP) * De Blasio's approvals steady, but race gap grows: poll(NYDN) 

de Blasio Makes Fun of NYP's Squeegee Man Coverage
De Blasio rips into The Post’s coverage of his tenure(NYP)  Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday found himself having to respond to The Post’s coverage of how he has handled issues ranging from his perpetual lateness to his relationship with Al Sharpton. At one point in the hourlong discussion, the mayor took hold of one of The Post’s Page Ones so he could dismiss it. The cover story read: Squeegee men back. “It should have said ‘Squeegee man is back, until he was arrested later that same day and then he wasn’t back anymore,’ ” de Blasio said. Poll Sees Widening Racial Divide on de Blasio’s Performance(WSJ) More than two-thirds of black voters approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job performance while half of white voters disapprove, a poll released Tuesday showed.* Mayor Bill de Blasio Takes a Day to Pursue a National Profile(NYT) * De Blasio Seeks to Prove His Progressive Chops in Capital Visit(NY1)

 Only 24 percent of voters think that Mayor de Blasio’s wife should play a “major role” in public policy
New Yorkers: Stay away Chirlane!(NYP) Only 24 percent of voters think that Mayor de Blasio’s wife should play a “major role” in public policy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent said she should play a “minor role,” while 34 percent said she should have no role at all. The poll showed that by 61 percent to 31 percent, voters said the mayor’s spouse should not have a chief-of-staff. BdB is asked about racial divide. He disagrees with Q-poll numbers. If all that is discussed is race, he says, people will think. * Poll: New Yorkers wary of McCray position at City Hall(Capital)

NYP Asks Schumer His Opinion of Sharpton's  501(c)4
Silence of the Schumer(NYP Ed) It wasn’t so long ago Chuck Schumer was obsessing over the idea that the tax code was being abused for partisan purposes. Back in March 2012, he and six fellow Democratic senators wrote the IRS demanding more scrutiny for 501(c)4 groups who claimed they were involved in “social welfare” but were “devoted chiefly to political election activities who operate behind a facade of charity work.”Considering how eager Sen. Schumer was to ensure 501(c)4’s weren’t gaming the tax system, we felt sure we would hear the senator thumping loudly for the IRS to take a hard look at the National Action Network. But a query to Schumer’s office went unanswered.

A Quinnipiac pollfinds less than half of New York City voters approve of Police CommissionerBill Bratton’s performance—a low for the position not seen in twelve years—while less than a quarter think the mayor’s spouse should have a “major role” in public policy and over 60 percent say she doesn’t need a chief of staff:@grynbaum Remember that time @BilldeBlasio, unprompted, touted a favorable @QuinnipiacPoll? Cuz I do. (h/t @Newsday)
Under DEB we have truly become 2 Cities if the poll is correct
latest poll ironically demonstrates that we had less of a racial split in the City under billionaire @MikeBloomberg than "progressive" DEB
Sally Goldenberg ‏@SallyGold  "W all due respect to my friends at @QuinnipiacPoll…I question whether they're getting the totality of the citizenry of our city," BDB says.

Friday Update
Mayor pushes mail-in policy for marijuana fines(NYP)

Noerdlinger Your Welcome Back to NAN
'SHE'S NOT DOING WELL': Rev. Al Sharpton reportedly would welcome embattled aide Rachel Noerdlinger back to National Action Network, says source, as she takes City Hall leave (NYDN)*  .@mikeallen: did you defend Rachel Noerdlinger too long? @BilldeBlasio "no." said her transgressions were minor.* "The mayor's spouseshould not have a chief of staff, voters say 61% to 31%" * Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Think Chirlane McCrayNeeds a Chief of Staff(NYO)* Less than a quarter of NYC voters think the mayor’s spouse should have a “major role” in developing public policy, and more than 60 percent say she doesn’t need a chief of staff, anew Q poll found.

de Blasio Blasts the Media Says They are Responsible for the Racial Divide Poll  

de Blasio Dimisses Poll on Racial Divide and Attacks Press for Reporting Its Results
De Blasio Dimisses Poll on Racial Divide(WSJ) de Blasio on Wednesday dismissed a new poll showing a racial divide in the city over his performance at New York City Hall, questioning the validity of the survey and blaming the media for any racial disparity.“I don’t think the extent is anything near what’s being portrayed here,” Mr. de Blasio said at a breakfast forum, raising questions about the accuracy of the Quinnipiac University poll numbers. “Put that aside for a moment,” he added, launching into an attack on the media. “If all that is talked about in the public discourse is race, people will think in terms of race. If we talk about economics, people will think in terms of economics. So, this is a little bit chicken and egg.”* De Blasio dismissed the poll, which showed a racial divide in the city over his performance at City Hall. He questioned the validity of the survey and blamed the media for any racial disparity.

Cuomo vs de Blasio Education War Reboots 
Cuomo vows education reform in second term (NYP) * Gov ready to teach unions how to deal with change(NYP) Cuomo — who noted that the state teachers union didn’t endorse him in either of his two races for governor — said overhauling the education system would be as important to his legacy for him as winning approval of gay marriage and enacting strict gun-control laws. “I want performance in education. It’s that simple … Did that upset the teachers union? Yes it does. We have a difference of opinion,” Cuomo said on the Albany radio show “Capitol Pressroom” Thursday. Cuomo has had rocky relations with the teachers union. * Cuomo goes to school (NYDN Ed) Gov. Cuomo has declared war on New York’s big-spending, poor-performing public school system. Go get ’em, gov.  Late in his reelection campaign, Cuomo told the Daily News Editorial Board he wanted to break up the “public education monopoly.* New York saw a significant drop in the number of candidates who passed teacher certification tests last year as tougher exams were introduced. Officials portrayed the results as a long-needed move to raise the level of teaching and the performance of teacher preparation schools.
How de Blasio Dances With Cuomo

GEs Welch Message Control Hacks DOE Meritocracy Not Putting Students 1st . . .
de Blasio Answers GE Welch  

Welch’s bright ideaNYP Ed) Former GE Chairman Jack Welch hit the nail on the head this week when he suggested no private-sector business could run the way New York City’s schools do. Welch blasted Chancellor Carmen Fariña after The Post reported that seven of 15 new superintendents she just tapped had overseen below-average schools. When you put people in positions “without a meritocracy, without differentiation, you get bad performance,” said Welch. “You couldn’t run GE . . . you couldn’t run any company” like that.

de Blasio Answers GE's Welch
Jack Welch questions Fariña’s superintendent appointments(NYP) Former GE chief Jack Welch lit into Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s management skills on Monday, questioning why she hired superintendents who had run struggling schools.

“She just appointed 15 superintendents — seven from failing schools, five from disasters, 10 percent passing tests, et cetera — as superintendents,” Welch said on CNBC. “When you have a philosophy of putting people in place without a meritocracy, without differentiation, you get bad performance.” Welch argued that major corporations would never promote “flunkies” and “hacks” the way the Department of Education did.* Community memberssay central Brooklyn's school system is in a"sorry state" Mayor makes history(NYPN Ed) Bill de Blasio hasn’t yet finished a year in office. But already the elections — here as well as across the country — make clear he has probably already earned his place in history as the last mayor of New York to oppose charter public schools.

Merge Bad School But No to Closed School?

UFT Teachers To Powerful to Fail (Be Fired)  
Education Reform for Failing Schools Must Be OK By UFT Which the Mayor Needs for His Reelection in 2017

Editorial: Teachers union pet(NYDN) Facing the threatened closure by the state of the city’s two worst high schools, Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and United Federation Teachers President Michael Mulgrew locked arms in a teacher protection plan. Hard experience teaches that there is no other way to read their agreement on the futures of Boys & Girls and Automotive High Schools, regardless of their claims to the contrary.State Education Commissioner John King notified the mayor and Fariña that their turnaround plans for Boys & Girls and Automotive were insufficient. Rightly, he insisted that reforms would fall short unless principals had the authority to remove incompetent teachers. That left de Blasio to work out a deal with his political ally, Mulgrew. They produced a pact that will require teachers to reapply for their positions, the suggestion being that those found wanting will be given their walking papers.*NY Daily NewsOpinion - New Plan for Two Failing Schools Protects Teachers
More on Schools ChancellorCarmen Fariña


It is about the UFT protecting teachers rather than putting children first like we read on all the campaign flyers
Principal of Failing BrooklynSchool Quits, Saying CityLacks an Education Plan(NYT) “The problem is, there is no plan,” the principal, Bernard Gassaway of Boys and Girls High School, said of the city’s approach to struggling schools. “They’re making it up as they go along.”Mr. Gassaway said the de Blasio administration did not provide a coherent vision of how it planned to improve Boys and Girls, and he said the approaches the city planned to use, like social services for the students and increased professional development for the staff, were not sufficient. (Mr. Gassaway has not been shy about criticizing the Education Department. A former superintendent under Mr. Bloomberg, he publicly rebuked that administration after leaving the post.) His voice joins a small chorus of those questioning the city’s plans for struggling schools, and for struggling high schools in particular. Last week,charter school supporters held a rally to call attention to the city’s failing schools and to demand that the city come up with a strategy to address them. Mr. Bloomberg often gave charter schools the space freed up by the closing of schools.* Boys and Girls HS student said he was pressured to transfer,30 students have left in 3 weeks  Merryl Tisch: Immigrant kids squeezing budget...(NYDN)

Is the NYT Sending A Message to de Blasio to Keep Sharpton At A Distance 
There are more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against the Rev. Al Sharpton and his for-profit businesses, and his balance with the state, at least, has grown in recent years
Questions About Sharpton’s Finances Accompany HisRise in Influence(NYT)Mr. Sharpton’s influence and visibility have reached new heights this year, fueled by his close relationships with the mayor and the president. Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees. With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.* Al Sharpton’s Past Ties toVote Fraud Taint His Fulminating (Daily Beast, Barrett) * Al Sharpton's businesses have $4.5M in tax liens: report(NYDN)* Rev. Al Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.

Sanford Rubenstein Rape Accuser Update 

Friday Update
Cookie Monster 

Rubenstein rape accuser was not drugged: sources(NYP)The National Action Network executive who accused lawyer Sanford Rubenstein of raping her after a birthday bash for the Rev. Al Sharpton, was not drugged, law enforcement sources told The Post. Toxicology reports on the woman’s blood, drawn a week after the Oct. 2 incident, have come back negative, the sources said​ ​​Wednesday​. The test results pose a real setback to a possible criminal c​​ase against the civil lawyer, the sources said. Now the probe will focus on whether booze was a factor in the alleged sex assault. On Wednesday, her lawyer Kenneth Montgomery accused DA Cyrus Vance Jr. of trying to sweep the matter under the rug. “I personally think they want to punt it and are looking for ways to do it,” said the accuser’s attorney. Before hearing about the test results, the woman’s lawyer, who has been pressing the DA to move forward with an indictment in the case, said, “The results of any toxicology is of no consequence considering the victim’s injuries, statement and lack of consent,” he said, before hearing about any test results.

NYT: Media Did Not Invent Defamatory Lies Against Noerdlinger . . . Not McCarthyism Charges Against Her True  

True News Posted Two Days Ago The Media's Attack on Noerdlinger Facts McCarthy Invented Attacks
De Blasio Dumps Rachel Noerdlinger, Accuses the Press ofMcCarthyism(NYT)What went “wrong,” according to Mr. de Blasio, was the news media’s reporting on Ms. Noerdlinger, which he seems to believe went far, far out of bounds. How far? Senator McCarthy far. “We saw this in the 1950s, we’ve seen this throughout the history of this country,” Mr. de Blasio said. “If someone wants to smear people and use that for political purposes, there’s a pretty easy playbook for doing it. It’s repulsive.” The problem with Mr. de Blasio’s analysis is that the media never came close to using the McCarthy playbook – that is, spreading defamatory lies to destroy someone’s career. The litany of embarrassments for Ms. Noerdlinger and her boss  – the omission on the background check, the convicted-of-manslaughter boyfriend, the ugly tweets, the unpaid parking fines and tolls – were not invented. They were reported – maybe fairly or unfairly, maybe for sensationalist or vindictive reasons, or maybe because they were eyebrow-raising. But they were true. Ms. Noerdlinger was a public official – and a very highly paid one, in a vaguely defined job as a sort of unofficial community liaison, on call when tensions rose, as in the death of Eric Garner, killed by police officers on Staten Island. What’s repulsive is that Mr. de Blasio has used Ms. Noerdlinger’s travails to don the self-righteous garb of victimhood, and to condemn the media for an underhanded attack on public service. Mr. de Blasio and Ms. McCray made a bad hire. Ms. Noerdlinger didn’t work out. If he still thinks  she is the best person for the job, and has proved herself a benefit to the administration and the city, then he should stick with her. But don’t dump her and blame McCarthyism.* Recent Headlines Test Mayor's Relationship with Press Corps(NY1)

de Blasio Blames McCarthyism Press For Noerdlinger Leaving . . . Mr. Mayor Press Got the Senator and Press Reporting Facts About Noerlinger
The Media's Attack on Noerdlinger Facts McCarthy Invented Attacks
(NYDN)  "I think the notion that somehow, in modern society, not just your own actions, but your girlfriend or boyfriend, your own teenage child, somehow all of this is fair game in the public discourse, I think something's gone wrong here that we really need to look at," de Blasio said at an unrelated news conference in Brooklyn"Where are we going?" he asked reporters. "Would you all like to have that discussion about yourselves? You're in the public eye." "A lot of really nasty stuff was done here. It is clearly for a purpose. It's quite obvious: Why would so much attention be given to one person and her personal life?" he asked. "It's clearly a pretty systematic effort to undermine certain work that's being done," de Blasio said, although he did not provide concrete examples when given the chance to do so in a follow-up question. De Blasio said Noerdlinger, who said she's leaving to spend more time with son Khari, 17, is "welcome back to the administration" when and if she feels she's taken care of her family issues.* De Blasio Decries 1950s-Style ‘Smear’ Campaign Against Noerdlinger (NYO) Mayor Bill de Blasio today railed against what he called a “nasty” and “repulsive” smear campaign — which he seemed to compare to the McCarthyism of the 1950s — that led in part to the stepping down of his wife’s chief of staff, Rachel Noerdlinger.
NOERDLINGER COVERAGE ‘REPULSIVE’ -- De Blasio lashes outat the media -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: In speaking to reporters, the mayor criticized the press corps for its coverage of Noerdlinger. "We've seen this throughout the history of this country," he said. "If someone wants to smear people and use that for political purposes, there's a pretty easy playbook for doing it. It's repulsive, but it's become quite common. You guys do what you want, but for the rest of us as citizens, as people trying to make this city better or this country better, we have to get on with the work and not be putting so much time and energy into one person's personal life when we have things like affordable housing, job creation, education to talk about.”

The attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday rattled nerves in Jewish communities across the U.S.—particularly in the New York City area, where American ties to Israel run deep.

@SenSchumer criticizes CNN & NYT for coverage of #JerusalemSynagogue massacre, says terrorists worse than ISIS

Brooklyn Convention
City raises $10M in effort to host 2016 convention(Capital)* Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has raised $10 million of the $100 million it is seeking to host the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential convention, Bloomberg reports:  * Mayor pledges to raise $100 million to bring the #DNC to Brooklynin 2016. (NY1)

Latino Leaders Want More Top Jobs At City Hall  

No hablan de Blasio(NYP Ed) Bill de Blasio loves to preach about “diversity” and “equality” and “inclusion.” Now, Latinos are demanding he deliver on that promise — or else. “One-term mayor!” shouted a group of nearly 100 Latino leaders at City Hall on Monday. They’re livid, they say, because de Blasio hasn’t tapped Hispanics for his administration in proportion to their numbers in the city’s population. “We’re not garbage . . . so don’t treat us like garbage,” fumed one protester, Lucky Rivera. As The Post reported Tuesday, the group says only 11 percent of de Blasio’s “publicly announced” appointments have gone to Hispanics, even though they make up 29 percent of the population. City Hall says Latinos account for 14 percent of agency heads.

That’s up from 9.3 percent during the Bloomberg era but still well short of their share of the population. “We want to make sure that we have a government that looks like New York City,” promised the then-incoming mayor at the Somos El Futuro conference in Puerto Rico just days after winning election last year. At this year’s conference, de Blasio doubled down, pledging to have a team that “looks like New York City.” Alas, staffing decisions have apparently become a numbers game. Appointments are judged by how closely they reflect the city’s ethnic make-up rather than how well-suited candidates are for their jobs.* Activists picket outside Gracie for Hispanics in City Hall(NYDN) According to its stats, the NYPD has only six Latino chiefs out of 82, nine full inspectors out of 113, and 18 deputy inspectors out of 166.* Bill de Blasio loves to preach about “diversity” and “equality” and “inclusion.” Now, Latinosare demanding he deliver on that promise — or else.

Prosecutors Have Convicted 4 Scammers of the CFB Are Called Witch Hunters by Councilmembers Who Have A Lot to Hide
Council members defend Rose against ‘witch hunt’(Capital) Gathered in the City Hall rotunda to avoid the rain, a dozen Council members defended the Staten Island Democrat and her campaign staff, saying allegations stemming from an investigation into her 2009 campaign were baseless, political and racially motivated. “These charges are without merit. The only thing we could be charged with is electing a champion for working class and middle class people on Staten Island. We're pretty sure that that's not a crime," Bill Lipton, the W.F.P.'s New York state director, said in a statement.   Rose’s colleagues, who repeatedly described her as “sweet, nice and moral” said Adler is simply trying to make a name for himself by prosecuting the case even though the investigation has already been dismissed by the U.S. Attorney. Thomas and Jones are expected to be arraigned today.* Two WFP workersare facing charges in a campaign finance probe that many council members arecalling a witch-hunt. 

Wednesday Update NYP Pro Court Case NYT Against 
The Working-a-Scam Party(NYP Ed)In this Staten Island courtroom, two operatives from the WFP-endorsed 2009 campaign of Debi Rose were charged with grand larceny. The city councilwoman was herself deemed an unindicted co-conspirator by Special Prosecutor Roger Adler. WFP supporters jeered the charges and called the accusations a “witch hunt.” The same phrase was used at a City Hall press conference by more than a dozen of Rose’s fellow council members.Truth is, far from a “witch-hunt,” this indictment is the result of a probe that began with a Post exposé into how the WFP’s for-profit arm, Data and Field Services, did an end-run around campaign-finance law by giving sweetheart discounts to WFP-endorsed candidates such as Rose. In the progressive canon, there are few causes more sacred than New York City’s limits on campaign spending, which liberals want to impose statewide. So you might think a criminal conspiracy to get around those laws would come in for particular denunciation. But at the WFP we see the latest expression of the new progressive code in New York: Rules are for other people. * For One Staten Island Campaign, a Special Prosecutor Instead of anAuditor  (NYT) So, it is now five years since the election, and criminal charges are being brought over expenditures and filings that are routinely corrected or penalized through audits by the Campaign Finance Board.  The case would be sublimely weird even without the participation of the special prosecutor, Roger Bennet Adler, a past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. A judge found that in an earlier stint as a special prosecutor, in a different election law case, Mr. Adler had brought in slanted witnesses and permitted hearsay only when it hurt the defendant. He also, the judge ruled, tried to use a witness’s silence against him.

Council Watch: Emma Wolfe Despite Being Given Immunity from Prosecution Refused to Talk to the Special Prosecutor 
If the case is so vaporous, then why did top Bill de Blasio aide Emma Wolfe refuse to talk to the special prosecutor about her role managing the WFP’s campaign machine?  She was given immunity from prosecution, so she isn’t protecting herself. (CouncilWatch)* Well to listen to Donovan Richards and Laurie Cumbo, we can’t trust the process because it is corroded with racism.  Cumbo, just one year on from her impassioned justification of anti-Jewish violence in Crown Heights, now claims that the investigations into Debi Rose’s campaign treasurer “have racial motivations.”  Earlier that same day, Cumbo held a press conference to expound her thesis that Rachel Noerdlinger, Chirlane McCray, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Letitia James have all been victims of a conspiracy, a “growing, growing attack particularly on women of color.”  Who is behind this conspiracy?  Unnamed forces of reaction, one presumes.

Levine: A simple case of campaign finance accounting, nothing more that this case should be handled exclusively by the campaign finance board

At City Hall, Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan, criticized Adler for getting in the way of what he said should be an audit done by the C.F.B. “What we’re talking about here is not a case of public corruption," Levine said. "This is not a case of someone even being accused of taking bribes or enriching themselves or enriching their friends and families. We’re talking about a simple case of campaign finance accounting, nothing more than this, and it is absurd we believe that this case is not being handled exclusively by the campaign finance board.2 City Council members fined thousands for acceptingimproper campaign funds from anti-carriage horse group NYCLASS (NYDN) The Campaign Finance Board slapped Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Councilman Mark Levine with fines of $7,868 and $8,868, respectively. Levenson is being probed by state Attorney General Eric SchneidermanUS Attorney Preet Bharara and the city Department of Investigation over potential misconduct in last year’s mayoral race.

