Tag Archive: Comptroller John Liu

Dec 01 2011

Northern Woodside Coalition Reveals Overwhelming Support For John Liu

Comptroller John Liu chats with constituents at the Northern Woodside Coalition Civic Holiday Party.

In Queens, John Liu is above suspicion.

In light of a continuous smear campaign by opponents and armchair politicos, a visit to Queens civic meetings will reveal strong support for John Liu. This is just one of many examples.

The Northern Woodside Coalition Civic is an activist organization and a steam valve for distressed residents. They are the superheroes of  Woodside and their mission is to protect and improve the quality of life from overdevelopment and to increase public safety. The group also sponsors neighborhood cleanups and a summer concert series. It’s a mixture of folks young and old and they have a standing membership of over 200 friendly people. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at the White Castle Headquarters Community room, 69-01 34th Ave. and yes they serve sliders at their meetings.

A host of elected officials were in attendance at the holiday party including City Councilman Danny Dromm, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, although Jimmy was a little late, but that’s okay. There wasn’t much parking. Maureen Ellen from the JFK Democratic club was in the audience as was Donna Raymond, president of the North Queens Homeowners Association. I sat across from my friend Judge Carmen Valasquez from the Queens civic court. I told her not to start a Facebook, not for a judge. She agreed.

I finally got to meet Roberto Perez from the Perez Notes. Roberto said he’d like to have me on his show perhaps side-by-side with my colleague Colin Cambell from The Brooklyn Politics blog. Roberto and I might have just formally met this evening, but I felt like I’ve known him for a very long time.

Many of my fellow board members from the New Visions Democratic club were present and in good spirits – at this holiday party they were serving drinks and Michael DenDekker was bartending. At my request he made a perfect rum n diet coke while shooting the breeze with me. I thought to myself, what a nice man that feels passionate about his community and connected to the issues affecting his constituency. But I digress.

When John Liu arrived he was welcomed with open arms. Michael DenDekker proudly exclaimed, “This is a man saving tax dollars and he’s looking out for my pension!”

Liu said his office was keeping a close eye on Washington and the European nations. “We are caught in the middle,” he said while doing his best to save the city money.

No one present at the meeting cared about the exaggerated and trumped up political charges in the media, in fact Maura Casey stopped reading the NY Post. She was “sick of the bullshit headlines.”

My friend Danny Dromm was enthusiastic about John’s arrival too. I’m sure Danny remembers how Christine Quinn stepped over him by endorsing Helen Sears during his run for council. It was an incumbent thing, Quinn had to do it, allegedly. Now I bet she wished she didn’t.

These are civic-minded citizens, the people who follow the issues and actually know what they are talking about. Making my way through the crowd and the whispers, there was not a bad thing to be said about John Liu, even on the d\l. I had a chance to share my story on how John had an abandoned lot across the street from my house cleaned up pronto.

Everyone was delighted to see him, especially the elects. If he runs for Mayor, he’ll be the only candidate to bring the bacon back to Queens because he is Queens and shares the same experiences we have.

Now it’s more important than ever to look past the nonsense. Apparently everyone is getting the message.

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Nov 18 2011

Vallone Sticks Up For Liu

johncliuWhile Christine Quinn sharpens her axe, John Liu is still number one in Queens.

There’s a lot of mud slinging going around. Media kingpin Rupert Murdoch has got the word out to hundreds of journalists:  John Liu is public enemy number one, but not everyone is listening. Outspoken supporters like City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) are going to stick by Liu to ride out the political mayhem.

“John Liu is a standup guy,” said Vallone, who also serves as the Chairman of  the Public Safety Committee.

In our conversation he mentioned John Liu as a man of principal. “I remember when Liu said he wouldn’t run again when term limits were overturned, and he didn’t,” said the Councilman who recalled his election in the same year Liu was elected  as Comptroller. “John was the first Asian candidate, and I was not the first Peter Vallone,” he said jokingly. “I’m sure he’s going to get through this.”

“They are really afraid he is going to become Mayor,” said a source close to the Liu campaign.

A few elected officials speaking on the condition of anonymity expressed some serious doubt to the allegations regarding John’s connection to a recent FBI probe, but affirmed that they will keep their distance publicly. “We’re just going to wait this one out,” said an elected official.

Despite the allegations and mudslinging, John Liu has an impeccable record of accomplishment as both Comptroller and a former City Council Member. His audits have recovered millions of dollars while saving 700,000 individual pension benefits. He’s also an advocate of LGBT rights and he even helped clean up a derelict parking lot across the street from my house in Auburndale.

Colin Cambell, who runs BK Politics said the allegations are far more serious than generic mudslinging.

“They involve an undercover FBI agent successfully arranging a fraudulent contribution scheme with a Liu bundler and subsequently meeting Liu in person,” he said.

Every allegation should be looked at accordingly. But right now they are still just a set of allegations. Big or small, a lot of insiders are confident it’s going to blow over in the long run. The press is demonizing him, but I know Liu personally, I can vouch for his character. What I can’t ignore is the timing of the case and the political circumstances surrounding them.

Luckily for Liu there are a few independent voices that will not be silenced. Surely, when it all blows over, they’ll come back hat in hand.

John Liu coul be the next Mayor of New York City.

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