Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine, Sexual Abuse #311


Lopez Gives Mazel Tov, Carves Turkey With His Nonprofit Machine, But No Sexual Abuses Court Talk 
Vito Lopez skipped deposition because he's sick, but went to a wedding. He also got kicked out of the wedding.
Sick’ Lopez delayed suit deposition but went to wedding(NYP) He played the sick card to get out of a deposition in a lawsuit accusing him of groping two female former aides — but disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez found the energy to party at a grand Brooklyn wedding recently and to be a guest speaker during a Thanksgiving Day event sponsored by his nonprofit group, The Post has learned. 

The ex-Brooklyn Democratic Party leader cited “medical reasons” in convincing a Manhattan federal judge last week to delay his scheduled December deposition in the case until at least Jan. 8. But on Oct. 26, he attended a gala wedding at the National Guard armory in Williamsburg for the granddaughter of Grand Satmar Rebbe Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, sources told The Post, providing pictures of the ousted politician at the celebration. Lopez’s attempts at schmoozing at the wedding did not go over so well.  Heavily attended by Brooklyn elected officials, many of the pols tried to avoid being photographed — or even seen — next to Lopez, the sources said. Among those attending were Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Eric Adams, Assemblyman Joe Lentol and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli — who would have to sign off on any taxpayer-funded settlement in Lopez’s suit. Vito Lopez, center, was well enough to go to a wedding gala, but apparently sick enough to skip his lawsuit deposition. The sources said Lopez was later asked to leave by a Satmar Jewish leader.

A Hush Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement of A Sexual Harassment Hush Fund?  

A Manhattan Federal Court judge gagged the parties involved in the sexual harassment suit against disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after the parties engaged in lengthy settlement talks Monday, the Daily News reports: What’s Next for Women’s Equality?(YNN)


Women Rights Leaders Ignore Silver's Hush Fund Lawsuit
New woes for Speaker Sheldon Silver in Vito Lopez sexual harassment suit(NYDN)  Silver is set to give a deposition Dec. 17 in the federal lawsuit brought by two victims of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera, said the women’s lawyer Kevin Mintzer. Plus, a Cuomo aide says the legislature is 'nowhere' in trying to give itself a pay hike. One-time Lopez staffers Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera charge in their suit that Silver put them at risk by signing off on a $103,000 secret settlement with two earlier Lopez accusers rather than sending the matter to the Assembly Ethics Committee as required.

A second suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, targets the Assembly as a whole for not better protecting the women. For Silver, having to face questions under oath about the lingering controversy could reignite the political firestorm that at one time threatened to topple him.  It would also come at an inopportune time as Silver seeks the first legislative pay raise since 1999 — which he must secure before the start of the new legislative session. * Make our day (NYDN Ed)  Albany lawmakers skulk toward raising their pay * Lawmakers are hotfor a pay raise - but have they earned it? (TU) * New woes for Speaker Sheldon Silver in Vito Lopez sexual harassment suit(NYDN)* Pay raise hopes forNYS lawmakers are dimming(NYDN)* Lopez was expected to give a deposition next month, too, but recently informed his former aides Victoria Bur­hans and Chloe Rivera that he won’t be available to be deposed until at least Jan. 8 because of “medical reasons,” according to papers filed last week by plaintiffs’ lawyer Kevin Mintzer.* Also, the outlook for a legislative pay raise is “growing dimmer,” the DN’s Ken Lovett reports. A legislative source blamed the governor for trying to link the pay boost to charter schools and the DREAM Act.* A Minimum Wage Hike: Dead Or Not? (YNN) * DiNapoli Backs Commission For Legislative Pay Raise(NYO)* State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli would not say outright whether he believes state lawmakers deserve their first pay raise since 1999, but instead backed the formation of a commission that would review the issue, State of Politics reports:


Lopez to Sick to Give Deposition Not to Sick to Be A District Leader
Vito Lopez tries to get out of deposition for ‘medical reasons’(NYP)Lopez was expected to give a deposition next month but recently informed former aides Victoria Bur­hans and Chloe Rivera that he won’t be available to be deposed until at least Jan. 8 because of “medical reasons,” according to papers filed last week by plaintiffs’ lawyer Kevin Mintzer.

How Come Brooklyn Boss Seddio Has Not Remove Lopez Who Refuses to Pay A $400,000 Fine Sexual Harassment As District Leader 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants ex-Assemblyman VitoLopez to pay up(NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked an Albany court to force the serial groper to pay more than $400,000 for sexually harassing staff members. Schneiderman’s office filed paperwork in state Supreme Court late Thursday seeking an order compelling Lopez to pay a $330,000 fine levied against him in 2013, plus $72,600 in interest and penalties. According to the papers, Lopez did not respond to a letter sent by the attorney general’s office in July demanding payment. If Lopez still refuses to pay, the court could order the pervy pol's income garnished or put liens on his assets.



And The Brooklyn Bureau did the definitive profile on ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez, including the positive aspects of his controversial legacy.
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Mutiny On the Vito? 4/14/2013

NYP Seifman Says Bklyn Dems About to Turn On Lopez
Brooklyn Boss Seddio Has Not Even Commented on Lopez's Hush Fund Scandal

Et tu, Dems?(NYP) B’klyn allies turn on Gropez. Sources said the Brooklyn Democratic Party is close to endorsing Antonio Reynoso for the City Council seat that Lopez has been coveting for months, ever since he was accused of sexually harassing female staffers, and most of his powers in the Assembly were removed. The new leader installed last September, Frank Seddio, had been Lopez’s friend and protégé.

But sources said the two “are not getting along. Vito thinks he’s not showing respect.”Aside from Reynoso, two other candidates have registered and it’s possible even more will sign up. The Brooklyn Democratic Party isn’t the force it used to be and some question if an endorsement of Reynoso will come with the resources needed to get him elected. “It doesn’t mean a lot,” insisted one skeptic of the party’s backing. But another source said if Seddio decides to pull the trigger, he’ll have no choice but to throw everything he has at defeating Lopez. “Vito would have to be taken out,” the source declared emphatically.

Vito Lopez for City Counci
Council candidate runs against Vito — who isn’t in the race yet(Brooklyn Paper
NYS pension scammer Hank Morris files papers to get parole 
Courts Enable Vito Lopez Corruption
Not Only is the JCOPE Sexual Harassment Report Against Vito Lopez Being Cover Up His GF Walks After Ripping Off His Non Profit Government Funded Political Machine
Sweetheart No Jail Deal for Vito Lopez Girlfriend Crook
Judge James C. Francis IV of Federal District Court in Manhattan Missed and opportunity to use Fisher to rat on the rest of the Lopez crowdProbation for Ex-Director of Nonprofit Group Tied to Assemblyman(NYT) Christiana M. Fisher, who was director of a nonprofit oranization controlled by Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, pleaded guilty to providing false documents about a jump in her salary, to $659,591 from $235,135.