The Leffler CFB Campaign Fraud Case When to Court 

CM Leffler Guilty of Campaign Fraud Scheme With the CFB
Sheldon Leffler, Former Councilman, Is Convicted in CampaignFraud Scheme(NYT) Sheldon S. Leffler, the former city councilman who represented Queens for nearly a quarter-century, was found guilty yesterday of scheming to defraud the government in his unsuccessful run for borough president two years ago.

Councilman Brad Lander, of Brooklyn, called the probe a “prosecutorial overreach” and said he faced a similar investigation. The difference, he said, was that his campaign was allowed to go through the normal C.F.B. audit process and Rose’s was not.“In my case, the New York City Campaign Finance Board was able to conduct its audit, and it was a thorough audit,” Lander said. “Unfortunately, the Debi Rose campaign has not been given the Campaign Finance Board audit it’s entitled to because, despite the fact that the U.S. Attorney closed the investigation without charges, despite the fact that all of the other Data & Field Services campaigns had their audits completed with no referrals for prosecution, despite that—she is subject to, her campaign is subject to this overreach by this special prosecutor on Staten Island.”
Progs Froth over Rose/WFP; Corey Johnson Loses Plot/Mind(Council Watch)Now it has been common knowledge since 2009, among anyone who was paying attention to city politics and the WFP, that there were irregularities in Debi Rose’s first Council campaigns.  Local North Shore ACORN operatives got involved in a way that didn’t happen in other WFP races, and eyebrows were raised. Maybe it all falls into a gray area, but for Brad Lander and the rest of his crew to pretend that investigation of Debi Rose has come out of nowhere and is purely malevolent or a politicized fishing expedition, is absurd.  

Furthermore, how do Brad Lander and the rest of the WFP know that there is nothing to see here?  Isn’t that what investigations and prosecutions are for?  Note that whenever a Democratic politician is arrested and indicted (cf. Ruben Wills), his or her colleagues withhold judgment and say that they want to let the process play out.  So why don’t they trust the process in the case of Debi Rose? (CouncilWatch)

Liu's Campaign 25 Year Old Treasure is In Jail for A CFB Scheme 

Two Former Liu Associates Are Found Guilty inCampaign-Finance Scheme (NYT) Prosecutors had charged that the defendants, Jia Hou, a former Liu campaign treasurer, and Xing Wu Pan, a fund-raiser, relied on so-called straw donors — people whose contributions are reimbursed by others — to raise money and use some of it to obtain city matching funds. Mr. Pan was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and attempted wire fraud in relation to a straw-donor scheme. Ms. Hou, 26, was acquitted of conspiracy, but was convicted for her role in a straw-donor scheme. She was also found guilty of lying to federal agents and obstruction of justice. Most of the counts carry 20-year maximum terms, although the defendants seem likely to receive much less time.

Mark-Vierito 2009 Campaign Was Run By Debi Rose's Campaign Manager Berlin Rosen
In a statement, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vvierito also defended Rose. “The U.S Attorney looked into the matter years ago and found no wrongdoing and we expect the proceedings to move forward in a fair, just and non-political way. We will be monitoring developments closely,” Mark-Viverito said.

District Leader Albert Baldeo Was Tried For A CFB Scheme  . . . Headed to Jail
Democratic Party Official in QueensFaces Corruption Charges(NYT)Queens district leader and two-time candidate for the City Council surrendered to federal authorities on Wednesday to face corruption charges, including mail-fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice, stemming from what prosecutors said were campaign-finance improprieties. The district leader, Albert J. Baldeo, a Democrat, was accused of using phantom donors to funnel illegal campaign contributions to his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the Council as part of a fraudulent effort to increase the amount of matching funds he would have been eligible for from city, federal prosecutors said. But irregularities were uncovered in an audit by the New York City Campaign Finance Board, which passed the information along to the authorities, and no matching funds were ultimately provided to the campaign.

Johnson Campaign Was Run By Berlin Rosen Who Ran Debi Rose 2009 Campaign

“The joke of this whole thing is that besides going after Debi’s treasurer, and campaign manager who are local community people on Staten Island, Debi Rose was named as an unindicted co-conspirator, what does that mean? They couldn’t get her on anything because she hasn’t done anything wrong,” Councilman Corey Johnson said. “Roger Adler is a failed civil court judge who has never been a prosecutor and is trying to make a name of himself.”   

The most bizarre, even demented, comments came from Corey Johnson, who let loose against Roger Adler, the special prosecutor.  Johnson ranted, “Roger Adler is a failed civil court judge who has never been a prosecutor and is trying to make a name for himself. It is disgusting he is doing this to one of the finest elected officials we have in this body. Shame on you Roger Adler, go do something else with your life. Go after real criminals, not Debi Rose.” Roger Adler is not a “failed civil court judge”; he ran for civil court judge in a 2008 election and lost.  He has, however, been practicing law since 1971, was president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, worked in the Brooklyn D.A.’s office, and was three times appointed a special prosecutor, by Elizabeth Holtzman and Charles Hynes.  He was counsel to the NY Senate Investigations Committee, and was praised by Democratic Senator Craig Johnson as “a brilliant attorney and extremely fair minded.”Given that Roger Adler is almost 70 years old, it seems weird that Corey Johnson would accuse him of “trying to make a name for himself.”  After all, Adler has argued cases in front of the US Supreme Court, and appears to have had a full career.  Certainly he is at least as accomplished as Corey Johnson, the part-time hotel lobbyist and former “political editor for Towleroad,” whose signature professional accomplishment was advocating for a higher percentage of affordable housing at a parking lot.  That and lettering in three varsity sports in high school…well done, Sir! Does Corey Johnson understand that Roger Adler was given the job of Special District Attorney to investigate the Debi Rose case by Fern Fisher, the Chief Administrative Judge of the City Courts?  That Roger Adler is not running a Star Chamber where he can pick and choose whom to investigate? 

Rapfogel is In Jail For a Scheme to Fraudulently Increase CFB Matching Funds 
Rapfogel to Plead Guilty in Scheme to Steal Millions From Charity(NYT) Rapfogel was accused of colluding with Mr. Cohen and others to steal millions through a scheme that involved overcharging the council for insurance policies and then skimming off the margin in cash. He was also accused of manipulating the city’s matching-fund formula to fraudulently increase campaign contributions to politicians who gave government grants to his organization.

Councilmen Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn and Donovan Richards of Queens said the timing of the investigation is questionable given the controversy over the Eric Garner case on Staten Island, and accused the prosecutor of discrimination. “It’s no coincidence that this is happening around the Eric Garner trial and this thing is about to heat up these particular forces as well,” Richards said.  Donovan Richards linked the indictments to the Eric Garner case, perhaps not understanding that the current investigation has been going on for almost two years, and that the matters under investigation happened almost six years ago.  Richards noted cryptically, “we just have to watch with a keen eye, with a keen sense on what is happening and when it is happening and why it is happening.”  Indeed.

2 political operatives charged with campaign-finance crimes were cheered in court Monday
Political operatives charged with campaign-finance crimes(NYP) Two political operatives charged with campaign-finance crimes were cheered in court Monday by their Working Families Party allies. Campaign manager David Jones and treasurer David Thomas were charged with grand larceny in connection with the 2009 race of Councilwoman Debi Rose, the victorious WFP candidate, who became Staten Island’s first black lawmaker. Rose was named an unindicted co-conspirator after special prosecutor Roger Adler alleged that a subsidiary of the party, Data and Field Services, provided discounts to her campaign. Rose’s supporters packed the courtroom at Richmond County Criminal Court and called the prosecution a “witch hunt.” Engelmayer called the ex-pol’s work as a government rat “historic” when sentencing him to two years’ probation that includes 500 hours of community service.* The state Board of Elections’ four commissioners balked at granting "special investigator" status to its new independent enforcement counsel, Risa Sugarman, and three former law enforcement officers who have been hired to handle campaign finance probes, the Times Union reports:  Criminal Complaint in Working Families Party investigation

Media Shrinks Coverage of the Data and Field Scandal Charges As "Witch Hunt". . .  NYT Nothing   

The Daily News Joins the 1692 Witch Hunt In their Coverage of the Data and Field Coverage
Council members sayCouncilwoman Debi Rose and WFP are targets of ‘political witch hunt’ (NYDN) Council members blasted a Staten Island prosecutor for bringing charges against two campaign operatives of Rose. The criminal case charges that an arm of the Working Families Party funneled services to Rose’s campaign at illegally discounted prices. City Council members angrily slammed a criminal case targeting the campaign of Councilwoman Debi Rose and the Working Families Party, calling it a “political witch hunt.” More than a dozen fellow pols came to Rose’s defense after two campaign operatives were charged by a Staten Island special prosecutor who alleges an arm of WFP funneled services to Rose’s campaign at illegally discounted prices. “There is nothing here that merits criminal prosecution,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). He stressed that the U.S. attorney probed campaigns around the city, including his own, that used the WFP-affiliated Data and Field Services, and closed the investigation without charges. But Staten Island special prosecutor Roger Adler charged operatives David Jones and David Thomas with grand larceny and election law violations. Both pleaded not guilty Monday.* Colleagues defend Councilwoman Debi Rose against 'witch hunt' Staten Island Advance * Democrats Imply Racism Is Behind Prosecution Against Councilwoman's ... New York Observer  * Council members defend Rose against 'witch hunt' Capital New York

Only the State Island Advance Covers the Arrests and the Charges
Judge releasesmembers of Councilwoman Debi Rose's 2009 campaign without bail (SI Advance) Two members of Councilwoman Debi Rose's 2009 election campaign were released on their own recognizance in Stapleton Criminal Court on Monday, eliciting applause from the many supporters who packed the courtroom. David Jones worked as a political consultant to Ms. Rose (D-North Shore) and David Thomas was the treasurer for her campaign. Both are charged with campaign finance fraud.Special prosecutor Roger Adler filed a criminal complaint last month against the two men. The complaint alleges that Jones was paid $5,000 for his services but didn't have a contract, as required by campaign finance law. Thomas is charged with working with Data and Field Services, the Working Families Party's in-house consulting firm, to provide false documentation about campaign contributions, both underreporting and overreporting campaign finances. The criminal complaint alleges that he "filed false, and inaccurate campaign finance reports" to get more money from a  Campaign Finance Board program that provides pubic funds to campaigns. Thomas also is charged with underreporting the fair market value of goods and services and "in kind" services, a violation of  New York State election laws and New York City Campaign Finance Board rules and regulations.Adler, addressing the allegation that the charges are "trumped up," said, "This is not a witch hunt. This is a serious criminal complaint charging major allegations of campaign and election law fraud in 2009." He called attention to the grand jury, saying it will decide whether to bring charges. "It's my hope that these allegations, which are currently pending in the grand jury, will result in criminal charges that will hold everyone accountable for their alleged misconduct." Asked why he presented the charges before the grand jury made its recommendation, Adler said, "There were legal issues that required us to take this step today. The complaint was filed back in October and we're here today moving forward from this point on. ... The hope is that the grand jury will speak as to what it believes ought to be done."

  More On the WFP the New Progressive Machine

GOP Dark Money Pools 
NY election group tied to Koch 'network'(CrainsNY)   Common Sense surfaced in New York's 2010 elections, and questions were raised in 2012 about whether it was coordinating its activities with state Senate Republicans. The Moreland Commission probed Common Sense during the panel's short-lived existence, dubbing the operation a "daisy chain of out-of-state corporations and 'ghost companies' " meant to obscure its backers. A Koch Industries spokesman, Rob Tappan, said none of the money came from the billionaire brothers. "Neither Charles Koch nor David Koch, nor Koch Industries, made any contribution to this organization," Mr. Tappan said. There are indirect ties between Common Sense and what some media accounts describe as the Koch brothers' "network," though that doesn't mean the duo had anything to do with the charity. For example, Common Sense made a $900,000 gift to American Future Fund, which The Washington Post has described as a "pass-through" for political money on the right that in 2012 was a "major player in a network of politically active nonprofits supported by" the Kochs and other conservative donors.* Risa Sugarman, the new independent enforcement counsel at the Board of Elections, is receiving special investigator status for one month.* "Poll: More voters see Sharpton influencing mayor”(Capital)

Ratting Keeps Castro Out of Jail   
What Do You Do After You Wire Tap Pols and Do Time In Jail Castro Has An Idea
Tarnished Bronx politician, Albany informer Nelson Castro escapes prisonfor perjury, vows new career selling lightbulbs (NYDN)  The former West Bronx state Assemblyman will have all charges dropped if he stays out of trouble for three years, a Bronx judge decreed Monday. Castro's cushy sentence came after he served as an undercover agent in the state legislature for five years, helping to bring down fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson for bribery.* Nelson Castro catches a break in court(NYP) Former state Assemblyman Nelson Castro on Monday caught his second legal break in two months when a Bronx Supreme Court judge granted him a conditional discharge for perjury charges he had faced, saying the lenient sentence was for helping weed out corruption in Albany. Judge Steven Barrett said Castro has “worked to acknowledge his wrongs” and showed “strong character” helping the feds score corruption convictions against former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx) and five others while secretly wearing a wire as a cooperating Albany mole.

Same 3 Men in A Room Again 

Groundhog Albany State Senate Stays In Hands of GOP This Time Without IDC

 Crain’s writes that Albany will likely look like it did four years ago, with Cuomo, Senate Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver the "three men in a room," but accomplishments during 2011 and 2012 show that divided, leader-  
dominated government can avoidgridlock:  * Kolb allegedly channelled Skelos in peace pact withSilver:GOP assemblyman says he was pressured to lay off Silver(LoHud) *  Dean Skelos rejects Bill de Blasio’s proposed laws * Unsurprisingly, Nassau County Republican state Sen. Dean Skelos will remain in charge of the Senate Republicans following a unanimous leadership vote in Albany, State of Politics reports:  * Sen. Tom Libous will remain the No. 2 Republican in the Senate leadership despite health and legal problems, State of Politics reports:  * GOP assemblyman says he was pressured to lay off Silver   * Despite his legal and health problems, Sen. Tom Libous will remain the number two Republican in the state SenateDespite Republicans holding a clear majority in the state Senate, IDC Leader Jeff Klein ispushing to remain co-president of the chamber. *  And with Republicans in charge of the Senate, de Blasio’s preferred legislation will likely be headed to the back burner. * Silver: ‘Fine’ With Overhauling Per Diem System(YNN)* Cuomo drew less support than any governor in the U.S.(Capital) A Capital analysis shows that just over an eighth of adult New Yorkers came to the polls for Cuomo, a Democrat who defeated Republican Rob Astorino by a 13-point margin. That means Cuomo drew a smaller percentage of his constituents than New York City mayor Bill de Blasio in 2013, less than his three victorious ticket-mates and less than 35 other American governors and governors-elect.

Another Sleepless Night for the Mayor? 


DN reports that the sgt involved in Noerdlinger’s arrest "has been threatened w/ a transfer for failing to notify his direct boss"

Rachel Noerdlinger: "I have decided to take a leave of absence to spend more time with my son."
Top aide to NYC First Lady will take a leave of absencefrom City Hall (NYT)(NYP)  Al Sharpton ‘Fully’ Supports Bill de Blasio Aide’s Leave of Absence   *Chief of Staff to Bill de Blasio’s Wife Will Step Aside (NYO)  The public doesn't want to talk about these scandals and gossip': Mayor de Blasio blasts the media hours after wife's embattled top aide Rachel Noerdlinger takes unpaid leave amid son's arrest(NYDN) Rachel Noerdlinger, the chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, will not collect her $170,000 salary while off duty, a de Blasio spokeswoman said, as she takes leave following the arrest of her 17-year-old son and was dating a convicted killer. Update: Noerdlinger arrived at her Edgewater, N.J. home at 11:15 a.m. in her white Mercedes with attorney Charlie King, the former executive director of the state Democratic Party and onetime executive director of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, for which Noerdlinger worked prior to joining Team McCray. BAD COMPANY: Pal of City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger's son from trespass bust also has New Jersey pot arrest(NYDN) * Councilwoman Sees Conspiracy Against Women of Color AfterNoerdlinger Steps Aside(NYO)* In Noerdlinger arrest, advocates see need for reform(Capital) * Mayor's handling of Noerdlinger fails PR 101

Bill goes over thetop (NYDN Ed) Close scrutiny of top officials doesn't equal persecution, no matter what the mayor and his ego suggest* Rachel Noerdlinger (CrainsNY) Chirlane McCray's chief of staff, has failed the first rule of her craft: Never allow yourself to become the story. * Noerdlinger’s Leave ofAbsence ‘Overdue,’ Leader of Sergeants Union Says (NYO) * De Blasio & Bratton promised "a fairer, safercity." Incredibly, they're delivering. My @NYDailyNews column (NYDN) Tuesday Rachel Noerdlinger, Top Aide in de Blasio City Hall, Will Take a Leave of Absence(NYT) * De Blasio aide out after embarrassing revelations(NYP)* Embattled chief of staff to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Rachel Noerdlinger’s leave of absence now gives the mayor a chance to begin to restore trust with the public and media,the Post writes: * The New York City Council's latest police-related bills threaten to unravel the relationship between New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and de Blasio, am New York writes: * The stunning hypocrisy of the de Blasio administration(NYP)* A BITTER FAREWELL: De Blasio likens 'repulsive' media scrutiny to McCarthyism after wife's embattled top aide quits(NYDN)* The Daily News’ Mike Lupica insists that Rachel Noerdlinger’s issues are indeed news, not a political hit. *  Andrea Peyser on the Noerdlinger mess: “The hypocrisy is stunning.”

1954 Journalist Murrow Attacks McCarthyism
As We Mark the 60th Anniversary Edward R. Murrow Attack on Joe McCarthy With All the Corruption Going On In New York Where Are this Generation of Journalist? Edward R Murrow vs Joe McCarthy - YouTube * This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.”Edward RMurrow 1958 speech * Good Night, and Good Luck: Edward Murrow Speech

A Tale of Two Media Stories About de Blasio
Michael Benjamin ‏@SquarePegDem   Emma Wolfe dodges WFP-related subpoenas & blame for losing state senate to GOP while @rachelnoerd is dogged by BF & son's indiscretions.*De Blasio defendswife Chirlane McCray’s advisory role in wake of Rachel Noerdlinger controversy(NYDN)  The mayor supported his wife Thursday after a Quinnipiac poll found that many voters think the city’s First Lady doesn’t need a chief of staff or to have a policy role.

Noerdlinger Son Arrested for Trespassing 

More on the Noerdlinger, de Blasio, NYPD, NYP Sharpton Soap Opera

CFB Cover-Up in 2009 

Why Did the CFB Hold Up Rose's Audit And Complete Audits Of Other Candidates Who Did Business with Data and Field? 
Staten Island Councilwoman Deborah Rose, one of the WFP-backed candidates in 2009 that received services from it Data and Field company, won a Democratic primary for her seat nearly five years ago—but the Campaign Finance Board still hasn't released an audit of the campaign, which attracted special scrutiny because of a related lawsuit filed against it.  According to a press release put out by 9 council members in support of Councilwoman Rose, "The CFB extensively audited the eight other 2009 campaigns that contracted with Data and Field Services (then an affiliate of the Working Families Party). They found no wrongdoing to refer to a prosecutor. In most cases, they did not even levy a fine.)  Besides Debi Rose WFP's Data and Field work in the following 2009 campaigns: Bill de Blasio, Brad Lander, Daniel Dromm, Van Bramer Jumaane Williams and Melissa Mark-Viverito. 

Silver Hit With A Second Sexual Harassment Lawsuit In Addition to the Hush Fund Lawsuit 
Will the Media and Women Leaders Notice This Time?

Tuesday Update

$150,000 in Sexual Harassment Legal Services(YNN)

Suits to converge onGabryszak (TU) Filings are expected by legislative aides in harassment cases. The alleged sexual harassment that led to a western New York Democrat's resignation from the Assembly earlier this year is triggering a series of multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the state. Seven women who worked as legislative aides and suffered from unchecked workplace abuse are going to court, according to interviews and litigation papers scheduled to be filed on Thursday by six of the plaintiffs. They are suing ex-boss Dennis Gabryszak. Their actions are planned to be filed in state Supreme Court of Erie County against Gabryszak; his former chief of staff, Adam Locher; Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver; the Assembly; and New York state, according to interviews and copies of the planned litigation prepared by Niagara Falls lawyer John Bartolomei.*Seven women who worked as legislative aides for former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak and suffered from unchecked workplace abuse are going to court, according to interviews and litigation papers scheduled to be filed on Thursday by six of the plaintiffs.* Six Lawsuits Filed Against Former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak(YNN)

Judge Says Silver Failed to Prevent Vito Lopez From Sexually Harassing Female Staffers
Courts Rule Against Silver, Then He Moves Against Kellner 

Saturday Update

Assembly speaker makes a mess of sexual harassment enforcement

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is set to unveil a new hotline that state government staffers and tipsters can call to report sexual harassment or other complaints dealing with corruption and nepotism. Silver: New Harassment Policy  Completed(YNN)* Silver Slaps Kellner Again(YNN) * Kellner Blasts Silver’s Latest Penalties, Denies New Allegations(YNN) * Sheldon Silver closing Micah Kellner’s district offices(NYP) * Vito Lopez accusers can go after Silver: judge(NYP) * Assemblyman Kellner Ordered to Shut Offices(WSJ)
A Manhattan federal judge ruled that a lawsuit claiming Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver failed to prevent Assemblyman Vito Lopez from sexually harassing female staffers can move forward State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lost his bid to scuttle a lawsuit that claims he failed to prevent an assemblyman from molesting female staffers. Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera, who say they were sexually harassed by former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez, allege Silver “created a de facto policy or custom in which sexual harassment by senior officials . . . was tolerated or condoned” and “personally assisted Lopez” by acting “deliberately indifferent” to the Brooklyn Democrat’s pervy misconduct.

