Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bharara: NY Pols Belong to A Money Crime Culture

Putting Pols In Jail Will Not Break Albany's Crime Wave

Groundhog Corruption
  It’s no surprise, of course, that the system invites corruption; the rules are written by those who profit by them. And, as Bharara pointedly asked: “What can we expect when transgressions seem to be tolerated and nothing ever seems to change?” “Putting dirty politicians in prison may be necessary, but is not sufficient. And the dream of honest government cannot come to pass unless there is real change in the culture,” the U.S. attorney said. Empire state of rot(NYP Ed) Hard as it is to believe, New York’s public-corruption crisis is getting worse. And simply jailing dirty pols won’t end it. This is “more than a prosecutor’s problem,” said Bharara.
“Because . . . there continues to be, even after a parade of politicians have been hauled off to prison, a lack of transparency, lack of self-disclosure, a lack of self-policing, a lack of will and a failure of leadership.” Only a total “change in the culture,” he said, can fix things. Precisely. Fact is, New York’s political system is little more than a breeding ground for corruption, providing endless ways for pols to scam the public. As Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was also arrested, put it in an FBI transcript, “Money is what greases the wheels.” Politics is “all about how much.”* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who is leading the case against Smith and Halloran and has won convictions against other corrupt politicians, believes that the wrongdoing in New York politics is “downright pervasive”, The Wall Street Journal reports: 

 Elections And Everything Else for Sale NYC II

Organized Crime Politics

Welcome to the Biggest Corruption Sandal In NYC History
‘Bribing’ his way onto the ballot: State Sen., city Councilman Halloran face fed rap today(NYP) State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran will be slapped with federal charges today in a stunning bribery scheme to rig this year’s mayoral election. Expect several corruption scandals to come together as more players at tied into the six that were arrested.  The Pols Blue Wall of Silence is Up - Pols off Twitter and Face Book Today Yesterday’s indictments also show the lingering, corrupting effect of legislative pork (i.e., “member items”), despite the boasts of “reform” by pols like Gov. Cuomo and Council Speaker Chris Quinn.

Graft on top of graft on top of graft A Life of Crime Politics

Malcolm & Dan on FBI wiretaps; plot bares ‘business’ as usual in NY(NYP) * The fall (and fall) of Sen. Smith(NYP) * The fall (and fall) of Sen. Smith(NYP) * A ruined life gets even worse for Halloran (NYP) Dan’s debt, divorce woes
The king of Queens graft(NYP Ed)
Smith has been linked to so many dubious schemes the FBI must have had an entire branch on his tail: Bid-rigging for the Aqueduct racino. Co-founding a Katrina charity that saw nearly $30,000 vanish. Diverting campaign funds for lavish personal trips and meals. Even opening (and then ruining) a Queens charter school in what appears to be a plot to boost home sales for a developer and big-time donor.
Smith’s friends now are abandoning him like rats. Gov. Cuomo said he has “zero tolerance for any violation of the public integrity and the public trust.”
Witness at the Center of Malcolm Smith Bribery Case Owes $126M to Citigroup(DNAINFO)
GOP power broker Tabone quits amid Smith scandal(NYP)
 But Cuomo himself seemed OK with the arrangement that gave Smith considerable power.* The DN characterizes Halloran as the “greedy Gordon Gekko” of the scheme to buy Smith’s way onto the GOP line.* Cox Calls On Savino, Tabone To Resign(YNN) * Halloran's alleged straw donor link with Smith(CrainsNY)  Markowitz couple seems to have given 
* Malcolm Smith’s staff will take a trimming(TU) * Quinn defends member items but definitely not Dan Halloran(Capital) * Cuomo On Corruption: ‘People Do Stupid Things’(YNN) * Mayoral Candidates Spar Over Member Items In Wake Of Major Bribery Arrests(NY1) * Manhattan GOP Chair Tells Supporters There’s Not ‘Another Shoe to Drop’(NYO) * Monsey Chosid Named As Key Figure In Mass NYC Political Bribery Scandal( * Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmine: “I am asking the community not to prejudge me, rather to keep me in your prayers for my good name to restore.”

Smith's likely motive? Access to the NYC publicly financed campaign system kitty
 The Post’s Fred Dicker argues that Smith’s arrest hearkens back to the “bad old days” of Albany corruption and reflects poorly on the leadership of Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos  Explains what was in it for Malcolm Smith: bigger public figure = more chances to cash in + "huge cash kitty" from public financing* Well, so much for gov’s clean sweep(Goodwin, NYP)

So much for Albany's orgy of self-congratulation: Not So Clean After All,

NYP Says Smith's Pol and Press Enablers Never Are Faulted
Smith and the pols arrested with him will be the ones facing charges. But you’ve got to wonder about those who served as Smith’s enablers: Will they pay a price?

