Category Archive: Politics

Sep 11 2014

Radical animal rights group influencing elects for carriage ban

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The next big battle of influence peddling in City Council will be the Horse-Carriage Ban. Let’s keep an eye on elects for any last-minute “changes.”

City Council Members should not be under the influence.

As supporters and opponents go head-to-head with their positions on the Horse-Carriage Ban, lobbyists will be targeting City Council Members with a full on assault to sway their votes, but there’s one legislator who could not be bought.

Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr., Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee (which currently has oversight of the carriage industry) held a press conference and officially announced he’ll oppose the elimination of carriage horses in Central Park. That’s quite a clear statement. Now here’s a legislator who did his own independent investigation and found the industry to be clean, safe and well-regulated, truly an icon of New York City, but more on that later.

As of now, of the 51 council members, 13 are for the ban, eight are against it, and 26 remain undecided. Meanwhile, radical animal rights activists are fueling up their lobbyists for an all out influence war in City Hall to change this.

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Save the horse-carriage industry.

So first, let’s talk turkey. Tourists love the horses, the industry generates millions of dollars every year in tax revenue, and employs over 300 people. According to a Quinnipiac poll, a whopping 61% of New Yorkers support the horses in Central Park –even Liam Niason came out in their support. But like all contentious issues, there’s a few powerful, rich elitists who have formed a special interest coalition and are using undue influence to promote their agenda to ban the horses contrary to the will of a majority of New Yorkers.

So how could they get away with it?

The conditions are ripe for inducements and kickbacks. With the ban up for vote, elected officials could be bought off in exchange for support, or receive sweet committee assignments  as inducements from the top– perhaps even throw in a little something extra for their district? De Blasio even campaigned on the promise to ban the industry, but later deferred to the Council to propose the legislation.

Nothing is as what it seems. Some of these animal rights groups supporting the ban could already be facing serious criminal charges, and we aren’t even mentioning PETA here. The Feds are investigating the independent expenditure group NYCLASS, the animal rights group that backed de Blasio during his mayoral bid and sank $174,000 into last year’s elections. A large chunk of that cash went to the political action committee NYC is Not For Sale, which ran nasty attack ads against Christine Quinn.

There’s already been intimidation and threats in City Hall, with more likely on their way. During the mayoral primary, “NYCLASS’s political consultant Scott Levenson of the Advance Group (a lobbying and consulting firm) told two Quinn aides that if she wouldn’t back a ban on the horse and carriage industry, the group would launch a campaign to bring her down. She didn’t back the ban, and the group went on the attack.”

The FBI is currently investigating. In May, the Advance Group was fired amid mounting pressure and replaced with Hank Scheinkopf.

Intimidation comes in many forms; if not in City Hall, even in Council chambers too — where leadership can dole out rewards or punishment — and whip up votes with the stroke of a pen.

Will your council member sell out to the radical agenda of NYCLASS? Let’s see who changes their mind in the next few weeks.

Perhaps the only way around the quid-pro-quo dance of animal rights lobbyists is a ballot question to let democracy take its course — after all, they can’t buy us all off. If you’re a believer in honesty and transparency, then don’t stifle debate, dialogue, or intimidate public officials, let’s keep the bribery of elects to a minimum and let the people decide. And if not, call your legislator and tell him or her that you support this industry because the horses are treated well, that you’ve always romanticized a carriage ride as a truly New York experience, and they should too.

NYC Carriage Horses in Central Park,  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Sep 10 2014

Stavisky declares victory, sends Jung back to Jersey in shame

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Senator Toby Stavisky has been reelected with 5,002 votes, 1,274 more than her opponent, S.J. Jung.

The people have spoken.

Incumbent state Senator Toby Stavisky has been reelected to state Senate in Queens by a landslide.

While there was some mild trepidation. it wasn’t until the last few weeks leading up to the election that pundits started taking S.J Jung as serious competition for the 15-year incumbent, still it wasn’t any dirt off of Stavisky’s shoulder.

The Senator was reelected by an astounding 55% of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

It was a tough, door-to-door campaign. Despite her opponent’s best efforts to conjure up fictitious roots in the district, Jung couldn’t distance himself from the anti-Semitic Support Network that fueled his campaign. The revelation had reportedly infuriated Toby’s base of Jewish voters who came out in record numbers to cast their ballots for their beloved Senator.

