Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Corrupt lobbyist: Arzt, Mercury, Advance Group, Berlin Rosen, Parkside, Schlein. Kasirer, Bolton-St. Johns, D'Amato, Sheinkopf, Ickes 581







Lobbyist Jenkins Income Has Tripled Since Heastie Became Speaker  
Lobbyist’s income has tripled since Heastie became speaker (NYP) Patrick Jenkins, a longtime friend and $4,000-a-month political adviser to Speaker Carl Heastie, who replaced corrupt Sheldon Silver in the powerful post, has seen his lobbying business triple since his buddy became speaker last year, according to records reviewed by The Post. The number of lobbying clients represented by Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates skyrocketed from nine during the 2013-2014 legislative session to 27 in 2015-2016 sessions — making Heastie’s chum an emerging Albany power broker, records filed with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics show. There’s a good reason folks with business before the statehouse hire Jenkins: He has the new speaker’s ear, as their close relationship goes back to being dorm mates while they attended SUNY Stony Brook. It’s no different than when Patricia Lynch was the “go to” lobbyist for clients seeking access and favorable action from Silver, according to Albany sources. Lynch had served as Silver’s communications director before becoming a lobbyist. “You hire a lobbyist for access,” said Arthur Schwartz, a public-relations guru. “If I had a client who needed access to Heastie, it’s a no-brainer. I would hire Patrick Jenkins.” For example, Jenkins landed a $12,500 joint monthly retainer from the major accounting firms Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. That comes out to $150,000 a year.Fantasy-sports firms DraftKings and FanDuel paid Jenkins’ firm $6,000 apiece monthly this year as they sought state approval to legalize their transactions in New York. And Aqueduct Resorts World casino operator Genting pays Jenkins’ firm $240,000 a year. Major security firms are also seeking Jenkins’ help. They include Secure­Watch24, which provides defense for the Brooklyn Nets, and stun-gun maker Taser International. He’s getting a piece of the action tied to New York’s legalization of medical marijuana, too: Cannabis cultivator Palliatech pays Jenkins’ firm $7,500 monthly. The Post previously reported the unusual arrangement of Heastie paying Jenkins $4,000 a month as a campaign adviser while his pal lobbies him for a growing list of clients. They defended the arrangement.





Labor Transit Boss Hanley Sues His Close Friend de Blasio Over Hiding Public Records 
Private bus company gets $22 million in no bid routes. DeBlasio illegally bypasses Franchise Review Committee. Hanley to play buddy buddy this Saturday.
By Jim Callaghan 
Here's how bad labor is: ATU president Larry Hanley, the patronage challenged president of the union, will be sharing a stage with Mayor Wilhelm this Saturday the 27th in Staten Island to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Local 726. Wilhelm and Hanley are best buddies, but why? Consider: 1- Wilhelm let out bids to mobbed up school bus companies that resulted in the layoffs of over 2000 ATU members, many of them Haitians. You never read one word of criticism from Hanley. 2- Hanley had me investigate how a politically connected new jersey bus companies was given $22 million by Bloomberg in the last 11 days of the Bloomberg administration to run express routes between Staten Island and manhattan. we FOILED city documents and were given 400 plus emails with every single word redacted, something I have never seen in 36 years of reporting. Hanley sued his best bud Wilhelm and told him about It at Gracie Mansion last year. Wilhelm said:" that's not right," but refused to hand over the documents. Why? Because Wilhelm, Deputy Mayor Shorris and DOT commissioner Polly Tottenberg broke the law, bypassing public bidding and skipping the Franchise Review Committee. Koch appointees went to jail for less (see Anthony Ameruso). Hanley has kept silent on this abuse and criminality. Will Hanley tell his members Saturday how much Wilhelm picked their pockets to pay for a lawsuit? Hanley insisted that I not tell Danny Casella , the Local 726 president, because he was in bed with management, an absurd allegation. Its Hanley who is in bed with the top dawg of management, the mayor himself 3- Hanley had me investigate the third bankruptcy of Atlantic Express, whose president admitted to paying off school bus safety inspectors for advance notice of city inspections. He also showed off a gun in his briefcase during negotiations with DOE lawyers. Hanley told me not to tell Mike Cordiello, the president of the school bus union, because he was in bed with management. (Sound familiar) and because Cordiello hired Pitta, Bishop instead of Hanley's cronies. 4- last year, there was a meeting of ATU officials and transportation advocates about Wilhelm's Zero Vision policy, whereby bus drivers were being arrested after accidents. We showed how the mirror design of the bus was so flawed that it blocked the driver's vision. After the meeting, Wilhelm promised to "write" to MTA chair Tom Prendergast to "look into" the mirror problem, which can be fixed for less than $500 per bus. I called Hanley and suggested he ask the mayor to use his emergency powers to keep unsafe buses off the street until the mirrors were fixed. "He will never do that, " Hanley said. I also found stories from the 1970's when people were having their arms mangled because the driver had no right side mirror. The MTA refused to fix the problem. It took four years and a bill in Albany to get the $150 mirror installed. Well, it's alnost one year later after thst meeting, and the easy fix hasn't happened, putting drivers and pedestrians in harm's way. Will Hanley tell his members this story Saturday night? Will he tell them he excluded TWU president John Samuelson from the meeting, calling him a sell out? And thst his staffers blocked the doors to the meeting so TWU officials couldn't attend?. 4-Hanley also asked me and a videographer to shoot stills and tape of hundreds of illegal new jersey vans that clog the streets around the Port Authority every day, blocking emergency exits (think terrorism) by leaving their vans parked all day illegally and parked under " NYPD Security Zone" signs. I wanted to rent a car, park it illegally behind a van and video how long it would take the cops to tow it. (Probably less than an hour). I wanted to share that video and the other hundreds of photos we had to the press. Hanley said he didn't want to embarrass the mayor! (Seriously). The vsns take work away from ATU members in New Jersey. They have powerful friends in NJ, including the indicted Menendez. They hire off duty cops to chase their competitors away from bus stops. When I showed Hanley that one company held a fund raiser for Hillary, he closed down the investigation. ( the guy claims on his website he carries 40,000 passengers a day (all in cash fares. Totalling 400k a day... a lot of cash for payoffs to pols and cops.). The Port Authority is a major terrorist target. The car with a car bomb a few years ago was discovered by a street vendor, not by one of the hundreds of cops who "patrol" Times Square.. 5-when Wilhelm worked for ATU -supported Dinkins, he said no, maybe, yes to a bus only express lane over the Verrazanno Bridge. It would have increased ridership, reduced pollution, earned the MTA tens of millions a year and created more ATU jobs. It never happened, even though the mayor has four votes on the MTA board and a powerful bully pulpit. 6-why won't Hanley join the TWU in threatening to sue Wilhelm if he tries to illegally give away Parks land without public bidding so at least half of the men and women who drive the horse carriages will be unemployed so Wilhelm can pay off his developer friends who want the stables for high rises? The developers kicked in over $ 1 million to help Wilhelm become mayor. Despite all that, Happy Anniversary Local 726. Write your checks to Wilhelm for mayor. ( cash preferred)


A History of School Bus Ownership
 The Goons, The Mob and the School-Bus Strike (1979 New York Mag) In 1979 the cost of the school bus system was $100 million today $1.1 Billion * The school-bus union's mob ties—Editorial ... - New York Post * Mayoral Candidates on the Bus StrikeAs yellow school bus drivers strike today, many of the candidates for mayor have taken sides. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu, both Democrats vying for labor support, have backed the union and slammed City Hall, while the more cautious Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson have avoided categorical positions thus far. Republican George McDonald, on the other side of the partisan aisle, said striking drivers should simply be fired.