3/11/2013_________________________________________________________________________________
Killing the Vito Lopez Monster

Media Almost Calls Vito A Child Molester as JCOPE and the Albany Ethic Committee Remains Silent . . . Is Lopez Blackmailing Someone?

Revolting Assemblyman Vito Lopez dreamed of living in a place where he could legally bed underage girls: News source(NYDN)The beseiged 71-year-old former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss has been accused of sexually harassing interns in his Assembly office, even suggesting that one of his office hands dress sexier — like his former 14-year-old intern, according to sources. Last Friday, the publication ran, “EXCLUSIVE: Vito Lopez’s ogling of teen intern led to 911 calls by staffer and her mother.”



Daily News Says Release the JCOPE Report . . . A Corruption Investigation Blocking the Report Release Allows Vito Lopez to Run for City Council
Public has to see how ethics panel judged pervy Vito Lopez(NYDN)

Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline(True News)



Lopez Already Running for Council
Is Vito Lopez Taking About Sexual Harassment Record?
"He has no record." Assemblyman Vito Lopez on his likely rival

An invitation to support Vito Lopez's run for Council(Capital)

Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline(True News)



 1/28/2013

"[] said it was 'factually true' that he had helped get elected" via

Can't be denied that he did help

 1/15/2013
Vito Lopez: I am Staying and I am Not Supporting Silver for Speaker

Vito Lopez Has to Sit With the Freshmen(NY mag)

Assemblyman Vito Lopez declines to endorse Sheldon Silver as Speaker. Lopez was not in Albany last week for conference vote* Vito Lopez Says He's Staying Despite Sex Harassment Allegations and Health Issues (NYDN) “I won my district after a huge barrage of attacks on allegations,” he told reporters on the floor of the Assembly. “I have a strong mandate to come here and to represent the district. Would you like no one to represent them and me to resign?”* Lopez Won’t Say If He Supports Silver For Speaker(YNN) * Vito Lopez Says He Hasn’t Been Questioned in Harassment Probes(LoHud) * Vito agonistes: Assemblyman Lopez meets the press(TU) * Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez Returns to Albany After Scandal(NYT* Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez returns after sexual harassment case(NBC)

One Day Soon Lopez Will Be Making License Plates
Assemblyman Vito Lopez made his first public appearance in Albany on Monday afternoon since news that he allegedly harassed his former staff members broke this summer, taking his seat on the floor of the Assembly. Lopez told reporters he intended to finish out his two-year term, but would not step aside based on the results of any ongoing investigations. *
Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez returned to work in Albany yesterday. He looked pale and tired, but remained combative as he railed about the sexual harassment charges lodged against him and vowed that he won’t back down because of them.

The Beast Plays A Sympathy Card
He confirmed he has been thinking about running for City Council, but said he is leaning against it because of concerns about his health. "I don't want to walk away from people I represent - I was elected in my district," he said. Lopez is currently undergoing additional cancer treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, but he did not specify what kind of cancer. He has suffered from leukemia and esophageal cancer in the past, had his thyroid removed three years ago, and fought off a bout of pneumonia this summer, when news about the sex scandal broke. *
Lopez was joined in Albany by his girlfriend, Angela Battaglia. He insisted none of his colleagues had been critical upon his return, and said he has been suffering “serious health problems.”

Zombie Vito Lopez Who is Keeping Him Alive?
Lopez would not comment on any ongoing investigations, and shrugged off losing his parking space, having his seat in the assembly moved, and his office downsized by Speaker Shelly Silver amid the scandal, saying they were never that important. "Why did I come here in the wake of intense chemotherapy?" he said. "People thought I was crazy. But if you had a job to do, what would you do?" Lopez missed a chance to cast his vote for speaker last week, but said that even if he were there, he wouldn't necessarily have voted for Silver. "That would have been a decision I would have had to make at that time," said Lopez. "I believe in something called due process." Lopez stayed in the chambers long after the assembly recessed for the evening and caught up with several Brooklyn colleagues, including Assemblyman Dov Hikind. (City and State)


Confident Vito expects to coast to Assembly victory  (NYDN) Despite sex scandal, Lopez boasts of beating upstart Richy Garcia. Dems outnumber Republicans by a whopping 14 to 1 in the largely Hispanic 53rd District, where Lopez has spent decades in office securing pork-barrel projects for his constituents. Richy Garcia Vito;s GOP opponent is a 26-year-old college dropout who has barely campaigned. Garcia works for the NYC Board of Elections where Lopez is know to have some power

Gratitude of the fortunate who got apartments, jobs and social service help from the Lopez government funded political machine

 Confident Vito expects to coast to Assembly victory  (NYDN)

The News examines how embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez will maintain his grip on power in Brooklyn despite a litany of public scandals:  How Vito clings to power (NYDN Ed) Lopez remains because the state Legislature is an immense incumbent-protection racket. Like Espada, Lopez is a master at drawing on taxpayer money to bolster his political career, including being Democratic boss of Brooklyn before he quit last month. He remains the power behind the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a social services colossus that provides publicly-funded assistance in many forms to Lopez’s constituents, elderly and otherwise.

The Daily News Says the Leader of Albany
Are the architects of the incumbent-protection racket that protects the good and the bad from competition in a one-party town
Like the rest of New York’s lawmakers, Lopez will be able to claim the imprimatur of the voters as evidence that he is a member in equal good standing with everyone else. He will be an embarrassment to himself and to the body, but that’s what Silver and the rest deserve.






Strange the NYP Never Did A Single Story During the Time DWI Vito Lawyer Was Knocking Off Candidates For Him? 

Vito’s Parting Shot(NYP) State Supreme Court Justice Carl Landicino was arrested on suspicion of DWI last week near Albany — and it was no surprise to find that the juiced jurist is all wet. Whenever Vito (the former Brooklyn Democratic kingpin and serial sexual harasser) wanted to knock down opponents, he turned to Landicino, whose specialty was filing usually specious lawsuits against upstarts to stop them from seeking office on Vito’s turf.

You Cannot Change the Culture of Albany If You Don't Stop the Special Interest Money That Get Them There
Why Doesn't the NYP Push For Election Law Reform That Will Make It Harder for Machine Lawyers and Incumbents to Throw Challengers Off the Ballot? 






Zombie Vito Lopez is Frank Seddio Keeping Him Alive
Restler Court Case is Friday . . . Will He Push A Fraud Case . . .  Stay Tuned  
Vito Lopez arch nemesis Lincoln Restler loses Brooklyn District Leader race by 19 votes to Chris Olechowski  (NYDN) Lopez scores two out of three wins in local Brooklyn races* Vito Lopez Continuing to Look at Potential City Council Campaign(NYO)





 Vito We Knew You Too Much
Albany Wants Vito Lopez Missing

There are a number of reason Albany wants Vito Lopez to disapear.  They know he has become this months poster boy for corruption. Silver, the AG and Comptroller all connected to the hush fund payoff want he buried.  The members who want their pay hike do not want him to attend the special session where they think his appearance will interfear with their plans to put through a pay hike.  Albany knows that they trained the press to not bring up Lopez if he is out of office. The final deal with Vito will be resign and there will be no or light sentence and fines. 


