Monday, September 6, 2010

True New Updated All Holiday Weekend - NYT & Albany's Permanent Groundhog Day

Obama calls for $50B in infrastructure spending (NYP) *
News From The Parade: Andrew Cuomo On Unions, President Obama, Park51 And Eric Schneiderman
Cunningham: No lobbying Schneiderman in AG's office - Maggie Haberman
Only 31 members of the FDNY are women


Burn the Emails

City Hall Cover Up
E-mail-strom Mike stonewalls on Haggerty Political operative John Haggerty Jr. may stand accused of swiping $750,000 from Mayor Bloomberg, but that doesn't mean City Hall is ready to disclose any more details about him than it has to.

Monday Nearly half of Department of Education's district offices fail to answer phones(NYP) * Nearly half of Department of Education's district offices fail to answer phones (NYP) * Slay was target practice: cops (NYP) * Congressional Charities Are Pulling In Corporate Cash (NYT) * Congressional Charities Are Pulling In Corporate Cash (NYT) * From the Other Side of Ground Zero, Anti-Muslim Venom (NYT) *
Follow the Money to the Floor What does it take to violate Washington’s porous rules about political fund-raising? (NYT ED) * Anti-Muslim pastor wants to rival 'Ground Zero mosque'

Espada’s Challengers to Join Forces Against Him (NYT) * Tea Partiers Question Paladino (WSJ)

Lenders Move to Foreclose on Stuyvesant Town (WSJ)

Public sector unions will have to make sacrifices for state
Opinion: Gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo spells out his vision.(DN)

The Pale Male FDNY: gender diversity worse than racial (DN)

Sunday Update
Legislature's big spending on itself typifies lavish public-sector pay (LoHud) * The Platinum Legislature: Albany spending up 180% in 30 years (LoHud)

Mosque building owners nixed $18M offer before taking $4.8M one (NYP) * Democrats Plan Political Triage to Retain House (NYT) * Freedom’s Just Another Word President Obama’s bloodless speech on the “end” of the Iraq war showed how the whitewashing of our recent past is well under way. (Rich, NYT) * Superbroke, Superfrugal, Superpower? American has gone from being the world’s superpower, with guns and butter for all, to being the frugal superpower. Get used to it. (Friedman, NYT) * Fake IDs get reporters into slew of city bars (DN) * Attorney General Cuomo labors for sacrifices from unions (DN) * Lisberg: Assemblyman's TV commercial might be illegal (DN) * Sheldon Silver fires back at critics overs stocks *DN) * Paladino's Campaign Defends Candidate's Comments On NYC (NY1) - TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Daily News Dump Maloney

NYT & Albany's Permanent Groundhog Day
8 Years After the NYT Tells US to Vote Against the Albany Incumbents They Offer Us the Same Advice

The September 12, 2004 NY Times Editorial Said:
"This year, however, the few primary races for New York's abysmal State Legislature are a special case, and we have a different kind of recommendation. . .

Our state government has totally broken down. The Legislature holds the national record for late budgets, and often appears incapable of passing even the simplest bills. The Assembly speaker, Senate majority leader and governor control all the power, and individual lawmakers are responsible for little more than showing up. Then every election season they go home to face what is, at most, token primary opposition. Since so many of the districts are gerrymandered to be safe for one party or the other, election results are usually preordained.

Something drastic is required to break this destructive cycle. If there is a primary race in your district, vote against the incumbent. Vote for an opponent, any opponent.

We would normally make an exception to the anti-incumbent rule for the few lawmakers who at least try to make a difference. But the real story this year is less about good men and women under attack than about terrible lawmakers who are getting a free ride."

NYT Editorial September 4, 2010 Said:
"In the Assembly, there are not enough real contests. And in New York, that means one thing: the Democratic Party has given some of Albany’s worst legislators a free ride. Here’s the only solution: vote against the incumbents. . .

For state races, the best advice for New York voters is to vote against anybody who has done time in Albany. That is especially true in the State Senate, where a few Democrats have used their slim majority to hold up the Legislature, usually for petty and personal reasons."