True News Wags the NYP On Lobbyists Ickes Other NYC Clients But Left Out Bus Contract Connection to de Blasio Senate Funding
The Post's Writer Richard Calder Even Started to Follow True News On Twitter Yesterday Afternoon
De Blasio’s lobbyistpal has collected $862K since 2014 (NYP) A longtime pal of Mayor de Blasio has collected $862,550 as a lobbyist for 14 clients since the mayor took office in 2014 — compared to $61,305 off a single client the previous 12 years, according to city records. Harold Ickes operated out of WashingtonDC, and didn’t even have a New York office until after de Blasio ­ascended to power. They include the American Beverage Association, which has shelled out $180,000 trying to limit Health Department restrictions on sugary drinks; JPMorganChase, which paid $172,500 in a failed bid to win subsidies to build new headquarters on the Far West Side; AEG Live, which shelled out $150,000 before scoring a permit to host a music festival on Randalls Island; and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061, which spent $42,000 before Ickes delivered $42 million in taxpayer funds to boost private-bus driver salaries. When asked about Ickes’ influence at City Hall, mayoral spokesman Peter Kardushin said: “Every day, individuals lobby New York City on a broad range of issues. All decisions by the de Blasio administration are made on the merits.” * It sure pays to be Mayor de Blasio’s pal (NYP Ed) Harold Ickes is the new poster boy for how well it pays to be pals with Mayor de Blasio. As The Post’s Rich Calder reports today, Ickes — a longtime de Blasio friend — has seen his City Hall lobbying income soar under this mayor. In the entire Bloomberg era, Ickes got just $61,305 to lobby City Hall. In the two de Blasio years, he’s raked in a whopping $862,550. JP Morgan Chase paid him $172,500 to try to win city subsidies. The American Beverage Association paid him $180,000 to head off restrictions on soda sales. No lobbyists can guarantee results. But Ickes sure delivers high-level access: He and his business partner had a 90-minute dinner with the mayor and his wife in 2014 — just to discuss JP Morgan Chase. And some clients win big: A private bus-drivers union sent $42,000 to Ickes and got $42 million in taxpayer funds to boost the drivers’ pay. “It appears that ‘pay to play’ is very much alive and well in the de Blasio adminstration,” says NYC Parks Advocates’ Geoffrey Croft. “I guess in hindsight, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that AEG Live got preferential treatment.” To be fair, Ickes delivers better results than the mayor himself. For all the help real-estate mogul Steve Nislick gave de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, he still hasn’t gotten his big ask: a shutdown of the West Side carriage-horse stables on a parcel he longs to develop. The mayor’s failed to shut down the carriage industry — and his new deal to bribe the horse-cabbies into taxpayer-paid Central Park stables is already falling apart. The proposal’s under fire from the carriage drivers, the animal-rights nuts, Central Park stewards and good-government types. If de Blasio still manages to push it through, it deserves attention from US Attorney Preet Bharara — who’s pretty good at exposing corrupt quid pro quos.

From True News Yesterday
The NYP Ickes de Blasio's School Bus Pay to Play $40,000 for Campaign for 1NY and $100,000 for Senate Dems 
Mayor de Blasio’s secret cash gifts (NYP July 23, 2014) On Tuesday, The Post’s Carl Campanile reported that several school-bus operators funneled $40,000 to the Campaign for One New York. This is the nonprofit founded by de Blasio allies after his election as mayor and devoted to promoting his agenda. * What's driving political donations(CrainsNY)Last month, a man named Alexis Lodde made a $100,000 donation to a Hudson Valley Democratic Party account. It was an exceptional gift from a Texan who until recently had never made a political contribution in New York. The donation came less than two months after employees at certain bus companies, including one owned by Mr. Lodde's firm, were given a $42 million grant pushed through by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Employees at Mr. Lodde's company are expected to be among the largest beneficiaries. The Daily News reported that Mr. de Blasio and associates raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the obscure campaign account—the Putnam County Democratic Committee, whose chairman quickly transferred $433,000 to help two Democratic state Senate candidates. The $42 million allows them to pay competitive salaries after having won the contracts with low bids. "It makes it possible for the companies to have labor peace," said Ms. Kellermann. MV Transportation had been a target of vandalism during a 2013 school-bus strike over its labor contracts.



Mercury's Lobbyist McKeon Speaking for Rat Silver Real Estate Lobbyists Meara to Protect Skelos Form Lobbyists Avella the Rats Parter?
Meara Avella Dickinson, one of the state's most successful lobbying firms, has dozens of other clients. Though its employees didn't return phone calls, Mike McKeon of Mercury Public Affairs responded to the Times Union on behalf of his friend Meara. In an October 2013 news release, Abtech Holdings — the parent company of AbTech Industries — announced the $12 million contract to construct a stormwater management project for Nassau County. The release stated that another subsidiary of Abtech Holdings, the stormwater engineering company AEWS Engineering, would be involved in the project. More than a year later, AEWS in November 2014 secured Meara Avella Dickinson for "infrastructure" lobbying, records show. The contract was signed by Avella. But according to McKeon, that assignment came not through Glenwood but through another Albany lobbying firm, Capitol Group LLC, which had sought Avella's services. McKeon said the work only lasted two months. * How the Lobbyists Who Make Up the Shadow Government Cover for Each Other and Are Interconnected





Anyone Who Understand Bharara Knows That Silver Rat Meara Has Become Not Only Silver and Skelos's Rat But Others
The press office for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano didn't return a request for comment about the scope of work performed as part of that lobbying contract. (The acting Nassau district attorney launched a probe into the county's process for awarding contracts.) Meara "didn't represent AbTech and never did" in any aspect of the $12 million deal, McKeon said. "He had no involvement in the (stormwater) contract. He stopped representing Nassau County long before the contract was awarded." Lobbying disclosures state Meara's firm was getting paid by Nassau though June 2013, but McKeon said his work on behalf of Nassau stopped in 2012. Top Albany lobbyist Brian Meara is denying any involvement in the ongoing investigation into Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son despite having several clients reportedly involved, theTimes Union reports: Though Meara didn't respond to requests for comment, a friend authorized to speak on his behalf said he has nothing to do with the Skelos investigation.The Skelos probe, described by the New York Times last week, has ties to three current or recent Meara lobbying clients, including a North Carolina subsidiary of a company calledAbTech Holdings.Investigators are reportedly looking into whether Skelos sought to exert influence in AbTech's pursuit of a $12 million stormwater management contract with Nassau County, Skelos' power base.Senate Republicans are reportedly nervous because Meara is a business partner with fellow lobbyist Mike Avella, a former counsel to the Senate GOP and Skelos. The two are principals in the Albany-based firm Meara Avella Dickinson.  Records show Meara Avella Dickinson also recently represented Nassau County, as well as another business mentioned in the Times report: real estate developer Glenwood Management.Run by the state's most generous political donor, Leonard Litwin, Glenwood was Meara's link to the Silver case: A longtime friend of Silver, Meara has reportedly received a non-prosecution agreement in exchange for helping prosecutors link payments made by the prominent Manhattan developer to the Assembly speaker, who was ousted from his leadership position in January following his arrest.* Mercury reopens for business in Albany, with Pat Lynch’s people (Capital)


