Autumn in Bloombergville
CityTime cost overruns and indictments, NYPD ticket fixing scandal, Snow Storm shutdown, OWS, Goldsmtih and Black appointments. The arrest of an assistant housing commissioner on charges of taking bribes. City contractors made exaggerated, possibly fraudulent claims to reach the mayor’s inflated job placement goals; the Finance Department, run by a former Wall Street type, botched tax exemptions and property evaluation reviews; and the public housing authority’s claims that it promptly answers emergency calls and fixes elevators contradict available evidence, not to mention common sense.
NYT's Powell article said that the mayor presidential ambitions caused him to lose focus on what was happening in his city. In his story Powell offered the best comprehensive view of the mayor's management abilities and third term problems. He offered a great cause and effect on the mayor's leadership but with all comprehensive type stories there are some gray areas. CityTime corruption stated in the mayor's first term. The Snowstorm Goldsmith resignation and Black appointment came after the mayor gave up on his third party presidential dream was long gone.
“A number of people kept coming to me and asking if it were possible (to run for a third term),” the mayor testified in the Haggerty trial.
What we would like to see is a reporter asking the publishers of the NYT, NYP and Daily News if they think their push for a third term was good for the city in light of the mayor's third term blues. We would also like to see more how the mayor uses and mixes his non profit $$$ to win a third term. Who can forget the Dow Fund workers taking up seats at the city council hearing. After Deputy Mayor Harris and others testified at the trial about extensive mixing of the mayor's non profit, campaign work with her city service there should be investigation by all the cities journalist on how the mayor is using his money to buy support for his agenda.
The City Council was busily rewriting recent history last week while throwing a theatrical but quite juvenile temper tantrum
A councilman’s lament Finance Committee Chairman Dominic Recchia charged that the council was kept in the dark about the fact that school-aide layoffs were in play. Uh, not quite. A joint mayoral/council press release declared on June 24 that “the budget agreement includes more than 1,000 layoffs in non-uniform and non-pedagogical titles." Recchia himself was quoted: “We saved teachers, firehouses, seniors, libraries and child care, and we did it without crippling our ability to deliver a budget next year.” So “non-pedagogical titles” meant what? It’s All About Recchia! The Voters Have No Choice
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Grimm and bear it Rep. fires back at ‘betrayed’ Tea Party base (NYP)
Brooklyn beep's wife Jamie Markowitz takes behind the scenes role in directing hubby's staffers (NYDN). More than three dozen emails obtained by the Daily News show that Jamie Snow Markowitz - the woman her husband touts as the "First Lady of Brooklyn" - frequently sends urgent instructions to her husband's staff and employs heavy use of all-caps in emails.
PA de Blasio reached a settlement involving more than $300,000 worth of summonses run up in 2009 after one of his bank accounts was iced
An Offer He Could Not Refuse
City bank shot $queeze on pols for bill-poster fines(NYP) Finance Commissioner David Frankel said the deal was reached only after de Blasio lost access to a sizable campaign kitty.
Illegal Posters (True News)
No Layoffs Cuomo Union Blinked?
BREAKING: Public Employees Federation, seeking to avoid imminent layoffs, reaches revised labor deal w/ Cuomo admin. * New deal includes reimbursement of 9 furlough days at end of 5 year agreement * In statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says new contract is revenue neutral and has same layoff provisions as originally proposed. * PEF, state reach agreement on revised contract, layoffs on hold (TU): contract cut from 5 yrs to 4. $1K in cash bonuses dropped in favor of paying back more furlough days. * Cuomo Presses PEF to Vote on Modified Contract (NBC)
powellnyt Michael Powell (Twitter) Cuomo new agreement w state union tuff, smart and yet not wreck union rights a la Christie
Federal security grants to 'high risk' nonprofits total in millions Hundreds of New York nonprofit groups have gotten a slice Homeland Security grants by reporting they face a "high risk" of a terror attack.