Vito's Albany Friends Tell Him to Get Lost So They Can Get A Pay Raise. . .  A Hit On Lopez
Vito Lopez's pals tell him 'showing up' in Albany is nothing but trouble right now   Look most coverage today is about getting Lopez out. JCOPE is looking at Lopez's billing not about the corrupt real easted deals that he made with other top dog pols.  Don't expect JCOPE to look a the pfizer real estate deal both Bloomberg and Silver are big play.  Don't expect JCOPE to look at how Lopez funds his non profit political machine Bushwick Senior Citizen INC.

How the Vito Rub Out Will Happen
‘Got ya’ by the bills (NYP) Vito Lopez has more than just sexual-harassment allegations to worry about. The state ethics committee investigating his alleged antics with young staffers is looking into potential misuse of taxpayer dollars for everything from personal trips to his payoff of women who accused him of harassing them, several sources told The Post. The source said JCOPE is looking into how Lopez funded a trip to Atlantic City, during which he allegedly groped a female staffer in the car. A source familiar with the probe said JCOPE is continuing to look into whether Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was wrong in approving the hush money settlement in the earlier case.* Lopez Victims find new jobs in state Assembly(NYDN) * Vito Lopez Challenger Richy Garcia Revives Campaign(Patch.com)  *What race? Vito Lopez foe Republican Richy Garcia hasn't started campaigning ...


JCOPE, DAs, AG Containment Conviction vs. Getting the Guilty Pol to Rat On the Big Crooks
Judge John Sirica knew that to get to the bottom of the Watergate crime he had to get the 5 cubans to take on who employeed them.  That is why he sentenced them to long sentences until they talked. Judge Rakoff  when he sentenced Kruger lobbyist last month Richard Lipsky that political corrution was “not easily exposed.” The federal judge said “Cooperation is often critical,” he added, “to pointing the government toward the existence of insidious situations that undermine our democratic principles.”  JCOPE whose members were selected by Albany pols will never work to get to the bottom of corruption.  There job is to make the wounded courpt pols disapear do the games can continue

Judge You Need A Rat to Get A Political Crook 
“Lipsky provided substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons.” judge, Jed S. Rakoff “In some ways, official corruption has to be ranked among the most evil of all crimes,” Judge Rakoff said, adding that by its nature, such a crime was “not easily exposed.” “Cooperation is often critical,” he added, “to pointing the government toward the existence of insidious situations that undermine our democratic principles.” But before sentencing Mr. Lipsky, the judge said, "I think it still has to be the case that to engage in a form of public corruption you must understand that you go to jail."



Timeline Shows Albany Wants to Bury Vito Lopez and the Press Follows Their Narrative Without Doing Independent Investigations

Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline(True News)

 

 




Vito's Albany Friends Tell Him to Get Lost So They Can Get A Pay Raise
Vito Lopez's pals tell him 'showing up' in Albany is nothing but trouble right now (NYDN) Fallen Brooklyn Democrat has told supporters that resigning from Assembly would be like admitting guilt to sex harassment accusations. Backers say he should steer clear of Capitol to avoid a 'firestorm' Friends of embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez are urging him to avoid Albany during a special session this year, but Lopez told friends he believes resigning would be a form of admitting guilt.

 Vito's GOP Candidate Throws In Towel




The  Zalman of Williamsburg Help Vito Keep His Power
The Lopez UJO Hynes Political Machine Lives to Fight Another Day
City and State Winner of the Week

Vito Lopez – Sure, he’s under investigation. Sure, he’s lost two of the posts that were central to his power. Sure, he’s hiding from the press. But yesterday’s primary results showed that Brooklyn voters don’t seem to be blaming Lopez’s allies for the sexual harassment allegation leveled against him. How close they still are to Vito is unclear, but Martin Dilan, Walter Mosley and Rafael Espinal all won their races, while the most famous anti-Vito candidate, Lincoln Restler, is currently trailing Lopez’ handpicked candidate in a too-close-to-call race for Democratic district leader. Maybe Vito will be able to keep some of that clout after all.




Vito County Leader Puppet is a Loser
Franks Seddio For Running  and Losing the Campaign of Lara Genovesi for Civil Court Judge
Last week Seddio send a letter to members of is once powerful Thomas Jefferson Club asking for primary day volunteers for Genovesi for primary day * Lost in the hubbub of yesterday’s elections, the city’s campaign finance board issued a number of violations. Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez seemed to have accrued fines for improperly directing a campaign expenditure to Brooklyn’s likely next Democratic leader, Frank Seddio.
 In 2007, Seddio resigned from his cushy post on the bench as surrogate judge just 131 days into his 14-year term after intense scrutiny for alleged ethics violations being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2007.  He gave more than half of $55,090 in unspent campaign money to party pals, in apparent violation of strict rules barring judges from giving campaign money to political candidates are charities, Lost in the hubbub of yesterday’s elections, the city’s campaign finance board issued a number of violations. Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez seemed to have accrued fines for improperly directing a campaign expenditure to Brooklyn’s likely next Democratic leader, Frank Seddio. * Is that the stink of corruption I smell in Brooklyn? - NY Daily News (2007, NYDN)



With Victory Over Lincoln Vito Lopez Will Now Go Full Force Against Silver, JCOPE and Those Who Want Him to Take All the Blame for the Hush Deal
State violated Vito hush deal: lawyer  (NYDN) Attorney Gloria Allred, representing two women accusing Lopez of sexual harassment, said the state broke its confidentiality agreement when the state comptroller released documents including the final settlement *  not investigating sheldon silver doesn't give Silver the chance to clear his name-- * Ravi Batra is clearly still smarting from the Cuomo-Paterson interview on WOR...  * Ravi Batra Still Smarting From Cuomo-Paterson Criticism(YNN)

Vito Lopez Takes A Bow and Goes for the Kill!

With Ed Towns Out Of The Running, Queens Democrats Throwing Support To Hakeem Jeffries(NYDN) * The death of the Brooklyn Reform Movement has give Lopez the chance to go after everyone who is not one of his puppets. A group that once controlled who won judgeship and was competitive with the machine in electing people to office is nowhere to be seen on the street of the borough of Kings. Despite Losing with Weprin in the Weiner seat and failing to elect Fidler (There is judge shopping in the Brooklyn court to try to win that one) there is a clear goal to Lopez moves this year.  Wipe out the unorganized fumes of the reformers.  There is also growing evidence he is using a second team (Like the Golub operation in Queens). Clarke is consider weak because of her votes against Isreal according to some Jewish leaders) and her not being visible in the district.  .  Lopez is also going after District Leader Lincoln Restler a recent symbol of the anti Lopez group.(Correction: Rev. Robinson is not involved in the effort of defeat Clarke)

Lopez made sure the young District Leader Restler new district was missing a lot of his voting strength. Restler who lost a Civil Court race and an Assembly race last year according to political insiders is in real trouble.  His group New Kings Democrats has been a public relations thorn in Boss Lopez side with there silly county committee efforts is about to be taught a lesson real politics according to a Lopez insider.  Vito is also running his right hand guy Eric Martin Dilan against Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.  Lopez is also going after Jo-Ann Simon with Buddy Scotto's daughter Debra.  
None of Lopez's targets has seen the importance of keeping a real Brooklyn wide reform movement going beyond the press releases and Facebook postings. Chris Owens her co-leader in the 52AD is not being challenged, which is a smart move by the county leader.  Owens is much more know than Simon in the district.  Attacking both would would bring out Owens votes for Simon.






