Tag Archive: Mayor Bloomberg

Sep 18 2013

Bloomberg Reveals Secret Plan To Trump Bill de Blasio

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Did you really think Bloomberg would sit on sidelines while his legacy gets trounced? Picture from the Village Voice.

There is only one winning political party in NYC, the money party and Bill de Blasio crossed it.

According to whispers from an inner-circle Bloomberg loyalist, Mayor Bloomberg is so infuriated with Bill de Blasio for trouncing his legacy by running a smear campaign as the anti-Bloomberg candidate – and achieving high levels of success while doing so – that he decided to dig deep in his own pockets by bankrolling an independent expenditure with upwards of $20 million of his own money to assist Joe Lhota on the road to victory.

Could this be the turning point in the campaign?

The source, who for years built strong personal relations with Bloomberg, said that Bloomberg’s ego can’t take the de Blasio beating and political embarrassment without him standing up and fighting back.

If the mayor can’t do it in the press or in debates, he’ll do it the only way he knows how, his wallet.

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Jun 28 2013

Thompson Demands Apology From Bloomberg

BillThompson_5011smallPress Release: Thompson on Mayor Bloomberg’s Insulting Racial Profiling Statement: These comments are not worthy of any elected official, much less the Mayor of New York City”
 
“As a New Yorker, as a father, and as a son of this city, I found Mayor Bloomberg’s comments to be outrageous and insulting.
 
“The Mayor’s comments seem to indicate that because you’re Black or Latino, you’re automatically a murder suspect. That assumption is ridiculous.
 
“What he seems to indicate to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been unnecessarily stopped-and-frisked is, ‘We’re sorry we didn’t stop more people.’
It just shows how out of touch the Mayor is with the vast majority of New Yorkers. And it shows a lack of understanding of what the practice of stop-and-frisk under his administration was supposed to have been about. It shows a lack of awareness and a lack of sensitivity.
 
“These comments are not worthy of any elected official, much less the Mayor of New York City.”
 
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May 30 2012

Update on the Queens GOP

There has been a lot of gossip regarding a supposed FBI probe into the Queens GOP, but our research indicates this is false; there is NO FBI investigation.

Where did the lie begin? It is rumored that renegade Councilman Eric Ulrich personally corroborated with three sources to relay the same fictional story to the press.

The intent was to harm the Party. Ulrich has long bred insurrection in the Queens GOP and some people even call him a Democrat incognito. Longstanding supporters feel that his submission to Christine Quinn has compromised his Republican ideology.

Meet the axemen. The president of the Northeast Queens Republican Club, John Watch, is alleged to be the chief facilitator in spreading the groundless rumors through dishonesty and fabrication of lies. He seems personally angry with the GOP for endorsing Juan Reyes over Eric Ulrich.

John Watch uses his Facebook page to spread the agenda of GOP stalwarts, Tom Ognibene, Bart and John Haggerty, and Councilman Eric Ulrich.

Watch is openly supportive of John Haggerty, a convicted felon best known for stealing money from Mayor Bloomberg.

Haggerty’s brother, Bart Haggerty is the Chief of Staff for Councilman Ulrich. Both are regulars at the N.E Queens Republican Club.

In the meantime the Queens GOP has been quietly rebuilding with new blood and fresh ideas. As an organization they are doing quite well, despite the bogus headlines.

More on this to follow

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Jan 16 2012

Ulrich Orders Ingrate Special At Russo’s

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Ulrich hurls accusations while members of his inner circle are of questionable integrity.

Like rubbing salt in the old wound.

After the Judge ruled Phil Ragusa as the Chairman plenipotentiary of the Queens GOP, City Councilman Ulrich, who received political help from the GOP during his campaign, gives an old fashion public backstabbing to Robert Hornak and Vince Tabone.

Queens-Politics is outraged. How do people in glass houses throw stones?

Bart Haggerty is Eric’s Chief of staff and rumored to have constructed a special bell tower  for himself in the mansion that John Haggerty – his brother who stole from the Mayor –  in Forest Hills, sort of  like Quasimodo.

Even though Mr. Modo has never been indicted, we are concerned about the involvement he may have had in the 28th A.D Housekeeping account – a one in a kind slush fund that could have been used to pay John Haggertys legal bills, or for an extravagant home in Forest Hills.

