Category Archives: Government

New York City Councilman Sits During Pledge Of Allegiance — CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City councilman refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday to protest racial injustice in the United States. Council member Jumaane Williams, D-Brooklyn, sat during the pledge to make a “private protest … Continue reading

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SOMETHING STINKS WITH MINT GARBAGE BAG DONOR | NY Times, Jim Dwyer

"Joseph Dussich, the owner of a company in Queens that makes anti-rat garbage bags [made] two donations of $50,000 apiece to a political advocacy group run by allies of Mayor Bill de Blasio [last year]. Ten days later, records show, … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence – NYTimes.com

In sentencing Sheldon Silver, Judge Valerie Caproni seemed to reflect my concern about laws and budgets passed by the Assembly during Silver’s tenure as Assembly Speaker. See the excerpt from today’s NY Times below: [Federal Judge Valerie Caproni] rejected a … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence – NYTimes.com

In sentencing Sheldon Silver, Judge Valerie Caproni seemed to reflect my concern about laws and budgets passed by the Assembly during Silver’s tenure as Assembly Speaker. See the excerpt from today’s NY Times below: [Federal Judge Valerie Caproni] rejected a … Continue reading

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Michael Goodwin discusses the federal probe of Brooklyn police commanders, real estate developers, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nonprofit political action committees and finds that the ‘fish stinks from the head’: “[…] One hint of the feds’ focus surfaced last … Continue reading

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In Albany, Ethics Committees Rarely Meet, Offer Less | New York Times

“It is a body bent on self-protection,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. Continue reading

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NY Times Uncovers Mayor de Blasio ‘Pay to Play’ Scandal

Political fixer, Harold Ickes, gave the re-election campaign committee of his pal, Mayor Bill de Blasio $19,250 in bundled contributions after his client A.E.G. Live won city permit to hold a music festival on Randall’s Island. Continue reading

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Key Figures in the Trial of Dean Skelos – The New York Times

Now that the corruption trail of State Senator Dean G. Skelos, Republican of Long Island, and his son, Adam Skelos is underway in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the New York Times offers a scorecard listing some of the central … Continue reading

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The Skelos trial feels a lot like a mafia trial | New York Post

The New York Post’s Kyle Smith goes full Mafia in his description of the Skelos family trial, witness testimony and email evidence. His final grafs are worth a reprint. “Lawyers for the scheming Skelosi are hoping to change the subject … Continue reading

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Gelinas: Want Less Corruption, Free Markets

The NY Post’s Nicole Gelinas sees free markets as the answer to political corruption in NY: “[M]any of the city’s real-estate interests don’t prefer honest politics. They’re happy to have someone who will do favors. You see the same thing … Continue reading

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