Monday, June 3, 2013

The Media Ignores NY's Corrupt Political Parties That Will Begin Putting Most of the Candidates On the Ballot Tomorrow

NY's Political Party Crime Culture

NYC Party Leaders Hire Elected Officials to Work in Their Criminal Gangs Out of Media Sight . . .  If You Want to Know Why So Many of NY's Elected Officials Wind Up in Jail, Blame the Crooked Party Bosses Who Put Them in Office

Organized Crime Parties
Ballot Corruption by Party Mob Bosses

The leaders of New York’s Political Mob are the City’s party leaders who exist with the Tammany Hall power control template, unchallenged and unaccountable to the voters in New York’s broken down election system. Their headquarters is the Board of Elections. Most under investigation.  Their soldiers are campaign consultants who also operate as lobbyists like George Arzt, Hank Sheinkopf, Evan Stavisky and Stanley Schlein, etc.  

Party Crime Bosses enablers are the press who cover campaigns only as horse race and simply reprinting the candidate’s press releases.  In this swamp culture the political party leaders have become the new gangs of New York. Protect by the DA who need them to get elected.

NY Crime Ridden Political Parties


NY Political Parties for Sale: Ballot Corruption
2009 Election Probe Emerges Again(WSJ) Political opponents accused the Working Families Party of running Data and Field Services as a cut-rate political consultancy for its 2009 candidates, essentially giving those contenders an in-kind campaign contribution without disclosing it to the public. The party and the consultancy have said the rates weren't artificially inexpensive.* Working Families Party Documents Subpoenaed -  * Bronx GOP Boss Jay Savino busted in bribery scheme • Bronx Times * Indy Party chief in jam over wife loan The wife of the chairman of the state Independence Party solicited and received a $10,000 business loan from a candidate who got the party's coveted endorsement days later. (NYP)* The New York Daily News’ Ken Lovett reportsIndependence Party goes along with GOP scheme to dodge campaign finance laws, insiders allege New York Independence Party has gotten major cash influx from state Senate GOP in arrangement questioned by political insiders.The state Senate GOP committee and REBNY in the last six months of 2012 donated a combined $464,000 to the Independence Party. Independence Party, or GOP annex? *Bloomberg's Recent Independence Party Donations* Independence Party Is Really A Cult(True News) * Ray Harding, former head of NY Liberal party, pleads guilty to taking $800K in pension fund scandal  Raymond B. Harding Pleads Guilty in Pension Fund Corruption (NYT) *Indictment Over Bloomberg Campaign Funds (NYT) *  * Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine(True News) *  A Court, Not Votes, Sustains a Political Machine in Queens (NYT)In 1998 Newfield reported that Frank Bolz III, chairman of the Queens Democratic Party's law committee, is the single biggest recipient of assignments from Nahman - collecting $178,050 for 47 paid guardianship appointments since 1992. Bronx Republican Leader Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has been investigating the aqueduct deal all year, as he has the simultaneous $50 million voting machine contract awarded by the city election board to a company, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), also represented by Sheinkopf and Levy. * Brooklyn Boss Seddio Pay to Play Like Kruger and Sampson(True News)

The Board of Elections is the Headquarters of the Organize Crime Party Bosses
NYPIRG listings showed that Sheinkopf had the third largest increase in compensation between 2008 and 2009, while Levy was ninth. Schlein was on the opposite side of the voting machine competition, representing the losing company that’s now suing. One source said Schlein was working with John Haggerty, the Republican consultant under indictment for stealing a million in campaign funds from Mayor Bloomberg and a recent top aide to Carl Paladino. Haggerty, who was said to have periodically appeared at the board, did not file as a lobbyist on the deal. A lobbyist working with Sheinkopf and Levy for ES&S, Anthony Mangone, was arrested by the feds on unrelated bribery charges the day after the January board decision. Jay Savino, the Bronx Republican county leader who nominated Foglia to be the party’s commissioner on the Board of Elections, shares an office suite with Mangone and has already been subpoenaed in the case, just one more way these incestuous circles swirl. Foglia says his relationship with Savino is “cordial.” More on the BOE Corruption, More  * BOE Scanner Vendor Paying Grandson of Queens GOP Leader Payoff for A Pay to Play Contract(True News) * Tabone steps down as Queens GOP honcho amid corruption probe ...(NYP)

RIP Frank Lautenberg

"Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89
The last World War II veteran in the Senate has died(Politico)
Frank R. Lautenberg, 5-Term Senator From New Jersey, Dies at 89(NYT)
Lautenberg’s Death Adds to Democrats’ Legislative Difficulties(NYT)
'Every transit rider owes a huge debt of gratitude to the efforts of Sen Lautenberg'
A Mayoral Campaign Cherry Picking Issues

Real Problem Ignored By the Mayoral Campaign
25 people shot, an 11 Year Old Girl Was Shot in the Middle of A Gang Fight.  For A Second Day None of the Mayoral Candidates Said A Word On How to Stop These Ongoing Horrors.  One of these bums will become the next mayor and the shot girl may never walk again.