Haggerty’s dirty fingerprints are everywhere.

The account was formed as a PAC that  operated out of John’s home, according to a report in the Post. However, full financial disclosure has not been released to the public and seems to be a well-guarded secret.

Some questions remain. How do we know where the money was spent?

Could John have promised the Mayor to oust Phil Ragusa as part of the negotiation?

At least there is full disclosure of the northeast Queens GOP account.

Meanwhile, insiders want to know what are the Haggertys hiding? Is there a cover up perpetrated by the insurgent faction of the GOP?

And this is part of a bigger problem: Where is the unity? Why won’t Ulrich and company sit down at the table of brotherhood instead of driving a wedge into the struggling party?

Democrats are thrilled about the GOP power struggle and are waiting to pick up the shattered pieces.

Please note, a felon is still the treasurer of the housekeeping fund.

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Dec 20 2011

Miscarriage Of Justice: Golem Sentenced To Brief Prison Term

I'll be back, said John Haggerty. My lawyers will be appealing the verdict on the grounds that becoming the laughingstock is restitution for the crimes I've committed.

Infamous political operative John Haggerty, who stole 750,000 from Mayor Bloomberg and used it to buy a lavish house in Forest Hills was sentenced yesterday to 3-4 years of hard time following his conviction on second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering charges.

During the trial, Haggerty’s lawyers portrayed him as an ‘honorable’ and  ‘well-respected man’ who had made a severe error, according to the New York Times. Obviously they never met him, although going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.

Get this, Judge Zweibel believed John’s prison conviction would restore faith in the political system. Meanwhile, it did not. Over 40 well-wishers – presumably all the Republicans in South Queens wrote letters on John’s behalf to the Judge vouching for his character and pleading for leniency.

So much for Justice.

 

New York Times: Addressing the court, Mr. Haggerty, who is divorced and has no children, admitted that the positive reputation he had cultivated throughout his long career in the inner circles of New York politics had been destroyed by his crime.

“I can only do what is right in the future,” he said.

Justice Zweibel ordered Mr. Haggerty to pay restitution of $750,000, the amount he was convicted of stealing from Mr. Bloomberg by tricking his campaign aides into donating to the state’s Independence Party in 2009. Mr. Haggerty had promised to use the money to set up an Election Day voting-security operation, but instead used the money to buy a house, prosecutors said.

Mr. Haggerty was taken from the courtroom to begin serving his sentence immediately.

His lawyers plan to appeal the verdict.

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Nov 04 2011

Liz Crowley, American Patriot

City Council Member Liz Crowley (D-Middle Village) has come under fire for co-sponsoring a bill that will cut funding for a program that turns the NYC DOC into a flock of stool pigeons for the Federal Government.

City Councilwoman Liz Crowley (D-Middle Village) has co-sponsored legislation to stop the Department of Corrections from snitching on immigrant detainees to the Feds.

Old enemies are up in arms.

The bill, Intro 656 will stop funding from the City that supports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts to detain immigrants who have been cleared of their crimes and have no previous criminal background, according to a report in the Times Ledger.

If a person sent to Rikers is found to be an illegal immigrant, the city squeals to ICE under an agreement called the Criminal Alien Program. If you are not a criminal, they still squeal, and you will sit in a jail cell awaiting deportation. Intro 656 will cut the city’s funding for the program that has turned Rikers Island into an unorthodox Customs detention center.

These people are not a national security threat.

 

In a City long known to protect the immigrant community and in a heavily Democratic City Council, I doubt the theatrics of a jingoist civic prez  who takes on the air of a klansperson and a few Council Members, one known to support Liz Crowley’s formal rival, Tom Ognibene will have any effect, if at all on the outcome.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, it didn’t. The Bill was approved by the Council 43:5 and now sits on the Mayors desk awaiting his signature.

“What they are doing at Rikers is running an alien program rather than a criminal alien program,” said Daniel Dromm, Chair of the NYC Council’s Committee on Immigrant Affairs. “Many innocent immigrants are unfairly being detained and deported because of this broken immigration system. We cannot allow the cooperation between ICE and the DOC to continue tearing families apart and destabilizing immigrant communities that pose no threat to public safety.”

