“Last night’s result from Wisconsin confirms our worst fears: that our elections are becoming auctions. Scott Walker, the latest beneficiary of our loose campaign finance regulations, was elected with a 7 to 1 fundraising advantage, with half of his $30 million war chest coming from contributions outside of Wisconsin. If there’s one takeaway from this election, it is that we need real campaign finance reform in this country, and we need to elect leaders who have dedicated themselves to getting corporate money out of our electoral process.” -R.L
Tag Archive: Rory Lancman
Jun 06 2012
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May 29 2012
“The 6th District and America need to stop big corporate money from privatizing our democracy, which means public funding for public elections as we have in NYC and a DISCLOSE act so anonymous money from billionaires doesn’t buy our government,” said Green, who is the author of Who Runs Congressand Losing Our Democracy, as well as the author of the multiple matching funds for small donors part of the City’s campaign finance law. “Because Rory Lancman has been a leader to take the ‘for sale’ sign off our State government, I’m to endorsing him today because he’ll continue to lead that charge when he gets to Washington. We need a smart, strong progressive voice in Washington –Rory’s it.”
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May 21 2012
Nily Rozic is thinking about running for Rory Lancman’s state Assembly seat.
From the Queens Tribune: Rozic, 26, recently opened an exploratory committee and will contend against Iannece and other candidates that are sure to surface in a district that runs horizontally from south Flushing to the Douglaston Little Neck area. She took a leave of absence from Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh’s office (D-Manhattan), where she served as chief of staff. A Fresh Meadows resident that was born in Jerusalem, Rozic has been a member of CB 8 for the past year, sitting on three committees: land use, education and transportation. Unlike Iannece, who ran in a 2009 City Council primary, Rozic has not run for office before.
“We need to focus on getting more people involved in government, including young people and immigrants. Women are severely underrepresented in state government,” she said.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/05/rozic-files-exploratory-committeead25/
May 14 2012
A new movie is being unveiled with the same producer, the same director, but with a new star actor. Please meet Evan Stavisky’s next piston in the Parkside machine, Austin Shafran.
When Rory Lancman announced he would not run for reelection to his Assembly Seat, it started a situation where years of pent-up political ambitions are being released.
In the days following the announcement, the newspapers mentioned the name of political hopeful Austin Shafran as a prospective candidate, however major details about his political history and personal networking with Evan Stavisky were ignored.
Shafran is said to know a lot of people. He has a big Rolodex. However, little is known about Austin Shafran in the Queens community. He’s a familiar face in Albany. His mother, Phyllis Shafran, worked for Donald Manes and Brian McLoughlin, a convicted felon and ex-assemblyman that stole from a little league (Parkside ran his campaign operation). In his professional life, Shafran worked as the former spokesman for Malcolm Smith, David Weprin, and the Senate Democrats. Presently Shafran is a Cuomo aide holding a patronage post at Empire State Development as the Vice-President of Public affairs. Celeste Katz called him ESD’s ‘top mouthpiece.’
So who is the real Austin Shafran and why does he want to run in a community that he has no connection to? Is he just another perennial opportunist? Why is Shafran even mentioned in articles exploring potential candidates? Peel back the layers and it is revealed: Shafran is the epitome of an inside servant to Evan Stavisky.
Shafran has been groomed to be the perfect Parkside candidate. According to some accounts he’s bright, articulate and presentable. But behind the scenes we all know where his loyalties are. He’ll do insider bidding over constituent bidding, Parkside’s bidding over the Democratic Party’s bidding. Behind the scenes people call him a handsome hack, the Mike Gianaris of Northeast Queens.
In 2010 a contract was leaked between the DSCC and Stavisky’s Parkside consulting\lobbying firm. The contract contained heavy-handed clauses meant to ensure DSCC candidates would hire Parkside for 80% of campaign operations, or face the consequences.
According to a report in City and State, “in 2010 alone, the DSCC reported paying Parkside $2.2 million so far during a cycle that the campaign committee finished the cycle $2.4 million in debt while losing the majority.” Parkside also billed a total of $500,000 to the individual campaigns of Democratic candidates David Carlucci, Tony Avella, Toby Stavisky, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, José Peralta, Mike Gianaris and Mike Kaplowitz.