Council Speaker Campaign Gives the Most Member Items $$ to Her Campaign Consultants Lobbyists MirRam
After a Bad Night for Their Client Espaillat MirRam Still Made Money Today 
Melissa Mark-Viverito Paid MirRam $35,000 for Her Campaign
Hispanic Federation gets biggest @NYCCouncil member item:$400K out of speaker's pot.  (Capital)The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. It’s paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.Flashback Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.(NYP)


Wayne Barrett Shows How Heastie Will Follow Silver and Skelos Corrupton 
HEASTIE'S HELPERS: THE BRONXGANG THAT MADE HIM ONE OF THE STATE'S MOST POWERFUL DEMOCRATS (Wayne Barrett, City and State) We are just getting to know Carl Heastie, the new speaker of the state Assembly, and there’s been no better introduction than the one that appeared in The New York Times recently. The Times reporters, Russ Buettner and David Chen, had earlier taught us some dark lessons about Sheldon Silver, the now-indicted speaker that Heastie succeeded in February. This time, they wrote a very late obit about Heastie’s mother Helene, who died in 1999, three weeks after she was sentenced for stealing $197,000 from a Bronx nonprofit where she worked. The Times discovered that Carl Heastie then ignored a January 1999 court order that he sell the apartment his mother bought with some of the “moneys that were stolen,” as the sentencing judge put it. A co-owner of the property with his mother, Heastie had agreed to sell it as part of a plea bargain deal that would keep his mother out of jail. The Heasties were to transfer the proceeds of the sale, plus another $40,000 from a separate judgment, to the city and the looted nonprofit. 

No Elections or Democracy In Heastie's Still Burning Bronx
When City & State described this story and asked Heastie’s spokesman Michael Whyland for an interview with the speaker, Whyland emailed: “Not interested in discussing old insider politics or theories anyone might have.” The saga starts with a man unnamed in the Times account—Roberto Ramírez, who was an assemblyman and the Bronx County Democratic leader when the court orders were issued in 1999. In early 2000, with the orders still hanging over Heastie’s head, Ramírez announced that Heastie was the party’s candidate for an open Assembly seat. art of a musical-chair package of party selections for several legislative and other positions, Heastie’s designation had been in the works going back to 1998.when his ally, attorney Joey Jackson, indicated he would run against Heastie, Ramírez stuck with Heastie, promising to back Jackson in a future city council or other race. Jackson, meanwhile, was so close to Ramírez that Ramírez had given him a top countywide party office and offered to make him the state committeeman from the Assembly district Heastie would represent. ut Jackson filed petitions to oppose Heastie anyway. He changed his mind, he told reporters, when he was “approached from behind on the street by two men who told him to drop out” and threatened to harm his wife and young child if he didn’t. Jackson said many of his friends and supporters thought the Bronx party “might be tied to the threats,” though he didn’t hold the organization responsible.When Jackson decided to withdraw, Heastie and Ramírez’s attorney, Stanley Schlein, a fixture of the Bronx machine for four decades, brought a declination form to Jackson’s house, got his signature and rushed to the Board of Elections to file it. Two hours later, Jackson changed his mind again and dashed to the board, canceling his declination 15 minutes before a midnight deadline. Ramírez’s lawyers opposed Jackson’s attempt to rescind the declination and the board rejected it, paving the way for Heastie to win the Democratic primary without opposition. Jackson went to District Attorney Johnson’s office about the threats to his family, but they did nothing. Schlein was representing Johnson at the same time that he was representing Heastie, rebuffing a 1999 court challenge to Johnson’s Bronx residency. A committee controlled by Ramírez donated $3,000 to Johnson’s 1999 campaign, all while the Heastie court orders were still a live issue.



The UFT Began Paying Heastie's Lobbyist MirRam $15,000 A Month Says NYP
MirRam co-founder Roberto Ramirez, a former assemblyman and Bronx Democratic leader, is reportedlyhelping Mr. Heastie with his transition. *  
Teachers union hires lobbyists tied to Sheldon Silver’s replacement (NYP)

Melissa Mark-Viverito Paid MirRam $35,000 for Her Campaign

Hispanic Federation gets biggest @NYCCouncil member item:$400K out of speaker's pot.  (Capital)The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. It’s paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.Flashback Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.(NYP)

The Lobbyists Who Run the Bronx, MirRam
An insider says Schlein urged Rivera in 2008—months before the coup—to support Johnson’s wife Renwick for an appointment to the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division, the most prestigious appellate court in the state. Gov. David Paterson appointed her that April, though a spokesman for Paterson said she was part of a group of judges selected by his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in March as a result of a prostitution scandal. Sources involved in the Bronx process say that Ramírez, who shared an office with Spitzer and Paterson’s top political advisers at Global Strategy Group, pushed Renwick’s selection. Daz is the president of a booming, publicly funded, mostly nonprofit empire called Acacia and Ramírez’s firm, MirRam, is its lobbyist. Ramírez is so tied to Acacia that his MirRam partner, Luis Miranda, was chair of the Audubon Partnership, which merged with Acacia in 2013, and their firm represented Promesa, which was absorbed by Acacia a couple of years earlier. Lke Schlein, Ramírez remains so close to Heastie that the Daily News reporteda few days after Heastie’s selection that he was playing an “active role” with Heastie, “assisting Carl in getting things running.” MirRam’s lobbying clients, including the teachers union, have major matters before the Assembly. * In Consulting Group, Hints of How Albany Works - NYTimes ... * Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx. | New York Post * Industry group cashes in with Heastie lobbyist | Crain's New ... * Charity tied to council speaker quadruples its funding ... * Mark-Viverito, Ferreras, Espaillat and Herbalife — City ...  * Roberto Ramirez (politician) - Wikipedia, the free ... * New lobbyist for controversial bill has close Heastie ties. A lobbying firm with close ties to new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and many other minority politicians has been retained to push a controversial bill that would allow check cashers to make high-interest loans, records show. In December, the MirRam Group was hired by Financial Service Centers of New York, an industry group, for $10,000 a month to push the check cashers' bill in Albany. * Roberto Ramirez helping Carl Heastie settle in as speaker ... * Synergy edition: Espaillat and Miranda's 'Manhattan Times ... * Pension $$$ and the MirRam Group * Mirram Group Campaign Contributions

