de Blasio’s Citywide Administration Services Allowed Contractors To Swindle The City By Sending The Wrong Face Masks During The Start Of Pandemic

William Wilhelm de Blasio, the mayor of New York City (your city) seemingly proves once again how disconnected he is from the agencies that are under his auspice and the money that flows like a water out of a firehose from them even during a pandemic and an induced economic crisis.

THE CITY

 Last spring, frontline medical workers scrambled in vain to find proper surgical masks as the coronavirus swept through hospitals across the city.

Doctors, nurses and medical technicians were forced to reuse the same mask over and over — a dangerously ineffective method to stem infection from a virus that’s now taken the lives of more than 24,000 New Yorkers.

City officials jumped into action, signing more than $1 billion in emergency no-bid contracts with seemingly anybody who claimed they could produce high-quality masks and other crucial COVID gear — including ventilators.

Among them: Genuine Parts Company, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in auto parts. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), which handles most of City Hall’s purchases, had bought parts for city vehicles from Genuine in the past.

An auto parts company from Atlanta?? Why?  And for what kind of city vehicles? Being that de Blasio’s DCAS felt that they can entrust them to deliver PPE’s to the virus frontline workers…

Go on…

According to internal records obtained by THE CITY, DCAS paid $348,000 for what was described by Genuine as 300,000 “non-Latex surgical masks” that were marked as “received” by the city on April 7. That was at the peak of the virus’ spread in New York City, when the seven-day average for daily hospitalizations hit 1,642, compared to this week’s 52.

 But records show that when DCAS’ Bureau of Quality Assurance inspected the delivered goods, workers discovered not surgical masks but “disposable single-use non-surgical mask/dust mask/Not FDA approved.”

The items were nevertheless deemed “accepted due to public necessity.” DCAS paid full price and placed subsequent orders for more masks from the car parts dealer, records show. DCAS then “redirected” the masks — useless in emergency rooms — elsewhere for non-medical use.

The Genuine mask purchase is part of a disturbing pattern uncovered during an investigation by THE CITY of DCAS’ pandemic-spurred emergency buying spree.

During some of the most dire weeks of the crisis, THE CITY found, the agency lost track of key equipment from masks to ventilators — driving an exasperated DCAS official to declare in one early May meeting: “Stop this s—t! Stop this s—t! Fix the problem!”

 And guess who also was involved in this honest incompetence graft? The Blaz’s art dealer buddy Charlie Trebele, the city’s COVID “essential” “first responder”  Contractor Gadget .

A similar scenario unfolded with another vendor, Digital Gadgets, an electronics firm whose CEO, Charlie Tebele, along with family members, has been a frequent donor to de Blasio’s various political campaigns.

In late March, DCAS awarded $19 million in no-bid contracts to Digital for high quality N95 masks and lower quality KN95 masks. That included an $8 million contract for what the firm promised would be two million “surgical grade N95s,” according to internal DCAS documents. 

19? How droll to match the estimate with the disease. Contractor Gadget also gave the same digits backwards and higher.

 The company also won a $91 million contract to provide DCAS with ventilators that was later cancelled because, Benson told THE CITY, the agency “decided to order a different ventilator model.”

Digital Gadgets — which previously supplied hoverboards to QVC — did deliver masks. But DCAS records reveal that the agency’s Bureau of Quality Assurance discovered the masks Digital delivered were not “surgical grade N95s” as promised and had not been approved by either the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

So the corporations the city depended on to ship face masks and ventilators depended on a company not even from New York that already was contracted for auto supplies to city service vehicles and a company that makes toys for tech bobos. And both of those PPE’s were cheap knockoffs. Sure sounds like these companies grifted the city real good with the expenses they saved by skimping on the products at the expense of doctors, nurses, nursing home aides and tens of thousands of lives in New York City during the worse and most deadly time in the first few months of the pandemic.

GPC is a big national corporation, but Contractor Gadget Charlie’s company basically sells crap that’s mostly seen on T.V.. He’s also benefited quite nicely from his investments aka donations to de Blasio’s mayoral and farcical presidential campaign and the corrupted yet legal 501 c 4 PAC fund run by the mayor in City Hall, the Campaign For One New York; not only with a a government appointed seat on the COVID economic recovery task force collective gifted by the Blaz, Chuckles also was able to pay the mortgage to his Upper East Side townhouse with the emergency funding gifted to his company for his imitation PPE provisions to the city’s hospitals and nursing homes. Pretty sweet for a company that had a failing grade from the Better Business Bureau at the time (and present time).

 
This has drawn the ire of City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer who has been trying to get information about these tainted contracts for months, but his signifying nothing fury is laughable because he allowed the Blaz to authorize executive power over the city’s pandemic response which included total control over these contracts and their fiscal costs, which rendered his duties to monitor these checks and balances null and void and made his position as an elected official useless and neutered. 
 
de Blasio’s an idiot savant. He may not know shit about preparing for a crisis and evidently leading a city during one, but his brain cells get energized the second an opportunity comes up to make sure anyone who gave him money immediately gets a cherry contract with the city.
 
Despicable Bastard
 
 
 

City Rolls Out Blacktop Carpet For Film Shoot In Richmond Hill, Queens

133Liberty Ave. And 123rd street. Where the gilded asphalt path abruptly stops.

Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y.

A week before Halloween, an encouraging sight sprung forth to auto owners and cyclists. The decade long dilapidation of Liberty Avenue beginning at Lefferts Boulevard was about to get repaved with fresh tar and asphalt. Being a cyclist myself, it was elating to finally look forward to a smooth path and finally see the cracks and crevices produced by many winters, persistent double and triple parking and K and illegal U-turns by overtly aggressive drivers remediated.

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What’s frustrating about this is that a while back the D.O.T. milled and repaved the entirety of Liberty under the elevated train from Rockaway Blvd to the last stop at Lefferts Blvd but they decided for some damn reason not to stretch out the repaving 15 blocks east to the Van Wyck Expressway to at least make it look compatible as well as prevent the road from suffering from further degradation.

But in yet another case of diminishing returns of half-ass efforts from your city, it turned out that they only repaved 2 fucking blocks.

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Even more frustrating and fucking maddening is that the long overdue road repair was permitted and possibly inspired and demanded to make way for a film shoot.

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A day after the repaving, film permits appeared taped on lamp posts and this parking meter here for something mysteriously titled V3. It must be some sequel of some cruddy film franchise or maybe it could be a historic film chronicling the nascent stages of the invention of V8 juice when the beverage contained only 3 vegetables.The freshly paved scenery was supervised by someone only named Rocco.

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The trucks and trailers with the Jersey or Penn plates and catering truck were supposed to arrive to assemble the proverbial fourth wall for the shoot on Liberty on Monday but a strange development happened on the day that footage above was shot the day before though, all the permits were removed from said posts and meters and the producers decided to move all their rigs on 103rd avenue instead and 120 street.

The next day the catering truck moved to Liberty and two charter buses appeared buttressed by orange safety cones. The charter bus facing east and the catering truck in front of that charter bus facing west were parked on city bus stops for the Q110.

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And another charter bus was parked by 103rd avenue around the corner. I assume these vehicles were the mode of transportation for all the creative forces and talent involved with this project.

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026Spoiler alert! Someone in this movie dies!

It’s been a week since this production, and being that it took two days it will probably result in a 2 minute scene. I came to this synopsis because the last few times that major shows were filmed in this enclave of Southeast Queens were HBO’s Bored to Death where they took a day to film Rushmore star Jason Schwartzman ask a cashier a question in a scene that was 10 seconds and the other was also by HBO called …the Night Of where the trailers took over 2 blocks for a good week to film some catalyst scenes for the first episode (sadly, the shows executive producer, James Gandolfini died a week after that shoot in Italy, man it would have been actually cool to bump into him).

Wait, I forgot the odious and easily hacked social media platform corporation that sold out their customers for billions of ad dollars and now government contractor Facebook filmed a show here in the springtime. At least they split so fast it was barely noticeable. Probably because they realized it wasn’t Brooklyn.

Too bad Broad City is ending, it actually would have been nice if those funny ladies stopped by and did some jokes about roti shops.

But I’m digressing, because this road upgrade was obviously done for aesthetic reasons for this V3 movie. Which gives the impression that some special tweeding went down to benefit the film industry over the needs of the driving and riding constituents and also essential bus transit service that continues to get neglected again and again. This can be verified by the I.M. exchange between Cynthia Nixon and Mayor Bill de Blasio when the failed gubernatorial candidate wanted to get her pal in City Hall to halt chopper flights over Central Park that were bothering her director pal’s Shakespeare performances there as she forwarded his complaints to him and your mayor happily and hurriedly obliged and got it done for her. It also helped that TV’s Miranda’s wife was working for Mayor Big Slow at the time as one of his advisors.

So the rest of Liberty will probably remain a broken ass mess in this broke ass city. As well the majority of streets that intersect with it and the avenues south and east of the busy avenue are in equally shitty and even worse. It doesn’t look like there is going to be any upgrade in the near future or even beyond as the new pretty, vibrant and hip burgs get nice things and the dirty southeast of Queens gets dirtier and rockier. And not to mention the massive renovation of the BQE.

And even with this sudden attention from Hollywood, which from the way this city favors this industry, has become an official citizen person of New York. At the expense of safe streets, commuting and the dwindling patience and sanity of it’s residents.

 

 

 

 

 

The MTA Fucks Itself: Slow Train Comin’ And Goin’ And Stopping Short

030This is what it said when entering the Queens Lefferts Blvd destination A train on 14th Street in Manhattan. Fuck the MTA.

It’s been almost a year since this digital publication decreed the MTA as the worst fucking transit system in the universe, which to no surprise to me is the most read post in the existence of Impunity City. Your city and mine. Since then, there has been a multitude of articles by professional journalists actually confirming my vulgar opinion. But none as deftly infuriating as the most recent piece by the now full time digital Village Voice. It ultimately turns out that the rationale for the perpetual shit service of the transit system is because of the actual modernization of the signal system leading to a policy of running the trains at a slower speed which was discovered in a three year old study by an intern at Columbia University that the MTA, in their hapless way, tried to throw it in the memory hole. (The only bright side of this is that this study probably didn’t cost taxpayers a dime).

