Sunday, April 8, 2012

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Queens Machine Conspiracy to Drive Rory Lancman Out of the Race to Elect Grace Meng to Congress

Former Brian Mclaughlin, Hevesi, David Weprin and Morton Povman staffer Jeff Gottlieb expected to enter the race for congress in the Meng district according to political consultant Jay Golub.  Gottlieb will clearly split the Jewish vote with Lanman making county choice Grace Meng a walk in to win. 
Breaking story more to come

Both the Queens and Brooklyn Democratic Machines Are Fixing Congressional Elections
Gatemouth discovered a conspiracy in the race against Nydia Velázquez. *  City & State confirmed it.*  Gatemouth advanced his second theory of vote splitting in the race against Nydia Velázquez.

As Political Bosses Fixed Elections and A Lobbyist Connected to A Major BOE Pay to Play Investigation Remains Anonymous the Main Stream Media See and Reports Nothing

Something Happened Last Week (We Don't Know What), Until Then Graves Was Well Protected
Why is BOE Stephen Graves Only Being Suspended and not Fired When He Was Caught Two Years Ago Asking for A Bribe. 2 Years Ago His Computer and Files Were Seized In Joint FBI DOI Raid On the Queens Board of Elections .  After his computer was taken Graves dissapeard for two weeks.  When he came back he was reassigned from the Queens BOE to its Wearhouse, Still funded by HAVA.  Graves was operating out of Manhattan until a group of Jewish employees filed an EEOC complaint against him. Until his suspension  the City's HAVA manager was operating out of a Queens warehouse.

Pinky Dennis Gallagher is a Lobbyist Do You Think He Knows GOP's Graves (True News)

Why is the Media Allowing DOI to Cover Up Who Was BOE Graves Pay to Play Lobbyist 
The city’s Board of Elections has suspended an employee Stephen Graves who is a top official in the Queens Republican Party after being notified that he was caught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a company competing for a $65 million contract in 2009.  “He was recommending the use of a particular lobbyist,” said one source. “In exchange for that he wanted a finder’s fee.” The lobbyist, who was not identified, was supposed to receive $250,000 a year for five years, the source said.

More on Jay Golub 
Jay Golub who is a consultant to Jeff Gottlieb congressional run to split the vote in the 6th, is president of GSP consultants. Golub GSP Consulting was $4,500 by the Ragusa' faction of the Queens GOP against the Haggerty faction. Steven Graves was running in the 25AD for State Committee as part of the Ragusa faction in 2009.  Also working for GSP is Dennis Gallager who the NYP calls the Perv pol lands Qns. lobbyist gig  Gallagher, who stepped down in 2008 after pleading guilty to sexual-abuse charges stemming from accusations that he raped a woman in his Middle Village office, is listed on a city government database as an “additional lobbyist” with GSP Consulting, a Sunnyside-based firm run by Jay Golub, a dentist. Republican Gallagher, a Republican, confirmed that he does consulting work with Golub and that he’s done consulting for Councilman Peter Koo (R-Queens) but said he hasn’t done any work for Republicans in Queens “on a paid basis.” Michael Nussbaum Meng' campaign consultants also worked in the 2009 peter Koo campaign. Jolub also worked in the campaign for Issac Sasson.  in Both the Koo campaign and the Sasson campaign Nussbaum's Multi Media company did the printing.

I Super Phone Booth

City ‘i’s new phone booths(NYP) Touch screens on way The city plans to unveil 32-inch “smart screens” with Internet connections next month inside 250 old phone booths throughout the five boroughs.

Cute mascot wanted for grimy Gowanus cleanup(NYP)

Hey kids, meet Sludgie — a whale of a mascot born from the putrid bowels of the Gowanus Canal! Advisers to the toxic waterway’s Superfund cleanup want to create a taxpayer-funded cartoon critter to demystify the 10-year project.

Election 2012  

Ailing Back Forces Congressman Rangel To Miss 103 House Votes(NY1) * Titanic: Speaker Quinn's grandmother made harrowing escape(NYDN)* Velázquez hired BerlinRosen and Eddy Castell.*  REP. ED TOWNS A NO-SHOW ON BROOKLYN CAMPAIGN TRAIL ...(NYP) * Rep. Ed Towns’ campaign manager doesn’t want to get into a “pissing match” with the congressman’s two primary opponents, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and NYC Councilman Charles Barron, adding: “We’ll do what we need to do to win this election.” * Joyce Johnson, who is making a second attempt at unseating Rep. Charlie Rangel, welcomed Sen. Adriano Espaillat to the primary fray, saying she has “never been afraid” of competition.

Mayor refuses to release 911 system report, but court date looms (NYP)* Bloomberg’s obsession with data-driven government has proved to be a double-edged sword.

