Saturday, February 4, 2012

Queens Brooklyn GOP Civil War

Queens GOP Civil War Catsimatidis Vs Lhota

Hand to Hand Combat Over Control of the Queens County Chair Endorsement of Catsimatidis

State GOP Cox Trying to Get Queen's GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa to Resign for Rigging the Endorsement of John Catsimatidis.  Stacked Endorsement Meeting With BOE Employees That He Appointed. The group opposing Ragusa is asking for an investigation of court filing about BOE commissioner Judith Stump appointment. There has not been a real executive meeting in 18 months in Queens county.

Does the Arrest of Vinny Tabone Put the Queens GOP in Play for Lhota?

11:00AM Saturday
Team Lhota Attacks Queens GOP Boss
Over 20 State Committee Members Attend Coup d'etat Meeting Saturday to Dump Ragusa and Make Former Congressman Bob Turner County Leader
At the meeting the leaders agree to send a letter to cox asking for the removal of the Queens GOP County Leader for corrupt activities. The other day Republican activists — including veteran consultant E. O’Brien Murray — called for Queens County GOP chairman Phil Ragusa to step down. They are going after the corruption of the former VP of the party and Vinny Tabone who was arrested last week for trying to sell the ballot line to Malcolm Smith who was also arrested. Queens GOP Executive Director Robert Hornak Quits Board Of Elections After Shakeup(TU) * What About the Sworn Papers Filed in Court by Ragusa to Save His BOE Commissioner?(True News)

6:30PM Saturday
Queens County Chair Catsimatidis?
Catsimatidis React to the Queens GOP Leaders Call for  Leader Ragusa to Resign by Sending Out A Letter to County Leaders Defending and Demanding the County Leader Stay in Office    
Dear District Leader:
This afternoon it came to my attention that Councilman Eric Ulrich has been calling Queens District Leaders, spreading disinformation in a cynical, self serving attempt to take control of the Queens County Republican Party. Character assassination is his weapon of the day. Sadly, after what has happened over the past two weeks, the last thing our Republican Party needs is infighting. It ultimately is self destructive action that serves no real purpose other than to further cloud the public view of the GOP. I want leaders of the Queens GOP to know one plain and simple truth; Phil Ragusa is a good and honest man. 

Catsimatidis Claims Support of Cox Who Son is Married to Catsimatidis Daughter 
He has my full support and confidence. I have spoken to State GOP Chair Ed Cox and he shares my view that management by revolution is not the way of the GOP. Change is made at the September reorganization meeting and he supports the fact that the district leaders of Queens County, at the time of the election, will make their choice. Councilman Ulrich activities; his name calling and twisting of the truth are disgraceful and are symptomatic of of someone who lacks the maturity and experience to lead. If you would like to discuss this situation please feel free to email me at Sincerely, John Catsimatidis

Sunday Another Letter in Support of GOP Boss Ragusa from:
Serphin R. Maltese, Former New York State Senator 
Frank Padavan, Former New York State Senator
Anthony Como, Former New York City Councilman
Hon. Michael J. Abel, Former New York City Councilman
 Maltese, as I've reported, was on hand for Catsimatidis' City Hall steps kickoff. He is joining the billionaire's campaign as a paid consultant handling outreach to Queens veterans and senior citizens.
I don't think Padavan has formally endorsed anyone in the primary yet, but he -- like a slew of pols on both sides of the aisle -- has been the beneficiary of Catsimatidis' political largesse in the past. State records show Padavan's re-election committee received a $5,000 Catsimatidis donation in May, 2010.

Catsimatidis Continues the Bloomberg Tradition of Buying the GOP Line
One possible white knight is billionaire John Catsimatidis, who is running for mayor on the GOP line and has been generous to many politicians over the years. Records show he and his firms have ponied up $311,700 to the local GOP since 2009, or less than half what Bloomberg has provided.

