Tag Archive: Queenscrap

Aug 01 2013

Is a QueensCrap Blogger on Avella or Graziano’s Payroll?

Annex - Three Stooges, Avella Graziano Crapper

What is the extent of the corroboration between Avella, Graziano, and Queenscrap?

Might explain some of the hostility.

Some rumors are a bit too scary, like how the largest blog in Queens comes out in full swinging support of corrupt Senator Tony Avella and wannabe anti-development goo goo lobbyist Paul Graziano.

According to sources, one of the authors on ‘Crapper is on the payroll of either Avella or Graziano- both of whom have been trading donations and favors quid pro quo for quite some time.

While the true identity of ‘Crapper is up for some heavyweight discussion, we’re not surprised to see that ‘Crapper too has fallen victim to Tony’s approach to politics and taken to berating both Avella and Graziano’s opponents with malice – often overlooking any facts that raise doubts to Tony’s efficacy as a leader which lends further credence to the rumor.

We feel it’s outright disingenuous for a blog of this caliber to promulgate such bullshit about how great Tony Avella and Paul Graziano are without so much as mentioning how many times Tony has been caught up in the universe of corruption: from allowing convicted Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin’s to throw him lavish fundraisers, “Avella has served Assemblymember McLaughlin faithfully since he took office in 1992, according to City Limits,” to the favor trading with convicted felon Richard Lipsky, right down to supporting anti-Asian racist Sonny Carson not to mention his personal vendetta against young activists.

Avella has even issued press blackouts trying to harangue Queens-Politics for kicking up his own dirt and exposing his corruption. He’s probably angry because he couldn’t get any of his legislation passed up in Albany and that his colleagues refuse to work with him. They are hoping he wins downstate just so he’ll never have to return to Albany for another lame duck session (but he didn’t rule out running again as Senator).

Meanwhile we’re wondering how much of his official duties have been conducted as a cheap political campaign stunt. 

In an ideal world, calling attention to these facts should be the duty of the mainstream press and editorials – but you don’t really see that happening here in Queens. Luckily, a few brave souls are willing to pledge their lives and sacred honor so that the voters can finally be informed.

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Apr 01 2013

Austin Shafran Is Full of Excuses

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Austin Shafran was the official spokesman and defendant of the most dysfunctional legislative body in the United States, and he’s proud of it.

Cause everything wrong in government deserves a simpleton’s justification.

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, American troops, tanks, and their guns of liberty crossed heaven and earth to prevent Sadaam Hussein’s use of nuclear weapons. As our troops rolled into the heart of Baghdad, Iraqi information officer Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf stood up, puffed his chest, and said on TV, “We are beating back the infidels… they are all crushed” as an American tank rolled through the background.

It’s worth a laugh. Around that time, The Brennan Center of Justice said it outright, “New York’s legislature is the most dysfunctional in the nation,” yet their findings haven’t stopped a few of it’s most prolific, even pugilistic defenders say to us: hey, everything is fine, and no, of course we Democrats aren’t corrupt, what a silly notion!

Like Muhammed Saeed al-Sagaf, Austin Shafran was the Democrat’s top information officer, and just like Muhammed, he used his platform to whitewash the facts with lie after lie in an attempt to exonerate democrats from any wrongdoing.

Shafran has made a career of trying to express to the world why every bit of misuse of taxpayer money, tax hikes, misuse of government resources and governmental inefficiencies were okay.

Excuse making was just a routine part of his job. This is the man who tried to tell us that the Dems in control of the Senate were not corrupt, inept, or dishonest. In fact, they were quite the opposite and it’s the Republicans fault. While Rome burned and a historic coup took place, Austin played his fiddle, pointed his fingers while high on the hog (he made a ton of cash doing this) and even worse, he proclaimed – just like Muhammed – don’t worry, we are beating back the infidels. Yea, right.

