Tag Archive: New York Post

Oct 09 2012

New Evidence Contradicts Post Story

Looks like Meng’s attack on Dan Halloran’s campaign finance could be unraveling as a Board of Elections employee can not recall his statement to the Post Reporter…

According to a press release, the State Board of Elections spokesperson quoted in a recent story in the New York Post denies that he told the Post reporter that the Board sent Halloran’s campaign filings to the Albany District Attorney and that the D.A. was “eying” Halloran’s filings.

Mr. Connolly verified today that, “the State Board (of Elections) has not been contacted by the Albany County District Attorney regarding the Halloran Campaign filings,” and that no referrals for 2011 or 2012 have been made by the NYS Board of Elections for any candidate committees.

When asked if the Board of Elections had indicated that Halloran’s Campaign specifically had been referred to the DA’s office, Connolly said he had no recollection of telling Post reporter Josh Margolin that.  Connolly said he merely spoke to the reporter about the generalities of referring matters to the Albany DA annually, when filings are late.

Connolly indicated that the Committee to Elect Dan Halloran for City Council campaign filings are now current. In a conversation with Halloran Campaign staff, Mr. Connolly said, “ I have been misquoted before.”

The delay in filings referred to in the article stemmed from Halloran’s 2009 Council Campaign.

In 2009, opponent Kevin Kim lied in his last two weeks of filing with the CFB before the election. The Halloran campaign put the Campaign Finance Board on notice by letter at that time, because the Kim campaign had produced several mailers and were already in the Tier I bonus bracket.

Because Kim misrepresented the CFB filings, the Halloran campaign did not receive the Tier 2 bonus ($100,000 in additional funds) before the election was over. A week after the election, CFB’s initial review showed that Kim spent well over the bonus criteria and the Halloran campaign was retroactively awarded the full bonus. However, that bonus could not be released to until all audits of the Kim campaign and Halloran campaign were completed, because it was a post-election award.

The Halloran campaign audit to the NYC CFB was fully submitted and Kim’s was just finalized last month (resulting in numerous fines for improper disclosures by the Kim campaign). After the Halloran campaign audit is finalized, it will receive the bonus and pay all remaining bills.

The state filings, which were the subject of the story, are merely post-election update notices while the campaign account remains open.  The only reason it remains open is to pay out the vendor bills from the bonus that is owed the Halloran campaign from the NYC Campaign Finance Board. As the state filings show, the only significant activity of the camp is retiring debt, which in large part must wait for the CFB’s disbursement. All filings with the State Board of Elections and City CFB are complete, current and available online

The Halloran campaign hopes that the Post will take appropriate corrective action and redact these statements immediately and that all the media will continue to focus on the issues of the current race for Congress. Meng violated House Ethics rules by not filing her personal financial disclosure in this race for Congress.

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Sep 04 2012

Helen Where Art Thou?

Repost From QueensCrap, Source: NYP:

Life’s a beach if you’re Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who spends more time in the Hamptons than the halls of government, sources told The Post.

Marshall, 82, has been AWOL since June, claim Borough Hall insiders. The three-term lame-duck Democrat is “just blowing it off,” observed a shocked source who said Marshall summers in Sag Harbor, where she keeps a tidy one-story home.

“She won’t be back to work until September 15th!” the source gasped. And insiders say her absenteeism has hurt Queens.

“She is supposed to be the ambassador of the borough,” said one political source. “All that she’s really done is some ribbon-cutting. It’s actually pathetic.”

Marshall rakes in $160,000 a year. She doesn’t receive a specified set of vacation days, according to the City Charter.

“Her reputation is she’s very MIA,” charged one Queens pol. “She’s a very low-maintenance borough president — that’s been her whole career, but now that she’s getting older and her term is coming to an end, that might be even more the case.”

When confronted with the claims, Marshall grew fiery, at first denying them and then claiming she’s been working from her East Elmhurst home.

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Jan 23 2012

Congressman Furious With The New York Post

If I were two faced, why would I wear this one?

Meeks blames a deluge of negative press on two Post reporters, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent. He alleges that the New York Post only writes negative stories, but he doesn’t know why these two are “after him.”

In the interview, Meeks links a lack of journalistic integrity to  an agreement the Post has with a group called NRPC [National Legal and Policy Center].

Meeks stands by his record and points out that the community he represents does too.

City and State:The very first sentence out of embattled Queens Congressman Greg Meeks’ mouth during an interview yesterday was a New Year’s resolution.

“This is going to be the year that the New York Post stops spreading these things about me,” Meeks said.

Meeks had just come from a meeting with the secretary general of the United Nations. And before that, he attended a State of the State address by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Queens. But as he sipped tea in the posh lounge of the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue, it was clearly the Post that was on his mind.

That’s understandable. Open up the paper many Sundays, and there’s some sort of negative article about the Queens congressman – usually followed the next day by an editorial. The tabloid has hit Meeks for his ties to indicted real estate tycoon Ed Ahmad; ties to a troubled charity he founded; the AEG scandal; his outstanding water bill; campaign cash used to fix a car; and much, much more. Its coverage has sparked subpoenas and investigations.

Our interview wasn’t scheduled to be about anything in particular. I asked Meeks about the details of the various scandals and the proposed convention center out in southeast Queens.  But all the really interesting answers seemed to come when Meeks talked about the Post. What follows is an edited transcript:

For full Article: http://www.cityandstateny.com/congressman-greg-meeks-declares-war-york-post/

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