The Parkside monopoly of political consulting fees was finally revealed.The leak set off a firestorm and the press began to scrutinize the contractual relationship. Acting as the spokesman for Senate Democrats, Shafran defended Parkside’s controversial agreement with the Senate Democrats.
“Parkside is one of the foremost political consulting operations in the state, and their track record is one of success,” Shafran said, explaining the contract. – CIty and State 2010.
Shafran used his bully pulpit to defend an enforced monopoly on consulting fees. He came to their rescue by pouring cold water on what should have been an investigation into a major corruption case.
Others suggest that Shafran graduated from the Hank Scheinkopf School of corruption because he worked for Scheinkopf, a notorious political operative, before becoming the spokesman for Malcolm Smith. Queenscrap called him Scheinkopf’s protégé. Maybe he’s sworn allegiance to both.
During the next couple months, don’t be surprised if Shafran finally shows up at a civic meeting. If he does, he won’t be listening to what people have to say but giggling on his blackberry with Evan Stavisky.
If Lancman doesn’t win the Congressional Primary, he will likely run for Jim Gennaro’s City Council Seat, but that’s another story. Should Shafran run for the seat, you could expect the same cliché political stances because he is an operative running for public office.
The People deserve someone better. A few noteworthy individuals were also mentioned to run for Lancman’s Assembly seat. Jerry Iannece is one of them. Although Jerry Iannece is known to be somewhat compliant with the Parkside Group, at least he’s the salt of the community; he’s the CB chairman. Dominick Panakel, Lancman’s Chief of Staff, has the energy and ambition plus grassroots experience working in constituent services. He’s also an avid campaigner. But given Rory’s current relationship with County, the decision might come down to Iannece or Shafran.
If we had to choose, we would choose Jerry Iannece.
We also speculate if Shafran ran he wouldn’t make the same mistakes as the last Parkside golden boy, Mike Sais, and be run out of the community. Expect Assemblyman Ed Braunstein to take over his District Leader spot.
It’s depressing to say with a one party system in Queens there will not be much opposition in the race. But who knows? Shafran hasn’t been elected and may surprise us and become an effective legislator like lightning caught in a bottle. Maybe his name is passed along to the media by another nameless source to scare some folks. But Shafran’s track record suggests he won’t be held accountable to the people, he’ll be accountable to Stavisky’s Parkside Group.
While he hasn’t even announced his intentions, there’s already a whisper that Austin Shafran is Mike Gianaris Part Deux.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/05/meet-michael-gianaris-part-deux/
May 10 2012
Grassroots candidate Robert Mittman wins in court and may split Lancman’s core voter base.
Mittman Campaign Scores Legal Victory, Secures Spot
on Ballot for the June 26, 2012, Democratic Primary
Bayside, NY: Today, the grassroots campaign of Dr. Robert Mittman for Congress scored its second victory blunting the efforts of one of his opponents from knocking him off the ballot in Queens Supreme Court. Today’s latest development secures Dr. Mittman a spot on ballot for the June 26, 2012 Democratic Primary for the Sixth Congressional District. Just days ago, Mittman had scored his first victory overcoming a petition challenge by his opponent at the Board of Elections.
Dr. Mittman stated, “I am very happy that the will of over 2,800 resident voters of the 6thCongressional district who signed our petitions was heard loud and clear. They, the voters will have the final word. I look forward to this campaign and engaging the people, the press and of course my opponents with our ideas on how to fix the Healthcare System, create Jobs, jump-start theEconomy, and preserve Social Security”.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/05/mittman-acquires-ballot-access-lancman-smells-trouble-woopa-ny6/
May 08 2012
Following a political maneuver to pressure Dr. Robert Mittman to drop out of the primary for CD6, the campaign has announced he will continue to seek election in what Mittman referred to as ‘a broken system’.
Despite legal challenges - which Mittman believes were designed to discourage his grassroots campaign – he issued a public proclamation that states he will be pushing ahead with the race following certification by the Board of Elections.