While it may seem like matching a candidate to the demographics of the district is the right thing to do, this race proves that ethnicity has no bearing on electability — or maybe Jung’s communication staff wasn’t doing their job, either way, he lost.

In the end, S.J. Jung will breathe a sigh of relief knowing he doesn’t have to pay the toll on the GW until it’s time to come back and run again.

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Sep 10 2014

Liu Wants All Votes Counted

Another two years of Avella? Maybe not.

This evening we were over at John Liu’s election night party to hear first hand from the candidate the results of one of the most contentious primary challenges in the entire state.

As of right now, Liu is trailing Avella 5,689 to 6,133 (51.53% vs. 46.97%). However, as of publication, not all the ED’s have been counted nor the absentee ballots, so there’s still a chance Liu may walk away as the victor, albeit a small one.

“Every vote counts, so every vote must be counted.  The voters of our district deserve a full, fair and honest counting of every vote cast to ensure their voices are heard. We are optimistic that once all votes have been counted, we will be victorious,” Liu said in a statement.

The atmosphere of the election party wasn’t overtly optimistic. Despite the best efforts of the campaign, the look on many people’s faces was of uncertainty. Nevertheless, John Liu vowed to press on until all votes are counted.

“Avella really pulled out his base,” said one political insider, “but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

 

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Technically he can still pull of a win, we’ll just have to wait a week or so until all the votes are in.

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Sep 09 2014

Hey SJ Tell Your Workers Not to Violate Election Law!

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The vote has been compromised.

Ushering votes inside a poll site? Just ask S.J Jung.

This morning at PS 46 in Oakland Gardens, voters were a little shocked to see a person inside the polling station wearing a “Vote for SJ” t-shirt “assisting voters, ” a clear violation of election law.

While we can’t tell if this person was a BOE employee or a Jung campaigner– either way this is clearly a violation, one worse than the other.

And it happened multiple times.

The Jung supporter was clearly walking around the poll site, according to eye witnesses, and “assisting” Korean voters — but more than likely this “assistance” came with encouragement to vote for Jung.

Such blatant acts of electioneering inside poll sites is absolutely abysmal, and poll supervisors are supposed to stop this immediately, but someone wasn’t doing their job.

Clearly, it’s this is an indication of the work Jung would do if elected.

And more than likely when confronted, Jung will seek refuge above the cloud of work his campaign was really doing to get him elected: compromising the vote.

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Sep 08 2014

25 Reasons Not To Vote For Tony Avella

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Were you thinking of voting for Tony Avella? Think again

Here’s some insight into the biggest mistake you could make this year.

Tony Avella has long touted his maverick demeanor, his “independent streak,” but what has he really done for the community?

There’s some debate on this matter (mainly between die-hard Tony supporters and facts), though no one can argue the bottom line: Tony Avella’s attitude is not conducive to political efficacy.

Just see for yourself. Below, Queens-Politics has added every link to our extensive coverage of Tony Avella in the past two years. From dabbling in contaminated field projects to shunning local civic leaders — there’s plenty of reasons to look to John Liu as the future of Senate District 11.

Just pick one.

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Sep 06 2014

Guess where S.J Jung’s money is coming from?

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$118,956 of $219,402 (54%) came from New Jersey.

Here’s a hint: it’s not Queens.

According to the Campaign Finance database, 54% of all contributions to the S.J. JUNG FOR STATE SENATE committee came from New Jersey.

Whether it’s Edison, Closter, Teaneck, Cliffside Park, or Englewood Cliffs, Jung’s candidacy is being financed by out-of-towners.

Maybe we should call him South Jersey Jung?

Contributions buy influence, it’s a fact, but do we really want that influence coming from New Jersey into Queens? What does this say about the candidate?

According to the 2014 report, Jung raised a total of $219,402, of which $118,956 (more than half of his donations) came from New Jersey-based contributors.

And there’s even more money that came in from outside the district, other than New Jersey, adding insult to injury.

It’s no wonder a hunk of his campaign war chest is coming in from New Jersey, Jung’s lived there for most of his life – only making an occasional appearance here in Queens to run for one office or another.

The proof is in the pudding. Aren’t we tired of this?

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Sep 05 2014

Many critics should be sending apologies to John Liu, the New York Times did

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Last week, the highly coveted New York Times endorsement was given to John Liu for state Senate in District 11. Tony Avella must have crapped his pants.

