Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We Got Rid of Term Limits in 2009 Because Bloomberg Knew the Buck?; Senator Parker guilty of misdemeanors

Senator Parker guilty of misdemeanors

From Capitol Tonight:

A jury has found Sen. Kevin Parker guilty of two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and he faces two years in jail, Josh Robin of NY1 reports.

That means the Brooklyn Democrat will not automatically lose his seat, which would have occurred had he been found guilty of a felony.

However, as you’ll recall, former Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s colleagues set a precedent when they expelled him in the wake of his conviction on a misdemeaor charge of assaulting his girlfriend.

So, it will be interesting to see how senators rationalize not seeking to oust Parker from the chamber (assuming they don’t).* State Senator Guilty of Misdemeanor * State senator found guilty of 2 counts of criminal mischief * Donovan On Parker: All Are Equal Before The Law

We Got Rid of Term Limits in 2009 Because Bloomberg Knew the Buck?

. . .  He Did Not See This Coming?

Bad to wor$eCity now fears state mega-slash 4.4Billion Budget Gap New Year (NYP) *  City cuts painful? We're not done yet, Mike warns

Gov Sends Money to Jersey

New York has fiscal crisis, so gov gives dough to ... New Jersey?! Paterson has quietly doled out nearly $17M in pork-barrel spending, including $5M to promote 2014 Super Bowl. (DN)


NYC OTB Bailout Fails, 29-21

The GOP's OTB backtrack No sooner do Republicans recapture control of the state Senate than they're back to their old habits of parochially motivated horse-trading -- in this case, to preserve the political-patronage dump known as Off-Track Betting. Leaving New Yorkers to wonder if it really matters who's in charge -- Democrats or Republicans. (NYP Ed) * Dean Skelos & Republican Senate need to change their ways to save New York state (DN) * The Republicans’ return to power “could mark a new normal – or at least, a revival of the old normal. Or, if you’re cynical, the old abnormal,” Dan Janison writes.* Things are not quite settled in the 7th SD and 1st CD races.* Sen. Eric Adams hosted a conference call to discuss the IG’s AEG report and the 7th SD race.* “It’s going to be an enormous change,” Oppenheimer said of her likely return to the Senate minority. “But on the other hand, I think I can work with almost anybody. And particularly in the education arena, I think my input will be valuable.” * Bronx Democratic Boss Carl Heastie's "not particularly in favor of the gov's request for a $350 million budget chop this go-round - "a drop in the bucket" - when the full session will have to close a billion-dollar deficit," writes our Bob Kappstatter. *NYC OTB Bill May Not Get To The Senate Floor: Updated x 2 (DN)

Bloomberg and His Buddy Sharpton Did All They Could To Keep the Black Vote Down . . . Now That He is Running for President He Does Not Want to Be Embarrassed on the Campaign Trail With Questions Why New York Has the Lowest Turnout of All 50 States 

Bloomberg Seeks Election Law Changes to Raise Voter Turnout (NYT) *Mayor Calls for Easing Voting Rules(WSJ) * New voting machines even worse, pols insist (DN)


Bloomberg Knew Last Year the New Yorkers Were Not Voting 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg on Tuesday. Before the paper is counted, the mayor received 548,660 out of the 4,657,516. The recent runoff does make Tuesday's vote look like a mandate. In New York the Democratic Primary is the real election, for most elective officers.. In the primary our new Comptroller John Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740) in the runoff. De Blasio did a little better with 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. John Liu was elected with just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters casting their vote for him.

Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received 1,100,649 more votes than Bloomberg 68 years before mayor won his third term. The 1940 census reported the population of New York City to be 7,454,995. The most recent estimate from the City Planning Commission, as of July 1, 2009, gives the population of New York City as 8,363,710. Two decades before that Mayor John Francis Hylan(1921) Jimmy Walker(1925) both received 200,000 thousand more votes than Bloomberg on Tuesday. In 1921 the City's population was 620,000



New York's Economic Education Meltdown   
Looks Like Joe Klein Got Out At the Right Time

Very Warm and Fuzzy Picture of Black in the NYT  

Cathie Black: “Teachers need good knees.”

The article said she "showed her self-confidence" but did not say what she was going to do, esp with the coming budget cuts and school closing Chancellor Designee Makes the Rounds (NYT) * Learning a Little About Black's School Agenda  (WSJ) * Black convened a roundtable of Hearst Magazine employees with kids in public schools to hear their concerns: Granted, they're probably Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights and the Upper West Side, but it's a start."* A Conversation With Cathleen P. Black (NYT) * Liveblog: Cathie Black Visits The Daily News

It is About Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Cathie Black's state mandated deputy isn't quite sure what his new job is all about.






Increase Pension Costs
While Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to cap property-tax increases at 2% a year, some local officials in New York state are seeking to boost rates before he even gets to Albany—in part to keep up with the rising cost of government workers' pensions, officials say. Property Tax Increases Sought * Think tank: NY pension costs could explode(WSJ)

 200 Hummus Jobs Leave Queens

Sabra hummus' exit a double dip of pain for Queens Hummus giant Sabra is yanking its headquarters in a one-two punch that cost the city almost 200 jobs. (DN)* Pfizer paid the city a $24 million penalty after it reneged on a deal that gave the company tax breaks to keep jobs in the city.

Pay to Play Senator Vincent Leibell  State pol guilty of charity scam (NYP) * Sidewalk Meeting for State Senator and Lawyer Leads to Guilty Plea (NYT) *Leibell will receive his $71,000-a-year pension despite his guilty plea to federal corruption charges.* In 2011 Dead Political Year, Surprise Putnam Race To Replace Leibell Expected To Be Intense (City Hall)

State Sen. Kevin Parker is "fighting for his political life" in an assault case against a newspaper photographer.


 Cuomo Birthday

Having His State, And Eating It Too


In Queens Neighborhood, a Dispute Divides Business Owners and Leaves a Festival Dark (NYT)

Wiki Sex Abuse?

WikiLeaks founder surrenders to police (NYP) * Britain Arrests WikiLeaks Founder in Sex Inquiry (NYT) * Julian Assange arrested in England; faces charges of rape, sexual molestation in Sweden (DN)