Albany's Women Pink Wall of Silence 

What About Hush Fund Silver?
Dozens of women’s rights activists are also coming to the State Capitol to push for the passage of some of Gov. Cuomo’s 10-point women’s equity package. The Senate has refused to pass the entire package because one bill would strengthen the state’s abortion rights laws. But the Senate has passed individual pieces of the package, something the Assembly has so far refused to do. Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Aileen Gunther are pushing for individual bills to be taken up by their chamber, including one to crack down on human sex trafficking that has already passed the Senate. But so far, Assembly leadership has not budged

Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline

CFB Cover-Up in 2014 

The CFB Only Finds 2 Examples of PAC and Campaign Coordination Where There Are Dozens and Dozens

The Advance Coordinated PAC NYCLASS $$$ and Campaign $$$   City council members fined over money from anti-horse carriage group(NYP)Two city council members were slapped with hefty fines for accepting prohibited campaign contributions from a group at the center of the Central Park horse carriage brouhaha. Freshman member Laurie Cumbo (D-Brooklyn) was fined $7,868, and newbie Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) was fined $8,686 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board for accepting over-the-limit funding from a “prohibited source.” The board found that the funding source for both campaigns – New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Street (NYCLASS) – was too intertwined with the candidates’ consultant, The Advance Group (TAG).Campaigns are prohibited from coordinating with third-party groups that make “independent” expenditures. Yet TAG president and lobbyist Scott Levenson was political director for NYCLASS, and both groups shared the same office space.

The CFB Has Ignored A Fake Group the UFT Has Created to Use Advance to Help Run Its PAC That Funded 2013 Council Campaigns
Conspiracy to Coordinate their PAC and the Campaign Consultant?
The UFT PAC Paid Advance Through the Fake Group Strategic Consultants Inc. $370,000
Her campaign also got support by two PACs controlled by the Advance Group, NYCLASS and the UFT PAC United for the Future that the UFT tried to hid Advance Groups involvement in with a fake made up company called Strategic Consultants Inc., that CrainsNY found was located in the offices of Advance.
The Advance Group Ran the Following Campaigns That Received United for the Future Funding: Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (Advance was helping Mark-Viverito to become speaker illegally without pay), Inez Dickens, Councilmembers Mark Levine and Laurie Cumbo (who were both fined for Advance's coordination with the NYCLASS PAC in their campaigns), Robert Jackson campaign for Boro President whose campaign in addition to mailing from United for the Future also got NYCLASS PAC mailing and employed Advance as a consultant has not gotten fined by the CFB.   The Red Horse consulting firm also worked for the UFT's United for the Future PAC and work for several campaigns funded by that PAC.  Red Horse Coordinated consulting work and PAC work and Had Not Been Fined By the Following Campaigns:  Councilmembers Ritchie Torres, Helen   Rosenthal, James Vacca, Annabel Palma, Daneek Miller and Antonio Reynoso * CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping(CrainsNY)* Advance Group puts logo on phony firm's invoice( CrainsNY)

The Council Speaker is In the Middle of 2 CFB Cover-Ups . . . Data and Field 2009, Speakers Race 2013 

Daily News Charges Against Mark-Viverto
EXCLUSIVE: City Council Speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito may have violated city ethics rules(NYDN) Mark-Viverito, an East Harlem councilwoman, accepted unpaid assistance from the Advance Group, a prominent lobbying firm working to further her candidacy (Daily News 11/27/2013)

Mark-Viverito Drops Advance

Politicker Reported That Advance Was A Crucial Player In the Seddio Deal After the Group Left the Speakers Race
An operative with the controversial Advance Group, Jonathan Yedin, who has been working in Brooklyn Democratic Party politics for more than a decade and belongs to Mr. Seddio’s political club. Though Ms. Mark-Viverito eventually stopped taking free advice from the Advance Group, Mr. Yedin remained a crucial  player in the brokering of the deal, sources said.  Inside Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Road to Victory(NYO) * Melissa Mark-Viverito Lobbyist Firm Never Quit, Continued Lobbying Despite Investigations More on the Advance Group Under Investigation  The Big 8 Lobbyists CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping

Why Has Only CM Rose Taken the Fall For Doing Business With the WFP's Data & Field?
In the 1800's Thomas Nash Covered the System That Elects New Yorkers . . .  2014's Media Cover Up the Corruption of the Shadow Government That Controls Elections and Forces Voters to Boycott Elections
Councilwoman Deborah Rose 2009 campaign paid the WFP's for profit company $40,000 and the Berlin Rosen consulting firm $125,000.  The money paid to Data and Field has now resulted in criminal charges against those running her campaign for conspiring to defraud the city’s taxpayer-funded Campaign Finance Board. According to the NYP the councilwoman herself will be named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in an 18-page criminal complaint that special prosecutor.  The SI DA's Special Prosecutor said the Rose campaign got got "sweetheart deals on campaign services from Data and Field and NY Citizen Services. 

Mayor de Blasio's 2009 campaign for public advocate campaign paid WFP's Data and Field $225,000 and Berlin Rosen $6,000.  Councilman Lander's campaign paid Data and Field $55,000 and paid Berlin Rosen $85,000.  Speaker Mark-Viverito's campaign paid Data and Field $1000 and Berlin Rosen $75,000.  Councilman Dromm's campaign paid Data and Field $55,000 and Berlin Rosen $20,000. Councilman Van Bramer's campaign  paid Data and Field $35,000 and Berlin Rosen $80,000.  Councilman Williams' campaign paid Data and Field $55,000 and Berlin Rosen $125,000.

Berlin Rosen Grew With the Help of WFP's Data and Field Swamp to Be A Member of NYC's Shadow Government

Berlin Rosen Operates In the Dark Pools of Power Illegal Unchecked Campaign Funding and NYC Lobbyist

 A couple of weeks back, I called the mayor’s press office and asked about Mr. de Blasio’s perhaps too-optimistic cost projections for prekindergarten.  Twenty minutes later, I heard from Dan Levitan of Berlin Rosen, which is the “it” P.R. firm of the city’s left and a close adviser to the mayor. He advised that I should study the mayor’s proposals carefully if I presumed to take “a skeptical look” at prekindergarten. I asked if Berlin Rosen had a contract to handle queries placed with the mayor’s office. He replied that he handled the “campaign” for pre-KLobbyists Search for Berlin Rosen * When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount - City Limits(City Limits) * 8 Lobbyists Consultants and Citizen United  True News (The Bund): Dark Pools * City Hall's new 'in' crowd of lobbyists (CrainsNY) Lobbyists behind the campaigns of ascendant power brokers are now poised to cash in.*  The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends(NYO) * When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount - City Limits(City Limits)

Berlin Rosen Causes New Yorkers to Face Cheney Like Fake Reality (Brainwashing) and the Privatization of Tammany Hall Corruption

(Capital)  The outside group that advocated for Mayor Bill de Blasio's pre-K plan is sending out a mailer praising a deal that resulted in a dramatic downsizing of Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill. The Campaign for One New York is the new iteration of UPKNYC, the advocacy group run by the mayor's former campaign aides that spent more than $1 million promoting the mayor's universal pre-K planWhen its name change was announced in May, the group's spokesman, former de Blasio campaign aide Jonathan Rosen, told the Wall Street Journal that it would "build on the grassroots energy of UPKNYC and last fall's  campaign to support the mayor's bold, progressive agenda as it continues to move forward — building the affordable housing we need, fighting inequality, and ensuring that every child receives a great education." The mayor got arrested during his mayoral campaign protesting the prospect of the hospital's closure. *True News:The Privatization Of The Tammany Hall
Sugar Fix: City Hall's Inhouse Lobbyist Political Consultant Lobbies for Developers
Real Estate developers now understand if you want to get an OK for your housing plan hire Berlin Rosen. BerlinRosen's current and recent clients include Two Trees Management Negotiations between Mr. de Blasio’s team and Mr. Walentas’s firm took place over the last few days. The two men share a mutual adviser: Jonathan Rosen, one of the mayor’s top political hands and the chief executive of a public affairs firm, Berlin Rosen, that counts Mr. Walentas’s company as a client.
Apr 24, 2014 - Congratulations to whole team @TwoTreesNY on the approval of Domino Sugar Refinery. Amazing project for NYC. Proud to be a part of it.   
de Blasio's Permanent Campaign Government
Familiar Consultants Hired by de Blasio’s Pre-K Drive(NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s privately financed campaign to offer prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds in New York City paid consultants in his election run much of the money it spent in recent months. Those consultants, who were paid not by the city but by a new nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York, included BerlinRosen, a public affairs firm that took in $43,950 in fees and expenses, and an affiliate of Hilltop Public Solutions, which was paid a $16,500 “management fee,” according to a filing with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Hilltop hired Bill Hyers, the manager of Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, in December, the same month Mr. Hyers established the Campaign for One New York, which quickly branded itself as UPKNYC. Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, a law firm that worked on Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral run, was paid $23,467 in fees.   Group Lobbying for Pre-K Plan Closely Associated With Unions, Mayor's Campaign Staff(NY1) The group is run, in part, by the mayor's former campaign aides. Its lobbyist works for the city's massive hotel workers' union, JOSHUA GOLD and his contract allows him to work for both groups at the same time.

After Charter School Win A GOP Senate
Top Cuomo donors strongly backed G.O.P. Senate(Capital) Governor Andrew Cuomo's top donors contributed six times as much to help elect Republicans to the State Senate as they did to similar efforts to help Democrats, a Capital New York analysis shows.  The Democratic governor's top 25 donors gave his campaign committee $5.13 million between Dec. 1, 2010, and Oct. 24, 2014. The same group of people and organizations contributed just $444,604 to Senate Democrats or independent expenditure committees that supported Democrats in this year's election cycle. At the same time, they spent $2.7 million, over si times as much, helping the campaigns of Senate Republicans.* Libous To Remain Deputy Leader(YNN) * Skelos Stays Atop Senate Republican Conference(YNN) Wealthy donors who have contributed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped Senate Republicans regain full control of the chamber, according to an analysis from Capital.

NYT Covers-Up Lobbyists Berlin Rosen and Shadow Government Out of Mayor's Slush Fund 1NY Story 
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

Smith Tabone  No Trial Delay  
Lawyer’s pregnancy may push back Malcolm Smith trial(NYP) The feds and indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith agree on one thing: they don’t want his upcoming bribery trial further delayed by the pregnancy of a co-defendant’s lawyer. Prosecutors asked White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas Monday to reject a bid by ex-Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone to push the Jan. 5 trial back to September so that Tabone can be represented by lawyer Deborah Misir. “Tabone’s desire to have Ms. Misir present at trial simply does not outweigh the public interest in and Smith’s right to a speedy trial,” wrote Assistant US Attorney Douglas Bloom.  * Prosecutors asked White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas Monday to reject a bid by ex-Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone to push his Jan. 5 trial back to September so that Tabone can be represented by lawyer Deborah Misir, the Post writes: 

Wins of An Education War  Tish (Cuomo) vs Farina de Blasio 
If You Though He Would Go Back to Hiding on the Second Floor Forgetaboutit
State threatens to close low-performing schools(NYP) The head of the state’s Board of Regents vowed Sunday to shut down the city’s worst schools if they do not shape up. Chancellor Merryl Tisch said that 94 of the city’s lowest-performing schools — which Mayor de Blasio has vowed to fix — will be shuttered by this spring if they aren’t fixed by the city. “From the state’s perspective, if we do not see movement with these lowest-performing schools in terms of their ability to retool their workforces by the spring, we will move to close them,” Tisch told John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 radio show. “These are the schools that have failed for generations now.” De Blasio last week announced his School Renewal Program, a sweeping plan to spend $150 million to help fix those low-performing schools — but Tisch said the “devil is in the details.” “It depends upon what they do with the money,” Tisch said. “There needs to be the capacity to manage how and where we place our teachers.” The main issue, according to Tisch, is that the principals need leverage to fire educators if they don’t meet standards. * GOP conferencegathers at a trying time for Libous (Capital)

Albany What Do You Do When You Win Reelection With Fake Promises Raise Your Pay
A good number in Albany have already raised their own, most notably Shelly Silver's 750K

Skelos Discusses Pay Raise, Will Retain IDC(YNN) * Rumblings over potential legislative pay raise(NYDN) “It’s long overdue,” said Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn), who hasn’t had a raise since taking office in 2003. “You want responsible leadership in Albany, you need to be able to pay them responsibly.”But while not definitively ruling out a pay raise this year, the Silver source and an aide to Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos said there have been no high-level talks on the issue as of yet. Others, however, say that could change quickly, especially if the Legislature returns to Albany before January to take up some other issues, which is possible. The Senate is expected back in the next few weeks to take up Gov. Cuomo's nomination of Judge Leslie Stein to the state's top court. * No local lawmakerswho spoke to the Albany Times Union said they would vote to raise their payfrom $79,500, but several seemed open to considering the idea as part of a larger package of pay bills and reforms:* Pay Raise Politics(YNN)During a CapTon interview last night, Strong Economy for All’s Mike Kink warned of “widespread civil disobedience” if legislators return to Albany before the end of the year to boost their $79,500 base pay and fail to take action on increasing the hourly minimum wage to at least $10.10 – if not higher.* With the floating of a legislative pay raise again underway, advocates on the left are warning state lawmakers not to hike their own salary without also raising the minimum wage, State of Politics reports: * Rumors of Pay Raise for State Lawmakers Swirl in Albany(NY1)

A Raise the Public Would Like the See and Would End Corruption Without Morland
 Lawmakers Urged to Pass Higher Wage(WSJ)* Labor leader: Link lawmaker pay raise to minimum wage hike(Capital)*Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver shot down calls from some advocates that any potential legislative pay raise be linked to passage of a bill to again hike the state’s minimum wage.*The Democrat-controlled Assembly appears amenable to the idea of raising legislative pay, but possible support in the Senate—led for the past two years by the GOP, with help from the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference—is another question, the Times Union reports: * Debating whether state lawmakers should receive a pay raise is something a commission should do—it should hold public hearings, draft a report, take comment and deliver final recommendations in 2016, the Times Union writes:* Debating whether state lawmakers should receive a pay raise is something a commission should do—it should hold public hearings, draft a report, take comment and deliver final recommendations in 2016, the TimesUnion writes: Skelos: “There was a consensus that we would like to keepthe coalition going"  They would have less than six weeks to do so, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he would like to see lawmakers vote on a legislative pay raise before the year is over, the Times Union reports: State lawmakers could still return in 2014 to hike their own pay in a special session of the Legislature. * Skelos pointed out yesterday to reporters he’s always been in favor of a pay raise for his members. * As Tom Precious points out, a number of issues could be horse traded in exchange for a pay increase. * On the pay raise proposal, the TU’s editorial board says not so fast. *  Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, who supports giving state lawmakers their first pay raise in 14 years, said he is not willing to raise the minimum wage in exchange for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval, Gannett Albany reports: * Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he is open to reforming the state’s oft-criticized per-diem system for reimbursing lawmakers’ lodging and food costs for days they are in Albany, Gannett Albanywrites:  DespiteNegative Numbers, Sharpton Touts Quinnipiac Poll Results(NYO) * Pay Raise for State Lawmakers May Be Tied to Minimum Wage Hike(NY1)*  * Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday said he would be in favor of overhauling how per diems are allocated if it meant getting a pay raise for his members, State of Politicsreports: 

MTA  As True News Reported Subway and Bus Fares Going Up After the Election 
Why Are Pols Not Being Question On the Fare Hike During Their Campaigns?


Gene Russianoff of @Straphangers Campaign: if we don't fund the @MTA's $32 billion capital program, "it's back to the big ugly."

Tuesday Update 
From 50 cents to $16: MTA unveils V-N bridge toll, bus and subway fare hike proposals * Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are considering yet another hike on the Verrazano Bridge that would make it one of the highest fees, a $16 cash toll, for a crossing in the country, the New York Postwrites: * Subway riders nervous after man was pushed to his death(NYP)* The prospect of higher fares and tolls promises a debate over fairness to the poor, frequent subway riders and drivers of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, TheWall Street Journal reports:  * BACKPEDALING: MTA board member eases off ridiculous backpack ban proposal as agency prepares to jack up prices again(NYDN)* Proposed Fare Increases Unveiled for Subway, Bus, Commuter Rail(WSJ)

Pushing Middle Class and the Poor Out


Agency Says Loan Approval for New Tappan Zee Bridge Was Improper(NYT) The State Authorities Budget Office said in a report that officials did not follow proper procedures before approving the use of federal clean-water funds for the bridge’s construction.

Thursday Update 

Wednesday Update
Subway murder suspect had struck underground before(NYP)* Get a load of this (NYDN) MTA Knucklehead Charles Moerdler should zip it. Understand that you are banging into the people around you. Take a knapsack off when standing on a crowded train. Put it between your feet. And for goodness sake, don’t swing it around. Don’t be obnoxious.  But a ban from on-high, when millions of people have no choice but to carry books, gym clothes, laptops, nursing scrubs, diapers and who knows what else from point A to point B?  Only a New York Knucklehead could entertain the thought.* MTA board member ties to backtrack on backpack ban(NYDN) * SUSPECT NABBED: Man with lengthy rap sheet arrested for allegedly shoving 61-year-old in front of Bronx train, killing him — and cops think he’s done it before(NYDN)

Monday Update 
Board members are expected to discuss a 4 percent increase across the system’s trains, buses, tunnels and bridges at a meeting this week. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may raise New York City subway and bus fare to $2.75 and incrase prices for weekly and monthly passes, part of its effort to boost revenue by 4 percent next year, the Journal writes: MTA considering twofare hike plans  * Two months after the commission Cuomo charged with “reinventing” the MTA held its final meeting, its members say they do not know why their final report hasn not been released yet, Capital New York reports: 

Just Wait Till Pension Contract and Capital Budget Costs Come Due
DiNapoli also released a report showing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s short-term financial outlook has been buoyed by the economy, but simply borrowing money to close the unprecedented $15 billion funding gap in its proposed five-year capital program could be costly for riders, WNYC reports:  MTA borrowing could mean major fare hikes(NYP) Straphangers could be hit with hefty fare increases if the MTA chooses to borrow billions of dollars to help pay for its transit improvement plan, a new report warns. 

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found that every $1 billion the MTA borrows to help fill the massive $15.2 billion funding gap in its latest capital plan is equivalent to a 1 percent rate hike for riders. That means if the MTA were to rely solely on borrowing money from the government, it would have to raise fares and tolls more than 15 percent — bringing the price of a single subway or bus ride up to approximately $2.90. Fares are already set to rise by 4 percent every two years beginning in 2015.* The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan is filled with misplaced priorities, not focusing enough on needed repairs and renovations and not explaining where its funding will come from, the Citizens Budget Commission writes in a new report: 

At least 4 people pushed in front of subways in less than two years(NYP) * More people are riding the subway during off hours(NYP) * Man fatally struck by subway ‘was pushed’(NYP) *   Poll: What MTA Fare Hike Proposal Do You Prefer?(WSJ) New York City is weighing whether to raise subway and bus fares a quarter, to $2.75, or leave the base fare unchanged at $2.50 a ride but trim the multiple-ride discount. What proposal do you prefer?* A monthly MetroCard will cost $116.50 with 2015's fare hike (EverythingNY)
More on the MTA

Memo: To GOP Leader Cox: Your Don't Rebuild Your Party With Building Leadership 
Ed Cox trying to wake up city’s Republican Party(NYP) State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox will huddle with power brokers on Monday to try to stir life into the city’s moribund GOP — particularly in Queens, The Post has learned. There’s good reason for the reclamation project. The GOP tidal wave that swept the nation on Election Day never reached Gotham, where the party didn’t pick up a single additional legislative seat. In all but a few races, particularly in Queens and Brooklyn, the GOP failed to even field any candidates. The GOP did not have candidates on the ballot in nine of the 12 city congressional races and in 15 of the city’s 26 state Senate contests.  “It is unacceptable for Queens County not to present candidates for Congress and state Senate,” Cox said. “New York City deserves a two-party system.” The powwow will include Gristedes mogul John Catsimatidis and former Queens GOP Rep. Bob Turner, who has offered to be the local party leader.* New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox predicted that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, not Hillary Clinton, will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, the New YorkPost’s Fred Dicker reports: 

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.