Vito's Treasurer's Golden Parachute from A Government Funded Non Profit 

 Still Getting Paid Six Figures

Windfall for axed ‘Vito’ boss(NYP) The departing director of the politically connected Ridgewood Bushwick social-services empire founded by Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez will be collecting up to $135,000 in unused sick time and vacation pay, The Post has learned. The city ordered Christiana Fisher booted after the Department of Investigation found she had collected questionable “retroactive” pay that boosted her compensation to $782,000 in fiscal year 2009. Her 2008 salary was $336,000.  Christiana Fisher is Lopez’s campaign treasurer as well as the executive director of the nonprofit he founded.*Comptroller Liu Releases Long-Delayed List Of His "Bundlers"(NY1) * AP source: ABC interviewed Gingrich ex-wife, likely to air segment 2 nights before SC primary (ABC)



Two Big loses For Vito Lopez
1. A judge slammed the breaks on the city’s controversial plan to build housing at Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle Wednesday.  Opponents charge the project favors Hisidics over black and Latinos. A few years back Lopez supported the areas blacks ad Latinos against the Hisidics.  


Bloomberg Bounces Vito's Long Time  Partner in Crime

2. Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s campaign treasurer and longtime director of his Ridgewood-Bushwick social services empire has been told by the Bloomberg administration to leave by Jan. 15 or risk the loss of $69 million in contracts for the group.  Vito’s golden girl gets booted by city(NYP) The longtime director of the Ridgewood-Bushwick social-services empire, one of the largest and most powerful such agencies in New York, has been handed her walking papers by the city, The Post has learned. Christiana Fisher’s departure would be a blow to Lopez. She’s been with him since Ridgewood-Bushwick was formed nearly 40 years ago and now serves as his campaign treasurer


Why Does Quinn and the City Council Keep Funding the Brooklyn Bosses Vito's Non Profit Political Machine? 

Does Quin and the Other Mayor Candidates Believe in Smoke and Mirror's Vito or Fact?

In 2009 Lopez candidate David Yassky for comptroller lost to ethically challenged Liu.  In 2010 Lopez candidate  Kathleen M. Rice Nassau DA from AG lost to Schneiderman.  Lopez also lost both of his Surrogate Court Judgeships countywide. Lopez does along with the other county leaders control the NYC Board of Elections which came handy in 2009 to de Blasio when the BOE knocked him off the ballot for petition filing problems. Candidates without de Blasio connections to the BOE stay off the ballot for those type of problems.

Money Honey #2: Christiana Fisher is Lopez’s campaign treasurer as well as the executive director of the nonprofit he founded — which pays her $659,000 per year. Here she is with Mayor Bloomberg and Lopez in 2008.

City taking aim at Vito’s charity chief (NYP) The executive director of the politically connected Ridgewood Bushwick social-services empire is going to come under pressure from the city to resign after a blistering report found she received hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable retroactive payments, The Post has learned. City officials are intent on ousting Christiana Fisher (right), who has run the sprawling agency and its affiliates since 1980, a few years after it was founded by Brooklyn Democratic boss and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, sources said. * Pork-barrel polka(NYP Ed) * Vito’s ‘Money Honeys’ get big salaries — subsidized by you (2010, The Brooklyn Paper)




Can Corrupt Boss Lopez Deliver the Vote?
Boss Lopez who is under federal investigation for use of government money to run his political organization the non profit Bushwick Senior Citizens. Lopez has it all on the line by supporting Weprin and Espinal in the 54AD.  Since Lopez does not have much support or troops in the Weiner district he is counting on the home club of Carl Kruger the Thomas Jefferson Club(TJ).  The Brooklyn machines has it work cut out for themselves since the first poll taken a couple of weeks ago just as the campaign was getting started showed Turner 6% ahead in Brooklyn. (8/22/11)



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Vito Lopez and His Mob Don't Need Reforms to Run A Public Financed Campaign
ESPINAL'S TAXPAYER FUNDED CAMPAIGN STAFF: Today we report that the lion's share of the people working for Brooklyn Assembly candidate Rafael Espinal are getting paid by elected officials supportive of Espinal-but rarely by the campaign itself: Espinal is running with the support of both his boss, Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, and Dilan’s father, State Sen. Martin Dilan—and both have been lending out their staff to Espinal on the cheap. Espinal’s full-time campaign manager, veteran operative Michael Olmeda, has been working for Espinal since at least mid-April—yet had been paid only $500 through mid-August, according to campaign finance records. All the while, Olmeda has continued to draw a $1,730 bi-weekly governmental salary as a “field coordinator” for Sen. Martin Dilan.


With the Hipsters Taking Over Williamsburg the Brooklyn Dem Leader Struggles to Preserve his Voting Base

 Lopez and other community leaders held a private meeting last month with the State Liquor Authority and demanded that he regulate the “oversaturation and proliferation” of new bars and liquor-serving restaurants in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  The only thing holding Vito's vote together is the millions in member items he recieves from the city and state for his Bushwick Senior Citizen Non Profit.Vito Lopez seeks to curb the bar fun in Williamsburg(Brooklyn Paper)


Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which was founded by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman, got a total of $687,000.  Council grants $600G in earmarks to group caught in Vito Lopez federal corruption investigation(NYDN)

 Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine (True News)

State IG Ellen Biben has re-opened an AEG-related probe into former Senator-turned-lobbyist Carl Andrews. *The Council restored $541,649 in funding to NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office and nearly $6.5 million to the offices of the five borough presidents.



Patronage Pig Vito Lopez Get Money From the Council Even As He Violates the Law
Bribing Vito

Vito Lopez group didn't file proper papers for pork(NYDN)

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has slapped the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council for failing to comply with public disclosure laws. That prevents the organization from collecting money Council members set aside for the group in next year's budget.  Brooklyn Councilman Erik Martin-Dilan also earmarked $3 million for the organization's capital needs, while Domenic Recchia  set aside $750,000 in capital funds for the group.(NYDN) * City Council Approves $36.4 Million for Earmarks(NYT) New fees as council OKs $66B budget(NYP)


Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Political Machine

Vito pal's 23G mystery gig (NYP) The politically connected consigliere of Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez earned $23,000 for a 10-week job with the state Senate last year, but no one remembers seeing him show up at the office. 

Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine

 

 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2010


District Attorneys and the Machine Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kassar says Rick Lazio will not get a judicial nomination tonight so he will be on the ballot for governor in November.
In TV Ad, Cuomo Levels First Attack on Paladino (NYT)
Spitzer Says Cuomo Fights Dirty (NYT)



Vito's Is on A Picnic
Vito $lapped seniors over votes: rival Assemblyman Vito Lopez carried out his secretly recorded threat to eight elderly Hispanic women that he would move state housing aid from Latinos to Hasidic Jews in his district if the senior citizens failed to support his handpicked judicial candidates (NYP) * Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez has near total control of Brooklyn judge candidates, says source (DN) * Vito's 'Money Honeys' get big salaries — subsidized by you BrooklynPapers.com * Cuomo’s office is “reviewing the investigation material” from the city’s probe of Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

Nothing in the NYT on Vito's corruption since they wrote this story in 1993
Growth of a New-Age Political Machine




District Attorneys and the Machine
Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Since New York breaks down it election of DA by county it creates a dependency of the those responsible for investigation political corruption. DA's count on the same pols they are responsible to investigate to get elected and reelected. That is why most of the political corruption cases are brought by the feds.

Not that the investigation of county leader Vito Lopez has gotten hot the Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN)

In 1995 the NYP wrote:
"Three activists have filed a complaint with the Brooklyn DA, alleging Lopez used a fake address on his voter-registration form and doesn't live in his Brooklyn district. Instead, say the activists, Lopez for years has shacked up in a Queens condo owned by his Former Brooklyn Democratic party bossgirlfriend, Planning Commissioner Angela. A spokesman confirmed that the district attorney had received the complaint, dated Oct. 24, but declined to say if an investigation has begun. "Vito Lopez is not above the law," said Joseph Garber, one of three signatories on the complaint. Garber, an activist in Lopez's district who has worked against Lopez-backed judicial candidates, said the pol's alleged fake address has been an open secret among insiders for years.

Property records show that the address where Lopez is registered to vote, 64 Conselyea St. in Williamsburg, is owned by a woman named Tillie Tarantino. Tarantino is executive director of the Swinging 60s Senior Center in Greenpoint, which is funded by a Lopez-backed nonprofit. Reached by The Post at the senior center, Tarantino was asked if Lopez lives at the Conselyea Street house. "No comment," she said, and hung up."

Convicted of Voting Violation, O'Hara Appeals to Governor

Vito's Voting Record at 64 Conselyea St

PRIMARY ELECTION 2002: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 2002: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 2001: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 2001: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 2000: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 2000: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 1997: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 1997: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 1996: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 1996: VOTED

One week after the Post article below Vito moved to Stanhope Street to a larger apartment

Brooklyn Democrat Is Said to Be Investigated Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who is seen as Brooklyn’s patronage king, is reportedly being investigated by federal and city officials. (NYT) *
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN) * Vanishing Vito: Brooklyn boss Lopez and his judicial creations all turn bashful (DN Ed) * Boss Vito: I have cancer — Party leader reveals health scare to insiders  YourNabe.com

Donovan will take over a case involving Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez from Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes after Hynes requested a special prosecutor.


District Attorneys and the Machine Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way
Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kassar says Rick Lazio will not get a judicial nomination tonight so he will be on the ballot for governor in November.
In TV Ad, Cuomo Levels First Attack on Paladino (NYT)
Spitzer Says Cuomo Fights Dirty (NYT)

The Media Turns on Vito
Vito Lopez Adds 6 At Larger District Leaders

When the Press Attacks and you are faced with 3 news district leaders who will attack daily you take on more weapons. At the Bi-annual county committee meeting last night, Vito (with the acclamation of the newly "elected" county committee) added sx more at large district leaderships so now (with the five he added the last meeting) he has eleven additional votes besides the elected leaders at his "disposal." Two of the "new" leaders are Steve Cohn and Mary Hobson. * Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who built his political empire in Brooklyn on the backs of the elderly, was caught on tape threatening a group of old ladies during an effort to consolidate power as Kings County kingmaker. Vito's victims *
I was axed because I backed Brooklyn Dem boss Vito Lopez's foe, super claims (DN) * Vito had me fired for backing rival: staffer (NYP) * It's Vito Lopez's Party Time (DN) * Protecting Workers By Day, Protecting The Boss By Night


Vito's Is on A Picnic
Vito $lapped seniors over votes: rival Assemblyman Vito Lopez carried out his secretly recorded threat to eight elderly Hispanic women that he would move state housing aid from Latinos to Hasidic Jews in his district if the senior citizens failed to support his handpicked judicial candidates (NYP) * Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez has near total control of Brooklyn judge candidates, says source (DN) * Vito's 'Money Honeys' get big salaries — subsidized by you BrooklynPapers.com * Cuomo’s office is “reviewing the investigation material” from the city’s probe of Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez.




Vito Lopez "A Living Legend"
The newspaper the Bushwick Observer was funded by government funded non profits that Vito Lopez controls
*

Lopez caught on tape browbeating Brooklyn grannies for votes (NYP)

Vito's reign Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who's also Kings County Democratic boss, has steered mountains of taxpayer cash over the years to a social-service center he founded in the '70s -- and that has served as his political base. (NYP Ed) * Senior on Vito's payroll paid to show up, sign papers (DN) * Cohn Ahead In Brooklyn District Leader Race * Quinn Responds to Lopez Nonprofit The City Council will not freeze funding for the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council * Attorney General Candidates Squabble Over Investigation Of Brooklyn Leader * Probe finds Brooklyn Dem Vito Lopez's non-profit empire riddled with fraud * I'd take Vito on: Donovan * This summer, Vito Lopez may have finally pushed Mayor Bloomberg too far * Friends of Vito Lopez have a leg up when it comes to jobs as judges, even if 'unqualified' (DN)
The"Asked if Lopez's political clout deterred the city from cracking down harder on its financial irregularities, Mayor Bloomberg defended Lopez."He doesn't have a lot of political power," Bloomberg said. "I've known Vito since I came into public life. You know, I'm not sure that the investigation had anything to do with him. It's really the organization." Retired senior Carmen Orlando helped oversee Brooklyn political boss Vito Lopez's nonprofit empire."





NYP & Daily News are Shocked
Corruption At Vito Lopez Non Profits?

Incompetence at the Board of Elections?