The Lobbyists Who Run the Bronx, MirRam
An insider says Schlein urged Rivera in 2008—months before the coup—to support Johnson’s wife Renwick for an appointment to the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division, the most prestigious appellate court in the state. Gov. David Paterson appointed her that April, though a spokesman for Paterson said she was part of a group of judges selected by his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in March as a result of a prostitution scandal. Sources involved in the Bronx process say that Ramírez, who shared an office with Spitzer and Paterson’s top political advisers at Global Strategy Group, pushed Renwick’s selection. Daz is the president of a booming, publicly funded, mostly nonprofit empire called Acacia and Ramírez’s firm, MirRam, is its lobbyist. Ramírez is so tied to Acacia that his MirRam partner, Luis Miranda, was chair of the Audubon Partnership, which merged with Acacia in 2013, and their firm represented Promesa, which was absorbed by Acacia a couple of years earlier. Lke Schlein, Ramírez remains so close to Heastie that the Daily News reporteda few days after Heastie’s selection that he was playing an “active role” with Heastie, “assisting Carl in getting things running.” MirRam’s lobbying clients, including the teachers union, have major matters before the Assembly. * In Consulting Group, Hints of How Albany Works - NYTimes ... * Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx. | New York Post * Industry group cashes in with Heastie lobbyist | Crain's New ... * Charity tied to council speaker quadruples its funding ... * Mark-Viverito, Ferreras, Espaillat and Herbalife — City ...  Roberto Ramirez (politician) - Wikipedia, the free ... * New lobbyist for controversial bill has close Heastie ties. A lobbying firm with close ties to new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and many other minority politicians has been retained to push a controversial bill that would allow check cashers to make high-interest loans, records show. In December, the MirRam Group was hired by Financial Service Centers of New York, an industry group, for $10,000 a month to push the check cashers' bill in Albany. * Roberto Ramirez helping Carl Heastie settle in as speaker ... * Synergy edition: Espaillat and Miranda's 'Manhattan Times ... * Pension $$$ and the MirRam Group * Mirram Group Campaign Contributions

Council Speaker Campaign Gives the Most Member Items $$ to Her Campaign Consultants Lobbyists MirRam

Melissa Mark-Viverito Paid MirRam $35,000 for Her Campaign
Hispanic Federation gets biggest @NYCCouncil member item:$400K out of speaker's pot.  (Capital)The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. It’s paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.Flashback Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.(NYP)


Memo to NYP Political Director: David Seifman: MirRam Violated the City's Ethics Law

What the NYP left out was that MirRam that group that profited from the graft was illegally working on the the campaign to make Melissa Mark Viverito Speaker. The lines that the NYP did not copy from the CrainsNY piece was the most important to point out how MirRam acted illegally.  CrainsNY - "Last November, during the heart of the City Council speaker race, an employee of the MirRam group fielded a press request from Crain's on Ms. Mark-Viverito's behalf for an article about her past refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for MirRam said any work done for Ms. Mark-Viverito was only related work for her 2013 City Council campaign, though it had ended weeks before the press request was fielded by MirRam. The firm was not paid to assist her speaker campaign."  Another lobbying firm close to Ms. Mark-Viverito, the Advance Group, landed in hot water for providing free consulting services during Ms. Mark-Viverito's speaker campaign. 

Council Speaker From I Can't Breathe to 1000 More Cops All About Spin of the Moment 
Mark-Viverito pushes plan to hire 1,000 more cops(NYP) The  Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin Lobbying Firm Represent the "I Can't Breathe" Council Speaker at the Same Time It Represents the Detective's PBA- Michael Palladino, the president of the Detectives' Endowment Association 
Council Speaker Mark-Viverito who last mother put on an I Can't Breathe T-Shirt to join the anti-police protesters has made Pitta Biship Del Giorno millions in lobbying fees after the lobbyists help her win the speakership.  The lobbying firm also represents the Detectives' Endowment Association, whose leader Palladino said Mr. de Blasio should offer an kind apology.* As City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito pushes to add a thousand police officers, liberal elected officials are in an unfamiliar position—bearing the brunt of fury from activists on the left, the Observerreports: 

The NYC nabes that simultaneously see the most crime, 911 calls, arrests are known as the "Crime Cloud" at the NYPD- 'Broken Windows' report
 As the lobbyists who operate as political consultants have taken over the Tammany Hall machine these lobbying firms like Pitta Biship Del Giorno have moved away from positions or ideology and represents both sides in their quest for power to make money. Kelly Scott Murder Change My Mind Abourt Cop Cam Ray Kelly reverses body cam stance after Scott shooting  (NYP) * 'IT HAS CHANGED MY MIND': Death of Walter Scott makes former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly a supporter of police body cameras (NYDN) * New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito plans to repeat her call for the city to hire 1,000 new police officers in her official budget response Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * NYPD foundation got $1M gift from United Arab Emirates (NYDN) * ‘MARCH 2 JUSTICE': Protesters kick off 8-day, 250-mile walk from Staten Island to D.C. to raise awareness for police reform (NYDN) * The New York City Council is starting to “crowd-source” questions from social media at hearings in an effort led by “Twitter fanatic“ Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Daily News reports:  *  Commissioner Bratton on how the NYPD lost its way (NYDN) * Thee Rant, a blog for current and former NYPD officers, includes several racist posts that the department views as a problem, but the NYPD is limited in what it can do to prevent such posts, ProPublica reports: * Bratton vows to double down on ‘broken windows’ policing (NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Thursday that the NYPD plans to double down on quality-of-life policing — as he unveiled a sweeping report on “broken windows.” Bratton told a press conference at the police academy that the NYPD is committed to finding common ground with the city’s different communities and elected officials regarding “broken windows” law enforcement. * Bratton Explores Giving Warnings in Lieu of Arrests for Minor Offenses  (NYT)The comments by William J. Bratton, the New York police commissioner, came amid a debate over the policing of minority communities and a conversation in the city about altering some practices.

Puppet Council Speaker Controlled By the New Private Tammany Hall
Top Speaker Lobbyists Puts A Man Inside
Council speaker puts connected lobbyist on payroll(CrainsNY) Melissa Mark-Viverito quietly handed a $130,000-a-year staff position to a lobbyist from the firm that helped propel her to the City Council speakership, payroll records show. In late March, Carlos Beato, who was a lobbyist at the firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, joined the City Council payroll as a deputy general counsel. The move came not long after the lobbying shop—which has long served as Ms. Mark-Viverito’s campaign compliance consultant—quarterbacked her council speaker bid. The firm’s Jon Del Giorno set up an “appointments committee” for Ms. Mark-Viverito to vet applicants for the council staff. The firm lobbied Ms. Mark-Viverito as her speaker bid was ongoing, and has continued to do so since her ascension to the city's second-most powerful post. The close ties have drawn scrutiny and a call from the Daily News for Ms. Mark-Viverito to sever ties with the firm and its clients. In an unprecedented and clever move, the Pitta Bishop set up a 2017 campaign accountto facilitate Ms. Mark-Viverito’s speaker run. That allowed her to raise $100,000, with more than $20,000 coming from the lobbying firm’s clients. The good-government group Common Cause accused Ms. Mark-Viverito of exploiting loopholes in state election law. Pitta Bishop's clients also reportedly funded much of her $27,000 inauguration party. * NY lobbying grows another 4%, spent $109 M in first sixmonths of this year; now 32 lobbyists for every legislator 

To the Winner Lobbyists Goes the Spoils (City Council)
Since the 2013 elections Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin has picked up of 70 clients to lobby for. 51 clients to lobby the city council, 17 to lobby the office of the mayor


