How much money did Morris, Rattner and their co-cooks cost the pension funds in rips offs and bad investments? How much is the city and state forced to transfer from the general budget to the pension funds because of the deficit caused by the scandal? What reforms are needed to prevent future scandals. Cuomo wanted to the state pension fund to be run like the city with a board making all decisions? The state comptroller was against that and it was not even discussed in the press during the campaign. We hear from the NYP and something from the Daily News every time a retired firefighter runs in a race on how much that runner is ripping off the pension fund. We never hear about how Wall Street investers like Rattner are ripping off. The Stuy Town deal lost the nations pension funds over 3 billion dollars. That is a whole lot of firefighters running races.
Pension big cops to scam Hevesi pal guilty (NYP) * Adviser Pleads Guilty in Pay-to-Play Pension Scheme (NYT) * Morris Pleads Guilty in 'Pay to Play'(WSJ) * Morris statement | Plea agreement * Political Consultant Hank Morris Pleads Guilty To Securities Fraud (NY1)
Rattner on rampage Tosses verbal grenades at Cuomo (NYP) *
More from Rattner on Cuomo on Rose: The Greatest Interview Ever?New York Observer * Steve Rattner: I'm Not In Andrew Cuomo's Fan Club - ABC News *
Steve Rattner is it the right of the rich and conneted to misuse the middle class's pension funds? Where are the editorials boards yelling against this bum?
Petitions Against Black Black-ball is backed by UFTers (NYP) * State Didn’t Vet Advisers on Chancellor Pick for Conflicts (WSJ) * Grades Black-out for school big pick (DN) * 15,000 Petition Cathie Black's Appointment * Parents Express Opposition To Schools Chancellor Selection (NY1) * Poll: Bloomberg In The Red With Black New revelations surfaced about extensive ties between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and members of the panel evaluating his choice for school's chancellor and state officials acknowledged that they did not screen the panel members for conflicts of interest or connections to the Bloomberg administration before appointing them. * For One Day, the Chancellor Pick Was a Principal (NYT)
This is getting stupid Women For Black * Chancellor Nominee Has Sold Her Connecticut HomeThe assessor's office in Bridgewater, Conn. confirmed that Cathleen Black's antique colonial sold in the past few days for $1.98 million - 15 percent below its $2.35 million asking price.
Bloomberg's Lack of Transparency Brings Public Anger
1. Picks New Schools Chief in Secret Quinnipiac Poll: Majority Says Cathie Black Lacks Proper Experience To Be Schools Chancellor
2. City eyes shuffling Coney 8 (NYP) Closes long time business in Coney Island
3. Builds bike lands without public input Expansion of Bike Lanes in City Brings Backlash (NYT) * Cameras Monitor Trespassing in Bus Lanes (NYT)* Bike lane backlash.
True News Asks
Control of Chamber May Still Be Contested as Governor Takes Office in January. The longer this drags on, the harder it will be for Cuomo to push his agenda through the Senate.
The NYT wants to Count the Ballots Five races in New York State are still not settled. Counting the paper ballots is the best way to guarantee a fair and swift resolution. (NYT Ed) * The Poughkeepsie Journal urges a speedy end to ballot counting in the three cliffhanger Senate races.* Sen. Jeff Klein is angling to move up the leadership ladder.* Progressive advocates worried about the Senate returning to GOP hands are gearing up to make a lame duck session lobbying push.
2011 New York's Coming Union War
MTA Management A Buch of Jerks
MTA gives signal-scandal boss a promotion (NYP)* Christie Shows Support for Subway Plan (WSJ) * MTA cuts Queens service; adds line to ... Hogwarts? (DN)
New York Economic Meltdown Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo rips 'ridiculous' waste of tax dollars spent on abandoned youth facility (DN) * Ravitch is right, New York's long-neglected transportation infrastructure needs cash -- and soon (DN Ed) * The cost of parking meters on NYC streets is going up again.