While the NYT in tells up to vote against the incumbents the ignore the fact that most have not serious challengers. Only True News has described the real problem in Albany, the state's election law, member items and a press that blacks out coverage of incumbents, that makes it almost impossible for challengers to win.

The Real Campaign is to Suppress Challengers (True News)
Organized Crime Politics - Episode Two: The Rigged Election System (True News)
New York Corrupt Political Parties (True News)
True News - How Albany Operates Like the Mob

There are challengers
Press Cover the Bums' Challengers


NYT Endorsement
14th Congressional District Carolyn Maloney
15th Congressional District Joyce Johnson over Charles Rangel
NYT Endorsing Johnson, Acknowledging the Rest (Azi)
GOP Governor Rick Lazio
State Senate Gustavo Rivera over Pedro Espada
Lynn Nunes over Shirley Huntley
Adriano Espaillat - Eric Schneiderman seat
Daily News

Saturday Summary
Backer of NYC mosque gave to Hamas-linked charity (NYP) * Zoning Law Aside, Mosque Projects Face Battles (NYT) * One Mosque Donor Named (WSJ) * New Details on Funding for Park51 (WSJ)

On Television, Hoping to Stand Out in a Crowded Field AG Race (NYT)

Rangel Should Leave Office, Manhattan Voters Tell Poll (NYT) * Rep. Charles Rangel's legal tab is $111,000 and rising (DN)

GOP guv candidate Lazio has little cash on hand (DN) * Borough gall from Paladino (NYP)

Joseph Mercurio Daily News headline reads “Eric Schneiderman Outruns Kathleen Rice In AG Cash Race” except that Rice has more than $2.8 million cash on hand and Schneiderman has only $1.3 million on hand. And her total money received through out the campaign is over $5.5 million, while his was only just over $3.4 million. Come on let’s play fair.

Tea Partiers Question Paladino * Hot, Obscure GOP Battle GOP Maloney Battle

More Than 300 Health-Hospitals Corporation Workers Laid Off

Steve Rattner the Pension Rat, Rats on White House

After you rip of millions from the pension funds and your partner Hank Morris takes the fall while your powerful friends who include the Mayor and the publishers of the NYT and Daily News get you an escape job in the White House. What do you do when the WH dumps you after 6 months when they discover your past, attack the WH in a book. Under the hood Ex-car czar rear ends White House in new book.After losing control and stepping down just six months into the job, Rattner is attempting to repair his image while taking aim at Obama and other White House insiders in his forthcoming book, "Overhaul." (NYP) * The comptroller’s own Website offers tips on how to “maximize” your pension, which sounds an awful lot like padding. *"Most of the focus on former 'car czar' Steve Rattner's tome last week focused on his treatment of White House appointees such as Rahm Emanuel et al, but there is a section in which he discusses getting ensnared in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's pension fund probe, and how he got there," notes Maghabe.

True News Steve Rattner Pension Scandal Roundup
Breaking News New York's Pay to Play Pension Scandal (True News)

Election 2010 Lazio leading Paladino: poll (NYP) * Gillibrand Starts Spending Big on Her Re-Election * Pick either Rangel or Powell for Congress? Yuck! (DN) *Sean Bell's fiancée, Nicole, mulls run for City Council (DN) * The DN says voters in Harlem are embarrassed.

Pay to Play Crowley
Queens' toxic pols Rep. Joseph Crowley -- chairman of the borough's Democratic Party -- finds himself the target of an ethics probe. (NYP Ed) * The Post wonders if there’s something in the water in Queens, which is ground zero for political scandal at the moment.

State Senate Candidate Busted (DN) * A candidate in a key state Senate race was busted for menacing his girlfriend.

