Tag Archive: Mark Weprin

May 07 2014

Weprin Outraises Challenger


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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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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Jun 06 2012

Something To Look Forward To Each Day!


Tim Furey (above). When is the last time anyone with red hair won an election? Hold on a sec, Dan Halloran has red hair.

An Irish street brawl is about to erupt on Bell Boulevard.

Tim Furey, a republican, will take a shot at Ed Braunstein for the 26th Assembly District.

Furey, who ran against Mark Weprin and lost, has been relatively quiet about his intentions. Suspicions were confirmed after he appeared on the petition sheets of Senate hopeful Joe Concannon.

Rumor has it the GOP reached out to Furey after Ralph Cefalo declined the party’s nomination.

Furey, like a linebacker from Nortre Dame’s Fighting Irish, will storm into the district and attempt to sack Braunstein.

Both Braunstein and Furey are of Irish decent and have large families with a history of community service. Predictions? It is likely that Matt Silverstein gets caught up in Irish Street Brawl, forced to take sides. In the midst of the chaos, Joe Concannon body slams Matt Silverstein, hosts victory party at Sullivans.

Will Furey be able to chase the snakes out of Bayside? The challenge will likely force Ed and the Democrats to come out in full force against Halloran, Concannon, and the entire GOP in a no-holds-barred battle of the Boulevard.


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Mar 22 2012

Disorder in politics brings no objections

It’s petition time and those big green sheets that won’t fit in a folder will be circulating throughout Queens. Take a look at the vacancy appointments.

What is a committee to fill a vacancy? Typically candidates can name a committee and list them on their designating petition, which is the green form where candidates collect signatures for ballot access. If something happens to the candidate i.e illness, arrest or declining to accept etc. the committee will make a decision to appoint any registered Democrat (pursuant to residency requirements) to run in the candidate’s absence – even after the petitions have been collected and successfully filed under the candidate’s name. There is a small time frame where this can be accomplished, according to a source at the Board of Elections.

In other words, if Candidate X gets on the ballot, but gets sick or says I don’t want this to happen, their committee will pick someone to replace Candidate X and they won’t have to recollect the signatures. It’s sort of an insurance policy, like a failsafe to safeguard ballot access and all that hard work collecting signatures.

Pop Quiz, what do each of the committee members have in common with each other?

If you know the answer, we’ll give you a shout out in the next article.

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Jan 19 2012

Koo To Defect From GOP

Crowley sent a chopper to pick me up, Ragusa sent a Ford. What did you think I was going to do?

Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) announced he will be switching parties, according to the New York Times.

It’s not as shocking as one might think.

In a heavily Democratic district, one can only wonder what was offered to him behind the scenes. Who courted Mr. Koo, a millionaire pharmacist from Flushing?

In 2009, Koo ran against Yen Chou, a Democrat who owns a daycare facility. The primary was vicious, and Koo emerged the victor after the Dems tore each other apart. Many insiders considered it a fluke.

The switch could have been totally unexpected, and the Queens County GOP may not have known it was coming. But it still hasn’t officially happened yet.

Food for thought:

Rumors of a gerrymandered ‘Asian Majority’ district for a Senate seat could have motivated him.  Is it a numbers game? Is Mr. Koo questioning the worth of being a Republican? The area is heavily Democratic and Koo could have feared a well-funded and supported Democratic challenger for Council or for the Senate seat, should he decide to run.

Koo, long considered a centrist has taken many positions favorable to Democratic kingpins like Christine Quinn that could ease the transition.

Is he angry with the local GOP party for a lack of support and constant infighting?

Keep in mind Koo is a millionaire and can self-finance his own run.  After all he was originally registered as a Democrat. Just speculating, if Mark Weprin becomes speaker, Koo could be Finance chair, that’s if he’s a Democrat. If he’s a Republican, then he might be on the lowly housing committee (Republicans cannot chair committees).

Being a successful small businessman might help Koo ease through the transition.

What do you think?


FYI, during Mr. Koo’s run for City Council in 2009, Dennis Gallagher  worked on his campaign setting up stanchions that were emblazoned with ‘property of Mike Riccatto’ in downtown Flushing.

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Nov 29 2011

In The Halls Of Justice, The Only Justice Is In The Halls


How does the Democratic party perpetuate its own power? Through manipulating the court system, according to the NY Times.

The Queens county surrogate court is a bastion of power hungry party loyalists. They are the batteries that makes the machine function.

Operatives and future candidates stay in the loop by towing the party line.

Luckily,  a few brave souls that are not afraid to speak out against a good ol’ boy system where loyalty is measured by submission.

Read the scathing NY Times article for the full scoop.


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