Another big winner of 2013 made a similar argument. Jon Del Giorno, sitting in his firm's 28th-floor conference room a few blocks from City Hall, downplayed the notion that his closeness with Ms. Mark-Viverito will help his firm, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, which has hovered near the bottom of, or just out of, the top-10 list.  Pitta Bishop has done Ms. Mark-Viverito's election-law compliance since 2005, and last year Mr. Del Giorno quarterbacked her uphill speaker bid. In a clever and unprecedented move, the firm set up a 2017 campaign account for an unspecified office with the state Board of Elections, which allowed Ms. Mark-Viverito to raise $100,000 and hire a full staff for her run, despite needing just 26 votes from council colleagues to win. More than $21,000 of the money reportedly came from Pitta Bishop's long roster of business and labor clients, and gave Ms. Mark-Viverito an edge over her rivals. Common Cause New York said the new speaker was "exploiting" the state's lax campaign-finance system.A consulting firm—Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin—that helped Melissa Mark-Viverito in her runs for City Council and Council speaker has lobbied her on behalf of four clients, the Daily News reports: Disclosure reports show an advocacy group, the East Side Alliance Against Overdevelopment, paid Pitta Bishop $15,000 in November to fight a plan by Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital to build two towers on city-owned land on E. 73rd St. Pitta Bishop lobbied Council members from Manhattan, including Mark-Viverito — who represents East Harlem — to vote against the project when it came before the 12-member Manhattan Borough Board on Nov. 21. Mark-Viverito voted no, but the project was approved 6 to 4. Mark-Viverito’s spokesman said her vote had no connection to the lobbying by her consultant. In January and February, Pitta Bishop lobbyists also met with Mark-Viverito’s staff on behalf of another client, the Vera Institute. The goal? Vera’s request for additional Council funding of a pilot program providing legal aid to immigrants. Vera received $500,000 in funding last year and wants $5 million more this year. Pitta Bishop also lobbied Mark-Viverito in January and February seeking “support for museum programming related to anti-bullying” run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Manhattan. She was asked to speak at an anti-bullying event targeted to children, which she agreed to do, her spokesman said. And Luis Miranda of the MirRam Group enjoys a close relationship with Ms. Mark-Viverito.

The Speakers Lobbyists Cash In
Lobby for the City Council Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,: MedReview, Inc.,  Meadows Office Supply Co., Inc.,  National Lighthouse Museum,  Simon Wiesenthal Center, Inc.,  Knickerbocker Plaza LLC,  Local 420 AFSCME AFL-CIO,  Vera Institute of Justice, Inc.,   Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees & Bartenders Union Local 6New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council AFL-CIO,   Detectives Endowment Association Police Department, City of New York Inc.,  Lakeside Manor Home For Adults Inc.,   Community Health Center of Richmond, Inc,,  Grasmere and Cameron Lakes Bluebelt Conservancy, Inc.,  Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 1 of the United Association,  New York State Conference of IUOE,  Richmond Uni Home Care, Inc.,  Adco Electrical Corp,  BIO-REFERENCE LABORATORIES, INC.,   New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Assoc. of NYC, Inc. Health Benefits Fund,  LOCAL 372 NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES,  UNITE HERE,  MagnaCare Administrative Services, LLC,  District Council No. 4, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIOA.T.U.-Division 1181-1061 AFL-CIO,  OFFICE &PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION LOCAL 153,  International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 9 ,  RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER,  BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.,  International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B,  Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A,  Glenwood Management Corp.,  LOCAL UNION NO. 94-94A-94B, I.U.O.E., AFL-CIO,  NYSARC, INC., NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER,    New York Black Operator's Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.,    UNIFORMED SANITATIONMEN'S ASS'N LOCAL 831 - I.B.T,   Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York, Inc.,  East Side Alliance Against Overdevelopment, Inc.,   Urgent-MD Hewlett Management LLC , SOSH Architects, P.A.,, Lobby for the City Council and office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  New York Wheel LLCWellPoint, Inc.,  Pier A Battery Park Associates, LLC,  Garage Employees Local Union No. 272,  Staten Island Marine Development, LLC,  The Francis School,  Chef's Choice Cash & Carry Food Distributor, Inc.,  THE WITKOFF GROUP LLC,  Il Commandatore Restaurant Inc.,  RJ LEE GROUP, INC.,  Cameron Club of Staten island, Inc.,  Milrose Consultants, Inc.,  Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Inc,  UNIFORMED FIRE ALARM DISPATCHERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. , Lobby for the office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  Gardeners/Growers/Landscapers Association of New York, Inc.,  Council of School Supervisors and Administrators,  SOSH Architects, P.A.


Even the Red Cross is Controlled and Wastes Millions on Public Relations Consultants
In the wake of Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012 Americans sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, but the charity botched key parts of its recovery mission, diverted “assets for public relations purposes” and made politically-driven decisions when it came to distributing relief efforts, ProPublica and NPR report:









Wag the NYT Stenographer Dwyer 
True News Published A Picture Editorial 3 Day Before Dwyer That Stable Money Can Better Be Spent On the Homeless
 The Times’ Jim Dwyer writes that de Blasio’s horsecarriage plan solves a problem that doesn’t exist and will cost the city millions of dollars that could otherwise be spent on other issues, like homelessness

True News Wags the NYP On Lobbyists Ickes Other NYC Clients But Left Out Bus Contract Connection to de Blasio Senate Funding
The Post's Writer Richard Calder Even Started to Follow True News On Twitter Yesterday Afternoon
De Blasio’s lobbyistpal has collected $862K since 2014 (NYP) A longtime pal of Mayor de Blasio has collected $862,550 as a lobbyist for 14 clients since the mayor took office in 2014 — compared to $61,305 off a single client the previous 12 years, according to city records. Harold Ickes operated out of WashingtonDC, and didn’t even have a New York office until after de Blasio ­ascended to power. They include the American Beverage Association, which has shelled out $180,000 trying to limit Health Department restrictions on sugary drinks; JPMorganChase, which paid $172,500 in a failed bid to win subsidies to build new headquarters on the Far West Side; AEG Live, which shelled out $150,000 before scoring a permit to host a music festival on Randalls Island; and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061, which spent $42,000 before Ickes delivered $42 million in taxpayer funds to boost private-bus driver salaries. When asked about Ickes’ influence at City Hall, mayoral spokesman Peter Kardushin said: “Every day, individuals lobby New York City on a broad range of issues. All decisions by the de Blasio administration are made on the merits.” * It sure pays to be Mayor de Blasio’s pal (NYP Ed) Harold Ickes is the new poster boy for how well it pays to be pals with Mayor de Blasio. As The Post’s Rich Calder reports today, Ickes — a longtime de Blasio friend — has seen his City Hall lobbying income soar under this mayor. In the entire Bloomberg era, Ickes got just $61,305 to lobby City Hall. In the two de Blasio years, he’s raked in a whopping $862,550. JP Morgan Chase paid him $172,500 to try to win city subsidies. The American Beverage Association paid him $180,000 to head off restrictions on soda sales. No lobbyists can guarantee results. But Ickes sure delivers high-level access: He and his business partner had a 90-minute dinner with the mayor and his wife in 2014 — just to discuss JP Morgan Chase. And some clients win big: A private bus-drivers union sent $42,000 to Ickes and got $42 million in taxpayer funds to boost the drivers’ pay. “It appears that ‘pay to play’ is very much alive and well in the de Blasio adminstration,” says NYC Parks Advocates’ Geoffrey Croft. “I guess in hindsight, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that AEG Live got preferential treatment.” To be fair, Ickes delivers better results than the mayor himself. For all the help real-estate mogul Steve Nislick gave de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, he still hasn’t gotten his big ask: a shutdown of the West Side carriage-horse stables on a parcel he longs to develop. The mayor’s failed to shut down the carriage industry — and his new deal to bribe the horse-cabbies into taxpayer-paid Central Park stables is already falling apart. The proposal’s under fire from the carriage drivers, the animal-rights nuts, Central Park stewards and good-government types. If de Blasio still manages to push it through, it deserves attention from US Attorney Preet Bharara — who’s pretty good at exposing corrupt quid pro quos.