CITY UNDER SIEGE: 25 shootings in 48 hours — including an 11-year-old girl left paralyzed due to gang gunfire — caps bloody weekend in Big Apple

Cops are fired upon and three people are shot in East Flatbush gun battle(NYP)
New grief for shot girl’s kin (NYP) The stray bullet that left an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl paralyzed also likely killed her great-grandmother — who died from heartache over the shooting, grieving relatives said yesterday. “She watched the news and saw what happened to her great...* Gunshots Paralyze Brooklyn Girl, 11(WSJ) * Police Search For Gunman Who Shot, Injured Three People In Brookly(NY1) * LUPICA: Tayloni Mazyck wants to be in a  pool, not a hotel(NYDN) * Police respond to Brooklyn triple shooting(NYDN) * Police Search for Suspect in Brooklyn Triple Shooting(NBC) * 25 people shot in 48 hours in NYC(fox 5) *Cops investigating triple shooting in Brooklyn7(WPIX) * 25 people were shot in New York this weekend (Gawker)

Cherry Picking Issues
Jewish voters at the Celebrate Israel Parade expressed mixed feelings in voting for former Weiner for mayor, though some are willing to give him another chance
Kosher Weiner leads the vey (NYP) He loves a parade, but the feeling isn’t entirely mutual.  Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner received a mixed reception as he marched in the Israel Day Parade yesterday (pictured), lustily booed at stops along Fifth Avenue — all while maintaining a... * Weiner Courts Jewish Voters(WSJ) * Mayoral Hopefuls March To Court Israel's Supporters For Votes(NY1) * Weiner Refuses to Let Hecklers Rain on His Parade (NY Mag) * Weiner Refuses to Let Hecklers Rain on His Parade(NY Mag) * THE OY OF SEXT: Anthony Weiner gets lukewarm reception at Celebrate Israel parade as spectators boo and shout at him(NYDN) * The Daily News looked at the once-tight relationship between Senator Chuck Schumer and his former aide-turned mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner:  “Democrats close to Schumer describe him variously as anywhere from ambivalent to unhappy about Weiner’s bid … Their relationship is now described as limited. The two occasionally talk, and they even had dinner several months ago.”While the Jewish Daily Forward profiled Mr. Weiner’s base in the Jewish community: “’I like him; he many times help me,’ said Rossi Mektaloz, editor and publisher of the Russian-language Bukharian Times. Mektaloz said his newspaper would back Weiner. For Mektaloz, the scandal that pushed Weiner out of office only helped his case for mayor. ‘He really man, not gay,’ Mektaloz said, laughing.” * Parents Group Threatens ‘Defeat Anthony Weiner’ Campaign(NYO) * Charlie Rangel: ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About Anthony Weiner’(NYO) * “'Hey Weiner, tweet me a picture!' one heckler shouted. 'Tweet me a picture! Tweet me a picture, Weiner!'" [Colin Campbell]

East Side Waste Transfer
(Photo: Thompson campaign)Bill Thompson Demands Christine Quinn ‘Apologize to New Yorkers of Color’
Mayoral Candidates Wrestle Over Waste Removal(NYT)
A waste transfer station on the Upper East Side has generated fierce opposition and set off a bitter war of words between two candidates.A long-simmering dispute over a proposed marine waste transfer station on the Upper East Side has set off a bitter war of words between Democratic mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson * government is what we make it and that it can work for all of us. * Now, Thompson raises off Quinn's 'environmental racism' comment(NYO)
* Rep. Charlie Rangel, who opposes creating an inspector general for the NYPD, will endorse Bill Thompson for mayor. [Sally Goldenberg] * refocusing the debate, Albanese: "I know Christine Quinn & I know Bill Thompson & neither of them are racists"
Thompson, Quinn Land Mayoral Endorsements From Major Harlem Lawmakers(NY1)
Mayor David Dinkins and Congressman Charles Rangel strolled into Sylvia's, the legendary Harlem restaurant, on Monday to announce a familiar endorsement: they are backing Bill Thompson for mayor. But Thompson wasn't the only one to get a Harlem-based boost on Monday. Democratic front-runner Christine Quinn stepped out with City Councilwoman Inez Dickens, who is considered a candidate to succeed Quinn as council speaker.  

