Sunday, July 10, 2011

True News Sunday Update

Quinn Uses the People's Money to Run for Mayor and Run the Council Bully Control Councilmemebers

In a clear attempt to win support of Brooklyn Democratic Boss Vito Lopez Speaker Quinn channeled $4.4 million this year to his Brooklyn power base — the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council — through Brooklyn council members Domenic Recchia, Erik Dilan, Stephen Levin and Elizabeth Crowley.  Power hungry Quinn allowed Lopez to have the money despite the fact he and his organization are under federal investigation.  

Bribing Vito
Quinn did use her power as speaker to take a fire ax to Queens Councilman Peter Vallone’s share of the boodle. Vallone Quinn by vocally opposing the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge in honor of former Mayor Ed Koch — so the speaker slashed his member-item take by 42%, or roughly $600,000.  She also cut from the budget $6 million for a City University public-policy program named in honor of Vallone's father the former council speaker. The petty Quinn (NYP) *NYC Budget: $2.8 million in discretionary funds is "the only time Staten Island gets a little more than it's fair share than the rest of the city," says Oddo

True News Wag the Tail of the NYP 
Quinn Tries to Buy the Brooklyn Boss Support For Mayor With Another $4.4 Million City Council Dollar Slush Fund 

The Permanent Government Pushes Quinn  2013: Alliance with Bloomberg and slush fund scandal "are fading, replaced by the euphoria surrounding the marriage bill." [Jeremy Smerd / Crains]

Vito’s charity could lose big bucks  Lopez’s favorite charity the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council— already being investigated by federal officials for fraud — could lose more than half-a-million dollars in city funding if it doesn’t turn over its books to the state this week.

Will Kruger Rat On His Political Pals to Protect His Lover?

Brian Mclaughlin Rats on the late Tony Seminerio who in Rats on both Kruger and Boyland.  The Question in Albany now is who will Kruger Rat on?  Did the FBI drop this story in the NYP to get Kruger to talk or his corrupt friends to make a deal before he is caught?  The NYP said Kruger will announce his resignation by the end of the summer.  For two reasons: love and self-interest. Kruger wants to cut a better deal for himself and his live-in boyfriend -- who is also charged in the scheme.Quitter Kruger 'plea deal'(NYP)

235 Years After the American Revolution Queens County and Now the 9th Congressional District is Ruled By Outsiders

2nd Qns. Dem lives elsewhere  Michael Reich, the Queens Democratic Party's executive secretary and party boss Crowley's right-hand man, actually resides over the Nassau County border in Lawrence, LI, The Post has learned. 

Queens Democratic Party boss lives in northern Virginia(NYP)

Plagued by residency probe, Queens Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza calls it quits after 7 terms (NYDN)

Even Weprin's Spokesperson and Crowley Solider Lives Out of Town. Stavisky's Parkside Group's wife is the Democratic leader from Rockland County.  Evan is a district leader in 26th Assembly District in Queens.

Yossi Gestetner

Brooklyn Dem boss Vito Lopez is hard to find at Bushwick home, but spends much of his time in Queens (NYDN)

Young Republicans Hold A Fund Raiser for GOP's Turner

Sources: Independence Party Backs Weprin In Special House Race(NY1) * GOP picks Bob Turner to battle for Anthony Weiner's house seat(NYDN) * Queens Webrin replacing Anthony Weiner with bigger guns and more ammunition? * NY9: "I’ve gotten a number of e-mails from rabbis. They said Weprin legislates as a non-observant Jew and campaigns as a devout Jew."  NY9: GOP to attack Weprin for liberal voting record and they "will also argue that the district could be spared during reapportionment if they control it." *  NY9: Turner's nomination "demonstrates the weakness of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa." * GOP NY-9 candidate Bob Turner wants to make the Sept. 13 special election a referendum on President Obama.

One Corrupt Political Boss Will Pick the Next Congressman(True News)  


A History of Concern: Acquittals in Deutsche Bank Blaze Prompt Deeper Questions (WNYC)


3,000th hit is a classic dramatic moment(NYP) * Jeter blasts his way into baseball history Milestone hit a homer - and fan returns ball(NYP)






 Are the Unions Looking to Elect A Mayor in 2013?

Medicaid: Cuomo may shelve costly eMedNY program after nearly $1 billion spent on the unfinished project

Gansevoort pool city's dirtiest; public pools much cleaner(NYP)



Fund to reimburse teachers for classroom supplies axed from City budget(NYDN)


 TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads(Huff Post)





Brooklyn Dodgers fans dream of 'Dem Bums' return to home city(NYDN)







Hasidic Sleuth’s Beat: Mean Streets of Brooklyn(NYT)



9/11 skating charity milked parents for money, none of which went to victims(NYP)



Breaking Mediaite Exclusive: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Tells Pals “I Am Not Running For President”

Spin doctor to meet with DSK(NYP) * It's the truth, not the lies, that matter in DSK case(NYDN) * In Harlem, a Rally to an Accuser’s Defense (NYT)

Law and Order 

Clerk shot dead at Queens store where robber killed owner in '96(NYDN) * Armenian mobster gets plea deal on $100m Medicare scam(NYDN)Mobster pleads for sympathy after cops scare his dog(NYDN) * Two men fatally shot in Brooklyn(WABC)

Citing differences over tax revenues, House Speaker John Boehner pulled back from deficit reduction talks with the White House
Obama Budget Tightrope

GOP not on board with Obama's debt deal; Parties search for compromise(NYDN) * Boehner to push for smaller, $2 trillion deficit plan (NYP) * Boehner Scales Back on Deficit Talks, Citing Tax Increases(NYT) * Presidential Candidates Warn About Debt Deal(NYT) * Senate Democrats draft debt-reduction plan - The Washington Post* Economy Faces a Jolt as Benefit Checks Run Out(NYT)

Wanted: Economic Savior The Tim Geithner era is almost over. And his replacement may be the most important appointment Obama ever makes.(NY Mag)

 "The truth is, we have all been in this together -- the press, politicians and leaders of all parties -- and yes, that includes me," Cameron told reporters on Friday.

Labour Party Vows to Fight Murdoch’s Bid (NYT)

 Rupert Murdoch Heads To London Offices As Phone Hacking Scandal Continues (Huff Post) * Phone-hacking: 'nine journalists face jail' * James Murdoch may face jail for News of the World hacking scandal * Emphatic Farewell for News of the World(NYT)* Cozy Ties Mark Newspaper’s Dealings With Scotland Yard(NYT)


 Tabloid tricks: As News of the World burns, the rest of Britain's media feel ... Washington Post *  Over more than three decades, no one dared question the perversion of politics ... The Guardian * Pressure grows on Cameron over BSkyB takeover ruling (Financial Times)

CourtTV Founder Steve Brill Predicts Rupert Murdoch’s FCC Licenses Will Be Challenged

Reliable Sources On Whether Media’s ‘Legal Loudmouths’ Harm The Judicial Process


Obama pollster to act as CNN correspondent Should CNN be using President Obama's pollster as a paid contributor to its network?