Tag Archive: Joseph Concannon

Oct 29 2013

Candidate Fights For Right To Wear American Flag Pin

Joe_Head-shot_highres-300x450Joseph Concannon, a retired NYPD Captain running on the Reform Line for City Council District 23, claims the city’s Campaign Finance Board refused to include his picture on their online voter guide because he had an American flag pin on his lapel.

“This is the reason I am running for City Council. Why shouldn’t a candidate be able to put on a campaign pin or heaven forbid an image of the flag of the United States of America?”

While Concannon entered the race late, he missed the cutoff date to be included into the printed version of the NYC Voter Guide, but after multiple calls from supporters, the CFB relented and allowed him to submit his picture and a link to his website. And he did.

The picture Concannon submitted included an American flag pin on his lapel, and now the campaign is claiming Giovanni Mejia, the CFB’s Associate Counsel, has disallowed Concannon’s submission of his “standard head shot” including the flag pin.

Concannon said that the CFB will only accept a photo without the pin, according to a press release. His campaign is claiming the CFB’s decision is symptomatic of longstanding “fraudulent policies of quashing insurgent candidates and protecting incumbents.” 

Concannon stated: “This is not a banana republic. This is the United States of America. Every candidate should be wearing the American flag. This is a clear cut case of promoting anti-Americanism from a government agency charged with running free and fair democratic elections in New York City.”  

Outraged, Concannon is calling for the dismissal of Mr. Mejia for conveying what he calls ‘anti-American policies.’

The CFB was unavailable for comment at time of publication.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, 9AM at 245-01 Jericho Turnpike in Jamaica to protest the decision.

Joseph Concannon is running against incumbent Councilman Mark Weprin.

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Oct 22 2012

Candidate urges investigation into possible cover-up linked to Avella


Joseph Concannon pictured with Rep. Bob Turner

Eyebrows are being raised as Joseph Concannon, a former NYPD Captain running for state senate against Tony Avella, is questioning his opponent’s role in regards to the recent firing of a staff member involved in a sexual harrassment claim.


Last month State Sen. Tony Avella made headlines once again by breaking with his colleagues when he called for Speaker Silver to step down in the face of an apparent cover up of sexual harassment charges involving Assembly Member Vito Lopez.

No stranger to capturing media attention with gimmicks and protest, Avella seems to have gotten this one right when he stated, “The culture in Albany of ‘What happens in Albany stays in Albany’ has to stop… Assembly Member Silver… is now seen as the classic example of the dysfunction and back room deals that has plagued Albany for decades. If ever that was a time for change – it is now.”

However, as with many of Avella’s calls for action there is no follow through.

Avella’s own office was the subject of sexual harassment and discrimination claims with expense records that indicate the state Senate paid a Manhattan law firm $22,444 in taxpayer funds earlier this year to investigate allegations of harassment made by a female member of Avella’s district office staff.

Apparently Avella has provided enough information to satisfy the journalistic concerns of the Daily News who to their credit broke this story. However, had they not unearthed it even what little we know would never have been disclosed and even now we only have Avella’s side of the story.

Accordingly, we are calling on the staffer in question to contact us and tell us her side if the story. Too often Albany politicians use their power and influence to advance their careers at the expense of those without such resources and it would not be the first time the pot called the kettle black.

News reports indicate that the staffer was eventually fired for so-called performance issues and that supposedly the allegations did not involve Avella directly but rather “management staff” but given Avella’s own claims regarding Albany’s culture of corruption and predilection to cover things up can we really rely on this? How do we know this staffer did not get a raw deal when by Avella’s own admission Albany has a corrupting “circle the wagons” culture?

