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Passive Journalist Meet An Aggressive Investigator
All that we are learning today is coming from the U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara investigation of the CityTime scandal. There has been no call by the media on how the largest scandal could occur without any inside in City Hall assisting. When you hire a truck load of lobbyist like the CityTime subcontractors have like Liz Holtzman, the media get amnesia. Today comes word from the NYP that the investigators are now focusing on which city workers were in on the heist.
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Now we get to ask questions who in DOI and City Hall know and covered up the former head of the Office of Payroll Richard Valcich 2003 letter outlining the corruption that was going on. Did the Mayor or Speaker Quinn work to block the City Council from truly investigation CityTime? What did DOI ignore the Whistleblowers. The Daily News' Juan Gonzalez published several reportson several whistleblowers who when to DOI in 2008 to report corruption in the CityTime contract. CityTime probe grows Mayor's staffers targeted Mark Mazer, is a former city employee who once worked with Bondy at the Administration for Children's Services. Bondy also worked for one of the CityTime subcontractors, Spherion, before being hired as head of the city's payroll operation.(NYP)
The CityTime Cover Up (True News)
Bloomberg Bathroom Budget, Bias Suits Up + Union Buster?
The Post wishes Bloomberg could have negotiated a budget as well as Cuomo did, saying the mayor gave billions to unions while rationing toilet paper at Coney Island restrooms * City Budget: Editors wonder if “niggling” cuts are all that Bloomberg can do anymore. [NY Post] Mike's bathroom budget(NYP Ed)
NYC workers' bias suits increasing and costing city millions City Employees’ Bias Suits Rise Under Bloomberg - 12% higher than the number during Giuliani’s two terms(NYT)Labor leaders accuse Bloomberg of union busting with daycare reforms(NYDN)
The Barron's Of East New York Mixing City Dollars with Campaign Efforts?
$350,000 in taxpayer money to a nonprofit called Man Up! Inc. run by longtime aide Andre Mitchell
Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron, assemblywoman wife may have improperly used taxpayer money(NYT) Charles and Inez Barron steered the money to Man Up! Inc., a group that helps inmates reenter society, and gave campaign funds to its affiliate, Hip Hop Stand Up and Vote. Both are run by Barron's longtime friend and sometime campaign worker Andre Mitchell, records show. The arrangement raises questions about whether the Barrons improperly used taxpayer money to reward those who did campaign work for them. (NYP)
Look Who Did Not Come to Dinner
The Kings County Democratic Party's annual cocktail reception was a bit of a dud this year, with reports surfacing that turnout was much thinner than in previous years. A combination of bad timing - the reception was held June 23 at Steiner Studios, the same time as Albany was attempting to wrap up the legislative session - and poor planning may have contributed to the dismal attendance. One insider cited "staff turnover, a clunky system for researching and touching contributors, and an overly developed sense of expectation that things just work out on their own." And not that their crowds really overlap, but Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was holding a fundraiser the same night ...
She's a corporate brand, he's a governor: How Sandra Lee and Gov. Cuomo demonstrate the limits of New York's ethics law:
Semi-First Lady Sandra Lee is the first “romantic companion” of a governor not subject to the state’s financial disclosure law since its passage in 1987. Some firms she contracts with, like beverage giant Diageo PLC, have business before the state. First Couple Show Law's Limits As Sandra Lee expands her brand while Gov. Cuomo runs the state, their relationship shows the limits of state law governing the financial affairs of elected officials and their romantic partners.(WSJ) * Gov dodges veep talk(Dicker, NYP) * Paterson's Teachable Moment(WSJ)
Cuomo Still Wants Independent Redistricting(Politics on the Hudson) * Cuomo: Im still vetoing LATFORs lines(TU)
The Gay Marriage Coalition Was A Thing of Art
Several of the “yes” votes Cuomo obtained for same-sex marriage come with considerable political – and legal (in the case of Sen. Carl Kruger) baggage. * As of yesterday, NYC marriage licenses still required one member of a couple to be the “groom.”* Last night, the city clerk posted updated marriage license applications with spaces for “Bride/Groom/Spouse A” and “Bride/Groom/Spouse B.” * Gay marriage, bishops and the crisis of leadership (National Catholic Reporter)
Bloomberg Crying Wolf On School Cuts
Bloomberg Has Become Walmart Spokesperson
Judge Joan Madden trashed justice by withholding ruling on homeless shelter until it was too late(NYDN Ed)
Paterson: Not Teaching By Example
Ex-Gov. David Paterson, who recently marveled at Cuomo’s ability to succeed where he failed in Albany, will teach a course called the “Teachable Art of Governing” at NYU this fall.
