Thursday, September 23, 2010

District Attorneys and the Machine Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kassar says Rick Lazio will not get a judicial nomination tonight so he will be on the ballot for governor in November.
In TV Ad, Cuomo Levels First Attack on Paladino (NYT)
Spitzer Says Cuomo Fights Dirty (NYT)

District Attorneys and the Machine
Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Since New York breaks down it election of DA by county it creates a dependency of the those responsible for investigation political corruption. DA's count on the same pols they are responsible to investigate to get elected and reelected. That is why most of the political corruption cases are brought by the feds.

Not that the investigation of county leader Vito Lopez has gotten hot the Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN)

In 1995 the NYP wrote:
"Three activists have filed a complaint with the Brooklyn DA, alleging Lopez used a fake address on his voter-registration form and doesn't live in his Brooklyn district. Instead, say the activists, Lopez for years has shacked up in a Queens condo owned by his Former Brooklyn Democratic party bossgirlfriend, Planning Commissioner Angela. A spokesman confirmed that the district attorney had received the complaint, dated Oct. 24, but declined to say if an investigation has begun. "Vito Lopez is not above the law," said Joseph Garber, one of three signatories on the complaint. Garber, an activist in Lopez's district who has worked against Lopez-backed judicial candidates, said the pol's alleged fake address has been an open secret among insiders for years.

Property records show that the address where Lopez is registered to vote, 64 Conselyea St. in Williamsburg, is owned by a woman named Tillie Tarantino. Tarantino is executive director of the Swinging 60s Senior Center in Greenpoint, which is funded by a Lopez-backed nonprofit. Reached by The Post at the senior center, Tarantino was asked if Lopez lives at the Conselyea Street house. "No comment," she said, and hung up."

Convicted of Voting Violation, O'Hara Appeals to Governor

Vito's Voting Record at 64 Conselyea St


One week after the Post article below Vito moved to Stanhope Street to a larger apartment

Brooklyn Democrat Is Said to Be Investigated Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who is seen as Brooklyn’s patronage king, is reportedly being investigated by federal and city officials. (NYT) *
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN) * Vanishing Vito: Brooklyn boss Lopez and his judicial creations all turn bashful (DN Ed) * Boss Vito: I have cancer — Party leader reveals health scare to insiders

Donovan will take over a case involving Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez from Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes after Hynes requested a special prosecutor.

State Senator Park Trial
Donovan will also be handling the trial of State Senator Kevin Parker which is set for trial on October 15th three weeks before the AG election. If Parker gets convicted it will be a hot campaign issue.

The state DAs Association sent a letter of reprimand to Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice for endorsing Sen. Eric Schneiderman for AG.

Election 2010
Indies on the warpath Desperate-for-change bloc backs Carl (NYTP)* Paladino's poll shocker (NYP) * Close races for AG and Senate (NYP) *'Albany Andrew'? (NYP Ed) *Cuomo’s Image as Unstoppable Suffers a Blow (NYT) * Cuomo Urged to Fight Back(WSJ) * Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino can cut costs NOW by trimming $5.2M he's collecting from taxpayers (DN) *Andy can't play it cool another day * “(Andrew) Cuomo better damn well take Paladino seriously. New York City Democrats probably laugh him off, but everybody outside New York City understands that Paladino’s a force to be reckoned with,” said Buffalo Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a longtime Cuomo supporter.* Paladino sent Assemblyman Sheldon Silver a train ticket to Washington in response to his comment that New Yorkers should consider moving out of state if the Buffalo businessman becomes governor.* Carl Paladino's Carefully Crazy Act How many nuts win multimillion-dollar state leases? (Robins, Village Voice) * Here’s a regional breakdown of that Q poll, about which Cuomo seemed genuinely unconcerned.* Andrew Cuomo's lead over Carl Paladino is narrowing | | Democrat and Chroni * Cuomo Has a Campaign on His Hands (Gotham Gazette)  * New poll shows Cuomo with 33-point lead over Paladino *Spitzer: Levy Would Have Beaten Dirty, Nasty Cuomo *Gillibrand race closer than expected: polls *Today's Attorney General Dogfight Roundup  *New Cuomo Ad Tries to Frame Paladino
* Bloomberg Praises Donovan, Warns Against An AG With 'A Social Agenda' * SurveyUSA: Andrew Cuomo 49%, Carl Paladino 40%, Kirsten Gillibrand And Joe DioGuardi Tied In Senate Race *

Bloomy no longer the richest New Yorker (NYP) * Wal-Mart Eyes Lower Manhattan

New York Economic Meltdown
Parking tickets are a dis-grace (NYP) * Mexican New Yorkers Are Steady Force in Workplace (NYT) * Condo Ruling May Let Many Cancel Deals (NYT) * NY condo ruling favors buyers (WSJ) * NY rail supervisor accused of time theft (WSJ) *Labor Slams Bloomberg Cuts (Gotham Gazette) * PM Update 2,000 Layoffs, Officially * The American Dream of Home Ownership Has Become a Nightmare  The disappearance of home equity value is a lead weight on the recovery * City Conducts Undercover Sting On Illegally Converted Apartments * Buildings Owned by One of "Ten Worst Landlords" Finally Being Sold -- But Who's Buying?

It's a 'rubber' match for chancellor, school union head (DN) * City puts on version of its own pensions gone wild

Terrorism NY
Judge Shouts at Witness in Synagogue Bomb Case (NYT) * Giuliani Says Moving Terror Trials Would Make New Yorkers Safer (WSJ) *Giuliani speaks at Iranian protest outside UN
* Man Charged in Anti-Muslim Taxi Attack Blamed Police for Bias (WSJ)

Media and New Tech Worse times aheadNYT sees 3Q loss * Freeing Up More Airwaves The Federal Communications Commission is finally releasing long-awaited telecommunications spectrum for public use. (NYT) * Stallone 'interested' in portraying Junior Gotti (DN) * Aaron Brown: Cable News Is Too Political * 93-Year-Old Mounts Solo Bid For Philly Newspapers * Firing Day at the NY Daily News Continues (Village Voice) * NYC Prepares for Life After Cable TV

G.O.P. Cites Tax Cuts and Health Care as Main Focus (NYT)

CNBC Reports: Tim Geithner Is 'Probably' Out (CNBC)