(Gambling at Rick's Place)

Vito Lopez-backed charity led by the clueless

"The board of directors at a nonprofit with close ties to Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez — where his girlfriend and campaign manager were paid staggering salaries of nearly a million dollars combined — was so clueless that none could even identify the center’s programs, according to a bombshell report by the Department of Investigation."* Council Gives to Lopez Nonprofit

True News Calls the NYP and Rest of the Press Clueless for Not Reporting on Vito Lopez Using the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Center As his Campaign Machine Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine (True News) *
Vito Lopez and his Hour-of-Power Deconstructing political corruption in Brooklyn

In 1993 the NY Times wrote:
Growth of a New-Age Political Machine
"The organization, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, employs 1,400 people through more than 50 grants budgeted at more than $33 million annually. Yet at the same time many of those taxpayer dollars -- allocated for pressing human needs -- have been put to work for private, political purposes as well. They have paid for an agglomeration of power that has stunted the neighborhood's political diversity, rewarded a handful of Mr. Lopez's proteges with well-paying jobs, enriched politically connected contractors and produced programs that in several instances have been criticized for accounting and performance. Like the social-service groups connected to Representative Floyd H. Flake in Queens, Assemblyman Albert Vann in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Pedro Espada in the Soundview section of the Bronx, the Ridgewood Bushwick council has managed to fill the vacuum left by the dimming influence of county political bosses and the decade-long decline in Federal anti-poverty money." The Gary Wall of Silence says noting today about Lopez's non profit. 

Vito Lopez A Living Legend Newspaper Paid for By the Government

Assemblyman Vito Lopez is promoted by a state-funded, in-house newspaper. (Brooklyn Paper)








 NYP Should Do A Story On Which Pols Are Vito Lopez's Friends

Feeding VitoWhy is City Hall so determined to keep the cash flowing to the social-services agency founded and long sponsored by Brooklyn Democratic fixer Vito Lopez?

Vito Lopez:  Fails to File His Non Profit's Tax Returns

New woe for Vito charity Vito's troubled nonprofit Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council has fail to file its tax returns with the IRS (NYP)

More on Vito Lopez's Government Funded Machine (True News)

 

Vito Lopez's
Incumbency Party


The Mayor And Chairman Vito are Friends
Bloomberg's Christmas Day visit to the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center lunch, where he was greeted at the door by Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez. . . . This was the second time in about a month that Bloomberg made the trek to Bushwick to pay tribute to Lopez *** Mis-used for self-gratification? Above is Vito's paper where every single story is about Vito Lopez, paid for by public funds ($230,000)

Vito Loves to Endorse Republicans Brooklyn County Leader Vito Lopez twice endorsed Governor Pataki for election, and also backed Rudy Giuliani for mayor in 1997. He even supported former Senator Al D'Amato over Brooklyn's own Chuck Schumer in 1998.

Surrogate Judge’s Loss Looms Large for Party Chief Mr. Lopez's candidate for a Surrogate Court judgeship in Brooklyn was handily defeated. In Lopez own 53rd Assembly District, his candidate won by less than 100 votes *** The Judge Who Said No (to Vito Lopez) *** Vito Lopez loses Court Seat to Reform-minded Challenger Judge Lopez Torres *** Vito's Surrogate Judge Plan Derailed A county leader who can’t deliver votes Lopez's election losses have also gone unreported by the media.


Vito Following His 2005 Script "Lopez added fuel to doubts about his intentions to back the Democratic mayoral candidate when he appeared twice in recent weeks with Mayor Bloomberg at a pair of high-profile, good-news announcements by the mayor regarding his housing policies. Lopez chairs the Assembly's housing committee and controls one of the City's largest nonprofit housing development groups, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which has received more than $10 million in city funding in the past two years." - Voice, Robbins *** Mayor brings Vito in line as City's plan to transfer control of venerable institution to new organization sparks conflict *** 2005 Mayor's Race Brooklyn's New Top Dem: Freddy Who?


Mr. Lopez has built the prototype of the modern inner-city political machine, . . . largely by exploiting it's links to a social-service organization that Mr. Lopez founded and that is now the largest employer in his neighborhood. *** All in the Lopez family - Judgeships for family members Pataki appoints Vito's daughter to judgeship *** A Supreme Court Judge's pick by a Judicial Convention controlled by Lopez, called the county leader the greatest leader ever *** Vito Scores Big Contract and Contributions *** A Brooklyn Political Story: Vito, Bernie and Shawndy - Room 8, Hackshaw


The Above Mentioned Paper (where every single story is about Vito Lopez) is paid for by the Bushwick Senior Citizen Non Profit which Vito has funded with millions of dollars of member item funds - Vito was also a paid consultant for the Bushwick nonprofit at the same time he was funding them as an assemblyman *** Double Dipping Vito *** Vito Invites Seniors for Free Holiday Dinners at the Bushwick Center.

Vito Rules His Kingdom

"Farce": A Review of Last Night's Brooklyn Democratic County Committee Meeting *** Three activists have filed a complaint with the Brooklyn DA, alleging Lopez used a fake address on his voter-registration form and doesn't live in his Brooklyn district *** Lopez: "Gang of Three" Carl Kruger Appointment By Bruno "Dawn of New Day".


Divide and Rule

A last-minute campaign mailing is accusing Hasidic Jews and other "powerful interests" of opposing City Council member Diana Reyna . . . Vito Lopez sent out a letter to voters in the mostly Hispanic section of the Brooklyn district warning that their future is at stake because "many powerful interests, like the real-estate industry and the Hasidim community . . ." Fernando Ferrer compared the "disgusting" letter to the racially tinged campaign against him in the 2001 mayor's race" - NY Post, 9/9/03

 


Vito's Is on A Picnic
Vito $lapped seniors over votes: rival Assemblyman Vito Lopez carried out his secretly recorded threat to eight elderly Hispanic women that he would move state housing aid from Latinos to Hasidic Jews in his district if the senior citizens failed to support his handpicked judicial candidates (NYP) * Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez has near total control of Brooklyn judge candidates, says source (DN) * Vito's 'Money Honeys' get big salaries — subsidized by you BrooklynPapers.com * Cuomo’s office is “reviewing the investigation material” from the city’s probe of Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

Nothing in the NYT on Vito's corruption since they wrote this story in 1993
Growth of a New-Age Political Machine

The ban against the haredi news site Vos Iz Neias, first reported here, appears to be the work of cronies of Vito Lopez, the disgraced Brooklyn politician who worked closely with the Catholic Church, Satmar and Agudath Israel of America to block passage of the Child Victims Act, a bill that would have helped root out pedophiles in yeshivas, camps and religious schools.

