Tag Archive: campaign

Oct 31 2013

Catsimatidis Campaign Responds To Queens-Politics

Queens PoliticsQueens-Politics received the following statement from the Cats campaign. The message read, “Just because Cats didn’t hire you for your “consulting” skills doesn’t mean you had to attack his campaign strategy. Remember there are no secrets in politics only truths backed by evidence waiting to come out.” 

Wow they finally understood something…. the nature of our post. I’m so glad, but maybe they took me wrong, I like John Cats, and yes I wanted to work for him. I always felt he had the money – therefore he would be the only candidate able to defeat Bill de Blasio!

But anyone who thinks Team Cats didn’t have a flawed plan should consider professional psychiatric help. Facts are simple, they really didn’t run a good campaign. That was the impetus to author that article — my disappointment in Cats ability to run a campaign on poignant issues with boots on the ground and community leaders with the resources necessary to achieve success.

Maybe if his team would have returned phone calls, or taken the advice of people who know how to win, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Yes, I wanted to work for Cats, but like most people I never got a call back. I’m glad I didn’t at this point. It’s shameful when your employees don’t support you because they work and you refuse to pay timely or at all.  So please take complicity, admit mistakes and take responsibility for your errors and yes, remember there are no secrets in politics only truths backed by evidence waiting to come out.

And here’s the evidence — CATS LOST.

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Aug 21 2012

Meng & Gillibrand Helping Small Businesses With Tax Breaks

Press Release:

Women-Owned Small Businesses Are Among Fastest Growing Segments of the Economy, But Start With Eight Times Less Capital Than Other Businesses

Gillibrand, Meng: Federal Bill Would Help Entrepreneurs Grow Their Businesses and Create New Jobs in Queens

Queens, NY – Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblywoman Grace Meng were joined at Great Bear Auto Repair, a woman-owned auto repair shop in Flushing, by owner Audra Fordin to announce federal legislation designed to extend targeted tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy but start with eight times less capital. Senator Gillibrand and Assemblywoman Meng urged the U.S. Senate to vote on theSUCCESS Act of 2012, legislation that would provide investors with strong incentives to invest in small business stock, double deductions for start-up expenses, purchase new equipment, and continue tax credits that small businesses can take advantage of.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the most powerful job creators we have,”Senator Gillibrand said. “I’ve heard from women in Queens and all across the state. I know women are ready to lead us to a thriving and stable economy, with new good-paying jobs that can support a family. When we provide the tools that small business leaders need, we can help this economic engine take off.”

“Small businesses have always been the engines of job creation and community development in Queens, and are moving us out of this grinding recession,”Assemblywoman Mengsaid. “We’re already seeing more start-ups, more hiring, and more entrepreneurs striking out on their own. Nowhere is the growth of women-owned businesses more evident than here in New York State, New York City, and in Queens. Critical to supporting and sustaining this trend for small business owners is ensuring access to credit and capital as well as tax credits for hiring and healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. These will be my priorities in Congress.”

“As the first woman to run my family’s auto repair and auto body shop, I know from experience what the challenges and opportunities are to build a successful business,” said Audra Fordin, Owner of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop.  “With careful budget planning and networking, my company has turned a profit over the past few years. Extending these tax breaks would be a major incentive to help grow my business further. By providing some needed breathing room, I would be able to immediately divert resources towards staff and new equipment upgrades, which are a win for my business and for the community.”

Last fall, Senator Gillibrand held women’s economic empowerment roundtables across the state, and heard firsthand from small business owners. Small businesses play a critical role in the national and local economy, with more than 10 million firms owned by women. Between 1997 and 2007, women-owned businesses added roughly 500,000 jobs, while other private firms lost jobs. In New York alone, more than 30 percent of all small businesses are owned by women. However, women, on average, start their business with eight times less funding than men, making tax credits a critical part of their business plan.

To bolster small business growth, Senator Gillibrand has been working with a group of bipartisan women Senators to extend targeted small business tax benefits, which expired at the start of 2012, through at least 2013. These tax breaks are included in a larger bill aimed to help small businesses grow, called theSuccess Ultimately Comes from Capital, Contracting, Education, Strategic Partnerships and Smart Regulation(SUCCESS) Act of 2012.