Lucky Guys Gone: Left With Sheinkopf Vs Sheinkopf
Corruption in NY Has Increased As Investigative Reporting Has Left Town
Yesterday Lucky Guy about gritty reporter Mike McAlary who was part of New York tradition of reporters reaching to the 1700's John Peter Zenger who saw it as their mission to fight political corruption. Today we are left with clueless reporters who need the corrupt elected officials, consultants and lobbyists to inform them what is going on.  They are good looking and read scripts well. The investigative mind with an historical knowledge of what he or she was reporting is gone.  The the rough-and-tumble of big-city newsrooms and scoop-hungry reporters like Jack Newfield, Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamell, Mike McAlary and Tom Robbins are passed or forced out by the changing newspaper business. No better example of how reporting has dumbed down was on view last night in a report on NY1 by reporter Josh Robin.  Robin is show over substance. His Snarky disattached presentation without emotion is considered cool and copied by most young reporters today. They view group acceptance over investigative product.
Robin's report last night was straight out of the Star Wars bar scene where double talk got rid of the guards.  What the NY1 reporter did not understand in his report last night about getting Thompson's reaction to Smith's arrests was that he was really talking to Svengli ventriloquist political consultant/lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf who puts words in both men's mouth and strategy into both men's game plans.  As every old political bull knows Sheinkopf has been advising and working for Smith for years and was the architect behind smith mayoral plan. As the great Wayne Barrett said in 2010 Sheinkopf makes kings so he can then make deals with the kings he’s made. So when NY1's Robin got a quote from Thompson attacking Quinn for Smith's corruption, he was really getting Sheinkopf attacking his own plan.

"I am saying the people in charge of the city council should have done something different it clearly falls on them" Bill Thompson(Robin,NY1)

True News PM Update
Halleron: Member Item Bribe No Problem
Councilman’s Boast Revives Question of Quinn’s Oversight(NYT)A wiretap in a corruption case unrelated to New York’s City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, recorded a councilman’s assertion that he could extract Council money to be used as a bribe.*Scandal Suggests Narrower Corruption Law Still Survived(NYT) * More Rot in Albany A convoluted bribery plot over a spot on the New York City mayoral ballot exposes the worst in the state’s political culture.

It is Not Only Young Reporters Who Unprepared to Be Journalist

Gambling Blind to WFP Investigation That Can Hurt de Blasio Mayoral Campaign
John Gambling interviewed Bill de Blasio on the Smith arrest without understanding that the candidate could soon face the same type of scandal.  de Blasio said the speakers reforms to stop member items corruption have not worked.  He was upset with Quinn using the member item money to control councilmember - punishing those that oppose her.  They went on for several minutes yada yada yada talking about Smith's scam to rip off the CFB's matching funds.  What Gambling never asked mayoral candidate de Delasio is the Staten Island DA's investigation of another CFB rip off plan that the candidate might be involved in. Bill de Blasio may be ensnared in Working - Daily News  * Working Families Party Officials Served With Subpoenas - * New investigation for Working Families Party |(CrainsNY)

‘Nuke bomb’ on city GOP(NYP) * Catsimatidis said he’s been cooperating with the federal government for the past several months, and insisted his handling of Tabone showed “good judgement.”* NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich, a frequent critic of the Queens GOP, said John Catsimatidis should end his campaign for mayor due to his ties to Tabone, whom the billionaire supermarket mogul has suspended from his campaign and private business. “I’m not liberty to say what role I played in the investigation,” Councilman Eric Ulrich said on Inside City Hall last night. “But I do know that, as an elected official, I took an oath to uphold the law. When people are breaking the law, when people are perverting the political process for their own financial gain, … I have an obligation to report that. I reported it to the authorities; apparently there was an investigation that was already ongoing. I believe that this is going to have a lot of tentacles.”

The Media has Missed US Attorney's Watergate Judge John Sirica Move
Bharara by loading up charges Smith and Halloran could get 45 Years  Tabone and Savino 25 Years  is putting pressure on the bums to rat on higher ups just like Judge Sirica did with the 7 that were arrested for the Watergate breakin.  There are a few pols sweating right now that Smith will rat on them.

Halloran/Tabone Took $$$ From More Than One Candidate

Both Have Earned This Years Elmer Gantry Award 

The Queens Crooks Sold Their Line to John Catsimatidis But they Pulled An Elmer Gantry and Also Sold the Line to Smith
Two Republican leaders and Halloran allegedly took payoffs in return for helping Smith get a place on the ballot, even as one of them, Queens GOP operative Vincent Tabone, was serving as a top aide to another mayoral hopeful, John Catsimatidis.

Mayor/Sheriff  Andy Smith and his Deputy Barney "Halloran" Fife
In exchange for helping arrange meetings with Republican leaders, Halloran allegedly wanted to become a "deputy police commissioner" or "deputy mayor" in a Smith mayoral administration. "There were people involved in the scheme who thought it was a realistic possibility," Bharara said.
Danny Hakim notes three of the last five Senate majority leaders have been indicted for corruption or are in jail. (Smith, Espada, Bruno).* Bharara repeatedly said the arrests today were emblematic of a broader problem in New York. "Many may understandably fear that there is no vote that is not for sale, no office without a price and no official clean of corruption," he said.