Catsimatidis Buy$ 3 GOP County Leaders
182G in Fat Cats donations (NYP) That’s a lot of green apples! Billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis has pumped more than $182,000 into the city’s county Republican committees — and now has three of the five GOP leaders’ support in his mayoral bid.
The contributions from the candidate and his Red Apple Group and United Refining companies date back to 2006, though most came in the last few years. Manhattan GOP Chairman Dan Isaacs and Kings County Republican boss Craig Eaton said there was no connection between Catsimatidis’ contributions and their support. Catsimatidis spokesman Rob Ryan also denied a link.

CM Golden Looking for #1
Pay to Play Ballot Line Corruption Starts GOP Civil War
Malcolm ignites GOP war(NYP) The city Republican Party is at war with itself in the wake of the Malcolm Smith corruption scandal, sources said yesterday. State Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) is maneuvering to oust Craig Eaton as the Kings County Republican chairman. In the wake of the Malcolm Smith corruption scandal, state Sen. Martin Golden is hoping to oust Craig Eaton as the Kings County Republican chairman, while Republican activists are calling for the Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa to step down, the New York Post writes:  Pemberton responds in an email, "I come to Florida after New Year’s Eve and return usually in April or May." Usually? Golden backs Joe Lhota for mayor, while Eaton supports John Catsimatidis.* Golden hungry for answers — but could get Eaton!(Brooklyn Paper)

Sen. Marty Golden Endorsed Lhota Trying to Destroy Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton Who Backed Catsimatidis Today
Was Eaton Pay to Playing With Smith? Golden Wants to Know



Political bribery arrests shake the Bronx GOP(Bronx Times)


Catsimatidis Continues the Bloomberg Tradition of Buying the GOP Line 
One possible white knight is billionaire John Catsimatidis, who is running for mayor on the GOP line and has been generous to many politicians over the years. Records show he and his firms have ponied up $311,700 to the local GOP since 2009, or less than half what Bloomberg has provided.

BOE Head of Machines Illegally Paid by Halloran
Robert Hornak who at the same time he was working at the Board of Elections was illegally getting paid by Councilman Dan Halloran through his consultant company Lexington Public Affairs. It is illegal for BOE employees to run a consultant company.  Hornak is Executive director of Queens County GOP.  His former boss and pal in the Queens GOP party was Vincent Tabone until he quit yesterday after getting arrested the day before

Hornak Also Worked for An Employee of the BOE Who Office Was Raided By the FBI

In April of 2012 True News reported that Hornak was working with Steven Graves who office at the BOE was raided by the FBI as part of their investigation of corruption in the purchase of the new voting machines.Hornak also worked worked with Jay Golub and with accused BOE briber Steven Graves on the Victor Babb City Council Campaign.  Sources: Queens GOP Leader Facing Major Corruption Charges Resigns(NY1)

DOI Going After the Secret Lobbyist Can Start the Clean Up of Corruption at the BOE 
The city’s Board of Elections was notified two years ago that Graves wascaught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a company competing for a $65 million voting machine contract in 2009.  “He was recommending the use of a particular lobbyist,” said one source. “In exchange for that he wanted a finder’s fee.” The lobbyist, who was not identified, was supposed to receive $250,000 a year for five years, the source said. All DOI has to do is expose who was the lobbyist who Graves want to receive the $1.250,000.  The chances are that lobbyist is a BOE lobbyist insider or Queens GOP operator who knows where many of the commissioner who run the board bodies are buried.  Note the sting tapes on Graves were made by the BOE vender not DOI
What About the Sworn Papers Filed in Court by Ragusa to Save His BOE Commissioner?

Is DOI, the DA or the AG investigating if the papers were real or forged?  Robert Hornak the director of machines for the Board of Election testified in sworn statements to the court that  the Queens leadership executive committee members met and voted Nov. 1 to reappoint Stupp, and that on Nov. 3, Ragusa signed a certificate saying so. That information was to have been mailed to the City Clerk and City Council on Nov. 19 -- although apparently neither envelope ever arrived. Hornak sworn statement said he mail the papers to reappoint Stupp on Nov. 19. to the executive committee.Ognibene said the gathering at which the organization members supposedly agreed -- having met at Dante's Caterers on Nov. 1 -- to re-nominate Stupp would have coincided with "GOP night," which is more of a cocktail party than a formal party proceeding. "I don’t know if there was ever a notice" of such a meeting, Ognibene continued. "I think they looked back and said, 'Where we all together where we can say we did this?'"