The Greedy Lawyers Will Kill Any Chance of NY Getting Additional 911 Washington Funding When the Money Runs Out  
Lawyers ‘overbilled’ for 9/11 settlements of sick workers(NYP)  In a greedy grab for blood money, a law firm representing sick and dying Ground Zero workers overbilled its legal partner by $36 million in expenses, newly released court papers allege.  The shocking charges call into question the estimated $50 million in additional legal expenses billed to 10,000 firefighters, police officers, construction workers and others who received more than $700 million in settlements for 9/11-related ailments.

Another Daily News Story About Falling Vote Turnoout . . .  Without Giving Reasons Who New Yorkers are Giving Up Voting 
 Mandate? Cuomo did worse than de Blasio in New York City  Cuomo got 1.9 million votes — about a million less than when he was first elected four years ago. Also, Remington confirms tough gun laws led to its expansion out of state. Just 18 percent of the state’s 10.8 million registered voters actually voted for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who beat Republican Rob Astorino by 13 points and he only got 743,679 votes in New York City, compared to de Blasio’s 795,679 votes in 2013, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports: *Steve Cohen's words about de Blasio 'mandate' come back to haunt Gov. Cuomo

Bully GOTV Shows Contempt for the Voters By Democratic Leaders

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

Mayor's Top Aide Emma Wolfe Continues to Stonewall Data and Field Investigators 
Two Charged in Campaign Finance Case(WSJ) De Blasio Aide Backs Out of Speaking With Special Prosecutor. Emma Wolfe, director of intergovernmental affairs in the de Blasio administration, was tentatively scheduled to speak with the special prosecutor on the case, Robert Bennet Adler, next week, the person said.  Emma Wolfe, director of intergovernmental affairs in the de Blasio administration, was tentatively scheduled to speak with the special prosecutor on the case, Robert Bennet Adler, next week, the person said. But in recent days, Ms. Wolfe’s attorney informed Mr. Adler’s office that she wouldn’t voluntarily speak with the prosecutor, the person said. The session was to be part of an agreement in which Ms. Wolfe would speak to the special prosecutor with the assurance that the information couldn’t be used against her, the person said. 

Ms. Wolfe declined to comment through a representative. In an interview, Mr. Adler accused the defendants in the case of “gaming” the city’s campaign-finance system in which small political donations from private individuals are matched with public funds. Ms. Wolfe, who hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, isn’t the only member of the de Blasio administration connected to the case. Camille Rivera, a deputy commissioner in the city’s Department of Homeless Services, provided information as part of the investigation, the person familiar with the matter said. An attorney for Ms. Rivera declined to comment. Mr. Adler declined to discuss Ms. Wolfe’s and Ms. Rivera’s role in the investigation, but he did say the probe didn’t involve any alleged impropriety related to Ms. Wolfe’s or Ms. Rivera’s work since they joined the de Blasio administration this year. 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. Ms. Rivera, a longtime labor operative of Mr. de Blasio, previously worked for UnitedNY, an advocacy group.

For 2 Years True News Has Been Calling WFP A Criminal Enterprise Now Criminal Charges
Data and Field Conspiracy Indictment
Election results in criminal charges for Working Families Party(NYP) The Post has learned that a lengthy investigation into a 2009 City Council race on the island has resulted in criminal charges against two individuals and two political operations — including an arm of the left-leaning WFP. The Staten Island legislator backed by the party — Councilwoman Debi Rose — was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in an 18-page criminal complaint that special prosecutor said defrauded the city’s taxpayer-funded Campaign Finance Board. Rose supporter David Jones, and Rose treasurer Thomas were also charged with grand larceny for campaign finance shenanigans. * Councilwoman Debi Rose campaign, Working Families Partyaccused of campaign finance fraud, report says (SI Advance) Adler alleges that Ms. Rose's campaign got "sweetheart deals on services," according to the Post, and the councilwoman's campaign and its treasurer, David Thomas, lied about it in filings with the Campaign Finance Board and state Board of Elections.The complaint also alleges that the Rose campaign paid $7,200 to NY Citizen Services, a group to mask the involvement of the left-wing political ACORN group. ACORN staffer Peter Nagy worked on Ms. Rose's campaign for three months under a " sweetheart contract (that) was below market value," the complaint said. The complaint also alleges that WFP gave more than $500,000 to Data and Field Services from February 2009 to January 2010 and that Thomas, along with Data and Field Services, WFP, various unions and members of Ms. Rose's campaign worked together to file false campaign filings to the state Board of Elections and city Campaign Finance Board.  Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, an WFP ally, said, "The U.S. Attorney's Office looked at this four years ago and found no wrongdoing. Adler should stop tilting at windmills."

The Charges Against WFP's Data and Field That Prosecutors Charge Give An Unfair Advantage Against Their Rivals 
The criminal probe centers on whether a consulting firm set up by the Working Families Party, Data & Field Services, undercharged favored candidates for campaign services in 2009.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. In 2009 the WFP created Data and Field as a for profit company to give them competitive advantages in campaigns. Roger Adler, which alleges that Data and Field Services, a WFP-run political consultation group, secretly providing discounted services to Rose's 2009 council campaign, which is illegal under the city's campaign finance rules, according to the Post.

Last Year True News Reported That the Media Was Covering-Up the Investigation
Three years ago, the Staten Island district attorney, Daniel M. Donovan Jr., submitted a secret application to state court requesting that it appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Working Families Party and that same Staten Island race. Two years after that, a state judge secretly appointed Roger Adler a democrat with conservative leanings as special prosecutor.* Settlement Reached in Suit Against Working Families Party (NYT 2010) * A Liberal Party Faces Inquiries Without End (NYT, 2013) 
The prosecutor, Roger Adler, accused Data and Field Services, a subsidiary of the left-leaving WFP, of secretly providing discounted services to Rose’s successful 2009 Council campaign. Such discounts aren’t allowed under the city’s campaign finance rules, where candidates are limited in what they can raise and what they can spend. The complaint said Rose’s campaign got sweetheart deals on services that included get-out-the vote operations, voter lists and the services of campaign workers. 

Two SI Prosecutors Have Worked to Indicted the Data and Fields Scam After Being Cleared By the Justice Department
Federal prosecutors issued subpoenas and examined mountains of records before shrugging and advising that they had found no whiff of wrongdoing. The New York City Campaign Finance Board, whose staff deliberates with the speed of a Bleak House barrister, has examined the finance reports of many candidates supported by the party and has found no grand violations.
The complaint charged the campaign and its treasurer, David Thomas, with lying about the scheme in filings with the CFB and state Board of Elections. “Beginning in 2009 and continuing up to the filing of this complaint, the Debi Rose Campaign provided false and misleading documentation to the CFB in an effort to both obfuscate, and conceal, `in kind’ campaign contributions, and coordinated campaign goods and services provided by various labor unions for which `fair market value’ was neither paid, or accurately reported,” the complaint said. The WFP is bank-rolled by the city’s major labor unions. Described as a “political consultant,” Jones was paid $5,000 in city matching funds after both he and his wife contributed $625 to the Rose campaign.
But the complaint said Jones had no written contract — as required by the CFB — to justify the payment.

Lawyers for the WFP Spent Years Trying to Block Charges Against the Party and Data and Field
Are WFP Case Subpoenas Legal?(YNN) A key union affiliate of the Working Families Party is questioning the legality of the latest round of subpoenas issued by a special prosecutor investigating the labor-backed organization’s 2009 campaign activities. In an Aug. 5 letter to the special prosecutor, Roger Adler, the attorney for political action committee of the Communications Workers of America noted that by sending a July 1 subpoena to the union’s political arm, Adler was “proceeding as if that were a valid grand jury subpoena.” * WFP lawyer Avi Schick has been trying to quash subpoenas from a special prosecutor that involve a 2009 council race on Staten Island
“David Jones, in turn, knowingly and criminally possessed the stolen $5,000,” the complaint said. The complaint said NY Citizen Services, paid $7,200 by the Rose campaign, was actually a front group to mask the involvement of the left-wing activist ACORN group. ACORN staffer Peter Nagy worked on the Rose campaign for three months under a “ sweetheart contract (that) was below market value,” the complaint said.
The complaint noted that the WFP pumped over $500,000 into DFS from February 2009 to January 2010.
The complaint said Thomas conspired and acted “in concert” with staffers from “DFS, WFP, various labor unions, and members of the Rose campaign to file false and inaccurate campaign filings with both the state Board of Elections, the CFB, and knowingly attempted to cover up those violations.” Adler said he hoped the case will shake up the political establishment and deter campaign corruption. “These shenanigans are sickening people. The effort to clean up corruption begins with the little campaign in the smallest borough in the city,” he said. Rose referred calls to her lawyer, who could immediately be reached.  The defendants are scheduled to appear in Richmond County Criminal Court Monday.

The WFP Record Of Playing Fast and Lose With Campaign Finace Has Caught Up With Them  
A complicated web of coordinated activities, shared resources and staff, and quiet money transfers between the Working Families Party, a secretive private company called Data and Field Services and at least six current Council campaigns, as well as Bill de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate, appears to have found several ways around the strict city campaign finance laws. Upwards of a million dollars, and possibly more, are involved, with over $1.7 million in matching funds comprised of taxpayer dollars already disbursed and more are potentially at stake.While 2013 was a great year for the WFP 2014 is turning out to be a nightmare.  The WFP the 2014 campaign season betrayed by its standard-bearer, losing the senate to the GOP, weakened by dissension in its ranks and burdened by the legal expense of defending itself against a sprawling charges. The Campaign Finance Board still hasn’t released an audit of the Rose campaign, which attracted special scrutiny because of a related lawsuit filed against it.he hiring of outside counsel also demonstrates the potential conflicts within city government that could arise out of the investigation.  But issues reports on other campaigns Date and Field worked in including, Bill de Blasio, Brad Lander, Daniel Dromm,  Jumaane Williams and Melissa Mark-Viverito. Roger Adler, alleges that Data and Field Services, a WFP-run political consultation group, secretly providing discounted services to Rose's 2009 council campaign, which is illegal under the city's campaign finance rules, according to the Post. The chairwoman of the Campaign Finance Board, Rose Gill Hearn, was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his second to last day in office last year. She had been running the Department of Investigation.  "The potential violations by the WFP and Data and Field are twofold:  (1) that campaigns are not paying full market value for services; and (2) the potential for non-independent expenditures due to DFS’ close affiliation with the Working Families Party and its affiliates.* The WFP party settled a civil lawsuit in 2010 brought by former Rudy Giuliani aide Randy Mastro, who  alleged that the party violated campaign finance laws. The agreement led to the separation of Data and Field Services from the W.F.P.

Mayor Bill de Blasio helped found the Working Families Party back in 1998, and one of his top aides Emma Wolfe has reportedly been sought for questioning by Mr. Adler. Emma Wolfe, who served as a W.F.P. operative in 2009.  Mr. de Blasio was also a client of Data & Field Services during his successful 2009 run for public advocate.  Data & Field Services,  operated out of the same office of the labor-backed Working Families Party Investigator wants to speak with Mayor de Blasio aide Emma Wolfe in Working Families Party probe(NYDN) 

9 of Rose Council Members Defend Her 
COUNCIL-COLLEAGUES-ISSUE-STATEMENT-IN-SUPPORT-OF-COUNCIL-MEMBER-DEBI-ROSE. "Councilmember Rose deserves exactly what the rest of us got: a timely audit of her campaign by the NYC Campaign Finance Board, and not an unjustified criminal prosecution. "Moving forward with prosecution, without an audit, when the U.S. Attorney has investigated and found no wrongdoing, is an abuse of prosecutorial discretion. It is an effort to criminalize normal political activity."The CFB extensively audited the eight other 2009 campaigns that contracted with Data and Field Services (then an affiliate of the Working Families Party). They found no wrongdoing to refer to a prosecutor. In most cases, they did not even levy a fine.

A Ruling By the CFB Seems to Differ With the Councilmembers Statement In Support of Rose The the CFB Found No Wrongdoing or Breaking of Campaign Finance Laws in the Data and Field Operation
Wolfe 2009 WFP Operative 
A major CFB ruling last week took aim at the possibility of even more WFP money secretly aiding favored candidates. In essence, the board ruled that any expenditure that the party’s nonprofit arm makes in support of DFS-affiliated candidates can’t be considered an independent effort — and therefore must also be disclosed as an in-kind contribution. That followed recent reports in City Hall News that found no discernable dividing line between normal WFP operations and those the party had farmed out to campaigns via DFS. The report discovered that checks sent to DFS were apparently cashed directly by the WFP, while employees expressed extreme confusion as to which arm they actually worked for. (NYP, 2009)  The CFB Ruling on Data and Field * "Based on information acquired by the Board to date, it is the Board’s understanding that DFS exists as an arm of the Working Families Party. Both organizations are located in the same space and share employees; DFS was created by Working Families Party staff; and there are no apparent firewalls between them. In light of the close affiliation, the Board presumes that any activity undertaken by the Working Families Party on behalf of campaigns using DFS as a vendor is non-independent. Therefore, these activities must be reported and accounted for by campaigns as either an in-kind contribution from the Working Families Party or an expenditure. "In determining whether expenditures by an outside party are non-independent, the Board applies the factors in Rule 1-08(f). The Board makes no determination regarding violations at this time. Every campaign will be afforded the opportunity to be fully heard regarding potential findings of violation."*Nofirewalls: Working Families Party straddles thin line between party, nonprofit (NYDN)  The labor-backed party uses its aggressive field operation to get its favorite candidates elected - then pushes them to vote its way on issues like paid sick leave for workers, higher taxes on the rich and tougher rent regulations. It also operates a rent-a-campaign company, Data and Field Services, which sells its canvassing and voter turnout services to candidates it endorses. The organization is a lobbying and advocacy nonprofit group focused on the same goals as the party - but with far less scrutiny of what it spends and receives. "The Working Families Organization works closely with the Working Families Party to advance progressive policies," said Dan Levitan, spokesman for both. "The Working Families Organization is involved in no campaign-related activity." That line can get blurry, though, and hard to enforce - especially when the Working Families Organization spends money to push an issue that a Working Families Party-backed candidate supports. The organization's 2007 tax return - its most recent available, as provided by Levitan - shows it took in $658,000, almost all of it from unions. The largest by far was the national Service Employees International Union, donating $358,000.  The party spent $700,000, largely on "study and formulation of improved nonpartisan public policy through coordinated use of volunteers."  What does that mean? Who knows? * Campaign Finance Board retains attorney in probe (CrainsNY) The criminal probe centers on whether a consulting firm set up by the Working Families Party, Data & Field Services, undercharged favored candidates for campaign services in 2009. The Campaign Finance Board has recently been using the law firm, Debevoise and Plimpton, in dealing with Mr. Adler’s probe, sources said.

The WFP in 2009 Had A Sophisticated Hidden Structure That Included More Than the Data and Filed Arm
Nofirewalls: Working Families Party straddles thin line between party, nonprofit (NYDN, 2009)* A City Hall’s (City and State) investigation into what few seem to realize: the political party and Data & Field Services are not the only two arms of the Working Families. There are, in fact, four arms: a political party, a for-profit and two different kinds of non-profits, each of which is separate and distinct under the law. This five-part examination by City Hall into the Working Families Party’s accounting methods and finances has shown that together through these four arms, the Working Families has the benefits of a political party (legitimacy in voters’ minds, ballot line), a non-profit (tax-exemptions, uncapped donation limits and tax deductions) and a for-profit (no disclosure requirements, ability to collect fees backed by taxpayer-supported matching funds from candidates).

Live Blogging All Weekend On the WFP Data and Fields Charges

Homelessness Increases As Gentrification and Tax Breaks for luxury Developers Increse   
In Harlem River Park in Manhattan, homeless men can be seen sleeping on benches around the basketball courts and sprawled out on a soccer field by day, then hunkering under an overpass at night. In Brooklyn, dog owners in Fort Greene Park have had ugly confrontations with homeless people after their dogs woke them up in the early morning when they are allowed off-leash. And in the Bronx, there are so many homeless people in one small park, Devanney Triangle, that the community board and parks department are discussing the removal of all benches.*STRUGGLE ON THE HOMEFRONT: With haunted memories, some city veterans fighting for a place to call home(NYDN)

As Foreign Ownership of Real Estate Increases Rules of Eviction Will Change  
Landlord using ‘Chinese mafia’ to force tenants out: suit(NYP) Tenants of a Midtown building including a celebrity chef claim the new landlord is using the Chinese mafia to force them out of their homes, according to a new $8 million suit. Vaduzco Realty, which had owned the two four-story buildings since the 1970s, sold the property to a first-time Chinese buyer using an LLC, who planned to turn it into a hotel, according to the Commercial Observer.

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?

de Blasio Leading the NYPD From Behind? 

BILL TROUBLE: De Blasio avoids picking sides between NYPD Commissioner and progressive City Council members over legislation on chokeholds and searches(NYDN) The mayor wouldn’t go near the word 'veto' in discussing his position on the proposed pieces of legislation, which are backed by progressive Council members. Editorial:Good cop, bad mayor (NYDN Ed) Never has it been clearer that Mayor de Blasio is not where he has to be for the good of New York: on the same page as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Bratton is standing foursquare in opposition to two misguided pieces of City Council legislation that would impede lawful action by police. He nailed the bills as “part of an ongoing effort to bridle the police and the city of New York.” Meanwhile, the mayor, a study in mush, refuses to stand solidly with Bratton, apparently for fear of alienating the anti-stop-and-frisk constituencies that carried him into City Hall.*BACK OFF!: NYPD Commissioner Bratton tells City Council to stop attempts to rein in police authority(NYDN)

As Crime Hits Home In Hipster Hoods A Turn to Law and Order 
In Ditmas Park, Armed Robbers Prey on Businesses and Their Patrons(NYT) A troubling pattern has emerged: Armed robbers in hooded sweatshirts and masks are hitting local businesses not just for the cash in the registers, but for patrons’ belongings, too.

The Alarm Clock Worked Friday 

Saturday Update 

The Post gives perennially late de Blasio an alarm clock(NYP) A New York Post reporter presented the perennially tardy mayor with the much-needed, retro-styled, enameled-metal ticker on Thursday — a day after he dissed the grieving families of American Airlines Flight 587 and blamed a bad night’s sleep for missing a solemn bell-ringing ceremony in Queens. Excuse PR Tired  Bill de Blasio's sluggishness should be a City Hallwake up call (NYDN) It’s interesting that the first reaction of the people around the mayor of New York City after he rudely showed up late to a memorial for the lives lost 13 years ago on Flight 587 was to blame anything or anybody other than the mayor.* Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s not worrying about recent media reports that have poked fun at his routine tardiness.Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers do not care if he is late   * NYPD wasn't worried abt fog — their recently upgraded radar/GPSequipment is capable of navigating “through pea soup”(DNAINFO) The mayor showed up 30 minutes late to the boat (????, still) that got him to the Flight 587 memorial last week
. Letter to the NYT Editor Nails the Mayor
To the Editor:  Re “Mayor’s Tardiness Angers Attendees at a Memorial” (news article, Nov. 13): Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lateness is now understood as a personality trait, irritating for those affected, but part of his distinctiveness. But chronic lateness displays a lack of character and obvious disregard for the other. It is particularly galling in someone who purports to care a great deal about others.  Regarding the missed moment of silence at the anniversary of Flight 587, the 2001 plane crash in Queens: His absurd excuses of not sleeping well the night before and fog delaying his boat speak for themselves. But I will add that the average considerate person leaves plenty of time to arrive somewhere, not planning the trip in a best-case scenario to arrive on the dot of the appointed time, but early! DEBBIE PLUMER  Brooklyn, Nov. 13, 2014* "Mr Mayor,don't you realize that these unforced errors overshadoweverything else that you are trying to accomplish?" * The de Blasio Diaries, Chapter 6: Fog of Snore(Vanity Fair) New York’s mayor dad enjoys a midnight snack, and contemplates the importance of punctuality.

Will de Blasio's His Normally Puppet Council to Shut Down the Rein in the Cops Bill?

Campaign Over Cuomo Back in the Bunker 
Cuomo has not held a single public event since winning re-election on November 4, returning to a schedule Albany watchers know well—minimizing opportunities for the press to scrutinize him and ensuring that the public is unaware of exactly where their governor is going or what he is doing, the Observer reports: 

CM King Fined For the Second Time By CFB

Bronxlawmaker fined for campaign finance violations (NYDN) Councilman Andy King must repay nearly $18,000 in public funds for campaign finance violations stemming from a 2012 special election, the city’s Campaign Finance Board said Thursday. City Councilman Andy King’s campaign was hit with six penalties last month and was fined more than $12,000 for failing to accurately report receipts, accepting money over the contribution limit and being unable to document $22,000 in expenditures. King received $58,000 in public funds for the November 2012 special election held to replace disgraced convicted ex-Councilman Larry Seabrook. King’s books have cost him in the past. He owed the city more than $31,000 for penalties and repayments stemming from a 2009 primary run.

