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 03 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses John Liu for State Senate

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Queens needs John Liu

It’s time to win back Senate District 11. Vote John Liu on Primary Day.

In one of the most contentious primaries in the city, Senate District 11 has seen more than its fair share of coverage, insight, and gossip across every possible medium. We’re almost all famous. Anyway, those of us familiar with the voting public in District 11 know that John Liu is simply loved. Yes, loved. And for good reason. He’s intelligent, charming, and approachable and he would make a perfect fit in Albany.

However, the same cannot be said for his opponent who is known to mean vindictive, and outright nasty — even on the job.

There’s merit to the argument that says you need to be able to politic in politics to get anything done, but Tony Avella is just not that kind of guy. Rather, he’s the guy who takes it too far and would be better off as an environmental activist.

While both Liu and Avella have impressive records — and trust us when we say Tony Avella has a ton of baggage that’s hardly ever mentioned out there — but that’s not the point now, the point is to question who will really serve the district better in Albany, is it the guy who hates everyone or the guy that everyone loves?

It’s not rocket science folks. John Liu wins in this category, not to mention he’s the best Comptroller this city has ever seen, after all he did save the city’s pension funds.

For these reasons, Queens-Politics would like to urge all our readers to pick up the phone and call or text your friends and family in District 11 and tell them to vote for John Liu for state Senate.

The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, September 9th. Check your poll site here. District 11 includes the neighborhoods of Auburndale, College PointWhitestoneBaysideLittle NeckDouglastonFloral Park, Beechhurst, Malba, parts of Jamaica, Oakland Gardens, Glen Oaks, and Flushing.

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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

John Messer, Queens Campaigner

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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May 14 2014

Perrianno: Fashion For The Professional Man

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Perrianno: fashion for the steps of City Hall to the Silver Screen.

Where do legislators and candidates go to look their best? Perrianno Men’s Fashion Concierge.

Appearances are everything,” said owner and lead stylist Perry El, a Queens native and entrepeneur that opened his first startup clothing line in 2012 to “provide exclusive men’s fashion, custom suits and styles to the professional man with a unique and unmistakable appearance,” and as fashion evolved, so did his client base.

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Owner Perry LaBarca gets a warm welcome from men’s fashion mogul Domenico Vacca.

Following the success of his previous exclusive lines to celebrities and pro athletes, El, a habitué of the fashion circuit, created a new capsule collection for government and political professionals made of modern, sophisticated and stylish wool, cashmere, and silk products which blend a sign of the times portrayed in the Madmen series while reserved enough to maintain its high-end fashion motif without breaking your bank account. Still, it’s a dressier take for legislative duties with luxe statement pocket squares, handsome check suits, light-colored jackets and proper formal wear. The line eschews the lived-in look that is so pervasive in men’s wear, and instead offers custom prints and imported fabrics made for both the podium or a photography studio, and everything in between.


Perry El’s custom designs and concierge services have graced the shoulders of A-List celebrities ranging from Stephen Baldwin and James Gandolfini, to 50 cent and Raekwon–not to mention professional athletes particularly in MMA–his style has been starlit on The Grammys and MTV’s Video Music Awards, even Steve Madden wears his line, but perhaps most interesting (and for our readers) are the upper echelons of City Hall clothed in the latest Perrianno, but try to find out who they are exactly and he’ll remind you of the “code of the neighborhood” emphasizing discretion–adding to the mystery of who’s decked out in the latest Perrianno? Here’s a hint: they stand out.

My goal in developing a menswear collection was based on my frustration with the lack of trends and stale approach of major retailers,” El said about his personalized services. “If you live on the East coast, you can get fitted for the perfect suit for the perfect look with the perfect accessory; everything is one phone call away.”

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Rapper 50 Cent seen here dressed in Perrianno.

