Tag Archive: John Ciotti

Nov 14 2011

Steve Behar, Leader of Progressive Politics

Steve is motivated by his heart, and a passion for good government. This is what sets him apart from the other guys.

Sometimes the good guy doesn’t win.

For those of you who don’t know, Steve Behar ran in the democratic primary for Assembly District 26. He didn’t win, but now Steve is having a more positive and influential effect on national and state policy making than many sitting incumbents.

What’s he been up to since an unsuccessful bid for State Assembly? Plenty, and he’s worth keeping your eye on.

Steve has been very active with the 99% movement at Zucotti park. He’s a member of The Alternative Banking Working Group, a committee that is part of Occupy Wall Street.

The ABWG is a voluntary organization. Its members are a very impressive group of Ivy League finance professors, attorneys, former investment bankers, and members from the financial press, even diplomats.

Steve and I agree that traditional media has a tendency to portray the 99% demonstrators as pot-smoking hippies.  This is not accurate. It’s a stereotype and you’ll sound like a fool for proliferating it.

The group, which meets every week, is exploring options  like encouraging people to transfer their money to other institutions whether mutually owned or for profit community banks and credit unions.

“We are creating new alternative financial institutions that better serve the community, and we are currently working on a regulatory regime that will be more stable to avoid future financial crisis,” said Behar.

Out of all of these candidates for Assembly, Steve Behar is the only one who was extremely knowledgable about public policy making. His former opponents have also admitted this to me, ex post facto of course.

I campaigned against Steve in the Democratic Primary for AD 26. We called him the one-man army. Little did I know that Steve is extremely knowledgeable and well spoken about public policy.

After getting to know him in the past few months (we went down to Occupy together a number of times and I’ve interviewed him for a few different outlets) I have come to realize in hindsight that Steve knew more about the issues than any other candidate.  He is an expert policy professional and I regret that he is not representing us in the Assembly right now.

Behar is well qualified to advocate for increased transparency in government. He has earned a Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Albany University, an MBA in Finance and Management from Tulane University, a J.D from Tulane and an LLM in Securities and Financial regulation from Georgetown University.

Steve has traveled the country with the New York Democratic Lawyers Council making sure that everyone gets a chance to vote and that there are no irregularities at the polls. Steve was the lead election protection lawyer for Hillary Clinton in northern New Hampshire, as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s run for Congress in Dutchess County. Steve was also influential in the Howard Dean campaign of 2004.

During the 2011 election, Steve was an aide to Queens-born Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages who ousted a 16-year incumbent. His expertise in ballot security operations came in handy when the Republican party handed lists of voters to poll workers at every poll site that were meant to be challenged.

“Republicans said that they sent mail to those names on the lists because that they didn’t  believe they lived in the district anymore,” said Behar.

Was it coincidence that every voter on the list was a person of color?  No one knows for sure.

I asked him, “That’s not normal procedure, is it Steve?” and he replied, “In Nassau County it is!”

For more information see GOP Thug Uses Nasty Intimidation Tactics In Nassau County Race.

Steve is not planning to run for office anytime soon. While his advocacy for good government is well known throughout national politics, Steve is a local voice with strong community roots in Bayside where he is also a member of Community Board 11, the place he calls home.

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Nov 09 2011

Election Results 2011

On Tuesday there was an election in Queens. Candidates for the Supreme Court were up for grabs, so was the office of Queens District Attorney.

  • Incumbent D.A Richard Brown  ran on the Democrat, Republican, and Conservative lines and won his sixth term. We heard it was a landslide. No surprise there.
  • The exciting races were in Nassau and Suffolk county. Queens-Politics was proud to endorse Carrie Solages for Nassau County Legislator, third district. Carrie was born in Jamaica, Queens and ran against a 16 year incumbent who hired klansmen to work on his campaign. Carrie won by over 1,200 votes. A big congratulations to him and his elite campaign team.
  • Staten Island D.A Dan Donovan, a Republican will have a third term in office.
  • Democrat Steve Ballone is the new Suffolk County Executor, which is like the Mayor of Suffolk County.
  • Republican James Milano, once known for a failed attempt to oust Congressman Gary Ackerman here in Queens, ran in Nassau County’s 16th District. It sort of went under the radar. Milano was one of those cut medicare and social safety net candidates. He ran on the Conservative and Republican ticket and lost by a wide margin. Milano is an E.R doctor, and he had a high school notion about government and public policy making.
  • We haven’t received the election results of Supreme Court Justices yet. Stay tuned.

D.A Richard Brown and I. He is soft spoken in public, but when he speaks, people listen.

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Oct 20 2011

Queens-Politics Endorses Carrie Solages For Nassau County Legislator

Carrie Solages is running for Legislature in Nassau County. You should support him.

It’s not in Queens, but readers have encouraged me to look into the case of Carrie Solages, a Queens born Democrat running for Nassau County’s third legislative district in Elmont, Long Island that borders our borough.

They are the legislative arm of Nassau County. Like a City Council Member, but across the border.

Carrie’s campaign has faced the malevolent thrust of the GOP machine. The powers that be gave a tacit endorsement to send thug Vinny Prisco to harass the campaign with racist and sexist taunts, allegedly. While opponent James Ciotti, a Republican is under damage control, the Carrie campaign is moving forward.

Carrie is asking tough questions:

“How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?

This is an exciting time for our community to get real jobs that we need and have a real economic boost which we are desperate for,” Carrie said in an email.

Carrie is an attorney, former Bronx prosecutor and lifelong resident of Elmont. He graduated Georgetown University where he studied International History. He is also the former vice president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. He was born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Elmont.

Carrie has grown wary of politics as usual and decided to throw his hat in the ring to bring Nassau County in the 21st Century. He has a plan to bring jobs into the community and is an avid supporter of programs to support young students. Quality of life issues are a top concern, as is zoning, two critical issues a local legislative candidate should always include as part of their proposal for county government.

Cuts will be tough this year, they are all across New York state. Carrie knows we have to make a sacrifice, but these cuts should come from the top, not from public transportation and first responders. Privatization is not the answer.

Carrie is the reform candidate running against the machine.

Queens Politics makes it a point to endorse candidates that are courageous enough to standup in the face of adversity. Elect Carrie and it will help change the state-wide balance of power in our favor. For these reasons and more, Queens-Politics is proud to endorse Carrie Solages for Nassau County Legislator.

Vote Carrie Solages November 8th!

Carrie Solages keeps his ear to the beat of the neighborhood.

 

 

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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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