Tag Archive: The Daily News

Apr 14 2012

Unpredictable Candidates hoping to repair reputation through backbiting

The Lancman and Gottlieb camps are at war and someone is sure to be vilified.

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.

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Nov 03 2011

Halloran Delivers Ultimatum To Risky Business

Halloran says he's had enough, so has Auburndale. It's true.

City Council Member Dan Halloran is counting to three.    1, 2, 3.

On October 31, Queens Politics reported on a slanted Daily News article reminiscent of a campaign hatch job. We pointed out that a  quality of life issue was buried in a report that pigeonholed  City Council Member Dan Halloran as ‘hot headed.’

Star Nissan in Auburndale has a nefarious reputation for burning the midnight oil literally and figuratively.

The public agreed. Dan did the right thing by giving Star Nissan a piece of all of our minds.

For his colorful remarks, “I’m not fucking joking!”,  said Dan, the critics dubbed him “Hollerin’ Halloran.”

Dan wasn’t phased by the name calling and shrugged it off like dirt from his shoulder.

Today, the Councilman issued a “Good Neighbor Deadline” to bring Star Nissan in full compliance with City regulations. Read the details in the press release.

Finally we’re going to get some sleep!

“The time for talk is over.  It’s time for action” -Dan Halloran

Press Release:

Halloran Sets “Good Neighbor Deadline” for Star Nissan/Toyota

Auburndale has waited ten years for Star Nissan/Toyota at 40-20 172nd Street to play by the rules and respect its neighbors.  Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Auburndale) is tired of waiting.“I am setting a ‘good neighbor deadline’ of Nov. 15 for Star Nissan/Toyota to be in full compliance with the City’s regulations,” Halloran said.  “If Star does not have its act together by the ‘good neighbor deadline,’ there will be consequences.  The City has coddled this misfit business for too long.  The time for talk is over.  It’s time for action

Halloran’s demands include that Star close its windows and doors at all hours, per the City’s zoning laws; install a ventilation system in accordance with the Administrative Code; and cease parking over 44 vehicles on its lot, in violation of its certificate of occupancy.  The Council Member’s office has received hundreds of constituent complaints regarding the business, and the business has outstanding violations from the Department of Buildings and Department of Environmental Protection.

Per City law, the business must provide one parking spot for every 10 employees.  According to their own statement in this week’s Bayside Times, the service center employs 200 workers, meaning Star Nissan/Toyota must provide and mark 20 spaces for employees.  The lack of employee parking has resulted in the excess of cars on the lot.  In the same article, a Star Nissan/Toyota employee admitted the doors were all in working order, but said that the front door needed to remain open for the 60 to 100 cars the station services each day.

Halloran has met several times with the owner of Star, who personally promised the Council Member that the business would keep its doors and windows closed when not servicing a vehicle.  While attending a recent ribbon-cutting on the same block, Halloran observed the business operating with all its doors and windows open, entered the business, and informed the employees — in no uncertain terms — that such continued behavior was not acceptable.

A Star Nissan/Toyota employee recorded video of Halloran’s message on a cell phone, then gave that video to the New York Daily News.  But the Council Member’s voice is barely audible over car alarms blaring in the background — just another noise violation by Star, this one conveniently caught on video by its own employee.

“Star lied to me, just like they have lied to Auburndale for a decade,” Halloran said.  “If I don’t put my foot down now, I know they will continue to lie, ignore City regulations and abuse their neighbors.”

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