A phony Rockland County construction project generated by the FBI led to the arrest of Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, who accepted bribes from undercover federal agents in connection with Smith and Halloran, The Journal News writes: Many of Smith’s colleagues in Albany were not surprised to hear of his arrest due to the fine ethical line that Smith walked for years, while some declined comment for fear of upsetting Smith, The New York Daily News reports * Halloran was struggling with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt from late mortgage payments and a divorce from his ex-wife, Cynthia, before he got involved in an alleged extortion scheme to deliver Republican ballot access for Smith’s bid for mayor, the New York Post learns:   
 Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino was fired from his position on the Clarkstown Town Board, where he handled the town’s tax certioraris, after he was arrested in connection with rigging the New York City mayoral race, The Journal News writes:   Republican New York City mayoral candidate George McDonald recalled that while meeting with the five bosses of the city’s Republican Party to persuade them to support his bid for mayor, they wanted a candidate who could make contributions to the party’s coffers, the Times reports: Cuomo stopped by Buffalo and Rochester on a victory tour after his administration passed its third on-time budget and said that the bribery incident in New York City works against the good faith he has helped build among the public in Albany, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writes

The Times’ Jim Dwyer marvels at Malcolm Smith’s calm demeanor at his federal court hearing yesterday morning in the face of a litany of corruption charges* Federal prosecutors said that more than $100,000 in bribes changed hands in three schemes tied to the proposed Spring Valley Community Center and 2 Holdings LLC, the company incorporated last year to build the center.* One “prominent” black leader in NYC on Smith’s arrest: “It’s amazing that of all the dumb things he’s done…this is what he goes down for. Are you so delusional that you’re giving bribes when no one one but you thought you had a chance?”* Cuomo called the charges against Smith “very, very troubling,” and IDC leader Jeff Klein said the senator should consider resigning altogether.*  Smith’s arrest presents yet another problem for the already fragile IDC-GOP coalition.* With Smith’s arrest, three of the four most recent majority leaders have later faced serious federal corruption charges.* The TU says Smith is “Exhibit A” in the argument for campaign finance reform.* Jumping From Party to Party to Bribery(NYT) One side-effect from the scandal: the somewhat archaic Wilson Pakula process of parties granting permission to run under their ballot line has taken increased prominence. From The New York Times: “The criminal complaint accusing a top state lawmaker of trying to buy his way into the race for New York City mayor made several references to a document most New Yorkers have probably never heard of. But the document has played a colorful and sometimes ignominious role in city politics.”* Bribery Arrests Grab Attention Of Elected Officials(NY1) *Why Does This Keep Happening?(TNN) * Cuomo: "We have made significant reforms over the years." [Nick Reisman]* Shut the slush funds(NYDN Ed)

City GOP bigs calling for ouster of Savino, Tabone after Smith bribe scandal(NYP)

 Enter the Fat Man
City Councilman Leroy Comrie eyed as possible replacement for state Sen. Malcolm Smith

Show Me the Money Culture
City pol Halloran, Sen. Smith caught in bombshell 'bribery plot' to rig mayor race(NYP)
Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot(NYT) * For Albany, Yet Another Corruption Case(NYT) * U.S. Attorney: New York’s Corruption Cases ‘Feel Like a Scene From Groundhog Day’(NYO) * Malcolm Smith Stripped of Committee, Leadership Perks After Arrest(NYO) * The Malcolm Smith Case In One Chart(YNN)* ., in statement, cites and calls for probe into "troubling pattern of abusing taxpayer dollars for political gain"* 1) Halloran is accused of trying to get a guy a job at a Council-funded autism nonprofit 2) It's Autism Awareness Day * Fallout from state Sen. Smith bribery probe touches mayoral candidates(NYDN)

Organize Crime Politics
."After the agents took off, a Smith neighbor said 'I'm glad he's arrested.'"
‘Bribing’ his way onto the ballot: State Sen. Smith, city Councilman Halloran face fed rap(NYP) Sen. Smith in ‘plot’ for mayor race * Dem schemed to run as GOPer * Faces rap with Republican Halloran. The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the Republican ballot, sources said.FBI agents planned to arrest both men this morning.* Rev. A.R. Bernard does not rule out mayoral candidacy in wake of Malcolm Smith scandal * Corruption Case Reaches Coalition Leading State Senate(NYT)

 Smith was trying to buy off Republican leaders because he needed the party’s support in at least three boroughs in order to run as a GOP candidate without even changing his own party affiliation, the sources said.* New York State Senator, Councilman Arrested in FBI Probe(WSJ) * FBI arrests NY state senator, NYC councilman  * Sources: State Sen. Malcolm Smith Arrested In Plot To Rig Mayoral Election(NY1) * The New York City Mayoral Already Has a Bribery Scheme(Atlantic)* State Senator and City Councilman Accused of Trying to Rig(NYT)\ * Catsimatidis suggests Lhota's "campaign people" might be involved in unfolding case. Says GOP leaders "were twisted" to support Lhota.*NY1 Online: Councilman Ulrich Offers Mixed Response To Bribery Arrests * An Obscure Law Has a Colorful Past in City Politics (NYT)* Wilson-Pakula, Obscure to All but Ballot-Hopping Politicians(NYT) * GOP Mayoral Candidates Distance Selves From Alleged Bribery Scandal