From True News Yesterday
The NYP Ickes de Blasio's School Bus Pay to Play $40,000 for Campaign for 1NY and $100,000 for Senate Dems 
Mayor de Blasio’s secret cash gifts (NYP July 23, 2014) On Tuesday, The Post’s Carl Campanile reported that several school-bus operators funneled $40,000 to the Campaign for One New York. This is the nonprofit founded by de Blasio allies after his election as mayor and devoted to promoting his agenda. * What's driving political donations(CrainsNY)Last month, a man named Alexis Lodde made a $100,000 donation to a Hudson Valley Democratic Party account. It was an exceptional gift from a Texan who until recently had never made a political contribution in New York. The donation came less than two months after employees at certain bus companies, including one owned by Mr. Lodde's firm, were given a $42 million grant pushed through by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Employees at Mr. Lodde's company are expected to be among the largest beneficiaries. The Daily News reported that Mr. de Blasio and associates raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the obscure campaign account—the Putnam County Democratic Committee, whose chairman quickly transferred $433,000 to help two Democratic state Senate candidates. The $42 million allows them to pay competitive salaries after having won the contracts with low bids. "It makes it possible for the companies to have labor peace," said Ms. Kellermann. MV Transportation had been a target of vandalism during a 2013 school-bus strike over its labor contracts.

Lobbyist Ickes Other NY City Clients 
Mayor's old pal wins new biz as lobbyist (CrainsNY) For a City Hall 'in,' clients turn to DC power Harold Ickes. A few months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed a union-backed bill through the City Council that handed $42 million in public funds to privately employed school-bus workers. Even some labor-friendly lawmakers questioned the precedent set by taxpayer-funded raises for workers at the low-wage bus companies. Harold Ickes, a former top Clinton administration official, had long been a fixture in the center of the lobbying universe: WashingtonD.C. But since his protégé Mr. de Blasio's election last November—a victory aided by Mr. Ickes—the lobbyist has found new business opportunities in the Big Apple. Soon after vetting administration hires as a member of Mr. de Blasio's transition team, Mr. Ickes opened a New York branch of his lobbying firm, the Ickes & Enright Group. He and his employees have since lobbied a dozen de Blasio administration officials for a rapidly growing number of clients. Mr. Ickes also separately pushed legislation that led to the bus drivers' $42 million windfall. In recent months, the Ickes & Enright Group has signed a number of clients seeking to influence local government, such as the American Beverage Association, JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, North Shore-LIJ Health System, entertainment company AEG Live, office supplier Canon Solutions America and prekindergarten advocacy group Los Angeles Universal Preschool. At the same time, the 75-year-old Mr. Ickes remains a key de Blasio political adviser. Both men worked for David Dinkins' 1989 mayoral campaign, and drew closer when they worked for the Clinton* De Blasio’s lobbyist friend was the Clinton administration’s ‘Garbage Man’ (NYP) Lobbyist and longtime Mayor de Blasio pal Harold Ickes earned an infamous nickname during his years as a highly partisan political operative in President Bill Clinton’s White House: The Garbage Man. “Ickes has been caught up in so many of Clinton’s scandals and crises that he came to describe his function in the White House as ‘director of the sanitation department,’” author Michael Lewis wrote in a 1997 profile of the key Clinton aide. Ickes’ main job was to get people together in a room and figure out what to tell the public and congressional investigators about the “garbage” — also known as the scandals over Bubba’s fund-raising, sexual dalliances and other tawdry episodes. These days, Ickes is earning his keep as a lobbyist who spends a lot of time with de Blasio — and rakes in the dough doing so. “Bill has referred to Harold as his ‘political surrogate father,’ ” the source said. “He clearly is a mentor in every way.” The son of the late Harold L. Ickes, who was secretary of the interior under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he has kept a high profile as a powerful lawyer, lobbyist and political advisor.



de Blasio Supporter Lobbyists Ickes Gets OK for Massive Music Fest
Ickes Donates $13,000 to de Blasio and the Mayor Delivers the Lobbyists Client An Island 
Friend Gave to de Blasio Just as Client Won Permit to Stage Festival (NYT) Harold M. Ickes delivered donations to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign the same day a client, A.E.G. Live, won approval to hold a lucrative music festival on Randalls Island Harold M. Ickes, a longtime friend and mentor of Mayor Bill de Blasio, delivered about $13,000 in donations last week to the mayor’s re-election campaign, on the day that one of his lobbying clients received the de Blasio administration’s go-ahead to hold a lucrative music festival in New York City  Mr. Ickes, a veteran political counselor best known for advising the Clinton family, had been paid $150,000 by A.E.G. Live, a concert promoter based in California, to lobby the city as it vied for permission to hold a summer festival in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Last week, the company’s Queens application was rejected, along with those of two rival promoters, after local opposition. Instead, A.E.G. Live was given clearance to hold a festival in July on Randalls Island; its rivals, Madison Square Garden and Founders Entertainment, did not receive similar permission to hold their events.* * After de Blasio announced a plan to shrink the horse-carriage trade in Manhattan and relocate its animals into Central Park, a number of groups have expressed their dissatisfaction, the Times writes:
De Blasio OKs massive music fest for cronies’ pal after denying others (NYP) Mayor de Blasio has quietly cut a deal allowing a concert promoter linked to one his cronies to host a multi-day major music festival on Randall’s Island — only after city officials simultaneously nixed similar proposals in Queens. AEG Live — which runs the Coachella concert series in California — will now host its “Panorama Festival” on Randall’s Island July 24 to 26 through a deal confirmed by the Parks Department Monday. Madison Square Garden, Founders Entertainment and AEG had previously submitted similar applications to shut down Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens for large for-profit mega festivals. However, Borough President Melinda Katz and community leaders argued for more transparency in the city’s permit process, ultimately leading to all of the Flushing Meadows’ applications being tossed. Unlike its competitors, which were left empty handed, AEG had a politically connected ace in the hole in lobbyist Harold Ickes and that led to the Randall’s Island deal being ironed out behind closed doors, sources said. AEG Live since 2014 has shelled out $150,000 to Ickes, a longtime mentor to the mayor, to help garner support to put on a major New York show. Ickes also served on de Blasio’s transition team, so he played a role in the March 2014 hiring of Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, who signs off on all park permits.Coachella Organizers Move Festival To Randall's Island AfterParks Dept Pushes Them Out Of Queens  * Coachella won't be coming to Queensafter this rejection (NYDN)*   Lobbyist delivers $12.3G to de Blasio campaign as music festival gets approval (NYDN)





Harold Ickes Both Advises de Blasio and Lobbies Them . . . Shadow Govnment Member 

