Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brooklyn Democratic Boss Seddio


de Blasio Vs Brooklyn Boss Seddio In Brooklyn Endorsements, 52AD, 19SD, 20SD

Sampson When He Was A Senate Leader Had Over $1.5 in His Bank Account Today As He Faces A Hard Re-Election Under Indictment He Has $2000
Bill de Blasio gives endorsements to his underdog supporters(NYDN)
Four little-known candidates who backed Mayor de Blasio early in the mayoral campaign are getting his endorsement back for being 'true believers.' Flatbush district leader Rodneyse Bichotte alienated many people in her community last year when she backed Bill de Blasio for mayor over former Controller Bill Thompson.But the unpopular decision is paying off. Bichotte — now vying for an open Assembly seat in Brooklyn — is one of four little-known candidates Mayor de Blasio has chosen to endorse because they were early backers of his underdog campaign. This week, de Blasio is expected to endorse two morelongshots, sources said: Assembly candidate Pete Sikora, running in Brooklyn against district leader Jo Anne Simon; and Dell Smitherman, a former political coordinator for the powerful healthcare workers union 1199SEIU who is challenging State Sen. John Sampson. The mayor has also endorsed Rubain Dorancy — whose Haitian American Association for Political Action-PAC backed his mayoral bid early on — for an open Brooklyn Senate seat. And he also gave his nod of approval to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), who has been in the mayor’s camp since de Blasio served on the school board in 1999.* Cuomo endorses challenger to Sampson (Cuomo)

Brooklyn Boss Seddio's Innocents Projects




As Brooklyn Boss Supports Indicted Sampson Reformers Close Their Eyes
SEDDIO BACKING SAMPSON: State Sen. John Sampson’s political future has looked bleak ever since he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges, but a powerful segment of the Brooklyn Democratic establishment is doing all it can to keep him in office, City & State reports:

Frank Seddio resigned a judgeship while under investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency
Daily News asked Seddio to Release documents of  his Investigation to Them in the Name of His New Push for transparency Seddio - Many other people involved who Privacy  should be kept. Never a decision made We are not going to release the documents. Would Seddio ask the panel to open the files? And, just as important, would Seddio open the documents before the regulars voted on whether to make him party chairman? This did seem in keeping with Seddio’s vow to bring transparency to party operations.First, the PR man said Seddio would release the file only after the vote for a new boss. Then, the PR man said Seddio had entirely ruled out going public because the documents refer to other people whose privacy could be infringed.  Then, the PR man said Seddio would allow the Daily News to look at portions of the files with names blanked out, but no copying would be permitted. And he’d make the arrangements sometime after the vote.

Why Did the Daily News Leave Out the Name of Brooklyn Boss Seddio's PR Man?
First, the PR man said Seddio would release the file only after the vote for a new boss. Then, the PR man said Seddio had entirely ruled out going public because the documents refer to other people whose privacy could be infringed. Then, the PR man said Seddio would allow the Daily News to look at portions of the files with names blanked out, but no copying would be permitted. And he’d make the arrangements sometime after the vote. We’re not holding our breath. As the song goes, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.Frank Seddio picks up George Arzt for his push ... -  Capital New York One of George Arzt's clients is Extell, and Extell is the sponsor of the exclusive, luxury condo called One57 that is the target of an investigation for possible corruption. Extell has funneled approximately $75,000 in campaign contributions to Christine Quinn. According to this report, generated moments ago from the New York City Campaign Finance Board Web site, Mr. Arzt has contributed $90,500 in political donations to municipal candidates Judy Menin Manhattan BP race run by Belin Rosen and George Arzt can you find out who told her to hire Melvin Lowe Melvin Lowe Under Investigation Hired by Menin truenewsfromchangenyc.blogspot.com *Menin’s spokesman George Arzt confirmed that Lowe was hired by the campaign to assist with petitioning, and said campaign ended its relationship with Lowe “after a very brief period” just as the news of Huntley’s wiretap list broke.  Arzt Gave almost $100,000 in campaign contributions to NY state candidates spread out over many years.* 2013-10-29 George Arzt - NYS Board of Elections Contributions - Disclosure.pdf George Arzt represents Excell One57 and dozens of other developers * George Arzt - NYC Lobbyist Search Result * More  George Arzt is A Bad Guy   Extell George Arzt Moreland Commission  George Arzt Communications, Inc. - NYC Lobbyist Search Result

It's About What the Reformers Don't Know or Want to Know

New Brooklyn Boss Frank Seddio visited a reform club last week and told the members that there is no corruption in the Kings County courts, told them patronage is not a bad thing and promised more transparency, as he served them cannolis he brought for them.  A couple of days before his visit the Daily News called his word worthless because he went back on his promised to release documents related to a state Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation of his conduct while running for Surrogate judge. The problem the reformers have with Seddio is that except for the Daily News warning the press has done very little to inform them who is the real Frank Seddio.  There is a lot to be learned by investigating how Seddio used the machine and government to make $$$ and remain *  I think Frank Seddio may be the first Brooklyn Democratic County Leader ever to attend  annual dinner!* *   THE HIGH COST OF LOW LIFES: The taxpayer money being spent to defend disgraced politicians like Vito Lopez could have been saved if Speaker Sheldon Silver had prioritized employee safety over the Assembly’s reputation, Alexis Grenell writes in City & State:   True News: Seddio: Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis





Are the People Who Brooklyn Boss Seddio Helped to Make A Speaker Planning to Dump Him? 