In September 2010, Congress passed theSmall Business Jobs Act, which provided a number of key tax benefits to American small businesses, such as eliminating capital gains tax on investments in small business, and cutting taxes for businesses that invest in new equipment. With roughly two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. generated by small businesses, extending these tax provisions for businesses is a key way to encourage growth and hiring.

Small Business Tax Breaks Under the SUCCESS Act

These tax benefits include a number of provisions that help give small businesses the ability to grow and expand now by providing incentives to invest in small businesses, helping businesses make new investments in equipment, and extending benefits that help out new start-ups.

Tax Relief for Small Business Capital Gains: This provision would provide investors a strong incentive to invest in small business stock.  Prior to 2009, 50 percent of the gain of a small business stock was subject to tax. Senator Gillibrand supported legislation that increased this exclusion to 75 percent and the Small Business Jobs Act expanded that benefit to 100 percent of the gain. Eligible small businesses are defined as those with gross assets under $50 million and the stock must be held for at least five years.

Doubles Existing Deductions for Start-up Costs for New Small Businesses:New start-ups typically face a number of substantial expenses in their first year they get off the ground, such as permits, consulting costs, expenses in finding clients and custoemrs and other needs, but are limited in the amount of expenses they can deduct that year on their taxes. This provision would extend the increased deduction for start-up expenses, from $5,000 to $10,000. Eligible expenses include studies of potential markets, products, labor markets, or transportation systems; advertisements for the opening of a new business; compensation for consultants and employees undergoing training and their instructors; and travel for the purpose of securing suppliers, distributors, and customers.

Extends Section 179 Expensing: This provision allows small businesses to write-off up to $500,000 in tangible property, such as investments in machinery and plant equipment, or other physical equipment (such as refrigerators or stoves for a restaurant or gas pumps for a gas station).

General Business Credit Carryback: This provision would allow businesses to continue to carryback (i.e., count against profits from previous years) general business credits for up to five years.  This helps businesses who are currently not profitable by allowing them to claim credits against years where they were making money.

Another measure included in theSUCCESS Act is the Expanding Access to Capital for Entrepreneurial Leaders (EXCEL) Act, which would modify the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program to raise the amount of SBIC debt the Small Business Administration (SBA) can guarantee from $3 billion to $4 billion. It would also increase from $225 million to $350 million the amount of SBA guaranteed debt a team of SBIC fund managers who operate several funds can borrow.

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Aug 09 2012

‘DO BUNDLERS EXIST? A Helpful Guide from the Halloran for Congress Campaign’

Official Halloran Campaign press release:

Assemblywoman Meng’s answer: 
“There is no such thing as bundlers. It is something that is made up for political purposes.”

Source: City and State, Aug. 8

The Federal Election Commission’s answer: 

Yes.

Source: the FEC’s web site at http://www.fec.gov/rad/candidates/documents/Earmarks_000.pdf.

Or, to save you the time…

bundler is an “earmarked contribution is one which the contributor directs (either orally or in writing) to a clearly identified candidate or the candidate’s
authorized committee through an intermediary or conduit. Earmarking may take the form of a designation, instruction or encumbrance and may be direct or indirect, express or implied, written or oral. 110.6(b)(1). Earmarked contributions require additional disclosure, as summarized below.

In addition, under the provisions of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA), Pub. Law No. 110-81, 121 Stat. 735,
signed into law September 14, 2007, certain “bundled” contributions may trigger additional disclosure of the identity of the person who raised
the bundled contribution as summarized in section 6 of this Appendix. See also Appendix F, “Lobbyist Bundled Contributions” for further information.

http://www.fec.gov/info/PartyGuide/Chapter6.htm

“Bundling” is the more common term for “earmarking contributions,” and “bundlers” are more formally called “conduits” or “intermediaries.”

CHAPTER 6
Earmarked Contributions

An earmarked contribution is one which the contributor directs (either orally or in writing) to a clearly identified candidate or candidate’s committee through an intermediary or conduit. Earmarking may take the form of a designation, instruction or encumbrance and may be direct or indirect, express or implied. 110.6(b)(1).

