Category Archive: Corruption files

Sep 05 2014

Avella Caught in Pay to Play Scandal

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Talk about pay to play politics.

You have to see the light.

Tony Avella pledges 400K to a Co-op that hand delivered a tacit endorsement letter for his campaign to their shareholders.

Glen Oaks Village is a lovely, quaint little co-op in Queens with a tight-knit community governed and administrated by a Board of Directors and an Executive Board. As a co-op, they aren’t supposed to endorse candidates, but that didn’t stop Glen Oaks Village officials from hand delivering what can only be described as an “endorsement of Tony Avella” letter to ALL residents including all shareholders and tenants.

According to the letter, “The Board believes candidates that strongly support co-op housing and take positions that help Board members work effectively and keep costs down should be supported by voters.” The letter goes on to describe how Tony Avella has advocated for the co-op community and it goes on like this.

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You should question the motive behind this letter.

What kind of propaganda mill is Glen Oaks running out there? Are they blazingly ignoring the fact that John Liu did more for co-ops that Tony ever could have with one of his rallies? Or are they being misled by a political insider? As Comptroller, Liu audited property-tax rolls to determine why the values of some co-ops and condos shot up by as much as 147 percent, putting homeowners at risk of huge tax hikes. He never gave up, Liu found the root cause of the problem and advocated for reform. His office actually found flaws in the city’s valuing of properties. “According to the audits, the Finance Department suddenly and drastically upped condo and co-op property values without warning, leading to an uproar over alleged opaque practices. Liu’s audits also accused the DOF of ignoring errors made by a new and allegedly faulty multimillion-dollar computer system. “

That’s more accomplished for co-op owners than Tony Avella ever did. 

But something doesn’t smell right. And that’s because it’s good ol’ fashioned propaganda. The letter goes something to the tune of this: We, the Glen Oaks Village Inc., support candidates that fight for co-ops, Tony Avella fights for co-ops, you should support candidates that support co-ops too.

Well, we got news for you folks, this letter should be written in support of John Liu judging by who’s had a real, tangible impact on resolving tax issues in the co-op community.

Still, it’s very clever and it only cost taxpayers $400,000.

Tony Avella has always belly ached about good government and transparency, but what we have here is pay to play politics, and the scapegoats are the residents of GOV — they are being misled with complete falsehoods. If you listen to this letter, you’ll miss out on voting for the man that actually helped them. Tony’s the real hypocrite, a very smooth charlatan. So what do you say Mr. Avella? Did you buy this letter? We’ll leave the lights on for you.

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Feb 27 2014

Does Your Senator Ever Embarrass You?

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Can anyone name a key piece of legislation that has affected the lives of residents in his district? Or a capital project? The answer is no as Tony Avella continues to campaign for a better salary.

Ladies and gents let’s look at the distinguished history of the candidate that runs for anything, anyhow, anytime.

Within a four year period, Tony Avella ran for mayor, senator, and borough president, so is it to anyones surprise that he sold out his constituency in order to become a member of a separate caucus?

Why is he selling out? Is it because he’ll make more money and get more staff – all to run for another office because thats what political prostitutes do? They don’t care about the people; they only care about their own interests and self-preservation.

When Avella was running for Beep he was with Senator Gianaris, and you’d see him with Senator Huntley and other indicted politicians. So what ended up happening? Avella dropped out mid-race to avoid a political disaster. It proves he’s only had one interest: to take a paycheck from government. Tony Avella has been on the public dime his entire life.

Avella has no political values or core beliefs. Now we don’t mind when elects stand up for what they believe in, but Avella is all about what will bring him to the next political step.

But wait a minute. Is this the same IDC that opened the door and accepted the likes of Malcolm Smith? Is it the same cabal of coo coos that supported Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada as they ripped off the government and empowered themselves politically? There’s nothing independent about this move; it’s all about self preservation and political advancement.

Let’s face it folks, Tony Avella is nothing more than a cheap politician that has only represented himself. Why else would he take donations from convicted felon Richard Lipsky or fill the College Point Little League grounds with toxic waste? When all is said and done, Tony Avella is all about himself. Government is no longer of the people, government is for special interests, and Tony Avella is the perfect example.

If you want to see the worst example of politician, you'll find Tony Avella: self-promoter extraordinaire.

If you want to see the worst example of politician, you’ll find Tony Avella: self-promoter extraordinaire.

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Feb 24 2014

Congressional Candidate Confronted About FEC Fines [video]

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Grant Lally certainly didn’t want to answer any questions as you will see in the video and he definitely did not like being filmed in a public forum. Not exactly the makings of a Congressman, or is it? Full transcript below.

Why does the FEC penalize candidates? Because that’s what they do, at least according to Grant Lally, a Congressional candidate who is very familiar with illegal campaign contributions.

According to the legend of Achilles, as a baby Achilles was dipped into the river Styx in order to make him invulnerable by his mother Thetis. It was a smart move; it made Achilles strong, seemingly invincible to his enemies who cowered at the mere mention of his name, however his heel wasn’t covered by the magical water and thus the supposedly invulnerable Achilles – despite his strength and prowess in battle – had one fatal weakness: his heel. And as fate would have it, he was shot and killed by an arrow straight through his Achilles’ heel.

Grant Lally, like Achilles, has a fatal weakness: he paid off the government when the Federal Elections Commission fined him $280,000 for accepting illegal campaign contributions from his parents, and then lied about it. And now, seeking public office yet again, he won’t talk about it, but he’ll be sure to accuse you of being a Democrat if you ask.

It’s all about character and integrity in this race, and so it will be a recurring question in the campaign because it’s like a downright admission of his guilt. After all, why would Lally pay the fines (one of the largest fines ever in FEC history) if he didn’t do anything wrong? What would stop him from doing it again? This is really serious. But that’s not what this post is about. Rather, it’s about a potential federal elected official unwilling to answer questions at a public forum. So how can voters trust him? Will he dodge ALL questions about the matter? Nevertheless, in the video Queens-Politics contributor, Jack Oneil was one of the few brave citizens to actually speak up at a civic forum in Forest Hills where he questioned Lally directly about the fines, his payoff, and why exactly he didn’t fight them. Lally, in return, stonewalled.

Transcript:

 

GL: (regarding exposure of his FEC fines)  ….This is what they do.
JO: Where I’m coming from is as a very successful, high-profile attorney who has political ambitions and political experience and all the rest, a $280K fine, or $250K, or $300K whatever it was, a settlement, I mean I think if it was me and the FEC was suing me and I had a big successful political law firm….
GL: You’re not filming me right now are you?
JO: Yes
GL: (Looks at the officials and rolls his eyes)
JO: I were I were a big..
GL: Who are you?
JO: Jack Oneil
GL: Could you not film me? I’d prefer not to be filmed..
JO: Thinks (Then why are you running for congress you Jackass?)
JO: Well this is a public forum.
JO: Again if I were being sued and I were a high profile attorney with all the resources that you have, I wouldn’t have settled
GL: Are you a Democrat? Who are you with ?
JO: I’m not with anybody , I’m an independent.  With such a large fine, I wouldn’t have settled, I would have fought it tooth and nail.
GL: This is not, this is not…..
GL Supporter:  CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

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