The Village Voice: The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down

The root cause of the subway system’s decay, it turns out, isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding — rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted by the authority itself, in response to a single accident two decades ago that set the transit system on a path to disaster.

 But there is one type of delay that’s gotten exponentially worse during that time: a catchall category blandly titled “insufficient capacity, excess dwell, unknown,” which captures every delay without an obvious cause. From January 2012 to December 2017, these delays increased by a whopping 1,190 percent — from 105 per weekday to 1,355. In December, one out of every six trains run across the entire system experienced such a delay. The increase has been steady and uninterrupted over the past six years.

In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train that was stopped on the bridge, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. The National Transportation and Safety Board investigation placed most of the blame on the J train operator, who the NTSB suspected had been asleep. But the NTSB also identified potential issues with the signal system that contributed to the accident, which it found didn’t guarantee train operators enough time to apply the emergency brakes even when awake.

“They slowed the trains down after the Williamsburg Bridge crash,” a veteran train operator who asked not to be identified told the Village Voice. “The MTA said the train was going too fast for the signal system.” As a result, the MTA, quite literally, slowed all the trains down, issuing a bulletin informing employees in April 1996 that their propulsion systems would be modified so they could achieve a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, down from the previous high of 50 to 55 miles per hour on a flat grade.

But the MTA didn’t stop there, internal documents show. One of the NTSB’s safety recommendations was to set speed limits. As a result, the MTA began a still-ongoing process of changing the way many signals work to meet modern safety standards. Previously, trains would encounter green lights if the track ahead was clear; if not, a red light would trip the train’s brakes if it tried to cross that section of track, stopping it a safe distance from the train ahead. (Restarting the train after it is tripped can take anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the incident gets noted in the operator’s performance file, according to MTA sources.) Under the new program, generally referred to as signal modifications, the brakes would be tripped based not only on whether the track ahead was vacant, but also on the train’s speed.

NYCT’s estimates were so off in part because they didn’t account for a human element. The most problematic of the newly modified signals were “one-shot timers,” so called because the operator has only one chance to meet the posted speed limit. One-shot timers are easier and cheaper to install, say MTA sources; the more “shots” the operators have to get under the required speed, the more timing mechanisms have to be installed across a longer portion of track. (An MTA spokesperson disputed this, characterizing the decision to install one- or two-shot timers as safety-related.) But the consequences of going over the speed limit are high — the train is stopped, and the operator gets penalized — so many operators now opt to go well below the posted speed limit just to be on the safe side.

So because of a train wreck on the bridge, the trains have been pussyfooting across the rails for the past two decades, extending platform wait times and commutes. And this exposes the dirty little secret of the daily refrain during the daily sojourns of commuters “train is delayed because of red signal ahead”. It also explains why the commute the day after this Voice article came out that the trains were moving sloooowwer than usual.

Now with the city’s population explosion from all the tower development and rampant tourism growing every year, in addition to the reprehensible etiquette of commuters lethargically boarding and exiting trains while gazing at their phones, the frightening overcrowded platforms especially by major transfer hubs where commuters have to wait on the stairs, it has made this fubar transit system slower and slower. Which must be throwing those new countdown clocks and jumbo touch screen schedules off kilter.

This is ultimately an existential and irremediable disaster. But my prophecy is becoming possible because of the feud nobody likes of the two top officials nobody likes, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andy Cuomo. de Blasio refuses to pony up half of the money for the $830 million action plan (which the Voice points out won’t help much, but it’s a start since it’ll supposedly fund overtime work) and at the last MTA board meeting in a stroke of funding blowback, Mario’s son decided to allocate 1 billion dollars for renovations and modernizations at 6 stations. So instead of signal modernization. track repairs and train maintenance, expect more art on the walls to ignore or pricey novelty take-out eateries on the mezzanines.

This retarded targeted spending comes on the heels of the NY Times expose of the MTA’s expensive moronic contracting, worker redundancies at work sites, and the transit union’s abuse of overtime hours. And with the recent revelations of the new crop of hired operators and conductors had insufficient training, it makes the MTA’s decision to run trains at a slugs pace for safety reasons utterly without merit. It should be worrisome how quick their reactions are when they confront those sudden switches from those pesky “one stop timers” which explain why lately the trains are always stopping short in the tunnels and arriving at the stations.

(On the subject of lacking merit for safety, at a train yard in East New York, four workers have filed suit against the MTA refusing to place flags on tracks to warn arriving trains of their presence on the rails and withheld their pay and denied them work hours the more they continued to address the hazards in their surroundings.)

But the necessity to worry should take hold for the MTA under the new leader Andy Byford, who is very cognizant of the inefficiencies causing commuters to lose money every day. He has ordered office workers to get out of their cubicle pens and head underground donning orange vests to assist and mollify commuters to make their terrible train rides easier, making them basically yoeman subway escorts as they through no fault of their own disregard their actual responsibilities to make the MTA operate. Get this, they called this the Subway Action Plan, just like the continuing dormant joint city and state plan that is currently languishing in civic purgatory.

And that’s not all that twit directing the worst fucking transit system of the universe just did, they took another dump on the bureaucratic shitshow by inventing a new executive job called Chief Customer Officer and hired some chick from a marketing firm who the MTA contracted for consulting services last year. Apparently, according to the press release, the CCO’s focus is to not alleviate the constant delays that is effecting the customers salaries every goddamn day, but to get workers to be more customer friendly (holy shit, just like what was mentioned right above this paragraph!) and get rid of “transit jargon” which you would think would be the same verbal pablum excuse for every damn delay but it’s actually the workers euphemisms and abbreviations for the technical problems plaguing the system. Which is actually a workplace order and nothing familiar to what the populace are paying $2.75 for every fucking day.

This woman is getting paid $200,000 for doing what Byford calls in his own native Britain euphemistic terms, doing away with redundancies like token booth clerks and putting them on “the field” to help commuters. Which is bloody ironic and hysterical since the idea was already in place, making the Chief Customer Officer position fucking redundant itself!

It can’t be any more transparent that the MTA is more concerned with spinning the optical quality of the transit service than actually running it efficiently.

All this fucking nonsense, squabbling, machinating, marketing and incompetence as the MTA’s debt is now at fucking $38.6 billion dollars.

Fuck the MTA. Nah, it’s already fucked.

 

 

Update:

At a MTA committee board hearing the other day, an official, Stephen Plochochi audaciously revealed that the transit agency recently extended the contracts of corrupted firms that have settled billion dollar suits involving bribery in three nations, the U.S. Army and for half-assed work at a nuclear power plant. They are tasked with upgrading the antiquated and jiggered for slow service for the last 20 years signal system and the renovation of the Cortlandt St. station by the New World Trade Center.

How is the new Chief Customer Officer going to spin this craven bullshit of wanton stupidity and enabling to the commuting public.

Quoted VP Stephen, who clearly doesn’t give a fuck:

“New York City Transit and the MTA as a whole for many, many, many years — for the 30 years that I’ve been here and for many before that — have looked at this as a rehabilitative organization,”

Except when it obviously comes to rehabilitating the essential infrastructure of the subway and the fleet of train cars. Fuck no, it’s to rehabilitate recidivist criminal contractors who are so corrupted and moneyed that they can still thrive and get rewarded for their unethical standards and tactics.

Plochochi said the MTA has a “robust program” for overseeing contractors that includes assigning monitors to ensure “good ethics and compliance” by companies with checkered pasts.

Yes, these firms will be good little boys and girls now that they got another billions of dollars which will surely go to its targeted and intended purpose, even with the MTA’s and the state’s sordid past and present for unchecked wasteful spending and obvious lousy vetting. Actually, the latter is clearly intentional and standard executive-driven procedure at the fucking worst and robustly unprofessional transit system in the universe. Fuck Plochochi, Fuck Byford and fuck the MTA.

 

 

 

 

The Inaugurations Of Co-Mayor Chirlane McCray de Blasio* And The Night Mayor

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Chirlane McCray is just dying for you to hear from her. (telling pic by James Messerschmidt, NY Post)

Last week the city of New York (your city remember) was foisted upon with two new additions to the current administration by our self-exalted mayor de Blasio for appointees no one, sane or insane, brained or brainless, even asked for.

The first one while not actually official was revealing enough and actually conveys total confirmation and the mayor did not even hold back considering how weak, intellectually bereft and dependent he comes off. It wasn’t even a Freudian or regular slip of the tongue, but it sure was inappropriate. And it was announced after he announced the hiring of the new Schools Chancellor a few days after his first pick dropped him like a brick during a press conference.

The mayor’s wife is now the pseudonor Co-Mayor Charlene McCray!

“I want to thank Chirlane for the many, many hours she has put in this effort,” de Blasio said in a statement before adding, “I want to thank First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan, as well. The three of us acted as a team.’’

McCray, City Hall revealed, also sat in on meetings all weekend between her husband and his top aides discussing the appointment. And the first lady was there when de Blasio made Carranza an official offer.

A quote from McCray was included in the press release, too.

“I look forward to working closely with [Carranza] to help all of the inner cities’ children and their families,” she said.

But political observers say that there’s more to McCray’s input in official city business than meets the eye — that it is a bid to elevate her political standing for a possible run for office herself.

“There’s a concerted effort to get her as much exposure as possible,” said a source familiar with McCray’s role at City Hall.

“There’s a clear understanding . . . that these are joint announcements, and Chirlane is going to have a presence and a voice every time one of these appointments is being made.”

NY Post

So this is what the minuscule amount of voters and a majority of non-voters signed up another four years for in addition to de Faustio slacking off, fucking around and lying like a rat since January. Let’s also add being an arrogant self-righteous douchebag too, because he insulted journalists and anyone left in the constituency with common sense by scoffing off any accusations of nepotism by accusing them of being idiots and sexists.
The mayor’s insecurity regarding the news media’s collective intellect is a regular thing but charging them with sexism is a new pathetic low and the Blaz has as much understanding of the term as Spinal Tap did. 

But this is about Chirlie after all. And in her first week as co-mayor, she’s not off to a good start. For her influence in the chancellor pick, Richard Carranza, has not been quite a ladies man or a gentlemen when it comes to dealing with women in the workplace. Since it took less than 24 hours and on International Women’s Day, which the Blaz clearly cited to lash out at the press, to find out that while as the board superintendent in San Francisco he was cheating on his wife at the office and destroyed a female educators career when she confronted him about his salacious affair and later had the school district pay her a $75,000 settlement for the torment and undermining he put her through for exposing the cheating greaseball.

