Saturday, July 26, 2014

privatization of the machine

Lobbyists Political Consultants Cut Themselves Into Permanent Government Since Jack Newfield Wrote the Book 1977 



Kings Makers Eat the Kings Meat
Former Borough President Molinaro joins high-powered consulting firm with strong Staten Island ties(SI Advancew)  Molinaro has joined the Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin LLC government relations and consulting firm, a company with strong ties to the Island. In his role as senior managing director, Molinaro will oversee the firm's new satellite office in St. George, close to many of the economic development projects that Molinaro helped become a reality during his time in office. Pitta said that the Wheel development as well as other Island projects, including the development of the Stapleton home port and the re-development of the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Charleston, "are sure to spur further growth, opportunity and investment across all of Staten Island." Jon Del Giorno of the politically-prominent law firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC (which manages Melissa Mark-Viverito campaign finance filings) also helped pave the way for the councilwoman's deal with Brooklyn Boss Seddio.Feds charge Senate Dems' operative (CrainsNY) Michael  Cohen, who now works for the New York lobbying firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin, did not return a request for comment made through a firm spokesman. Pitta Bishop lists crisis management among its specialties, and is affiliated with the law firm Pitta & Giblin. Ms. Mark-Viverito was escorted around Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club recently by Michael Cohen

Public picks councty leaders
District leaders
Public picks

Special interests not people
Machine has campain reports – how much who is paying them
Housekeeping
They get paid directly from their companies some of that money can be funnelled to their campaigns

Data and field

Thursday, July 24, 2014

de Blasio 2017

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de Blaiso Education Triangulations of His 2017 Re-Election Using Government $$$

Buying 2017 Votes
Help the deserving(NYDN Ed) Lower hurdles to special ed programs — but beware a stampede out of public schools. Mayor de Blasio has promised to remove hurdles for families seeking taxpayer funds for special education tuition at private schools — warding off mandates threatened by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The mayor and Chancellor Carmen Fariña must now proceed with caution to avoid creating a hugely expensive stampede of students out of public school programs. Under federal law, the Department of Education must pay for private school for a disabled child if parents can show DOE is not equipped to meet the student’s needs. Such schooling isn’t cheap: It runs an average of $60,000 a year for private special ed, in contrast to $45,000 for services in public schools. To discourage parents from simply opting out of public school, particularly for common learning disabilities, the Bloomberg team systematically challenged families seeking city funding. Silver felt the Department of Education was too tough on families seeking better for their kids (an interesting stance by a man who has fought efforts to give the parents of general education students even the choice of charter schools). De Blasio responded by committing to decide eligibility within 15 days and to refrain from year-to-year legal challenges. That should ease the way — perhaps so much that private education will become a primary option for many more students. This isn’t to argue that any child should be trapped in lousy schooling. But it is to state that the mayor and chancellor must give tickets out of the system only to the most deserving children who really have no other choice* * Now that New York City is offering to pay for a full day of pre-K, some religious schools have opted out because adding spiritual teachings to mandatory secular studies would make the school day too long, the Journal reports:  Nearly 80% // During his mayoral campaign, de Blasiopromised Jewish leaders that he would bring back full funding. (NYDN)


de Blasio Builds His Reelection Machine for 2017 
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a series of changes to make it easier for special-needs students in New York to receive private schooling at public expense.* De Blasio announces plan to smooth path for special-needs kids(NYP) * Mayor To Ease Reimbursement Process For Special Needs StudentsBringing a final settlement to an issue that has for decades vexed Orthodox parents of New York City’s special needs children, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that beginning in September the city will remove much of the bureaucratic red tape that was described by parents as a recurring nightmare.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

6 Months de Blasio

de Blasio's A Team

Portrait: Mayor de Blasio’s Inner Circle(NY Mag)WHAT CITY HALL IS READING -- “Portrait: Mayor de Blasio’s Inner Circle,” by N.Y. Mag’s Chris Smith: “1. Rachel Noerdlinger, Chief of Staff to the First Lady: Formerly a top aide to the Reverend Al Sharpton. 2. Zach Carter, Corporation Counsel: Ex-prosecutor; settled suit with Central Park Five. 3. Peter Ragone, Senior Adviser: Former Andrew Cuomo aide; media and political strategist. 4. Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor: Ex–Goldman Sachs executive, working on de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan. 5. Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor: Expanding internet access in low-income neighborhoods; second-tallest member of the administration. …


