Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NY Political Parties for Sale: Ballot Corruption

NY Political Parties for Sale: Ballot Corruption by Political Mob Bosses

The leaders of New York’s Political Mob are the City’s party leaders who exist with the Tammany Hall power control template, unchallenged and unaccountable to the voters in New York’s broken down election system. Their soldiers are campaign consultants who also operate as lobbyists and are as accountable to the voters as Bernie Madoff was to his investors. In this war the 4th estate has limited itself to covering only the horse race and simply reprinting the candidate’s press releases. The press coverage of politics is amazingly similar to the SEC reviews of Madoff’s records over the years. New York’s Political Mob Wars

Pay to Play Indy Party

Indy Party chief in jam over wife loan The wife of the chairman of the state Independence Party solicited and received a $10,000 business loan from a candidate who got the party's coveted endorsement days later. (NYP) * MacKay and Co. overturned local recommendations in Western NY, favoring incumbents over challengers. * MacKay Under Fire * Frank vs. Frank, Take II

Pay to Play Liberal Party
Ray Harding, former head of NY Liberal party, pleads guilty to taking $800K in pension fund scandal
AG wanna-be Rice flies nice in donor's plane Rice traveled aboard "boutique, luxury aviation" provided by a campaign donor (DN) * The crowded AG race is attracting contributions from big donors.

Mark Levine and his Senate primary opponent, Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, exchanged barbs over a nonprofit that employs the assemblyman’s allies and relatives. More here.

The TU thinks state legislators should be held accountable for the budget mess and hopes voters remember that in the fall * Bill Hammond believes New Yorkers who awarded the Legislature an “F” for their budget efforts this year were “way too generous.”
Crane Trial

Rigger is crane 'fall guy,' lawyer (NYP) * Ground Zero fire defense Prosecutors are "scapegoating" three construction officials for a blaze that killed two city firefighters at a condemned Ground Zero skyscraper (NYP) * Crane collapse could have been prevented: prosecutor (DN) * Sling Is Focus as Prosecutor in Crane Fall Wraps Case (NYT) * Verdict In Crane Collapse Trial Expected Thursday

Bloomberg's World
Mayor Has Strong Words for Palin Bloomberg said he strongly disagreed with Sarah Palin's call for New Yorkers to reject a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero. (WSJ) * To Get an Internship at City Hall, It’s Not Always What You Know (NYT) * Mayor sticks up for aide after her Twitter tangle with Palin (DN) * Bloomberg fires back at Palin over WTC mosque (WABC)

Charter Backers Flex Political Muscles

Rent Subsidies Cut Nice headline spin NYT but it is still a cut Stricter Rules Likely to Make Fewer Eligible for City Rent Subsidies (NYT)

The End of Newspapers POLL: Will Newspapers Go Extinct By 2050?
Joseph Mercurio ‎64% of Americans do not believe paper editions of newspapers will exist in 2050. Pew Research. That long? Newspapers will have to figure out how to sell advertising on the web. *Just like AT&T made a bad mistake not taking the offer to run the internet when DARPA came calling and offered it to them, one has to wonder why the NY Times with its indexes and microfilm in every library did not see the opportunity of the internet and become Google before the kids though it up.

Law and Order
Fended off 3 before 4th opened fire (NYP) *EMT was killed while fighting over parking spot, police sources say (DN) * Investigators: Parking Spat Led To EMT's Shooting Death* 3 killed on bloody night in Brooklyn (NYP) * Police Shoot Man Alleged to Have Fired on Officers (WSJ) * Son arrested for slaying of dad in UWS tragedy (DN) * The Don of Screwups now begging for witness protection * 'Good kid' killed by bullet meant for someone else (DN) * Cops hunting rapist of elderly woman with Alzheimer's* Police Investigate Raping Of Elderly Bronx Woman (NY1) * Police Respond To Brooklyn Shooting, Return Fire (NY1)

Terrorism NY Faisal bomb would have killed thousands(NYP) * Drill for the truth: Brits must explain how – and why – Libyan terrorist was freed (DN ed)

Media and New Tech
Senate Set to End Stalemate and Extend Jobless Aid (NYT) * Mort Zuckerman Taps Boston Herald Editor Kevin Convey to Take over Daily News * Sumner Redstone offers bribe to reporter for name of MTV leaker (NYP)