Maybe the Blaz came out inaugurating his wife so he can again deflect blame for his stupid governmental policies and decisions on someone else but that might have been the case all along, although this guy seems a perfect fit for the corrupt cronyism environment in city hall being that Carranza feels he was abdicated from the charges because he didn’t have to pay the settlement out of his wallet but the school district and taxpayers did. Which is in uncanny resemblance of the mayor’s warped justification for using his constituents tax dollars for his expensive personal lawyers for his pay to play court hearings. Because a month before choosing a letch for a schools chancellor they got together and appointed another deputy mayor to de Faustio’s confederacy of useless syncophantic hacks. This one is being used specifically for his fucking wife’s $850 million dollar mental health program THRIVENYC, which to chagrin of the citizenry nobody knows what it is or what it’s even accomplished, judging by the majority of mentally ill homeless people wandering around the streets and subway and the emotional duress everyone struggling to afford living in this city is going through. Although it’s backed by six non-profit groups of which consists of four sorority groups.

Apparently de Faustio and Chirlie are aware of the lack of recognition of THRIVE too. In recognition of the Parkland School Massacre but not of the movement and revolution galvanized by the students there, the mayors arranged to have a town hall meeting with high school students to discuss ways to secure their school’s environment and ensure safety. As the kids were making suggestions for improvements, notably the lack of student counselors and the selective disbursement of metal detectors and addressing their current tribulations, de Faustio kept shutting them down so his wife can impose her THRIVE agenda on them. The kids were not impressed or amused but were thoroughly insulted and undermined. Which will make adapting to the new schools chancellor’s inevitable underwhelming existence much easier.

“I think he disregarded the whole point of this meeting, which was to hear the students out, and I don’t think he did it to the full extent that it should’ve been,” said Ayobami Olabode, 16, a student at Scholars’ Academy in Queens.

“He didn’t really hear us out the way he should have,” Andrea Colon, 17, who had asked the mayor to invest in counselors instead of school safety agents and metal detectors, said. “He was sort of dismissive in a way.”

“I actually hadn’t heard of the Thrive program before,” said Colon, a senior at Rockaway Park High School For Environmental Sustainability. “He kept on bringing that up. But my school definitely does not have that.”

NY Daily News

So instead of hearing out the kids, de Faustio devoted most of his attention to pimping his wife’s program and her freeloading political career. And exploiting a tragedy to promote the expensive THRIVE program to boot and vainly trying to justify it’s existence by blowing off the kids questions just because they didn’t fit the narrative.

For dominating the narrative is the only thing de Faustio has done with aplomb right behind using his office for fundraising and taking bribes for civic services for scumbags. As he recently addressed the idiotic sexists (his words) in the news media by demanding that Chirlie should get a salary for her work which she surreptitiously volunteered for. As if the 300 grand to pay her personal aides and her multiple free ride jaunts to other national cities on the actually elected mayor’s constituents tax dollars is not enough compensation, giving her ample opportunity to boost her national profile and inspiring her intent on running for political office. Which no one fucking asked her to do and no one is fucking interested. And her reported presence (and interference) in over 80 meetings gives the impression that she is not only co-mayor but an agent of the city.

All this chicanery by co-mayor de Faustio is enough to drive you crazy if you let it. So maybe THRIVE will be there for every citizen in the five boroughs to depend on as they try to follow this fugazi mayoral partnership. Maybe Chirlie can get her mental health initiative off the ground now assuming she is running the city for the next few days as her husband has went on another ego trip out of the city for the next few days in four cities as the self-appointed arbiter/activist for progressive policies and politics. And yes, nobody fucking asked him to do that either.

As if two mayors are not enough to tolerate, especially two absolutely shitty oblivious and arrogant mayors, it was announced on a snowy and blustery Wednesday when all networks were reporting on the weather that the new night mayor has been appointed. And she’s a boozy doozy.

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That’s Ariel Palitz. The new nighttime mayor. The mayor from happy hour to closing time. She’s the mayor when Bill and Chirl go to sleep. And she loves New York, although not it’s residents. She ran a niteclub for 10 years and sat on Lower East Side district community board. Though not experienced in running a political office, she’s pretty adept at political tactics and machinations and exploiting her position of power for selfish means for the benefit of herself and her night club entrepreneur peers. In the last few years she has worked with an event firm specializing in what they dubbed “real estate integrated hospitality services”

Considering it took 5 months since the announcement of this new waste of bureaucracy, besides THRIVE, without a doubt that this pick was thoroughly sought and vetted. This girl is player and she fits this corrupt administration to a dirty T. For her time simultaneously running a club and a chair on the board, the Lower East Side has transformed in the last decade to what is currently a nightly Gilded Age bacchanalia with a bar anywhere you turn your head and take a step christened as Hell Square, an environmental noise and health hazard area that was revolutionized by the new Night Mayor herself being that she ran (and bragged about having) the loudest bar in the district.

Prior to what the drunken radius has devolved to, night mayor Palitz made a ghastly prophecy of what she now will have the humble solemn duty to remediate:

“The East Village is ripe for the picking right now. There’s an opportunity to change the culture and the makeup of the neighborhood from the underground nightlife experience to a high-end clientele.”

Here’s some of that high-end clientele that has changed the makeup of the neighborhood. As documented by the L.E.S. Dwellers, and there’s more where that came from.

And being her recent consulting gig, she will be tasked to handle complaints, ameliorate any disgust by or stem displacement of longtime residents of areas with similar party bar oversaturation, as the NY Times notes:

In her first interview since accepting the post, Ms. Palitz suggested that her stint as the Nightlife Mayor would be slightly more sober and focus less on carousing than on conflict mediation. In today’s New York, gentrification has pitted partygoers against the settled residents of neighborhoods like the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. In her first official act, Ms. Palitz promised to hold a series of listening tours and entertain the gripes of those who are bothered by the vomit on their streets or the noise at 3 a.m..

Now in charge of a mayoral office with a 12-person advisory board, a $300,000 budget and a salary of $130,000 a year, Ms. Palitz seems to have realized that even a doyenne of New York night life must make a few concessions when joining city government.

What de Blasio and Chirlane has done with hiring Ariel is akin to Trump’s picks to head departments in his plutocabinet in that they hired a woman who has obvious conflicts of interest regarding the nite life industry. And also like relying on a flipped mobster for intel because he knows where the bodies are buried, or in Ariels case where the bodies are puking and pissing and of course, according to her consultant bio, proclaimed ties to real estate. It’s going to be fascinating how that hospitality/real estate integration is going to play here, for it sure as had an effect on the environment of the LES when she was on the board going by the exorbitant rent hikes and new glass towers. And providing an outsourced predatory developer tactic with all the alcoholic idiots yelling and puking in front of residential buildings with idling app driving service cars and limos clogging the streets driving everyone nuts.

Ariel has got a sweet ride going here with a new cushy six figure salary and a budget to finagle with anyhow she pleases. Now with the night mayor officially assigned where it used to be under the purview of the actual elected mayor, de Faustio and Chirlie can focus on the issues of the day in the daylight hours. Well the afternoon hours for he still wastes his entire morning for his daily motorcade two borough trek to Park Slope and then to City Hall. Maybe this short inning middle relief pitching style of governing might have some stability. Have Chirlane govern in the morning, de Faustio in the day, and Ariel at night into the wee hours.

Maybe the city and the citizenry will be able to THRIVE somewhat. Or it will just turn into CrazyTown while it tries to be Fun City 2.0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandate My Ass, Mayor Bill

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/01/01-bill-de-blasio-approval.w710.h473.jpgI couldn’t have expressed his delusions better myself. Hmm, yeah I could.

Just a few days after winning the election with the record low 8.5% of votes by around 700,000  out of 5,000,000 registered voters, Day Mayor Bill de Blasio decreed that he now has an official mandate to pass his bland fauxgressive neoliberal policies. He is so sure of this and himself that he petulantly repeated it 12 times to the press circle.

Of course he would say this, for shit-talking is the default standard for public speaking in these dark days of politics and money this young century.

Go, on Billy:

“Guys, an election’s an election. People decide if they want to participate,” he said.

“You can go back through every election in history and parse it and question it and relitigate (??) it, but we have one unified system . . . So this is a clear, strong mandate.”

N.Y. Post

“I don’t know what your definition of an election is, but my definition is that people decide to participate and whoever gets the most votes wins, and if you have a two-thirds margin, that is a clear, strong mandate, and that came from everyone that participated. I think it’s unquestionably a clear mandate,” he said in a City Hall press conference. 

Politco

I guess he and maybe his cult of 300 city aides are looking at the wide percentage margin of the total vote instead of the 80% who didn’t bother to show up on Tuesday and the 70,000 less votes he got this time around.

Politico had a good analysis regarding de Faustio’s pathetic bragging citing a few books on the topic:

Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels show in their book “Democracy for Realists” that voters mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues.

“Voters, even the most informed voters, typically make choices not on the basis of policy preferences or ideology, but on the basis of who they are — their social identities,” they write.

Julia Azari, a professor of political science at Marquette University, found in her book “Delivering the People’s Message” that presidents talk more about mandates either when their presidency is lacking legitimacy or when they are pushing at the boundaries of their authority.

“It’s a defensive strategy for politicians who feel like they are not legitimate, or under threat or flailing in some form or fashion,” Azari said in an interview.

She said that claims of a mandate are really about what the politician needs, as opposed to what the election was really about.

Which brings up the fact and the hubristic boasting by the day mayor about how Donald Trump played a massive factor in his small victory:

Hizzoner gave credit for the win to his message — but also to President Trump, who he claimed drove many voters to the polls.

“Oh, my God. Yes. Absolutely,” he said when asked if Trump played a role.

“I say with humility, I have been a leading anti-Trump voice,” de Blasio said. “A lot of people have been turned back on to the political process because of their frustration with Donald Trump.”

N.Y. Daily News

And why he is ultra-defensive and cognizant of his weakened status and his credibility with his constituents, even the ones who begrudgingly support him or voted for him out of fear.

