Obama to Appear With Sharpton(WSJ) * Obama looks to Rev. Sharpton for help in 2012 reelection bid (DN) * Obama To Address National Action Network's Midtown Gala (NY1) * Obama to Appear With Sharpton* (WSJ) * Obama's Sharpton: Consistent Defender and Visible Ally (WNYC) * Obama carefully courts black votes with Sharpton (AP) * Obama's remarks at National Action Network tonight will be carried live. * “Anytime you run for re-election, the first places you go are your base and your foundation of support—you try to make sure that’s tight,” said Assemblyman Keith Wright, chairman of the Manhattan Democratic Committee. * 2012: Sharpton is " 'the president' of black America," says Dominic Carter. [Politico]
Defense Lawyers: Deutsche Fire City's Fault
Deutsche 'tragedy'(NYP) * Standpipe ‘Irrelevant’ in 2 Deaths, Lawyer Says (NYT) * Contractors Claim 'Scapegoating'(WSJ) * Don't blame Deutsche Bank supervisor for firefighters' deaths, says lawyer (DN)
Fire Department Sets a Quiet Goal Fire department is aiming to lower by up to 300,000 calls a year the number of emergency responses during which firefighters activate their trucks' lights and sirens. (WSJ) * FDNY slowing it down in boros on less serious emergency calls (DN) * FDNY Won't Rush to Non-Emergencies(WNBC)
Will Brooklyn Lose Its Last Republican?
Not likely if the GOP senate majority draw the new senate district lines. This article by the City Hall News seems to be the democrats answer to an article from the same papers that stated the GOP will target the Carl Kruger seat once he leaves office.
Will Marty Golden Be Next Year’s Frank Padavan? Senate Dems Are Banking On It (CHN) * With Skelos's Push For TAP Money, A Promise On Kruger's Seat (CHN) * LaValle: GOP to return $100G Levy donation (Newsday) * Child Abuse: Golden proposes using photographs to better monitor kids in trouble.* Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is winning kudos from Orthodox Jewish leaders for his support of extending TAP to religious school students, including those in rabbinical schools.
Shocking and tricky power play Firms call selves factories to finagle tax break. Two city power plants legally declared themselves factories rather than utilities to save a bundle on city property taxes (NYP)
Shocking #2: School Custodians No Show Jobs
School-job no-$how ring nailed (NYP) * 2 School Custodians Accused of Fake-Job Scheme (NYT) * Custodians Charged in Scam(WSJ) * Many DOE Checks Fuel Bronx School Custodian's Scheme (NY1)
Queens Parents, Teachers Stage Rally Over Proposed Layoffs (NY1)
Albany May Allow Districts to Defer $1 Billion in Payments to Avoid Layoffs, Cuts
gaining steam in the Legislature.
More Albany News
Two-Week Break For Legislature? * Senate Democrats To Cuomo: Get Out Your Veto Pen(YNN) * Cuomo's Agenda: "Cuomo said the tax cap, along with an ethics bill and an extension of rent regulations are priorities for the rest of the year."
City Council Pushes for More Augments With Meter Maids
Parkers will be meter beat-ers, cop warns (NYP) * NYPD rebels against muni-meter bill, says it will cause violence, corruption (DN)
If They Shut Down the City Council Would Anyone Notice?
Laying Off Cops and Teaches and the Council Gets A Fat Councilman to Warn Us Against Happy Meals?
Fat-wary pol: Ban toys in Happy meals (NYP) * Nutrition Standards Urged for Meals With Toys (NYT) * NYC politician wants ban on fast-food meal toys(WSJ) * Proposed City Bill Would Ban Toys With Some Fast Foods (NY1) * Overweight Pol Wants to Ban Toys From Happy Meals(WNBC)
What Happen to the Council Slush Fund Investigation?
Three Years After the Investigation Started?
The Daily News reported on June 24, 2008 that U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia asked the NYS Supreme Court to delay for 90 days a special inquiry into the city council pork spending and slush fund, for fear it would derail their case. The inquiry requested by civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel under an arcane law, would require a parade of public officials to publicly testify under a grant of immunity. It not about Siegel ongoing suit which seeks to invoke a a rarely used City Charter provision to combat Tammany Hall corrupt in the 1870s but what happen to the U.S. Attorney Investigation. We know that since then Both Garcia and Lev Dassin have left to white shoe law firms. With the new U.S. for New York's Southern District Preet Bahrara Nabbing Carl Kruger and threatening to go after more Albany corruption, we would how much is being done with the slush fund investigation. Since the start of this investigation Councilman Miguel Martinez of ripping off the slush fund. Another Larry Seabrook has been indicted. A third had two of his employees plea guilty to member item rip offs.
One Year After Siegel's Appeal
Siegel who lost his request for an inquire in the trial court appeal that decision last August 15, 2010. A year later there has been no decision by the NYS Appellate Division, First Department. For years courts have forced the the government to provide a certain level of services to the homeless, schools and almost every other services, but when it comes to corruption by the people who make the laws the judges seem to be unable to decide.
"Politicians in New York City and Albany really enjoy giving away the public’s money and making it seem like their own largess. As the latest news out of the New York City Council attests, these grants are, at best, a political trick intended to buy voter loyalty. At worst, they have led to outright theft." (April 29, 2008, NYT Editorial)
On April 28, 2011 the Council Slush Fund Investigation Enters Its Forth Year
Its 1073 Days Since the City Council Hired Lawyers To Defend Themselves From Member Items Slush Fund Crime
Lawyers for Council Seen as a Departure (The Sun) * CITY TO PAY FOR COUNCIL'S LAWYERS - New York Post * Common Cause Blog :: Slush Fund Follies in New York * wcbstv.com - NYC Taxpayers Petition For Slush Fund Inquiry * Lobbyists' Role in Council Slush Fund Scandal Probed - June 20 ... * BLOOMBERG HAS HIS OWN SLUSH FUND - New York Post* Phony Allocations by City Council Reported - New York Times * New York’s Slush Addiction - New York Times - Editorial * SLUSH-FUND SHENANIGANS - NY Post Editorial * QUINN: SLUSH FUND HELPED ME - New York Post
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn on Wednesday lashed out a reporter for The Daily News who did not invoke Ms. Quinn’s proper title when asking her a question.
Snow Plans: Council amends recommendations, Bloomberg on board.
NYC passes bills to avoid Dec. 26 blizzard repeat
Curb police parking placard abuse by pols, officials, state says
An IG probe has found widespread misuse of police parking placards by state officials and pols. Among the cheats: Sen. Jose Peralta.
Transportation: Diaz introduces a bill that helps, among others, Diaz. Give members of the clergy special license plates.
Bloomberg, NYC, Schneiderman named in suit by 2nd Amendment rights advocates, complaining about gun permit fees.
Bloomberg's 12-year tenure as mayor ends in exactly 1,000 days
Looks Like Bloomberg Responsible Budget Sending Will Be Used to Bail Out Corrupt Dysfunctional Albany
Bloomberg's Budget Ignores Untapped Revenue * Who’s right about NYC’s supposed surpluses, Bloomberg or Cuomo? According to NYC Comptroller John Liu, they both are. * Gov. Andrew Cuomo slams Mayor Michael Bloomberg for budget 'propaganda' on teacher layoffs (DN) * City comptroller fires pension salvo at mayor Report from John Liu’s office blames city’s skyrocketing pension costs on past decade’s lousy stock market—not, as Bloomberg argues, on an overly generous expansion of benefits to public workers.