True News Weekly Topic Updates

Education Topic Search
Campbell Brown left television to do battle with powerful teachers unions. Labor-affiliated groups have taken the opportunity to school Ms. Brown in the bare-knuckle way of New York City politics.
The New York City Charter School Center has issued a series of recommendations to the Department of Education to bolster its struggling schools plan. 

Cityschools dumping $95 million computer system(NYDN)

Charter school advocates on Tuesday called on the state to increase facilities funding for charters, highlighting a little-noticed provision in new pro-charter legislation that only provides additional resources for new or expanding schools.

ParksMore on Parks 
Park's Commissioner Out of Town
Parks and Recreation — NYC-style(NYP) City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver has been on the job for six months now, but you’d hardly know it from his schedule. He seems to spend almost as much time away from New York as he does here.This Administration Follows the Press
Parks Department spokesman leaves job amid bad press(Capital) Sunday Parks and Recreation — NYC-style(NYP Ed)City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver has been on the job for six months now, but you’d hardly know it from his schedule. He seems to spend almost as much time away from New York as he does here.

Ebola Doctor Leaves Hospital
New York doctor diagnosed with the Ebola virus is now healthy and will leave Bellevue Hospital Center on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the situation, The Wall StreetJournal reports: Craig Spencer, New York Doctor With Ebola, Will Leave Bellevue Hospital(NYT)* De Blasio said last night that East Side restaurants refused to serve Bellevue Hospital employees while then-Ebola-infected Dr. Craig Spencer was being treated there and that a daycare center even declined one nurse’s child, the Observer reports:

 Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, expressing his disappointment in Cuomo’s veto of the expanded veteran pension credit bill, State of Politics reports:  * While the federal government and New York State have goals for allotting government contracts to veteran-owned businesses, New York City does not,Gotham Gazette reports:  STRUGGLE ON THE HOMEFRONT: With haunted memories, some city veterans fighting for a place to call home(NYDN)


25 Years Ago Monday 

Sandy More on Sandy

Closing Hospitals   More on Hospital Closings  

Gambling  More on Gambling
NY casino reviewswill continue at least 11 more days (YNN)* The state’s Gaming Facility Location Board, which met behind closed doors yesterday to review 16 casino applications, will wait until at least Nov. 21 to decide on where to site up to four casinos, Gannett Albanyreports:  Trump Taj Mahal Will Be 5th Atlantic City Casino to Close This Year No Decision On Casino Siting Expected By Friday(YNN)* Philadelphia Casino Project Adds to Frenzy in Northeast Gambling Market(NYT)

Mentally Ill

Domestic Violence Drives Up New York Shelter Population as Housing Options Are Scarce(NYT) Domestic violence has emerged as part of the housing agenda of de Blasio, who began a rent subsidy program to move abuse victims out of shelters and is stepping up counseling efforts in public housing * Homeless people sleeping in park near 72nd Street subway station to be sweptout:(DNAINFO)
AG to taxi panel: Let the apps ride!(NYDN)* New York Taxi Service Aimed at Women Finds Loyal Following(NYT) *Schneiderman Lyfts off(NYP) In a letter to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the attorney general strongly objects to a proposed new rule that would, he says, “needlessly restrict competition in the for-hire vehicle industry.”

Gentrification More on Gentrification 
Anyone who caresabout gentrification should stop to read @Gothamist map showing where NYC civil servants live.* Brooklyn school to getthe boot after sale (NYDN) Bushwick United Early Learning center received an eviction notice after an unnamed developer bought the Manhattan Ave. building for about $4 million.* East New York rezoning to move ahead "in next several months" per @CarlWeisbrod to @nyccouncil.* NYT brass encourages reporters to not compare everygentrifying area to Brooklyn. 

The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating that New York City slash its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, the Observer reports: 

Central Park Ice Rink


A Quinnipiac University poll found New York City voters approve 71-26 percent of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but gave the mayor an overall 49-36 percent job approval rating:  * De Blasio said he hasn’t smoked pot since college and couldn’t given the demands of his 24/7 job, the Daily News reports:

Affordable Housing
The de Blasio administration is considering a plan that would take advantage of a soaring luxury real-estate market to help the mayor’s $41 billion affordable-housing plan by raising taxes on top-priced apartment sales, the Wall Street Journal reports:

de Blasio and the Cardinal
Mayor de Blasio and Cardinal Dolan: Beyond the Church-State Separation(NYT) In the months since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, he and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan have forged a useful relationship blessed by good timing and apparent affection.

de Bolasio Late Angers 587 Memorial Attendees 
Teen to Bill de Blasio: "Kill Urself, Fucking Dumass"(Gawker)* Bill de Blasio Says‘Very Rough Night’ Made Him Late to Flight 587 Memorial(NYO) A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio attributed the lateness to the fog his police boat encountered on the way to the Rockaway peninsula. Mr. de Blasio confirmed that account today, but when pressed on why he didn’t just leave earlier knowing the weather conditions, the mayor copped to not being able to sleep. * Mayor @BilldeBlasio blames a "rough night" and fog for his tardiness to Flight 587 Memorial:  * Mayor’s Tardiness Angers Attendees at a Memorial(NYT)* The tardy-prone mayor arrived on time for an early morning speech in Lower Manhattan Thursday.
After de Blasio woke up “sluggish” yesterday and showed up late for a memorial for victims of Flight 587 in Queens, the state GOP sent him two cans of Red Bull in the hopes that they would help him “cut through the fog,” Gannett Albany reports:

Mayor Arrived Late By Boat to the Rockaways Where He Discontinued Ferry Service
The mayor’s mode of transportation struck a particular nerve: In October, his administration discontinued a ferry service between Manhattan and the Rockaways that had operated since Hurricane Sandy. Lisa O’Shea, 55, who works at a copy center near where the memorial was held, cited divine intervention. “He had the luxury of taking a boat over, like we’d like to do,” she said. “God punished him. That fog was intentional.” * Editorial: It’s de Blasio time (NYDN) Making everyone wait for him. The lack of consideration shown by Mayor de Blasio in so often running late caught up to the city’s tardy chief executive when he failed to arrive on time at an annual memorial ceremony for the 260 people killed in the crash of Flight 587. Compounding his disrespect for the loved ones of the lost, the mayor then tried to snow them. He blamed a harbor fog for unavoidably delaying the police launch that ferried him to Belle Harbor, Queens.

A Season of Blame and Excuses  
de Blasio Blames Democrats for Not Being Progressive Enough
Democrats should not blame a Republican wave for wiping them out in the mid-term elections, de Blasio said on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show—they should blame themselves for not promising progressive policies, the Observer reports: * Bill de Blasio Takes aSwipe at Alison Grimes’ Failed Campaign(NYO)* De Blasio, in an election post mortem for the Huffington Post.@BilldeBlasio gives advice tored-state Dems, then dances a bit when asked how it applies to Cuomo  Doesn't seem like de Blasio's aggressive HuffPo advice-blogis helping NYC get the 2016 Mayor Bill de Blasio offered some unsolicited advice to red-state Democrats on Wednesday, suggesting they might have survived a Republican wave last week if they had only stuck to the “core principles” that helped him win in New York City last year.* Mark-Viverito gave a half-hearted endorsement of the mayor’s latest call-to-arms to progressives across America, telling reporters today that his Huffington Post op-ed was simply the “mayor’s opinion” and not her own.

“(A)s a progressive, I know my party need not search for its soul – but rather, its backbone.”* De Blasio Blames 'Rough Night' and Fog for Missing Flight587 Ceremony (DNAINFO) * On Wednesday, Mr. de Blasio, who swept into office promising to reduce income inequality and promote racial equity, published an op-ed article urging Democrats around the country — many in far more conservative environs than New York City — to adopt his own policy priorities for the 2016 elections. “This year, too many Democratic candidates lost sight of those core principles, opting instead to clip their progressive wings,” Mr. de Blasio wrote.(NYT) * Blaming the non-voters — liberals’ turnout excuse(NYP) The Times has it that our voters stayed home because of “anger and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns.”

First he blames the fog, then it was a 'rough night'... but really de Blasio is just LATE & LAME for missing moment of silence for victims and families of Belle Harbor tragedy(NYDN) Mayor de Blasio arrived 19 minutes late — completely missing the ringing of a bell, followed by a moment of silence to pay respects to the 260 people who died on the flight. At first, staffers for the habitually late mayor blamed fog over the East River and New York Harbor for delaying the NYPD boat that brought de Blasio from Gracie Mansion to the Rockaways. But later a contrite de Blasio admitted he got a late start leaving home because he was “sluggish” after sleeping badly.

From Carriage Horses, Closed Hospitals to Stop and Frisk Another Mayors' Campaign Tool Abandoned 
Police reform groupcut ties w public affairs firm closely identified w de Blasio  @BerlinRosen And in a sign of the critics’ growing frustration with their onetime champion, an influential police reform group recently cut ties with a public affairs firm that is closely identified with Mr. de Blasio, seeking to be unconstrained from exerting greater pressure on his administration.  This week, Mr. de Blasio frustrated some liberal advocates by failing to brief them beforehand on changes to the Police Department’s enforcement of marijuana laws — an effort that was subsequently dismissed as a “sugar pill” by Cornel West and others who said the overhaul did not go far enough in addressing the concerns of black and Hispanic New Yorkers. It is an intriguing moment for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is determined to be a beacon for the new left, but must balance bold rhetoric with the realities of bringing reform in the complex city he govern (NYT) * DanMorris Leaves Red Horse to Start ‘Progressive Cities’ Firm(NYO) Dan Morris, the communications director for the prominent Democratic consulting firm Red Horse Strategies, is leaving to start “Progressive Cities,” billed as “a new strategy firm designed to help drive the national urban agenda” and sustain the progressive momentum of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. * Communities United for Police Reform replacesBerlinRosen as public relations firm as CPR ramps up NYPD criticism of de Blasio

NYT Puts the Rose Color de Blasio Glass Back On . . .  Did They Get A Call From Berlin?
.@nytimes softens headline. “De BlasioBalancing Promises W/ Reality” URL: “Liberals Growing Frustrated w/ de Blasio" 

Why Does Both the Daily News and NYT Fail to Name the Mayor Flack Lobbyists Fired?  Berlin Rosen, Berlin Rosen, Berlin Rosen
Finally ready to break free from veal pen, Communities United for Police Reform fires BerlinRosen (Progress Queens) In reports published tonight by The New York Times and The New York Daily News, it was hinted or announced, respectively, that a police reform group had fired its public relations firm, which has close ties to the de Blasio administration.  Both articles failed to identify the public relations firm, BerlinRosen, and only the report in The New York Daily News identified the police reform group, Communities United for Police Reform, or CPR.  

This move spells trouble for Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City), who has tried to deescalate calls for aggressive police reform as he keeps repeating empty rhetoric about being a "progressive."  * With a New York City Councilman poised to introduce legislation that would criminalize police use of a choke hold, de Blasio reiterated his belief that existing NYPD policy is sufficient, the Daily News reports:  * Leading police reform group pushing NYPD for majorchanges (NYDN) The police reform group that helped push the Community Safety Act last year - against the wishes of then-Mayor Bloomberg - is now gearing up for a fight with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.  It has hired publicist Dan Morris of Progressive Cities consulting firm to lead the media push.

The Mayor's Image Maker Gets Caught Controlling A Liberal Groups Agenda
CPR was the large umbrella group, which led the fight against stop-and-frisk in the final years of the Bloomberg administration.  CPR was founded and funded with controversial grants from George Soros, an early supporter of the de Blasio campaign for mayor.  Not only was CPR being funded by a major de Blasio backer, but CPR also employed an operative, Dan Levitan, from Mayor de Blasio's go-to public relations firm, BerlinRosen, as its spokesman.  Mr. Levitan was also the spokesman of Mayor de Blasio's own lobbying group, the Campaign for One New York.   Now that BerlinRosen is no longer in a position to control CPR's public messaging, this means that CPR may be getting ready to make greater demands of Mayor de Blasio, demands which BerlinRosen may not have been comfortable making.  * Mayor Criticized for Not Moving Faster on MarijuanaPolicy (WSJ) Advocates, Some Elected Officials Frustrated With Pace of Change on Several Issues Chokeholds  De Blasio maintains chokeholds should not be made illegal(NYP) * Mayor de Blasio pushes back against upcoming Council bid to criminalize NYPD use of choke hold(NYDN)

Shadow Government Deal of the Day 
Astoria Cover
Even the NYT is Pushing
A New Model for Affordable Housing (NYT) Astoria Cove on the East River in Queens is an example of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to create or save 200,000 affordable apartments in 10 years.
Queens clergy members push city on Astoria Cove New York Daily News
Astoria Cove Passes Big Test Wall Street Journal
Astoria Cove site developer comes to labor union agreement for project's ...New York Daily NewsThe New York City Council’s Land Use Committee approved the massive Astoria Cove project, making it and a long-proposed ferry boat service for the Queens waterfront a step closer to launching, the Observerreports:  * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing policy cleared its first significant hurdle Wednesday when the City Council’s land use committee voted to require that 27 percent of the apartments in a hotly debated residential project in Queens be classified as affordable, the Journal writes:  #AstoriaCove wins City Council committee support after last minute deal 

Pols Like Low Voter Turnouts 
New Yorkers Held Hostage By Their Election System

Incompetent Albany politicians like the system just the way it is. 

80% of the Teachers Say Parents Keep Your Kids Out of My School
Some NYC teachers: ‘Don’t send your kids here!’(NYP) Some schools in the city are so bad that even the teachers — the people who are supposed to make things better — say they’d tell parents to enroll their kids elsewhere, according to a new DOE survey. In startling admissions of failure culled from the annual quality-review surveys conducted by the Department of Education, at least 80 percent of the teachers in eight schools said they would never recommend those schools to children.

de Blasio Sends Secret Pennies to Senate Dems Thru Putnam Housekeeping Fund in A Failed Message to Cuomo to Take Credit for Dem Senate Win
de Blasio Who Was Outplayed With His WFP Endorsement of the Gov, Wanted to Respond to Cuomo Setting Up the WEP and Not Helping the Senate Democrats
de Blaso couple of hundred thousand dollars funneled through a Putnam County party account to senate candidates was insignificant when you look at how much money those candidates used in their failed attempt to regain control of the senate for the democrats. de Blasio sent Cuomo pennies was a message to the governors for lack of help for the senate democratic and the creation of the Women's Party.  The funds paid to de Blasio consultant friends was nothing compared to the total funds they were paid.  According to CrainsNY  AKPD Media got got over $100,000 from the de Blasio funds.  AKPD got paid over $10,000,000 from the New York State Democratic Committee. Berlin Rosen another de Blasio consultant friend go paid over $250,000 from the NYSDC. Both AKPD and Berlin Rosen got paid millions more in other pots of money that contributed to the senate democratic campaigns, including the candidates themselves.* "A deal was cutfor Mangano to endorse Cuomo in exchange for Cuomo staying out of the Senateraces on Long Island." (NYP) Under the law, an individual can only donate a maximum $10,300 to a Senate candidate or $102,300 to a party committee.* Landlords' quiet $500K aided Senate GOP (CrainsNY)* Tale Of Two States:Astorino Beat Cuomo 49-46 Outside Of New York City

de Blasio Pays Off His Consultant Friends Again  
Berlin Rosen and AKPD Media Win $$$ As Their Clients the Senate Dems Lose
Shadow Government Payoff
De Blasio pals cash-in even after Democrats lose the Senate According to Crain’s New York, hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the mayor’s team for four upstate Democrats — all of whom lost — got the money and spent it onwent to two of de Blasio’s closest political consultants, BerlinRosen and AKPD Message and Media. The firms were critical to de Blasio’s City Hall win last year, and his subsequent campaign for universal pre-kindergarten. On Oct. 14, four donors gave the Democrats in Ulster County more than $364,000, and the party quickly transferred $160,000 into the account of first-term Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, Crain’s said. Between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, her campaign paid $155,000 for television ads produced by AKPD. The firm’s John del Cecato was behind the famous ad featuring Dante de Blasio that fueled his father’s victory last year. Three other Senate races featured similar transactions involving de Blasio’s consultants, including state Sen. Ted O’Brien’s campaign, which paid AKPD $40,000 for television ads after Monroe County Democrats gave him $60,000 of the $100,000 they got from a major de Blasio union supporter. * Mayor's money circles back (CrainsNY) Upstate campaign dollars collected by Mayor Bill de Blasio went to his favorite consultants.

 But mega-donors, from unions to developers, can contribute up to $103,000 by routing the money through county political committees, which can then make unlimited transfers to candidates. The mayor and his team raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in mid-October, telling donors to cut checks to upstate campaign accounts. Four upstate Democrats—all of whom lost—received the money and spent it on BerlinRosen and AKPD.  Anthony Scannapieco, chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party, has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections over the transfers and called the scheme "money-laundering." But such transfers are routine in state politics, say those in the industry. Political parties or committees often raise large amounts of money that are passed to candidates, and are allowed to work together, said election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder. "It's perfectly legal," he said.  One county chairman who got heavy payments from de Blasio donors—before transferring the funds to a Senate candidate—refused to say whether the mayor's camp told him where to steer the money. "I really don't have any comment right now on that," Ulster Democratic leader Frank Cardinale said last week. "I would have to think hard about that." On Oct. 14, four donors gave the Ulster Democrats more than $364,000, and the party quickly transferred $160,000 into the account of first-term Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk. Between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, her campaign paid $155,000 for television ads produced by AKPD. Many of the payments went to pay for airtime. The firm's Mr. del Cecato was behind the famous ad featuring Dante de Blasio that fueled his father's meteoric rise to mayor. Similar transactions involving Mr. de Blasio's consultants popped up in three other Senate races. On Oct. 17, a major union supporter of Mr. de Blasio donated $100,000 to the Monroe County Democratic Committee, whose chairman then forwarded $60,000 to Sen. Ted O'Brien's campaign. (Monroe Democratic Chairman Dave Garretson told Crain's that Mr. de Blasio's team did not have "any part whatsoever" in his committee's decision.) A number of the donors from whom Mr. de Blasio's team solicited money have interests before the city. A bus-company magnate from Texas who gave $100,000 to the Putnam Democrats—and had never given in a New York election before—was the beneficiary of a $42 million city handout to private bus companies in August.* REBNY-backed candidates sweep midterm elections(CrainsNY)Outside spending: With Senate Republicans holding a significant cash advantage, the Senate Democrats will rely on unlimited outside spending from the United Federation of Teachers and the health care workers union, 1199 SEIU. On the Senate Republican side, records show, a new Washington D.C.-based group called Protect NYS PAC has raked in $200,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee, a national group that has helped flip Legislatures Republicanacross the country. The RSLC has also been poised to pour money into another outside Republican group, Balance New York. But one of its chief strategists, Susan Del Percio, left for the Cuomo administration in March, and through May, Balance New York had only $6,000 on hand. A spokeswoman for the RSLC said it plans to fund both outside groups this year. “It’s early in the cycle,” the RSLC spokeswoman said. “New York is a key priority for the RSLC and we have full confidence in both groups.” An operative working for Balance New York, Claude LaVigna, said the group was still moving forward, and had gotten $50,000 from the RSLC last week.* Super PAC spending pumps $14M so far into battle forstate Senate(NYDN)
More on Lobbyists BerlinRosen Takes Over NYC Government

So Far the Biggest Victims of the de Blasio, Sharpton, Bratton NYPD Civil War is the Press and Stringer 
Progressives Push‘Consent’ as Antidote to Racial Bias in Drug Stops(NYO)* Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus and liberal activists are pushing a new bill that would require police officers to identify themselves when making a stop and to request permission before making a search, the Observer reports:

Bratton: Media Is Trying to ‘Scare the Hell Outof People’(NYO) “Why some of the press continue to try to scare the hell out of people in this city, that the New York City Police Department is somehow in full retreat from the practice of policies — many of which I put into effect the last time I was here —  we are not retreating from enforcing the law,” Mr. Bratton said at a press conference on marijuana policy. “We are going to continually focus on improving the quality of our arrests and the focus of those arrests, and that’s exactly what we’re doing on buy-and-bust.” The New York Post first reported last week that the buy-and-bust operations for marijuana had been stopped “in a desperate attempt by the de Blasio administration to regain dwindling support from minorities.” That was just the latest story in the Post a top city official has been forced to shoot down. Mr. Bratton and Mr. de Blasio held a joint press conference just to insist that the paper was incorrect in reporting tension between the commissioner, the mayor, and Mr. de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray over the resignation of Chief of Department Philip Banks. Several months ago, the mayor shot down a DNAinfo story alleging Mr. de Blasio would rather jettison Mr. Bratton than lose the support of Rev. Al Sharpton.
de Blasio Attacks Press

Sharpton Attacks the Press Over Noerdlinger Coverage   
Jonathan Lemire ‏@JonLemire(AP)
Lots of media-bashing from @TheRevAl over coverage of @rachelnoerd. To the press: "have you no pride in your profession?" *  Lots of media-bashing from @TheRevAl over coverage of @rachelnoerd. To the press: "have you no pride in your profession?" *.@TheRevAl says there should be "one standard" for all who work at City Hall -- including "in Room 9 where the reporters are" * Lots of media-bashing from @TheRevAl over coverage of @rachelnoerd. To the press: "have you no pride in your 

More Shapton Speek Saturday

Jonathan Lemire ‏@JonLemire(AP)

.@TheRevAl says he and @BilldeBlasio have not discussed the allegations surrounding @rachelnoerd .@TheRevAl defends @rachelnoerd, says she has been victim of inaccurate attacks - including that Sharpton was father of her son. .@TheRevAl, uses fiery rhetoric to distance himself from Rubenstein case, says focus is solely on Eric Garner. .@TheRevAl compares allegations against Sanford Rubenstein (Garner family attorney) to a roadblock which they'll work around.