From the Indictment
Paragraph 61. During the conversation, the UC and SMITH also discussed that payments would be made such that there would be "no trace back" to SMITH, the UC or the CW. SMITH suggested that 
the payments be made via retainer agreements between the committee leaders and the UC leaving no connection to SMITH. The UC said that the UC did not want any written contracts to tie  the UC and the committee leaders together and SMITH suggested that the agreements could be done "on a handshake." When the discussion returned to the topic of making sure that the committee leaders actually followed through and delivered the Wilson Pakula certificates, SMITH suggested, "hav[ing] them sign a piece of paper or something." The UC responded: "No, no, I'm -not signing anything," and SMITH replied: "That's true, you don't want to do that." GOP NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis said it’s “very, very sad” his political and private sector staffer Vince Tabone was arrested in this scandal.
…and then he reportedly (and quietly) fired Tabone from both posts.* How silly Vince Tabone was allegedly patting someone down for a wire. How silly. He didnt realize that the Donnie brasco movie took place in the seventies. Those wiring gadgets went out of style in the eighties and now Feds use small bugs and put them in creative places. *Gonzalez: Sen. Malcolm Smith's alleged bribery scheme is the dumbest, most delusional plot ever concocted(NYDN) * You can't do anything without the f------ money': FBI tapes reveal elaborate plot to bribe New York GOP officials to put Dem state Senator Malcolm Smith on mayoral ballot(NYDN)
* Sources: Queens GOP Leader Facing Major Corruption Charges Resigns(NY1)

This is About Making Rats to Go After the Bigger Rats
Bharata: "Smith drew up the game plan and Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen ... wide open to bribes"  so far: Bronx GOP chairman Savino, Queens GOP Tabone, & arrested. even by NYC standards, this is incredible. Tabone, Queens vice-chair, is John Catsimatidis' right-hand man at the Red Apple Group. Could become an issue for Cats as well...* Here's the federal complaint laying out the alleged bribery scheme
Rooted in 1947 law to bar American Labor Party from hijacking Dem and GOP nominations. Rigging Mayor’s Race * Document Drop: The Case Against Malcolm Smith

Why Not Just Minor Party Endorsement on eBay to the  Highest Bidder
Today’s charges demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government.  The complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself.  As alleged, Senator Malcolm Smith tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion – Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes.  After the string of public corruption scandals that we have brought to light, many may rightly resign themselves to the sad truth that perhaps the most powerful special interest in politics is self-interest.  We will continue pursuing and punishing every corrupt official we find, but the public corruption crisis in New York is more than a prosecutor’s problem.” *
Mayor Bloomberg argued the indictments of Sen. Malcolm Smith and NYC Councilman Dan Halloran present as strong an argument as any for nonpartisan elections in NYC.

Deputy Mayor  Under Smith
Halloran: "That's our politicians in NY, they're all like that. .. You can't do anything without the fucking money." The other GOP county chairs don't seem like they want to answer their phones today* Catsimatidis, always full of new ideas, proposes reform schools in ever borough for bullies and troublemakers.

To get on the GOP ballot, Smith allegedly enlisted Halloran, a Republican, to set up meetings with party leaders and negotiate thousands of dollars in bribes. The money was masked as payments for legal and accounting services, sources said. Halloran allegedly collected thousands in bribes for himself along the way, the sources said. He is separately charged with taking bribes from a consultant in return for up to $80,000 in City Council discretionary funding.*GOP allegations hint at back-stabbing scheme(CrainsNY)

What Do You Expect From Dumb Voters?
Queens Voters Show Disbelief At State Senator Smith's Arrest(NY1)

 Is Smith Advisor Hank Sheinkopf Involved?
Smith Connect to Other Corruption Including AEG
Smith is facing heat for his ties to a shady Queens nonprofit, the New Direction Local Development Corp., which The Post found misused charitable funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sheinkopf working for Robert Williams Scandal
Behind Big Political Gifts, a Mysterious Donor - The New York Times

A Character Witness Himself Under Criminal Investigation
Writing A Character Letter From A Man with No Character

To the Media Morality and Honesty Gets In the Way Of the Spin
NY1 Reporter Grace Rauh listed corrupt lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf as one of the 50 relatives, pals, colleagues and clients who wrote character letters on his Lipsky's defense successful to avoid a long prison sentence The NY1 reporter failed to mention the absurdity of a Sheinkropf send a letter of character to a judge.  Rauh should have told her views that Sheinkropf took the 5th 56 times when the NYS questioned him about the AEG bidding process.  Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal which is still being investigated by the feds as part of the AEG investigation.  The Feds are also investigating a Board Of Election (the cesspool of political corruption) contract for new machines that Sheinkopf was a lobbyist for. Feds investigate switch by Board of Elections ... - New York Post 

What About the Sworn Papers Filed in Court by Ragusa?
How does this tie into the City Council Coup with the Commissioners At the Board of Elections? More

Wow!!!!!!! This is bigger than just the Mayor shit, they are gonna use Malcolm to go after bigger Rev Flake, Carl Andrews, Eric Adams, John Sampson, etc....