This endorsement resonates with people, after all, it’s the liberal paper of record, and they didn’t choose Avella. So what does this really mean?

During the campaign, you might have heard Avella bashing Liu regarding the wrongdoing of people on his campaign. Avella was trying to falsely connect Liu to those charges, but the rhetoric fell flat this week with the endorsement.

The NY Times said despite the fact that two of his campaign associates were convicted, there’s isn’t any evidence that John Liu knew about the campaign activity, so in other words, it never went to the top, and Avella is a liar.

“Those charges did not touch him,” wrote the Times. “But it was troubling nonetheless. Still, he is a supporter of campaign financing reforms and has good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.”

The Times cited Liu’s commitment to campaign finance reform and noted that he has “good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.” That’s one of the biggest compliments we’ve ever heard and it’s about damn time someone woke up. Liu was treated as if he was the culprit, but he wasn’t, and the NYT agrees.

The New York Times is right. Critics need to apologize to John Liu. He could have been our Mayor, but Liu was denied matching funds, and it destroyed his campaign.

Currently Tony Avella is still trying to pin this on him – filling people’s heads with nonsense in an attempt to cover up his serial campaigning.

But coming from a titan of good government like the Times, the paper of record, that’s quite a serious statement.

Remember this endorsement the next time you hear more dubious accusations from Tony Avella.

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Sep 05 2014

Why has Tony Avella Failed to Deliver?

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We need someone to spur economic growth and he’s out there raising money for his own political causes.

Borough President, Mayor, City Council, take your pic and Tony Avella has run for it.

When Avella was supposed to be working for us, nothing was being done because he was busy running for another political office.

Instead of having someone to fight the corruption, the waste and mismanagement, we can’t find him because he’s busy campaigning outside the district.

When Tony Avella was our councilman, he being honored in Rego Park, Astoria, Jamaica, all because he was running to do “public service” other than what he was elected to do in our community in the first place.

Now most people would be honored to serve the community in state senate, but he keeps looking elsewhere.

Things would be better without Tony Avella — our economy would grow, jobs would come back, but it appears that with Tony Avella in charge politics is all about self-interest and self-interest only.

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Sep 04 2014

AGAIN HE ORDERS… “A ONE WAY TICKET FROM NEW JERSEY”

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S.J. must love Chris Christie.

S.J Jung is a longtime Republican seeking office in SD 16 –a district where he has no roots  or community service because he’s lived in New Jersey.

So what’s the issue? Jung was only registered in NY since 2009, shortly after he moved here from Westwood, New Jersey. In that same year, he ran on the WFP line and lost to Democrat Yen Chou, so that didn’t work out, and rumor had it he moved back to New Jersey until the time was right to move back to NY to try and steal another seat.

Don’t believe us? Check out his buff card below:

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But wait, it gets better. “Diversity is a virtue,” said Jung, according to his website. “As a member of the State Senate, I will continue to be a bridge-builder who reaches out to and works with diverse communities, while providing unifying leadership that brings people together.”

That’s pretty funny, Jung the “bridge-builder,” because the only bridge you are building is the one back home to New Jersey.

According to his website, “For the last twenty-six years, S.J. Jung has been a passionate advocate for the community (what community?), fighting for policies supporting the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including immigrants and working families, and building bridges with diverse communities to enhance racial and ethnic harmony.”

Twenty-six years? What a load of campaign nonsense! Lifelong residents of the district have never seen or heard from S.J Jung except when he flirts with a run for office or steals credit from the good work of the Minkwon Center .

And what’s this about “ethnic harmony” he’s trying to create? If you read our article yesterday, you’d know that’s simply not true. Jung is supported by an Anti-Semitic coalition that will piggyback their agenda vis-à-vis Jung’s “campaign consultants” directly into legislation.

In New Jersey, we expect to hear about corruption. It’s basically built into the system. They have 566 municipalities, the most per capita of any state. Local governments tax the citizens dry, while preserving the opportunities for graft that flow from operating redundant public services. The state legislature likes it this way and always has.

We have to ask why was this left out of his his bio?

Look, this community is not to be taken advantage of just to become the collateral damage in Jung’s lust for power. Or even worse, resemble New Jersey in any size, shape, or form.

No one here wants to be a pawn in this huge electoral scheme and we aren’t going to remove the only woman representing us in Senate just for some Johnny-come-lately.