Perry El was born in Flushing, Queens, and his strong fashion sense and unique style techniques started to develop as early as 12 years old. Starting from the ground up without a penny in his pocket, El began saving to invest in a fashion line in his early teens; “A hustle here, a hustle there,” he says, it meant sacrifice and fiscal discipline to build up what would one day become his signature brand.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Through experimentation of swatches, fabrics, patterns and materials, he began to produce men’s garments, shirts, and accessories – at first making them available only to inner circles and A-listers, but in 2013 something clicked: “The reaction from the public was so positive that we decided to make the collection available to everyone,”said El and The Perrianno Concierge Service was born.

perriannoshoesPlain bases and structured textile weaves play a vital role this season balancing an overly drab summer selection from major retailers. Besides the linen sport coats, customers will love the exclusive (and limited edition) range of hand-spun and hand-woven silk hankies which give a new expression to free-spirited fashion. Be it casual or formal, City Hall or 5th Avenue, Perry El has scouted the best the world has to offer and brought it to customers with a personalized approach to make you look the best season after season.

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Actor Stephen Baldwin (left) in Tapestry (2014) wearing a Perrianno exlusive.

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May 08 2014

A Ruben Wills & Shirley Huntley Connection?

Has Shirley been snitching again? Or is it just coincidence?

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Shirley Huntley was rewarded Thursday for her work as a government snitch and got out of jail. One day after her former chief of staff Councilman Ruben Wills is arrested.

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May 08 2014

A timeless tribute to a political activist

NEQRC will honor the loss of their beloved Board member & Sergeant at Arms, Rabbi Pomerantz.

NEQRC will honor the loss of their beloved Board member & Sergeant at Arms, Rabbi Morton H. Pomerantz with trees planted in Israel.

In memoriam.

For many, Rabbi Morton Pomerantz was a quiet man, but when he spoke people listened. His activism helped steer the debate of republican politics for the past 40 years and gave strength to one of the most active republican political clubs in Queens.

“He spoke rarely, kindly and quietly with great wisdom and gentleness. That made everyone listen closely to him. It’s a rare gift in public discourse these days,” said Kevin Ryan, President of the Northeast Queens Republican Club.

Pomerantz, a Navy veteran who lived in Douglaston, had a long history of supporting conservative politics with particular emphasis on veteran’s rights. A lifelong Democrat, Pomerantz later switched to the GOP after becoming disenfranchised with the Carter administration’s handling of Israel. Since then he’s been a fixture in political circles, supporting many republican campaigns including U.S. Rep. Peter King, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New York Gov. George Pataki, and former Sen. Alphonse D’Amato.

In honor of Rabbi Pomerantz, a longtime board member and Sgt-at-Arms for the NEQRC, club members came together to arrange a ring of 5 trees to be planted in his honor at his birthplace in Israel.

“As a Rabbi and as a Republican club officer, his faith was a vital part of his life. So, a family of trees growing in Israel, strong and quiet and making the atmosphere a little better – like he did – seemed like a fitting, if very modest, tribute to our friend and executive board member,” according to Ryan.

Club members felt the Rabbi should have a fitting tribute, yet still felt any memorial would fall short of recognizing the lives he touched throughout his travels in politics and in the civic community.

‘It’s nothing compared to the many lives Rabbi Pomerantz touched in so many different ways throughout his life. We will miss him,” said Ryan.

Rabbi Pomerantz was 76, and passed away May 2nd at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola after a short illness.

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The services for Rabbi Morton Pomerantz are this Thursday,
May 8th at 11AM at:
Riverside-Nassau North Chapels
55 North Station Plaza
Great Neck, NY
(516) 487-9600
2 blocks east of the Great Neck LIRR station house.
Burial to follow with military honors at
Calverton National Cemetery, L.I.E. Exit 68

 

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May 07 2014

Weprin Outraises Challenger

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Name recognition, you either have it or you don’t.

Ali Najmi, a community activist and political organizer that worked for Councilman Weprin, gears up to primary his brother, Assemblyman David Weprin. Sure it makes this race a little more curious but does Najmi have a realistic shot? No. Even with a growing Muslim population in that district? No, not as long as they have 188th St. (not to mention $220,000 and it’s only May).

[From Capital New YorkAssemblyman David Weprin raised $75,000 at a birthday fund-raiser in Manhattan last week, leaving him with $220,000 cash on hand as he faces a potential primary challenge. 