Tisch and Her Endorsed Candidate for Mayor Do Not Agree on Teacher Evaluations
As Lisa Fleisher at the Wall Street Journal reports, the new deal reveals some tension between a mayor mayoral candidate and one of his leading advisers.  The 241-page plan was called "unworkable" by Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, the former president of the Board of Education who has as his campaign chairperson Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents. In that latter role, Tisch oversees state education commissioner John King, who helped devise the new teacher evaluation plan.  Fleisher reports that Tisch and Thompson didn't speak before he released his comments criticizing the new plan.

. cringes when he's greeted by a senior at a Wakefield, Bronx center who says: "We don't want no gay."

Tech Mayor
In the Daily News, Andrew Rasiej, chairman of the nonprofit NY Tech Meetup, suggests several ideas for New York City’s mayoral candidates in furthering the city’s ambitions of becoming a tech epicenter:

Health Care
Footage from a health care forum featuring Thompson, Sal Albanese, John Liu, Adolfo Carrion Jr., and Erick Salgado. [John Kenny]

Lhota Conservative
NYC mayoral hopeful will be endorsed by the Conservative Party today, according to a press release. * New York Conservatives endorse Joe Lhota, their 'glimmer of hope'(Capital)
* Conservative Party Endorses Lhota for Mayor(NYT)

McDonald Releases Web Commercial On Eve Of Petition Drive Kick-Off

. - Liu Makes His Case:

Whom should endorse for NYC mayor? NYT editorial board wants your help.  
Campaign 2013
Transport Workers Union endorses for public advocate

Hold Up! Rep. Clarke Not Endorsing DA Hynes Yet(City and State)
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes expected to unveil the endorsement of Rep. Yvette Clarke on Sunday afternoon to show that he had support in Brooklyn’s Afro-Caribbean neighborhoods. But the announcement was news to Clarke, whose staff were surprised to see Hynes’s campaign send out a press conference touting the endorsement, according to a source. Hynes,…

Lopez's Replacement
  Maritza Davila will run for State Assembly to fill Vito Lopez's seat
Vito Lopez Ally to Launch Bid for His Assembly Seat(NYO)

Cuomo 2014

InsideAlbany:the real motive for "Tax Free NY."
It doesn’t appear tensions between Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration and New York Post columnist Fred Dicker are going away anytime soon. Mr. Dicker’s column today features Cuomo administration sources and insiders declaring the governor’s signature “Tax Free NY” legislative push is nothing more than a poll-driven vanity initiative.
Gov $uck-up for upstate(Dicker, NYP)
Cuomo’s Tax Free NY plan to lift the enormous tax burdens on businesses located in favored upstate areas is, sources have told The Post, actually a politically motivated scheme to reverse huge upstate opposition to Cuomo’s re-election next year. The sources, with deep Cuomo administration ties, said the governor hatched the plan after becoming obsessed with the possibility that upstate opposition endangered his chances for topping dad Mario Cuomo’s historic first re-election victory margin in 1986, when he won with 65 percent of the vote.* The amount of money spent on lobbying in the first four months of this year has dropped significantly, with interest groups and observers attributing the decline to Cuomo’s governing style, the Times Union writes: * Michael Bongiorno, the former Rockland County district attorney, writes in the Post that the behavior of Anthony Weiner and Vito Lopez have contributed to an ongoing abuse of women by Democratic lawmakers: * Cuomo "surrenders to the idea that NY will remain 'the tax capital of the nation' bec 'cutting taxes is very hard' " Newsday’s Dan Janison writes that state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox gave a preview of the party’s talking points for next year’s governor’s race by bashing the Cuomo administration’s policies: Cuomo will introduce his women’s agenda, including legislation to strengthen the state’s abortion rights, on Tuesday, setting up a final confrontation in the Senate over the issue and specific lawmakers are being targeted. The abortion-rights’ forces and those backing public financing of political campaigns are joining forces to target the Independent Democratic Conference, including Sen. Diane Savino, in order to push their issues, a move the IDC spokesman called “bizarre.” Cuomo writes in a Syracuse Post-Standard op/ed that the Tax Free NY program will “shatter” the perception New York is unfriendly toward business. Cuomo’s approach to governing and the dropping of controversial issues from the budget staved off major ad campaigns this year. * Leaders Meet With Cuomo And Discuss ‘Everything’(YNN)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and women’s groups plan a final push on strengthening abortion rights in  massive Lobby Day on Tuesday. * Catholic League President William Donohue writes (oddly, on an Albany, Oregon news site) that Cuomo’s presidential chances have disappeared now that he’s moving forward with a new abortion law.

NYS Government

Public Financing 
In the Post, Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor points to the fact that proposals for public financing of state campaigns have been pushed by several different corrupt legislators in the past: *
Gerald Benjamin writes in his own op/ed that public financing will cost New Yorkers on average only $2.08.

Report: Cuomo Set To Unveil Expanded Abortion Rights Bill 

Both sides in the fracking debate are annoyed by the lack of transparency from Albany on the issue.  

The pool built to ease FDR’s polio symptoms at the Executive Mansion has been renovated and is part of the public tour again.

Legislation aimed at helping hurricane victims in Breezy Point is not moving fast enough

Track the Lobbyists
Our NY State bill tracker now IDs who's lobbying Albany on the biggest bills this session. Including...

Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers now in state gun screening registry.

Speaker Sheldon Silver doesn’t believe the women of his Democratic conference support legalizing mixed-martial arts. 
Campaign 2013

The assembly women who support Shelly Silver—Editorial
Shelly’s silent ladies(NYP Ed)
We’ve been pretty critical of the men who have helped Shelly Silver stay on as Assembly speaker even after learning about how he covered for sexual harassers such as Vito Lopez and Michael Boxley. It turns out Albany’s women are just as enabling. As part of his public rehabilitation, the speaker last week invited female Democratic Assembly members to a breakfast to discuss the issue. Confirmed attendees include: Didi Barrett (Poughkeepsie), Barbara Clark (Queens Village), Patricia Fahy (Albany), Vanessa L. Gibson (Morris Heights), Ellen Jaffee (Pearl River), Michelle Schimel (Great Neck), Michaelle “Mickey” Solages (Elmont),

Amy Paulin (Scarsdale), Sandra Galef (Ossining), Donna Lupardo (Binghampton), Margaret Markey (Maspeth), Shelley Mayer (Yonkers), Joan Millman (Brooklyn Heights), Crystal Peoples-Stokes (Buffalo), Gabriela Rosa (Washington Heights), Linda Rosenthal (Upper West Side) and Nily Rozic (Flushing).* The Staten Island Advance is similarly outraged, saying Silver’s “minions” have acted shamefully in covering for him. * Silver Has Not Seen Final Women’s Agenda Legislation(YNN)

Domenic Recchai The Butcher of Brighton

Michael Grimm Calls Domenic Recchia a ‘Pathetic Political Hack’ 

Politics of Quinn, Recchia and Sedio Have Started A War Between the Russian Jews and Southern Brooklyn Orthodox

t's All About Recchia! The Voters Have No Choice | The Daily Gotham

Battery Park Security

Feds will do Statue of Liberty security screening after pressure from NY pols
WASHINGTON – Under pressure from New York pols and law enforcement, the feds reversed course and announced today that they’ll do security screening for the Statue of Liberty in Battery Park. The change, revealed to lawmakers by federal Interior...  * U.S. Drops Plan on Screening of Statue Visitors(NYT)

Teacher Evaluations

Testing NY’s Teachers(NYP Ed)
Under the new scheme, teachers who need help will get it, but teachers deemed “ineffective” two years in a row face dismissal.Will it work? The test is whether the number of fired teachers climbs notably. After all, seven in 10 city kids now graduate unprepared for a job or college, according to state standards. And yet, out of 75,000 teachers, only 11 were sent packing for incompetence last year. That’s right: 11. Surely more deserve pink slips than that, no? * Teacher Assessments Extending to Art and Gym(NYT) * New York to Evaluate Teachers With New System(NYT) * New York City Teacher Evaluation Plan's Future Uncertain(WSJ) New York City’s new teacher evaluation system faces the possibility of being upended by the next mayor, with the mayoral candidates mixed on whether the system will be effective or not * NYC students will be required to take standardized tests in art, gym & foreign languages.(NYT)

The United Federation of Teachers lost out on its demands for the new teacher evaluation system, with the state denying its attempts to be a part of a committee overseeing the implementation of the system
UFT gets schooled (NYP) The teachers union lost out on nearly all of its key demands during the bitter war over a new evaluation system that makes it easier to oust inept educators, city officials said. And despite offering lukewarm support for the plan after its approval..