The NYP Says Bloomberg Showed the White Flag By Allowing 7 of the 33 Schools He Planed to Close Remain Open
Mike blinks(NYP Ed) A lame-duck mayor, which Bloomberg has become, doesn’t have much beyond his word and his reputation. Mayor Mike did immense harm to both this week. * Quinn’s ties to ‘Mike firm’ imperil UFT nod(NYP)

Kindergarten Wait List While City Council Spends Millions on Corrupt Member Items

Nearly 2,500 students were wait-listed for kindergarten slots at 125 public schools(NYP) * It’s Still Really Hard to Get Into a New York City Preschool(NY Mag) * 2,406 Children Placed on Kindergarten Waitlists (DNAInfo)



Fire Proof Teachers

Court: School must rehire violent dean who roughed up two students (NYP) * In Successful Fight to Keep Job, Music Teacher Cited Double Standard by City(NYT) In his defense, an educator in Washington Heights showed a picture of the schools chancellor at the time in a similarly affectionate pose with students.* 6 teachers on desk duty for years, but can't be fired(NYDN)* Creepy teachers allowed to keep jobs - 'I don't regret any(NYDN) * Walcott frustrated by rulings(Fox 5) *A fine freshman(NYDN)  * Teacher to DOE:  Kiss off! (NYDN) * ‘Violent dean’ tape(NYP) * Driver free in hit-run death(NYP)



From 64 Historic Districts to 107

Bloomy deputy's 'historic' nabe grab(NYP)The Bloomberg administration has increased the number of landmarked neighborhoods




Court: Mental Health Institutions Over Group Homes

Court Upends 9-Year Fight on Housing Mentally Ill(NYT) An appeals panel struck down a judge’s order that New York State transfer thousands of mentally ill adults in New York City from institutional group homes into their own homes and apartments.* Court order to find homes for mentally ill adults tossed (NYDN)



Crane inspector Clouseau

Inspector who OK’d 7 train disaster crane also checked crane in 2008 disaster (NYP)* Rig Faults Uncovered At Deadly Crane Collapse Site(NY1) * Staten Island native killed in Tuesday's crane collapse(SI Advance) *Crane Inspector May Have Been At Fault In 2008 Accident (WCBS) * Crane operator in fatal collapse at subway extension construction site involved in two prior accidents (NYDN) Exclusive: Lawrence Anderson at helm in 2002 and '03 when injuries occured *Low bid’ twist in tragedy(NYP) * Same inspector checked crane collapses(Fox 5) * Crane-op union hits Mike (NYP)


Judges Protect Judges

NYT Says That Gonzalez's "violation of ethics rules has badly undermined trust in his judgment. He should relinquish his role as a presiding justice."

Judicial Conduct Unbecoming (NYT) New York courts may be reforming hiring practices so that jobs are not given to favored friends and relatives, but one justice has been given a pass for doing so. But that did not stop Luis Gonzalez, the top judge in the appellate division that covers Manhattan and the Bronx, from treating openings in his part of the court system as personal patronage. A state agency that polices judges’ conduct issued a highly critical report about Justice Gonzalez, yet he remains a presiding justice. * Judges’ jobs injustice(NYP Ed) If you’re a New York City judge and get caught breaking court rules, not to worry: The state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct is only too happy to give you a pass.


Environmentalists No BJ on the Creek

City wants to blow bubbles in Newtown Creek; Environmentalists say plan stinks(Brooklyn Paper) * Stinking at math: City denies share of canal costs(NYP)


Police, Board Seek to Clarify New Oversight(WSJ)








Keeping the Public Uninformed While Racking In the Millions

This Is What WNBC (4) Calls Informing the Public

 April 7, 2012
6:00  Weather, 6:02 News-Plane crash in Virginia,   6:02  News-Looking for NJ Hit and Run Driver, 6:05  News-Fake police officer scam, 6:07 News-Death of artist Thomas Kincaid, 6:08  News-Pace U professor quits over texting scandal, 6:08 News-Funeral for crane accident victim, 6:09  News- Tugboat collapses, 6:10 Commercials, 6:13-Weather, 6:15 Program to help homebound senior with a computer and some class have a better life, 6:17  News-  Winner of Mega Millions comes forward to claim prize, 6:18  Celebration of local artist at Tribecca Film Festival, 6:19 Commercials, 6:21 Talk Stoop(A cable program) Cast of Stomp, 6:23 Sports, 6:24  Preview of tonight's SNL program, 6:27-6:30 Commercials

Hentoff Back At the Voice Blasts Cuomo

Governor Cuomo Joins the Lawless Kelly-Bloomberg Gang (Nat Hentoff, Village Voice)