Although it’s not like he didn’t try to persuade or even induce people to come out to ensure the legitimacy for his “mandate” even before he won. As if the awarding of $2,000,000 in matching campaign funds from the B.O.E. derived from his bogus claims of challenging primary competitors even though Bill had a 70% advantage and the public was not familiar with his opponents.

For it should be noted that in the weeks leading to the underwhelming turnout on Election Day, the mayor hedged his bets and made absolutely sure for his heavily favored certain victory by sending out a language translator contractor at taxpaying voter expense in southern Brooklyn, which was home to the presidential primary purge last year, to aide Russian and Creole speaking citizens to vote with orders to the NYPD not to interfere with the hired gun interpreters and the shady operation. Because the incumbent mayor and the minions in city council care so much for democracy’s process.

The taint of influencing voters and the recent admonishment of the BOE after their admission and charges didn’t do much to prevent the presence of the mercenary interpreters despite the 100 foot anti-encroachment order.

Now he’s back and declaring of a undeserved, unearned, self-professed mandate, it’s quite known who will benefit from this grandstanding. In fact, they already have been benefiting since the beginning of the weak mayor’s first term, and that’s the ones involved in the worst aspects of predatory development and equity being the owners and their lobbyists.

This was immediately acknowledged in the East Village in Manhattan, as community organizations are taking proactive measures to resist the invasive and enabled actions of the Gentrification Industrial Complex involving the re-elected mayor and his subservience to his developer donors in a mission to remake a residential area into a commercial metropolis. Also in Queens where Long Island City has just been subsumed by tower pestilence and massive rent increases in areas nearby in the last 24 months.

It’s what to expect from this stupid fucking idiot and the dire future the next 4 years hold for the citizens of the five boroughs. Persist and resist, and hope Norman Seabrook is found guilty (wait for it).

 

Jona Sings! Mayor de Blasio’s Free Ride Re-Election Campaign Gets Cock-Blocked

https://i2.wp.com/www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/2017/10/27/2017.10.27%20-%20DeBlasio_0.JPGThe mayor standing particularly close to the once upstart player now convict Jona Rechnitz

Manhattan Federal Courthouse, New York, New York

Impeccable, uncanny and unfortunate timing for the reigning mayor of the boroughs 5. Testifying during the bribery, racketeering and pension money laundering trial against former jails union head Norman Seabrook, Rechnitz was approached by the prosecutor about his relationship in the first year of hizzoner’s term, seeing that it was this transgression that got him embroiled in the current case he’s providing witness testimony for. Suffice to say, it looks like Jona stopped giving a fuck and responded like a player who himself got played like a sucker by the ambitious and ultimately ungrateful mayor and getting the brunt of it by getting incarcerated.

Rechnitz dropped the proverbial bomb about de Faustio’s willingness to dole city government service favors by all means necessary. Jona, with his donations and from various straw donors totaling around $193,000, was a de facto chief of staff for the morally loose mayor. He demanded to basically appoint the commissioners for the police and the Department of Buildings. He arranged luxury trips for NYPD higher brass with his pick Phillip Banks and Norman Seabrook for which he played a literal bag man by giving him his bribe in a Sal Ferragamo bag.

De Faustio, despite his persistent and constant denials and of course his mealy self-serving blog posts on Medium, seemed for a few years to enjoy and relish the company he kept. And also the new found power 75% of the 21% of the registered voters gave him. Being that he graciously gave his favorite donor his personal phone number and e-mail, messaging and reassuring his bubby that he was “all ears“.  That he actually held out playing for Jona’s pay by being slow (natch) to reduce utility bills, lift fines and violations on a properties he managed. Ordering his minion and campaign manager and CONY bundler Ross Offinger to hassle Jona for more cash. And needling Jona to coax Norman to stifle his opinions on the qualifications and character of Joe Ponte, the incompetent, disgraced boob de Faustio picked for jails commissioner.

There really should be no more argument of the character of our current mayor. Although the collective shenanigans of these and the machinations executed by these two like-minded fellows and the circumstances that ensued make a very interesting plot device. Jona’s is obvious, but the Mayor’s suspicious actions that followed his former bubby’s arrest and conviction is very interesting.

Consider when he ended his CONY fundraising and his agents of the city meetings in city hall. What followed immediately was his morning commute habit of going to the Y in Park Slope for workouts then trekking to Park Row to start the day in his official office at 11 a.m.. It has to be considered, especially when he got confronted by an activist who questioned him about the Rikers closing during his yoga workout wearing the inappropriate attire of cargo shorts, a belt and sneakers. And also of his redacted email releases titled “FLEX TIME“. Was “FLEX TIME” actually correspondence and more pay to play arrangements with other donors/the usual suspects? And what about him using his personal email and phone number for these conversations?

Another thing about those redacted emails mainly what actually was redacted in the ones involving Jona? Did de Faustio actually did confirm his picks for D.O.B. and NYPD? Especially the latter because Phil Banks was a favorite to get the job before he abruptly dropped out. Were any of the emails related to the illicit gun licensing?

And one more thing concerning “flex time”, was the Park Slope Y the new venue for de Faustio’s continuing courting of big time developer donor cash and advice from those agents of the city?

Jona’s recollections in court are equal parts super revealing, actually sincere and has a touch of braggadocio about it being the temporary mack daddy he was. It also takes a big shit on the mayor’s crowd surfing his way back into elected office and the pathetic attempt at transparency and credibility he is trying to build.

This is going to make the next debate more raucous than the last one. The difference though is that candidate Nicole Malliotakis has the advantage. And she did not wait to pounce either.

Karma is quite the motherfucker. The supposedly unopposed free ride is over for de Faustio. And even if he does win, with this way overdue damning revelation, he will eventually regret doing so much cheating for the power and privilege of the seat he holds and the damage to the city and his constituency that his selective policy making caused. Which will be enough to kick his big slow ass out that even the Democrat Machine D.A.’s will have to dredge legitimate charges this time.

Now the Campaign Finance Board wants to take another look at the shady donations Offinger goaded Jona for and de Faustio slovenly accepted. You know, to see if there were any improprieties involved. This after they gave the mayor millions of matching funds to his campaign despite having a massive lead over his Democrat challenger Sal Albanese.

For months the mayor was running free and now he’s running away from the truth and accountability. Again.

But he can’t run from the fact that he, as Mayor, ultimately played himself.

Update!

After 2 days of evading the press, Mayor Big Slow de Blasio addressed journalists about his former donor Jona Rechnitz by calling him (projecting him as) a criminal, a horrible person and a liar, and how he can’t (won’t) remember contacting him about telling          Norman Seabrook to lay off road trippin’ Joe Ponte. And how he can’t remember being even in the same room with him, despite photographic proof like the photo above.

So that’s that, voters. The mayor of NYC is lying to you. To your faces. This is beyond plausible deniability, it’s recklessly brazen deniability. This recent nauseating public gesture by de Faustio is the worst case and amateurish usage of Goebbels’ method of telling a lie often enough so it becomes true.

What’s really pathetic about Da Mayor is that he is tripping over himself despite getting off without being charged last spring. He could just easily admit dealing with his felonious friend and just say money and politics are a way of life and legally accepted because of the McDonnell v United States SCOTUS decision and running city government honestly and ethically is virtually impossible. It would convey a sense of pragmatism, which was the basis in 2 books prematurely released about his short time in elected office, which he misspent a bulk of it networking, fundraising, commuting 4 hours to work every morning, on trial, and napping.

I guess despite the heinous legitimacy of it, you just cannot consciously come off not looking like a two-faced unethical scumbag for engaging in such behavior.

What a stupid fucking idiot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.A. Cy Vance’s Dirty Donor Money Dancing

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XcFliuPOFdA/maxresdefault.jpgMoney hungry eyes. District Attorney Of New York County Cy Vance Jr. speaking at New York Law School. Not pictured, five figure checks in his jacket pockets

What a time to be an unopposed candidate for NYC District Attorney. Cy Vance is in quite a heap of trouble. For both political parties have let him coast into re-election unhindered. But it’s no surprise at all to see why. For D.A. Vance dances mightily for big donations regardless of party.

So sly Cy, has decided to clear the air and reassure the citizenry of these damning findings and revelations and has personally approved an independent review to show that he absolutely did nothing unethical and how this combination of circumstantial philanthropy and personal good fortune absolutely didn’t conflict with his legal decisions. Especially regardin the filthy syphillic donation from the lawyer of the rotund and lecherous serial deviant big shot movie producer Harvey Weinstein, whose hyper-sexual repulsion embroglio has received worldwide news interest.

Needless to say, a lot of what Cy has arranged is quite laughable going by his sudden moment of clarity that he wrote in the NY Daily News:

In my seven years as district attorney, I’ve never allowed someone’s wealth, power, race, or campaign contributions to influence my decisions. Over the past few days, I’ve learned that it’s not enough for me to have confidence in my independence from donors. The people of New York deserve to be confident about it as well.

That’s why today, the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) will begin an independent review of how we handle campaign contributions. In 90 days, they will report back with recommendations on how to handle them moving forward. In the interim, I have directed my campaign not to accept a single dollar more.

I expect that CAPI — a nonpartisan center at Columbia Law School that works to bolster municipal integrity across the globe — will recommend that we go well beyond what is currently required by laws that govern contributions to district attorneys in our state. I genuinely hope that they do. This is one of the first reviews of its kind ever undertaken in the realm of prosecutors’ offices, and the firestorm we have experienced over the past week presents an opportunity for real reform.

How is it one of the “first reviews of it’s kind” when he is clearly saying it has such a review as no precedence. It’s definitely the first of a kind considering that the accused is approving and assigning it, when such an investigation should be commissioned I assume by the Governor of the state, meaning Mario’s son Andrew. But we all know how he feels about independent regulatory studies.

Keep on dancin‘, Cy

That’s why I’ve asked an independent group to help us radically reduce the appearance of influence of money in our work. It’s why, notwithstanding New York’s lax campaign finance laws and sky-high contribution limits, I’m prepared to dramatically restrict who can donate money to our campaign — including lawyers — and the amounts that our contributors are able to give. It’s why I’ve asked the folks at CAPI to look at other jurisdictions around the country and the world, and recommend any steps that we can take, on our own accord, to raise New Yorkers’ confidence that money and power are meaningless before the law.

