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Why is Extra $$$ Pay to Play Bribery for Government Workers and Only A Campaign Contribution for Elected Officials?
Assistant HPD Commissioner Wendell Walters faces the rest of his life in jail for accepting $$$ from developers who wanted get into an affordable housing program he controlled. But when the Dermot Company gave a $25,000 to Speak Quinn for sponsoring a $2 million housing plan it was not a bribe but a campaign contribution.
Every wonder why pols are always held to a lower standard than those who put them in office or government employees who work for them? Every pol in New York takes money from developers not just Quinn. Developers give the money to pols to be included in government programs or zoning changes when they can make millions from. It is the exact same reason that 6 developer now facing jail time payed Wendel Walters before he was arrested. Next time Wendal Run for mayor and your bribery will magically turn into a contribution. Corruption scandal connect to Councilman Dilan could be putting affordable housing in
#Bushwick into doubt. Affordable Bushwick homes' fate uncertain in wake of HPD scandal(NYDN) * Demonstrators marched a golden calf through the streets of NYC, while Herman Cain called them “un-American.”* Some city politicians received big campaign donations and funneled tax dollars to developers (NYDN)
How Come the NYT Did Not Talk About Bloomberg $1.2 Million for Ballot Security that He Paid to Haggerty?
Does the NYT think that the intent of voting restrictions is any different than the intent of ballot security? Are they both designed to keep a target vote down? Is ballot security a myth also? The Myth of Voter Fraud New restrictions on voting are really intended to keep people who vote Democratic from the polls, particularly the young(NYT Ed)
azipaybarah Azi Paybarah (Twitter) my
#Briefing of political news from NY: "if voter fraud doesn't exist, why isn't 'ballot security' more toxic in nyc?"
It’s total bullys&%! ‘Safe’-schools stats miss 20k violent incidents(NYP)
NY’s sewer systems are crumbling, along with our roads and bridges.
Silver boosts gov’s bid to KO ‘rich’ tax Gov. Cuomo scored a major victory in his battle against a “millionaire’s tax’’ yesterday when Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the tax’s leading advocate, pledged not to hold up next year’s budget in order to get the measure approved. (Dicker, NYP)
In Digital Age Newspaper Still A Tool of Protest for OWS
A Protest’s Ink-Stained Fingers Even in an environment preoccupied with digital media, a newspaper has gained traction as a tool of protest at the Occupy Wall Street rallies. (NYT) * Opinion: Jobs and Future of Newspapers(WSJ)
#SteveJobs said he loved printed newspapers but "our lives are not like that anymore * New Media Tools Create A New Media Order (CHN)
Phony Eric Cantor praises Tea Party movement, but criticizes Occupy Wall Street protesters (NYDN) * Leaderless' Group OrganizesThe Occupy Wall Street movement calls itself "leaderless," but a small cadre of dedicated activists has stepped up to manage the increasingly complex demonstrations as they move into their fourth week. (WSJ) * A Fluid Protest Movement Finds a Forum to Match(NYT) Pastebin, a Web site originally for programmers, has provided a way to share information about the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Bloomberg Says Stay (Wall Street's Vally Forge Winter)
Bloomberg says New York’s winter will force the Occupy Wall Street to an end. *Bloomberg Won’t Stop Occupy Wall Street, But He Thinks Winter Will(NYO) * Panic of the Plutocrats A look at why there is so much hysteria over the Wall Street protests. (Krugman, NYT) * Chicago's Protest Issues Specific Demands(WSJ) * Spirit of Selma is reborn in echo of civil rights movement(Breslin, NYDN) * Families bringing kids to Wall Street protests(NYP) * Did Elizabeth Warren Predict Occupy Wall Street? 2009 Interview Goes Viral * Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Human Microphone’: Insanely Brilliant…Or Just Insane? * Inspirational Yom Kippur at Occupy Wall St.(forward) * Everyone's favorite parallelTea Party Compared to Wall Street Protesters (Politico)
A New Generation of Dissenters(NYT) * Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street Can Stay Indefinitely (WSJ) * College students to "Occupy" Boston(CBS) * WATCH: An Intimate Glance At Occupy Wall Street(Huff Post) * Right-Wing Sites Succumb To Silly Occupy Wall Street Conspiracies (Village Voice) * Mitt Romney: Wall Street protestors seeking scapegoats (Reuthers) *
#occupywallst protest 2 Tuesday to make stops at homes of Rupert Murdoch, David Koch, John Paulson, Jamie Dimon & Howard Millstein * Occupy Wall Street Eyeing Tompkins Square Park(Village Voice) * Civil Rights leader John Lewis denied chance to speak at Occupy Atlanta protest(NYDN) * Law-abiding Wall St. protesters can stay indefinitely, Bloomberg says(NYP) * House Democrats Ask For Support of Occupy Wall Street (NYO)
nytjim Jim Roberts (Twitter) WashPost interviews 3
#occupywallstreet newbies and asks, can #OWS evolve into mainstream movement?
As the Bowery Become Hip Where Do the Homeless Go?
Staving Off Change to the Grit of the Bowery(NYT) * A Community Erased by Slum Clearance Is Reunited(NYT)
greenfield64 Jeff Greenfield (Twitter) Median income drop got worse AFTER recession "ended". Down 10%+ in a decade. Gee, why this naitonal discontent?
Developer Zuckerman Owner of the Daily News is for Development
Mugger fondles woman's breasts while stealing purse, cops say(NYDN) * Serial groper suspected(NYP) * Two Women Sexually Attacked In Brooklyn (NY1) * Police Say Latest Brooklyn Attack Related to Others (NY1)
John Liu Pal Who has Attack America and Israel Gets A New Job One Week After Moved Out of the Comptrollers Office to Protect His Mayoral Plans
Officer Saved at Gunpoint by His Own Wedged Finger(NYT) * Officer: I'm really lucky that finger-in-gun move worked on thug(NYDN)
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm endorses Mitt Romney for president, following in the footsteps of his political mentor, former borough president Guy Molinari(NYP) * Michael Grimm followed in the footsteps of his mentor Guy Molinari and endorsed Mitt Romney. * Herman Cain has bumped Rick Perry out of center stage in the next debate.
Romney Up Big in NH
Harvard Institute of Politics polls likely NH GOP voters: Romney up 18: Romney 38%, Cain 20%, Paul 13%, Gingrich 5%, Huntsman 4%, Perry 4%
A Brooklyn Pol Running for A Congressional Seat Mostly In SI?
With Obama on the top of the Dem Ticket
More on the Vinny Gentile for Congress speculation.
MTA Reduces Subway Service For First "Low Ridership" Day(NY1)
Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner is back at the gym, pumping iron to maintain the physique that so many people have seen.
Incompetent city Board of Elections still tallying vote by hand and slowly when polls close(NYDN Ed)
Boss Crowley Going for 2 Out of 2?
Despite Queens Boss Crowley embarrassing loss with his hand picked sock-puppet candidate David Weprin to replace the Weiner he now is trying to pick a state senator under federal investigation to replace a congressman who has been named the most corrupt member of the house.
Doing the Crowley shuffle (NYP Ed) Queens Democrats are apparently looking for a worthy successor to Rep. Gregory Meeks, who just last month was judged to be one of the most corrupt creatures in Congress. Crowley, who makes no bones about living in the DC area, may not be up to date on the state of political play in Queens -- and thus may be unaware that Smith, like Meeks, is under federal investigation over a charity scam the two ran that made $30,000 in Hurricane Katrina aid money vanish. Smith also is linked to that gamy Aqueduct racino deal that played a big role in former Gov. Paterson’s decision not to seek election to a full term. Councilman Leroy Comrie would then be installed in Smith’s place in the Senate, a nifty one-two combination.
AEG and Meeks (True News)
Why Crowley Stays in Power? No Investigating Reporters Left in NY
If a journalist hides the truth they are not journalists they are partners in the crime they are hiding
Not since the death of old school investigative report Jack Newfield in 2004 has any reporter in New York covered how the corrupt Queens Democratic Machine use the courts as there personal bank. Today over a decade later nothing has changed. The new Queens Surrogate Kelly was like Nahman elected without a primary. Today's Queens Democratic machines still use the Surrogate Court as their personal bank. All that has happen has Crowley has replaced Manton. Crowley Bolz and Reich all receive most of the loot from the Queens Surrogate Court. The only difference is Newfield is long gone and the clueless, inexperienced and none caring corporate journalist of today report political gossip, don't do investigative pieces and only write about corruption when the U.S. Attorney indicts a pol.
GOP move to save Turner (NYP) Instead of sacrificing the seat to congressional redistricting as originally planned, the GOP is eyeing ways to redraw the district’s boundaries, and make Turner harder to beat in 2012.
What Occupy Wall Street can learn from Tea Party: The path from raucous protest to real relevance (NYDN) * Protesters pepper-sprayed at D.C. National Air and Space museum(NYDN)* Demonstrators Back In Zuccotti Park As Occupy Wall Street Movement Gains Support(WCBS) * Clergy To Join Forces With "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters (NY1) * Pelosi Supports Frustrated Protestors(ABC) * Sweet! Ben & Jerry's Backs Occupy Wall Street (DNAInfo) * Independent reporting of #OccupyWallStreet * “Occupy Wall Street” movement comes to Berkeley San Francisco Chronicle* analysisCan the Occupy Wall Streeters set up camp in Canada? (CBC) * It's A Free Country ® - Unlike Tea Party, Wall Street Protests Ignore Electoral Politics(WNYC)
Occupy Wall Street Support in China
Some Cops Furious NYPD Officer Flashed Peace Sign In Photo With Occupy Wall Street Protester(Gothamist)
NYT Op-Ed Supports Occupy Wall Street Protests
Protesters Against Wall Street(NYT Ed) It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. It is also the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge. * Wall Street Protests(Sen. Bernie Sanders, Huff Post)
Wall Street Top 10 Employees
Big Finance's 10 Favorite Lawmakers (for Now) (Mother Jones) Here's how to reap Wall Street's largesse on Capitol Hill: Represent New York, sit on a financial committee, hold a leadership position—or, if you're Chuck Schumer, trifecta!
Why Does the City Council Continue to Give Tax Breaks to Condo Developers if 1/3 of Those Units Are Sold to Foreigners?
Foreigners purchase one-third of city condos (CrainsNY)
Pols Turn A Blind Eye While Co-Ops Allow Widespread Renting to Tourists
$ublet ‘hotels’ very homey(NYP) NYers Rent to Tourists on the Sly
High school's new rules give failing kids credits toward graduation(NYP) * Eva Moskowitz's plan for three new charter schools in Brooklyn deserves a chance to succeed (NYDN Ed)
NYPD Ticket Scandal Death Threats
TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads(Huff Post)
CBSNews CBS News (Twitter) Bob Schieffer's advice to politicians: Non-answers are wrong answers to offer audience, and the audience knows it
Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio? Mourning Steve Jobs and hoping some of his leadership traits rub off. *Friedman, NYT) *My Muse Was an Apple Computer (NYT Op-Ed) * Thanks for the Future (The Daily Beast)
Apple's Think Different Commerical
In NYC trial, the mayor and his money become focus(TU) The lawyers for John Haggerty are drawing on what is a lingering fear for some New Yorkers — that the mayor's wealth and the influence it brings him has handed him too much power.
The Woman Behind the Bloomberg Nexus of Government and His Non Profit and Business Empire
Patricia E. Harris, the first deputy mayor, is arguably the most important unelected person in city government and may also be seen as the personification, as the head of Mayor's charitable foundation, of the blurred lines between the mayor’s public, private lives and his campaigns for public office.
Parts of Harris's Schedule Released
Calendars Shed Light on Bloomberg Aide(NYT) More than a year after the NYT filed a Freedom of Information request for the schedule of Deputy Mayor Harris the Bloomberg administration released a heavily redacted portion of that request. The mayor's spokeperson said the redacted material could include political and philanthropic work.
Wall to Wall Coverage of the Haggerty Trial (True News)
Harris' Testimony At the Haggerty Trial Look More Like It Was Coming From A Clueless Sole, Not the Most Powerful Women in NY
"I can't answer that question, yes or no." Harris
It's never been made clear who among Bloomberg's aides authorized the disbursement of the $1 million to the Independence Party that eventually wound up going to Haggerty. At first, Harris, dressed in a dark suit with a white shirt, said she didn't understand what she was being asked. "You're the first deputy mayor of New York," said Vacco, sharply. "You don't understand my question? Is it in writing?" After another exchange, Harris said, "There's no need to yell at me. I'm trying to help you." When asked again whether the authority to spend the mayor's money was ever expressed in writing, Harris said, "I can't answer that question, yes or no."
mikiebarb Michael Barbaro (Twitter) Bloomberg admin and Jewish high holidays -- a case study in using holy time periods to bury news (DM Harris skeds, term limits.) * Harris skeds document her unfettered access Bloomberg, with 1-2 hour blocks of time dedicated to "meeting w/MRB * NYT: Patti Harris skeds show meetings with Bill Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, James Gandolfini, Jack Nicklaus, Brad Pitt:
HPD Scandal, CityTime and ECTP is Proof Of Inadequate Oversight at City Hall to Prevent Corruption
Numbers Scribbled Here and There Added Up to $600,000 in Bribes, U.S. Says(NYT) * Ed Pinckney, former NBA player, caught in city corruption probe of kickbacks from contractors (NYDN) More on the HPD Scandal (True News)* Comptroller LiuRequests City Hall Review of Technology Project to Prevent “CityTime 2”
In Spite of Widespread Corruption in the High Tech Contracts the Daily News Says: Mayor Bloomberg's wildly successful high-tech challenge must have many winners(NYDN ED)
Politically Connected Freedman (Indicted in HPD Scandal) Got Appointment from Gov
Attorney Michael M. Freeman has resigned as chairman of the Nassau Community College board of trustees after he and six others were indicted in federal court in a bribery and kickback scheme involving affordable housing contracts in New York City, officials said. Freeman, 64, a real estate attorney from Manhasset, was appointed a member of the Nassau Community College board Feb. 18, 2009, by then-Gov. Paterson named chairman last year, Freeman's term was to end in 2015.
School Workers Axed
672 School Jobs Are Lost in Largest Single-Agency Layoff Under Bloomberg(NYT) * Axed! Nearly 700 public school workers get the pink slip in mass layoff(NYDN) * Hundreds Of School Workers Laid Off, Spurring Protests Against Bloomberg(NY1)
More Bleak Job Numbers Fears of a double-dip recession may have been calmed, but it is becoming increasingly impossible to undo the damage from years of high unemployment. (NYT Ed) * AC Casino Workers Struggle After Pay Cuts(NBC) * Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling(NYT)
More City Pension Problems Ahead
They Still Don't Get It (Room Eight)
Today: March to Washington Square Park
For Some, Wall Street Is Main Street(NYT) Downtown protesters and their neighbors have a strained relationship, over bathrooms, noise and use of Zuccotti Park. * Protest Cuts Off Access to Park(WSJ) * Downtown Tries to Cope with its Occupiers(WSJ) * Occupy Wall Street protesters ready to push out of Zuccotti Park(NYDN)