Seddio Ended the Speakers Race By Turning His Back on his Fellow County Bosses and Going With the Progressives.  Now the Progressives are Running Candidates All Over Brooklyn

Mutiny on the Cannolis
Hunger Games Meets Tammany Hall
Working Families Party Backs Challenger to Martin Dillan * Latrice Walker—an aide to Rep. Yvette Clarke with ties to Public Advocate Letitia James and disgraced ex-Assemblyman William Boylan—has entered the fray for Boyland’s former Brooklyn seat, the Observer reports:  De Blasio has refi ties to Dem boss key to Viverito bid | (NYP) *Brooklyn Dem Boss Seddio Wields Much Power at City Hall(Jewish Voice) * How Melissa Mark-Viverito Became Speaker -- NYMagBlasio managed to peel off Frank Seddio, the Brooklyn boss, and combine him with Mark-Viverito's progressive caucus backers in the council ...* The WFP has reportedly endorsed Democratic activist Debbie Medina in her primary challenge to six-term Brooklyn Sen. Martin Dilan.

Once he Took Over for Boss Lopez in 2012, Seddio Began Reaching Out to Reforms and Progressives . . . He Even Brought the Cannolis to the Reform Clubs That He Spoke At

You Will Never Forget Seddio the Face of the Person Who is Your Last Hope






Guess Who Coming to the Brooklyn Democrat Dinner  
Hon. William Boyland, Wait He is In Jail
 More on Boyland's Corruption 
Brooklyn Boss Seddio the Art at Winner At Losing
Seddio only had 4 Brooklyn councilmembers with him to vote against Mark-Viverito. He really did not deliver Brooklyn to the mayor's speakers candidate he just ran in front of a group that were marching against him and said forward.  Seddio a constant loser on election day finally found a way to win join his opponents. Seddio lost the Brooklyn's DA race with Hynes and she supported Thompson in the general. Several of the councilmembers who endorsed Mark-Viverito were opposed by Seddio in the primary.  Seddio lost for Crowley last year when Weprin lost the election to fill Weiner's seat.  He also lost a state senate seat for his club member Fidler to a Russian candidate.  When seddio back a Russian candidate for the first time this yeat that candidate lost.*  Brooklyn’s Jewish Council MembersScore Big In Speaker’s Race Deal (yeshivaworld) * Seddio Betrays Crowley and Heastie; De Blasio Goes To War With County Chairs Over Mark-Viverito (Capital)* Inside Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Road to Victory(NYO) * De Blasio faced tough questions Thursday about the back-room deal-making that helped to put his ally Melissa Mark-Viverito in position to win the powerful post of City Council speaker. De Blasio said he offered nothing to the Brooklyn Democratic chairman, Frank Seddio, in return for Seddio switching sides and backing Mark-Viverito in the competitive race for speaker. Three sources, our Karni, Erin Durkin and Jennifer Fermino report, told the Daily News that it was their understanding some prominent Brooklyn pols were in line to get patronage jobs in the de Blasio administration as a result of Seddio supporting Mark-Viverito.


3/1/2013

Brooklyn Boss Seddio Will Play the Field Behind Closed Door Politics 
This alows him to be all things to opposing groups and candidates.  He is already helping more than one candidate in the mayor's race. No doubt he show up at whoever wins telling that candidate how much he helped him or her win.  Bloombergian Brooklyn Boss Seddio Says He Will Stay Out of all Races But One (brooklyntheborough.com) * True News: Seddio: Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis

It is A Failure of Media and Reform that A Candidate With Gangemi Record is Running
And former Councilman John Gangemi declared a long-shot bid for Brooklyn Borough President:

Gangemi For Brooklyn BP Will Be Over Before It Starts


Meade Esposito Suprise Candidate for Judge Who Was Beaten By Margaret Cammer for Civil Court Judge in 1982 is Announced As A Candidate for Brooklyn BP By City and State



John Gangemi was a Republican Councilman at large. He nearly beat Carey for Congress in '72, was elected Councilman at Large in '73, got tossed off ballot for State Committee in '74, lost a State Committee race in '76. Then he became a Dem. His son Frank Gangemi was jailed for stealing from his father John's law firm. A 88 man who sued the Ganmemi's charged on the witness stand that the father nurtured his son's Gambling addiction.








Former community board chair Julie Menin scored the endorsement of the the Arturo Schomburg Democratic Club Wednesday night in what Ms. Menin’s campaign said was the first club endorsement of the Manhattan borough president’s race. The backing is made more notable by group’s location in East Harlem–far outside Ms. Menin’s Downtown base.

Is this crazy enough to work? A candidate named Joel Rivera is running to replace veteran Councilman Joel Rivera. Given the fact that a lot of attention will be on the high-profile mayoral race, it would be reasonable to assume a number of voters will head to the polls with no idea Mr. Rivera is term-limited and it’s a different Mr. Rivera on the ballot. “I would launch a full-scale campaign telling people, ‘Don’t vote for the fake Joel Rivera,’” said one Bronx insider.

Possible Deputies Floated In Queens Borough President Race(City and State)
Spin Vs Reality of Corruption
You Choose the Future of Journalism 

"An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy."  Thomas Jefferson


Jefferson though all it took was a free press to protect the American people from the power of government. He never considered the possibility of the pols and power brokers corrupting a free press.  Local media has always been bias toward incumbents and power. The press protected pols by not covering up stories that would hurt them for years.  The internet has forced pols and the power brokers to reach out to media experts.

 Today political consultants are teaching pols how to use the internet, Facebook and twitter for spin and power.  This comes at the same time as cut backs in newspapers and changing standards of what is acceptable in journalism. A mover always from serious investigative reporters to young journalist who can do no more than print fluff fed to them by pols and consultants.  Master media spinners like George Artz playing the press for sucker for his clients like political boss Seddio. Who the real Frank Seddio and what he is really up to is lost in the Pasta sauce.


