NYT Says the CFB
NYP Says the Manhattan DA
John Liu and His Campaign Books (NYT Ed) Comptroller John Liu is New York City’s top financial officer. He oversees the city’s $66 billion budget and its $120 billion pension fund. That makes it all the more troubling when there are questions about numerous irregularities in his own fund-raising operations. What is needed is an independent analysis by the city’s Campaign Finance Board of the political donations he has received.
NYT says Liu's job is to hold the city accountable for its finances. How can New Yorkers feel confident about his abilities in that job if he does not make certain his own fund-raising operation is complying with the city’s campaign finance laws?
NYP Asks the DA to Investigate Liu's Campaign Contributions
John Liu’s mystery money (NYP Ed) Crain’s reported in July, campaign filings showed a dozen cashiers at a Flushing supermarket each gave Liu the magic $800 -- an unlikely two weeks’ worth of wages. The city matching funds that Liu would have gotten the NYP says him unfit for office and called on the DA to do his job and investigate his actions. The NYP attacks Liu's campaign manager Chung Seto who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign fixer in Chinatown during her White House run -- arranging $2,000 donations from dishwashers living in tiny rooms in dingy tenements.
The NYP attack Liu with the kitchen sink. Attacks him for hiring then firing John Choe who they claim is pro North Korean. The paper attacks Liu for making ruling that are so pro union that a judge accused him of creating an “absurd” pay scale that doubled the wages paid to unionized movers. The Post also attacked Liu for not paying his illegal post fine of $588,000
¿Si Se Puede?
A power vacuum in the Latino political community has caused the largest voting block in the city to be shut out of citywide offices.
A House Divided
Mayoral candidate Ferrer suffered when he did not receive the backing of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, leader of the Brooklyn Democratic organization, said Councilman Fernando Cabrera.
4 Years Ago It Was Easier For Thompson to Raise $$$
As Pension Fund Lagged, Contributions to Comptroller Grew(NYT, August 18, 2009) * Pension middlemen gave $158K to Bill Thompson's campaigns and got $2.2B in city business (NYDN, October 11, 2009)
Once and future mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has a disadvantage against his top-tier competitors: He doesn't hold public office at the moment, giving him no pretext to send out a schedule, pose for photo ops and hold news conferences. Campaign manager Eduardo Castell plans to change that soon with an informal list of upcoming events going out to political reporters. "A bunch of events are going on the calendar, him talking to folks. Things are starting to pick up," Castell said. "There's a lot more events that are happening." Another source passed along two invitations for meet-and-greets Thompson is holding at Manhattan law firms in early November, which may help establish that he's fully in the race.
de Blasio Wins the Lottery With Soros Hook Up
Lefty billionaire George Soros and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio have teamed up to fight the Citizens United decision.
Bill de Blasio hired high-profile former congressional candidate Reshma Saujani as Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives, with the responsibility of overseeing the office’s nonprofit arm, the Fund for Public Advocacy. Saujani’s hiring rankled some within the small, poorly funded office—especially since she initially came into the public advocate’s orbit after hiring de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, as a well-paid consultant on her campaign for Congress.(CHN)
NY Incumbent Protection Congressman Money Up for Redistricting
Democratic NY House members are piling up campaign cash in advance of the 2012 campaign season, which could get messy due to redistricting. * After the David Weprin loss, City Congressional Democrats have been piling up the campaign cash.
Pay to Play Seabrook Get Ready for His 15
Quinn Should Demand That the Brooklyn Train Stations Have the Cameras Like the One Most Do in Manhattan
Or How About Bring Back the Brooklyn Cops Who Are Guarding Wall Street from Protesters
@ChrisCQuinn says revised living wage bill will have a hearing Nov. 22 at 10 am
Dismiss all charges or we will clog up courts, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street protesters say
Occupy the Courts?
Lawyers for 800 arrested Occupy Wall Street protesters will tell Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. today that unless he dismisses all charges, they will clog the courts by demanding full trials on every count.