At the end of the day, I don’t expect people to agree with every call that we make. But I want them to have faith that we make those calls without fear or favor, based on the merits alone.

Since the day is not done, and being in total disagreement with this pathetic attempt at self-examination, catharsis, and an insult to the intelligence of the voting public. And since this “independent” “review” by a world renowned collective of unbiased thinkers will be completed 2 months after election day, for all those tired of the bullshit and those disposed to instant gratification, I would like to submit my own and actual independent review of these, what his quid pro quo influenced judgements he considers did not persuade him not a bit.

Vance’s donor dance party expose’ all began with his rote decision to drop the case against Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump’s amateurish and criminally fraudulent attempt to dupe investors for the massive black tumor luxury hotel and condo building in west side of Soho, Manhattan, New York back in 2010. Trump’s crazy kids made an arrangement via email of their purported scam to overvalue the worth and embellish the interest in the luxury tower, for what was basically just a plot device in their daddy’s reality show.  A collaborative report by journalists from Propublica, The New Yorker and WNYC reveals that the attorney representing them, Marc Kasowitz who was actually considered by the Irrelevant President to head the F.B.I., initially donated 25 grand to Cy’s re-election campaign prior to the hearings. After a meeting with Kasowitz, who reportedly pleaded with D.A. drop the case, returned the monetary gesture and carried on the prosecution and determined that no crime was committed. About 6 months later, amidst insider bragging of getting Trump’s seeds off, Kasowitz along with some acquaintances or associates, dropped 50 grand to Cy Vance.

Looks like Cy took the cash after allotted time passed to ward off any suspicions from the local news and the public who cared to pay attention. As for Ivanka and D.J., apparently their attempt to commit fraud was found to be just young naivete, being in their twenties at the time. and maybe not something genetically inherited or learned from the shady deal artistry perfected by their father in addition to what they believed was common practice in the business of real estate that should have more strict consequences.

A week after the bombshell report regarding the Trump Foundation’s consigliere, it turns out Cy received a sweet 10 large spot from a principal named partner of a law firm he once worked for/with during the Trump kids hearings. These compounding revelations would normally cripple a running candidate, but D.A. Vance insists these donor cash infusions are just gratuities from his peers and the laws concerning these types of donations from law firms are actually normal and technically, well, actually legal. And since this report initially came out online, this what should be a scandal can get easily overlooked.

Then along came Harvey Weinstein. The legendary Miramax movie producer and executive turned out to be a serial molester for the past 20 years. As of today, probably close to 100 women ranging from actresses A-list to C-list, models and other successful women in other talent industries like entertainment journalism, event planners and nite club managers have accused this rotund walrus shaped man of sexual harassment and molestation. The most significant standout involving a 22-year-old stunning model who got repulsed by his continuous and persistent physical advances which she bravely reported to the NYPD SVU. Which led to the now legendary validating recording of his gross, grotesque and ultimately pathetically weak style of seducing women.

This incriminating audio was brought to the attention of D.A. Vance back in 2015 and he dismissed the charge and blamed the victim for not being forthcoming about her unrelated  to this case involvement with former Italian president and Unga Bunga Chief Silvio Burlisconi. Vance and his team also faulted the NYPD, accusing them of insufficient evidence for lack of intent of the lecherous producer despite the tape’s damning luridness and Weinstein’s obvious intent to blackmail the victim offering her a modelling career if she submitted to him.

For this peculiar decision and not at all coincidental, the not at all influenced by money D.A. received a nice 10 grand from the power tripping deviant’s personal lawyer David Boies, whose firm partners has granted about $180,000 since 2005 to Vance’s political career. Though Boies was not involved in the dismissal of the Weinstein case, this superfluous donation reeks of a gratuity. Vance’s acceptance of it reeks of the influence he claims to vociferously condemn.

If Boies name sounds familiar, his firm was one of three that defended Mayor De Faustio’s aides in the pay-to-play trial cases, costing the taxpayers of the 5 boroughs 11.7 million dollars even though he had donated previously to fauxgressive mayor. But who did defend Blaz for his own unethical activities at the cost of 2.3 million at the expense of his constituency was the firm of Kramer Levin who donated $70,000 to the Vanz; the most recent in May of 2015, 10 grand months prior of the trial processions of de Fuastio’s case, which focused on his campaign for One NY donor money laundering to the campaign coffers of democrats upstate trying to get senate seats (they lost). During the proceedings, Cy kept Kramer’s cash during the hearings. In March of this year, de Faustio’s case was dismissed, although with a mild acknowledgement passing as condemnation by the D.A. who wrote that the corrupt mayor’s operations he ran in city hall “appear contrary to the intent and spirit of the law”.

Very strong, as they appear, words. It must have been really hard for the D.A. to proclaim such a statement about a guy he shares his democratic values with. Along with the same lawyer donors.

On the bright side, this recent expose along with the Harvey tape became the inspiration for dancing Vance to appoint this independent review.

But the spirit of the law this D.A. recognizes is clearly monetary, concerning the $42,000 he accepted and kept from the criminal defense firm Clayman & Rosenberg after Cy’s decisions assured them victories. The firm managed to convince Vance in court to show leniency to clients also involved in sexual violation and molestation incidents comparable to the esteem Mr. Weinstein. Like a gynecologist who had oral sex with his pregnant patients. Or even for assaulting women like the son of an CEO for Madison Square Garden and a one time Knick starting player, who was also charged with weapons possession. Or even for aspiring to commit an act of domestic terrorism. 

If there is anything to doubt the veracity and credibility of Vanz’s indy panel, consider a recent case he prosecuted a month ago of a man who raped a woman by the East River promenade in the East Village. The defendant was sentenced for 40 years hard time and rightly vilified on the stand by Mr. Vance.

If anything that proves that money and influence cannot get in the way of meting out justice and locking up violators and criminals, keeping them off the streets and ensuring the safety of it’s citizenry. Especially when no money is donated, for none of the firms and lawyers mentioned above did not represent this felon.

Conclusion: Cy is the reason why bipartisanship can be a very bad thing at times and why faith in politics and government is non-existent and general cynicism is the result and the norm among the citizenry, hence the lack of a Republican opponent. And ultimately, dangerous for justice and society at large, despite the destruction of Harvey Weinstein’s career and sex life, which with his decision, let him continue his serial perverted habits.

For because of the Vanz dirty money dancin’, he is complicit of the ascendancy of the current worst president in office and the emboldening of the most amoral mayor in New York City history, turning it into a modern day Tammany Hall. And since this review won’t be released in 90 days, which is 2 and half months after election day, he subconsciously doesn’t give a damn either.

This guy has no business defending the city from the scourges of this current era of avarice and status. He cannot be trusted unless you got the money to spend if you’re up to no good. The only thing uncontested in his running is the fact that he is running for a position he’s abusing and doesn’t deserve.

In addition, does it mean shit that he returned some of his donations? He had plenty of time to do anything with the money before he gave it back.

There’s your review and it was free. You know what else is free, your vote. Use it to write in a candidate and get this compromised sell-out derelict out of office.

 

 

 

New Bad Days 34: Bill de Faustio Wins Mayor Primary With Barely Over A Tenth Of The Five Boroughs Going To Vote And A Little Help From The Incompetent, Irritable BOE And The Calculated Indifference Regarding Endemic Corrupted Politics In Elected Office By The Corporate Local News Media

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3491825.1505279023!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/primary13n-11.jpgDamn, Damn, Damn

Crooklyn

At a theater in Boerum Hill, Mayor Big Slow Bill de Blasio celebrated his primary victory over candidate Sal Albanese, beating him with 59% of the votes of a pathetic and apathetic 14% of the electorate in the 5 boroughs. A meager 400,000 registered democrats in a city of 3.2 million of them.

The mayor, who lucked out of a widespread wide-tentacled corruption investigation involving favored legislation for moneyed donors, running an illegal campaign fund in a government office and siphoning money to upstate democrat senate campaigns and is running on a hollow slogan as bad as his former boss Hillary Clinton’s “I’m with her” with “this is your city” and nothing else.

This farce of an election and it’s utter disinterest in it is the result of the constituency quitting. If there is even a constituency anymore, since it seems that the majority of citizens in the past 5 to 10 years are mostly transients and might not even be registered to vote or even to a party. And also because of a local news media that has been willfully absent as the Democrat Machine has seen some de Faustio endorsed candidates and established politicians involved in shady behavior and machinations of their own. There is recently elected Carlina Rivera of the East Village, who is living in section 8 housing with her husband who ran 3 coffee shops that failed, is a partner in a current one, owns an luxury apartment in Soho, and his father is a wealthy high powered lawyer in a white shoe law firm and was recently exposed in photos, deleted by his wife on her social media account of him cruising on a yacht. There’s recently elected Francisco Moya, who to qualify for the Jackson Heights council seat, lived with his parents in the area but owns a luxe apt. in Long Island City and is profiting financially from both residences. There’s Councilman Paul Vallone who used children to elicit signatures for petitions and encouraged forgery in them. Finally there is Elizabeth Crowley, cousin of alpha dog hack Congressman Joe Crowley, who is just plain stupid.

Despite the despairingly apathetic showing at the poll sites, the low turnout was still exacerbated by reports of polling sites being switched and technical malfunctions with the machines. It’s enough to believe that the people who are responsible for the electoral process want to make an American custom and divine right of the citizens born or naturalized in this nation like voting for the people to represent them want to make it meaningless.

Now he is taking this weak ass victory as momentum for his Republican opponent Nicole Millotakis and maligning her for her support to Donald Trump. Which is hysterical because Bill would have been sitting his indicted fat ass on a bench in the Southern District courthouse with his taxpayer paid lawyers from Kramer Levin if Figurehead Trump didn’t do him a solid by firing Preet Bharara.

So the efforts and non-efforts to keep an entrenched system of passive endemic corruption and to maintain big club of elected hacks at the expense of the public and actually the environment because of the Gentrification Industrial Complex, de Blasio has a good chance, unless he fucks up royally in the next month and a half, of returning to his undeserved position to continue running the city into the ground. But not for this city, but a lame, banal and inequitable version of it. He will, as he is currently, be the Impunity Mayor of Impunity City.

Your city.