Sad Journalism Written By A Political Consultants and the Events They Set Up . . .  Reporters Cheerleaders for Seddio
Frank Seddio Is Your Italian Grandmother(City and State) “You should use cold water with chicken cutlets,” says Frank Seddio, the new chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party. “You want to keep them fresh. You don’t want it to get too warm. You have to be careful with chicken. When you cook it, you can’t leave it out too long. Temperature is very important with chicken.” * The New Leader of Brooklyn's Democratic Party Hopes Cannoli Diplomacy Can Heal Old Wounds

Real Investigative Journalism (All Alone) by True News 
Seddio: Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis(True News)  The problem the reformers have with Seddio is that except for the Daily News warning the press has done very little to inform them who is the real Frank Seddio.  There is a lot to be learned by investigating how Seddio used the machine and government to make $$$ and remain in power in a community with dramatic racial change and his loss of ability to deliver the vote.Moderator Mark Fertig asked Seddio and the other candidates running if Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano should be fired because of her involvement in the Kruger scandal.  Seddio did not only answer the question but he called Fertig a very inappropriate name.It is clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption.  Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board.  In 2007 when a BJ was chosen for that site with a different developer (the developer who the indictment said sent checks to Turaino house) Frank Seddio small business group changed their mind and accepted BJ’s at Canarsie Plaza.  The Feds say Kruger partner Michael Dorothy son was delivered the bribe money shortly after the vote.

It's About What the Reformers Don't Know or Want to Know

New Brooklyn Boss Frank Seddio visited a reform club last week and told the members that there is no corruption in the Kings County courts, told them patronage is not a bad thing and promised more transparency, as he served them cannolis he brought for them.  A couple of days before his visit the Daily News called his word worthless because he went back on his promised to release documents related to a state Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation of his conduct while running for Surrogate judge. The problem the reformers have with Seddio is that except for the Daily News warning the press has done very little to inform them who is the real Frank Seddio.  There is a lot to be learned by investigating how Seddio used the machine and government to make $$$ and remain in power in a community with dramatic racial change and his loss of ability to deliver the vote.  

But one reaction from Seddio at a candidates night forum back in February can give the reformers a lot of answer who they are dealing with. A question was asked by the moderator of Seddio who at that time already started his campaign for City Council in a special that he though would be held to replace Lew Filder who he and most everyone else expect at that time to win a race to replace the corrupt Frank Seddio Kruger friend.  Moderator Mark Fertig asked Seddio and the other candidates running if Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano should be fired because of her involvement in the Kruger scandal.  Seddio did not only answer the question but he called Fertig a very inappropriate name.  In the movie the Godfather we learn more about who the real Godfather was after Peter Clemenza bumps off the Michael's driver, for conspiring with the Tattaglia family, when Clemenza says Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis(Video)


Turano Is Still Planning Board Manager After the Feds Called Her A Bag Woman for Kruger
It is clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption.  Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board.  Dorothy Turano, Kruger's longtime companion, chief political partner and beneficiary, mother of his alleged domestic partner, and district manager of CB 18 for 22 years, has, at least so far, remains untouched.  When questions were raised about her connections to the Kruger corruption Seddio cursed out the questioner.  Was Seddio just being nice to a friend or protecting his own ass? Does Dorothy have the goods on Seddio?  While we many never know because the feds seem to have move on after Kruger guilty plea and the Brooklyn DA would never touch anything connected to the TJ Club will might never know if it was only left to the prosecutors. It is now up the press and the reformers to find out why Turano is still in charge of Community Board 18.  They can start with an important clue in the inditement of Kurger that connect Kruger, Dorothy Turano and Seddio in a scam that paid Kruger $472,500 in bribes.


Turano Changed Her Vote On Which Big Box Store She Wanted in Canarsie Plaza
From her perch at the community board, prosecutors suggest, Dorothy might have played her own small part in the Kruger corruption. The federal complaint states that another developer had put proposed a supermarket and home improvement store at the Canarsie Plaza site in 2004, but Turano shot it down, claiming, “Decisions are not made in this community unless they are presented to elected officials.”


 After rejecting plans for a retail development at a vacant site in 2004, she and the board approved a similar proposal in March 2007. Within a few weeks, a developer Aaron Malinsky involved in the proposal began sending checks totaling $472,500 to Michael’s (Dorothy son) bank accounts. The Feds say a check was even delivered to Kruger house where Dorothy and her sons lived with the state senator.  In 2004 Seddio represented small businesses at Canarsie Plaza who opposed building a Home Depot on that site.   In 2007 he worked for and pushed for BJs according to Fertig.

 In 2007 when a BJ was chosen for that site with a different developer (the developer who the indictment said sent checks to Turaino house) Frank Seddio small business group changed their mind and accepted BJ’s at Canarsie Plaza.  The Feds say Kruger partner Michael Dorothy son was delivered the bribe money shortly after the voteFidler’s decision not to call for Turano’s ouster could provide an opportunity for further attacks by his GOP opponents, but Storobin has not returned a request for comment on Turano’s situation * Dorothy Turano, Kruger ally and partner, ducks and weaves at CB18 meeting Once the meeting ended, a beefy board member flanked Turano as local powerbroker Frank Seddio, who was Community Board 18’s district manager before becoming an Assemblyman, surrogate court judge and democratic district leader, led her to his car.  * “I don’t know what will happen with Carl Kruger but anytime I have dealt with him he has been an honest broker,” Seddio said, adding that he would not turn his back on Kruger now. “I stand on the belief that you stand by your friends. If that is something that would hurt me so be it. I am not going to shrink away from people that I have a relationship with just because some one made an allegation.”