Smith, representing much of southeastern Queens, was also involved in an embarrassing Aqueduct casino bid-rigging scandal, which remains under investigation by the FBI.

COP Chair Phil Ragusa?
The money was masked as payments for legal and accounting services, sources said.

Who is the Consultant?
He is separately charged with taking bribes from a consultant in return for up to $80,000 in City Council discretionary funding.

Smith Lawyer
Mr. Smith’s lawyer, Gerald L. Shargel, said his client denied wrongdoing. “Malcolm Smith is a dedicated and highly respected public servant and he steadfastly denies these charges,” Mr. Shargel said, adding he would have more to say after he had an opportunity to study the charges.In addition to Mr. Smith, Mr. Halloran and Ms. Jasmine, the others charged were Vincent Tabone, Joseph Savino and Ms. Jasmine’s deputy, Joseph A. Desmaret, the people with knowledge of the matter said.(NYT) * Malcolm In The Muddle, Yet Again(YNN)

The idea that support from NY Republican Party--or from most parties in NY--is for sale is a shock... to those who have been asleep.

New York College Of Criminal Politicians (Albany Watch)
The list of troubled New York state lawmakers continues to grow, with former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith charged Tuesday as part of a bribery and extortion scheme to get on the Republican ballot line for the New York City mayoral race.*  A Gallery of Rogues in Albany (NYT)  *Newsday Showed Bosses Demanding Cash for Jobs, Including Judgeships, Years Ago – Just as Now(Brooklyn Ron)

GOP Chairs Shocked By Gambling At Ricks Place
NYC GOP Chairs: We Knew Nothing Of Alleged Malcolm Smith Primary Bribe Conspiracy
How Much money did the GOP Chairs Take From Bloomberg? Three of the four unindicted NYC GOP chairs say they had no idea about the primary bribe conspiracy. The fourth, Manhattan Chairman Dan Isaacs, isn’t saying anything at the moment.

The AEG Connection
In Ocean 11 The Rat Pack Tried to Steal From A Casino, In Albany They Tried to Steal the Entire Casino
The Art of the AEG Cover Up
Aqueduct-probe mystery(NYP) Top state Senate Democrats are being unusually close-mouthed about an internal probe they promised more than two years ago into the corrupt Aqueduct racino deal, whose results they have yet to produce. In that deal, Dem lawmakers and then-Gov. David Paterson tried to steer the lucrative contract to a single, politically juiced firm, AEG. But the harsh glare of publicity sank the plan, which then-Inspector General Joseph Fisch called a “betrayal” of the public trust, charging that officials “focused on political gain at a cost of millions to New Yorkers.” After Fisch’s report, Senate Democratic leader John Sampson announced that the Dems would conduct their own internal probe. But more than two years later, no report has appeared; in fact, no one in top Senate circles will even confirm that an investigation was ever begun.  More on the AEG Cover Up

Stop and Frisk Mayoral Debate

Shifting Sands in Mayor's Race?
A Real Stop and Frisk Fight Breaks Out In the Mayor's Race
As Lhota denounced Quinn's police monitor plan, Bloomberg aide Wolfson stopped by to listen in
Crime & leadership (NYP) Lhota slams Quinn’s gimmick. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s plan to impose an inspector general on the NYPD — that is, to subordinate one of the world’s most professional urban police agencies to the currents of everyday ethnic and cultural politics — drew some useful criticism yesterday from Joe Lhota, her fellow mayoral candidate. “Reckless and dangerous” was how Lhota described the scheme — though craven and opportunistic would also have fit. *Lhota Turns Up Heat on Quinn for Supporting Police Monitor(NYT) New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said on Monday that a proposal by Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn to install an Inspector General for the NYPD was “reckless and dangerous”, the New York Daily News writes: * Lhota Blasts Quinn as 'Reckless' Over NYPD Monitor(WSJ)* Lhota Calls On Quinn To Drop Support For NYPD Inspector General(NY1)

Is Adams Worried About AEG?
‘Frisk’ blast at Kelly: Pol says minorities 'targeted' (NYP) NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly admitted that police target blacks and Hispanics for the controversial stop-and-frisk program in an effort to keep guns off the streets, a cop-turned-lawmaker testified yesterday.* Kelly Said Street Stops Targeted Minorities, Senator Testifies(NYT)
State Sen. Eric Adams testified at a federal trial challenging the constitutionality of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told him the goal of stops was to “instill fear” in young black and Hispanic men, The Wall Street Journal reports:  *Police Critic Claims Kelly Said Frisks 'Instill Fear'(WSJ) * Sen. Adams Claims Police Commissioner Said Stop-And-Frisk Used To "Instill Fear" In Blacks, Hispanics(NY1) * Senator: Kelly said 'stop and frisk' to 'instill fear' in (NYSN) * Secret Recordings Heard In Stop-And-Frisk Trial
* Plaintiffs Try To Highlight Stop-And-Frisk Bias With Expert Witness (NY1)
NYC Murder Rate Down
Shootings, murders in New York dropped in 2013(NYDN)

