Save Our Asses Redistricting Plan Unclear
Turner's Win Complicates Redistricting Bob Turner's congressional victory has upended assumptions about how New York's political boundaries will be redrawn next year. (WSJ). One of the biggest behind the scenes fighters in Albany against independent redistricting was the state's congressional members and the lobbyists with close ties to Albany they have already hired.
With Close Ties to Silver Lobbyist Lynch is Working for A Buffalo Area Congressman
Most NY Congress Have Hired Lobbyist to Pressure Albany to Give Them Good Districts to Run in 2012
McCarthy hires lobbyist for redistricting fight * New York Reps Enlist Lobbyists for Redistricting Battles * Lobbyists join redistricting in N.Y. - Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com * Lobbyists look to House for work - Times Union * N.Y. House members hiring Albany lobbyists for redistricting ...
Turner: "the public knows there’s something wrong in this country & there is"
Lawmaker Takes Office and Learns Some Rules(NYT) * Rep. Turner Is Sworn In, With Help From Boehner (WSJ) * Bob Turner jumps gun in Washington debut(NYDN) * Congressman Turner Sworn In On Capitol Hill(NY1) * Weprin v. Turner: All Politics Is Local (Queens Tribune) * State GOP Chairman Ed Cox is garnering rare praise for his intervention in the NY-9 race, which resulted in the selection of Turner as a candidate.
markknoller Mark Knoller (Twitter) Dems rate Congress even lower, just 9% approve. 12% of Republicans. 14% of Independents.
Turner: "I do have a Twitter account, but I only do it fully clothed”
Toothbrush marked “Anthony” in the bathroom
Turner Wants Weiner Office Cleaned (Fox 5) * Weiner gets ‘brush’off Turner kin bristle at office remnant(NYO)
Koch says WH called him 2 wks before
#ny9 to discuss Israel concerns. His reax after chat" "Let’s keep talking."
Koch Thinking National Message
Koch May Test His Voice on National Stage(NYT) * Bloomberg Backs Obama's Israel Policy (WSJ) * President Obama really does have a Jewish voter problem, according to a new Gallup poll.
The News Rabbi Spins
This Weeks True News Winners are John Haggerty and Russian Gregory Davidzon
Gregory Davidzon, owner of the Russian radio station WSNR wins big this week for delivering the Russian vote to Congressman Turner. Turner joins Comptroller Liu and Councilman Greenfield as winning candidates that Davidzon has delivered the Russian vote to.
Queens GOP political operative John Haggerty is a winner this week for getting the judge in his criminal trial to rule that his lawyers can use the payment practices of the Bloomberg campaign in his defense and question all of his aids about all the hidden arrangements
As He Waits To Start His Politically Explosive Trial Monday Haggerty Won Big With Turner But Lost A couple of Local Races That Puts His Queens GOP Takeover in Doubt
Bob Turner's election Tuesday night wasn't the only good news for Queens Republican chairman Phil Ragusa. The Queens GOP also won a couple of key state committee races against insurgent GOP candidates backed by Ragusa's longtime rivals for the Queens Republican chairmanship, brothers Bart and John Haggerty. Especially important for Ragusa was Anthony Daddiego's win over John Watch in Republican-heavy northeast Queens, said Queens GOP vice-chair Vince Tabone. "We're in a stronger position arithmetically than we were in '05, '07 or '09," Tabone said. Former Councilman Tom Ognibene, who is running against Ragusa for chairman with the Haggertys' backing, said he was unaware of the results of the Watch-Daddiego race - but indicated that the loss could signal trouble for his bid. "If we lost that race, I'd have to re-evaluate things," Ognibene said. Queens Republicans will likely meet to elect their chairman in October.