So, do bundlers exist?

Decide for yourself.

You can believe Assemblywoman Meng.

Or you can believe the Federal Election Commission.

 

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Nov 10 2011

One-sided War delivers 12 Democratic Judges

Under the present system, Beltrani didn't stand a chance at becoming Justice of the Supreme Court of NY -he was on the wrong side of the aisle..

If you enter politics in NYC for the sole purpose of becoming a judge, stay away from the Republican party.

People go into politics for different reasons. Some want a job, some want the rush, while others want the justly nobler endeavor to serve the community.  Some are a combination.

The way to become a Supreme Court Justice in Queens is to kiss up the party, help other candidates, become district leader, or threaten to run for office. There’s multiple ways to do it. Different people wait for years, but it’s the Democratic clubs that choose Supreme Court judges. Whoever gets the nod for the coveted slot by the County organization is the candidate that becomes the Justice, in a way they are anointed.

There’s a two party system, but  we really have a one party system. Not enough people ever vote, and when they do its usually Democrat across the board especially during a primary or a judicial race.

Like the Soviet Union, party bosses hen peck judges for the Supreme Court of NY.

In the 11th judicial district in Queens, a total of 12 candidates, six Republicans and six Democrats, competed for six slots on the Supreme Court. The winners, according to a source, were Allan Weiss, Pam Jackman-Brown, Rudolph Greco, Janice Taylor, Timothy Dufficy, and Ira Margulis – all Democrats.

Would it be so terrible to have one Republican Justice?

It’s an uphill battle for Republicans. When you’re the county candidate for Supreme Court Justice, a few things happen that make your run a lot easier.

You get a small army of free petition carriers otherwise they wont come out unless you pay them. Some lackey will iron your robe and provide you with unlimited boilerplate expressions to throw around town while you’re introduced to the who’s who of party politics. Grassroots candidates, and GOP candidates are ill-matched against the establishment. They have to hire their own people at cost.

If you want to become a judge, you will need to become comfortable kissing ass.

It’s like getting a job, in a sense you too are hired by the county organization rather than elected. It happens in legislative elections but the ‘race’ for Supreme Court Justice is the most egregious example. The leadership has to like you. There is a vetting system judge candidates must pass, like being an attorney in good standing for 10 years, but you may never get to that point.

It’s not who has the best legal mind, it’s who handed out the most flyers.

You want to believe the system is good, but for the election of Supreme Court Justices that’s just the way it is.

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Oct 21 2011

Two Queens Candidates File For A “Run”


Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, Justin Wax Jacobs is a lifelong resident of Briarwood. The recent graduate of the University at Albany has filed a campaign committee. Generally seen by insiders as tantamount to running for office.

 

From City Hall News,

 Justin Wax Jacobs looks like he’s giving politics another crack. The 22-year-old recently registered a campaign committee to run in 2012 against Queens Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, after getting tossed from the ballot on the most minor of technicalities in the recent special election for the seat. The young politico gathered 1,600 signatures in six days to run as an independent, but was by the Board of Elections because he failed to write the correct district number on the top of every page – becoming a poster boy for a broken system. 

 

 

 

 

Silverstein is keeping his options open.

 

 Matt Silverstein, the former president of both the New York and Queens Young Democrats, took a step towards joining the fray to take on Republican Councilman Dan Halloran in 2013. Silverstein registered a campaign committee this week and may face off against several 2009 contenders for the seat.

 Silverstein said in an email he was simply keeping his “options open,” according to City Hall News.

 

 

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Oct 19 2011

GOP Thug Uses Nasty Intimidation Tactics In Nassau County Race

GOP Henchman Vinny Prisco, alleged to be working on behalf of Nassau County incumbent John Ciotti makes his war face. If you see this man at your campaign, call the police.

What’s going on with our neighbors to the east?

In a stunning racist outburst, feral ‘volunteer’ GOP hatchman, Vinny Prisco, allegedly from the campaign of incumbent legislator John Ciotti, illustrates the need to cautiously screen your volunteer group. You just wouldn’t want this joker on your campaign. Find out why below.