Meanwhile, in other happenings in other locales…

At the City Polytechnic High School in Downtown Brooklyn, a student was caught smuggling a .25 caliber gun at the metal detectors.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn at the Nevins St. station, a man was slashed in the face with a box cutter from a man he fought with previously who wanted to sell him a card swipe.

In Bed-Stuy, 2 men in an SUV that was pursued by plainclothes cops over for a shooting sped off and rammed into a police cruiser, injuring 2 cops.

Also in Bed-Stuy, 2 apartment buildings, one abandoned, went on fire an hour apart from each other.

Again in Bed-Stuy, a man was shot at 4 times in a drive-by in front of the Sumner Houses at 6:25 p.m.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was shot in the back in a drive-by at the Louis Armstrong Houses.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a fire that destroyed a home was discovered to be inhabited by a group of men who looted the place after the owner died.

In Borough Park at the start of the 5 Boro Bike Tour, a drunk driver plowed into a group of bikers waiting at the light, dragging a woman cyclist as he kept going.

In Flatbush, a man murdered his wife in their apartment after a domestic dispute about him not able to work.

Donk donk. In Greenwood, a professional actor was caught breaking into a woman’s home and found with a reporter’s I.D. and NYPD press pass.

On the express tracks by the 18th street station in Flatbush, a man walking on the tracks was killed when the Q train arrived.

On the Kosciuszko St. station platform in Bushwick, a commuter another stupid fucking idiot who was sitting on the ledge and dangling his legs injured himself when the train arrived.

In Clinton Hill, a policewoman in the internal affairs dept. had her unlocked car robbed of her gun, appointed radio and phone, pepper spray, baton and bulletproof vest.

In East Flatbush at 5 p.m., a livery cab driver furious over a double parked van making a delivery, attacked one of the movers with a baseball bat and broke his skull.

Also in East Flatbush, 2 men sitting in a parked car got busted possessing 26 bags of crack and scales.

Again in East Flatbush, a cyclist got hit by a car as he was riding fast and crossing against the light.

At a school in Williamsburg, a man punched a NYPD safety agent in the face who refused to let him access the building.

Also in Williamsburg, a man walked into a liquor store, pulled out a gun and robbed the register of $1,500

In Crown Heights, a pregnant woman was hit twice by errant bullets in a hail of gunfire by her home at 12:40 p.m. after she went shopping for her baby shower.

Also in Crown Heights, a man walking out of a corner deli was shot multiple times at 4:20 a.m. and died when he went back inside to hide. (Look out Summerhill, seriously)

Again in Crown Heights, a landlord who changed the locks of a family he evicted did not notice a pitbull in a crate that was without food or water.

In Brownsville, a father was slashed and his gang member son was stabbed 5 times on the street by 6 men from a rival gang at 2 p.m.

Again in Brownsville at the Marcus Garvey Houses, a man walked up to two men in front and shot both of them.

In the Navy Yard, a man walked into a service bathroom and was ambushed and choked by a man hiding inside who then took his keys and stole his car.

At P.S. 200K in Bath Beach, a school staffer took a 5-year-old student’s head and shoved it into his lap and got a boner.

Queens

In South Ozone Park at 10:50 a.m., a man parking his car in front of his house was held up and shot in the foot as he tried to run from a man who ripped the gold chains from his neck while he was bleeding on the ground.

At the 67th avenue station in Forest Hills, a man yelled mistaken bigoted slurs at a mother and her daughter, then spat on the daughter and beat her to the ground and assaulted her mother when she tried to defend her.

In Corona, a 5 year old boy died when he climbed out a window in the bathroom he was locked in from the outside at an apartment that was still being constructed.

In Ridgewood at 1:30 a.m., a man leaving a house party was confronted by two men and found dead on the sidewalk from a head injury after one of them punched him.

In Astoria, a masked man shot another man in the arm in front of the Ravenswood Houses.

Manhattan

At a criminal courthouse in Downtown, an inmate slashed an correction officer in the face with a razor hidden in a pen cap. The representative of the C.O. union declared that inmate violence and attacks are not being reported or prevented under de Faustio and the reduction of punishment is making the environment worse, but what does he know besides what the people he represents tell him?

In Inwood, a drug dispute on the street led to a dealer getting shot twice and paralyzed.

In NoMad, a woman riding a citibike got her leg smashed up when a dump truck cut her off making a right turn while she was making one.

In East Harlem, a high school student was shot in the chest and killed in front of his apartment building.

Also in East Harlem, a woman was slashed in her apartment by her roommate. The victim’s name is reportedly Tasmanian Devil.

On the 6 train in the Upper East Side, a woman hit a 70-year-old woman with her elbow who sat down next to her and then slapped the elderly commuter twice when the victim moved to another seat to get away from her and tried to defend herself.

At the Park Place Station platform in Downtown, a homeless man molested a woman as he grinded her from behind.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a cab driver being vexed by his passengers was assaulted and had his keys stolen and thrown in the street by the daughter of a nationally renown activist and a cabe political talk show host, aided by her friends.

In the Upper East Side, a woman was killed as she slipped exiting out of a cab by 2 other cabs that ran over her and kept driving.

Also in the Upper East Side, a homeless woman stepping onto the street was killed as she was hit by a cab that kept going.

In Harlem, a man stabbed his wife to death then committed suicide from jumping out of his 8th floor apt. window.

Also in Harlem, a man attacked, threw against the wall and sexually molested a woman walking to her building.

In Washington Square Park, a homeless man got stabbed during a fight over a dice game at 8 p.m.

In Chelsea, a woman had her T.V. robbed by a homeless man that she invited and left alone in her home to take a shower; a man punched another man in a diner on 23rd and 9th avenue and a man unreasonably punched a window of a restaurant.

In Little Italy as the San Gennaro festival was getting prepared, a vendor was attacked and stabbed by a man who he found laying down on the sidewalk at 7:45 p.m.

In Kips Bay, an 80-year-old man was accosted with a racial slur and shoved to a floor by a woman because of where he was sitting, which was in the front where the seating is prioritized for the elderly.

In Washington Heights, a trio of heroin/fentanyl drug dealers were busted in their apartment.

2 muggers, a man and a woman, have been involved in a series of thefts in the subway in the Downtown, Brooklyn, and the Lower East Side areas.

Bronx

In Soundview, a woman was held at gunpoint then sexually assaulted in her apartment by a man who climbed a fire escape and climbed through her kitchen window.

In Edenwald, a man was shot and killed in his apartment by cops, one who emptied an entire cartridge, when he refused to drop a knife and a gun which turned out to be a toy.

In Morissania, a man was shot in the head and killed at 10:45 p.m. after leaving a corner grocery store and arguing with 3 men inside who then followed him

At the Man stabbed in the head while waiting at Bronx subway station – NY Daily News in Highbridge at 6:30 a.m., A man accompanied by another man slashed a commuter in the head following an argument.

In Fordham, a man crossing the street under scrutiny of the Vision Zero program was killed by a box truck at 7:10 a.m.

In Foxhurst, a livery cab driver was held up at gunpoint at 6:00 a.m. by 2 passengers he picked up in Jackson Heights who robbed his keys, phone and wallet.

In Woodstock, a homeless man broke into the apartment of a mother and her baby daughter, stabbed the mother and forced both of them onto the fire escape to throw them off until a Samaritan bashed a lamp on his head to stop him.

In Eastchester, a landlord shot a tenant in the chest over a rent dispute and fled the scene.

In Fordham Manor, an 18 year old man got shot in the leg.

Staten Island

In Port Richmond, a man stabbed his mother at their home after they went shopping.

In New Springville, a man was busted for possessing an arsenal of guns, rifles and ammunition while on probation for a prior similar violation.

In New Dorp, 2 men robbed a Duane Reade of 3K worth of over-the-counter medicine.

Also in New Dorp, a married couple robbed the taxpayers of $750,000 for claiming that their home got destroyed during Hurricane Sandy when they abandoned it months before the storm.

 

Good Riddance

Leonard Litwin, 102, Real Estate Magnate, Pioneer Of Pay To Play For Tax Breaks And Municipal Services.

NY Times

In 2015, two extraordinary federal corruption trials in New York led to the convictions and resignations of the state’s two most powerful legislative leaders in Albany and exposed long-hidden bribery connections to Mr. Litwin’s empire, laying bare a seamy world of payoffs, political favors and legislation that reaped staggering profits and savings for the real estate industry, and for Glenwood Management in particular.

Mr. Litwin was not charged with any crime, though he was named a co-conspirator in one case, and never appeared in a courtroom for either trial as the juries convicted Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat and former Assembly speaker, and State Senator Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican and Senate majority leader, of bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges.

In both trials, prosecutors showed that Glenwood had received favored treatment in Albany by giving $10 million to political campaigns since 2005, mostly through a maze of 26 limited liability companies. Under a nonprosecution agreement, Mr. Dorego, a senior executive of Glenwood, testified that payoffs to leaders and members of the State Legislature assured Glenwood of continued benefits in taxes, state financing and rent laws. One program alone, he said, saved up to $100 million.

In the Skelos case, the jury found that the senator and his son, Adam B. Skelos, had pressured Glenwood and two other companies into providing benefits worth $300,000 to the son, who was also convicted. By naming Mr. Litwin a co-conspirator of Dean Skelos, prosecutors were able to elicit testimony from Mr. Dorego about conversations he had with Mr. Litwin on the amounts and recipients of payments.

While Mr. Litwin carefully avoided publicity, he was in the news periodically for his political donations. Campaign finance records showed that over many years he gave millions to governors, state legislators, City Council members, candidates for office, and Republican and Democratic organizations. Public records also showed that he spent millions on lobbying.

In July 2013, the New York Public Interest Research Group reported that Mr. Litwin had given Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a total of $625,000 in campaign contributions since December 2010, apparently making Mr. Litwin the governor’s largest donor. At the time, Mr. Cuomo was raising $1 million a month from contributors for his 2014 re-election campaign.

Mr. Litwin also gave large sums to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, and to many Republican officials, including former Gov. George E. Pataki and state legislators, particularly members of the Senate who favored real estate interests. Money trails in the 1990s showed that Mr. Litwin and other developers were heavy supporters of Republicans who pledged to abolish or limit tenant rent protections.

Like other wealthy campaign donors, Mr. Litwin circumvented contribution limits by funneling many smaller gifts through dozens of limited liability companies he controlled. While legal, such gifts are worrying to advocates of campaign finance reforms, especially when the donations are made by individuals or companies doing business with the government.