Meanwhile, the slow and steady debasement of public service in New York becomes more and more visible across the spectrum, characterized by: Brian McLoughlin, Hiram Monseratte, Malcolm Smith, Donald Manes, Gregory Meeks, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, Elliot Spitzer, and Anthony Weiner, just to name a few. Yet while sin and corruption are not new, we have to take a look at where all of these corrupt pols got their start and then turn inward and ask how did these criminals get into office in the first place? Was it their swagger? Was it their sex appeal or charisma that won over voters? Maybe low turnout?

Despite penetrating the thin veil of scrutiny the local papers try and apply, New York still leads the nation with criminals in elected office, but its propaganda ministers like Austin Shafran who have used their persuasive rhetoric to deceive and misdirect the voter’s attention from a stark reality, and now this chronic excuse-maker is running for public office!

As voters of the 19th District begin to examine the candidates for Council, let’s look beyond sparkling appearances and into the facts. For starters, Queenscrap did a great job of exposing Austin Shafran’s sham website for Council which is totally misleading.

Shafran has had a corrosive impact in public policymaking and it could extend into the 19th if we aren’t more mindful of whom we vote for, especially if we allow him to sanitize his history with one alibi after another.

When the Brennan Center published its findings on the most dysfunctional state legislature — you know, the one that Austin represented — he was like Muhammed beating back the good government advocates as the “infidels” with his mis-truths that were so paper-thin and incredulous he might as well have held the press conference in front of his desk piled high with envelopes filled with our tax money.

It’s people like Austin Shafran that have created this crisis of public ethics and its way out of control. On this April Fools, let us remember this one thing: the biggest joke is Austin Shafran trying to make a fool out of us all.

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Mar 22 2013

Graziano To Host Illegal Gathering in Local Park

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LOITERING AT BOWNE PARK

Self-proclaimed activist candidate Paul Graziano launches campaign with an illegal event from a district he doesn’t live in.

Graziano, Tony Avella’s axe-man, is at it again. This time he has chosen to launch his political campaign in a public park without the necessary permit.

According to the NYC Parks Department, one permit was issued for Saturday, March 23 at Bowne Park in Flushing. This permit was issued to the Northeast Queens Republican Club which will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt for the community.

No other permits have been issued for that day, according to a Parks spox, but that hasn’t stopped Graziano from advertising his illegal gathering where he invited hundreds of people. [See his official invite below]

While Graziano works in conjunction with Senator Tony Avella and Queens Crap to cast aspersions on me, we here Queens-Politics are disgusted with the level of shadow politics, backroom deals, and now, an illegal gathering meant to kickoff a phony campaign for City Council.

In the meantime, Queens-Politics will continue to monitor Graziano’s every single move.

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Nov 07 2011

Just Another Crooked Queens Politician

From NBC

Queens Lawmaker Organizes Out-of-State Gambling Trips for Elderly

By Chris Glorioso

A Queens lawmaker has been organizing out-of-state gambling trips for hundreds of seniors citizens, which has raised eyebrows among good government groups because the trips are funded by corporate donations.

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) solicited about $4,000 in donations for his latest trip in August. The money came from Consolidated Edison, Regal Recycling, Health First, and the Amalgamated Transit Union.

The money paid for round-trip, chartered buses and lunch for the elderly Queens residents.

Nonprofits that monitor government ethics have criticized the concept, concluding it looks more like a self-promotional campaign event rather than a community service for seniors.

“To take a bunch of senior citizens out of state to a casino to show their appreciation — I would call that very questionable,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union.

Scarborough has insisted that money for the trip was never funneled through his Assembly office.

Instead he says the four companies paid the bus company directly. Still, Deanna Bitetti, associate director of Common Cause, said the donations should have been declared as in-kind contributions on Scarborough’s campaign disclosure.

“Kind of reminiscent a little bit of the Tammany Hall political era, if you think about it, Bitetti said. “The idea of buying votes, using corporate money to pay for certain services that may or may not be beneficial to the community.”

Although Scarborough’s name was prominently spelled out on placards in each bus window, the Queens lawmaker insisted the trip was not self-promotional.

“You could say that anything you do for anybody if you’re an elected official could be construed as buying votes — I mean, it’s simply a way to say thank you,” Scarborough told NBC New York as the buses prepared to launch for Atlantic City.

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