A spokesman for Concannon stated,

We are not alleging any wrong doing on behalf of Senator Avella. However Joseph Concannon is a former NYPD Police Captain and highly trained investigator with over 25 years in law enforcement. We would therefore welcome speaking to the young lady affected by these allegations and providing her with an opportunity to share her side of the story. Even if Senator Avella has no personal culpability and did nothing wrong as an employer and supervisor he has a legal and moral obligation to ensure his office is not a hostile work environment. This can’t be taken lightly or just papered over. One has to ask when did he personally first become aware of the allegations? What actions did he take to correct the situation? Where any similar allegations made by or against him or his “management staff.” Also was the law firm hired by the Senate really hired to investigate or was it hired to defend?
Concannon stated,
As a husband and as a father of daughters I am appalled when I hear about allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace but doubly so when it is alleged to have happened in the offices of one of our elected representatives. I applaud the Daily News for having unearthed this but gather that the Daily News did not have the opportunity to interview this young lady and obviously Newspapers do not have subpoena powers. This warrants another look and I just want this young woman to know she has a place to turn for help and a place to share her side of the story. If these allegations prove unfounded or overstated so be it but I am committed to running an office that I would be comfortable having my daughters work in.  

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Oct 08 2012

Gutsy Opponent Hammers On Tony’s Tenure

Concannon blasted away in last night's press release.

If there ever was a case to replace Tony Avella as Senator for the 11th District in Queens, Republican Joe Concannon, a retired NYPD Captain and former security advisor to Mayor Giuliani, has put it altogether in a press release issued shortly after midnight.

There are two parts including quotes from the opening of his new campaign office located in Bay Terrace (near the Post office), and the second half (below) that is like an indictment of Tony’s political career. Highlights include calling attention to Tony’s record, accusations of ‘class warfare rhetoric’, and being ‘bored’ in City Council, plus other insults such as “Tony can’t play well with others,” and “Business leaders know Tony sees them only as a cash register.”

Concannon also promises to become the next Frank Padavan even adapting Padavan’s well-known campaign slogan to “Nobody cares like Joe. ” Also includes the word begrudge in the last paragraph.

Press Release:

  • “Rather than work with people – he bangs the drum and calls people names and resorts to histrionics. Like so many other small business owners these caring retailers have been on the wrong end of the stick with my opponent who is constantly looking for another community news story at someone else’s expense. Constantly, attacking another employer or property owner or coming up with another fee or tax or regulation to impose making it harder to make ends meet, survive or grow is not the answer.
  • That was his record in the Council and it has been his short record as a junior Senator. The short of it is making noise is not delivering for the community.  Another rally or protest that doesn’t address the issue, doesn’t improve our quality of life …. is not the answer. Another job-killing regulation or tax does not create a job or help our economy or even balance our budget. Civic leaders know they have been shortchanged by Tony’s promises and were better off with Frank. Business leaders know Tony sees them only as a cash register with Tony now echoing Obama’s anti-business class warfare rhetoric – but guess what Tony – our community’s small business owners and executives did build it!…. and they are doing their fair share! What’s more we are paying out more in our community than any other community in Queens and getting less in return because Tony can’t play well with others. Well that is just not good enough.
  • The long and the short of it is that if the good people of Northeast Queens elect me… Joe Concannon I will work steadfastly on their behalf and I will be a full time Senator, like Frank was, focused only on our community’s interest. Frank was known for his slogan “Nobody Cares Like Frank” – well we now know Frank had big shoes and that the slogan fit and that Tony can’t fill either the shoes or the slogan and that our community has suffered because of it.
  • You can bank on this – after one term our community will know that “Nobody Cares Like Joe.” I will work harder and I pledge to work with anyone I have to – to get the job done!
  • Here is one last thing I want to leave you with. Tony has been a long career in public service and good for him. Some would call him a career politician and perhaps it would have done him some good to work in the private sector for a while but no matter. He jumped from being a Dinkin’s staffer to being a Stavisky staffer to being a Council Member. Bored with his duties in the Council and unable to deliver for the community he made a quixotic run for Mayor. That did not work out so well and now having served less than a full term in the Senate and unable to work with his fellow Senators he has failed to deliver for our community again shortchanging our civics and our not-for-profits and our schools and senior centers and community institutions and now he is playing with running for Borough President…..? Perhaps he should do so.
  • However I make this final pledge. Not only will I be a full time Senator fighting for our community day and night I also pledge to serve out my term and not using it as a stepping stone for higher office.
  • I begrudge no one for seeking higher office and think it is a particularly good idea for Tony to do so since he has failed to accomplish anything of note in his short term in the Senate except voting for a scandal laden majority leader like Sampson after promising to be a reformer.”

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