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Italian-American Orgs Ask NYC Pols To State Positions On Columbus Circle Monument

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Columbus Citizens Foundation has partnered with over 39 other Italian-American organizations and announced today that they are reaching out to all NYC elected officials and 2017 electoral candidates for their stance on the preservation or removal of the Columbus Monument and Statue at Columbus Circle.

Board President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Angelo Vivolo, had this to say; "With no firm answer from our City’s Mayor on whether the monument to Columbus will stay or go, we are forced to reach out to all New York City elected officials and 2017 electoral candidates to demand their position on this important part of our Italian-American history. We have given politicians until September 28 to reply, and we will then make their opinions public knowledge to all New Yorkers."

CONTENT OF LETTER TO ALL NYC ELECTED OFFICIALS AND 2017 CANDIDATES:

As evidenced by the signatories to this letter, the Italian American Community is unified in a commitment to preserve the Christopher Columbus Monument at Columbus Circle and all Columbus Statues in New York Parks. One hundred and twenty five years ago the Statue and Monument at Columbus Circle was paid for primarily from contributions from our community and has been an enduring symbol of pride for Italian Americans who suffered greatly from bias and discrimination. That pride is enduring and transcends any character flaws exhibited by a 15th century man who is being judged by the enlightened standards of today none of which negate a significant navigational achievement.

We are polling all elected officials and those seeking public office as to their position on this important issue and we intend to keep the millions of Italian Americans residing in this state informed as to the result of our inquiry and make the community aware of who is supportive of the Italian American community and who will succumb to anti Italian sentiment.

Please respond to this one question poll no later than September 28, 2017. A non-response will be considered a lack of support for the Italian American community and will be duly noted as such.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter. ​

____ I support the retention of the Columbus Monument and Statue at Columbus Circle and all other statues and monuments of Columbus on public grounds in New York

____ I would remove the Monument and Statue of Columbus at Columbus Circle and any other statues or monuments on public grounds in New York

LIST OF SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS

Albanian American Civil Rights League
American Italian Socio-Historical Association
American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit
Association of Italian American Educators
Associazione Culturale Italiana di New York
Belmont Arthur Avenue Local Development Corp.
California Law Enforcement, Columbia Association
Castelvetranesi D’America
Coalition of Italian American Associations
Columbia Association of US Customs and Affiliated Federal Agencies, Inc.
Columbus Alliance of the Bronx
Columbus Citizens Foundation
Columbus Day Parade Committee of the Bronx
Confederation of Columbian Lawyers of the State of New York
Conference of Presidents of National Italian American Organizations
Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens
Figli di San Gennaro
Forum of Italian American Educators (FIAME)
Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade Committee
Italian American Legal Defense and Higher Education Fund
Italian American Museum
Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee
Italian Welfare League
Lt. Det. Joseph Petrocino Association in America
Monte San Giacomo Club
Morris Park Community Association
National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)
National Council of the Columbia Association
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
NYS Commission of Social Justice
NYS Italian American Political Action Committee
One Voice Coalition
Port Authority Police Columbia Association
Società Concordia Partanna di New York
Sons of Italy National Commission for Social Justice
Tiro A Segno of New York
Unico National

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A Kodak Moment

Tuesday, September 26 — Simple amateur photography, even selfies, should the idea have occurred, became a possibility for the American public this month in 1888. That’s when George Eastman patented the first camera to use dry, flexible, roll film. Eastman’s hand-held camera — the first to use the brand name Kodak — had enough film on a roll to take 100 exposures. When the roll was finished, the camera was returned to the factory for unloading, developing and reloading. Now, most cameras are digital, but photographic film and related products still have a market presence. Manufacturing such film, plates, paper and processing chemicals is a $5.7 billion a year business.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.


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New York Post’s Michael Benjamin joins Curtis Sliwa on ‘The Drive at Five’ (77 WABC Radio) re Mayor De Blasio and the ACS.

New York Post’s Michael Benjamin joins Curtis to discuss the issues surrounding Mayor De Blasio and the ACS.

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John Sampson sentenced to five years in prison | NY Post

He’s sorry all right — but mostly for himself.

Disgraced ex-state Sen. John Sampson waffled on Wednesday about how he’s been “suffering” because of his corruption conviction, as a judge sentenced him to five years behind bars.

The once-powerful Brooklyn Democrat took a moment in his mostly self-serving statement to “apologize for my actions” — but failed to say sorry to the constituents that elected him to the very office he abused.

“I’m going to do something my lawyer told me not to do,” Sampson began in Brooklyn federal court. “But I’m going to put aside this prepared statement and speak from my heart.

“No one can understand the suffering I’ve experienced over the last chapter. For five years, I’ve been living a nightmare. I buried my father, and now my daughter’s graduating from Columbia.”

Sampson was stone-faced as he poured out his heart to Judge Dora Irizarry, who called his crimes an “abuse of power.”

“I see all the media coverage and I think, is that really me?” he wondered to a courtroom full of reporters and his family. “No matter how many positive things you do, only one incident or a couple can overshadow it all. My parents raised me better than this.”

A jury found the 51-year-old guilty of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI about illegally skimming more than $400,000 from foreclosure deals he worked on as a court-appointed referee.

Embezzlement charges against him were dropped ahead of trial because the statute of limitations ran out.

But that didn’t stop Irizarry from questioning that alleged conduct as part of her sentencing.

“As I sat there reading the letters saying you paid for this medical procedure for someone, or put down money for someone else, I have to wonder if some of that money came from embezzled funds,” she said about the dozens of letters Sampson supporters wrote to the court in a bid for leniency.