Fidler Kruger Dorothy Turano and Community Board 18 BJ


It clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption.  Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board.  Dorothy Turano, Kruger's longtime companion, chief political partner and beneficiary, mother of his alleged domestic partner, and t district manager of CB 18 for 22 years, has, at least so far, remains untouched.  When questions were raised about her connections to the Kruger corruption Filder said he did not want to get involved is pushing Dorothy out of her job.  Was Fildler just being nice or protecting his ass? Does Dorothy have to goods on Fidler?  While we many never know because the feds seem to have let most of those around Kruger go, there is one important clue in the inditement of Kurger that connect Kruger, Dorothy Turano and Fidler in a scam that paid Kruger $472,500 in bribes.* Pork Pig Fidler's Media Friends Put Lipstick On Him | Room Eight

Turano Who Changed Vote As Chairperson of Board 18 and Live Off of Kruger Bribes Is Still In Office Making Deals
From her perch at the community board, prosecutors suggest, Dorothy might have played her own small part. After rejecting plans for a retail development at a vacant site in 2004, she and the board approved a similar proposal in March 2007. Within a few weeks, a developer involved in the proposal began sending checks totaling $472,500 to Michael’s bank accounts.  In 2004 Kruger and Fidler both opposed building a Home Depot on that side.  Even those the site was not in Fidler’s district.  In 2007 when a BJ was chosen for that site with a different developer and Frank Seddio was hired as the lawyer for the BJ’s both Kruger and Fidler both approved of the project.  Kruger partner Michael was delivered the bribe money shortly after the vote.  The only person who can say what Fidler got for his cooperation is Dorothy Turano who job the councilman protects.




Cult Reformers Watch the Election of A New Corruption Pope

 Meade Esposito, Clarence Norman and Vito Lopez all left the job as Brooklyn Democratic Boss a little early because of law enforcement.  

It is sad that those who call themselves reformers did not take the opportunity last night to set a real agenda of reform last night. It is sad that they did not look at how Seddio has benefited financially and personally from the machine. Seddio is very week in the main mission of any county leader that is to get out the vote.  In the last year he lost a democratic congressional seat (in his own district) that has not been represented by the GOP in 100 years (Weprin vs. Turner), he lost the Fidler state senate race to GOP new guy on the block David Storobin.  And last week he lost a civil court race in the brownstone belt to the reformers.  Seddio is all smoke and mirrors, no power. So why no demands by the reformers beyond meaningless party rules changes.? 

Meet the New Boss Same As the Old Boss
The new Brooklyn boss has been a longtime beneficiary of the powerful Brooklyn Democratic machine, which supported him for state assemblyman and later as surrogate court judge, a position he soon left during an investigation into thousands of dollars of donations he made to Democratic leaders and organizations before taking office. “Somewhere there are people who need a boogeyman — ‘Vito is coming’ — and I’m past that,” he told The Times. “I’m the good ghost.” Is it the new definition of the good guy who is keeping the deal between Vito Lopez, the Zalmen faction in Williamsburg, DA Hynes that covers up the sexual abuse problem exposed by the NYT. Only Charles Barron and his wife Inez voted against Seddio. Charles Barron speaking about respectibility at the County Committee meeting

No Demands Beyond Party Rules From the Reformers Led By Simon
For weeks the reformers have been trying to make a deal with new Boss Seddio if he agreed to a bunch of rule changes that have nothing to do with the real dictatorial corruption of the party office.  District Leader Jo Anne Simon, only back out of  a deal for a position to co-chair the Rules Committee because of strong opposition of some Central Brooklyn Independent Democratic members. Simon dropped her challenge to the party chairmanship. Simon only gave a general warning to Seddio to do the right thing. "Mr. Seddio make the Brooklyn party less opaque and more participatory, particularly as it goes about influencing choices for judges and legislative positions," Simon said  “Frank has a lot of support.”  Do the reformers believe in a special class of insiders who pick judges and elected officials and have access to the spoils of power if they are included in the mix.?  Or do they do they want to open up the system to the average citizen? Before last night’s vote, both Seddio’s opponents – Assemblyman Karim Camara and District Leader Jo Anne Simon – conceded the race to the former assemblyman. (Simon and Chris Owens abstained from voting).

Gadfly Alan Flacks Has Reforms for Brooklyn Boss Seddio

Simon and the other reformers would have done more for reform if they demanded that Seddio support the 5 reforms being pushed by gadfly Alan Flacks:1. True campaign finance reform. 2. More term limits, but "long," that is, say four terms.3. No Gerrymandering.4. Emphasis on judicial reform
(selection). 5. Abolition of the judicial nominating convention (either direct election or appointment, but no middlemen/women) The Flacks Report

Other Reform Ideas To Open the Democratic Party to More People . . .  It Not Only the GOP that Represses Voting and Participation
1. Prohibit state and federal elected officials from being elected to district leader positions (city elected officials already banned from party. positions, since the Koch Citisource scandal).
2. Term Limits for Part Positions (Some party leaders remain in office for decades).
3. Allow early voting for party positions on the internet (NY has the one of the lowest voting rates in the county.  Early voting on the internet for party positions will lead to early voters for elective office on the voting method is proven).
4.  No endorsement to any mayoral, council president or councilmember who does not pledge to end the corrupt practice of member items.
5. No endorsement to any candidate for state office that does not support public financing of all state offices including District Attorneys (city office)
6. No endorsement for any state candidate that does not support term limits for state offices.
7. No Endorsement for councilmenbers who accept Lulus
8. No Endorsement for any state office seeker who opposes reducing the amount of signatures to get on the ballot.
9. No Endorsement for any state official who accepts contributions for more than $2000
10. Establish a citywide DA to get around borough DAs who will not investigate the pols or political machines who get them into office and help they get reelected

 

The Twitters Report?
Of Those Twittering Only Pinny Ringel Asked the Question Why Brooklyn Democratic Bosses End Up Going Down In Shame.  But he asked his twitter audience, not Seddio
Why does every Dem boss end up going down in shame with a scandal? Wonder how long Frank Seddio will last.
The other twitters gave the vote : Sorry, three abstentions. 36-2-3. Gave a pix of Seddio eating pic of new Frank Seddio @ a victory dinner @ his fav restaurant   He also gave the DN story . headline: "Vito Lopez crony Frank Seddio to take job of disgraced Brooklyn Democratic Party boss"  

.: "We must make good on this turning point by embracing a more inclusive, transparent and honest democratic process."