According to the press release Dr. Mittman stated, “I am running for congress irrespective of the typical back room political maneuvers of my opponent. I am not a politician, but I accept the process for what it is, a Broken System that needs treatment and repair”
A public event is being scheduled after the lawsuit which is expected to be thrown out by next week.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/05/dr-mittman-vs-the-machine-resistance/
May 02 2012
In the past 24 hours…
- The Mittman campaign issued a statement late yesterday afternoon stating that they are aware someone is trying to knock them off of the ballot and they will continue to fight the good fight to stay in the game.
- Dan Halloran says Rory Lancman can’t create jobs because he’s inexperienced,
“It’s funny to hear a politician like Assemblyman Lancman pretend he knows how to create a private sector job. All he’s done the last six years is campaign for every office he can think of, trying to create a public sector job for one person — himself. Career politicians like Assemblyman Lancman can’t create jobs. Small businesses create jobs.”
- In response, Rory Lancman gives Dan Halloran a lecture on economics,
“Fox News’ favorite councilman is at it again: Protecting companies that are living high off taxpayer subsidies, while telling people who work for a living to take a hike. Quick economics lesson: when working and middle-class people have more income, they spend it on goods and services, which stimulates the economy and creates more jobs. The living wage bill also stops the race to the bottom, where companies compete with each other to pay their workers less and less in wages in benefits. I’ll put my record of fighting for working people up against Councilman Halloran’s record of shilling for massive corporations and millionaires any day of the week.”
- Speaking of lectures, Tony Avella will be giving one on Foreclosure options tonight in Flushing.
- Toby Stavisky does the twist with the Queens Granny Brigade, amongst them Claire Shulman, who is under federal investigation and endorsed her anyway.
- Matt Silverstein is hosting a fundraiser for himself and Grace Meng will be there.
- Rudy S. Guiliani may not run for SD#11 after his ten minutes in the spotlight.
- The Queens Chronicle publishes a stimulating article on how Bob Turner and Mark Weprin share the same birthday.
- The time limit policy for using the computers at the Board of Elections is strictly enforced.
- John Watch, the President of the Northeast Queens Republican Club, thinks short people are elves from the North Pole.
- Evan Stavisky, an absentee district leader, blocks Queens-Politics from his Twitter account.
- Did you read the article about the communist from Toby’s campaign that thinks Autism is funny?
- Perhaps you missed Toby’s most recent political con job?
Stay tuned for the latest on Queens-Politics.com
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Apr 30 2012
Rory Lancman believes he should be the only Jewish candidate in the race and is taking Robert Mittman to court to prove his point.
A source close to the Mittman campaign revealed that Mittman has been threatened numerous times and pressured with harassment by a high-powered political consultant and media strategist to drop out of the race.
Mittman did not relent to these wanton demands and now faces a challenge in court by Lancman’s election attorney, Jerry Goldfeder.
Our source confirms that it is indeed a ruthless intimidation tactic set in motion by none other than Rory Lancman himself who is looking for a round 2 after drudging up dirt on Gottlieb, the other jewish candidate, which shamed him out of the race.
David G Feuerherd of Rego Park, Barbara Rodriguez and Jeffrey Wang, both of Flushing, have all filed as objectors to the 2,800 signatures Mittman filed to get on the ballot.
Specs and a general objection have been filed.
It seems a little ironic when a candidate for Congress begins his campaign by denigrating a man like Gottlieb – whom Rory accused of being a plant by the Democrats – than pulls more nefarious political stunts then they likely deserve. Looks like Mittman is next on Rory’s chopping block.
Dr. Mittman is a lifelong public servant. He has no IOU’s and he is not beholden to any party loyalists and we’re sure he doesn’t think he should be ordained into the seat, so why should Rory Lancman believe he should be the only Jewish candidate in the race?
Let the voter decide. Is it any wonder why people are so fed-up with Albany insiders? It’s all clear in this race: intimidation, counter-intimidation, allegations of fraud, criminal misdeeds, back room deals, anti-Asian sentiment, the list goes on.