Azi ‏@Azi (Capital)  
.@TheRevAl and the family of Eric Garner appear at NAN headquarters in Harlem .@TheRevAl said a reporter asked if he was the father of @rachelnoerd’s teenage son. "if she is judged by her boyfriend…” —@TheRevAl defends @rachelnoerd. cc @Lis_Smith "maybe there is a need for a special prosecutor to work on this case”—new lawyer for #EricGarner family Jonathan Moore. cc @NationalAction "we’re not trying to change a story, we’re trying to change the world”—@thereval re: @rachelnoerd. "when you were choking eric, you were choking all of us”—@TheRevAl re: #EricGarner. #nypd cc @changethenypd @MarshallProj @PROPNYC "we never got any money from a lawyer or victim”—@TheRevAl re: police abuse victims. cc @NYCLU @HuffPostNY #NYPD

Dean Meminger ‏@DeanMeminger  
New #EricGarner family lawyer #JonathanMoore says there needs to be a movement to arrest the #NYPD officers involved in Garner case. @NY1  #Sharpton says he and #NationalActionNetwork don't get money from lawyers or victims. Responding to accusations that have been made for yrs. @TheRevAl says he's a diamond not charcoal. Says he had to be charcoal first to become a diamond. Says he's a changed man. Public thoughts?

McCray Plays the Race Card Against the NYP

.@Chirlane: "Too many city newsrooms do not reflect the population of NYC or the experiences of the majority of New Yorkers"   .@Chirlane: "Too many city newsrooms do not reflect the population of NYC or the experiences of the majority of New Yorkers" Reading through it was an astonishing and surreal experience. It’s like the reporters created a fictional character that happened to look like me and have the same name as me. They put words into my mouth that I never said. They gave me opinions that have never crossed my mind. They made it sound like NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is my sworn enemy, when in fact he has my full support. There is a small but stubborn group of people who adamantly oppose the efforts of Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton to create a more fair and equal policing system.  Myopically loyal to a status quo that serves their personal interests at the expense of everyone else, they are doing whatever they can to stop reform – and that includes spreading lies to irresponsible reporters.

Power Struggle Inside WFP 

Also: Liveries react as Schneiderman wades into taxi fight; NYC vs. London: airport edition. Michael McGuire, director of the Mason Tenders' District Council PAC, has been exploring the idea of creating a “labor caucus” within the Working Families Party. The idea would be for deep-pocketed unions that fund much of the WFP's operations to have a more unified voice in party endorsement decisions and other matters.

Anyone who doubts the devotion of our armed forces needs look no further than those veterans who served their country even as it pushed them into the closet, U.S. Rep. CharlesRangel writes in the Daily News:  Editorial: Thanks of a grateful city(NYDN) * Ticker tape parade for Iraq, Afghanistan vets put on hold (NYDN) * A classic: Why Andy Rooney hated being called a veteran - (CBS)* A Salute to the Greatest Living American 

de Blasio Hides A Bus Company Payoff In A Putnam Democrat Housekeeper Account to Fund A Senate Take Over  
What's driving political donations(CrainsNY)Last month, a man named Alexis Lodde made a $100,000 donation to a Hudson Valley Democratic Party account. It was an exceptional gift from a Texan who until recently had never made a political contribution in New York. The donation came less than two months after employees at certain bus companies, including one owned by Mr. Lodde's firm, were given a $42 million grant pushed through by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Employees at Mr. Lodde's company are expected to be among the largest beneficiaries. The Daily News reported that Mr. de Blasio and associates raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the obscure campaign account—the Putnam County Democratic Committee, whose chairman quickly transferred $433,000 to help two Democratic state Senate candidates. 

Mr. de Blasio has been working to facilitate a Democratic takeover of the Senate. State law prohibits gifts of more than $10,300 to a state Senate candidate, but donors can give $103,000 to county political committees, which can then make unlimited transfers to candidates. A de Blasio spokesman said the mayor had not personally requested Mr. Lodde's gift, but declined to say who had. Mr. Lodde owns Dallas-based MV Transportation, which in 2011 purchased USA United Fleet, which operated 500 bus routes for the city's public schools. MV subsidiary Reliant Bus Co. took over those deals and maintains lucrative contracts with the Department of Education. Some 900 Reliant workers are expected to get raises from the $42 million city grant. Critics warned that the $42 million set a bad precedent. Supporters portrayed it as a safety measure, saying higher pay yields better workers to transport schoolchildren. Although Mr. de Blasio's measure was primarily meant to appease union workers at Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181—whose pay had been cut when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg rebid school contracts in his final term—bus companies such as Mr. Lodde's are helped indirectly by the subsidy, said Carol Kellermann, president of the Citizens Budget Commission.

The $42 million allows them to pay competitive salaries after having won the contracts with low bids. "It makes it possible for the companies to have labor peace," said Ms. Kellermann. MV Transportation had been a target of vandalism during a 2013 school-bus strike over its labor contracts.*   Cuomo’s campaign received a combined $408,100 over theweekend, State of Politicsreports: * Hedge fund managers backing charter schools and New York City real estate landlords will be up late tomorrow night focusing on the state Senate races, where they have spent at least $6 million in recent weeks trying to help the Republicans recapture control of the chamber, Crain’s reports:  * At The End, Charter School Backers Focus OnTwo Senate Races(YNN) * Cuomo received $200,000 in donations on Friday fromcontributors affiliated with a brand management company that represents his girlfriend, Sandra Lee.* An avalanche of last-minute contributions went to Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s campaign over the weekend: $408,000! * “Ghost committees" in New York allow politicians to spend campaign funds long after they leave office, and the rule prohibiting personal expenses is so vague that anything goes, the Journal News writes:  IDC Senate Republicans, fresh off their victory on Election Day, will be in Albany on Monday for a conference. (Sen. Simcha Felder will attend, but the IDC members apparently won’t be there).

Buying the Government Right Before Out Eyes
The city can negotiate new bus contracts next year. Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis, meanwhile, told the Daily News he gave $50,000 to the Putnam County committee because Mr. de Blasio asked. "I do a lot of business in the city," the supermarket mogul noted. He reportedly was informed by a de Blasio adviser about where and how much to give.

In NYC the Lilliputian Party Leaders Are Kings and Voters Are Disrespected 
NYS Conservative Party chairman says NYS not as blue aspeople think--if you cut New York Cityadrift(NYDN) The state Conservative Party won enough votes last Tuesday to ensure it will remain third on the ballot for the next four years behind only the Democratic and Republican parties. The Conservatives remain ahead of more liberal minor parties such as the Green Party, the Working Families Party and even Gov. Cuomo's newly created Women's Equality Party.

At Somos de Blasio Throws Klein's Spaghetti Against the Wall to See If Anything Sticks
de Blasio Tries to Salvage His State Senate Loss With Clinging On to Weaken Klein Who Is Begging the Majority GOP for A Seat At the Table.  The Same GOP Who Won Seats By Attacking the Mayor
 De Blasio skips Puerto Rico beach for politicking(NYDN)The mayor, attending the Somos el Futuro conference along with hundreds of other New York politicos, met privately with frenemy state Sen. Jeff Klein. * De Blasio focuses on ‘agenda’ after Klein meeting(Capital) * Bruno To Skelos: No Need For IDC - NY State of Politics * IDC May Live On Despite Republican StateSenate Majority (NY1)* Eric Jenks Queens state Sen. Tony Avella is staying with the IDC(NYDN)* NY Senate GOP goeshard against Mayor de Blasio, Dems in new fundraising email(NYDN)* Sen @TonyAvella sticking with the IDC,even after Klein grovels to Skelos. *

Dear NYT: State Senate Elections Have Consequences
Round Two for Gov. Cuomo(NYT) His decreased leverage makes delivering on his promises seem more challenging than ever.

NYT Why Is A GOP Senate Ab Obstacle When That is What the Governor Wanted?
One of the biggest obstacles is of his own making. He did far too little to help Democrats running for State Senate seats across the state, depriving them of financial support as well as the energy he could have brought to their campaigns. 

Dear NYT: A GOP Senate Which Depended On Millions From LLCs Is Not Going to Pass Public Financing to Give Dems A Better Chance to Beat Them
First, he should figure out a way to honor his vow to reform the state’s corrupt political culture through stricter campaign finance laws and changes in the pay-to-play traditions in Albany. This task is made no easier by the fact that Mr. Cuomo himself took in $45 million in campaign contributionsfrom real estate and communications companies and other businesses. 

Dear NYT With A GOP Senate Will Pass the Women's Rights Bill Without the Right to Choose Competent, Which Could Have Been Months Ago
Second, Mr. Cuomo has put women’s rights high on his agenda, and it should stay there. His package of proposals — and he should continue to demand the whole package, not pieces of it — includes stronger human trafficking laws, new protections for victims of domestic violence, protection of students from sexual violence on campuses and pay equity for women. 

Dear NYT: Minimum Wage Is Being Pushed Because Pols Will Not Address the Loss Of Good Paying Jobs Overseas and to Technology
Mr. Cuomo promised to raise the minimum wage, now $8 an hour, without specifying a number. Though increasing the minimum wage is not popular with Republican legislators, it is with voters, and it should be one of the easiest changes state lawmakers can make.* Senate’s Dean Skelos touts fracking and charters(NYP)* Skelos Set to PushCharters, Tax Cuts and Fracking After Senate Gains (NYO)

It Was Actually the Cuomo-Skelos-Media Pact 

Cuomo and Skelos Not So Secret Deal
Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans(NYP, Dicker)The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged. Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed.* Astorino, who wonthe Westchester executive race on his secondtry, is front-runner for a second crack at Cuomo (NYDN) When will the newspapers start reporting on the inaccurate polls? * Threats of primaries already being issued against Independent Democratic Conference - NY Daily News  State law prohibits individuals from giving more than $10,300 to state Senate candidates.

Let Albany Vote On Closing the LLC Campaign Finance Loophole 
Editorial: Close the LLC loophole now(TU) New York law allows wealthy donors to easily sidestep contributions limits. The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the impact of money in U.S. politics and governance, estimates $3.7 billion was spent on the 2014 elections. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised nearly $45 million to finance his steamroller re-election victory. Time and again, he and the leaders of both houses of the state Legislature have fallen short of agreeing on any meaningful overhaul of campaign finance laws, specifically measures to require greater transparency, to implement a workable system of publicly-funded races and to lower the limits on individual contributions.

The so-called reforms the governor brokered with legislative leaders in exchange for his dismantling of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption were inadequate. Changes are needed more than ever to rein in out-of-control campaign spending. How to break this impasse? Here's a new idea: Take a break from the sweeping, comprehensive reform packages (which we support) that fail over one point or another. Instead, tackle these issues one at a time, and let's see where legislators and the governor really stand. A good place to start is one of the most blatant abuses of campaign finance laws, one which lets donors skirt contribution limits by simply creating an LLC, or limited liability company. LLCs are considered individuals for the purposes of campaign finance laws. One person can easily set up an unlimited number of these entities, and then each can make the maximum legal political contribution allowed for an individual. This is perfectly legal. How much more gaping can a loophole be?  The biggest beneficiary of it in New York is Mr. Cuomo himself. In one stunning example, 19 different LLCs controlled by Long Island developer Leonard Litwin's real estate company, Glenwood Management, gave $800,000 to Mr. Cuomo. Glenwood also used LLCs to funnel millions to other New York candidates and committees, both Democratic and Republican. Before he disbanded it, Mr. Cuomo's Moreland Commission called for closing the LLC loophole.

New York needs to make this practice illegal, just as the state of Maryland recently did.* "Only in NYcould an administration claim that taxpayers can’tafford..transparency."For whom the bridge tolls (NYP)* New York City real estate companies are exploiting a loophole in state election law that considers limited liability corporations as individuals, allowing them to contribute up to $150,000 through LLCs that they own for different sites, Crain’s Insider reports  The real reason why the rent is too high (NYDN) This year, after receiving tons of money from well-placed donors, the governor and members of the state Legislature quietly gave away millions of your tax dollars to developers of luxury towers. The deal was so bad that it is being looked at by the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The report found that four of the five developers used high contribution limits and loopholes to give more than $1.5 million to state elected officials, political parties and real estate PACs between 2008 and 2012, including at least $440,962 in 2012 alone. And Cuomo, who had to sign the legislation, was the biggest single recipient, pulling in $150,000 from the four developers in 2012.

NYC's Progressives Never Speak Of Government Reforms Like the Founders of Their Movement Built Their Cause On
The real reason why the rent is too high (NYDN) Big developers flood politicians with cash  Both major candidates for mayor, Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota, agree that an inadequate supply of affordable housing is a serious problem, and both have plans to create more. But what has not been discussed nearly enough is one of the major causes of the shortage: the way the real estate industry uses its massive campaign contributions to limit our affordable housing stock. This year, after receiving tons of money from well-placed donors, the governor and members of the state Legislature quietly gave away millions of your tax dollars to developers of luxury towers. The deal was so bad that it is being looked at by the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The report found that four of the five developers used high contribution limits and loopholes to give more than $1.5 million to state elected officials, political parties and real estate PACs between 2008 and 2012, including at least $440,962 in 2012 alone. And Cuomo, who had to sign the legislation, was the biggest single recipient, pulling in $150,000 from the four developers in 2012.

NYC Fake Progressive Movement  
The 1st Progressive Era Goal Was to Destroy Political Bosses  
The Progressive Era was a period of social activism and political reform in the United States that flourished from the 1890s to the 1920s.[1] One main goal of the Progressive movement was purification of government, as Progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing and undercuttingpolitical machines and bosses. Many (but not all) Progressives supported prohibition in order to destroy the political power of local bosses based in saloons.[2] At the same time, women's suffrage was promoted to bring a "purer" female vote into the arena.[3] A second theme was building an Efficiency movement in every sector that could identify old ways that needed modernizing, and bring to bear scientific, medical and engineering solutions.Progressives sought to enable the citizenry to rule more directly and circumvent political bosses. Many cities set up municipal reference bureaus to study the budgets and administrative structures of local governments. Charles Henry Parkhurst (April 17, 1842 – September 8, 1933) was an American clergyman and social progressive. Although scholarly and reserved, he preached two sermons in 1892 in which he attacked the political corruption of New York City government. Backed by the evidence he collected, his statements led to both the exposure of Tammany Hall and to subsequent social and political reforms. Frances Perkins and the New Deal
The Real Progressives Reform Movement 1890 to the 1920's

Today's Progressives Just Power Hungry 
Progressives Make A Deal With the Corrupt Brooklyn Boss to Elect Speaker 
"They went from progressive deals to back-room deals with a machine boss in record time"(Capital)

Daily News de Blasio Undercut City Lawyers In Central Park 5 Settlement  
Mayor de Blasio approved the settlement of the wrongful conviction suit in the 1989 rape case after ignoring the advice of city attorneys, who saw the deal as political, a Daily News investigation found.While de Blasio labeled the settlement a “moral obligation,” attorneys at the city Law Department felt the deal reeked of politics after the neophyte mayor undercut their case and ignored more than a decade of their hard work.The deal, approved by a judge in September, disregarded a recommended $15 million payout cap and blocked the lawyers from fighting a wrongful conviction suit that many viewed as winnable, according to sources. They were overruled by de Blasio, who ordered their new boss — Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter — to settle the case, leaving the lawyers to try and minimize the damage to taxpayers.* City's top lawyer decided on $41 million Central Park Five settlement: de Blasio(NYDN) * The $41 million questions (NYDN ED) Open up all the files in the Central Park jogger case

Sampson Beats Gov, Mayor and Unions Goes to Albany and Trial  
John Sampson "I had the mayor, the gov...all the unions against me& I still beat my opponents."   The former conference leader breezed through the general election after fighting through a contested Democratic primary, where he faced a formidable challenge from Dell Smitherman. He did so despite a federal indictment and looming trial, where he'll try to prove he's not guilty of lying to the F.B.I. and threatening a federal witness—charges that led Democrats to expel him from their conference when he was first indicted in 2013. It didn't really matter—the Democrats were in the minority, and could afford to stand on principle. It will remain a moot question whether they would have welcomed Sampson back if they had one an additional seat in last week's elections, and under what terms he would have fallen in line behind colleagues who spurned him after the 2012 elections. * The onetime Democratic leader—a hulking, shuffling, two-pronged testimonial to the power of incumbency and the presumption of innocence—was bullish about his future but tight-lipped about his coming trial (“sometime next year”) and the nomination of his prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, as the next attorney general

National Bklyn Lynch New AG
Loretta Lynch, Federal Prosecutor, Will Be Nominated for Attorney General(NYT)
FROM BK TO DC: Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is Obama's pick for next AG, White House says(NYDN)
Editorial: Doing New York proud(NYDN Ed)
Michael Scotto ‏@mikescotto  It looks like Rev. Sharpton is in the audience as Pres. Obama announces Loretta Lynch as AG nominee.* Grimm lawyer says Lynch nomination suggests prosecutor bias(NYDN)* Former federal prosecutor Kelly Currie will return to the office as chief assistant under Lynch, putting him in line to serve as the acting U.S. Attorney if Lynch is confirmed by the Senate and until a permanent replacement is selected, theDaily News reports:

GOP Boss Vincent Tabone Lawyer Pregnant Wants Delay 
One of the Bums Who Made Sure the City's GOP Were Corrupt and Leaderless Has One More Trick to Stay Out of Jail for a While
Pregnant Lawyer Requests Delay in New York Corruption Retrial(NYP) Deborah N. Misir, who represents Vincent Tabone, a former leader of the Queens Republican Committee, told Judge Kenneth M. Karas of Federal District Court that she must avoid stress.

Klein I Gave You (GOP) the Best Years of My Life 
Klein and his breakaway Senate Democrats are already facing threats of primaries in two years if they again join the Republicans but don't deliver on at least one progressive issue, the Daily News reports:

FRONT-RUNNER—Klein sides with power—Jimmy, filing from San Juan: The struggle between Democrats and Republicans for Jeff Klein's allegiance was supposed to be the dominant undercurrent of this weekend's Somos El Futuro conference, with impromptu poolside meetings, threats exchanged, and deals cut. After Republicans won an outright, 32-seat majority in the State Senate, Klein and his five-member, breakaway Independent Democratic Conference were no longer a must-have item. Practically, though, the I.D.C. remained very much in play, despite promise to ally with Democrats. In an interview with NY1 late Thursday, Klein picked the Republicans. "I've had a great working relationship with Senator [Dean] Skelos. I hope that continues," Klein told NY1's Zack Fink, referring to the Republican conference leader. "And I hope he agrees with me—that a coalition government was not only good over the last couple of years, but is something that works really really well in the months and years ahead."* Oliver Koppell, who challenged state Sen. Jeff Klein in a Democratic primary, criticized him for wanting to rejoin Senate Republicans and accused him of chasing “personal power,” Gannett Albany reports:  * Queens Sen. TonyAvella sticking with Independent Democratic Conference(NYDN)* Klein, diminished but still desired, sides with power(Capital)* IDC May Live On Despite Republican State Senate Majority(NY1)* Skelos: Voters got our message about the economy, jobs 

Stringer If You Attack the Mayor Expect to Be Sent A Message or Attacked Back 
Or Did Stringer Piss Off Someone On Wall Street Like Liu on the Pension Pie . . .  Post Repeated Attacks on Single Issue

Wednesday Stringer NYP Update 
NYC cops & comptrollers(NYP) The city must think they are. Come January, Kelly will lose his police security ­detail while the others will keep theirs. Now, it’s true that most former NYPD commissioners generally make their own security arrangements after a year of transition. But it’s also true that no city official has been as much in the front lines when it comes to fighting terrorists as Kelly. Under Kelly, the NYPD thwarted 16 terrorist plots against the city, including planned attacks on the subways, JFK Airport, the New York Stock Exchange and Times Square.  Granted, Kelly and/or his current employer, Cushman Wakefield, could pick up the tab for his security needs. But the real issue is more than money.  It’s this: If we are going to reassess the need of a former NYPD commissioner for a police detail, shouldn’t we be having a similar reassessment for politicians chauffeured around like Turkish pashas by police officers who would be better used to do what they are trained for — fighting crime?

