Sunday, May 6, 2012

True News Sunday Updated

 BREAKING: French President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes defeat in presidential election. 

Greek Voters Punish 2 Parties for Economic Collapse





CityTime, Stark, 911 No Single City Employee is Sent to Jail For Corruption

‘Abu$e’ crew all get away (NYP) See no evil. Hear no evil. Read no evil. The Department of Investigation has chronicled multiple abuses committed by former Finance Commissioner Martha Stark in a scathing 111-page report that also raises questions about the behavior of several of her subordinates.





Congressional Battle Fought in Jewish Summer Camp: Brooklyn Boss Vito Lopez vs Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Satmar war camps(NYP) Dems take sides in Jewish bro battle On one side is Brooklyn Democratic boss and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is going to bat for Zalman Teitelbaum. The rabbi was designated the leader of the Satmar Hasidic sect by his late father, Grand Rebbe Moses Teitelbaum. 

 On the other is Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat whose district was just redrawn to include Hasidic Williamsburg. She is backing Teitelbaum’s older brother, Aaron, who wants to control half the camps. Velazquez, who’s been in Congress since 1993, faces a tough primary challenge from close Lopez ally and City Councilman Erik Dilan. * Camp Granada by Allan Sherman (with lyrics)



First Liu Was Taken Out of the Mayor's Race by an Investigation Now It Looks Like de Blasio Could Be Next

Unfinished business(NYP ED) Just when the Working Families Party thought its legal problems were over comes word that the labor cat’s paw is facing a new criminal investigation. Two years after Staten Island DA Dan Donovan formally requested a special prosecutor to look into possible WFP election-law violations, one was finally named. * New investigation for Working Families Party | Crain's New York (CrainsNY) * Lingering Cost Of 2009 Forces De Blasio To Keep Fundraising(C&S)





A Private Wedding for Quinn . . .  After A Focus Group?

Meet Quinn’s Jersey girl(NYP) Shy fiancée reins in candidate For the early Democratic front-runner in the mayoral race, who’s leading polls by 20 points, her long-awaited May 19 wedding to Kim Catullo could have been the perfect campaign-publicity fodder. Quinn toyed with the idea of milking the moment for maximum political value — approving the hundreds of interview requests that poured in, posing for pictures getting fitted for her wedding dress, and becoming the poster couple for gay marriage in New York. But it was in deference to her shy partner, a working-class Jersey girl turned corporate lawyer, that she chose to keep the ceremony a private, personal affair, sources said. The end result is a wedding that will reflect Catullo’s roots more than Quinn’s political future. It is in deference to her partner, “working-class Jersey Girl turned corporate lawyer” Kim Catullo, that NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn reportedly decided not to milk her marriage for all its political worth and keep it a relatively private, personal affair.


MTA is Married to the Mob

Jimmy Roemer served more than three years in prison in $10 million fraud against the MTA, then he was hired for another MTA project (NYDN) Hired for East Side Access tunnel for the Long Island Rail Road.   A decade ago, Roemer participated in a brazen conspiracy to steal $10 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s massive renovation of its headquarters in lower Manhattan. As he pleaded guilty to six counts — including fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion — in 2003, he explained how managing the payroll allowed him to routinely inflate workers’ hours and bill for workers who did not exist.

Back around 2000, Roemer — a treasurer in the crane operators union Local 14 and an occasional contractor — was hired as a subcontractor to help determine manpower needs for a tricky job: transforming an aging lower Manhattan office tower into the MTA’s gleaming new headquarters at 2 Broadway.  Because the building was jammed next to other towers, exterior scaffolding couldn’t be used. That meant contractors had to rely on an extensive network of interior elevators to haul construction equipment and material.

Thank You Daily News Only A Strong Press Can End the Mob Involvement in MTA
Each day, Roemer decided how many Local 14 workers were needed to operate these elevators. In this sensitive position, he was able to bill the MTA for workers who did not exist and inflate the number of hours for both real and fictional workers. Some of the money skimmed from the project wound up with associates of the Genovese crime family, prosecutors said. Another big chunk of it — $800,000 — helped Roemer build the Lake George lodge called “Summer Wind.” M.T.A. Project Rocked Anew By Mafia Link -

NY comes up lo$er in Derby(NYP)  The shutdown of Off Tracking Betting parlors and stalled plans to allow betting machines in city bars cost the state $5 million in revenue from lost wagers yesterday — and much more annually.


Yea Public Financing of Campaigns Will Come Right After Independent Redistricting

Public financing, vital campaign reform, has collapsed. Will anyone try to revive it? 

An Idea Worth Saving(NYT Ed) * The NYT on Bloomberg’s 2013 proposed $68.7 billion spending plan that spares teachers, police and firefighters but slashes vital programs for needy children: “That is not the way to balance a budget.”