NYPD Security Secrets
TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads(Huff Post)
tDay 30 OWS
Wall St. protesters create havoc in iconic square, over 40 arrested(NYP) * Occupy Wall Street protesters have amassed $230,000 and supplies(NYP) * Buoyed by Wall St. Protests, Rallies Sweep the Globe(NYT) * 74 Arrested as Protesters 'Occupy' Times Square(WSJ) * Occupy Wall St. protesters take on NYPD at Times Sq., then march to Washington Sq.: 74 total arrests(NYDN) * Exclusive: Video of NYPD's Arrests at Washington Square Park (Mother Jones) * VIDEO: Occupy Brooklyn (Brooklyn Ink) * "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters To Return To Washington Square Park(NY1)
Jimmy Breslin: Occupy Wall Street Is A "Human Rights Movement"(gothamist) * Why do news media capitalize ‘Occupy Wall Street’ but not ‘tea party’? (Wash Post) * Squaring off at Crossroads Masses come up from Village (NYP) * Occupy Wall Street: NYPD KO's Protester (Camera #1 HD & Slow-Mo)*
LionelMedia Lionel(Twitter) Media: Well, we've done the story to death about
#OWS being clueless. You don't think they've figured out we're (the media) the ones clueless, do you?
Corrupt cops: Bad busts cost city $1.2M to settle false drug arrests(NYDN)
Get Used to MTA Bus Brake Downs
MTA riders suffer as breakdowns - and cutbacks - rise for aging bus fleet(NYDN)
Occupy Wall Street protesters declare 'victory,' vow to continue movement(NYP) * In Private, Wall St. Bankers Dismiss Protesters as Unsophisticated(NYT) * Protest Puts Park Rules Under Scrutiny(WSJ) Influential landlords plans to ask the city to revamp the rules governing privately owned parks, including removing a requirement that they be open 24 hours a day.* Impossibly vague rules governing spaces such as Zuccotti Park must be fixed(NYDN Ed) * Wall Street protesters energized by park decision(WSJ) * Local shops clean up, too(NYP) * Bloomberg Calls Wall Street "Vitally Important," Criticizes Protests (NY * Over 20 arrested when rowdy Wall St. protesters 'occupy' Citibank(NYP) * 175 Chicago protesters arrested after being told to leave Grant Park (Chicago Tribune) * Big Government Fuels Wall Street Cronyism - Fred Siegel, DC Examiner * Protesters Occupy Times Square, Police Arrest 88 Saturday (NBC) * Occupy Assange: 'Corrupt banks, corrupt cash'(Video)nytjim Jim Roberts (Twitter) NYTimes: In Private, Bankers Dismiss
Somebody blinked -- and the occupation of Zuccotti Park continues
Who Blinked Bloomberg or the Developer?
Calls Flood In, City Backs Off and Protesters Stay(NYT) * Mayor: Political Pressure Forced Brookfield to Back Down* Bloomberg bombarded by opposition to eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park(NYDN) * Bloomberg had good reasons to back off Zuccotti cleanup plan Analysis: Politically and financially he couldn't afford a messy public showdown with hundreds of arrests. * LA teachers join#occupyLA * Violence Erupts in Rome as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global (Gawker)
OWS Goes Global
A protester in Tapiei, Taiwan holds a sign that reads 'Jobs! I want jobs!' (Chiang Ying-ying/AP) *Larger numbers of protesters gathered in London now...
#occupylondon *Occupy Wall St. Goes Global(The Daily Beas * Rallies Across the Globe Protest Economic Policies(NYT) * Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach (NYT) * Occupy movement goes global - in pictures (The Guidian)
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, like the rest of us, must obey the law(NYDN Ed) * Mike: Pols lowered the broom(NYP) * Showdown postponed(NYP Ed) * Occupy Wall Street Hits Grand Army Plaza (Prospect Heights Patch) * The 99 Percent Rise Up - The Nation * Wall Street Protest Shows Power of Place(NYT)
CapitalTonight Capital Tonight (Twitter) Bloomberg 2nd term, "started to fix on the brass ring and they lost focus,” said ex sr NYC official. Distracted by mayor's potential WH run.
SenatorSanders Bernie Sanders (Twitter) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, even though it made $4.4 billion in profits.
Bloomberg Campaign Manager Had No Clue There Was No Ballot Security Operation on Election Day?