Daily News: Boss Seddio Should Stop Playing Santa and Dress As Pinocchio This Xmass
New Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio is not a man of his word(NYDN Ed) Pol broke promise to release details of probe of his campaign for surrogate judge The News calls incoming Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio a “weasel” for not releasing the details of the probe of his surrogate judge campaign after promising to do so:



From Daily News Editorial:  Frank Seddio’s Word is Worthless
Before his election as Brooklyn Democratic leader, Seddio promised to release documents related to a state Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation of his conduct while running for Surrogate judge. The probe examined his improper transfers of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to the likes of then-senator and now felon Carl Kruger and other buddies at the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club. Seddio resigned after 17 months in the job, ending the inquiry. We asked him to to make the confidential records public. First, he promised to release the documents after he became boss. Then he said he wouldn’t come clean, due to privacy of others. Then he said he would make redacted portions available, but only after he became boss. Finally, after he got the top party job, Seddio ruled out going public with the records. “We’re not going to release them,” he told Josh Robin on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” on Friday. Seddio’s dissembling was all too predictable. When we first starting asking about this mess in 2006, he insisted he had gotten an ethics opinion okaying the money transfers. That, too, was false. Obviously, he has plenty to hide. * Soon-to-be Assemblyman Walter Mosley, who will be representing current Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries district in Albany next year, will also have an elevated party position within Brooklyn Democratic organization. In a statement, Mr. Mosley praised thew new county boss, Frank Seddio, for giving him the opportunity.


Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio On NY1 Last Night Spins Crap

"I left the bench for my own personal reason, there was never any charges against me nor was I asked to step down.  The complaint that I used my assembly campaign money to help other candidates had nothing to do with me stepping down" (NY1 Video)  Seddio called for Lopez to step down from his assembly seat if the sexual harassment charges are proven.  Apparently the 103,000 in government hush money deal put together by top state officials who don't remember their participation is not enough proff for Seddio of guilt. Vito Lopez expects to anoint a successor as Brooklyn party boss who has his own questionable history(NYDN Ed)  Frank Seddio resigned a judgeship while under investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency



The Complaint Against Seddio Followed A Daily News Editorial in 2006
After Seddio Was Appointed to the Newly Created Position of An Additional Surrogate Court Judge in Brooklyn by Vito Lopez  From A Daily News Editorial (2006)
"They (rules of running for judge) bar judicial candidates like Seddio, who was an assemblyman until Dec. 31, from giving even a penny from their campaign treasuries to political candidates or to charities. The regs restricted Seddio instead to returning a kitty of $55,090 to his contributors. That, of course, is not what Seddio did. As previously disclosed here, he gave more than half of it, $31,500, to party pals and to the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club when he was seeking the organization's backing or securely ensconced as its official candidate. Lopez is moving to have his troops anoint Frank Seddio, a former assemblyman and surrogate judge, who resigned from the bench amid an investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. * B'klyn Judge Probed. Allegedly Gave Campaign Bucks To Pols (NYDN)


Seddio: "When I asked and decided to run for Surrogate it was late in the season long after those many of those donations were made."
On July 3, 2005 the NYT wrote: Bill to Alter (Surrogate) Court Is Assailed in Brooklyn The move by Albany was to reduce the influence of independent surrogate candidate Lopez Torres who was seen as a possible winner.  Once the second position was created Seddio started to campaign against Assemblyman  Joseph R. Lentol the sponsor of the 2nd surrogate bill for the job.


The Following Seddio Contributions to Pols Were done after July3, 2005

On July 17th 2007 $2000 to Friends of Richard Velasquez (Lopez candidate for Civil Court Judge)  On September 2, 2005 Seddio again gave  $2000 to Velasquez;   On July 18th 2005 $10,000 to Alan Maisel (Assemblyman) On September 16th 2005  Seddio again gave Maisel $3000;  On October 15, 2005 Seddio gave $2000 to Friends of Carl Kruger;  On August 8, 2005  Seddio gave $5000 to Thomas Jefferson Club On September 9th 2005 he gave another $7500 to Thomas Jefferson Club;  On September 1st, 2005
Seddio gave $5,000 Knipel for Surrogate before his primary with Judge Lopez Torres; On September 6th 2005  Seddio Gave $2000  Friends of Lew Filder IV and on December 20, 2005  $1000 to Millenium Development


Frank Seddio resigned a judgeship while under investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency
Daily News asked Seddio to Release documents of  his Investigation to Them in the Name of His New Push for transparency
Seddio - Many other people involved who Privacy  should be kept. Never a decision made
We are not going to release the documents. Would Seddio ask the panel to open the files? And, just as important, would Seddio open the documents before the regulars voted on whether to make him party chairman? This did seem in keeping with Seddio’s vow to bring transparency to party operations.First, the PR man said Seddio would release the file only after the vote for a new boss. Then, the PR man said Seddio had entirely ruled out going public because the documents refer to other people whose privacy could be infringed.  Then, the PR man said Seddio would allow the Daily News to look at portions of the files with names blanked out, but no copying would be permitted. And he’d make the arrangements sometime after the vote.

Saddio Said on NY1 He Would Not Release His Documents.  Will See If He Let the Daily News See Them?