Attendees at Weprin’s birthday party included Public Advocate Letitia James, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (who spoke about Weprin’s expertise on financial matters), Rep. Joe Crowley, chairman of the Queens County Democratic Organization, and Queens borough president Melinda Katz, who served with Weprin in the Council before running in a crowded primary against him for City Comptroller in 2009.

The potential challenger, Ali Najmi, is a lawyer and political operative who was the president of Weprin’s local political club and once worked for his brother.

Najmi is also a founding member of the Muslim Democratic Club, which determined in an analysis last year that the largest cluster of Muslim voters live in that eastern section of Queens.

Full article: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8544934/weprin-raises-against-familiar-challenger

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May 07 2014

Ruben Wills In Hot Water

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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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Michael Grimm ‘Selfie’ Parody

From the folks at #FlipNY11

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May 06 2014

A PAC Recharges To Takeout Michael Grimm

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Expect a lot of Congressman Grimm memes.

A double dose of trouble for Grimm’s reelection campaign is growing in his own backyard.

By now you’ve all heard of the Michael Grimm fiasco: his arrest, the sordid details, etc. etc. But while he still has yet to have his day in court, what you may not have heard of are the faces behind a growing movement to oust Congressman Grimm once and for all.

“He just doesn’t flip-flop, he flounders!” declared Dylan Michael Schwartz, the new Executive Director of Your Vote Counts, a recently reorganized Staten Island-based political action committee working to mobilize voters to “Flip the district” by electing democratic Councilman Domenic Recchia.

The strategy, according to Schwartz, will focus on exposing Grimm’s “utter disrespect for the people of Staten Island.” For example, “To tout like he helped with the Sandy Recovery is abhorrent; he voted against it twice…his own bill….and now the people want to know why he’s holding their lives and future in the air while he’s up in Congress supposed to be helping the people of Brooklyn and Staten Island!”

Utilizing the power of independent expenditures, the PAC will work to “expose Congressman Grimm’s flip-flopping on women’s issues, the environment, and labor,” according to Schwartz. Mediums will include direct mail, print and social media, web casts, even television ads.

Members of the YLA with Dylan Schwartz (center) and Public Advocate Letitia James (center right) at the Democratic Organization of Richmond County's Annual Dinner.

Members of the YLA with Dylan Schwartz (center) and Public Advocate Letitia James (center right) at the Democratic Organization of Richmond County’s Annual Dinner.

Young people are also getting involved, perhaps even for the first time. Motivated by recent headlines, Schwartz spearheaded The Young Leaders Academy, or more precisely, the Democratic Organization of Richmond County’s campaign training program. This unique program attracted the interest of dozens of volunteer high schoolers and college students primarily from Staten Island ready to mobilize their apathetic peers. The curriculum is quite comprehensive; taught by a hodgepodge of veteran operatives and campaign professionals who donate their experience via lectures, webcasts, and grassroots campaigning exercises – all in an effort to raise future leaders equipped with skills in fundraising, community organizing, communications, and legislative action. 

With Grimm winning reelection in 2012 by just 5%, a mobilized youth vote might just be the nail in his coffin.

In addition to renewing the PAC and spearheading the YLA, Schwartz -himself a native Staten Islander- is no stranger to political activism. His pedigree includes organizing campaigns ranging from Florida – where he was named one of the top 10 field organizers for President Obama’s reelection campaign – to NYC serving as Deputy Campaign manager for Peter Vallone Jr’s. bid for Queens Borough President. 

While the PAC has been rather quiet in recent history, Grimm’s racy headlines have been the boost of energy needed to renew interest, said Schwartz, aided in part by a bit on Bill Maher’s Flip-a-District campaign which made national headlines. And while it’s an uphill battle facing a heavily entrenched foe, outreach efforts will give Staten Island and Brooklyn voters – both old and new – food for thought the next time they go to the polls: ranging from alleged campaign finance fraud; to Grimm’s threatening of a reporter with physical violence; to his latest federal fraud and tax charges, he is quite a colorful character with a very colorful history just begging to be lampooned.

The difference this time around, is that the opposition will be raised here at home to tip the balance, said Schwartz. This sentiment seems to be growing and it looks like he won’t be alone as some consider Grimm’s ouster small potatoes on the national scale, even sounding very open to seeing him replaced.