… 6. Tony Shorris, First Deputy Mayor: Tasked with keeping a close eye on daily government operations like sanitation and hospitals. 7. Carmen Fariña, Schools Chancellor: Former teacher and principal coaxed from retirement to attempt to raise graduation rates and deemphasize testing. 8. Bill Bratton, Police Commissioner … 9. Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor  10. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor … 11. Emma Wolfe, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs  12. Dean Fuleihan, Budget Director … 13. Laura Santucci, Chief of Staff … 14. Dom Williams, Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor.* Bill de Blasio On Pace of Staffing Up: ‘You Better Damn Well Get It Right’(NYO)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

vets


Nothing Extra In City Budget for Vets
Although the New York City Council asked for an additional $400,000 in funding for the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs to develop programs to assist veterans and an additional $1 million for mental health, employment and legal assistance services for veterans, those funds are not in the budget agreement, Gotham Gazette reports:


of D-Day Punk CM Dromm Want to Kick the Military Out of NYC Schools 

Tuesday Update
Junior ROTC kids fire back at councilman who trashed program(NYP)
New York City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm wants to shut down the New York City school system’s Junior ROTC program, saying he has a philosophical problem with the program, the Post reports:  The head of the NYC Council’s Education Committee, Queens Democrat Daniel Dromm, wants to shoot down the school system’s Junior ROTC programs — charging they’re training high-school students for a “war machine.”

A Very Different America On Our 238th Birthday




Louis Zamperini, triumphant 'Unbroken' warrior, dies at 97 (CNN)


If we don’t make greater efforts to teach civics and U.S. history, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance won’t do much good because citizens won’t understand the principles they’re pledging allegiance to, the Lexington Institute’s Ashley Bateman writes in the Post:


Saturday, June 28, 2014

de Blasio Broken Campaign Promises


Did the Mayor Use LICH Hospital As An Election Tool? Many In Cobble Hill Think So 
There are signs that de Blasio is willing to fight for ordinary New Yorkers, but many in Cobble Hill think he is setting aside the fact that he protested the proposed closure of Long Island College Hospital last year, Liza Featherstone writes in amNewYork:


Big Nonprofit Hospitals Who Use Their Political Power to Close Hospitals for the Poor, Do Not Help the City's Uninsured  
A Tale of Two Hospitals System
NYC’s top nonprofit hospitals spend little on care for uninsured(NYP)The city’s top nonprofit hospitals enjoy the tax-free perks of charitable organizations and receive millions of dollars in state aid — yet spend less than 2 percent on the poor in the form of free care. New York Presbyterian — the city’s wealthiest hospital — raked in $3.9 billion in revenue in 2012, but administered a paltry 1.03 percent, or $37.6 million, of its total expenditures in free care for the uninsured, according to the most recent tax documents available.
Meanwhile, it paid Executive Vice Chairman Herbert Pardes $5.58 million and CEO Steven Corwin $3.58 million that year. The hospitals “would rather put the money into their salaries,” said Anthony Feliciano, director of the advocacy group Commission on the Public’s Health System.* NYC’s top nonprofit hospitals enjoy the tax-free perks of charitable organizations and receive millions of dollars in state aid — yet spend less than 2 percent on the poor in the form of free care.*   heads back to  court Tuesday vs. SUNY hospital rankings.  press conference/ rally 9 a.m.