NYT Aristocrats  Tell Us Who Has the Power In NYC

The Powers of New York(NYP)


Gerson Borrero dubs Ydanis Rodriguez NYC’s “craziest councilman,” after he fired, re-hired and fired the same staffer all in a span of three days.

About Me Cuomo
Cuomo Plans Book on Governing(NYT) * Yet another book about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first term is in progress – this one written by the governor himself, with an assist from his ex-top aide, Steve Cohen.

True News' Top Stories of the Week
1.  Even the Post Got Caught in the Very Secret World of the BOE
2.  The Run-Ray-Run Runaround (NY Magazine)
3.  New 'Boro Taxi' Unveiled at City Hall(DNAINFO)
4.  Bloomberg Raising workers wages a communist plot? (NYDN)
5. Former Liu Campaign Treasurer Indicted In Straw Donor Scheme(NY1)
6. Kruger gets seven years for bribery(Brooklyn Paper)
7. Ex-Finance Commissioner Martha Stark used office to benefit gal pals: repor(NYP)

8.  The Queens Chronicle Asks Why is A Sex Sex Trafficker Running Campaigns (True News)
The Queens Courts Also Support Sex Trafficking and the Corrupt Boss Crowley's Machine
10. ‘Neutral’ Dem Andy could back GOPer Kelly(Dicker, NYP)
11. Full salaries for Albany part-timers make for gross pay (NYDN) 
12. Quinn Storms Out of Living Wage Press Conference After Bloomberg Diss (DNAINFO)   
13. State Report Says Racing Association Knowingly Withheld Millions(NYT)
14. Port Authority To Declare One World Trade Center NYC’s Tallest(WCBS)

How Bloomberg Tried to Block the Release of the 911 Report . . .  Just Like Nixon Tried to Block the Tapes

The city’s fire officers union went to court to demand the report be released.  The court ordered the report released and the city has appealed the release of the whole report.  On Friday afternoon the best time to bury as negative story the mayor released and edited version of the original report. Only 133 pages was shorter than the 216-page report. In another Bloomberg Tech Cover Up, not a single city employee has been indicted in the largest corruption case in city history, CityTime.
City report trashes 911 call response(NYP) The city’s 911 system is riddled with problems that could cost crucial seconds in dispatching emergency services — right down to the way operators answer the phones — despite a $2 billion overhaul.* Report Lists Many Flaws in Handling of 911 Calls(NYT) * Report Finds Flaws in City's 911 Responses(WSJ)  * City's 911 System Still Prone To Human Errors, Final Report Finds * $2 billion Unified Call Taker system is big mess(NYDN) *Report Reveals Failures of NYC 911 System(WPIX)

Remember 3rd Term Bloomberg Because He Was A Good Manager
The edited report said: There is no unified governance structure for 911, a problem severe enough for Bloomberg to immediately start drafting an executive order establishing one. . .  Under current protocols, callers in distress have to wait until the seventh question to be asked the most critical question: “What is the emergency?” The Daily News which said in 2009 that the term limits law should be change to allow the city to continue to take advantage of Bloomberg excellent management skill.  Today they write 911 call for help(NYDN)

On the Day Monserrate Plea Guilty For Ripping Off Member Items $$$ Bloomberg Calls For More Pork
Mike wants more pork!(NYP) An apostle of good government, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday called for more pork and overseas junkets to break the logjams in Washington.

Monserrate diverted more than $100,000 in city funds to support unsuccessful 2006 election bid
Monserrate Pleads Guilty to the Misuse of City Funds(NYT) Monserrate, a former city councilman, asked the Council for discretionary funds for a nonprofit organization, and used some of the money to benefit his campaign. * Monserrate Pleads Guilty(WSJ) * Former Queens Pol Monserrate Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charges(NY1) * Pol Hiram Monserrate pleads guilty to fraud(NYDN) * Monserrate admits corruption, faces prison(CrainsNY

Not One Newspaper Has Asked Quinn Funding Former Head of Monserrate's Non Profit Libre and For Not Investigating Councilmember Julissa Ferreras Who Ran the organization that spent city funds on campaigns

What About Councilmember Julissa Ferreras Involvement in Libre?