While politicians tend to minimize the impact of such donations, tenant advocates and others contend that the money is a prime mover in debates over rent laws and state and city regulations affecting the real estate industry. In any case, Mr. Litwin’s corporation benefited from special state financing, tax breaks, construction subsidies and other largess.

In 2002, federal investigators said Mr. Litwin and dozens of other property owners had received illegal tax breaks arranged by a consultant who was charged with bribing tax assessors in a scheme that cost the city $160 million in revenue over four years. But the suspect, Albert Schussler, died of a stroke before he could testify, and Mr. Litwin and other owners denied knowledge of a crime and were not accused of wrongdoing.

Liberty Plaza won approval for nearly $100 million in special state financing and a 20-year real estate tax exemption, and was the first new apartment building erected in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Congrats, you got away with it. And influenced a new generation of unconscionable avaricious and opportunistic power hungry scumbags. Thanks for having the decency to avoid running for president of the United States.

All Of The Mayor’s Legal Aid Consiglieries.

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New York, New York, New York

NY Daily News: Mayor de Blasio proposes $84.67B budget with more money for streets, schools, homelessness

Mayor de Blasio proposed a $84.67 billion city budget Tuesday, pumping more money into streets, schools, and homelessness amid fears about federal funding cuts under President Trump. De Blasio said his spending plan does not factor in reductions in federal money, which are still widely unknown. Instead, the city has socked away more cash in reserves to prepare for the worst.

The financial plan contained few flashy new initiatives, but funded new projects to bolster street safety, education and the NYPD. There’s $317 million for projects in the Vision Zero push to cut traffic deaths — including street redesigns, new lighting, and traffic signal retiming — as well as another $12 million to repaint crosswalks. Meanwhile, spending on homelessness has surged — up $70 million in the current fiscal year and $150 million for next year as record numbers of homeless New Yorkers continue to pack shelters.

The city is also spending another $6 million more on outside lawyers, including to represent de Blasio’s administration in several corruption probes, on top of $6.5 million in legal costs added to the budget in November.

The NYPD is installing bullet-resistant window inserts in 3,813 cop cars — paying for the plan with $10.4 million in asset forfeiture funds. There’s $16.4 million to provide faster internet at city public schools, on top of plans for more school seats and summer classes. As the Daily News first reported, the city is also pledging $1 billion over 10 years to replace roofs at hundreds of NYCHA buildings.

NY Times: Contracts to Defend de Blasio and Aides May Cost City $11.6 Million

The bill for defending Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials in state and federal criminal investigations into fund-raising practices has grown, with six city contracts for outside law firms now totaling more than $11.6 million. Taken together, the contracts contain a constellation of white-collar criminal defense and trial lawyers from law firms big and small, as well as the maximum they can bill the city: Debevoise & Plimpton, $10 million; Carter Ledyard & Millburn, $750,000; Walden Macht & Haran, $350,000; Lankler Siffert & Wohl, $250,000; Cunningham Levy Muse, $200,000; and Paul B. Bergman, P.C., $99,000.

NY Post: De Blasio defends spending $11.7M on city’s legal bills

Anything related to city employees — and I’m not talking about myself, I’m talking about all the other city employees who have been a part of this process — they need representation. It’s an American right,” Hizzoner said on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. “Obviously they shouldn’t have to pay for it out of their own pockets in regards to their city responsibilities.”

The mayor also insisted the probes are a huge waste of time and money because everything his administration has done has been above board. The mayor raised $4.3 million for a political non-profit that backed his agenda — including six-figure donations from entities with business interests before the city — but he has maintained that no one got special treatment for their financial support. “A lot of money is going to end up being spent here and I wish it wasn’t because I’ve said 100 percent consistently, no one did anything wrong,” de Blasio said.

At one point in the 30-minute interview, de Blasio grew irritated when Lehrer suggested city funds were being used to defend the mayor’s political campaign work — which is also under law enforcement scrutiny. “That’s entirely inaccurate,” de Blasio shot back. “That’s just crazy.”

Is it now?

Crazy is precisely what this pay for play scheme was. And under the guise of a superficial progressive  fauxgressive agenda.

So in order for the constituency to get services due to the people, Mayor de Faustio and his confederacy of neoliberal dunces, through government and taxpayer largesse for their upscale defense teams, whom specialize in vast white collar criminal cases, insist that they remain in city hall. Apparently, the germane logic behind this is that because of loopholes in campaign fundraising along with the heinous Citizens United supreme court decision and the jolly good intentions of their programs justifies their unscrupulous actions. They think with all the cheap whoring they’ve done for the predatory developer cabal/pogrom of REBNY and even from strict conservative types, it would be prudent to just let them ride it out to a second term.

Never mind the gross and arrogant misallocation of funding of the city’s budget for their eventual day in court. Actually do mind it. It’s hard to overlook the hubris of Team Big Slow when the cost to defend these cretins is going to be more than the amount this year going to crucial fixes and improvements to NYCHA buildings suffering from persistent mold and rodent infestations, and mostly from their dilapidated and perilous roofs. And the sudden yet selective frugality in denying money for those struggling to keep pace with affordability with denying fare breaks for poor commuters, free school lunches (how Milton Friedman), and modest raises for younger and newer cops.

But maybe 11.5 million may not even be enough to properly defend this shitshow. For this has been going on since day one. And even though he won decisively in a low electoral turnout, he kept his campaign office open and moved it from Park Slope to Park Row. From the campaign for the mayoralty to the Campaign for One New York. Taking his prior experience campaign managing for Manifest Hillary’s initial senate run to consume his time neglecting his duties being elected to run the city.

And it started with Universal Pre-K. Mayor De Faustio and CONY spent a year fundraising for the implementation of that, even though it got the funding approved by his vindictive glory hogging rival Mario’s son Governor Andrew anyway. After that long slog, Mayor Big Slow decided to get affordable housing done (why he didn’t do that first seemed a mystery, considering the rise and now record high of the homeless population…or maybe isn’t much of a mystery at all now). There had to be a key to make it easier, to get state senate seats upstate to swing the ideological pendulum leftward, and get a majority rule in getting more money downstate from Albany for his plan to build and preserve 200,000 affordable units. So to assure victory and leverage in Albany under the guise to help the poor get proper shelter, the mayor, his aides and his crack farm team continued to use CONY to raise money through nefarious means like accepting donations over the limit caps of $4950 and from straw donors, and the recent revelations about the use of money laundering.

As is the way of the world, life and karma, the diminished returns of high expectations, and just plain skullduggery / douchebaggery from fucking amateurs, all of these efforts went to naught. Those senate candidates lost. Pre-K is an abysmal failure. And affordable housing is still unachievable for the majority of citizens in need of it. The ugly obvious irony about both of those programs is that they are detrimental to the poor and they are being staffed on the cheap. Universal Pre-K pays it’s teachers low salaries, is centers are located in richer areas which leaves poor working families to rely on unregistered day care centers,    and the labor for the 80-20 buildings are non-union, which has led to a disturbing uptick in worker injuries and deaths and as previously mentioned the amount of units reserved is not commensurate with the consensus amount of lower and even middle class people that populate the areas they are built in.

Of course there are the deed flips and plunder of medical centers, Rivington House on the lower east side and the LICH in Brooklyn (otherwise known as Crooklyn). This where the deputy mayors and a certain wormtongue lobbyist come in. A combination of brazen obfuscation and deceit and willful defiant ignorance made these deals possible, done with the morals of a mobster and the deftness of an oaf. The Rivington plunder was so obvious that even Alicia “The Fixer” Glen realized it was a huge mistake and pathetically attempted to undo it by giving the seller, the Allure Group, it’s money back for the original deed, which was officially and legislatively dead. Both predatory developer deals were arranged by James Capalino, a fundraiser and long-time friend to our corrupt mayor.

 

 

       James Capalino, Super Lobbyist from his humbler activist times.

Needless to say, Capalino, has seen a lot of good fortune along with his peers like Berlin/Rosen, assisting in the stratospheric and super dense hyper-development of this city and enriching himself in the process. And why wouldn’t our Mayor and his minions trust him, considering his prior dalliance of turning the St. Vincent’s Hospital into a luxury multi-million dollar condo/ pied a terre off shore bank deposit box complex. That’s some progress made there since a certain historic tragic and somber day of our nation.

This progress has also seen the expansion of the city’s skylines, continued unabated from the prior Mayor “fun size” Bloomberg’s blitzkreig signing of rezoning and upzoning permits, the out of scale suffocating tower development in northeast Brooklyn and Queens, the odious rise of app driven business ventures like Airbnb, Uber and the cult-like We Work and the bland and marked up costs of cultural outputs of designer fast food, faux speakeasies and beer gardens. All of which contributed to this slush fund farce monikered for and have made the cost of living grossly overblown for the majority of residents of this fraudulently proclaimed One New York. And has led to the plain sight integration of the real estate market and government depicted here as the Gentrification Industrial Complex.

So now they are going to have to convince the federal courts of their persistent claims of innocence and not the most craven and insidious abuse of the use of government office since the city for sale days of Donald Manes and Stanley Friedman, and probably an equal to the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall a century ago. It’s a bit of a disappointment and discouraging that the Blaz is meeting with D.A. Bharara without being frogmarched out of city hall in plasticuffs like he did for the vote pandering show at the hospital he sold out the medics, nurses and the future sick and injured for (hmmm, that’s were that 11.5 million can go to also, funding non-invested hospitals), but here’s hoping these are just formalities like when Lenny Briscoe and Rey Curtis from Law And Order confronts a skel for info.

Other than that, it will be either the establishment, a temporary halt to or the end of Honest Graft.

 

 

The Campaign For One Ego

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NY Post: Taxpayers foot bill for glitzy ad touting de Blasio

Just hours before Mayor de Blasio sent out a plea for donations to his re-election campaign, City Hall posted a 3¹/₂-minute video on Twitter with Broadway actors touting Hizzoner and his accomplishments — all paid for by taxpayers. Critics said the video does not violate city rules but raises a number of concerns about the mayor’s use of public resources to further his re-election prospects. “He needs to use his office to communicate to New Yorkers, but about what’s in their interest — not what’s in his political interest,” said Dick Dadey, of the watchdog group Citizens Union. “There’s elements to it that allow it to somewhat pass the smell test, but any accurate reading of this shows it’s an ad that promotes the mayor as much as it is informational.”