 

Vito's Quarter-Million Dollar Newspaper hand job

His Right Hand at work
What do you call $230,000 of public money being mis-used for self-gratification? Here is Vito's paper where almost every single story is about Vito Lopez and his empire. Or for those who use grease ... "totally devoted to you."  More on Vito Lopez



City's DA's Need Corrupt Machine Dems Like Lopez to Get Re-Elected 
What on earth was Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes thinking by appearing at Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s annual Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center picnic this month — and vouching for the pol’s “ethical” bona fides? - When he is under federal investigation. All three DA up for re-election this year face have the backing of party bosses and face little if any opposition in the general.  None of them have brought conducted any corruption cases.  DA Brown has seen the fed put in jail two queens assemblyman and watch from afar a major ongoing investigation which will likely put others in jail.  DA Hynes put former boss Norman in jail after he ran a candidate against him The DA & the boss(NYP)


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Norman's Successor Facing Own Scandal (NYP, November 25, 2005)
Just one month after replacing scandal-plagued pol Clarence Norman as Brooklyn Democratic Party boss, Assemblyman Vito Lopez appears headed for his own tub of legal hot water.  Three activists have filed a complaint with the Brooklyn DA, alleging Lopez used a fake address on his voter-registration form and doesn't live in his Brooklyn district.  Instead, say the activists, Lopez for years has shacked up in a Queens condo owned by his Former Brooklyn Democratic party bossgirlfriend, Planning Commissioner Angela.  Clarence Norman (above) was indicted Battaglia, who also happens to be executive for four offenses. director of a housing nonprofit Lopez founded. Vito Lopez's voting history at  VOTING HISTORY According to the BOE at 64 CONSELYEA STREET 1 FL.BROOKLYN, NY 11211

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Brooklyn Dem boss Vito Lopez is hard to find at Bushwick home, but spends much of his time in Queens(NYDN)


Forcing would-be judges to raise money, shake hands at subway stops and cozy up to clubhouse pols is hardly conducive to building a high-quality judiciary
For Civil Court: Manhattan and Brooklyn(NYT) Though filling Civil Court seats by election makes no sense, it’s our current system. In the Sept. 13 primary, we recommend Tony Cannataro in Manhattan’s Third District and Cheryl Gonzales in Brooklyn.













With the Hipsters Taking Over Williamsburg the Brooklyn Dem Leader Struggles to Preserve his Voting Base

 Lopez and other community leaders held a private meeting last month with the State Liquor Authority and demanded that he regulate the “oversaturation and proliferation” of new bars and liquor-serving restaurants in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  The only thing holding Vito's vote together is the millions in member items he recieves from the city and state for his Bushwick Senior Citizen Non Profit.Vito Lopez seeks to curb the bar fun in Williamsburg(Brooklyn Paper)

 

 

Vito Lopez GF “recreated” records at a non-profit she ran to claim the board agreed to jack up her salary 133% to a jaw-dropping $782,000, a new report alleges

DOI: More Shadiness At Ridgewood-Bushwick(NYDN) Probers find Brooklyn boss Vito Lopez’s campaign treasurer and girlfriend reap huge pay hikes with sleight of hand (NYDN)

 


DOI Is Finally Shocked That There is Corruption in Vito Lopez Non Profit Political Machine Empire 
 After Getting Vito Lopez Support in 3 Different Mayoral Election for Bloomberg, Now DOI Finds Corruption in the Brooklyn Bosses Non Profit Political Machine  Perhaps they should have read this NY Times Story in 1993 before the city funded them 100's of millions of dollars Growth of a New-Age Political Machine (NYT 1993)



Lopez's Nonprofit Faces Increasing Scrutiny(WSJ) Did the Brooklyn Boss's Non Profit falsified documents to justify a huge salary increase * Vito’s two doctor$ (NYP) Top executives at the scandal-plagued Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council — one of whom earned $782,000 in 2009





Corrupt Vito Gets More Goverment $$$

Cuomo is “enjoying his Emperor Hadrian moment,” writes Michael Powell, who is still trying to figure out how a Brooklyn nonprofit founded by Assemblyman Vito Lopez and under investigation is slated to receive $845,000 in economic development cash from the state. 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2010


District Attorneys and the Machine Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kassar says Rick Lazio will not get a judicial nomination tonight so he will be on the ballot for governor in November.
In TV Ad, Cuomo Levels First Attack on Paladino (NYT)
Spitzer Says Cuomo Fights Dirty (NYT)



District Attorneys and the Machine
Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way

Since New York breaks down it election of DA by county it creates a dependency of the those responsible for investigation political corruption. DA's count on the same pols they are responsible to investigate to get elected and reelected. That is why most of the political corruption cases are brought by the feds.

Not that the investigation of county leader Vito Lopez has gotten hot the Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN)

In 1995 the NYP wrote:
"Three activists have filed a complaint with the Brooklyn DA, alleging Lopez used a fake address on his voter-registration form and doesn't live in his Brooklyn district. Instead, say the activists, Lopez for years has shacked up in a Queens condo owned by his Former Brooklyn Democratic party bossgirlfriend, Planning Commissioner Angela. A spokesman confirmed that the district attorney had received the complaint, dated Oct. 24, but declined to say if an investigation has begun. "Vito Lopez is not above the law," said Joseph Garber, one of three signatories on the complaint. Garber, an activist in Lopez's district who has worked against Lopez-backed judicial candidates, said the pol's alleged fake address has been an open secret among insiders for years.

Property records show that the address where Lopez is registered to vote, 64 Conselyea St. in Williamsburg, is owned by a woman named Tillie Tarantino. Tarantino is executive director of the Swinging 60s Senior Center in Greenpoint, which is funded by a Lopez-backed nonprofit. Reached by The Post at the senior center, Tarantino was asked if Lopez lives at the Conselyea Street house. "No comment," she said, and hung up."

Convicted of Voting Violation, O'Hara Appeals to Governor

Vito's Voting Record at 64 Conselyea St

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PRIMARY ELECTION 2000: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 2000: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 1997: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 1997: VOTED
PRIMARY ELECTION 1996: VOTED
GENERAL ELECTION 1996: VOTED

One week after the Post article below Vito moved to Stanhope Street to a larger apartment

Brooklyn Democrat Is Said to Be Investigated Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who is seen as Brooklyn’s patronage king, is reportedly being investigated by federal and city officials. (NYT) *
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA takes himself off Vito case (DN) * Vanishing Vito: Brooklyn boss Lopez and his judicial creations all turn bashful (DN Ed) * Boss Vito: I have cancer — Party leader reveals health scare to insiders  YourNabe.com

Donovan will take over a case involving Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez from Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes after Hynes requested a special prosecutor.


District Attorneys and the Machine Forced by Politics to Look the Other Way
Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kassar says Rick Lazio will not get a judicial nomination tonight so he will be on the ballot for governor in November.
In TV Ad, Cuomo Levels First Attack on Paladino (NYT)
Spitzer Says Cuomo Fights Dirty (NYT)

The Media Turns on Vito
Vito Lopez Adds 6 At Larger District Leaders

When the Press Attacks and you are faced with 3 news district leaders who will attack daily you take on more weapons. At the Bi-annual county committee meeting last night, Vito (with the acclamation of the newly "elected" county committee) added sx more at large district leaderships so now (with the five he added the last meeting) he has eleven additional votes besides the elected leaders at his "disposal." Two of the "new" leaders are Steve Cohn and Mary Hobson. * Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who built his political empire in Brooklyn on the backs of the elderly, was caught on tape threatening a group of old ladies during an effort to consolidate power as Kings County kingmaker. Vito's victims *
I was axed because I backed Brooklyn Dem boss Vito Lopez's foe, super claims (DN) * Vito had me fired for backing rival: staffer (NYP) * It's Vito Lopez's Party Time (DN) * Protecting Workers By Day, Protecting The Boss By Night


Vito's Is on A Picnic
Vito $lapped seniors over votes: rival Assemblyman Vito Lopez carried out his secretly recorded threat to eight elderly Hispanic women that he would move state housing aid from Latinos to Hasidic Jews in his district if the senior citizens failed to support his handpicked judicial candidates (NYP) * Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez has near total control of Brooklyn judge candidates, says source (DN) * Vito's 'Money Honeys' get big salaries — subsidized by you BrooklynPapers.com * Cuomo’s office is “reviewing the investigation material” from the city’s probe of Brooklyn Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Vito Lopez.