Campaign 2013

Lhota IG Need for City Council
Joe Lhota, who opposes creating an inspector general for the NYPD, said an I.G. is needed for the City Council, which is led by his likely opponent, Council Speaker Christine Quinn. [Michael Howard Saul]

GOP Mayoral Candidates Say Scandal Won't Derail Their Bids(NY1)

Despite falling behind in fundraising compared with her opponents in the early goings of her campaign for New York City Public Advocate, Councilwoman Letitia James continues to pick up labor support, winning the endorsement of the United Auto Workers, region 9A. "With the rights of working people across our country under assault, we need strong, progressive leaders who stand up for middle-class and low-income families," said UAW Regional Director Julie Kushner. "Tish James has been that kind of leader since her days as a UAW member and most recently in the City Council, standing with workers when they are attacked by bosses, passing the Safe Housing Act to protect tenants, preserving funding for after-school programs, and ensuring that communities get their fair share when large developments come to town." James is behind her two opponents for Public Advocate, state Sen. Daniel Squadron and former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani in fundraising (both have raised just under $1 million compared with James’ $526,856), but has received endorsements from SEIU 32BJ, CWA 1180, and several elected officials. (City and State)

New King for Kings
State Sen. Eric Adams faces virtually no opposition in his bid for borough hall—the latest step in his evolution from controversial activist to political leader.(

  • Roger Stone
    GOP Consultant Sig Rogich claims he made famous "Dukakis Tank" ad and "Revolving Door" ad for Bush 41- but both were made by Roger Ailes. This is John Catsimatidis new hire ?*
    GOP NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis says he’s not a “fancy-schmancy” person.

NYC Government

The two largest labor unions in a coalition supporting paid sick leave legislation in New York City, SEIU 1199 and the United Federation of Teachers, declined to support last week's compromise, throwing their mayoral endorsements into question, Crain's Insider reports:

Bike Group Sues City Over NYPD Fees (WSJ)

NYTimes: With Legacy on His Mind, Mayor Adds More Schools
Education officials will cut the ribbon on 78 new city schools in September, bringing the number of public schools opened during the Bloomberg administration to 656 — a record for any New York mayor.

Crosswalks Unsafe
Crosswalks in NYC are not safe havens for pedestrians, a new study found.


Respect for the Law NOT
Councilman Levin poses with man charged with photographing sex-assault victim (NYP) A city councilman was the wedding guest of a Hasidic man facing criminal charges for taking courtroom photos of the victim in a sensational sexual-abuse case as she was testifying. The photo was taken at the man’s wedding,

NYC Paid Vacations?

NYC Hotel Host That Picks Up the Tab For Some
Mike: Free rooms are shelter-skelter (NYP) A frustrated Mayor Bloomberg yesterday blasted a policy that allows nonresidents and even foreigners to get costly beds in city homeless shelters with no questions asked. “When I pointed it out, some said that was ludicrous,” said Bloomberg,...* Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted a policy yesterday that allows nonresidents and foreigners to get costly beds in New York City homeless shelters, while Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond said his hands are tied by a 30-year old decree

NYS Budget

 $350 Tax Rebate To Cost You More
The cost of a new $350 tax break for some middle-class taxpayers as well as a subsidy for businesses to cover the difference of the minimum wage hike will cost the state more than originally estimated, The Buffalo News writes: * The state’s cost to give a $350 tax break to some middle-class taxpayers and to cover part of the higher payroll costs for businesses under the new minimum wage hike program will be more than the amount predicted last week by state officials.

NYT Says Budget Left Many Needs Unmet
A Big Budget With Lots of Holes(NYT Ed) State lawmakers in New York managed to approve the budget before deadline, but it leaves many needs unmet.* Cuomo called the 2013-14 budget a “love document,” but not everyone is in love with the results.

Budget Pork
The Times-Union argues that meeting the deadline for the state budget distracts from the amount of pork items it contains:
Mayor Critcism Cuomo's Budget
Criticism of Cuomo Over Plight of Cities Raises Syracuse Mayor’s Profile(NYT)


Albany Gun Fight
A fight among lawmakers and Governor Cuomo over changes to the state’s gun control legislation almost held up agreement on the state budget until state lawmakers quietly forged a deal to enact the changes, NY1 reports: * A lawsuit filed by the state Rifle & Pistol Association argues that New York City residential pistol permits block marksmen from competing in contests outside of the five boroughs, meaning that roughly 30,000 people are barred from these competitions, the Daily News reports: * Albany Reaches Quiet Deal To End Struggle Over Gun Control Bill Changes(NY1) * NY State's firearm lobby taking aim at city rules(NYDN)

Medicaid Cuts 
Over-Medicaided NY’s funds cut(NYP)
The federal government approved a deal with the Cuomo administration that dramatically slashes Medicaid payments to New York for services provided to developmentally disabled people.