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Sep 04 2014

S.J Jung to Kids: Ditch School for Me

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Hey kids, you can ditch school to help me get elected.

The S.J. Jung campaign tells kids and teachers it’s ok to play hookey to help him get elected.

It’s that time of year again and the kids are just getting back to school however, school isn’t that important when it comes to working for free to help someone get elected. See the story below.

[From The Post] A candidate for a Queens state Senate seat is teaching high- school students a strange civics lesson: It’s OK to skip school to help get him elected.

S.J. Jung’s campaign e-mailed students at top-rated Townsend Harris HS, saying the pol’s team would provide “an absence letter to excuse you from academic duties” if they agreed to volunteer to defeat Sen. Toby Stavisky in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

“We are looking for an insane number of bodies to help, starting on Thursday, 9/4. I know that school also starts on the same day, but just remember that this is the last week of this campaign,” Jung staffer Wennie Chin wrote.

“I will gladly write an absence letter to excuse you from your academic duties.”

Chin wrote that teachers “will also be proud of our dedication towards S.J. and his candidacy — Mr. Scardino himself will be door knocking with us this weekend.”

This is the man who wants to replace the Chair of the Higher Education Committee? That’s some example he’s setting.

For full article: http://nypost.com/2014/09/04/senate-candidate-urges-students-to-play-hooky-to-aid-campaign/

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Sep 04 2014

Vote Ramos for District Leader

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Vote Ramos Sept. 9th.

UPDATE: Due to legal action, Jessica Ramos has dropped her bid for District leader. Her name will not appear on the September ballot.

District leaders are the rock of the Democratic Party, you’d be lucky to have one like Jessica Ramos in your community.

A good District leader is the first point of contact on the ground level with voters. The position is one of four that represent assembly districts in Queens, consisting of two men and two women.

No, they aren’t paid positions, they are strictly volunteers, but the best of which harness their energy and activism and do something productive  that helps improve the quality of life of people in their district. District Leaders don’t even introduce legislation on the floor, but they can lobby for it, and the title often lends a bit of credibility to their particular cause.

District leaders typically do not have a one size fits all characteristic, rather individuals make of it what they can. Some District leaders make a positive difference in their communities, or become labor leaders, even a steam valve for the entire neighborhood, while others don’t even seem to live in their district, or are appointed in absentia.

Take for example, Jessica Ramos, a Cornell graduate, who, at 29, for the past four years has served as a model Democratic District leader in the 39th Assembly District Part A which covers parts of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. 

Ramos is a labor leader, an advocate for women, a community organizer, she’s fought for immigration reform and LGBT rights, and she’s even worked on historic elections, but for whatever reason, Ramos is running without party support.

Despite carrying her own petition, Ramos received numerous endorsements from unions and Democratic clubs – like one of the largest in central Queens, The New Visions Democratic Club —  including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. So to some people, you’ll always be District leader, even if you had to carry your own petition.

For her remarkable independence, her resolve in the face of adversity, and her genuine commitment to Queens County, Queens-Politics proudly endorses Jessica Ramos for District leader.

Political parties tend to shy away from costly District leader primaries, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. But once you do win, with or without Party support, you’re back in, and within two years you’re running on the slate again (hopefully doing the right thing in your neighborhood).

The point is, if you know a Jessica Ramos in your neighborhood, please vote for her on September 9th, it will be the best decision you’ve made in a long time.

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Sep 03 2014

What do we really know about Tony Avella?

Remember when Tony Avella had no problem denouncing IE’s last year? Well guess what? He’s a hypocrite.

If you recall back to the Council elections, Tony Avella went on multiple tirades about independent expenditures in a race he had nothing to do with. In fact, he went on multiple tirades against Paul Vallone for independent mailers he did not approve of. So what’s the big deal?

Now the shoe is on the other foot — and all of a sudden — Tony Avella doesn’t seem to mind about independent expenditures, this time he’s been silent. See for yourself with this IE by the New York League of Conservation Voters which graced the door handles of hundreds of Democrats around the district:

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Avella likes IE’s when they support him.

Notice this lovely door hanger with Tony Avella standing next to the duck. What you don’t see is the deception Tony Avella is trying to pull over our eyes.This is the same type of independent expenditure Avella openly and publicly denounced.

So this year is different? Why is it always do as I say, not as I do with Tony Avella? Is it because he’s a dishonest bigot?