Wednesday Update
JPMorgan Chase Drops Plan to Build 2 West Side Towers(NYT) The proposed building project foundered on issues including a package of tax breaks to the bank that was publicly scoffed at by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Harold Ickes both advises Bill de Blasio, and lobbies him (CrainsNY) A few months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed a union-backed bill through the City Council that handed $42 million in public funds to privately employed school-bus workers. Even some labor-friendly lawmakers questioned the precedent set by taxpayer-funded raises for workers at the low-wage bus companies. Behind the scenes, one of the country's pre-eminent political fixers had spent months laying the groundwork for the bill, lobbying records show. Harold Ickes, a former top Clinton administration official, had long been a fixture in the center of the lobbying universe: WashingtonD.C. But since his protégé Mr. de Blasio's election last November—a victory aided by Mr. Ickes—the lobbyist has found new business opportunities in the Big Apple. Soon after vetting administration hires as a member of Mr. de Blasio's transition team, Mr. Ickes opened a New York branch of his lobbying firm, the Ickes & Enright Group. He and his employees have since lobbied a dozen de Blasio administration officials for a rapidly growing number of clients. Mr. Ickes also separately pushed legislation that led to the bus drivers' $42 million windfall. In recent months, the Ickes & Enright Group has signed a number of clients seeking to influence local government, such as the American Beverage Association, JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, North Shore-LIJ Health System, entertainment company AEG Live, office supplier Canon Solutions America and prekindergarten advocacy group Los Angeles Universal Preschool. At the same time, the 75-year-old Mr. Ickes remains a key de Blasio political adviser. Both men worked for David Dinkins' 1989 mayoral campaign, and drew closer when they worked for the Clintons. "He knows the [de Blasio] administration well, so it makes sense he would look to expand his business," said Sid Davidoff, a veteran lobbyist who is also considered tight with the mayor. Questioned about their ties at a press conference last week, Mr. de Blasio called Mr. Ickes a "dear friend," but insisted that their relationship would not affect policy decisions * Lobbyists spent $109.8 million to influence state government over the first six months of 2014—a 4 percent increase from the same time period a year ago—with the state teachers union spending the most, followed by anti-gambling interests and a group pushing for public campaign financing, the Daily News reports: 

A Shadow Government King
The Lobbyists for the Developer of the Library Hudson Companies is the Same Lobbyists for the Developer of the Hospital James F. Capalino & Associates, Inc.
Bill de Blasio fund-raisers are big time lobbyists (NYDN) Spokeswoman for mayoral rival Joe Lhota says the lobbyists on de Blasio's host committee for his $1 million fund-raiser with Hillary Clinton show his 'hypocrisy' as 'he takes cash from developers and special interests. The host committee included James Capalino, who has lobbied for Rudin Management, developers of high-end condos near the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, and lobbyist Suri Kasirer, who met with de Blasio on Brooklyn’s contentious Atlantic Yards project.

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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
Breaking City Time 3 Found Guilty For A IT Crime That Could Have Been Stopped
 
Biggest Scandal in NYC History
Three men involved in $100 million CityTime fraud sentenced to 20 years in prison.(NYDN) Gerard Denault, Mark Mazer and Dmitry Aronshtein were found guilty in November of siphoning away nearly $100 million associated with CityTime in a kickback and money laundering scheme. A Manhattan federal judge gave the men the maximum sentence for each count Monday, but will allow the sentences to be served concurrently, meaning each will spend about 20 years behind bars. Three men who "treated the city like their own giant ATM" by cheating the city out of millions of dollars on the costly CityTime project were sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday in a standing room only courtroom.* Three Men Sentenced to 20 Years in CityTime Scheme (NYT) Federal prosecutors said the defendants were responsible for more than $100 million in losses to New York City through the payroll modernization project.* CityTime head, accomplices sentenced to 20 years in prison (NYP)


Not On City Employee Has Been Indicted . . .  Not One Reform Has Been Put in Place to Stop Corrupt Contracts


"The city did little to prevent their brazen schemes," Judge Daniels said, calling the city's current contracting process an "invitation not just for corruption but for waste and fraud." "Until significant reforms are instituted ... criminal prosecutions of fraud against the city will continue," the judge said. In November, a jury found the trio guilty of siphoning away nearly $100 million associated with CityTime in a kickback and money laundering scheme that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called "one of the most brazen frauds" in city history. Mazer, 50, directed millions to crooked staffing companies, then took kickbacks through overseas bank accounts.
He gobbled up about $30 million in just five years. Denault, 52, who worked on CityTime as a bigwig with contractor S.A.I.C., had a similar con. With Mazer and Denault running the show, the project, budgeted at $63 million in 1998, ballooned to over $600 million.Denault took secret cash kickbacks below a Manhattan massage parlor, and defendants stored more than a million dollars in cash in safe deposit boxes on Long Island, jurors heard in the month-long trial. In all, eight people have been convicted in connection with the scam. Our Juan Gonzalez's column: "By slapping stiff 20-year sentences on the main CityTime project thieves, Manhattan Federal Judge George Daniels sent some clear messages Monday to the burgeoning world of government computer contracts. First: Crooked IT consultants can’t simply rip off taxpayers for millions of dollars and then expect to get treated lightly. Second: City officials failed miserably in doing oversight and need to revamp how they hold their consultants accountable."

Mayor, Council, DOI Knew Since 2003 That Contract Was Corrupt  . . .  But Nothing Happened 

Cover-Up
Flashbacks
 CityTime contractor to pay $500M in fraud - New York Daily News * Contractor in NYC's CityTime Scandal Avoids Prosecution with ...Boss Tweed would be proud - New York Daily News * CityTime CNN I report Whistle blowing post that called them all out including Jelly Bean(Jan 2009) * Time-Out Proposed For CityTime System - City Limits Magazine(May 19, 2008) * City Council to probe CityTime; timekeeping and payroll system(Dec 18, 2009) * Liu Crows as CityTime Investigation Widens(NYO) * Richard Valcich wrote a letter to SAIC complaining of waste and bloat in the main contract.  In 2003 Valcich wrote: the city had spent "approximately $35 million on CityTime and does not have a tangible system to show for it. Ex-payroll boss blew whistle on CityTime in scathing 2003 letter and nothing was done(NYDN) * Letter found by Liu reveals shady CityTime job offer pitch in '02 from main contractor to Valcich.(NYDN) A second reason why the city knew was a CNN IRerort in 2009 by an anonymous city worker who said that the project was corrupt. 2 of the three people mentioned in the report have been indicted * Daily News' Juan Gonzalez published a report how several whistleblowers who when to DOI in 2008 to report corruption in the CityTime contract were ignored. * * $450 million scam couple flee before CityTime indictment(NYDN) * U.S. Attorney: CityTime Project "Corrupted To Its Core"(NY1) * The city official who was the project’s point person, Joel Bondy, resigned in December and had close ties to the suspected mastermind of the schemeClocking CityTime, the craziest contract ever | Crain's New York ...* Behind Troubled City Payroll Project, Lax Oversight and One Powerful Insider (NYT)  *CityTime Scandal Contractors Tried to Hire City Critic (Village Voice)
CityTime, MTA and DOE Contract Scandal (True News)


Holtzman Should Give the City Her Lobbying Fees From From the Corrupt Citytime
Ms. Holtzman's lobbying firm was paid $120,000 in 2009, $90,000 in 2010, and $200,000 in 2011 by SAIC, the maker of CityTime, to lobby New York City politicians in order to keep NYC.gov paying CityTime's huge cost overruns. Eventually, it was estimated that SAIC over-billed New York City by $600 million, and Ms. Holtzman was one of the principal lobbyist being paid to keep that gravy train rolling. Her lobbying firm was paid $410,000 to keep the CityTime gravy train rolling into Ms. Holtzman's station. Holzman lobbied Borough President - Queens, NYC Council Members. Comptroller's Office, Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of The Mayor (OTM), Office of the Contract Service. The city's lobbying database shows a small army of former prominent city officials who did work for SAIC and Technodyne. Defense contractor SAIC has retained former City Comptroller Liz Holtzman, Peter Powers, who served as Mayor Giuliani's top deputy Mayor for operations, and Seth Kaye, who worked in both the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations. Technodyne's lobbyists include former Bloomberg Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Gino Menchini and Agostino Cangemi, who also held key posts in both administrations. National Strategies, the lobbying firm that employs Menchini and Cangemi, says the firm had no role in CityTime and discontinued working "on general business procurement" for Technodyne as soon as the criminal allegations surfaced. (Another Technodyne lobbyist of record, Sal Salamone, was director of the Mayor’s Office of Computer Planning and has worked for SAIC.) 