Instead of a discussion on the economy, healthcare, or how special interests has a strong hold on elected officials, we have a ruthless and venial politician who believes his own interests are the only self motivator.
In America, the foundation of success is choice and freedom. At Queens-Politics we believe that the people have a right to evaluate the candidates on who best serves the community.
Yet, there is no honor found in Queens politics. Somewhere along the lines the pols become perverted. Look at Karl Kruger, Pedro Espada, Seabrook, Martinez, McLoughlin, and now Lancman, just to name a few.
You would think Rory would recognize this race is not about him, it’s about fair representation and a right to run to help the good people of the 6th Congressional District.
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Apr 23 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Today, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, representing 275,000 healthcare workers in New York State, endorsed Assemblyman Rory Lancman for New York’s 6th Congressional District. 1199 SEIU President George Gresham cited Lancman’s long experience as a healthcare advocate and his leadership on leveling the playing field for ordinary New Yorkers, workplace safety and holding Wall Street accountable. As one of the largest unions in New York City, 1199 SEIU’s endorsement is a significant boost to Lancman, who has secured the lion’s share of organized labor support in the race for the 6th Congressional District.
“Right now, working New Yorkers who have borne the brunt of this economic crisis need a champion in Washington to fight for them, and that champion is Rory Lancman,” said George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU. “Rory is someone who understands the challenges that working families face, and time and time again has gone above and beyond to deliver for New Yorkers who work for a living. Rory has proudly stood with our members on the picket line, in the legislative chamber, in the op-ed pages and on the campaign trail, and we couldn’t be prouder to stand with him in this Congressional race.”
AAssemblyman Lancman has taken a leadership role on healthcare issues both as an elected official and as a civic leader. Before being elected to the Assembly, Rory Lancman headed the Queens County Hospital Community Advisory Board, and was instrumental in fighting against Mayor Giuliani’s attempts to privatize the hospital. In the Assembly, Lancman authored the Safe Patient Handling Act (A.1370B/S.2470B) as well as a report on the subject, authored the Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Act (A.4856), and helped ensure safe working conditions at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx, which was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for inadequately protecting employees from violence. Lancman thanked the union for the endorsement, and reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for working people at the national level.
“I’m extremely proud to accept the endorsement of 1199 SEIU and its members, and I look forward to fighting alongside them in Congress for higher wages, better benefits, reliable pensions, and workplace safety protections that their members and all working New Yorkers deserve,” Lancman said.
Rory Lancman is running for Congress in New York’s 6th Congressional District. Raised by a single mom in a rent-stabilized apartment, Rory understands the struggle that ordinary New Yorkers face in this economy. He went to public schools, served his country as an officer in New York’s own 42nd Infantry Division and worked a variety of jobs to put himself through college and contribute to his family. Elected to the Assembly in 2006, Rory’s focus in Albany has been on fighting for economic opportunity, keeping workers safe on the job and keeping America and our allies safe from attack. Rory is running for Congress to level the playing field for working and middle-class New Yorkers and expand opportunity so that everyone has a fair shot at the American dream.
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Apr 18 2012
If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.
Are Rory Lancman’s attacks having an effect on Jeff Gottlieb? While most of us have read that Jeff Gottlieb, a candidate for the 6th CD, had a meltdown forty years ago (as it was published in this blog and in the Post) we must debate if his service to the City after his lapse in judgment make up for the incident.
Forced to relive his past misdeeds, what will Gottlieb do? Will he stay in and punch it out blow-by-blow with Rory? Will he talk about Lancman’s support of gay marriage or his liberal voting record to the conservative and Orthodox Jewish community? Perhaps Jeff will have a few talking points about Lancman’s ties to Brian McLoughlin, or allegations of real estate fraud?
We don’t know with absolute certainty but recent events beg the question, does Jeff have the guts to go toe-to-toe with everyone? A decision must be made by midnight tomorrow.
The clock is ticking.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/04/fighting-fire-with-fire/
Apr 17 2012
Reports are coming in for the 6th CD petition deadline in Queens and Robert Mittman took Gottlieb to task with an estimated 1,800 signatures.