Chairman of Public Safety, Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) raised an interesting point in opposition to Intro 656. He is the only opponent to use legal reasoning  rather than an appeal to notions of xenophobia.

“The City Council is ignoring federal law and claiming that people illegally in this country who are arrested for a crime are somehow required to already have been convicted of yet another crime before we even cooperate with federal authorities. As a former prosecutor, I can tell you that many dangerous criminals who have recently snuck into our country have no criminal record. This policy will only succeed in making our streets more dangerous,” said Vallone in a report appearing in the Forum.

On the national level the proposed legislation appears to be in sync with White House policy and with immigration officials who said they will exercise “prosecutorial discretion.” This means authorities will evaluate charges  on a case-by-case basis to concentrate enforcement efforts on criminal cases and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws, according to a report in the New York Times.

Despite a sprinkle of opposition, Intro 656, was supported by a majority of Council Members including Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Ruben Wills (D-Richmond Hills), Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Chelsea), and 36 other Council Members. Even Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) voted in the affirmative.

Vincent Ignizio, Vincent Gentile, James Oddo, Peter Vallone, and Eric Ulrich voted NO.

“We need to stop needlessly and excessively deporting people who have had no prior criminal records, said Speaker Quinn. “Since our bill was introduced we’ve had productive discussions with the Bloomberg administration.  We are pleased that they’ve agreed to support our legislation that will reduce unjust deportations. This is an important victory for all New Yorkers particularly our City’s immigrant community,” said Quinn.

Write to the Mayor. Tell him you support this bill.

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Nov 02 2011

Organization Hosts Bloomberg In Flushing, Local Pols Feeling Snubbed

Mike Bloomberg snubs local elects at a Town Hall Meeting. Toby Stavisky is angry over having to crash the party. Mayor thinks LIE is too bumpy, sick of paying outrageous Midtown Tunnel toll.

Mayor Bloomberg visits Flushing for a Town Hall Meeting but neglected to invite local elects.

When the Mayor climbs down from his Ivory Tower it is customary in politics to inform the local elects. Not doing so is bad form, considered a snub even. Anyway it happened. Members of the Korean American Community Foundation organized the event which was billed as a ‘Town Hall Meeting,’ minus the people elected to represent us.

There is some confusion about who hosted the event. Was it the Korean American Community Foundation, as reported by the Times Ledger or was it the Korean American Charity Foundation as reported by City Hall News? Could be a typo.

I suppose the organization, KACF is to bear some of the blame for not sending an email out, as the Mayor’s response implied, however The Times Ledger was there and so was Republican Operative, and former City Council Candidate Kevin Kim. Heard Around Town by City Hall News broke the story, but did not specifically disclose who exactly expressed their dismay over the late invite.

Queens-Politics contacted State Assembly Member Grace Meng who was not formally invited by the Mayor or the KACF and asked how she felt about the event held in her district in Flushing,

“I definitely think there should have been better communication and a formal invitation issued to local elects. It’s important for local elects to be at these meetings because we play an integral link to resolving many of the issues raised.”

Heard Around Town: Several elected officials in Queens are incensed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his failure to invite them to a large town hall meeting last Wednesday at the Flushing Library. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, State Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and Councilman Dan Halloran caught wind of the event and crashed it, but then had difficulty finding seats since the first two rows were reserved for members of the Bloomberg administration. “It’s definitely not the normal custom,” said one elected official, of the failure to invite the local lawmakers. They also complained that no one outside the Korean community was invited to the mayor’s appearance in the neighborhood, which in the past have been somewhat infrequent. In an email, a Bloomberg community affairs representative told the officials that Korean American Charities Foundation were responsible for planning the event — and that other ethnic groups would have their own events as well. “They’re going to have to do 137 of these this year if they’re going to hit every ethnic group in Flushing,” quipped another person upset by the perceived snub. A spokesman for the mayor did not return a request for comment.

Bloomy says he’ll work to fix kimchee fines by Rebecca Henley

Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Health Department inspectors: lay off the kimchee.

In a town hall held at the Queens Library’s main branch at 41-17 Main Street in Flushing Wednesday, a member of the Korean American Community Foundation, which hosted the event, said many Korean restaurants are written up for violations because kimchee, a traditional Korean food, must be stored at room temperature.

Kimchee is a popular side dish made with fermented vegetables such as cabbage and radish.

Full Story Here

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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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