Halloran/Tabone Took $$$ From More Than One Candidate

Both Have Earned This Years Elmer Gantry Award 

The Queens Crooks Sold Their Line to John Catsimatidis But they Pulled An Elmer Gantry and Also Sold the Line to Smith
Two Republican leaders and Halloran allegedly took payoffs in return for helping Smith get a place on the ballot, even as one of them, Queens GOP operative Vincent Tabone, was serving as a top aide to another mayoral hopeful, John Catsimatidis.

City GOP bigs calling for ouster of Savino, Tabone after Smith bribe scandal(NYP)

What About the Sworn Papers Filed in Court by Ragusa?
How does this tie into the City Council Coup with the Commissioners At the Board of Elections? More

Wow!!!!!!! This is bigger than just the Mayor shit, they are gonna use Malcolm to go after bigger Rev Flake, Carl Andrews, Eric Adams, John Sampson, etc....

NYC's GOP Being Murdered

True News Wags the NYP On NYC's GOP Civil War
But only True News Explains Who Started the War and Why
City GOP fears death of party(NYP) Republican insiders say that the New York City Republican Party is in shambles, engulfed by infighting and weak leadership that could damage any hopes the party’s nominee has at winning the mayoral race Among the party troubles: * It has become irrelevant in Manhattan and The Bronx, where there is not one elected Republican. * GOP presidential candidates raise millions of dollars from Manhattanites, but the New York County committee is virtually broke. * The Queens GOP is bitterly divided. Two of its veteran state senators were defeated in recent years, and it no longer has any representation in that body. * A civil war is brewing in the mighty Staten Island GOP. County Chairman Bob Scamardella announced his resignation last week after a dispute with elected officials, particularly its borough-president candidate, Councilman James Oddo. * Brooklyn’s party is splintered. Chairman Craig Eaton, Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are all backing different mayoral candidates. 
The SI GOP is Being Rolled for Quinn
Conservative Leader Boro President James P. Molinaroi Has Endorsed Quinn 
Former Staten Island BP/Rep. Guy Molinari complains that the NYC GOP is “in shambles.” Molinari dumped Lhota a couple of weeks, ago the first of a series of hidden developments that has broken apart the SI GOP. It is said that Molinari' move helped Carrion and Quinn  

Quinn Uses Their BOE to Blow Up City's GOP
Missed by the NYP is the commissioners Coup D'etat at the Board of Elections  is lite the GOP Civil War. Team Quinn's is using a scandal which could have been blamed on the speaker and the council for not doing its job under the election law to confirm BOE commissioner to wreck the city's GOP

GOP Chairs Shocked By Gambling At Ricks Place
NYC GOP Chairs: We Knew Nothing Of Alleged Malcolm Smith Primary Bribe Conspiracy
How Much money did the GOP Chairs Take From Bloomberg? Three of the four unindicted NYC GOP chairs say they had no idea about the primary bribe conspiracy. The fourth, Manhattan Chairman Dan Isaacs, isn’t saying anything at the moment.
BOE Queens GOP Coup De Tar
City Council Eric Ulrich Got His Revenge on Queens GOP leader Charles Ragusa this week by knocking out Board of Election Commissioner Judith Stupp.  Ulrich is mad at Ragusa for putting up a primary opponent Juan Reyes against him and not helping him in the general fix polling places in the storm damaged areas of his district to open.  Those areas messed up on election day were the heart of Ulrich district.
Queens GOP Party Not Smart Enough to Save Their No Show Jobs and You Wonder Why the BOE is So Fuck Up
The way the revenge unfolded is another example of just how dumb Team Ragusa is.  In short Ragusa, Vinny Tabone and BOE director of purchasing Robert Hornak did not file the reappointment papers for Stupp with the city council.  Ulrich filed his own papers for his pick for Queens GOP commissioner Michael Michelle and got it passed right under the nose of Team Ragusa.  Michelle was  sworn in as BOE commissioner before Team Ragusa could get court papers to stop it. Ragusa appointees at the BOE including Hornak are in a panic that they will get fired.  Phil Ragusa a family relative of the GOP leader, Robert Baltronie Jr., Maria Lynch, Gerald Bordello are all part of Team Ragusa whose jobs are in danger if Team Ragusa does not stop Michelle commissioner appointed.  * NYC Board of Elections Gives Foreign Aid(Gotham Gazette)