Robert Mittman: 311 pages.
Jeff Gottlieb: 260 pages.
While the official tally is not in yet, each page can have a maximum of 20 signatures, but that rarely happens.
Colin Cambell reported earlier today these numbers:
- Assemblywoman Grace Meng: 4,300+
- Assemblyman Rory Lancman: 4,156
- Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley: About 2,700
Each candidate needed a minimum of 938 signatures.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/04/mittman-gottlieb-meng-lancman-crowle/
Apr 14 2012
Unconfirmed rumors are spreading that the Lancman camp has dug up some dirt on Gottlieb that goes back forty two years ago. And in return, the Gottlieb camp has dug up dirt concerning Rory’s relationship with former disgraced Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin.
The candidates may be going nuclear, but neither camp can agree on where to post the stories.
One candidate is pitching to the Post, and the other is pitching to the Daily News.
One thing is certain. By trading barbs, Lancman and Gottlieb have drawn an inordinate amount of attention to each other.
On Sunday or possibly Monday an interesting story is sure to break.
Let the games begin.
[UPDATE: On Sunday, April 15th. 12:27am, The NY Post Breaks the story]
As predicted (we posted at 6:30pm, Saturday). Incendiary charge vs. Queens Candidate.
For the latest news before the major papers print it, read Queens-Politics.com first.
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Apr 11 2012
With years of political experience, why is it so easy for a professional legislator to fly off the handle?
Rory Lancman is enraged and we can see why, sort of. His camp – as well as many insiders – believes that the candidacy of Jett Gottlieb is a sham perpetrated by the County organization to split the Jewish vote that Lancman needs to win.
As the rumors were finally confirmed that another Jewish candidate will be running, Lancman went out and lambasted County for allegedly propping up Gottlieb and trying to derail his chances of winning. The rationale was that Gottlieb had a patronage gig at the Board of Elections so he must be susceptible to their influence.
The conspiracy theories grew like weeds on a neglected tomb, but so far it’s just speculation.
This month, shortly after Crowley threw her hat in the ring and after County convinced Avi Fink to leave the Stavisky faction to spearhead Liz’s campaign, allegedly, Lancman had enough. His tough as nails campaign team went on the offensive, “Get the fake out of the race,” he told the Daily News, which prompted responses from County leader Joe Crowley and a swath of Democratic insiders who said things like, “He lobbied too hard, [for the seat],” according to an article in the Observer by Colin Cambell.
Who is the real Rory? Lancman is an excellent communicator. He fought for six years in the Assembly and is highly regarded as an authority on matters of public policy. He’s smart and articulate yet soft-spoken, and he has an outstanding Democratic club, which he helped organize. So it seems a bit out of character to whine and cry foul particularly when all the evidence is circumstantial.
Lancman is well acquainted with the wheeling and dealing of campaign politics so why is this rumor so much of a shocker to him? This is not meant to imply that Jeff Gottlieb is some sort of enlightened statesman, but what we are saying is that everyone has the right to run for public office even if someone encouraged them to run. After all, Gottlieb said he wants to do it and it doesn’t look like anyone held a gun to the 70-year-old historian’s head.
Like the ancient Citron trees of Israel, Gottlieb has strong roots in the conservative Jewish communities. Yes, Rory has a stellar record of fighting for Israel, but conservative Jews don’t have a voice to fall back on. Gottlieb might just be that guy.
Let the people decide.
Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/04/the-angry-lancman/
Apr 10 2012
A statement from Rory Lancman’s campaign manager, Mark Benoit, in response to Jeff Gottlieb entering the race for New York’s 6th CD:
“Today, the Meng campaign has been caught red-handed in one of the most malicious schemes any of us have ever seen: an outrageous ploy to deceive Jewish voters with a fraudulent candidate designed to manipulate the electoral process in her favor. Based on today’s revelations, Grace Meng owes the voters an apology for concocting this sham, and Grace Meng should fire her main campaign operative Michael Nussbaum for his role in perpetrating this fraud.”
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