Last night on NT1 the wise guys Koch, McCall and D'Amato all attack Barrett's article warning Cuomo on the lobbyist who control run Albany. Lobbyists Are Waiting For Andrew Cuomo Village Voice) The wise guys all agreed that lobbyist are not the bad guys and not the problem in dyfunctional Albany. What the moderator and the guys did not disclose is that each of the wise guys are lobbyist or in the case of Koch surrounded by lobbyist. D'Amato Park Strategies, LLC * Social Network Concept of the Gillibrand – D’Amato Influence Machine McCall Paterson Names Lawyer, an Ex-Lobbyist, to M.T.A.'s Board - NYTimes.com Koch has helped his law firm win millions over the years and now has a lobbyist Bradly Tusk run his NY Uprising group that is fighting for redistricting refrom. Lets hope Errol Lewis is able to get rid of the lobbyist when he takes over Inside City Hall.
Another NY Power Failure?Why is an all out effort need to past the 911 bill in congress?
NYP Opposes NY Efforts to Get 911 Medical Funds From WashingtonMike's sketchy pitch Bloomberg went to Washing ton yesterday to labor on behalf of the Zadroga Bill, a $7.4 billion fund for Ground Zero veterans sickened by their service on the site -- and those who simply claim they were. . . It remains that nine years after the attack, doctors can't conclusively identify a single person who succumbed to Ground Zero's toxic air. Pretending otherwise makes Mike, and all New Yorkers, look foolish and greedy. (NYP Ed) * Ground Zero Workers Go Lobbying in D.C. (WSJ) * Zadroga Act needs one more GOP vote to pass (DN) * Mayor, New York Delegation Push For 9/11 Health Care Bill (NY1)
No Heir Apparent to Replace Rangel as the Dean of the State's Delegation
Penalty Hearing for Rangel Starts Thursday
Most of Rep. Charlie Rangel’s potential successors are keeping mum on whether they think he should resign. * Charlie guilty, whines decision 'unfair' (NYP) * Guilty -- and still whining(NYP Ed) * House Panel Finds Rangel Guilty (NYT) *Rangel Found Guilty of Ethics Violations(WSJ) * Rangel found guilty on 11 of 12 ethics violations. (DN) * Editorial: Wise up, Charlie (DN) * Most of Rep. Charlie Rangel’s potential successors are keeping mum on whether they think he should resign.*Jon Stewart: 'You're a Bad Man, Charlie Rangel'
Bloomberg Plots $1.75 Billion in Budget Cuts
New York's Voter Participation Continues to Fall . . No Calls for Reform
New York State’s Voter Turnout This Year Was Lowest in U.S.
Some Supper Hero
Spends 108 Million for 11% City's Vote
. . . 11.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg for mayor in 2009. The mayor received 548,660 out of the 4,657,516.
In 1965 when 14% of the democratic voters voted for Abe Beame in a runoffs there were calls for election reform that led to runoffs like today. Today less than 1% may vote and no media, good government or elected officials say a word. They all become the insiders in a very corrupt election system that cuts the public out for the most part on who wins elections.
2009 Shockingly Low Turnout It is shocking that in a Democrat runoff Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740). De Blasio did a little better wtih 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. Just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters in the city voted (4,657,516)
The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation
New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008. 3. In 1944 NY had 6,291,885 votes for president and 47 Electoral votes. 4. In 1944 Florida had 482,592 votes for president and 8 Electoral votes. 5. In 2008 Florida had 1,204,479 more votes for president than NY. 6. In 1944 New York had 3,423,467 more votes than California. 7. In 2008 California had 6,291,885 more votes than NY. 8. In 1944 New York cast 13.1% of the Nation's vote. 9. In 2008 New York cast 5.5% of the Nation's vote.
Bloombers's Political Charities ResortMayor Bloomberg's charity sent millions to Caribbean tax havens New tax filings released yesterday show Bloomberg's charity was worth $2.2 billion at the end of last year, after the mayor donated an additional $420 million to it. Bloomberg's advisers invested through low-tax companies based in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands instead of companies that pay city, state and federal taxe
Morning Joe And the Mayor?
Mayor Bloomberg said he has “no skills to be the secretary of the Treasury.”
Report: Bloomberg And Scarborough Exploring A 2012 Ticket? (Update)
Bruno's Jail Escape U.S. Seeks to Retry Ex-State Senate Leader Bruno (NYT
Prisoners improperly collected $178,000 in unemployment benefits. (TU)
Vito Lopez A Living Legend Newspaper Paid for By the Government
Assemblyman Vito Lopez is promoted by a state-funded, in-house newspaper. (Brooklyn Paper)
SecondAveSagas Walder on 7 line extension to NJ: "There is no money in our capital program for any megaprojects except the three we have under way." (Facebook)
Priorities: If you cannot hold the fare and run the subways on time how you going to dig a tunnel to Jersey?
We understand building for the future economic development on the Westside, but what the city leaders much decide is the damage done by rising fares and poor service going to cause more economic damage than can be recovered by future development
More subway 'slow' woe (NYP) * Delays on subways spiked in September, hurting riders (DN) * Suit Challenges Subway Safety (WSJ) * Delays on subways spiked in September, hurting riders (DN) * Russianoff: How Cuomo can get on track * Take the No. 7 to Secaucus? That’s a Plan (NYT) * City Could Extend No. 7 to New Jersey(WSJ) * Tunnel Decision Has Ripple Effects(WSJ) * City Floats Idea Of Extending 7 Train To Jersey (NY1)
Paterson Post Gov Career As A Lobbyist and Consultant has Begun $$$
Paterson Is Set to Approve Deal on an Indian-Run Casino in the Catskills (NYT) * Catskills Casino Closer to Reality (WSJ)
After Cracking Down on Debt Collectors, New York State Is Now Set to Hire Them (NYT) The state may hand some business to the kind of for-profit agencies that Andrew M. Cuomo once cracked down on.)New York Economic Meltdown Lipstick Building's Owners File for Chapter 11 (NYT) * Trump Project Refunds Money (WSJ) * Fire in Illegally Converted House Kills Boy(WSJ) * NY lawmakers to protest highway rest stop closures * Grant helps keep NY hospital open (WSJ) * The state is cracking down on prisoners who are collecting unemployment benefits.* Budget woes have wiped out plans for the 2011 Empire State Games. (GNS/BN) * State Museum patrons are upset by plans to close it on Sundays. (Gazette)
Jealous of the New Kids on the Block?
Old Media Says the Internet Spins Lies. Is Friedman saying the newspapers do not spin lies to support their publishers ideologies and political goals ?
Too Good to Check On Nov. 4, Anderson Cooper did the country a favor. He expertly deconstructed on his CNN show the bogus rumor that President Obama’s trip to Asia would cost $200 million a day. This was an important “story.” It underscored just how far ahead of his time Mark Twain was when he said a century before the Internet, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” But it also showed that there is an antidote to malicious journalism — and that’s good journalism. (Friedman, NYT)International arms dealer extradited to U.S. (DN)