More Problems for Manhattan DA
Judge Delivers Third Not Guilty Verdict In Deutsche Bank Fire Trial * Third Contractor Acquitted in Deadly Deutsche Bank Fire (DNAINFO)*Final Verdicts Reached In Deutsche Bank Fire Trial: A Manhattan judge this morning cleared a third construction... * No one's guilty in Deutsche Bank blaze that killed 2 firefighters: verdict (NYDN) * No Manslaughter Convictions in Deutsch Fire (NBC) *Years After Deadly Deutsche Bank Blaze, Closure Appears Elusive (WNYC)
Law and Order
On May 18 in the NYP the Mayor Said: "I think it is humiliating, but if you don't want to do the perp walk, don't do the crime"
Mayor flip-flops on perp walks(Huff Post)
Mayor changes view in wake of DSK's trot of shame(NYP) *Mayor Backtracks on 'Perp Walks'(WSJ) * Bloomberg not high on 'perp walks' in light of DSK fiasco(NYDN) * Taxpayers stuck with DSK accuser's hotel, bills(NYP) * Strauss-Kahn Lawyers and Prosecution Set Meeting to Discuss Dismissal or Plea Deal(NYT) * For French Tourists, Strauss-Kahn Town House Is Must-See(NYT) * Meeting Set in Strauss-Kahn Case(WSJ) * Strauss-Kahn Accuser Sues N.Y. Post(WSJ) * French tourists flock to NYC Strauss-Kahn house(WSJ) * Cy starring in the shabby DA(Goodwin, NYP)* Strauss-Kahn Accuser Files Libel Suit Against N.Y. Post (NYT) * When a DA's Case Is About to Crumble (Gabe Pressman) * Tourists Flock To Strauss-Kahn Home(Fox 5) * Today's Crain's Insider asks where women's groups have been as DSK's accuser twists in the wind and Cy Vance takes a beating. 4PM Update DA says "no decisions" made after meeting with DSK lawyers(NBC) * Nine women’s organizations will gather Friday to pressure Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. to continue with the DSK case.* Strauss-Kahn's accuser asks Manhattan DA to withdraw from case (AM NY)
Roger Star takes on DA Vance over pursuing Haggerty vs. Conlin plea
HaggertyGate (True News)
Peyser: The glove fits -- head case Casey gets Simpson treatment(NYP) * Casey Anthony not guilty: Evidence against her was strong, but jury wanted more(NYDN)
IHOP assault and 'batter'y(NYP) * Nurse-slay suspect nabbed(NYP) * Wrist slap in UConn gridder slay(NYP)* Pa. killer in cheap art heist(NYP) * Day After a Killer’s Death, Still Sifting for the Truth(NYT) * NY man in fatal hit and run faces sentencing(WSJ) * Clemens trial begins Wednesday with jury selection(WSJ) * Brooklyn butcher busted by feds for acting as mob loanshark(NYDN) * Three teens, two boys and one girl, shot in the back at Brooklyn housing project (NYDN) * Suspect in custody in deadly Queens shooting(WABC) * Five fireworks-related arrests made on Staten Island(SI Advance)
Terrorism Accused terror thug had Al Qaeda links, feds say(NYDN) * Accused Somali Terrorist Pleads Not Guilty In Manhattan Court(NY1) * NYC airport security tightened amid discussion of implanting bombs in bodies. *Rep. Peter King predicts “increased methods” at airport security due to the explosive implants threat.
Spitzer was gov longer than he was talk show host
MichaelRCaputo Michael CaputoEliot Spitzer's CNN show cancelled. Heads up, high dollar hookers - he'll be an angry john so don't pick up the phone.(Twitter)