"UFT gets schooled: The teachers union lost out on nearly all of its key demands"

Bike Share

An endless cycle of problems (NYP) Some Citi Bike participants couldn’t even get their wheels out of the gate yesterday, the first full day the program was open to the general public. Bike-share stations across the city had glitches that wouldn’t allow riders to check bicycles out —...New Test for Bike Sharing: Tourists on City Streets(NYT) * Open to All, Bike Share Copes With Glitches(WSJ) On Sunday, as the system opened to all customers for the first time, some riders coped with glitches that called to mind the technical kinks that delayed the debut of Citi Bike for a year. * Citi Bike Share Program Now Open To All Riders(NY1)


Fighting the Image of the ‘Burning’ Borough(NYT)
Though the Bronx has made progress from its time as a symbol of urban decay, it has not had much success in remaking its reputation.

Old-School Brooklyn Hat Store Keeps Hasids and Hipsters Looking Dapper cc 

For Harlem Merchants, Civil Rights Museum Creates Uncertain Future (NY1)

Commuters Nearly Double Manhattan’s Daytime Population, Census Says(NYT)

No Room Service

In August, the New York Hilton Midtown will discontinue food and drink service to all 2,000 rooms. In its place will be a self-service kitchen stocked with grab-and-go items.* Blame The Economy? Some Snazzy NYC Hotels To Eliminate Room Service (CBS)



 Political Talk Shows Debate Holder's Fitness To Serve As Attorney General(NY1)
. hints that a special counsel may be needed in examining the IRS scandal
Why There's a Trust Gap - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
A Bad Report for the Deficit Scolds - Paul Krugman, New York Times
Decline of the Obama Presidency - Fred Barnes, Wall Street Journal
The President and the Press - Steve Coll, The New Yorker
Detroit and the End of "Big Unit America" - Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Gay Marriage: It's Only Fair - Michael Bloomberg, The Guardian
American People Are the Losers in 'Gang of 8' Bill - Conn Carroll, Examiner
Obama's Faith in Geek Elite Who Have Your Secrets - Edward Luce, FT
Google's Washington Insider - Edward Wyatt, New York Times
Will GOP Blow Chance at Senate in 2014? - Reid Wilson, National Journal
The Grounding of Big Government - Greg Gutfeld, Breitbart
State "Recovery": Figment of Blue Imagination - Walter Russell Mead, TAI
Bachmann and Her Demagogue Pals - Stanley Crouch, New York Daily News
Al Sharpton's Sordid Past - Stuart Stevens, The Daily Beast
China's Economic Empire - Araujo & Cardenal, New York Times
You're Being Hacked - Michael Moynihan, Newsweek
A Message for the Class of 2013 - Rob Lazebnik, Wall Street Journal
Sunday Panels: Face the Nation | This Week | MTP | FOX News Sunday
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has lung cancer


Improving Heath Care Reform - Tampa Bay Times
The IRS Knock on the Door - Boston Herald
Government's Biggest Secret - Washington Post
The Truth About California's Finances - San Diego Union-Tribune

Law and Order

My cop slay still haunts (NYP) An NYPD cop who accidentally killed a fellow officer spoke about the incident for the first time on the four-year anniversary — and said the pain of that day will never go away. “I’m trying to get along with my life and hopefully the other side is...
Isham Park security camera only records four hours a da (NYDN) Teen girl shot in the leg in the Bronx(NYDN)
3 Men Shot In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens(WCBS)
Man Shot Dead At Brooklyn Public Housing Development(WCBS)
Woman sexually assaulted by patient at hospital(WABC)
City Officials Offer Self-Defense Classes Following Wave Of Bias Attacks(NY1)
Teen Shot in Leg in Brooklyn: Police(NBC)

Cops make arrest in triple shooting(NYP)

Sources: Police Question Suspect In Triple Brooklyn Shooting(NYP)

 Suspect Charged With Murder In Connection With Triple Brooklyn Shooting

Life without parole for craven killer who viciously beat WWII vet to death (NYP)  The craven murderer of a 95-year-old, WWII vet was sentenced to life without parole today, all the while protesting — despite what the judge called "overwhelming evidence" against him — that he was somehow the wrong man
Drunken Brooklyn lawyer goes berserk and tosses her panties at cops: police(NYP)
A boozy Brooklyn lawyer tried to skip out on a $6 taxi fare — then was busted after stripping off her panties and tossing them at cops while screaming profanities, police said. Cops they found a very..
NYC Offers Free Self-Defense Classes After Hate Crimes(NBC)

Statements by Detained Terror Suspect Are Focus of Sentencing, and of Debate
The accounts of an Egyptian who lawyers said had most likely been tortured were unreliable, the defense counsel of a former Brooklyn man said.