The New Teflon Don John Liu Soft Ball NY1 Interview
In a puff interview (A Artz wet dream) of the comptroller last week by Inside City Hall's Errol Louis in the 9th minute of a 12 minute interview Liu was asked about the scandal involving his campaign fund raising.  Interviewer Louis asked: Since the comptroller disapproval rating have doubled does he think his effectiveness is compromised.  Liu said his office is working as hard as ever for the people of New York, and gave examples.  The follow question that Louis asked was very strange: Louis said "questions in the political community questions were being asked of why was the the federal government involved in offering questionable payments to a campaign."  Liu volunteered and Louis agreed: "an undercover sting operation." Liu also added, "I can only imagine there be more allegations in the coming months?" Louis never asked what additional allegations the comptroller was talking about.  It is funny the records don't who Louis questing the FBI sting against Tony Seminerio,  Brian Mclaughlin or William Boyland. NY1 Online: City Comptroller Liu Discusses Tax Liens, Fundraising Scandal * “People are trying to take me down early. Nothing is going to take me down,” said NYC Comptroller John Liu, sounding very much like a 2013 mayoral candidate while speaking to a Democratic club on Staten Island.

NYPD cracking down on aggressive Diamond District 'hawkers'(NYP)




NYT Bloomberg Have There Own Truth 

New Jersey's governor gets called out in the Times for offering tax breaks, but Bloomberg sounds like a white knight (nah) (Atlantic Yards Review) In a front-page New York Times article two days ago, Christie Leaning on Tax Subsidies in Hunt for Jobs, New York Times development reporter Charles Bagli took a tough look at New Jersey  Gov. Chris Christie's approval of "a record $1.57 billion in state tax breaks for dozens of New Jersey’s largest companies after they pledged to add jobs." But the nut graph gave way too much credit to New York: The generous distribution of subsidies in New Jersey has come under fire from government-reform groups, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City and some New Jersey landlords, who contend that the programs are an expensive and ineffective form of assistance to wealthy corporations.

Bloomberg Double Talk on Tax Breaks

Bloomberg offered developer Bruce Ratner $100 million--and then nearly $100 million more, later--for his Atlantic Yards arena-cum-skyscrapers project, leveraged by moving the basketball Nets from NJ to Brooklyn. 



Drug Rehabilitation Agency Files for Bankruptcy Protection(NYT)





Jewsy Shore: Ex-Hasidim reality TV(NYP)






Lost Jazz Treasure Found By A Blogger

Giuseppi Logan’s Second Chance(NYT)  Suzannah B. Troy, an artist and political activist, was one of the first people to notice him after his arrival: on a frozen afternoon in December 2008, playing “Begin the Beguine” in Tompkins Square Park under a hooded jacket that showed only his white beard. He was homeless again, sleeping on subways or in the Kingsboro men’s shelter in Brooklyn. Ms. Troy recorded him on video and posted it on YouTube.


MTA "Bus Time" Service Lets Riders Get Real-Time Crosstown Bus Locations (NY1)



Taxi of Tommorrow is the van of today(NYDN Ed) Federal law says that this cab must take wheelchairs

City Debates What To Do With Sculpture That Survived 9/11(Huff Post)

Future unclear for WTC 9/11 sphere(Fox 5) * Calls to save a sculpture that survived 9/11(WABC) * "The Sphere" Statue, A Remnant Of 9/11, To Be Moved From Battery Park(NY1)



The Making of the President 2012

A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012 Campaign(NYT) The friendship between Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu, little known to outsiders, is now rich with political intrigue.  * That Campaign Promise About Campaigning(NYT) Reform of the Federal Election Commission is a political fight worth having in an election season flooded with cash from special-interest donors. * Gingrich: Romney and I are at peace (Politico) * DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy (CNN) * After taking time off the campaign trail to be by his sick daughter’s bedside, Rick Santorum is ramping up his operation despite rumors he’ll drop out of the the race.* The secretary of state will not be attending the National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC this year. Her husband will be there.

Cardinal Dolan: Obamacare is ‘intruding into the life of faith’(NYDN) Criticizes President Obama over birth control for women


SNL’s Mitt Romney Campaigns On A Pro-Everything Platform





NBC Tries to Cover Their Ass on Zimmerman EditGate

NBC Fires Producer of Segment on Florida Killing(NYT) Editing of audio clips took George Zimmerman’s comments on Trayvon Martin’s race out of context.* NYT: NBC has fired producer in Zimmerman scandal(Wash Post) *NBC News Fires Producer Involved In Editing Zimmerman 911 Call * No Consensus From CNN on Whether George Zimmerman Used a Racial Slur
New Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds majority of Americans think country is deeply divided by race 


Legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace has died. He was 93.