Pay to Play Espada
Critics Root for Espada’s Exit, but He’s Dug In (NYT) * Espada must go: Sleazeball Pedro leads list of Albany bums voters need to throw out (DN Ed)

Pay to Play RangelRep. Charlie Rangel Dumps More than $100K On Legal Fees Since July

Bloomberg Shrugs Off Speculation (WSJ) * Lisberg: Bloomberg would never play second fiddle to anyone (DN)

Gov: Indian tax war ain't over (NYP) * Seneca threats State and federal judges have once more blocked New York from taxing cigarettes sold by Indian tribes, extending the endless hiatus that has cost the state billions. (NYP)

Probe of school testing overhaul (NYP) * City school officials slam turkey subs (NYP) * Teachers Sit on Sidelines A majority of New York City teachers who lost their positions at schools earlier this year have neither applied for another job in the system nor attended any recruitment fairs in recent months.(WSJ) * Gonzalez: Charter school site sparks row in Harlem (DN) * City is still paying idle teachers $100 million (DN) * It's a mystery school for some pre-k's (DN)

New York Economic Meltdown Layoffs hit Queens Library

Public Hospitals Look to Overhaul Affiliations With Medical Schools (NYT)

Noise Ruling Shakes Up Nightclubs (WSJ)

In Latest Battle for Control of Stuyvesant Town, the Tenants Are Wooed (NYT) * Lenders Race to Sell Stuyvesant Town Two groups of lenders competing to sell off Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village apartment complex argued before a judge about who should have the right to hold a foreclosure auction first. (WSJ)

NYT Says It Is Sad New Yorkers Disapprove of Building the Mosque at Ground Zero Mistrust and the Mosque A poll has found that even New York City sadly harbors a robust disapproval of the proposal to build a mosque near ground zero * 'Hamas' mosque funder 6G gift to front group (NYP) * More mosque revelations (NYP Ed) * New Yorkers Want Islamic Center Moved, Poll Finds (NYT) * Muslim-bashing pastor to preach at Ground Zero (DN) * An Egyptian-born businessman from Long Island who provided much of the $4.8 million needed to buy the building that will be demolished to make way for the mosque has a controversial history. * Exclusive: Concerns Mounting Over Ground Zero Mosque Funding * POLITICO delves into the proposed Park51 mosque and Islamic cultural center's money trail.

Law and Order
Deliveryman killed by possible rooftop sniper was 'best dad ever'

Sunday ***
Rapist MTA staffer busted over 'subway honcho act' (NYP) * Rapist MTA staffer busted over 'subway honcho act' (NYP) * Prosecutors Detail Abuse in Brooklyn Girl’s Last Days (NYT) * Deliveryman Is Shot Dead, Apparently From a Roof (NYT) * Bus thief Darius McCollum is right; it sure is easy to steal a bus (DN)

*** Saturday
In Protecting Hasidic Neighborhoods, Squads Patrol Without Guns or Badges (NYT) * On Television, Hoping to Stand Out in a Crowded Field (NYT) * Fan trio in U.S. Open brawl banned from tennis tourney * Dead Body found in midtown Manhattan (DN) *

Gang war behind 'toon-kid shooting (NYP) * B'klyn patrol shot Thug opens fire on Shomrim crew: cops (NYP) *Four Shomrim members shot while stopping gunman suspected of exposing himself to children (DA) *Four Members of Jewish Patrol Are Shot in Brooklyn *4-year-old, 15-lb. girl found dead (NYP) *Dad defends wife after their malnourished daughter is found dead * Girl’s Death in Brooklyn Prompts Police Inquiry (NYT) * Cop who didn't help girl shaved head after tragedy (DN) * 'Miracle' kid Khalil Robinson recovers from stray bullet wound in neck (DN) * I have stolen 150 city buses, boasts Darius McCollum (DN) * Case of missing painting grabs FBI's attention (DN) * NYC man attempted to stash marijuana in state trooper's patrol car (NYP) * Carolola Pierce Was Charged In The Death Of Her Malnourished Daughter Marchella Pierce. - WPIX * Brooklyn Mother Charged In Connection With Underweight Daughter's Death (NY1) *

TerrorismDispute Over Witness in Embassy Bombing Case (NYT) * Officers Told How to React to Terrorists (WSJ)

Media and New Tech Peter Orzag Makes the Jump From Tabloids to Broadsheet, Takes Up New York Times Column * 40 Years After ‘MASH,’ Gould Reflects on an Era (

Really? President says economy moving in 'right direction' (DN) * Craigslist Blocks Access to ‘Adult Services’ Pages (NYT)

Jobs and PoliticsThe latest jobs report was not as bad as economists had forecast. Unfortunately, exceeding low expectations and making progress are not the same thing. (NYT)