In 1993 the NYT wrote an article about Vito Lopez's New Age Political Machine. Lopez has been using his government funded political machine to get himself and a lot of other politicians elected through the years since. Lopez's machine the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council is what he is counting on to get himself elected this year to the city council. Lopez's machine employees almost 2000 people in his council district. Those 2000 people service thousands of other voters in Lopez's council district, especially seniors who vote.
Lopez also used his government funded machine to help his friends and family, but was for 20 years untouchable because of his political power to elect to office DAs and others who would investigate him. Only by closing down Lopez's machine the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council or treating to close it if he runs for City Council, can Vito be stopped from becoming the next city councilman. * Vito refuses to pull out of Council race (
Bloomberg Cuomo and Quinn Can Push the Vito Lopez Stop Button for Council
Cuomo Spokesperson Calls Vito Lopez's Resignation "Best End To This Ugly Chapter" (NY1)
Vito Lopez Will Get Hasidic Support
Organizer in the Williamsburg Hasidic community: "Lopez should be judged on his record of helping Bklyn communities."
How Vito Lopez's Machine is Still Funded
Vito Lopez backgrounder needs: state contracts with Lopez-connected Ridgewood-Bushwick Council The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council got $873,589, despite having been under scrutiny from federal and state investigators since a probe found it had submitted fraudulent and questionable claims for taxpayer cash from the city this year. Funding was earmarked by Brooklyn Councilmen Erik Dilan, Steve Levin and Domenic Recchia, plus the borough delegation. (Cartoon NYP)
Vito Lopez's Campaign Funds
Vito Lopez raises more than $38,000 for City Council ru (NYDN) *Pervy pol’s hefty ‘harass’ets(NYP) * "I don't think he is the devil" Donors still backing disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Here's why:
As Lopez Is Set to Resign, Scrutiny of Silver Continues(NYT)
Upstate Paper Says Silver Should Go
As soon as they get elected, like it or not, Assembly Democrats basically become Silver's employees
The Journal News Legislators who are honest — & sickened by Lopez — know that speaking their minds would bring down Silver's wrath * The TU doesn’t believe Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver needs to be ousted in the post-Vito Lopez era – “His errors here were in matters of judgment and degree, not ill intent” – but does think he needs to prove he learned a lesson from this scandal.* The Kingston Daily Freeman disagrees, and calls for Silver to resign his speakership. “Enough is known of this matter to conclude that Sheldon Silver is a big part of the cultural and systemic problem of Albany World.” * Ditto, say The Journal News and the Daily News.
True News Saturday
If It Fair to Call the Women Lawmakers Sexual Harassment Enablers Who Protect Silver's Leadership Position?
@fud31 Exactly right. Where are the feminist lawmakers, when it seems the legislature is an unsafe workplace for women?
Any NY Democratic assemblywomen weigh in yet on the finding that Speaker Silver's cover-up enabled Vito Lopez's activities to continue?
The Political Crooks Have Cost NY $50 Million
$49,710,630.64! (NYP) These crooks cost us a fortune. Shady politicians and their backroom deals cost taxpayers at least $49,710,630.64 — enough cash to build two schools, bankroll the New York Islanders or pay for 100 new fire trucks — according to a Post analysis of documents relating to 15 city and state officials who’ve been jailed, indicted, censured or lost re-election bids under a cloud of suspicion since 2006.
foreclosure escrow accounts he was appointed to oversee. It also doesn’t count taxpayer money that was promised but never doled out, such as the $80,000 in discretionary funds City Councilman Dan Halloran allegedly said he’d allocate to a dummy company in exchange for a bribe.
Other porkers caught with their snouts in the public trough include:
* Ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who stole $87,700 from a taxpayer-funded charity she controlled. She pleaded guilty to embezzlement in January.
* Former City Councilman Larry Seabrook, who diverted $1.5 million to himself, his family and his mistress — and notoriously submitted a $177.64 bagel receipt to the city for reimbursement. He was convicted of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy in July 2012.
Also, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., is facing a fraud indictment for allegedly chiseling $67,500 in bogus travel expenses from the state. He’s also looking at other criminal counts for allegedly soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes to influence business deals, including the sale of a hospital for $8 million.
Mayor Campaign 8.9% Unemployment
Where Are the Jobs?
Ideas for economic growth get scant attention in campaign. While the Democratic mayoral candidates have tussled over prevailing wage and sick pay issues, their job creation strategies range from nonexistent to small-bore. And the Republican contenders have yet to publish any plans. Never mind that the economy has been adding jobs at the high and the low ends, hollowing out the middle class. Never mind that half the families whose annual incomes range from $35,000 to $75,000 cannot afford the city’s median rent of $1,300 a month. Never mind that the number of businesses with more than 50 workers has stalled for a decade. They face insurmountable obstacles to growth.Missing across the board are solid goals and big thinking about accomplishing them by improving the business climate. This is a sorry election.
The Daily News Keeps Picking On John
The Daily News Keeps Picking On John
More wit and wisdom from John CatsimatidisWNYC's Lehrer asked Catsimatidis, who happens to have made lots of money refining oil, whether man-made global warming was real. Catsimatidis responded:“It seems like all the scientists that I listen to . . . there’s global warming all over the solar system among the other planets, too.” Surprised by Catsimatidis’ launch into outer space, Lehrer asked how that was relevant to Earth’s particular predicament. “You asked me for a scientific answer, I gave you the scientific answer,” Catsimatidis stated. This prompted some research, and — eureka! — a Russian scientist does claim that Mars is getting hotter, just like Earth. The fellow, who happens not to exist within a light year of mainstream thinking, also predicts the start of a mini-ice age next year. Chill, John, chill.
Queens Dem Organization
In addition to Quinn and Melinda Katz, Queens apparently is also going with Reshma Saujani for Pub Adv #2013 * Queens Dems expected to back Quinn, Katz, Saujani (CrainsNY)
Gropez: I’m quitting before they expel me(NYP)
ALBANY — Disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez will beat Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to the punch and resign “no later’’ than 10 a.m. Monday — preventing his all-but-certain expulsion from the Assembly that could have come Monday afternoon.* State Legislator Facing Expulsion Says He’ll Resign(NYT) * Assemblymember Vito Lopez today informed Speaker Silver via fax in a One Sentence letter that he will resign his office effective Monday, May 20th at 9 a.m.
Albany Crooks in A Vito Lopez Panic What Do We Say?
Daily News Silver Fixed JCOPE to Save His Own Skin
DN: Cover Up of A Cover Up
Daily News Says Silver's Friends On JCOPE Protect Him
Why is sexual harassment not OK but using taxpayer $$$ to cover it up OK ? Silver must go !
Lopez liked to play “footsie With His Female Interns