No offense to the NYLCV, but don’t they read the news? This is the same type of hypocrisy we’ve witnessed over and over with Tony Avella. His duplicity makes a mockery out of any self-respecting voter. We’ve had enough. Have you?

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Sep 02 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses Tim Wu for Lt. Governor

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We need more pragmatists in Albany like Tim Wu.

Queens stand up and vote Tim Wu for Lt. Governor!

It’s always good to have someone in office that hails from the same part of town as you do, it’s even better because they tend to have the same values. These aren’t values formed on the political trail, but rather from their environment, their background, and upbringing. In all these cases, one immutable fact emerges: that we, as residents of NYC, will better represented by Tim Wu as our Lieutenant Governor rather than Kathy Hochul.

Wu is a Columbia law professor, an academic, a pragmatic liberal which are few and far between in such high office. Let’s be clear: Wu is a bit different from his opponent, in fact he’s very different. His work in the world of academia is far-reaching into cyberspace exploring the fine points of net neutrality and telecommunications protocol and yet, despite the high-minded rhetoric of academia, you’re constantly assailed by the notion that Wu is writing down what you have always known, except that you’ve never thought of it. Let’s call him the benevolent professor.

And this is what makes Wu a natural pragmatist– he’ll reject unpractical ideas and accept good ones, if it works satisfactorily.

No, we’ve never met Wu, but anyone of us could have easily run into him at a Starbucks, heard him at a lecture, missed the same train, spoke with him at a networking event, or just passed him on the L.I.E, either way– Kathy Hochul, is at best a gun nut “Democrat” from upstate. She’s not NYC– Tim Wu is, and that’s why he needs our vote.

Is Wu’s campaign a long shot? Perhaps. But Wu is full of surprises. Just last week, he won the endorsement of The New York Times as well as other left-of-center groups as they criticized Hochul’s past opposition to state aid for illegal aliens and her 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, according to the New York Post.

Naturally, Wu has an outsider’s edge in the race, but his real appeal is the chance to bring a public advocate into the hallowed halls of Albany, especially if his running mate, Zephyr Teachout doesn’t win. Now we all know today’s reformer is tomorrow’s hack, Brooklyn boss Meade Esposito used to say, so we know there must be compromise in order to get anything done, but who better for reaching compromise and a middle ground than a benevolent professor? That is why we endorse Tim Wu for Lt. Governor.

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Sep 02 2014

Meet Jung’s Anti-Semitic Support Network

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This is why we have to be mindful of a candidate beyond the palm cards. Beware of S. J Jung.

Did you ever wonder who’s really behind a campaign?

Campaigns hire the seediest people. Yes, seedy. Really seedy. In fact, whether their advice comes from convicts or consulting firms that blur the line between Super PACs and direct campaigning, some of these “consulting” characters really take the cake. Take for instance, Peter Brown, the chief advisor to S.J Jung, a candidate running for State Senate in Queens, who’s been working to prove that US government agents were responsible for the destruction of 7 World Trade Center.

The BrownMiller Group, of which Peter Brown is a founding partner, led the effort to collect more than 53,000 signatures on petitions to force a city referendum requiring a new investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. But why?

The purpose of this referendum is to prove that US government agents, not Al Qaeda, was responsible for the destruction of 7 World Trade Center.

Now this guy is a major player on Jung’s payroll. As such, when announcing his candidacy, Jung bragged to the World Journal that the BrownMiller Group had joined his team and even told Korea Daily that Brown was advising Jung on political strategy. Oh, here we go.

But the devil is in the details, so follow the link. Although dubbed the “Highrise Safety Initiative,” the effort was funded by an organization called the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN).

According to NYS Board of Elections records, NYC CAN paid the BrownMiller Group $183,563 in five separate installments.

Ted Walters, NYC CAN’s Executive Director, said the ballot initiative was a way for conspiracy theories about the destruction of the World Trade Center to be “mainstreamed.” According to Walters, there “was a deliberate attempt on the part of FBI leadership to block” individuals “from finding out about the plot and preventing it.“ He also claimed “people in the government knew (about the attacks) and allowed it to happen…The collapse of the Twin Towers and Building 7 were all demolitions…The alleged hijackers did not have the expertise to pilot the planes.” Yea, right.