Daily News Forced Seddio to Resign Early From the Surrogate Court to Prevent Lopez From Picking the Next Surrogate
Frank, we hardly knew ya (NYDN Ed, 2007)
Diana Johnson Went On to Beat Lopez's Candidate ShawnDya L. Simpson (NY Times)
"There are fresh reports that, as we predicted, these are the last days of the very short judicial career of Brooklyn Surrogate Judge Frank Seddio. He is expected to quit the bench next week. Good riddance.
After we reported that Seddio had funneled campaign funds to buddies as he finagled the coveted judgeship from the Brooklyn Democratic machine, he became the subject of an investigation by the Commission on Judicial Conduct. He told pals he's quitting out of boredom, having taken office only last year. Right. Bright-side factor: As long as Seddio quits before July, Brooklyn boss Vito Lopez will not be able to hand-pick a replacement. Since this is the same Lopez who placed his own daughter and his girlfriend's brother on the bench last year, better that there will be a completely open primary, with voters choosing the new surrogate. But even better than that would be for the Legislature, which created Seddio's judgeship as part of a shady deal, to abolish the unneeded post. Seddio's departure removes only part of the stench."




NYP Calls Seddio Corrupt and Asks Where Are the Reformers
The Post is not impressed with Brooklyn’s newest Democratic Party Chairman, Frank Seddio
Seddio quit as surrogate court judge amid an inquiry by the Commission on Judicial Conduct into whether he inappropriately distributed thousands of dollars in campaign cash to political pals. Surrogate’s Court, which essentially oversees the execution of wills, is a fetid patronage swamp under the best of circumstances. So if Seddio is too grimy for that gig, he must be really grimy. But now, as party chairman, he has an iron grip on judicial selection in Brooklyn. Set a hack to pick a hack, we guess.Not that the Seddio selection defies Brooklyn tradition.  

Only Barron and His Wife Inez Voted Against Seddio
There is Lopez, of course. And Lopez’s predecessor was Clarence Norman — himself convicted of, yes, misappropriating campaign funds for personal use. New day? Doesn’t seem that way:  Despite his shady past, Seddio won by a vote of 36 county committee members to 2. Worse, what does it say about Brooklyn politics that the only members who think that there might be something just a little bit wrong with this picture — are the odious Councilman Charles Barron and his wife? As the song goes: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
Frank Seddio to Address CBID Reform Club


Koppel is Not the Only Member of Kruger Gang Out There: Dorothy Turano
It clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption.  Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board.  Dorothy Turano, Kruger's longtime companion, chief political partner and beneficiary, mother of his alleged domestic partner, and t district manager of CB 18 for 22 years, has, at least so far, remains untouched.  When questions were raised about her connections to the Kruger corruption Filder said he did not want to get involved is pushing Dorothy out of her job.  Was Fildler just being nice or protecting his ass? Does Dorothy have to goods on Fidler?  While we many never know because the feds seem to have let most of those around Kruger go, there is one important clue in the inditement of Kurger that connect Kruger, Dorothy Turano and Fidler in a scam that paid Kruger $472,500 in bribes.

Turano Who Changed Vote As Chairperson of Board 18 and Live Off of Kruger Bribes Is Still In Office Making Deals
From her perch at the community board, prosecutors suggest, Dorothy might have played her own small part. After rejecting plans for a retail development at a vacant site in 2004, she and the board approved a similar proposal in March 2007. Within a few weeks, a developer involved in the proposal began sending checks totaling $472,500 to Michael’s bank accounts.  In 2004 Kruger and Fidler both opposed building a Home Depot on that side.  Even those the site was not in Fidler’s district.  In 2007 when a BJ was chosen for that site with a different developer and Frank Seddio was hired as the lawyer for the BJ’s both Kruger and Fidler both approved of the project.  Kruger partner Michael was delivered the bribe money shortly after the vote.  The only person who can say what Fidler got for his cooperation is Dorothy Turano who job the councilman protects.



At its monthly meeting last week, Community Board 18 approved plans for a $65 million dollar shopping center, to be called Canarsie Plaza, at 8925 Avenue D near Remsen Avenue. Before construction begins, the mayor, the City Council and the Brooklyn borough president must approve the plan. 


Turano hasn’t been charged, but U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s corruption probe continues — and investigators are looking into seizing Turano’s home, he said.
The district manager is featured prominently in the criminal complaint, where FBI investigators accuse her of advocating for developer Aaron Malinsky’s Canarsie Plaza, a project that Kruger was getting paid to promote.
The complaint states that another developer had put proposed a supermarket and home improvement store at the Canarsie Plaza site in 2004, but Turano shot it down, claiming, “Decisions are not made in this community unless they are presented to elected officials.”
A year later, Turano recommended that the board approve Malinsky’s proposal to build a shopping center at the site, which is now anchored by a BJ’s.

Loss for New Brooklyn Leader Seddio and the NYT?
NYT Endorsement for CIVIL COURT, BROOKLYN, FIRST DISTRICT This race pits Richard Montelione, an experienced litigator in private practice, against Lara Genovesi, the principal law clerk to Brooklyn’s supervising judge for matrimonial matters. Both candidates are qualified, but Ms. Genovesi’s steady professional manner and reputation for fairness stand out. We recommend Ms. Genovesi.

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.

Surrogate Judges Seddio Leaves Under A Financial Scandal Cloud
 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)

DN Same As the Old Boss.”
The News bristles at former judge Frank Seddio, the presumptive favorite to be Brooklyn’s next Democratic Party Chairman, because the state’s judicial watchdog agency once investigated him, prompting his resignation
Vito Lopez expects to anoint a successor as Brooklyn party boss who has his own questionable history(NYDN Ed)  Frank Seddio resigned a judgeship while under investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency * Karim Camara Backs Frank Seddio to Lead Brooklyn Democrats(NYO) * A Brooklyn reader tells Azi Paybarah Vito Lopez’s all-but-certain replacement as party chairman, Frank Seddio, will “rule to be loved, not feared.”