Pro Fracking Post Attacks Yoko
Is Yoko above the law?(NYP)The gaggle of celebs at Artists Against Fracking — from Yoko Ono on down — can surely boast more glitz and star power than members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association. But that doesn’t make them any less subject to New York law. Which is why IOGA was right to ask the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics to probe Ono’s group and determine if it has violated state statutes by not formally registering as a lobbying entity.* Artists Against Fracking says Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have used their own resources to protest drilling, and so haven’t had to register as lobbyists, but are willing to do so if necessary.

Speed Cameras
Michael Powell sides with Mayor Bloomberg in his battle with the Senate GOP over speed cameras. * In amNewYork, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance appeals to legislators in Albany to greenlight a pilot program for speed cameras around New York City schools:

Thruway Layoffs
Barring a last-minute breakthrough, roughly 200 state Thruway employees will be laid off on Wednesday, due in part to a deficit the Thruway Authority is facing and what Thruway officials said was overspending by previous administrations, the Times-Union writes:
Bike Lawsuit

Weeks before the start of New York City’s largest bicycling tour, its organizers filed suit to avoid nearly $1 million in fees for traffic control by the NYPD.

Hospital Closing

Closing Of Long Island College Hospital Stalled Once Again In Court(NY1)


No Parking Yankee Garage

 Yankee Stadium garage company strikes out on Opening Da(NYDN)

212 No Longer NYC

212 Call From Kansas?
They’ve got your number, NYers! (NYP) The next time you get a call from area code 212, it might be from Manhattan — Kansas. The sacred 212 area code, for generations synonymous with New York cool, is slowly making its way across the country following a petition by Internet phone...


Waterfront Residents Say Mandatory Sandy Repairs Are Too Costly(NY1)
Red Hook Library Reopens After Sandy Cleanup
Rebuilding from the ground up(NY World) Community and labor groups come together to press plan for post-Sandy federal spending
South Ferry station to reopen for morning commute(NYDN)
Brooklyn Shopping Center Continues Rebuild Months After(NY1)

King Dolan

Will the Economic King Get A Tax Break?
Dolan goes on 'ID' rant at security guard, orders her sacked — then changes mindDolan goes on 'ID' rant at security guard, orders her sacked — then changes mind(NYP) Madison Square Garden boss James Dolan was so furious with a security guard who didn’t recognize him outside the swanky Delta Sky 360 Club that he fired her right on the spot

Saving ‘face’: MSG bosses’ pix handed to staffers(NYT)


At Trade Center, Looking Ahead While Finding Remnants of the Past

Daily Nanny Bloomberg

New City Ad Campaign Warns Of Sodium In Packaged Foods(NY1)

New York City subway ads warn about sodium(NBC)
Opposition from packaging manufacturers and the foodservice sector is growing in response to Bloomberg’s proposed ban on polystyrene food packaging in NYC.
A new NYPIRG study shows New York ranks 37th in the nation for mercury recycling.


fallon leno NBC Confirms Jimmy Fallon Will Replace Jay Leno In 2014
Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan(NYT)
"Tonight, tonight..." Fallon & Leno croon about late-night rumors: 
'The Daily Show' on a gun buyback program (VIDEO)
"Jimmy Fallon Tax Credit" Helps Lure 'America's Got Talent' To New York: Source
As Jimmy Fallon takes the reins of 'The Tonight Show,' a look back at the show's history of drama (The Daily Beast)


The Ready for Hillary super PAC launched its website yesterday, declaring itself set to go in case the former secretary of State wants to jump into the 2016 presidential race.* At Clinton’s first public appearance last night since leaving the State Department, her potential 2016 rival, VP Joe Biden, said: “There’s no woman like Hillary Clinton, and that’s a fact.”
Happily Never After? - Maureen Dowd, New York Times
Left-Wing Bigots Pat Themselves on the Back - James Taranto, Wall St Jrnl
WH Pushes Banks to Make More Home Loans - Zachary Goldfarb, Wash Post
Krugman's California Dreamin' - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
If Only I'd Snagged a Princeton Man - Donna Brazile, CNN
What Feminism Has Come To - S.E. Cupp, New York Daily News
Obama's Trash Talkers - Dylan Byers, Politico
Communing w/Hatemongers From the Pulpit - Charles Hurt, Wash Times
Black Conservatism Seems So Unappetizing - Tony Norman, Pittsburgh PG
Leave Ben Carson Alone - John McWhorter, Time
Let the 2016 Race Begin! - John Dickerson, Slate
Colbert's Pitch Looms Large in Sister's Race - Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
The War on Christians in the Middle East - Kirsten Powers, USA Today
The Sad State of Liberal Education at Bowdoin - Peter Berkowitz, RCP
My Little (Global) School - Thomas Friedman, New York Times
Columbia's Pet Terrorist - John Podhoretz, New York Post
Quantum Mechanics Supports Free Will - Tom Harstfield, RealClearScience
stewart Stewart Tears Into N. Korea Over Threats: Do You Really Want To Be Our 'Rebound War'?
Selling ObamaCare to Balky Buyers - Washington Examiner
The Trouble With North Korea - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Justice Ginsburg's Misdirection - New York Times
The King of Queens Graft - New York Post
In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary(NYT)
Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-illegal gun PAC has a new TV ad up in Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