“Mikey is not that important, he is no threat to the power structure, he is a slick talker with a nice resume who seems to be in trouble. he was not on track for greatness as a national leader, not on track to upset the national scene,” wrote State Senator Diane Savino, a member of the Republican led Independent Conference whose district includes parts of Staten Island.

The renewed PAC, will help build on this momentum and at the very least, put some much-needed money behind their message of a worthy alternative.

Stay tuned for the latest.

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Photo of the day: Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri Casts His Ballot

Mayor Candidate Vincent Impellitteri and Wife at Polls Source: Bettmann/CORBIS

Pictured here voting with his wife, in 1950 Mayor Vincent Impellitteri, the 99th Mayor of NYC, was dumped by Democratic bosses and ran on his own ballot line, The Experience Party. Undaunted, Mr. Impellitteri made history becoming the first mayor of greater New York elected without the support of a major party. A true insurgent.           Source: Corbis

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Mar 26 2014

FBI Raids Queens Assemblyman’s Home & Office

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Otisville is nice this time of year.

He’s ‘stunned’.

A relatively low-key state Assemblyman, Bill Scarborough, was visited by the G-Men this morning in an ongoing federal corruption sting.

[From The Queens Courier] The home and office of southeast Queens Assemblyman Bill Scarborough were raided by the FBI Wednesday morning, according to published reports.

Scarborough’s Albany office and Queens home were searched as part of an investigation into his travel reimbursements, the New York Post reported.
His district office and an Albany hotel room were also searched, according to the Daily News.

Scarborough, who served in the legislature for more than 20 years, told reporters that officials from the FBI and the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seized his cell phone, calendars and “just about everything,” another report said.

“I’m innocent, but I understand the reality,” Scarborough said to a group of reporters, according to Capital New York. “I don’t know what’s going to go on. I am going to talk to a lawyer. This is just stunning to me.”

For full article: http://queenscourier.com/2014/fbi-raids-assemblyman-scarboroughs-home-office-reports/

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Mar 26 2014

Corrupt Ex-Pol Now Doing Time In New York

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Originally doing time in Butner, N.C, Brian McLaughlin is now finishing his sentence close to home in Otisville Federal Correction Institute in Orange County, NY.

Welcome to Club Fed.

Brian McLaughlin, the former Assemblyman from Queens that embezzled millions of dollars from unions, taxpayers, even a Little League, was seen walking yet again in the Empire State. No, he wasn’t at an Irish pub, or a City Councilmember’s office; he was seen in Otisville Federal Correctional Institute walking around the track.

According to sources he was wearing sneakers and a track suit.

Over at Otisville, it’s like Club Fed. At this medium security prison in Orange County, just 70 miles from NYC, McLaughlin was likely to dine and scheme with other notable celeb-criminals like “Kenneth Starr, the former financial adviser that pled guilty in 2010 to fraud and money laundering for diverting $33 million of his clients’ money to pay for personal expenses or Walter Forbes, former Chairman of Cendant Corporation convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements for masterminding the largest accounting fraud of the 1990s.”

Gordon Gecko even did his time here. Otisville has a few notable pop culture references; in the remake of Wall Street, Gordon Gecko mentions Otisville as the prison he was released from, George Jung, the drug kingpin and basis for the movie, Blow, also served time at Otisville as well as Monty Brogan, the main character in the 25th Hour played by Edward Norton, who was sentenced to seven years at Otisville FCI.

These skills might come in handy.

Serving a 10-year sentence, McLaughlin, now 62, will be released in 2016 (and so will Kenneth Starr). However, once he’s out he’ll have figure out how to pay 10 percent of his gross earnings to cover the more than $2 million he owes to the victims of his crimes, according to the Post. He’s even had to sell his lavish home in Long Island’s North Shore as well as his wife’s Mercedes to cover ongoing costs.

Luckily McLaughlin’s era in politics is over, and anything he’s had his had hands in has been reborn  and purged from his corruption. McLaughlin didn’t go out with dignity neither, he provided testimony against his colleagues in government, particularly former Assemblyman Tony Seminerio, who died in federal prison.

McLaughlin’s legacy, however, will never recover.

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