Queens Group Spent City's Cash, but Has No Receipts Showing

Several members of Monserrate's legislative staff have also worked for LIBRE, including City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, who was once his Council chief of staff. Ferreras was LIBRE's chairwoman for a time, when it handled a program to register 1,000 voters. A source familiar with the probe said LIBRE workers turned over registration cards at the last minute to keep his competitors in the dark.
Pedro Espada Jury Angry Scream, Curse and Call Each Other Names
Ethics Panel Fines Espada $80,000(NYT) The commission on Friday ordered former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. to pay $80,000 for violating state law by hiring his uncle. * Jurors In Espada Corruption Trial Say Discussions "Hostile"(NY1) * Jurors scream, curse and name-call during fifth day of deliberations(NYDN) *A Lot of Sushi: Espada Fined $80k For Hiring Uncle(LoHud)

Campaign 2012  Slowed Physically, Rangel Promises to Go Full Speed in Primary Fight(NYT) * Absentee ballots shoot Fidler through the roof!(Brooklyn Paper) * Gelber For Brooklyn Borough President?(McBrooklyn)Pauline Chu decided she didn’t want to work for Senator Toby Stavisky (Queens Politics)* Avella backs spa developer despite prostitution scandal (Queens Campaigner) * Party power comes from voter turnout, not enrollment (Times Ledger)
* Shaking Up the Establishment (BKLYN INK)  Dan O’Connor of Brooklyn is hoping to win over fellow New Yorkers with his enthusiasm as he campaigns for Congress. “I think I have a lot of energy as a young guy,” O’Connor, 33 * Who's Behind Manny Tavarez Vs. Gustavo Rivera? El Diario La Prensa (Perez Notes) * Clyde Williams went on Inside City Hall. * Marty Golden is talking up a bill his family would profit from, but will abstain from voting on it. * The D&C laments Cuomo’s “do as I say, not as I do” attitude toward campaign finance reform.


Liu Still Punching Bloomberg

Liu Audit Criticizes City Design Oversight(WSJ) The Public Design Commission, a little-known New York City board that wields significant power over the final look of many public projects, lacks clear standards and fails to consider cost when it requests changes.




New York’s Children Shouldn’t Pay the Price(NYT Ed) Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s revised proposal for the next city budget slashes vital programs for needy children. That is no way to balance a budget. * Mayor holds firm on budget cuts to child care, fire companies (New York World)





Brooklyn Surrogate Court Bookkeeper Indicted for Stealing from Dead People

Ex-City Bookkeeper Indicted for Stealing from Dead People: DA (NBC) Richard Paul, 34, the former Kings County Public Administrator's office bookkeeper, was charged with grand larceny and defrauding the government * City Bookkeeper Charged With Stealing $2.6 Million From Estates(NYT) An employee in the office of the Brooklyn public administrator and three others pleaded not guilty to what prosecutors said was a scheme that targeted estates without wills. * Scheme Targeted Funds of the Dead(WSJ) * Bookkeeper robbed dead of $2.6M, went on shopping sprees: DA Surrogate's Court And Why It Should Go (True News)

The Surrogate Court is A Political Toll Booth Exacting Tribute From Widows and Orphans - Robert Kennedy
Brooklyn City bookkeeper in 600G ‘scam’(NYP) A bookkeeper stole more than $600,000 in taxpayer money by creating a phony check from the Brooklyn municipal office that handles the estates of people who die without wills or next of kin, court papers allege.

Queens  A Court, Not Votes, Sustains a Political Machine in Queens (NYT, 11/28/11) *Were Have All the Journalist Gone After Newfield (True News, 7/14/11)) Not since the death or 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.

Bronx  Bronx Surrogate Judge, Facing Discipline (NYT)  Judge Holzman, the Bronx surrogate since 1988, is in the midst of a disciplinary hearing in which he is charged with allowing his staff to run amok and to take fees that were excessive and unearned from estates that it was handling. Judge Holzman could lose his job as a result of the hearing. 

Staten Island Expose Corrupt Courts: Cover-Up Continues in Surrogate's Court 

Brooklyn Lawyer makes millions with no details on fees - New York Daily NewsIs ex-Surrogate Judge Michael Feinberg of New York a degenerate crook?

Brooklyn Whole Foods Gentrification

Whole Foods is coming? Time to buy(Salon) Forget Starbucks: It's the gourmet grocer that lands just before neighborhoods really explode

How Gentrification and Others Set Up John O'Hara

How Elbridge Gerry set me up (Irish Echo) * John O'Hara (Brooklyn politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  * More About John O'Hara

Wall Street Isn’t Enough (City Journal)  Finance-heavy New York must recapture its economic diversity.