North Korea Says It Will Restart Reactor(NYT)* North Korea To Restart Nuclear Plant(WSJ)
One Industry’s Hold on the Senate(NYT Ed)Medical-device companies persuaded lawmakers, even liberal senators, to support repeal of a vitally needed tax. 

Stewart Destroys Pres. Morsi For Going After ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ After Vowing To ‘Welcome Every Opinion’
America’s Jon Stewart Defends ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’
The Test Score Racket - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
How Many Lives Do Guns Save? - Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily
Don't Take Your Guns to Town - William Daley & Roseanna Ander, WSJ
Stockton Bankruptcy Is Just the Beginning - Conn Carroll, DC Examiner
Why Obama's Majority Will Survive - Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
GOP's Foreign Policy: Reagan's or GWB's? - Robert Merry, National Interest
Our Sordid History on Gay Marriage - Richard Cohen, Washington Post
Inconvenient Headlines for Liberals - Mona Charen, National Review
When B.A. Stands for "Barista" - Megan McArdle, The Daily Beast
Why I'm Not Cheering the Economic Recovery - John Judis, New Republic
New York's Future Flees to Florida - Ruger & Sorens, New York Daily News
In Indiana, a Big Win for School Choice - Michael Gerson, Washington Post
Rubio's Immigration Cowardice - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast
Offensive Comment Unlikely to Derail Don Young - Scott Conroy, RCP
The Bible vs. Heart - Dennis Prager, Townhall
Baby Boomers & the Rise of "Gray Divorce" - Susan Brown, LA Times
Ft. Hood Victims Shamefully Denied Purple Hearts - Andy McCarthy, PJM
Ben Carson Says White Liberals Are the ‘Most Racist People There Are’(NY Mag)
Charter School Experiment a Succes - USA Today
Teen Mobs Are Back - Chicago Tribune
America Needs Racial Healing - Washington Examiner
Cyprus Was Not an Exception - New York Times

Law and Order

Stickup thug’s trail of the tape (NYP) A shotgun-toting thug and his partner were caught on surveillance video stealing the cash register from a Bronx chicken joint — with the receipt tape streaming all the way out the front door.
Woman Robbed, Attacked on Brooklyn Subway(NBC)

Cops Bust 1,000-Plant Marijuana Farm in Queens(NY Mag)

 Woman stabbed 40 times — & lives(NYP)

Video shows B'klyn thug firing shots in broad daylight(NYP)
NYPD Kidnap panic: Gee, pranks a lot (NYP) The daylight Manhattan “kidnapping” that ignited a massive NYPD search involving choppers, Emergency Service cops and even commandeering a Columbia University building was just a birthday prank by the victims’ college buddies.* Manhattan ‘Kidnapping’ Was Birthday Joke, Police Say(NYT) * 'Abduction' Was a Prank, Police Find(WSJ)

aught on video: Robber crashes into glass door in Aust(WABC)

 Pimp is slapped with jail (NYP) A pimp who beat and raped his Upper East Side hookers was sentenced to 62 years in prison yesterday despite insisting the victims were actually happy employees who kept going back to work for him

Frat Boy Arrested for Subway Beating Thanks to Nickname on Sweatshirt(NY Mag)

Bronx Community Pride Center's ex-chief gets 2-6 years in(NYDN)

Livery Cab Driver Shot, Killed Behind The Wheel In Bushwick(NY1)

Officer Charged in Robberies of Drug Dealers(NYT)


Police Surveillance May Earn Money for City(NYT)

Reward offered in Brooklyn livery driver murder(WABC)

Livery cabbie fatally shot in face(NYDN)

  NYPD: Suspects Wanted In Flat Tire Robbery Scheme(WCBS)

Brooklyn livery driver fatally shot(Fox 5)

Woman raped in Queens cemetery(NYDN)*
Police: Man Raped 41-Year-Old Woman In Queens Cemetery(WABC)
Sketch released of suspect in Queens knifepoint rape(WABC)
Woman Raped at Knifepoint in Queens Cemetery(NBC)

Outrage 101: Radical jailed in slay now Columbia prof (NYP) Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work,
Case of Psychologist’s Killer Goes to Jury in Manhattan(NYT)
Caught On Video: Man Beats, Robs Woman In Brooklyn Subway Station

Wife 'wouldn't listen' -- so he hit her in the head with a cleaver(NYP)

 Rash of burglaries prompt emergency meeting in Forest H(NYDN)
B'klyn felon convicted of shooting parole officer goes on profanity-laced tirade during sentencing(NYP)