Vito Lopez "A Living Legend"
The newspaper the Bushwick Observer was funded by government funded non profits that Vito Lopez controls
*

Lopez caught on tape browbeating Brooklyn grannies for votes (NYP)

Vito's reign Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who's also Kings County Democratic boss, has steered mountains of taxpayer cash over the years to a social-service center he founded in the '70s -- and that has served as his political base. (NYP Ed) * Senior on Vito's payroll paid to show up, sign papers (DN) * Cohn Ahead In Brooklyn District Leader Race * Quinn Responds to Lopez Nonprofit The City Council will not freeze funding for the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council * Attorney General Candidates Squabble Over Investigation Of Brooklyn Leader * Probe finds Brooklyn Dem Vito Lopez's non-profit empire riddled with fraud * I'd take Vito on: Donovan * This summer, Vito Lopez may have finally pushed Mayor Bloomberg too far * Friends of Vito Lopez have a leg up when it comes to jobs as judges, even if 'unqualified' (DN)
The"Asked if Lopez's political clout deterred the city from cracking down harder on its financial irregularities, Mayor Bloomberg defended Lopez."He doesn't have a lot of political power," Bloomberg said. "I've known Vito since I came into public life. You know, I'm not sure that the investigation had anything to do with him. It's really the organization." Retired senior Carmen Orlando helped oversee Brooklyn political boss Vito Lopez's nonprofit empire."





NYP & Daily News are Shocked
Corruption At Vito Lopez Non Profits?

Incompetence at the Board of Elections?

(Gambling at Rick's Place)

Vito Lopez-backed charity led by the clueless

"The board of directors at a nonprofit with close ties to Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez — where his girlfriend and campaign manager were paid staggering salaries of nearly a million dollars combined — was so clueless that none could even identify the center’s programs, according to a bombshell report by the Department of Investigation."* Council Gives to Lopez Nonprofit

True News Calls the NYP and Rest of the Press Clueless for Not Reporting on Vito Lopez Using the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Center As his Campaign Machine Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine (True News) *
Vito Lopez and his Hour-of-Power Deconstructing political corruption in Brooklyn

In 1993 the NY Times wrote:
Growth of a New-Age Political Machine
"The organization, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, employs 1,400 people through more than 50 grants budgeted at more than $33 million annually. Yet at the same time many of those taxpayer dollars -- allocated for pressing human needs -- have been put to work for private, political purposes as well. They have paid for an agglomeration of power that has stunted the neighborhood's political diversity, rewarded a handful of Mr. Lopez's proteges with well-paying jobs, enriched politically connected contractors and produced programs that in several instances have been criticized for accounting and performance. Like the social-service groups connected to Representative Floyd H. Flake in Queens, Assemblyman Albert Vann in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Pedro Espada in the Soundview section of the Bronx, the Ridgewood Bushwick council has managed to fill the vacuum left by the dimming influence of county political bosses and the decade-long decline in Federal anti-poverty money." The Gary Wall of Silence says noting today about Lopez's non profit. 

Vito Lopez A Living Legend Newspaper Paid for By the Government

Assemblyman Vito Lopez is promoted by a state-funded, in-house newspaper. (Brooklyn Paper)







Council Votes to Expand Vito's Political Machine Bushwick Senior Citizens Center Vito Lopez's political machine and others will make and spend millions on this new tin box Housing Plan Approved for Broadway Triangle *** Growth of a New-Age Political Machine (Bushwick Senior Citizens Center) , All in the Lopez family. More on Vito's rule and still much more

 NYP Should Do A Story On Which Pols Are Vito Lopez's Friends

Feeding VitoWhy is City Hall so determined to keep the cash flowing to the social-services agency founded and long sponsored by Brooklyn Democratic fixer Vito Lopez?


Meade Esposito: Dirt Works in Politics

Mean is better than clean in politics(NYDN) Good. Because the dirtier the politics, the better prepared our candidates will be for the down and dirty business of being President of the United States. Democratic boss Meade Esposito, who reinvented dirty politics. When he first ran for district leader






Stripped of chairman's post, perks after panel finds verbal, physical harassment(NYP) * Brooklyn Assemblyman Is Censured for Sexual Harassment(NYT) * NEW KINGS DEMOCRATS DEMANDS RESIGNATION OF BROOKLYN DEMOCRATIC BOSS VITO LOPEZ *

  053Vito Lopez Losing Housing Committee After Sexual Harassment Allegations(NYO)

 

What About the Pfizer Deal?  Is Bloomberg Silence on Lopez Connected to the Eminent Domain No Bid Deal He Made With Lopez on the Pfizer Site?

Vito switched in 2008 on legislation allowing victims of sexual abuse by Priests to Sue church. Legislation would have extended Statute of limitations. Now its stalled. Vito & Bishop did that deal. Heavy stuff !! Mr. Lopez was seeking to control development of the Broadway Triangle — progress on the plan has now stalled — and Bishop DiMarzio was seeking to defeat the bill on the statute of limitations, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey, Democrat of Queens, which could have made the church vulnerable to hundreds of millions of dollars in legal liability to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.*Vito Power Stalls Broadway Triangle | Vito Lopez and his Hour-of ... (2010)* Assemblyman Vito Lopez made good on his secretly-recorded threat ... * Greenpoint Gazette:Broadway Triangle Opponents Square Off(2011) * Council Approves Controversial Broadway Triangle Plan: Gothamist(2009) * Passions Remain High as Child Victims Act Is Derailed After Bruising Fight (NYT)


After Threats to Remover Her Bill to Eliminate the Statute of Limitations Assemblywoman Markey Was Hospitalized


Mr. Lopez, who had previously supported the Markey bill, changed his mind in 2008.  Mr. Lopez was seeking to control development of the Broadway Triangle — progress on the plan has now stalled — and Bishop DiMarzio was seeking to defeat the bill on the statute of limitations, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey, Democrat of Queens, which could have made the church vulnerable to hundreds of millions of dollars in legal liability to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse. Mr. Lopez, who had previously supported the Markey bill, changed his mind in 2008. In 2008, Bishop DiMarzio recorded a call to voters in Assemblywoman Markey’s district. It did not directly mention her opponent, Anthony Nunziato, a Republican, but urged constituents “to vote for a candidate that demonstrates Catholic values,” Ms. Markey said.



 

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