#OWS Q poll crosstabs - Whites approve of #NYPD response 62-29, blacks Hispanics disapprove aprox 2-to-1. * #ows Q Poll: 73-19 back tougher bank regs (GOP supports 48-40), 61-28 support extending NY's "millionaire's tax" (WOW- GOP supports 55-38) * @benpolitico NYers (except electeds) have not fought for Wall St. industry (unlike Texas and oil or Detroit and autos)
Protesters Debate What Demands, if Any, to Make(NYT) * Spreading Protests Yet to Jell(WSJ) Few signs demonstrators were coalescing around a set of demands or had a desire to push the traditional levers of power. * Protests Around the World(WSJ) * A Look at Occupy Wall Street's Supply Room (NBC) * The movement has an account at Amalgamated Bank, which bills itself as “the only 100 percent union-owned bank in the United States.” Supplies are being stored in the UFT’s HQ near Zuccotti Park
Inside Wall Street Protesters' Supply Room * The protester at Zuccotti Park have amassed $230,000 worth of contributions (some $300,000 has reportedly been donated) and a warehouse full of supplies for their cause.* The anti-leaders Hard-core planners head up protest (NYP) * Occupy eyeing Lincoln Center(NYP)
PHOTO: New Yorker's Hilarious Occupy Wall Street Cover * Walking through Zuccotti Park, "the Mayor looked a bit frightened."(New Yorker) * Zuccotti Park Owners Have Pulled In Nearly $700K In Government Funds Since 9/11(NYDN) * Video From Inside Citibank Branch Shows Arrested Protesters Refusing To Leave * WNYC News Blog - Pepper-Sprayed Woman To Meet With Manhattan Prosecutors * Occupy Wall Street inspires a new generation of protest songs(Wash Post) * Protest Hits Month Mark; NYPD Overtime Costly(NBC) * WATCH: 'Will You...Occupy My Life?'(Huff Post)
Bloomberg Pillow Talk
gracerauh Grace Rauh (Twitter) RT
@erinleinhorn: . @Mike Bloomberg says "pillow talk" w brookfield board member diana taylor is not about #occupywallstreet
Bloomberg Caribbean Tax Shelter
Was this set up by pension crook Steve Rattner? And Run by be nice Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris? Amount New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation deposited in Caribbean tax shelters in 2008: $288,000,000 (July '10)
Despite the press conferences, radio shows, & owning a news org, Mayor Bloomberg spends $5.6M to "get the message out"
Mayor Bloomberg’s $5.6 Million Personal Ad Campaign (NYO)
New Yorkers Want to Tax the Rich
Majority of NY'ers want 'millionaire's tax', oppose state layoffs: poll(NYP) * New Yorkers Want Millionaire’s Tax: Poll (NYO) * Nearly 75% of NY'ers want millionaire's tax. Support for tax from every region of the stat * New York's Marxist Epicenter - Charles Gasparino, New York Post * Cuomo: NY "Millionaire's Tax" Still On Deathbed(NYDN)
gracerauh Grace Rauh (Twitter) Defense for
#Haggerty put Karen Keogh on stand. She says on elex night Haggerty was in backroom w @mikebloomberg, @howiewolf, and 2 others. * . @mikebloomberg in #Haggerty trial: "I didn't have any substantive conversation w John Haggerty" about ballot security or anything else. * Karen Keogh gives shout-out to #NY1 on stand in #Haggerty trial. She says station usually has most up to date info on elex day.* Judge in #Haggerty trial throws out falsifying biz records charges against @mikebloomberg's former political adviser. * Defense finished w its case in #Haggerty trial. Closing arguments begin tomorrow. * Defense witness saw ex-Bloomberg campaign consultant Haggerty doing poll work(NYP) * Closing arguments in Haggerty’s trial are set for tomorrow.
"Hey, who's the Irish guy?" Mayoral Perjury
@mikebloomberg in #Haggerty trial: "I didn't have any substantive conversation w John Haggerty" about ballot security or anything else.
Less then Six Degrees of SeparationKaren Keogh who gave testimony today in the Haggerty trial is married to Michael who was fired by Speaker Quinn when she claimed he did not follow her orders and end the slush fund. Michael when to work for the Lobbyist Bolton St. John when among his clients was the Highline. The Highline has given Quinn thousands of dollar in campaign contributions after she helped them get millions in member items and other city funding.
"Hey, who's the Irish guy?" Mayoral Perjury
MichaelRCaputo Michael Caputo Hizzoner said "Hey, who's the Irish guy?" MT
@gracerauh Keogh: On elex night #Haggerty was in backroom w @mikebloomberg, @howiewolf, etc. * MichaelRCaputo Michael Caputo (Twitter) TRUTH: . @mikebloomberg overpays by 10x factor to buy elections; #Haggerty no different from Isay, Harris, Sheekey etc. #oligarchMO