Monday Stringer Starts the Fight Back
DOB spent $5.8million on a consultant's worksite safety plan but has fully implemented only 8of 65 recommendations: (NYDN)* An audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found the Bloomberg-era Buildings Department spent millions on consultants to learn how to avoid accidents at tower projects but failed to implement proposals, the Observer reports

Update Saturday: NYP Keeps the Hit On Stringer Going
Calls to nix NYPD ‘anti-terror’ drivers(NYP)Current and former city officials on Friday called for an overhaul of the system that allows highly trained NYPD detectives to be pulled from anti-terror duty to drive around relatively unknown bureaucrats. “I see no good reason for the [City Council] speaker to have a detail, since [they’re] not in the line of succession [to the mayor],” said former Public Advocate Mark Green, reacting to The Post’s Thursday front page. “Other commissioners get cars, but that’s different than details.”Currently, city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, each has a security team made up of six detectives, one sergeant and one lieutenant from the NYPD’s terror-fighting Intelligence Division. Thomas Reppetto, former vice president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and one-time Chicago police commander, blasted the practice — saying terrorists wouldn’t target these officials. “I don’t think they need a security detail at all,” he said.* Why Has the NYPDBeen Airing So Many Grievances in the Press Lately? (NY Mag)

Sunday NYP Stringer Hit 
De Blasio ducks responsibility for officials’ NYPD drivers(NYP) Mayor de Blasio ducked responsibility on Saturday — saying it’s not his decision whether the NYPD provides drivers for top city officials and punting questions on the topic to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. “I’m not sure all the facts are out there. I have a lot of faith in Commissioner Bratton,” de Blasio said Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he’s attending the annual Somos el Futuro conference with a slew of city and state officials. “So, I leave it to their judgment,” the mayor said. “And I think all those questions should go to Commissioner Bratton and his team.” Bratton did not respond to a request for comment.

The @nypost due to their vendetta Against @EliotSpitzer bears some responsibility @scottmstringer's win: 
Spitzerized Hit Job on Stringer
NYPD elite tapped to chauffeur low-level city officials(NYP) The NYPD cops who drive around relatively unknown bureaucrats like Scott Stringer — taking them on errands with their wives and enduring verbal abuse — are pulled from a high-level unit that helps prevent terror attacks on the city. City Comptroller Stringer, along with Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, all have security details consisting of six detectives, one sergeant and one lieutenant from the elite Intelligence Division. A law-enforcement source familiar with the Intelligence unit said there was far more important work for those 24 cops to be doing than protecting politicians whom most New Yorker’s couldn’t name.

For Stringer to Get the Post To Stop and Save His Political Future He Needs to Get A Drivers License
 James and Mark-Viverito referred all questions to the NYPD, which determines who is assigned a security detail.  The three officials can have the cops take them anywhere they want — official events, personal errands, Saturday-night parties and weekend getaways — as long as they are personally in the car at the time, the Conflicts of Interest Board ruled in 2009.* Out of comptrol(NYP) City Comptroller Scott Stringer does a lot of audits. Now someone needs to audit him. This week, The Post has reported how Stringer seems to be using his security detail for personal business, including driving his wife around — and abusing the detail’s detectives. Sources say four officers asked for a transfer recently, and a fifth, a fed-up female detective, quit last summer.

Cops quit Stringer’s security detail after chauffeuring wife(NYP) City Comptroller Scott Stringer didn’t dump his NYPD security detail — they asked for a transfer because he made them drive his wife to work and chewed them out for being late, sources close to the detectives told The Post Wednesday. An angry Stringer called the cops at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 22 and ripped them for being a half-hour late to pick up his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, at their Upper West Side pad, sources close to the ­detectives said. *  New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer dumped two cops from his NYPD security detail because they were late picking him up in the morning and then didn’t notice him and left an event that night and walked back home, the Post reports: * New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s audit of charter schools reeks of the same selective political targeting the IRS has become infamous for, the Post writes: 

Quick Win for PA James From Mayor Who Reacts to Media Stories  
Human Rights chief fired after Letitia James demands new head(NYP) In an unusual move, Mayor de Blasio is replacing the head of the city’s Commission on Human Rights — one day after getting a strongly worded letter from Public Advocate Letitia James attacking her and demanding she be fired. James charged in a letter dated Wednesday that Patricia Gatling was overseeing a “moribund” operation that hasn’t been aggressive in rooting out discrimination. Just 24 hours later, the mayor’s office pronounced Gatling a goner. Gatling, a former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, has kept a relatively low profile since being named human-rights chief by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002, and has never been called out before for her performance.

MTA Security Another Failed IT Contract  

Lockheed’s security system for NYC subway is totally useless(NYP) Lockheed’s security system for NYC subway is totally useless,” by NY Post’s Rich Calder, Rebecca Harshbarger and Reuven Fenton: “Defense contractor Lockheed Martin left New Yorkers with a subway security system that ‘does not function at all’ and ‘has unnecessarily endangered thousands of lives,’ putting billions of dollars of MTA property at risk, former Police Commissioner Howard Safir says in a scathing 120-page report. Safir, who was hired by the [MTA] as a consultant for the agency’s $200 million-plus breach-of-contract lawsuit against Lockheed, testified in Manhattan federal court Thursday about his findings, which include ‘threats, vulnerabilities and risks’ to straphangers and the MTA’s platforms, tunnels, railyards and other properties from its failure to deliver on a 2005 contract for a sweeping security system. … Among his findings are that the system fails on the most basic critical levels, such as quickly playing back video for cops in case of a terror attack, so, for example, they can see who left a bomb or other type of weapon in a particular location. It also fails to warn if a device, like an alarm or camera, is not working.” * NYC MTA SecurityScandal Lockhead Like hewlett-Packard Delivering Crap 911 Tech System (Troy Artist)

The problem is the tone, not the tactic. Many people don’t realize that their participation in an election is a matter of public record, unlike their actual vote. Apathy and laziness are the worst enemies of a vigorous public life, and there’s nothing wrong with reminding people of their civic responsibility through a straightforward report card. But when the language turns threatening and creepy — “we will be interested to hear why not” — it can backfire, and has already produced many complaints. If Democrats had simply said, “you’ve got a great voting record, now keep it going,” or “you haven’t voted in years, but we really need you now” it would have served the function of a reminder without the threat. The Democrats, too  often maligned as the party of Big Government, should be more careful not to draw comparisons to Big Brother.* Postcards mailed to select voters in Erie County included the names of neighbors and their voting histories in an attempt to use social pressure to get people to the polls today, the Buffalo News reports: * Many of the celebrities who appeared in a high-profile “Rock the Vote” ad last month didn’t actually vote in the last midterm election themselves, according to a new report, the Daily News writes: At least five of the stars in the parody of Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down for What’, including Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg and Natasha Lyonne, didn’t vote in the 2010 midterm elections, The Washington Post reported.

Team Cuomo Pulled from Ethnic Strongholds  
Cuomo's campaign pulled voters out from democratic and ethic strongholds in NYC.  At one polling place in Flushing the vote according to an election inspector was as high as a presidential election.  The Hasidic Leaders from Orange County made a deal with the Independence Party Bosses and who else (sic) to deliver their vote for Cuomo on their line

The Kosher Independence Party Line 
KJ Leaders Urge Vote for Cuomo on Indy Line (YNN) A SoP reader forwarded this sample ballot being handed out in Kiryas Joel, the Orange County village of Hasidic Jews that is routinely courted by elected official and candidates due to the ability of its leaders to deliver large blocs of voters on Election Day.* Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who cast his ballot this morning in his native Westchester, said he’s optimistic about his chances because his voters are enthusiastic and will come out in force, the Daily News reports:

Why Does the Media Print Pols Spin Lies About What They Did in the Election? . . . Nothing About the Public's Anger At Pols 
Remove the five boroughs of NY City & Rob Astorino WON this #nygov election by 100,000 votes or by 4 pts

Cuomo I Helped the Senate Campaign
Facing criticism that Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not do enough to help Democratic state Senate candidates, his campaign defended his efforts and said he “endorsed nearly every candidate,” The New York Times reports: * Having Republicans in full control of the state Senate could give Cuomo political cover, while his best opportunities might be to approve popular fiscal plans, the Buffalo News writes: *Bruno To Skelos: No Need For IDC(YNN) * Cuomo Distances Himself From Democratic Losses(YNN) * Cuomo’s Fusion Success(YNN)* Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who didn’t campaign heavily for state Senate candidates and incumbents or vulnerable House candidates, blamed a national “Republican wave” for Democratic electoral losses in New York, State of Politics reports: Quinn Fetes WEP Success(YNN) * Andrew Cuomo and the Sad State of the Working Families Party (In These Times) * Gov. Andrew Cuomo conquered what was once viewed as a Republican stronghold, winning the Orthodox Jewish vote in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn by 70 percent.* Andrew Cuomo rejects criticism lobbed against him for GOP takeover of state Senate(NYDN)

de Blasio Says Lose of Senate Don't Blame Me . . . No Backfire 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected blame for losses that gave Republicans control of the state Senate and disputed the idea that his support for Democrats had backfired, the Times writes:  * 'BILL De BlASIO KILLED HIS OWN AGENDA': Mayor's campaign forDemocrat-ruled state Senate may have doomed his strategy(NYDN)* Nicole Gelinas writes in City Journal that withRepublicans in charge of the state Senate, de Blasio will need help from Cuomo to further his top goals and won’t be able to go as far as he would like to with his policies: * De Blasio reckons with a Republican Senate (Capital)* Jeff Klein told @ZackFinkNews that his #IDC may live on even though the Republicans control the state Senate: *  Cuomo predicts less progressive change in 2015(CrainsNY) * Avella said if IDCwent back on its word to caucus with Dems he would leave

NY Dems Blame Low Turnout 
State Senate Democrats cited low turnout, a strong national showing by Republicans and a GOP playbook dividing upstate and downstate in explaining their electoral losses, the Times Union reports: 
Fredric U. Dicker ‏@fud31  NYT: "Republican Takeover of Senate May Aid Andrew Cuomo’s Centrist Brand."
AP:"Cuomo's liberal agenda faces divided Legislature."

Schneiderman's Analysis
Schneiderman’s Post-Election Analysis(YNN) Schneiderman received about 55.5 percent of the vote to Cahill’s 41.6 percent. * New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will focus his second term on government corruption, wage theft and drug trafficking, expanding initiatives from his first four years, the Associated Press reports: 

Cuomo Keeps Banging the Teachers Unions
 Cuomo reiterated that he will tackle an overhaul of education in his second term, a sign that he is not letting up on his battle with the state teachers union, State of Politics reports:

NY Democrat Leaders Pick A Sock Puppet for Congress and Blame It On Outsiders
In trying to explain Domenic Recchia’s loss to indicted Rep. Michael Grimm, observers point to a campaign run by outsiders to Staten Island, a brutal night for Democrats and Recchia’s gaffes, the Observer reports:

de Blasio Says NY GOP Wins Will Not Hurt Convention Chances . . .  But What About Philly Electiong Dem Governor? 
De Blasio said Democrats’ poor election performance won’t hurt Brooklyn’s chances of hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, despite talk that a swing state is now a more likely choice, the Daily News reports: * NYC Bill de Blasio insisted the beating the Democrats took in this week’s midterm elections won’t hurt the city’s chances of landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Two New Puppet Virtual Parties 
New York State officially added two new ballot lines, The Women's Equality Party and Stop Common Core, after both surpassed the 50,000 votes required to secure an automatic spot on the ballot, Capital New York reports: * Why the Greens’ rise is bad for Democrats.*Former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn celebrated the Women’s Equality Party’s achievement of ballot status after her old WFP allies slammed the effort as a cynical way to undermine their left-wing party.

Daily News Under Their Low Grading System Congratulates the BOE for Counting 
Dawn of the brain dead(NYDN Ed) At long last, the city's Board of Elections starts counting votes more smartly. What About the BOE President Fine for Hiring His family?  What about the Fuck Up Ballot?  What about the 164 year old voters?  What about the City Council take over of the board by controlling commissioners?  Great job BOE in a low turnout election.  We look forward to the long lines in Nov. 2016.

Stringer If You Attack the Mayor Expect to Be Sent A Message or Attacked Back 

Cops quit Stringer’s security detail after chauffeuring wife(NYP) City Comptroller Scott Stringer didn’t dump his NYPD security detail — they asked for a transfer because he made them drive his wife to work and chewed them out for being late, sources close to the detectives told The Post Wednesday. An angry Stringer called the cops at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 22 and ripped them for being a half-hour late to pick up his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, at their Upper West Side pad, sources close to the ­detectives said.

Out of Town Silver  

He needs to put it in park. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, who came on board in May, has a weekly teaching gig at Harvard University and has traveled to Singapore...

Cuomo Loves the Mayor and WFP Like Michael Loves Fredo . . . Fuck You Lesson 
Bacio de Morte Canter, de Blasio 
Yes Cuomo Wanted To Keep the Senate Away From the Democrats, But His Anger Exploded When He Found Out WFP and de Blasio Conspired to Teachout Him A Lession
De Blasio Denies Dem Defeats in New York About Him(NYO) de Blasio argued to reporters today that he is not at fault for the failure of Democrats to capture the State Senate, nor for GOP Congressman Michael Grimm’s stunning defeat of former Councilman Domenic Recchia yesterday–even though Republicans in all races relied heavily on linking the Democratic candidates to Mr. de Blasio and his policies.* The Working Families Party withstood what many have characterized as an attempt from its own candidate, Cuomo, to destroy it, but in the process got elbowed out of its ballot row by the Green Party, theObserver reports: 

The Rise and Fall of NY's Progressives Cult Gang 
After a year of slights, resentments and seemingly earnest claims of rapprochement, the tension between Cuomo and de Blasio is not likely to change with the results from Tuesday, The New York Times reports: 
* Working Families Party Survives, But Loses Ground (NYO) * Thomas Kaplan ‏@thomaskaplan  WFP assails Cuomo: He "squandered millions on a fake party" while "Democrats in the Legislature and in Congress withered on the vine."* "long-term strategy of offering favors & politicalcover to the gov, despite his active undermining of City Hall"…(NYT) *De Blasio reckons with a Republican Senate (Capital)

The Aftermath: All Out "War" Between Cuomo and de Blasio
Did Republican Astorino Big Win Up-State or Big Money From Deep Pocket Contributors of the Mayor and Governor Make the Senate GOP?

Dems lost seats where Cuomo underperformed (Capital) * With Republicans claiming outright control of the state Senate, a major defeat was handed down to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Daily Newsreports:  .@NYSenate Dems handed bruising loss, kept out of power (Capital)* Sen. Simcha Felder might not be the only breakaway Democratto continue working w/ the state senate GOP. * Students First NY, a group supportive of charter schools and education reform that spent $4.2 million on Republicans in key state Senate races, is touting itself as a new counterbalance to the powerful statewide teachers’ union, State of Politics reports:  * Democrats were routed in the state Senate in areas where Cuomo won markedly less support than in his 2010 campaign, according to voting returns, Capital New York writes: 

It Became Clear to Team Cuomo That Teachout Was Put Up Against Him By WFP With the Blessings of de Blasio to Weaken the Gov 
Agent Teachout Started the War

While the WFP is Blaming the Governor the Facts Show They Started the Fight Against Cuomo

Teachout the Corruption Fighter Did Not Endorse A Candidate Against Him in the General? The Cuomo primary opponent who attacked the governor all summer for corruption did not endorse a candidate against him in the general.  "There was no question ... that we would have gottenmore votes on our Green Party line if we had gone with Zephyr." (Capital) 

Hawkins Looks Toward a Green Future After HistoricNight (NYO) Mr. Hawkins said he will go back to the donors who funded his gubernatorial bid and tell them to contribute to the Green Party so they can build the field organization needed to compete against Democrats and Republicans. After running a more bare-bones, symbolic campaign four years ago, Mr. Hawkins was able to pay for staffers and operatives this time around to vastly improve his vote total. “We want to organize county organizations in every county,” he said, also pointing to liberal New York City as a place where the far left party can grow. * Inbox: @ZephyrTeachout asks sign petition pledge to "keep fighting for a progressive New York" (despite Tues results) 

Cuomo Set Up The Women's Party to Hurt the WFP

The Governor and Team WFP de Blasio Pump Money Against Each Other  Into the State Senate Control Fight 

Daily News Takes A Wack At Teachout's Lack of Gratitude
He the people(NYDN Ed)  Teachout's leopard in the temple. Zephyr Teachout — who garnered the votes of just 3% of New York’s registered Democrats in a primary against Gov. Cuomo — writes in The Guardian about running into an agitated man outside the subway. “As I passed him on the sidewalk, he turned to me and started muttering, a blend of insults and epigrams. And then, just as I was about to vanish down the stairs into the subway, he yelled with a full throat: “ ‘I am the captain of my ship. I am the master of my soul.’ . . . “We — America — we are that man, yelling about our own self-government, broadcasting these elections, trying in bluster to defy this simple, terrifying truth: we are not governed by ourselves.” Teachout’s lack of gratitude to that poor, delusional man was astonishing. Who does she think voted for her?

Red America . . .  Blue New York . . .  Red Senate

Cuomo Wins
54% Cuomo 1,918,000
41% Astorino 1,442,000
Cuomo's 3rd Party
Working Families 120,028
Independent 64,226
Women;s Party50,876
WEP has crossed 50,000: BoE site shows them at 49,247, but has only 24% of the vote from Erie, where WEP won 1,421 votes.* Women’s Equality Party Hits 50K Threshold(YNN)
Astorino Conservative 236,875
Greens 175,250
Stop Common Core Over 50,000 (Friday)
Green Party on the map as Hawkins grabs 5% of gov vote (NYP) In his own small way, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins scored big Tuesday night, grabbing 5 percent of the vote—more than any other minor party except for the Conservatives* Voter turnout in Brooklyn and Queens: 22%. In the Bronx: 21%. NYC, we've got to do better..* Cuomo won only eight upstate counties while Republican Rob Astorino won 42 counties.Four years ago, Cuomo won 37 upstate counties, leaving Republican Carl Paladino only 13. * Democrats were routed in the state Senate in areas where Cuomo won markedly less support than in his 2010 campaign. * Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.: “So as long as the Republicans need my vote to stop the Cuomo radical agenda, I will be with them.” * Astorino said his campaign sent a “clear and powerful message”, and again signaled his plan to return in 2018. * New York State has officially added two new ballot lines: the Women’s Equality Party and the Stop Common Core Party.* Cuomo’s Upstate Losses(YNN)

 Despite an overall bad night for Democrats, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s majority in the chamber swelled last night from 98 to 106 seats, State of Politicsreports: * Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended up with 54 percent of the vote when all his ballot lines were totaled, and his Women’s Equality Party appeared to eke out the 50,000 votes needed to gain ballot status, Gannett Albanyreports: 

GOVERNOR RACE BREAKDOWN: #Astorino performed well among Catholics, white men and independents.* Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino got 41 percent of the statewide vote in the governor’s race and carried most of the rural counties outside of the big cities, but did not win in his home county of Westchester, Gannett Albany reports: * Statewide, about 3.6 million people cast a ballot yesterday—32.5 percent of 10.9 million registered voters—way down from the past three gubernatorial elections, where some 4.7 million ballots were cast each time, Gannett Albany reports:  * GOVERNOR RACE BREAKDOWN: #Cuomo also carried #Manhattan by asignificant margin.

Ballot Propositions Pass
Redistricting Yes 57%
Legislative Bill Yes 77%
School Bond Yes 61%
* All three statewide ballot propositions passed Tuesday—voters approving a measure to create a new panel to draw district lines for legislative seats every 10 years, $2 billion borrowed for school tech upgrades and a measure that would no longer require legislative bills to be printed on paper, Gannett Albany reports: 
* Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he voted against Prop 1—a controversial redistricting ballot proposal—joining a chorus of Democrats who opposed the measure and bucking the governor, who quietly supported it, the Observer reports: 
Last 4 public polls in Cuomo/Astorino showed 23-pt margin. Final margin was 13pts. Not only a big polling miss but hurtful with $$ and GOTV.

