Thursday, April 15, 2010

Breaking News New York's Pay to Play Pension Scandal

Breaking News Meeks slapped with subpoena in federal probe of Katrina funds on the House floor

Breaking News New York's Pay to Play Pension Scandal

The Quadrangle Group, the private equity firm that was once run by the Obama administration’s car czar, has agreed to settle a corruption investigation with New York State and the Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Times reported.

HUGE: Quadrangle Settles Suit, But Specifically Slams Founder Steve Rattner The Business Insider* SEC files charges against Quadrangle GroupWashington Post

SEC Files Civil Charges Against Quadrangle In 'Pay-To-Play' Probe (WSJ) * Quadrangle sued in NY pay-to-pay probe Reuters * Quadrangle Group Sued Over Kickback 'Scheme' by SEC BusinessWeek * SEC Charges Private Equity Firm in Kickback Scheme Involving New York Pension Fund

True New March 14, 2010
DiNapoli In Cuomo’s Crosshairs *DiNapoli Ensnared in Pension Fund Inquiry* The Wolf at Thompson's Door * True News: Wolf at Thompson Door, Part II . Avella Opens A Cut * DiNapoli: I’m Not Involved In Pension Mess

Next For Sure
Hevesi fallout widens to include Rattner, Global Strategy Group

Quadrangle Settles with Cuomo, Trashes Rattner; Global Fined Too

Global Strategies Group
, whose CEO Jon Silvan will pay $2 million for serving unlicensed broker. Global, which did work for former Gov. Elliot Spitzer, is said to have received $1.3 million for helping facilitate pension fund investments in private equity funds managed by two firms.

Car Czar Steve Rattner Is All About "Chooch" - Chooch *

Steve Rattner, Obama's putative "car czar," was named in an SEC investigation claiming his investment firm funded distribution of a movie named "Chooch" in exchange for NY pension business. But what is "Chooch?

Pay to Play Liberal Party

Former New York Liberal Party head Ray Harding charged with taking kickbacks in pension fund scheme
Consultants Who Use Their Influence to Join the Play to play Orgy
Malpass To Gillibrand: Dump Global * Gov. David Paterson initially hired Risa Heller, who came to Global from Sen. Chuck Schumer’s shop, to run his communications operation after he ascended to replace Spitzer in March 2008, enabling the firm to maintain its toehold in Albany. But Global and Paterson parted ways in February 2009. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is now one of Global’s marquis clients. UPDATE: Oh yes, and Global has also worked for…Andrew Cuomo (during the 2006 AG’s race) * Malpass Slams Gillibrand On Global Ties * Lobbyist Was Paid for Pension Fund Deals, Cuomo Says * DiNapoli Meeting Under Investigation By AG's Office * Gillibrand won't cut ties with Global Strategy despite AG report * Gillibrand, Rice Stick With Global

Liu Wants to Keep Money Manages

The manager of New York City's $98 billion pension fund, City Comptroller John Liu, says he wants to revoke a ban on middlemen who arrange private equity deals * Bringing Back the Fixers (NYT Ed)

Quadrangle Settles With Cuomo and S.E.C.
Statement by Quadrangle Leaves Steve Rattner Hanging
“We wholly disavow the conduct engaged in by Steve Rattner, who hired the New York State Comptroller’s political consultant, Hank Morris, to arrange an investment from the New York State Common Retirement Fund. That conduct was inappropriate, wrong, and unethical. We embrace the reforms in the Attorney General’s Code of Conduct, including the campaign contribution and placement agent ban, which are vitally necessary to eliminate pay-to-play practices from the public pension fund investment process. We urge others in the industry to follow.” * Quadrangle's Anti-Love Letter To Steve Rattner (WSJ) * Muck tracker - Quadrangle Group settles pension fund cases

What True News has written about Steve Rattner during the past years
Steve Ratner Pension MessWho's Afraid of Steve Rattner? Everyone? * bloomberg pensionMess * The Wolf at Thompson's Door * True News: Wolf at Thompson Door, Part II . Avella Opens A Cut * DiNapoli * pension pay to play * The Hevesi Team is on the Pay to Play Varsity Division * Investors and Developers Control Comptroller's Campaign * Organized Crime Politics: Comptroller Office for Sale $$$ * Rattner: Toxic Conflict of Interest; Is the NYT at Risk? * Mayor Won't Forsake Rattner

City Council Horses Over People
Demands Health Care for Horses Same Week Fails to Help A Hospital From Closing

A horse has to meet a doctor but not the people?

