Category Archive: Weeding out corruption

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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May 07 2014

Ruben Wills In Hot Water

Photo: NYDN

Photo: NYDN

Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested this morning as part of an ongoing corruption probe.

[From The Observer] Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested early this morning by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, a law enforcement source has confirmed.

Mr. Wills, along with a relative, Jelani Mills, were taken into custody this morning at around 7 a.m., according to the source, who said that Mr. Mills worked for Mr. Wills.

The source declined to discuss the charges against the the men, but the Daily News reported in 2012 that Mr. Schneiderman’s office was investigating a $33,000 state grant that allegedly went missing after being doled out to a nonprofit linked to Mr. Wills, who will be arraigned in Queens criminal court later today.

Mr. Wills’ attorney did not immediately respond to messages, and phones at the councilman’s legislative and district offices rang unanswered this morning. A spokeswoman for Mr. Wills declined to comment, except to say that Mr. Mills does not work for her boss. A council spokesman confirmed that Mr. Mills is not on the city council payroll.

Full story:  http://observer.com/2014/05/councilman-ruben-wills-arrested-by-attorney-generals-office/#ixzz3138cE6Gn

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Mar 05 2014

Gentile Questions Dysfunctional BOE

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Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) is the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Investigations

It’s time to eliminate the patronage and dysfunction at the BOE says Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Clearing house and then rebuilding the foundation is going to take time and a lot more oversight. Luckily, the hearings are bringing it to light.

[From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle] The council’s committees on Oversight and Investigations and Governmental Operations jointly held the hearing to probe more deeply into a recently released report from the Department of Investigations (DOI) that detailed a shocking level of institutional dysfunction and patronage at the Board of Elections (BOE).

NY1 News reported that the DOI’s undercover probe found that the BOE is dysfunctional, is overrun by nepotism, and that there are dead people still listed on its rolls.

In its report, issued in December, the DOI issued more than 30 recommendations for the BOE to adopt.

“Our work here today was a positive step towards a better democratic process in New York City. This is one step in the effort to address concerns raised by the Department of Investigations report, which showed how far we need to go to support and oversee New York City’s elections,” Gentile said.

“I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to increase efficiency, transparency and accountability at all levels,” Gentile added.

The BOE needs to move away from and “opaque hiring system of nepotism and patronage,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side), chairman of the Committee on Governmental Operations.

For full article: http://brooklyneagle.com/articles/council-holds-hearing-patronage-board-elections-2014-03-05-173000

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Feb 18 2014

Tony Avella: Job Killer

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Someone should tell Tony the overdevelopment movement died when the economy died.

Stop trying to kill jobs Tony.

For over sixty years, there have been multiple plans to develop Willets Point and although many have failed, this blighted, toxic waste land is finally scheduled for revitalization that will create much-needed jobs in Queens, but Senator Avella doesn’t want it, he doesn’t care about jobs because he doesn’t need one.

Tony Avella has worked his whole life on the public payroll with do nothing positions with Mayor Dinkins, Senator Stavisky, City Council, and now as State Senator so it’s easy to understand how he doesn’t grasp the need for private sector development and job creation. Because of that, maybe it explains his bizarre crusade to destroy the families of trade union workers? How does Tony Avella think that the operating engineers and carpenters are going to get work without this project? What’s Paul Graziano going to shake his pony tail and all of a sudden the economy is going to get better? Is QueensCrap going to employ 5000 people on her blog? Are the weirdo 2 man civics going to suddenly start fracking on Northern Blvd. and create a thousand jobs? However it comes about, people are still suffering and Tony’s go-it-alone maverick attitude doesn’t seem to help out.

On the surface, it appears that Avella is mad because of incentives given to developers, but the incentives were credible, and the millions that would be pumped into the economy could have went elsewhere – but they chose to invest it here in Queens. That’s the surface; if you dig a little deeper, Tony Avella has morphed into an angry player hater, and he’s all alone. His colleagues know better than to sign on board with his cheap headlines, they won’t go anywhere near him because he’s a terrible politician and everyone knows it. He can’t cooperate with colleagues and he can’t pass anything in legislature – it’s all smoke and mirrors with Tony, you get nothing, just a name you know yet lacking in any political capital to get the job done. His disdain for developers is so profound that he’s willing to let union workers, their families and children become the collateral damage. Obviously joblessness was not one of his considerations.

Does Tony Avella realize that when a union worker is out of work it devastates families? Not everyone has a public check wired into their account every two weeks. Is Tony really that out of touch with New Yorkers that he’s turning the destruction of jobs into his own psychotic vanity project?

http://archidose.blogspot.com/2008/11/willets-point.html

http://archidose.blogspot.com/2008/11/willets-point.html

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Aug 01 2013

Is a QueensCrap Blogger on Avella or Graziano’s Payroll?

Annex - Three Stooges, Avella Graziano Crapper

What is the extent of the corroboration between Avella, Graziano, and Queenscrap?

Might explain some of the hostility.

Some rumors are a bit too scary, like how the largest blog in Queens comes out in full swinging support of corrupt Senator Tony Avella and wannabe anti-development goo goo lobbyist Paul Graziano.

According to sources, one of the authors on ‘Crapper is on the payroll of either Avella or Graziano- both of whom have been trading donations and favors quid pro quo for quite some time.

While the true identity of ‘Crapper is up for some heavyweight discussion, we’re not surprised to see that ‘Crapper too has fallen victim to Tony’s approach to politics and taken to berating both Avella and Graziano’s opponents with malice – often overlooking any facts that raise doubts to Tony’s efficacy as a leader which lends further credence to the rumor.

We feel it’s outright disingenuous for a blog of this caliber to promulgate such bullshit about how great Tony Avella and Paul Graziano are without so much as mentioning how many times Tony has been caught up in the universe of corruption: from allowing convicted Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin’s to throw him lavish fundraisers, “Avella has served Assemblymember McLaughlin faithfully since he took office in 1992, according to City Limits,” to the favor trading with convicted felon Richard Lipsky, right down to supporting anti-Asian racist Sonny Carson not to mention his personal vendetta against young activists.

Avella has even issued press blackouts trying to harangue Queens-Politics for kicking up his own dirt and exposing his corruption. He’s probably angry because he couldn’t get any of his legislation passed up in Albany and that his colleagues refuse to work with him. They are hoping he wins downstate just so he’ll never have to return to Albany for another lame duck session (but he didn’t rule out running again as Senator).

Meanwhile we’re wondering how much of his official duties have been conducted as a cheap political campaign stunt. 

In an ideal world, calling attention to these facts should be the duty of the mainstream press and editorials – but you don’t really see that happening here in Queens. Luckily, a few brave souls are willing to pledge their lives and sacred honor so that the voters can finally be informed.

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