Friday, August 20, 2010

Mosque Developers: We Never Planned To Meet With GovernorNo Charges Filed Against

Working Families Party (NYT)

Air Espada Slams ‘Puppet’ Opponent Rivera (YNN)

Queen of Queens
While Services are Cut to the Masses the Marshall Spends 82,500 to Take Her Picture

Forgetabout the fact that Queens leads the city in homeowners losing their homes, Marshall wants to make sure she looks good on film. Anyone still believe that government budgets can't be cut?

Queens Borough President wants $85K for personal photographer Last year, she plunked down $82,500 in public funds to pay for 200 office chairs, including four "guest chairs" that retailed for $2,936 each.She also spent $5,000 to refurbish her official desk and cabinet, another $4,985 on drapes, and $4,994 for picture frames. (NYP)

Looks like the same City Council who extended their term limits now control the Charter Commission

One standard for all: Two terms is two terms, incumbents included
(DN Ed) * Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Disapproves Of Way He Became Comptroller * Will Charter Commission Revise Term Limit Vote?—UPDATED * Bloomberg, de Blasio Split on Term Limits (WSJ)

Not Registered

Joseph Mercurio Go Jay good op research. Tea party activist Gary Berntsen, in a GOP primary with Jay Townsend, has said he last voted by paper ballot in 2008 from his Queens address, but a look at city records shows he has never been registered in New York City. Berntsen's blank voter file - Maggie Haberman -

Pay to Play Huntley An education group co-founded and headed by Sen. Shirley Huntley’s daughter that shares the lawmaker’s address has received $30,000 from the state since she took office.

Election 2010 Nydia Velazquez Goes With Anti-Vito Lopez Slate In Brooklyn Elections

Mosque's Mexican Standoff: Nobody's Blinking
Gov. Paterson Says Mosque Situation Is Getting "Out Of Hand"

Imam's wife 'won't cave' on Ground Zero mosque, blames GOP (NYP) * Blessed be the peacemaker (NYP Ed) * Islamic Center Exposes Mixed Feelings Locally (NYT) * Imam Behind New York Project Starts Mideast Tour (NYT) * Giuliani Says Mosque 'Divisive' (WSJ) * New Front Opens in Vendor Wars (DN) * More losing faith in mosque: poll (NYP) * A new campaign ad from Rick Lazio features images from 9/11 and merges Andrew Cuomo's face with the destroyed twin towers, Grace Rauh reports. * TIME Poll: 61% of Americans Oppose 'Ground Zero Mosque' *NJ nonprofit wants to replace Ground Zero mosque with 9/11 rehab center * "White House deputy national security adviser and counterterrorism czar John Brennan won’t wade into the Lower Manhattan mosque debate, but said today there is no evidence terrorists have yet to use the mosque flap as an anti-U.S. propaganda tool in the Islamic world," blogs our Ken Bazinet.

Mob and Gambling: So What Else is New
Company likely to run racino may have troubling mob link (DN) * Genting, "The company likely to run the Aqueduct racino operates a high-stakes VIP room in a Macau casino partly owned by the daughter of a Chinese businessman with mob ties."

Rob Polner wonders where today's Gov. Hugh Carey is when we need him

NY Economic Meltdown New York is near the top of the list of states that lost jobs, according to new Labor Department stats.

Joseph Mercurio The Labor Department today released regional job information and it was bad news for New York workers. Here are lists of the top states for job loss: Georgia 92,300, Missouri 57,500, Wisconsin 57,400, Indiana 57,400 and New York with 50,100 is number four. Let’s send a big thank you to Governor Paterson. (Twitter)

FDNY overtime could cost city $120M unless judge makes ruling: fire official (NYP) * Ax FDNY hiring ban or city will pay, brass tells judge (DN) * FDNY: Hiring halt burns OT budget (NYP)

Laid off MTA agents hand out postcards mocking Walder (DN)

Unions Lose Election Bid Sought to Lift Restriction on Spending (WSJ)

Food On the Street
New Front Opens in Vendor Wars (WSJ) * Brooklyn blogger has only street eats on her menu (DN)

A dispute over condoms and Catholic values has left Greenwich Village without an urgent care clinic six months after St. Vincent's Hospital closed its doors in bankruptcy

Law and Order
Supermodel Seymour files to get estranged hubby’s private eye under oath (NYP) * Parks Worker Is Raped at Playground in Brooklyn (NYT) * Hospital Bribe Alleged (WSJ) * Clerk at kosher liquor store gunned down saving girlfriend (DN) *Brooklyn liquor-store slaying (DN)* NYer who found mosque location says he didn't know plan * No party as Queens girl in drug bust turns 13 *Court win for widower of slain 'Waitress' writer Adrienne Shelly (NYP) * Push for DNA in plea deals (NYP) * Clerk Gunned Down Inside Kosher Liquor Store (NY1) * Burglar Tries To Enter S.I. Home Twice In An Afternoon (NY1) *Jayson Williams Pleads Guilty To DWI Charges (NY1)

Foreclosures Grind On The Obama administration will need to do more in order to help Americans hold on to their homes. (NYT Ed)
A fool on the Hill: Clemens’ perjury charge over steriods is his own stupid fault