DEB political grandstanding in campaign over LICH & subsequent abandonment when elected is an example of why citizens are cynical about pols
Closing Hospitals, HHC, LICH

Friday, June 27, 2014

Local TV News Failed Journalism

The Only Real News New Yorkers Receive From Their Local TV News Are From the Commercials
Local News Makes Millions For Their Owners As They Ignore Investigative Reporting About Government and Politics
NY GOP to air first attack ad of campaign against Gov. Cuomo(NYDN) New York Republicans will start taking on Gov. Cuomo on Monday with an ad attacking the incumbent for claiming New York is experiencing an economic renaissance. The first GOP attack ad of the campaign, called “Cuomo’s New York,” will strike back at the governor’s months-long, multimillion-dollar “Start Up NY” TV ads that tout New York’s alleged economic turnaround. “Andrew Cuomo is spending millions of our tax dollars on ads that are not true,” states the GOP ad, which goes on to claim New York ranks last nationally in economic outlook, has the nation’s highest property taxes, leads the country in outmigration and has been ranked the worst state to retire. “Andrew Cuomo’s policies have New York last in too many categories,” concludes the ad. “And no amount of . . . ads will change that.”* The first GOP attack ad of the campaign, called “Cuomo’s New York,” starts airing today. It will strike back at the governor’s months-long, multimillion-dollar “Start Up NY” TV ads that tout New York’s alleged economic turnaround. * New York’s notoriously high taxes – and how to lower them – could play a big role in this year’s gubernatorial race between Astorino and Cuomo.* State Republicans Launch Ad Knocking START-UP NY Promotion(YNN)

Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is  making millions in lobbyists spending.


Pay to Report Local TV
Spending on advertising has fueled the increase in TV lobbying costs. Well-funded special interests funnel millions to lobbyists for public campaigns to sway lawmakers on hot-button issues (TU)  Local News which is mainly weather, traffic, cooking and dog segments is making millions in lobbyists spending.  Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  

Cuomo Has Mastered the Art of Politics Through the TV Commerical 

Cuomo and his supporters spent over $10 million last year to gain public support to push through his agenda. Union and business interest like the pro fracking interest are also spending millions on ads to local stations.  All this money is coming in as local news dumbs down.  It is not a secret that TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their hard news. So those "rip and read" broadcasters have offered their views much less hard news as newspaper staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs caused by the internet and the recession? Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's Pension *  Bloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion *   Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)*CSNY’s budget blitz: $3.9 million (updated)(TU) *Save NY airing tax cap ad(TU) *Budget opponents up their ads and mailers(TU) *Bloomberg Blames Negative Ads For Poor Showing In Education ...(Politico) *Save NY now airs on school money(TU) *NYC's Bloomberg Pays for TV Ads Backing Cuomo's Pension *  Bloomberg Defends His Administration With TV Ad - NY1.com * Local TV News For $ale: How Special Interests Control News Content and Public Opinion
A Mayoral Candidate Talking Issues That the Media Ignored 
Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese states thanks to poor coverage of the race, the former councilman argues, New York's voters are the real losers. (City Limits). Newspaper editors put public safety, failing schools, and the affordability crisis aside in favor of anatomical puns. In a real twist, I received more quotes in the month of July, when I called for Mr. Weiner to step out of the race, than during the preceding six months.Elections have consequences, and so does the way that we cover them. For the sake of our city's future, we must demand better.* Swinging for the Fences: How and Why I Decided to Run for Mayor(Huff Post)

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Local TV News Has Become Wires and Lights in A Box

This instrument (television) can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.Edward RMurrow 1958 speech * Good Night, and Good Luck: Edward Murrow Speech


What Has Happen to the Watchdog of Government or Politics?
An explosion of online news sources in recent years has not produced a corresponding increase in reporting, particularly quality local reporting, a federal study of the media has found.Coverage of state governments and municipalities has receded at such an alarming pace that it has left government with more power than ever to set the agenda and have assertions unchallenged, concluded the study“In many communities, we now face a shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting,” said the study, which was ordered by the Federal Communications Commission and written by Steven Waldman, a former journalist for Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. “The independent watchdog function that the Founding Fathers envisioned for journalism — going so far as to call it crucial to a healthy democracy — is in some cases at risk at the local level. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Gambling 2

Will the Pols and Lobbyists Make More $$$ From Gambling Than the State?  

In Report, State Comptroller Is Cautious About Benefits of Casinos(NYP)
Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli says in a report to be released on Friday that the economic benefits from expanded gambling in New York may be uneven.* * Casino expansion in upstate New York could have an uneven impact, with economic gains potentially offset by job losses elsewhere, according to a report to be released today by the state comptroller, the Times writes:
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