A Mayor Candidate Buys Support With A Lawyer?
The buzz was last night that Mayor candidate John Catsimatidis sent over election lawyer Lawrence Mandelker to help Team Ragusa recapature its GOP commissionership chair. So now we have a candidate looking for GOP party leaders endorsements paying for a lawyer to save that party leaders ass.  Team Ulrich which is also trying to dethrone Ragusa from his GOP Party Position is expected to back a candidates other than Catsimatidis in the GOP primary for mayor. Vinny Tabone is on the payroll of Catsimatidis' supermarkets.John Catsimatidis Is All Over The Mayoral Race Like a Cheap Suit (NY Mag)

Perv Ex Councilman Works for Queens Pols . . . Where are the Women's Groups?

Women Activists Has Claimed That Pols Not Taking Sexual-Abuse Seriously Has Led to An Increase In That Crime

Perv pol lands Qns. lobbyist gig (NYP) Disgraced ex-Councilman Dennis Gallagher now works with a Queens consultant who’s under attack for trying to strong-arm GOP candidates into hiring him, The Post has learned. Gallagher, who stepped down in 2008 after pleading guilty to sexual-abuse charges stemming from accusations that he raped a woman in his Middle Village office, is listed on a city government database as an “additional lobbyist” with GSP Consulting, a Sunnyside-based firm run by Jay Golub. Gallagher, a Republican, confirmed that he does consulting work with Golub and that he’s done consulting for Councilman Peter Koo (R-Queens) but said he hasn’t done any work for Republicans in Queens “on a paid basis.”* The Councilman and the Crooked Building Consultant (Village Voice) * Former boss confirms that Pinky(Gallagher) sold porn(Queens Crap) * Dennis Gallagher’s New Calling (NYO) * Judge Throws Out Rape Indictment of New York City Councilman(NYT) * Queens DA Richard Brown, who once prosecuted former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher on charges of sexually abusing a woman in his office, now finds himself joined with the former lawmaker again -- on election petitions for the Sept. 13 GOP primary.(NYP)


Was the Conservative Leader's Endorsement of Liberal Quinn an Effort to Save his Girl Friend's Job?

It seemed odd that Borough President Jim Molinaro the head of SI's Conservative Party would endorse the only gay candidate running for mayor Quinn.  Did Molinaro endorse Quinn to secure his girlfriend's continued employment?  In 2011 just days after complaining that lucrative government pensions will bankrupt the city and state, Borough President James Molinaro said he had "absolutely nothing" to do with helping to secure a high-paying city job and pension for his long-time companion after she lost her post at a state agency. Staten Island BP James Molinaro says he had nothing to do with companion's $110G job (SI Advance)

Estelle Cooper Treasure and Co-Leader Ragusa Did Nothing to Embarrassment the GOP?
“One of the questions we ask candidates is, ‘Have you ever done anything that would be an embarrassment to you or the Republican Party?’” Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa said of Smith’s bid. “I don’t think he could pass that test.” * Cooper Indicted On Grand Larceny Charges - Queens Tribune ...

The end of Estelle Cooper(Queens Crap)

From the Queens Courier: Former Queens Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper passed away over the weekend, according to Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows. The 82-year-old Whitestone resident, who was indicted in July on grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing over $50,000 from a nonprofit conservancy group she helped start, was facing up to 15 years in prison if she had been tried and convicted. More on Cooper's corruption * Queens GOP Leader Accountant PhilRagusa Loses Track of Some Non Profit $$$ (True News)


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