Long Island 'hooker' accused of selling sex out of hot-dog truck -- again(NYP) * Hot-dog ho’ kin lets her steam in jail(NYP)

The Making of A President 2012
Let Romney Be Romney - William Kristol, The Weekly Standard * What Would Obama Do in a Second Term? - Ezra Klein, Washington Post * Generialissimo Obama - Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon * Obama's Wonderful Town - Gail Collins, New York Times4 Years of Obama Undoes 8 Years of Reagan - Tommy De Seno, Ricochet * Note to The New York Times: If Voters Do Not Know the “Real” Obama By Now, They Never Will(Purdum, Vanity Fair) * How the Central Bank Will Affect the Election(The Atlantic) * In First Official Campaign Rally, President Obama Makes Case For Re-election * Obama’s reelection campaign officially starts at Ohio State: Transcript (Wash Post)
* The gloves come off as Obama launches reelection campaign against Romney (The Hill) * At kickoff rally, Obama seizes on Romney missteps(Wash Post) *** Sunday  Obama Formally Kicks Off Campaign in Ohio and Virginia * 9 Swing States, Critical to Fall Contest, Are a Mixed Lot(NYT) * Obama launches campaign, but real opponent may be economy(Wash Post) * (Daily Beast) *VP Joe Biden Comes Out In Favor Of Gay Marriage, Name-Drops Will & Grace * Analysis: In Obama's NY Visit, Watch Cuomo, Clinton (NBC) * Gingrich Concedes Tea Party Does Not Have As Much Political Power As It Did In 2010

Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro's fourth volume about LBJ

Seat of Power  ‘The Passage of Power,’ Robert Caro’s New L.B.J. Book * How Caro spends his Sundays.

Bill Maher: If First Black President Only Has One Term, People Would See It As A ‘Failure’



‘Fox & Friends’ Indulges In Some Good, Old-Fashioned White House Bashing On SNL


New rules on political ads: how to mine them (Columbia Journalism Review)   Finding gold may require a group effort A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the Federal Communication Commission. But this gold will be useless unless it’s extracted, shaped, and polished.

Dial M for Murdoch(The Nation) British investigations reveal the shocking extent of his shady tactics. Can we really believe he hasn’t used the same methods here? *  Rupert Murdoch Scandal Follows Classic Media Baron Downfall Script(Huff Post) * Succession Failure (NY Mag) The real cost of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.


Chinese dissident going to NYU(NYP) * In age of Twitter, China’s censors lose control of Chen Guangcheng story(Wash Post)

Law and Order

Brutal system of teen beatings continues at Rikers Island’s RNDC prison(NYP)


DA drops grope raps(NYP) * Grope charges Bible study leader expected to be dismiss(NYDN)


Lawyer dares NYPD: Catch me red-handed(NYP)




Late Night Attack In Flatiron District Caught On Tape(NY1) * Suspects wanted in Chelsea assault(WCBS)

 Law and Order


NY1 Exclusive: Video May Back Claims Bronx Teen's Arrest Was Unfounded




Suspect sought in subway robbery(WCBS)

Holocaust survivor claims he was beaten by cops in Queens(NYP)




CIA broke Khalid Sheik Mohammed by keeping him awake for 180 hours(NYP)
Families outraged at tribunal’s farceFamilies outraged at tribunal’s farce(NYP) Final insult of Qaeda clownsFinal insult of Qaeda clowns(NYP)

9/11 trial: Al Qaeda's court tactics anger families of(NYDN) * At a Hearing, 9/11 Detainees Show Defiance(NYT)
* Militant Tied to U.S.S. Cole Bombing Said to Be Killed(NYT)* 9/11 victim’s family outraged by terrorist’s thumbs up(NYDN)

Suspected 9/11 plotters refuse to speak as they appear before judge(NYP) * 9/11 Defendants Disrupt Start of Arraignment(AP) * Chaotic Scene at Hearing in 9/11 Case at Guantánamo(NYT) * As Alleged 9/11 Plotters Face Judge, Those Who Lost Loved (WCBS) * Follow LIVE tweets of the Gitmo Arraignment from NY1's Washington Bureau Reporter ! * 9/11 Judge: "Why Is This So Hard?"(Mother Jones) * 9/11 Hearing Gets Off To Rocky Start(Slate) 

Case against 9/11 'plotters' could take years, lawyers for both sides say(NYP)  *For 9/11 victims' families, hearing another ordeal(AP) *At Gitmo arraignment, 9/11 ‘mastermind’ refuses to speak(WashPost) *Chaotic Scene at Hearing in 9/11 Case at Guantánamo(NYT) * Via Video Feed, Families Watch 9/11 Case and Seethe(NYT) * Accused 9/11 mastermind KSM refuses to speak, whines tribunal not legit(NYP) * As Alleged 9/11 Plotters Face Judge, Those Who Lost Loved (WCBS) * Chaos at 9/11 trial: Alleged terror mastermind won't talk, co-hort bursts into prayer(NYDN)

Families of 9/11 victims will hear terror mastermind’s voice for the first time today in Gitmo hearing(NYP) * Families Of 9/11 Victims Prepare For Gitmo Arraignment(NY1) *The Trial(New Yorker)
* Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Refuses to Answer Judge(NBC)Families of 9/11 victims watch Guantanamo arraignment in BK(News12) * Inside the Guantanamo courtroom (CBS)