The City Council has gone over the line. It passed a bill yesterday to demand carriage houses see a veterinarian twice a year while allowing a major city hospital to close St. Vincent’s Files for Bankruptcy Giving each horse five weeks off a year for some R&R outside the city may be needed but what about the thousands of New Yorkers who depended on St. Vincent to stay health. Yes the Council Speaker Quinn and the other yahoo pols appear at rallies to demand the hospital stay open, but their job after we elected them is to keep he hospital open. Now not only will St. Vincent patients suffer and die trying to locate new health care facilities , the other patients at other Manhattan hospitals will also suffer as they wait longer to see a doctor, because patients in the closed hospital will seek their hospital hospital to be treated in. Neigh-cation for carriage horses * NYC Carriage Horses to Get Vacation

More - We Don't Care Government
Cover Your Ass Today, Who Cares What Happens After I leave

Gov: Early retirement worth it in short run Paterson shrugged off the long-term costs of allowing some state employees to draw pension checks early. "It would have an effect long-term on the pension fund, but we're day-to-day here," Paterson told reporters * The budget is late, and senators are bickering. Then everybody headed home. (TU/GNS/AP)

Pay to Play Albany
Retiring Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza used her public office to boost her private elder law practice.

UFT Defeats Charters

NY1 Exclusive: N.Y. May Forgo Second Round Of "Race To The Top" Competition

Mayor Spins Costs to Close the Fire Boxes
Fire boxes cost taxpayers $877,952 in overtime $877,952 in extra pay to help maintain a street box alarm system that city officials have long argued is antiquated and unnecessary. * Newsweek, citing a Daily News report, says charging people to stay in homeless shelters is a lousy idea.

Albany to OTB Drop Dead
We Do Not Care What Happens to You
OTB faces Sunday shutdown as pols skip town without deal * Horse hockey: Dysfunctional Albany mopes outdid themselves in killing OTB* Lawmakers took no action to save the bankrupt New York City OTB, meaning layoffs at the agency could come this weekend. (TU/DN) * Deal to save NYC OTB eludes AlbanyNYC Needs Congressional GOP To Kill Wall Street Reforms

Not one NY pol will admit it that unless the GOP yes the GOP congressional delegation stop Obama's Wall Street reform bill New York will lose billions of dollars in tax revenue. 25% of total of New York's personal income taxes come from Wall Street. Those unconscionable Wall Street bonuses and Madoff Ponzi schemes andbonuses have produced billions in taxes over the years. And those taxes pay for teachers and cops and firefighters. New York the bluest of blue states need Sara Palin's Party to save it from economic disaster. Westside liberals if they understood the economic stakes on their way of life would explode. Wall Street Must Recover Before City Can Overcome Recession, Economists Say * Like it or not, we need it! Wall St. is New York's Main Street * Sen. Chuck Schumer insisted the Obama administration’s effort to rein in Wall Street won’t hurt New York.

First the Movie then the Cancel Notice Sources: NYC To Put An End To 'Rubber Rooms' * DOE To End Rubber Room Practice

EXCLUSIVE: Probers aim to 'trip' up more staff Comptroller DiNapoli has zeroed in on scores of big-spending correction employees in a sweeping investigation to determine the extent of travel fraud at the Department of Correctional Services * Your taxes at 'work' (NYP ED)

Critics Turn Out at Open House on N.Y.U. Expansion

Bellevue Redevelopment Officially Dead

'Superman' Spitzer bedded three hookers in one day: book claim * Book Details Spitzer’s Fall and His Wife’s Anguish * A new book by Peter Elkind details ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s taste for prostitutes, and his many enemies. (Fortune/NYT) * “Was I set up? No. I was set up by the human psyche,” Spitzer told Elkind.

Survey says: Tea Partiers are wealthier and more educated than the rest of the general public.

7 UBS customers hid $100M in Swiss assets: feds