NYC CAN is supported by Anti-Semites & Anti-Israel Bigots. But it’s not Walters’ crazy claims which should alarm you, BrownMiller has networked with an anti-Semitic coalition to further CAN’s radical agenda. Walters personally promoted the referendum on a podcast hosted by an Anti-Israel conspiracy theorist who claimed Israeli rescue workers were stealing organs after the Haitian earthquake. In addition, a variety of anti-Semitic websites, including the Iranian state-owned news service, promoted donations to and support for NYC CAN’s referendum, where it was described as “the most important group working to change history” and prove that Israeli agents were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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The referendum was heavily promoted on anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and conspiracy websites and news outlets that claim that Israel was behind 9/11. In other words, the strategist leading Jung’s candidacy is also working on a project that is helping to unite an anti-Semitic movement behind a crazy ballot referendum in New York.

Even though NYC CAN believes 9/11 was conducted by US Agents, none of this however stopped Jung from paying BrownMiller, and it likely won’t.

This begs the question, is it possible for the CAN coalition to lobby Jung through the BrownMiller Group? Or even directly to him? What would stop them? After all, there is a clear path to access. Will the ballot initiative sail through with a special legislative liaison advocating on its behalf, now or later? Of course it’s all possible. When a candidate is elected, they take all of their interests, their supporter’s interests, and especially their baggage with them into office. Why would Jung prove any different?

Meanwhile, The Anti-Defamation League called Jones “the Conspiracy King” and referred to him as “anti-Israel conspiracy theorist” in 2010 after his website promoted the claim that Israeli rescue workers in Haiti were involved in stealing organs.

Luckily, de Blasio thinks it’s all a joke, and for good reason. He said the NYC CAN ballot proposal was “absolutely ridiculous… And it’s inappropriate, after all the suffering that went on 9/11 and since. It seems to be this is a very insensitive and inappropriate action.”

This is dangerous. Still, the BrownMillerGroup has influence over Jung, and they always will. The question becomes how much influence does CAN have directly on Jung? [See the dotted line on the diagram to illustrate the point]. Is this a chance you’re willing to take? Don’t fret, there is a bright side: this potential influence won’t amount anything if Jung loses the election and moves back to New Jersey. But my oh my, wouldn’t it be nice to have a dear friend in office, a friend with legislative authority and a budget?

The district where Jung is running contains one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in New York City, along with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and approximately 20 synagogues. The district is also home to many police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and construction workers who responded to the disaster and helped in the recovery. Overall more than 250 Queens residents died on 9/11.

So think twice about casting your ballot for SJ Jung, things are not what they appear to be.

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Jun 09 2014

Messer Steps Aside, Focuses On Renewable Energy

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Messer says Peace I’m out y’all

We have confirmation, the primary for SD16 will be a one-way race: Toby Stavisky vs. S.J Jung.

Defying speculation, in a press release sent this evening, attorney John Messer officially declared he will sit this one out for good.

“Renewable energies, like solar and wind power, have been important to me because they reduce our carbon footprint and help to protect our communities.”

Messer explained that his company, Invictus Energy Solutions, has been on the front lines reducing dependence on foreign oil and carbon-based fuels — a commitment he would to like to see through  to its completion.

“In an effort to improve our air quality, my company is in the process of implementing a significant project to replace these carbon based diesel generators with solar-powered alternatives which will run off the sun’s pure renewable energy. Queens shouldn’t be getting a failing grade for air pollution when every hour the sun beams enough energy onto our planet to satisfy our global energy needs for an entire year. Over the next several years, I want to work with you to bring renewable energies to our community, improve the quality of our air, our failing grade, and the overall health of our community.”

Meanwhile racial politics will still be in play, and in all likelihood Toby Stavisky will still be the victor. After all, she’s the most visible; a staple in the Flushing community and she has the proven ability to trounce her opponents, but like many districts, only a small percentage of the electorate actually show up for critical primaries – and those that do have proven over and over that they favor Toby Stavisky. So with Messer out, the “primary vote” will be safe for Senator Stavisky putting S.J in a perpetual uphill climb: registering new voters and pulling them out on election day, which is not as easy as it sounds epecially when voters doubt a challenger’s ability to trounce an incumbent of this magnitude. Furthermore, Stavisky also has enough clout in many sections of the Asian community to bridge the tribal nature of local politics, a bridge that may prove too long for S.J, even if he has some IDC help along the way.

No word on an endorsement yet.

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