As longstanding Nassau County legislator John Ciotti (D-Elmont) tries to distance himself from the racist and sexist shenanigans of his campaign workers, the sister of his opponent, Mickey Solages the victim of harassing taunts by a loose cannon that identifies as Republican, caught it all on tape.

Surprise! A lawsuit may be underway:

From WPIX:

The acts of Ciotti campaign worker Vinnie Prisco and another man referred to as Joe in the video of the men were severe enough to spur Mickey Solages to file a criminal complaint with police. The Nassau County Police Department has a precinct across the street from the campaign office where the confrontation that was captured on video took place a week ago Saturday.

While Ciotti works on damage control, I contacted the premier consulting firm in Long Island, the Pendulum Network to find out where the GOP campaign went wrong.

“The events in Nassau emphasize the need for candidates to vet their volunteer group. You have to reign in your core volunteers, you need to know who they are, they represent your campaign,” according to Michael Chapman co-founder of the Pendulum Network Political Consulting firm based in Long Island.

“I find that many campaigns have jumped the shark with regard to volunteer recruitment and engagement in that they take a one-sized fits all approach in order to save both time and money,” said Chapman.

So they are being lazy, Michael? “They’re so happy to have volunteers to help that they forget the most important thing…training them. They need to be properly educated on their tasks and the overall mission of the candidate and/or organization.

At its core it should be about building relationships, not destroying them,” according to Michael.

I am no stranger to GOP intimidation. During Assembly Member Ed Braunstein’s campaign – who has a fake twitter account in his likeness of over 400 followers -  I was attacked and verbally threatened by GOP goons.

There I was, bullhorn in hand, turning the tide of the election in Whitestone as two unidentifiable males with clip-on ties threatened to call the police on me for demonstrating my First Amendment Rights. They were axe men, cronies, thugs but I didn’t budge – even after they broke off my sideview mirrors, I got louder. Their insults were stuck in a sophomoric scatalogical aspersion. What a bubble head. It didn’t phase me, and they didn’t like that. Little did they know, I had the truculent edge over the competition. This was my neighborhood. In the end they managed to tear down my sign while blocking me with some guy that can only be described as a large grouse. I couldn’t stop them.

I really think Ciotti is nervous about losing to Carrie Solages. Maybe it’s the 2-to-1 Democrat advantage. It’s also a majority \ minority district and it’s the first time an African American candidate is running and the GOP is freaked out.

The Nassau County GOP has a history of nefarious activity like setting up roadblocks in black neighborhoods on the day of elections and openly tearing down campaign signs, according to insiders.

Dirty campaigning with racist undertones. Shame on you John Ciotti and your crony Vinny Prisco at the Nassau County GOP.

See Nasty GOP Henchmen Oct- 16

Vinny Prisco parks himself outside of Democratic opponent Carrie Solages campaign office in Elmont. Not pictured, the young girl who he was taunting with racist and sexist comments. "Don't worry, we will put them on the back of the bus where they belong," said Prisco on video tape. Yea Prisco, I hope they put you in the back of a paddy wagon.

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Oct 02 2011

Bloomie To Take Stand In Trial Of Campaign ‘Operative’

Sept 30th, The NYTimes blog announced that Mayor Bloomberg will take the stand in the trial of Queens campaign operative, John Haggerty.

Speculation had rolled around for weeks in the media if Bloomberg would possibly have to testify in court. Now with confirmation, pundits and commentators are expecting Haggerty’s lawyer,  former Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco,  to give Bloomberg a no-holds-barred examination on the stand.

John Haggerty is the brother to Bart Haggerty, City Council Member Eric Ulrich’s Chief of Staff, and a known associate of Tom Ognibene, a contender for the Queens GOP County Chairmanship. With another exhaustive court case in the woodwork, can the Haggerty\Ognibene alliance pull off a miracle, escape a prison sentence, and secure the Queens GOP Chairmanship at the same time? The results will alter what’s left of the Queens GOP political landscape with a dramatic power shift in either direction.

Many people outside of political circles find the case irrelevant and difficult to understand. While accusations are flying across the table, mainly Bloomberg “mishandling” campaign funds, Monday’s court case will surely make for some bold Post headlines. Stay tuned for my analysis afterwards.

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