Daily News Says Dems Brainstorming at Somos Keeping Klein From Joining GOP "YEA" 

Corporate Sponsored Junket Politics 
Democrat split instate Senate talk of Puerto Rico conference attended by de Blasio, NY pols (NYDN)  Much of the talk this year centered on the results of Tuesday’s elections, with Dems brainstorming about how to keep State Sen. Jeff Klein in the party fold in Albany. Klein’s a Democrat, but leads a group of rogue Democrats who caucus with the Republicans. Much of the talk this year centered on the results of Tuesday’s elections, with Dems brainstorming about how to keep State Sen. Jeff Klein in the party fold in Albany. Klein’s a Democrat, but leads a group of rogue Democrats who caucus with the Republicans. * At Somos, Hochulpromises action on Dems' agenda (Capital)* Despite criticisms of sponsor Herbalife, SOMOS 2014 fall conference continues, unabated(Progress Queens) * Mayor Tours Puerto Rican Neighborhood, Meets with IDC Head(NY1)* State Progressives Feel Weight of Setbacks at Puerto Rico Conference(NY1)

* As Republican Rob Astorino took the stage to concede defeat to Cuomo, he hinted this wasn’t the end of his gubernatorial ambitions, saying “We have planted a flag and we will be back to reclaim it and advance it further,” Gannett Albany reports *  Aftercongratulating him on winning reelection, the Post asks Gov. Cuomo to pleasetell the public what he is going to do on fracking, tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge and on education: * For Cuomo, second term is likely to be more challenging (Buffalo News)* Skelos may have a conference with Senate Rs in a week or so. "But it's still going to be about making New York state more affordable" * Silver gains one more seat than in 2012: Assembly Democrats now at 108 * Skelos won't say whether the GOP will invite Jeff Klein to be part of a coalition to control the Senate, or go it alone.* Pro-Charter And Education Reform Group Says Its A Counterbalance To NYSUT(YNN)


GONZALEZ: Cuomo may have won easily, but not all of hissupporters are celebrating (NYDN) Many Democrats held their noses to vote for Cuomo Tuesday or even cast protest ballots for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Meanwhile the Working Families Party leaders are furious, feeling betrayed by Cuomo after he sought their party's nomination this year in a controversial deal brokered by Mayor de Blasio.* Rep. Michael Grimm wins third House term — despiteindictment, threat to throw NY1 reporter over balcony (NYDN) * De Blasio Still Faces Uphill Battle in Trying to Connect With Cuomo(NYT)

Liberal Gatekeeps WFP, UFT and Senate Dems are Failed  
Cuomo is Just Being Cuomo - Governing From the Middle
Gov. Cuomo’s reelection campaign said to widen rift with liberal base (NYDN)
Some Democratic leaders say that in the last two weeks Cuomo’s words and deeds have harmed not healed.
Cuomo in the past two weeks:
— Created a furor among educators by referring to the education system as “one of the last remaining public monopolies.”
— Pressed New Yorkers to vote for him on the Women’s Equality Party ballot line he created — leading many progressives to believe it’s an attempt to kill or weaken the Working Families Party, which party publicly embarrassed him in May before he ended up getting the party’s endorsement after Mayor de Blasio helped broker a deal.
— Did virtually no campaigning for state Senate Democrats who are trying to take control of the chamber. Cuomo had promised to make it a priority.* Weingarten defends Cuomo on public schools (Capital) * If de Blasio helps Democrats retake the state Senate, he’ll crown himself New York’s most important elected official and he’ll use his power to affect policy, but more important will be the money and fealty that go to him rather than to the governor, Nicole Gelinas writes in the Post: Gov. Cuomo's closing campaign strategy has left manyDemocrats scratching their heads(NYDN) * Journalists cite Cuomo's culture of secrecy (PostStar) * How Cuomo could lose on Election Day --- to de Blasio(NYP) * ON THE HOMEFRONT: Rob Astorino faces uphill battle against Cuomo (NYDN)* @NYGovCuomo rally ends without @BilldeBlasio ever showing up* * Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of a breakaway faction of Democrats, edged away from an agreement made with the mainline conference of Democrats earlier this year, saying that “a lot has changed,” State of Politicsreports: * De Blasio missed a massive get-out-the-vote rally for Cuomo and the rest of the Democratic ticket in Times Square—pulling up after the governor had left the stage and the television crews had departed, the Daily News reports: Cuomo: Hydrofracking, Common Core Opposition MotivatingVoters(YNN) * Often-late NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio missed a massive get-out-the-vote rally in Times Square on Monday for Cuomo and the rest of the Democratic ticket.* Hawkins On WFP’s ‘A Silly Argument’ (YNN) Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in a radio interview on Monday said the Working Families Party is making a “silly argument” to suggest vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on their ballot line will send a message.* On Election Day eve, Cuomo's campaign makes a push for voteson the Women's Equality Party 

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 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) 


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

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

Micro-Targeting of Campaigns Kills creativity of individuals and Leaders
Death by Data(NYT) Over the past decade or so, political campaigns have become more scientific. Campaign consultants use sophisticated data to micro-target specific demographic slices. Consultants select their ad buys more precisely because they know which political niche is watching which TV show. Campaigns trial test messages that push psychological buttons. Discussion around politics has also become more data driven. Opinion writers look at demographic trends and argue over whether there is an emerging Democratic majority. Pundits like me study the polling crosstabs, trying to figure out which way Asian-Americans are trending here and high-school-educated white women are trending there. Unfortunately, the whole thing has been a fiasco. 

As politics has gotten more scientific, the campaigns have gotten worse, especially for the candidates who overrely on these techniques. That’s because the data-driven style of politics is built on a questionable philosophy and a set of dubious assumptions. Data-driven politics is built on a philosophy you might call Impersonalism. This is the belief that what matters in politics is the reaction of populations and not the idiosyncratic judgment, moral character or creativity of individuals.  The more you look at political history, the more you see that political imagination is the rarest and most valuable of qualities. Voters don’t always know what they want, but they look to leaders to jump ahead of the current moment and provide visions they haven’t thought of.  Some politicians, like F.D.R. or Ronald Reagan, can reframe debates and envision coalitions that don’t exist. Their visions emerge out of unique life experiences, which are unusual but have broad appeal. They build trust not through a few targeted messages but by fully embodying a moment and a people. They often don’t pander to existing identities but arouse different identities.

On Election Day the NYP Goes Schock and Awe On de Blasio and Chirlane
In politics, the color of one’s skin is not nearly as important as its thickness. Chirlane McCray’s can be measured in microns. Also her husband’s, Mayor de Blasio — who last week likened running City Hall to that time when he managed his now-teenage son’s Little League baseball team. “It was a real leadership and management lesson that I still think about,” he said. “Trying to get a bunch of 8-year-olds to do something is an amazing challenge.” Indeed. Sort of like getting his senior managers all on the same page regarding the NYPD — an agency that will be a long time living down the ridiculousness of this past weekend. * Minority leaders blast de Blasio over NYPD upheaval (NYP) * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a bigger crisis on Monday than just the abrupt resignation of the city’s highest-ranking black cop, as minority leaders blasted his handling of the NYPD and warned of political consequences, the New York Post reports: 

NYP Tells de Blasio to Look in the Mirror to See Who Has Hurt NYC's Image
‘Damaging’ New York City’s image (NYP Ed) At the extraordinary Sunday press conference the mayor called in response to Post exclusives involving the resignation of a black police chief, the mayor attacked our reporting this way: “Why are you trying to damage the image of the city?” he asked. He was referring to Post reports — accurate, by the way — that First Lady Chirlane McCray had denounced Commissioner Bill Bratton to her hubby over NYPD Chief Philip Banks’ unexpected resignation, and that the mayor had also chewed out the commissioner. But so long as we’re on the subject of damage to the city’s ­image, we’d flip the question: What’s the damage to New York’s image when a politician campaigns on the idea the NYPD is racist? What’s the damage to New York’s image when a phone call from the mayor spares one of his pals a night in the pokey after he was arrested? What’s the damage to New York’s image when the mayor seats himself between the Rev. Al Sharpton on one side and Commissioner Bratton on the other, and Sharpton then uses his position to attack the NYPD? What’s the damage to New York’s image when the mayor doesn’t fire a staffer for his wife who lives with an ex-con cop-hater — and lied about it on her disclosure forms? What’s the damage to New York’s image when two cops are dispatched to get the mother of Eric Garner, the man who died after resisting arrest, out of a ticket by repairing her broken headlight themselves? If Mayor de Blasio is really concerned about New York’s image, maybe he should take a good long look in the mirror.* Ray Kelly: De Blasio’s NYPD looks familiar(Capital)

Liberal Gatekeeps WFP, UFT and Senate Dems are Shocked  
Cuomo is Just Being Cuomo Governing From the Middle
Gov. Cuomo’s reelection campaign said to widen rift with liberal base (NYDN)
Some Democratic leaders say that in the last two weeks Cuomo’s words and deeds have harmed not healed.
Cuomo in the past two weeks:
— Created a furor among educators by referring to the education system as “one of the last remaining public monopolies.”
— Pressed New Yorkers to vote for him on the Women’s Equality Party ballot line he created — leading many progressives to believe it’s an attempt to kill or weaken the Working Families Party, which party publicly embarrassed him in May before he ended up getting the party’s endorsement after Mayor de Blasio helped broker a deal.
— Did virtually no campaigning for state Senate Democrats who are trying to take control of the chamber. Cuomo had promised to make it a priority.* Weingarten defends Cuomo on public schools (Capital) * If de Blasio helps Democrats retake the state Senate, he’ll crown himself New York’s most important elected official and he’ll use his power to affect policy, but more important will be the money and fealty that go to him rather than to the governor, Nicole Gelinas writes in the Post: Gov. Cuomo's closing campaign strategy has left manyDemocrats scratching their heads(NYDN) * Journalists cite Cuomo's culture of secrecy (PostStar) * How Cuomo could lose on Election Day --- to de Blasio(NYP) * ON THE HOMEFRONT: Rob Astorino faces uphill battle against Cuomo (NYDN)* @NYGovCuomo rally ends without @BilldeBlasio ever showing up* * Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of a breakaway faction of Democrats, edged away from an agreement made with the mainline conference of Democrats earlier this year, saying that “a lot has changed,” State of Politicsreports: * De Blasio missed a massive get-out-the-vote rally for Cuomo and the rest of the Democratic ticket in Times Square—pulling up after the governor had left the stage and the television crews had departed, the Daily News reports: Cuomo: Hydrofracking, Common Core Opposition MotivatingVoters(YNN) * Often-late NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio missed a massive get-out-the-vote rally in Times Square on Monday for Cuomo and the rest of the Democratic ticket.* Hawkins On WFP’s ‘A Silly Argument’ (YNN) Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in a radio interview on Monday said the Working Families Party is making a “silly argument” to suggest vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on their ballot line will send a message.* On Election Day eve, Cuomo's campaign makes a push for voteson the Women's Equality Party 

The Daily News Tells Readers Not to Vote On 3rd Party Lines . . .  But Says Nothing Of Repealing the Law That Protects Them  
The Daily News unnecessary third parties fomenting chaos and creating new avenues for corruption
Editorial: No more party time(NYDN Ed) As they reelect Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday, voters should do some housecleaning — and sweep away New York’s clutter of election-distorting third parties.* No more party time (NYDN ED) End the third party sham. Last week, when Cuomo rightly called for creating more charter schools and holding teachers more accountable, WFP officials slammed their own candidate — and made clear that a vote on the WFP line would be a vote to undercut Cuomo’s sensible reforms.

Wilson-Pakula Keeps the Corruption, WFP and Other 3rd Parties Run by A Small Group of Insiders Alive
Cuomo Wilson-Pakula Must End
“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.

The NYT is Wrong To Say Cuomo is Directed By Wind, the Yoda Gov Has Screwed the WFP and Their Progressive Movement, After They Endorsed Him. . .  Yoda Will Head Back to Albany in 2015 With the GOP Still In Control of the Senate
How Gov. Cuomo derailed the progressive ‘wave’(McManus, NYP) A funny thing happened to New York progressives on their way to a total takeover of politics and public policy in the Empire State on Tuesday. Reality intruded.
It was only a year ago that the progs were presenting themselves as an irresistible force, about to transform New York from merely a reliably blue state into a pulsating cobalt beacon. After all, Bill de Blasio — running with a hot-pink City Council slate and backed heavily by the (putatively) progressive Working Families Party — had just buried 20 years of middle-of-the-road municipal government under a 73%-of-the-vote landslide.
Havana on the Hudson had arrived. Next stop, Albany! Or, as hard-left icon Bertha Lewis put it: “We’re baaaaack! The right wing will have to deal with it!”* Pummels Cuomo, Promotes Working Families Party(TU)

Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC 
@DomenicRecchia is Done! @repmichaelgrimm up by 19 pts. 2 million dollars down the tubes


Brooklyn Boss Seddio Who Gave Us Sock Puppet Recchia Does Not Even Vote 
Top NY Dems have not voted in recent elections(NYP) The state Democratic Party needs to send menacing get-out-the-vote letters to a new group of slackers — its own leaders. A Post review of Board of Elections records found that Democratic Party brass — including state party Chairman David Paterson and Brooklyn Democratic leader Frank Seddio — didn’t vote in recent elections. The revelation comes a day after it was disclosed that the state Democratic Party sent threatening letters to a million voters warning it was going to monitor whether they voted on Tuesday. Party leaders could have used the same warning. Records show Paterson skipped last year’s Democratic runoff election for public advocate between Letitia James and Daniel Squadron. Paterson, who served as governor from 2008 to 2010, also didn’t vote in the 2005 race for mayor, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg defeated Democrat Fernando Ferrer, official records show. Soon after he became the Brooklyn Democratic leader, Seddio missed a chance in 2012 to pull the lever for President Obama. “Frank was managing several campaigns that day,” said Seddio spokesman George Arzt. “When he went to vote, the lines were extremely long and the waiting time was an hour and a half. He had to get back to campaign operations.”

Does the Daily News Think Principals Will Criticize Chancellor Farina Who Has Replaced 15 Superintendents?  Fuck Meritocracy   
Social Promotion?  7 of the 15 Superintendent Replacements Were From Low Preforming Schools
City principals give overwhelming approval to Schools ChancellorCarmen Fariña(NYDN) EXCLUSIVE: A survey of more than 1,000 school leaders shows a whopping 91% of principals said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Fariña’s oversight of schools in the June survey, according to results obtained by the Daily News.* A survey of more than 1,000 school leaders shows a whopping 91 percent of principals said they were satisfied or very satisfied with New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s oversight of schools, theDaily News reports: 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yesterday's True NewsSon of Acorn NY Communities of Change Joins Senate Battle With $$$
Progressive group jumps into state Senate battle (CrainsNY) A new statewide progressive coalition plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Democrats in this year's battle for the state Senate, according to a source close to the effort. The group, New Yorkers for Good Jobs and Good  Schools, aims to be a counterweight to groups funded by real estate and hedge fund executives that are trying to keep Republicans in power in the state Senate. The new group's treasurer and spokesman is Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change, the Brooklyn-based successor to community organizing group ACORN that exerted clout in the 2013 city elections. Disclosures to the state Board of Elections list $166,000 of the new left-leaning group's funding so far coming from the United Federation of Teachers, and $55,000 from an outside spending group run by the Communications Workers of America District 1. New Yorkers for Good Jobs and Good Schools has spent on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates in races across the state, including Adrienne Esposito, Adam Haber, Justin Wagner, Terry Gipson, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ted O'Brien and Marc Panepinto. A source said the total spending would be "significantly higher." 

The use of the Democratic State Committee's unlimited soft money housekeeping account—was not the real problem with the electoral system. Rather, independent expenditure committees that have pumped over $14 million into races for the State Senate, are major culprits

A litany of outside groups have formed this year to join the Senate battle. One of them, real estate-backed Jobs For New York, has said it will spend $2 million on behalf of Republicans, while charter-school supporters are spending millions through New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany. A group formed by the statewide teachers union, NYSUT, has been spending heavily in recent days as well. New York Communities for Change is a key cog of the labor-backed Working Families Party. Its offices are a floor below the WFP's in a building in downtown Brooklyn.* New CU Report finds nearly 1/2 of incumbents have noopposition or major challenger  Real Estate Board of NY spends $323K on Senate Republicans in key upstate races Real Estate Board of NY spends $323K on Senate Republicansin key upstate races 

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

Deep Secret Clients Sheinkopf and What They Stand For

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moreland Prequel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albany Sees Hospitals As A Cash Cow . . .  Not to Protect Us  
Kruger, Seminerio, Boyland and Espada All In Jail In Part for Pocketing Bribes From Hospitals
 Besides designating the eight hospitals, the state announcement last week also required that all hospitals follow “protocols for identification, isolation and medical evaluation of patients requiring care.”“Since 2006, 13 full-service hospitals have closed in New York City, representing the loss of each of entire facilities, strategic community resources, and the capacity of thousands of hospital beds.” The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would not comment about the impact the closure of Long Island College Hospital, or LICH, or other recent hospital closings, would have on city plans to being able to effectively contain and treat an outbreak of Ebola in New York City.  The closure of LICH meant the loss of 506 hospital beds.  Other important considerations raised in Dr. Farmer’s essay, like the failure of the market-driven pharmaceutical industry to develop treatments or vaccines for diseases that primarily strike people in poor countries, in low numbers at first, need to be addressed, as well.

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Mark-Viverito spent significant amounts on campaign consultants - paying $22,352 to consultants Pitta Bishop Del Giorno Giblin. She also owes that firm another $6250.She paid $8295 to Amelia Adams from New York Communities for Change, now a top staffer on her city payroll, $10,000 to H Strategies, where her now-communications director Eric Koch then worked, and $10,000 to Jon Paul Lupo, who worked on her speaker campaign and is now a top aide to Mayor de Blasio.  She also donated $8500 to the Working Families Party.  Mark-Viverito collected donations from unions 1199 SEIU, CWA Local 1180, and 32BJ. An opponent of the proposed big soda ban, she also got $1000 from Coca Cola’s PAC.* Mark-Viverito spent $106K on bid to become speaker(Capital)

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

Why Did the NYT Make Powell A Sports Reporter? All His Friends Have Conspiracy Theories About Why the Times Would Remove (with no replacement) A Reporters Who Understands the World Outside the Kingdoms' Bubble 
Lobbyists Berlin Rosen Takes Over NYC Government
Corrupt Hank Sheinkopf

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

Lobbyist Corruption

Lobbyists the New Permanent Government

Poor Door and Lobbyists George Arzt

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

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

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

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

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

How Come Pushing Out the Middle Class is Not An Issue in Campaign 2014
RIP, NYC's middle class? (NYDN) New York is now America’s second most racially divided city, behind only Milwaukee. And New York City now has the nation’s single most segregated public school system.
How Blacks the Poor and the Middle Class are Being Push Outof Brooklyn Because of Albany's Tax Breaks for Luxury Developers
Taxes Pushing the Middle Class Out of NY 
Proportionately, New York State taxes the middle class more than most states, according to a survey by the financial social media site Wallet Hub, the Times Union reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYT Editorial 
Endorses Cuomo
– with caveats. It wants him to devote himself to cleaning up Albany, and passing campaign finance reform, for the next four years. Calling him a “strong governor” the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed Andrew Cuomo for reelection and urged him to use his political powers to clean up New York State government: His first order of business should be to use his political muscle to change the sham campaign finance laws that have turned Albany into a place that best serves moneyed interests and the politicians in hock to them. Mr. Cuomo himself has benefited from lax rules that have allowed him to raise nearly half of the $45 million for his campaign mostly from the developers and lobbyists giving $40,000 or more.* NYT editorial endorsing Cuomo criticizes Astorino for opposing Common Core. Cuomo abandoned the standards in new ad. Oops.

NY Post Hits Cuomo on Judge Pick
If Gov. Cuomo wanted to demonstrate that he was above making judicial picks based on politic labels he would have given Judge Graffeo another term instead of nominating Justice Stein, the Post writes: 
On D vs R @NYSenate control: #LI can't be ignored "likethe well-behaved child in a troubled family"(Newsday)

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

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

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: 

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 

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

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.
 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

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

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

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.

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.   

Cuomo Top Aide Schwartz Connected to Moreland Shutdown and AEG Scandal
Cuomo aide to meet with prosecutors in commission probe (NYP)The top aide to Gov. Cuomo has agreed to meet with federal prosecutors investigating the governor’s disbanding of his own anti-corruption panel. Larry Schwartz voluntarily agreed to meet with prosecutors from US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, according to a source with law-enforcement ties. Schwartz and others “want to avoid the  embarrassment of a subpoena, so they proactively volunteered to go in,” the source said.Schwartz has been accused of contacting one of the panel’s co-chairs to yank a subpoena issued to an ad-buying firm that had worked for the governor’s campaign.* Top Cuomo Aide to Meet With Prosecutors(WSJ)  * "the commission had identified 15 lawmakers who may have been involved in potential criminal activity .."  National Republican Committee weighs in on Moreland Commission scandal(NYDN)* National GOP Takes A Swipe At Cuomo And Rice(YNN)Duffy: ‘I Have Faith’ In Cuomo(YNN) 

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

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

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

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

Son of AEG?

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

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

AEG Cover Up

How Come 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..*Half the homes in one of NYC’s priciest nabes vacant most of the year(CrainsNY

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.

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: 

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.

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.

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

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: