Quinn the Slush Fund Queen
Shady Seabrook can hand out 350G (NYP) Indicted City Councilman Larry Seabrook will still be allowed to distribute more than $350,000 in “member item” funds to local groups next year — even though he’s under federal indictment for plundering those very same funds and faces a retrial. Seabrook is charged with steering $1 million to nonprofits secretly under his control, with much of it ending up in the pockets of his girlfriend, brother, sisters and nephews. * Indicted NYC councilman to get another $350,000(WSJ)
Quinn's Crime Family Known As the City Council Also Funds Boss Vito Lopez
Quinn is also funds another crook. Vito Lopez’s non profit political machine Bushwick Senior Citizen Center is collecting a whopping $607,000 from the Council’s Brooklyn delegation and members Erik Martin-Dilan, Domenic Recchia, Elizabeth Crowley and Stephen Levin. Lopez like Seabrook is under federal investigation for a host of crimes. Lopez also just received $845,000 for his non profit machine from Cuomo's economic development grants.
Senate Independent Democratic Conference Looks to Expand
The four-member Independent Democratic Conference, in an effort to expand their breakaway conference, may be active this year in Democratic primaries(TU) * Sen. Jeff Klein says the IDC “may be active” in the 2012 primary and general elections in hopes of boosting its four-person membership. He also won’t rule out backing the GOP to retain the majority if the outcome next November is close.* The Independent Democratic Conference has raised $250,000 for its PAC, Sen. Jeff Klein said in an interview. He would not rule out voting for a Republican to lead the Senate. (TU)
Redistricing: The Incumbent Protection Society
LATFOR is previewing potential district lines with incumbent legislators. (Post-Standard) * David Greenfield: July or August election date disenfranchises Jewish voters
Artz's Gets the NYP to Dance For His Candidate Jefferies
Towns’ car (NYP Ed)The Post slams Congressman Ed Towns for spending $30,000 in taxpayer money on a two-year lease for a Mercury Milan hybrid. (Score Artz 1 Sheinkopf 0)
Lui Continues to Take Shots At Bloomberg
Liu finds $17M is not where it belongs(NYDN) * NYC Comptroller John Liu accused the Bloomberg administration of sitting on $17 million in an obscure account with no oversight, and said the cash belongs in the general fund.
Cost of 911 upgrade skyrocketing (NYDN) An audit performed by City Comptroller John Liu found that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is improperly sitting on $17 million in funds
Loophole Lets Kruger Keep His Pension
Not One Pol Is Preparing NY For Loss of Wall Street $$$
The Times says New York would be better served by an economy that diversifies beyond the financial sector, and praises Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for higher taxes on private equity partners
Wall Street Meets Reality (NYT ED) Wall Street reported nearly $3 billion in losses in the third quarter of 2011, reducing profits through September to $9.6 billion, which was well below forecasts, according to a recent analysis by the New York State comptroller. The comptroller estimates that Wall Street banks and smaller brokerages may cut some 10,000 jobs in New York City by the end of 2012.* Table Gambling In NYC Gaining Support(Fox 5) *More Than One-Third Of Layoffs At One Big Bank To Hit NYC(Huff Post) * The 1 Percent? That’s So 2011. It’s the 6 Percent You Should Be Worried About. (NYT) President Barack Obama is ready for the Iowa Caucus.
Mike's Gift to New Yorkers: Life
Mayor Mike’s gift to New Yorkers: life(NYP) * New Yorkers' Life Expectancy Reaches 80.6 Years, Higher Than National Rate(NYT) * Life Spans in City Exceed U.S. Average(WSJ) * Bloomberg: New Yorkers' Life Expectancy At All-Time High(NY1)
Happy News Year
Lady Gaga will be Bloomberg’s guest at the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop.
Bloomberg Protects the Bull When More Cops Are Needed in the Rockaways
Mike keeps bull caged(NYP)* Containing Outrage How Police Power Tames the Occupy Movement (Boston Review)* Battle for Brooklyn, "community," and the Occupy Wall Street parallel (the massive NYPD response to protest)(Atlantic Yard Report)
powellnyt Michael Powell (NYT) Let's say Wall Street bull got tagged. Ok, not good. But let's say elderly lady gets mugged in LES projects 'cause cops guarding a statue