$2.8 Million in Federal Money to Keep A Neighborhood Latino
El Puente, a neighborhood group in south Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is using $2.8 million in federal, city and private grant money for a 10-year program to help Latinos hold their neighborhood against a hipster incursion * Brooklyn gentrification meets resistance from longtime Latino residents in South Williamsburg(NYDN)
The $2.8M does not include the millions that Boss Vito Lopez gets also from the government to keep his political machine which is based in the increasing shrinking Latino Williamsburg community strong
Beyond the Melting Pot in Manhattan Also
Bloomberg: Just like in Cairo – if Washington doesn’t suceed in fixing the economy and creating jobs
Bloomberg Warns of Riots
Bloomberg warns high unemployment rate could lead to widespread rioting(NYP) * New York lost 22,700 net jobs to lead the nation in August. It was followed by Georgia, with 18,200 lost jobs, and the District of Columbia, with 12,500 fewer jobs. Both Georgia and D.C. saw big declines in government jobs.
Uncovered School Lunch Scams in the 70's
Rising Crime Rate
The DN urges state Education Commissioner to insist on using student test scores to evaluate teachers, despite union protests
City Hands Off Part of Teacher Evaluation Effort to the State(NYT) * The state must hold firm on test-based evaluations of teachers in failing city schools(NYDN) * NY1 Online: State Education Commissioner Talks Teacher Evaluations(NY1)* Seventy percent of state School Boards Association members think teachers should not be allowed to score their own students’ tests.
Cuomo Charity Chief Resigns(WSJ) * The Cuomo administration is refusing to comment on the sudden departure of the highly-paid CEO of HELP USA in advance of the governor’s nonprofit executive compensation probe.* The now former CEO, Laurence Belinsky, was paid $546,000 in 2008 – including a $157,000 bonus – and $508,000 in 2009, according to IRS filings. At least 10 other employees at HELP earn more than $125,000 a year.
Cuomo Protecting the Mentally Ill
The Times praises Cuomo for agreeing to settle a suit over the mistreatment of mentally ill people who have been unnecessarily confined in nursing homes.
SI Political Party Fiefdom and the DAs Race
"Molinari, a former boro prez...said that Molinaro had turned the Conservative Party into 'his own personal fiefdom.
The NYP’s John Podhoretz thinks the GOP upset win in NY-9 leaves “Obama Democrat” Kirsten Gillibrand vulnerable to a challenge in 2012. He floats NY-1 candidate Randy Altschuler as a challenger.
NYPD commander sought to make cops write 15 tickets a month after fallout from the ticket-fixing scandal led to a huge plunge in tickets issuedQuota by any other name? Bosses tell cops to issue more summonses(NYDN) * NY1 Exclusive: Bronx Police Officers Claim Ticket Fixing Is A "Courtesy"
The NYP and the DN both fear NYC's new bike-share system will cause havoc, 10,000 cyclists breaking every traffic law with impunity
Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's bike-rental plan needs plenty of public input (NYDN Ed) * Mike’s bikes: Yikes!(NYP Ed)
Its All About Getting Attention
Outgoing MTA Chairman Jay Walder's swan song to New York City sounds like a xylophone. Some subway stations have started playing a two-note "attention tone" before live announcements about delayed trains, re-routings or other important changes. "It's like, 'bing-bong,' "(CHN)
Some Cabbies Given Right to Say No to Racy Ads(NYT) * Taxi Drivers May Nix Ads(WSJ) * Devout taxi drivers allowed to veto strip-club roof ads(NYDN) * Cabbies Win Right to Veto Racy Taxi Ads(NBC)
Subway billboard war is latest flareup in Israeli-Palestinian conflict(NYDN) * Assemblyman Hikind response to the billboard (The Brooklyn Political Blog)
Gonzalez: Tenant leaders bash deal with firm embroiled in racketeering suit(NYDN)
Does the City's Claim of Lower Smoking Rates Include the Increasing Sales of Illegal Cigarettes?NYC smoking rate drops to 14 percent(NYP) * Survey Finds Decline in New Yorkers Who Smoke to 14%(NYT) * City's Smoking Rate Hits a Low(WSJ) * Only 14% of New Yorkers smoke after decade of public health campaigns(NYDN) * DOH: City's Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low(NY1)