The judge also noted that Sampson — a now-disbarred attorney — was driven by greed, even though he and his wife earned hefty salaries.

“What level of greed do you have to have to engage in this conduct?” she said.

Prosecutors asked that Sampson be sentenced to just over seven years, noting that he skirted the law post-conviction by working as a lawyer work in an unrelated case.

“Before he’s even sentenced, he appears in court [as an attorney], showing an incredible lack of awareness about what he’s done, and what it means,” said prosecutor Paul Tuchmann.

But defense attorney Nick Akerman painted Sampson out as a victim.

“The collateral consequences have been severe. He’s lost his office, he was disbarred, lost his entire livelihood, and suffered irreparable damage to his reputation,” Akerman said.

Defense has vowed to appeal the conviction.

Outside the courtroom, Brooklyn US Attorney Robert Capers, who sat in the front row for the sentencing, said, “He abused his position as a state senator, and he abused his position as a friend” for enlisting paralegal pal Sam Noel to send him confidential information.

Sampson, who is free on bail, must self-surrender to begin his sentence by April 21. He also must pay a $75,000 fine.

Noel, who cooperated with the government to help convict Sampson, was sentenced to probation last year.

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At least seven NY lawmakers may run for City Council | NY Post – Aaron Short

At least seven state lawmakers are eyeing City Council seats in 2017.

Queens Democratic Assemblyman Francisco Moya is raising money to challenge Corona Democratic Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras in what could be a key race, political sources said.

Ferreras is a leading candidate for speaker, but Moya’s potential challenge signals that the Queens Democratic Party has other ideas over who should succeed Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Sen. Bill Perkins is running to replace Harlem Councilwoman Inez Dickens, and Bronx Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj is running to replace Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

East Harlem Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez is preparing to run for Mark-Viverito’s seat, sources said. Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim is raising money to explore a citywide office such as public advocate or comptroller, a source close to Kim said. And Brooklyn Assemblyman Peter Abbate plans to run for the seat Bay Ridge Councilman Vincent Gentile is leaving, sources said.

Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is “95 percent of the way there” toward declaring to run for the seat left by Councilwoman Annabel Palma.

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Road Trip! | ExiledInElbany blog

Governor Cuomo’s decision to take the State of the State on a road trip out of the Capital should not be a surprise to anyone. A persistent and reasonable desire to control the story line accompanied by a nagging need “to do something different;” is something most administrations eventually contend. A need made ever more urgent as the years pass. More importantly though, traditionally the State of the State was a fundamentally uncomfortable experience for an Executive…after all it’s one of the few places they have zero control over. You are a guest in the Speaker’s house.

During the Pataki years we had to negotiate with Speaker Silver over everything — from what time the Governor could use the chamber to practice, to how many seats we were given for our guests, to what the signage at the lectern looked like. You don’t control the cameras or the security and run the high risk that between nosy reporters and gabby operatives you will read about your initiatives before the Governor ever gets to the podium. (We would typically omit key announcements from rehearsal drafts.) And this was before everyone from the 3rd grade up had a cell phone that took HD video.

Most of all the setting ensures that the Legislature, the Comptroller, the Attorney General and the Judiciary are presented as co-equals in government. The cramped venue, the brightly lit chamber allows the Legislature and other constitutional office holders to be real actors in the play. They can clap wildly, sit stoically and yes, they might even stand awkwardly behind you. They can boo, walk out or shout interruptions — their reaction is on display to be recorded and dissected in real-time, all in Technicolor. Finally, there is little that can be done with trickery or sleight of hand through the magic of technology. There are only two ways in and out of the place, no Powerpoint, no JibJab visual aids (thank God) – so you are stuck delivering a speech, hemmed in on all sides by people who don’t necessarily share your agenda. I’m sure for Cuomo the thought of it must feel like the Alamo today. (Save he wouldn’t need to worry what Kathy Hochul is doing behind him on the rostrum.)

So while, it’s the Governor’s play, it’s the Assembly’s stage. For the Executive it’s like throwing a party in someone else’s house and that someone just might be itching for a fight.

That was a big reason why in 1996 we took the budget presentation to the Egg. That was our house. We controlled the audience, the seating, all the stagecraft. Go to the tape, it’s easier to control the outburst of a Charles Barron in the Egg then it is of the late Tony Seminerio in the Assembly chamber And if legislators didn’t want to clap for our initiatives — we packed more than enough of our own people in the place to make noise. It was in many ways our State of the State…after the State of the State.

I can confess over the years several of us staffers (me included) would propose to Governor Pataki that he take the State of the State on the road…for many of the same kind of reasons it’s happening today. Let me tell you over 12 years it’s hard to keep it fresh. And while the political instincts of George Pataki told him it was probably a good idea to take the message to the people, the former state Senator and Assemblyman ultimately held the tradition in higher regard. While Governor Pataki often warred with the Legislative leaders and ultimately struck the most important check on their authority in Silver v. Pataki — as a former member there was always a level of respect and camaraderie held with much of the rank and file.

At the heart of the issue today isn’t really where on the map the State of the State will be given, it’s what the future of Governor Cuomo’s relationship with the Legislature. He has the constitutional tools to run rough shod over a divided Legislature – but by alienating them he is pushing them together and together, they can disrupt his agenda. Taking the State of the State show on the road might be the right short-term political move, but long-term it might be one of those road trips you wish you hadn’t taken.Michael Benjamin
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