Mike Wallace Speaks His Mind, Andy Pays Tribute To Mike, 60 Minutes' To Air Wallace Tribute,   Rooney: Why I Like Mike,  Mike Wallace Revisits Memorable Newsmakers * Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012 (CBS) *  Mike Wallace, ’60 Minutes’ Pioneer, Dies (NYT) * Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 93 (NYT) *Howard Kurtz Remembers Mike Wallace, Legendary CBS Newsman, Dead at 93 (Daily Beast) *  Mike Wallace: Newsman's death symbolizes passing of an era (LA Times)* Reactions to the Death of Mike Wallace, ’60 Minutes’ Pioneer (NYT) * Mike Wallace, `60 Minutes' Star, Dies(AP Video) * What do you remember about Mike Wallace?(Wash Post) * Fox News’ Roger Ailes On Mike Wallace’s Death: ‘A Very Sad Day In Television’ * Mike Wallace’s Interviews: Henry Kissinger to  Roger Clemens (Video) (Daily Beast)

In an essay for CBS News, Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent, recounted his colleague’s career thusly:
Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as “nosy and insistent.”
So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence. He asked the Ayatollah Khoumeini if he were crazy. He traveled with Martin Luther King (whom Wallace called his hero). He grappled with Louis Farrakhan. And he interviewed Malcolm X shortly before his assassination.


Supremacy in Jeopardy for ‘Today’(NYT)




Law and Order  

Four Police Officers Wounded In Shootout With Brooklyn Hostage Suspect(NY1) Two NYPD Officers Wounded In Brooklyn Shootout Remain Hospitalized

Two NYPD officers shot, suspect critical after B'klyn apt. gunfire(NYP)* Two NYPD officers shot in leg(NYDN) * 4 NYPD officers wounded in Brooklyn shootout (Fox 5)


I was 7 when my testimony put my father in prison -- but he’s innocent!(NYP)


Mob ‘hitman’ shares link to heaven in memoir(NYP) * Teen fatally stabbed in Bx. (NYDN)* Haunted S.I. boy, 8, bravely tried to save grandma (NYDN) * Fatal Shooting Of New Brunswick Pastor Under Investigat(WCBS) * Rapper G. Dep Faces Trial For ’93 Shooting(WCBS) * Heat’s on gun-toting subway fare beater: cops(NYP) * Jealous killer convicted(NYP) * Man killed in Queens liquor store shooting(WABC) * OWS Pair Arrested For Subway Stickers After Police See NY1 Report * Brooklyn Couple Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide(NY1) * Man Shot to Death in Brownsville (DNAINFO)

New York Civil Liberties Union is out to fix NYPD program that isn’t broken (NYDN Ed) “Clean Halls” has been an effective crime-fighting tool for 30 years


Rebuilding After a Late Exoneration(WSJ) Released from an upstate New York prison late last year after he was exonerated in a 20-year-old murder case, Carlos Morillo hoped to be reunited with the son he had met only once as an infant.

‘Don’t worry . . . I just killed my ex-girlfriend’(NYP) * Driver Arraigned In Death Of Staten Island Grandmother(NY1) * Brooklyn mom, 22, found dead; beau sought(NYDN) * Neighbors: Staten Island Grandmother Saves Grandson Before(WCBS) * NYPD seeks Jackson Heights grope(Fox 5) * Man accused of attacking tenant he didn't recognize(WABC) * Cops search for suspects in Queens forcible touchings(WABC) * Victim in Brooklyn fire had gunshot wound(WABC) * Staten Island man turns himself in after fatal hit and(SI Advance) * Elderly Brooklyn couple shot dead in apparent murder-suicide (NYP) *Why don’t Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just quit?(Wash Post)

Police Impersonator Sought in Bronx Rental Scam(NBC)




Child is Shot and Nobody Notices

The Shots Sounded Like Fireworks(NYT) A stray bullet hit a 10-year-old boy on a corner in a shooting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that otherwise seemed to have caused no panic. 

Was A Black Mayor Dinkins Treated Differently By the Press On Crime Than White Pols?(True News)


OWS Pair Arrested For Subway Stickers After Police See NY1 Report

* Owner Had Right to Clear Zuccotti Park, Judge Says (NYT)

Man nabbed for illegal weapon after trying to sneak into station(NYP)* Man arrested with gun in NYC subway(Fox 5)* Man arrested with loaded gun in Times Square subway(WABC)

Olbermann on ‘Letterman,’ Palin on ‘Today’ Show, and More Viral Videos

From Katie Couric’s return to morning TV to the trailer for the Katy Perry documentary and the Daily Mail writer whose beauty makes life oh so difficult, see the Daily Beast countdown of the week’s buzziest videos.