Not a de Blasio 2017 ad

The mayor has come down with acute megalomania. It even shows when he’s affable, like in the current release of city hall agitprop made by his media optics division in his 264 member loyal little farm team.

It seems all the time he’s spending, when in the first few years of his term was on the phone and his blackberry like some telemarketer and was courting an unscrupulous collective of developer tower land barons, restaurant owners, hoteliers, tech based firms and some tv production type for piles of money to shape policies, infrastucture and services in their favor, is trying to polish the daily growing pile of turds that has become his first term as mayor. But like Anderson Cooper once quipped, “technically you can’t polish any turd”. Certainly not when these turds are coming down on the mayor in a diarrhetic downpour.

This approach should be beneath a man with such alleged liberal convictions and a philosophy steeped in social justice. Most importantly someone who initially promised the constituency an end to the widening economic inequity of the upper and lower classes and to staunch the bleeding of the middle class. But it’s clear from his wretched conduct and abuse of his position that even the less cynical can see him for the confirmed phony he has become and has been.

His team of busy AV club elves have been working double time in the past few weeks producing this putrid sketch and other videos featuring that muslim cop that was hassled by some asshole bigot in Coney Island and one where he denounces the president-elect.

What this dope (of park slope) shares with Trump though is his contempt and latent oppression of journalists. Also, apparently, is his arrogant swagger, a defiant embrace of hypocrisy, and a sense of entitlement with his position that comes off mildly scary.

NY Times: Mayor deBlasio’s Media Freeze-Out 

If Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided that he is going to answer questions only from “real media outlets,” and not The New York Post, why doesn’t he just go all the way? Revoke The Post’s credentials, and bar its reporters from City Hall and make an example of them. Let the other reporters learn not to offend His Honor. And if they don’t learn, he can stop taking all questions. Then the mayor will be free to do his business in peace and quiet, his message unfiltered, his administration shown only in its best light, through news releases and photo ops.

Mr. de Blasio got petulant when pressed by a reporter from Newsday for information about an inquiry into the Administration for Children’s Services and the death of a 6-year-old boy. “Come on — try and ask a real question,” he snapped. Then came this exchange with a Wall Street Journal reporter: Q. I’m just curious — taking questions once a week, and you know, insulting newspapers, media outlets — how do you think it’s helping you? How is it helping you? A. It doesn’t have to help. It doesn’t have to help. It’s the — well, I’m saying what I think is the truth. And by the way, I think the people share a lot of my view.

It doesn’t have to help. It also doesn’t help the environment in the city right now. Mostly for the people who work and live here 24/7/365. It doesn’t help any kid being tormented and trapped in a broken home with abusive lowlifes.

This recent transparency of his film crew is not new, in fact they have been busy for a while. Here is something they produced back a few months ago to counter the contentious protests of the citizens of Maspeth when they heard that a big lousy failing vacant hotel that the managers there decided to convert it to a homeless shelter with the city’s enabling and taxpayer funded dollars and barely any input from the community.

These videos were made to highlight and praise the program that has produced a record amount of homeless higher than the great depression and before the inevitable blowback of the horrendous current reports of the amount of homeless people, 60,000 plus and the monstrous costs, 72.9 million in the past year. Does it have to be mentioned that the nation was broke back then and currently our city and state has seen the economy go up. Not much is known what has happened to those poor people since these videos were released, since de Faustio’s crew has not made a follow up, but it’s quite certain they got shipped, or maybe stored in another hotel in another borough.

And now he’s trying to control the narrative, his, and is maligning certain targets (NY Post too easy) and trashing other news media coming to their defense. No surprise coming from a repugnant, manipulative jerk-off. But the Blaz is not alone, dismissal, dismantling and destruction of a free press is actually a world wide trend. Exacerbated by the cultural omniscience of the fake news phenomenon, it has buttressed a duality of cynicism and gullibility of the citizenry and is being easily exploited by immoral empowered types for their advantage. Although this isn’t working so well for our mayor, and  is going through a pained delusional state right now in his assumption of any support of the constituency, which is bred from a tone-deaf statement uttered only last year that out of state transients and tourists knew more than original New Yorkers.

Who knows what him and his agitprop drones are going to release next, but for certain this has to be stopped not only to prevent the daily poisoning of social media with lame sketch videos, but because yet again he is breaking the laws inherent of being mayor. It’s like he’s daring and inviting the feds to come get him. Not since John Gotti has there been a display of such haughtiness towards such scrutiny. Correction, since Donald Trump. Maybe also like his bedfellow rival, president-elect Trump, de Blaz may feel that as mayor, by natural law or urban legend, that he can’t have conflicts of interest or even feels, like Nixon told Frost, that nothing he does is illegal in his elected position.

This usually doesn’t end well with these beliefs and attitudes. No matter how much shit you use for frosting, or how much frosting you use on shit. Hopefully Mayor Big Slow’s comeuppance will come soon before his other little dopes make another smarmy video bit.

CONYgate: Mayor De Blasio And The Mentally Ill Plans Of The Gentrification Industrial Complex

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Mayor Big Slow Shit Show. Perpetrating a fraud in plain sight. That’s the next mayor to his right, PA Letitia James

Inside Mayor de Blasio’s $4.3M scheme to target big donors doing business with City Hall

Two grand juries hearing testimony linked to criminal probes of Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising tactics

It’s about damn time. It was way overdue especially since this is in addition to three other scandals that him, his appointed minions and his in-house quasi- 501 (c) (3) PAC, the Campaign for One New York are embroiled with. Although our supposed liberal and progressive but borderline sociopath mayor thinks whatever glaring loopholes he thinks there are in the laws regarding fundraising absolves him from any criminal charges or accusations of corruption. He may have a point considering the Citizens United decision, but he fails to realize that he did this in government office, and it’s absurd that instead of governing the city he was elected to serve, he was more concerned soliciting campaign funds from greedy and predatory developers and doing it at the tax payer’s expense.

Make that the stagnant income taxpayer’s expense of the residents of the five boroughs. For because of this illegal slush fund, it’s led to more tumorous tower development and overvalued market speculation (or fabrication) that has ruined people’s livelihoods and polarized neighborhoods. Leading to this current malaise of unaffordability,  to choose between buying food or paying the rent on time, and living in constant fear of being a missed check or injury away from homelessness.

All this has been manifested by a person that’s supposedly liberal and progressive. The most heinous thing about this confirmed scandal is that CONY’s genesis was a program involving children, Pre-K. Preceded by a showy display of populism getting himself arrested at a hospital under threat of closing, which proceeded to anyway with diligent cajoling by Hilltop Advisors

There are so many revolting and avaricious characters here. Johnathon Rosen, who is practically the Blaz’s young ward, an intruder, non-appointed and non-elected, in the conference rooms of city hall making arrangements for his developer clients like Two Trees Management, and whose p/r firm BerlinRosen has become a lucrative powerhouse since de Blasio took office. Ross Offinger is another mark, the mayor’s gofer protege and telemarketer to the moneyed land plundering interests

The most sinister of all is the Fixer For One New York, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, former employee of Goldman Sachs, whose previous role at the notorious firm was urban development. Because of this expertise, after Ross would do the mayoral ordered soliciting and even before the corporate welfare handouts were dispensed, would meet and reassure their developer donors like Fortis and Forest City Ratner, the latter one of Berlin Rosen’s clients, with guaranteed land grabs and maybe schmooze them into providing a slight portion of their luxe behemoth towers for affordabilty for the hundreds of thousands of people in the lottery that need it. This woman is the prototype neoliberal. Here is a choice piece that might a bit incriminating

From New York magazine

“We’re getting shit done,” says Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development. All of the city government’s resources have been deployed to serve the effort: zoning incentives, tax breaks, subsidies, land deals. The day I visited her at City Hall, she was finalizing a secret negotiation with the Blackstone Group, the world’s largest private-equity firm, which was seeking to purchase Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Glen was determined to extract concessions. “What could be more important than us putting a stake in the ground and saying that we are not going to stand by and just let this asset trade completely freely in the open market?” Glen said.

Since that time while these machinations and Glen glad handing and grease palming has took place, more towers have been constructed, rental prices have gone up as have property taxes for middle class home owners. The economically divisive urban planning set by the previous Mayor “Fun Size” Bloomberg continues to this day. And the homeless census now has 10,000 more. At slightly over 60,000, it’s the highest it’s been since the great depression.

Of course, upstate in Albany, the senate has been in-cooperative as well as Andrew “Mario’s son” Cuomo’s recent stinginess and vindictiveness delaying sending down crucial funds to alleviate this crisis. Which is probably what led De Blasio to launder CONY money to upstate Democrat senate campaigns in the first place. Which turned out to be for naught, since they both lost.

But that pales in comparison to the brazen idiotic proposal for the BQX trolley, which routes so happen to pass by the superficially trendy and niche areas that all these predatory developer owners have properties on, especially by high risk flood zone properties that the Walentas own under the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. Reportedly, millions of dollars have already been spent and wasted doing outreach and feasibility studies. Money that could have went to current affordable housing like NYCHA or maybe for a bus and a new route. Our caring mayor also used the filthy CONY lucre to promote himself and his family and to pathetically campaign in Iowa for the failure, Manifest Hillary Clinton.

We will all see, in probably a few days, if the Mayor and his deputies gets frog-marched from Park Row in handcuffs and these advisor roaches the same from their re-purposed factory modern offices. Although because of Citizen’s United, it not only ratified money as speech and corporations as people, but may have made honest graft standard policy.

It’s been 30 years since the city has seen a scandal of this magnitude, as documented in the classic book City For Sale , although Mayor Koch never got implicated in the crimes of his morally bankrupt peers (it’s a disgrace, but not at all inappropriate that the city renamed the QB bridge after him), but de Blasio will not be as fortunate, because being a former campaign manager, this is all on him. Like Alicia Glen, he has expertise in this, and evidently with the way he has governed, campaigning and fundraising is what he’s good at.

Which, makes all of them suspect and culpable. And deserving of the inevitable charging.

Go Get ‘Em Preet and show no mercy.