Surrogate Judges Seddio Leaves Under A Financial Scandal Cloud
 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)

Why the Daily News Leave Out the Name of the PR Man?
First, the PR man said Seddio would release the file only after the vote for a new boss. Then, the PR man said Seddio had entirely ruled out going public because the documents refer to other people whose privacy could be infringed. Then, the PR man said Seddio would allow the Daily News to look at portions of the files with names blanked out, but no copying would be permitted. And he’d make the arrangements sometime after the vote. We’re not holding our breath. As the song goes, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.Frank Seddio picks up George Arzt for his push ... - Capital New York



Thomas Jefferson Club Impotent . . .  Where Have Your Gone Tony Genovese?
PS How many jerky mayoral candidate will still run to the Thomas Jefferson Club even after their candidate Weprin got blown out of the water last year?  Perhaps Kruger before he goes to jail can give them some baby talk on how they were going to win.  Or Filder can tell them the club is still a powerhouse and does not need to be helped with millions in government member item funds the same way Vito Lopez run his government funded machine. * Pork Pig Fidler’s Media Friends Put Lipstick On Him (True News) * Reading the tea leaves for the next Brooklyn election (Brooklyn Political Blog) * Why is the Press So in Love with Lew Fidler? (Press Loves Fidler) * It’s A Tie! Fidler And Storobin Both Declare Victory In Race For Kruger’s Seat(Sheephead Bites Video) * Fidler Narrows Gap With Storobin 38 votesStorobin (R) 10,260; Fidler (D): 10,222. Doesn't include paper!(Not all the machines are counted with this recount. 



Sept 14, 2011 - PS How many jerky mayoral candidate will still run to the Thomas Jefferson Club even after their candidate Weprin got blown out of the water in their area?  Perhaps Kruger can give them some baby talk on how they were going to win.  Or Filder can tell them the club is still a powerhouse and does not need to be helped with millions in government funds the same way Vito Lopez is. * Pork Pig Fidler’s Media Friends Put Lipstick On Him (True News) * Reading the tea leaves for the next Brooklyn election (Brooklyn Political Blog) * Why is the Press So in Love with Lew Fidler? (Press Loves Fidler)


Kruger: A Calculating Crook

In Canarsie, all roads to power led through the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club. Located in a barn-looking building on a quiet block, “the T,” as members call it, is arguably the most powerful political club in the state. “There were all these big shots,” Kruger said about the time he first walked in. Stanley Fink, who became Speaker of the Assembly, was a member; so was Meade Esposito, the former bail bondsman and political boss of Brooklyn. Esposito was such a kingmaker that he was credited with swinging the ’77 mayoral election in Ed Koch’s favor, and once bragged that he was so powerful that he’d “made” 42 judges

New Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio is not a man of his word(NYDN)
Pol broke promise to release details of probe of his campaign for surrogate judge


Vito Lopez expects to anoint a successor as Brooklyn party boss who has his own questionable history(NYDN Ed)  Frank Seddio resigned a judgeship while under investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency
3/11/2013
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The Official Death of the Brookly
Reform Movement 

Who Served the Cannolis
I think Frank Seddio may be the first Brooklyn Democratic County Leader ever to attend annual dinner!
More on Seddio

True News: Seddio: Leave the Gun Take the Cannolis (True News)

Refrom Revolution in Brooklyn(True News)

1/2/2013


True News Awards the Patty Hearst Stockholm syndrome Award to An Article in City and State about Hipsters Losing Power to the Orthodox Jews
A Dart to an article this week in City and State title RosaParks And Redistricting In Williamsburg by Alexis Grenell that blames the Orthodox Jews for blocking the hipsters of Williamsburg from willing a council seat and talking over the world.  Beside the premise of her charges being totally wrong, comparing a bunch of rich kids (check out the rent in Williamsburg), who want power now to a saintly woman Ms. Parks who put her life in danger and worked her who life for civil rights is sick.  The writer Grenell who is a political consultant  has like Patty Hearst invented the fact that the Orthodox Jews put themselves into the 33rd Council District to protect the man who has really block her friends political future. 

The Hipsters of Williamsburg future has been kidnapped by Speaker Quinn who controls redistricitng and her partner Brooklyn Boss Frank Seddio who many of the Hipsters and those who used to be known as reformers have developed a close relationship with abandoning most of what the Brooklyn reform movement stood for.  This Hipster friendship with Seddio who is rolling them for suckers, has not only lead to them losing a district leader position (Vito did that redistricting), a shot at picking up a council seat, but is also threatening to destroy a 40 year old Brooklyn reform movement that brought many qualified people into elective office and to judgeship's.  There are lots of signs that Seddio is working closely with Lopez.  Moving Lopez's house into a district he is looking to escape Albany from is the most obvious example how the two are still working together. There are many more unreform moves that both of them are making against the people of Brooklyn.  Before you throw stones at the Jews blame yourself Ms. Grenell for being out played by you pal Boss Seddio and his pal Lopez.  Also blame City and State for publishing your incorrect article. 
Cult Reformers Watch the Election of A New Corruption Pope

 Meade Esposito, Clarence Norman and Vito Lopez all left the job as Brooklyn Democratic Boss a little early because of law enforcement.  

It is sad that those who call themselves reformers did not take the opportunity last night to set a real agenda of reform last night. It is sad that they did not look at how Seddio has benefited financially and personally from the machine. Seddio is very week in the main mission of any county leader that is to get out the vote.  In the last year he lost a democratic congressional seat (in his own district) that has not been represented by the GOP in 100 years (Weprin vs. Turner), he lost the Fidler state senate race to GOP new guy on the block David Storobin.  And last week he lost a civil court race in the brownstone belt to the reformers.  Seddio is all smoke and mirrors, no power. So why no demands by the reformers beyond meaningless party rules changes.? 

Meet the New Boss Same As the Old Boss
The new Brooklyn boss has been a longtime beneficiary of the powerful Brooklyn Democratic machine, which supported him for state assemblyman and later as surrogate court judge, a position he soon left during an investigation into thousands of dollars of donations he made to Democratic leaders and organizations before taking office. “Somewhere there are people who need a boogeyman — ‘Vito is coming’ — and I’m past that,” he told The Times. “I’m the good ghost.” Is it the new definition of the good guy who is keeping the deal between Vito Lopez, the Zalmen faction in Williamsburg, DA Hynes that covers up the sexual abuse problem exposed by the NYT. Only Charles Barron and his wife Inez voted against Seddio. Charles Barron speaking about respectibility at the County Committee meeting

No Demands Beyond Party Rules From the Reformers Led By Simon
For weeks the reformers have been trying to make a deal with new Boss Seddio if he agreed to a bunch of rule changes that have nothing to do with the real dictatorial corruption of the party office.  District Leader Jo Anne Simon, only back out of  a deal for a position to co-chair the Rules Committee because of strong opposition of some Central Brooklyn Independent Democratic members. Simon dropped her challenge to the party chairmanship. Simon only gave a general warning to Seddio to do the right thing. "Mr. Seddio make the Brooklyn party less opaque and more participatory, particularly as it goes about influencing choices for judges and legislative positions," Simon said  “Frank has a lot of support.”  Do the reformers believe in a special class of insiders who pick judges and elected officials and have access to the spoils of power if they are included in the mix.?  Or do they do they want to open up the system to the average citizen? Before last night’s vote, both Seddio’s opponents – Assemblyman Karim Camara and District Leader Jo Anne Simon – conceded the race to the former assemblyman. (Simon and Chris Owens abstained from voting).

Gadfly Alan Flacks Has Reforms for Brooklyn Boss Seddio

Simon and the other reformers would have done more for reform if they demanded that Seddio support the 5 reforms being pushed by gadfly Alan Flacks:1. True campaign finance reform. 2. More term limits, but "long," that is, say four terms.3. No Gerrymandering.4. Emphasis on judicial reform
(selection). 5. Abolition of the judicial nominating convention (either direct election or appointment, but no middlemen/women) The Flacks Report

Other Reform Ideas To Open the Democratic Party to More People . . .  It Not Only the GOP that Represses Voting and Participation
1. Prohibit state and federal elected officials from being elected to district leader positions (city elected officials already banned from party. positions, since the Koch Citisource scandal).
2. Term Limits for Part Positions (Some party leaders remain in office for decades).
3. Allow early voting for party positions on the internet (NY has the one of the lowest voting rates in the county.  Early voting on the internet for party positions will lead to early voters for elective office on the voting method is proven).
4.  No endorsement to any mayoral, council president or councilmember who does not pledge to end the corrupt practice of member items.
5. No endorsement to any candidate for state office that does not support public financing of all state offices including District Attorneys (city office)
6. No endorsement for any state candidate that does not support term limits for state offices.
7. No Endorsement for councilmenbers who accept Lulus
8. No Endorsement for any state office seeker who opposes reducing the amount of signatures to get on the ballot.
9. No Endorsement for any state official who accepts contributions for more than $2000
10. Establish a citywide DA to get around borough DAs who will not investigate the pols or political machines who get them into office and help they get reelected

* Longtime Lopez Colleague Chosen to Lead Brooklyn Democrats(NYT) * Brooklyn Democrats Elect Seddio As New Leader(NY1) * New Brooklyn Dem Leader Promises Change(NBC) * Brooklyn Democrats Get New Leader(WNYC) * Who’s the Boss: Frank Seddio(NYC Informer) * Lopez out, Seddio in as county chairman (WABC) * New Brooklyn Dem Leader Promises Change(NBC) * Brooklyn’s new Democratic boss is Frank Seddio (Brooklyn Paper) * Who's the Boss: Frank Seddio(City and State) * Seddio to replace Lopez as Brooklyn Democratic leader (News12)*
Frank R. Seddio to Take Over Disgraced Brooklyn Democratic Leader Vito J. Lopez(Vos Lz Neias)

For a moment real journalism returned to New York

Now is the Time to Reform the Political Parties in NYC

The Last Person to Try to Reform New York's Political Machine was Senator Kennedy in the 60's

Calls for Lopez's Resignation(Gotham Gazette)

 




Lincoln Restler's Push Poll With No Transparency

Brooklyn councilman calls foe’s poll ‘gutter politics’(CrainsNY)

“What’s your opinion of Steve Levin?”
“What’s your opinion of Vito Lopez?”
“Did you know Councilman Levin was Vito Lopez’s chief of staff?”


These were the types of questions residents of Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District were asked in a recent poll commissioned by Lincoln Restler, the scrappy Brooklyn reformer expected to run against Councilman Steve Levin this year. The poll, which was first reported by OrthodoxPundit last week, seems to be an indication that Mr. Restler’s campaign is essentially underway.Mr. Restler confirmed that he paid for the poll. He would not say how much it cost. His state campaign account doesn’t report any spending on polling. He has yet to register a campaign account with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, which some insiders say could prove problematic because any significant expenditure triggers a requirement to file. “It’s gutter politics,” Mr. Levin said.
[UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.] Mr. Restler responded to Mr. Levin’s comments, as well as the implication that his poll could be in violation of city campaign finance rules. “I am not a candidate for office at this time and I’m simply exploring my options. It’s hypocritical that Steve has chosen to open his mouth about this but continues the months of silence on the disgusting sexual harassment allegations against his boss and mentor Vito Lopez.”*


Quinn Lopez and the Brooklyn Machine







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