Lobbyists Firm Put Patterson On the Payroll of the Same Firm That Works for the Koch Brothers  

In Addition to Paying Paterson Mercury Public Affairs Works for the Right Wing Koch Brothers PAC and For Progressive Council
Member Margaret Chin And they Bag Millions from City Contracts
Paterson’s payday, for a ‘public relations problem’(Capital)  Former Governor David Paterson was paid at least $386,000 in 2013 to consult for various interest groups, including $50,000 to help a Republican-linked firm handle a “public relations problem” for one of its clients, records show. Paterson, the recently named chairman of the Democratic state committee, was paid between $50,000 and $75,000 from Mercury LLC, according to a 2013 financial disclosure form, filed with the state's ethics watchdog. The communications firm was founded by Pataki administration veterans, who along with Paterson were tight-lipped on the exact nature of Paterson's consulting.Chin Campaign paid Mercury over 100,000

Mercury is the Contractor for Hewlett-Packer Which Worked in the Problem Pledged 911 System
Both Mercury and George Artz have been lobbyists for Hewlett-Packard which was the main contractor of the city's 911 emergency system that crashes a lot. The city 911 system is now being sued by the parents of 4-year-old Ariel Russo who claim she died because an ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital was delayed by a 911 crash.  Arzt is also the flack for Excell's One 57 that got tax breaks from Albany to build a 75-story luxury skyscraper. One57 tax break is contributing to pushing the middle class our of Manhattan and raising rents in Brooklyn.  Parkside got away with making millions off of the council's member items and slush fund. The Advance Group according to a series written by CrainsNY used its control of PAC to be on more than one side in a race, even working against clients who hired his firm.  Berlin Rosen worked for the same client, Bruce Ratner as indicted Melvin Lowe and convicted Kruger flack Richard J Lipsky promising affordable housing where none exists today. * Special interest groups spend $210M lobbying state, local governments (NYDN) Cigarette giant Alria Client Services spend the most- $3 million- in 2013 to fight a tobacco display ban in New York City. At least two Republican-dominated firms with close ties to Democratic Gov. Cuomo experienced booming business in 2013, the lobbying report showed.Park Strategies — headed by former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato — saw its total compensation grew by 61.9% in 2013 over 2012. Mercury Public Affairs, whose partner, Michael McKeon, is a former communications director for ex-Gov. George Pataki and a prominent figure in Republicans for Cuomo, saw a compensation jump of 25% in 2013.

 

New York Ethics, Lobbying and Elections Compliance Blog


Corrupt Lobbyist Schlien Worked Illegally for Arroyos

Stanley Schlein Works Free for Arroyos, Illegal Contribution?
Bronx Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo paid more than $55,000 to her son to help her re-election campaign, continuing to pay him through December of this year even though she had an non-competitive general election. “The hefty payout consumed half of the $102,256 in private funds raised by the third-term Democrat,” the Post noted.*
Arroyo family made $55G on City Council run Isn't this illegal if you forbid family members from being paid?

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NY Pols Consultants Lobbyists Price Fixers On Wall Street, Pension Scandal?

Deep Throat: Follow the Lobbyists $$$
Letters from New York City and state politicians bashing nutritional supplement company Herbalife are raising questions about if the officials played a role in a hedge fund manager’s campaign to drive down the company’s stock price, the Daily News writes:  They are the kinds of letters often written by elected officials. But these letters by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat are raising questions whether the officials played a role in a campaign to drive down the stock price of a nutritional supplement company.* Espaillat (D-Manhattan) said there was evidence that Herbalife is "an illegal pyramid scheme." Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) and Ferreras (D-Queens) cited allegations the company is an "abusive pyramid scheme." The letters were sent at the same time that hedge funder William Ackman was organizing Hispanic officials around the country to pressure regulators to investigate the company. Local political operative Luis Miranda and two local non-profits, the Hispanic Federation and Make the Road New York, were all hired as part of the Ackman campaign to encourage local pols to look into Herbalife’s practices, the Times reported.*
Trinity Padilla is the other . Board Member to resign after my commentary last night . * After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power (NYT) Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down


Lobbyists Pitta Bishop Del Giorno Which Already Control the City Council Is Seeking To Also Take Over GOP Clubs and BOE


New Boss Same As the Old Boss
Pitta & Giblin LLP Sponsor of our Annual Columbus DayDinner (Queens Village Republic Club) The members of the Queens Village Republican Club wish to extend our warmest thanks to Robert Bishop, a partner at the lawfirm, Pitta Bishop, Del Giorno, Giblin LLP for the generous donation from his lawfirm, to sponsor our annual Columbus Day Dinner on Oct. 2nd at the Knights of Columbus, St. Annes Council in Glen Oaks. Giulani Saving the Bronx GOP* The Bronx Republican Party will host a fundraising golf outing to fill its coffers Wednesday at the acclaimed Saint Andrews Golf Club in Westchester County with special guest former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Daily News reports: 



Global Strategy Robos for Wall $treet Dollars

After paying a $2 million dollar fine as part of the pension scandal, Global Strategy Now is the Bag Man for A Wall Street hedge fund schemeUsing connections made as a political consultant and lobbyists to cash in on Wall Street
Gordon Gekko Global
The Global Strategy Group, a longtime consultant to Mr. Ackman. Global Strategy Group, a consulting firm helping  began to make such payments, including about $120,000 to the Hispanic Federation and another $10,000 to Make the Road New York. Global Strategies Group, whose CEO Jon Silvan will pay $2 million for serving unlicensed broker. Global, which did work for former Gov. Elliot Spitzer, is said to have received $1.3 million for helping facilitate pension fund investments in private equity funds managed by two firms. * Hevesi fallout widens to include Rattner, Global Strategy Group(Politico) * Quadrangle and Global Strategies settle with Cuomo(NYDN)



Team de Blasio Connected to NYU OK Expansion . . . Now Want Payback for the Elected Officials $$
De Blasio’s NYU appointments may ‘influence’ expansion approval (NYP) An ivory tower has been erected at City Hall — with Mayor de Blasio appointing so many NYU-connected officials to top-tier jobs that advocates fear the university’s controversial development projects will be rubber-stamped. Last week, de Blasio named professor Vicki Been head of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the agency charged with housing the city’s neediest residents. Been and her hubby, Richard Revesz, who was dean of NYU’s law school for 11 years, owe the university $6.4 million for sweetheart mortgages on their West Village town house and Connecticut vacation home. De Blasio’s first deputy mayor is former NYU Langone Medical Center honcho Anthony Shorris, who made $1 million as both a vice dean and hospital chief of staff. The mayor also tapped former Trinity Real Estate President Carl Weisbrod as chair of the City Planning Commission. Weisbrod, who served in the Lindsay, Koch and Dinkins administrations, was an academic chair at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.   The city’s new corporation counsel, ex-US Attorney Zachary Carter, is an NYU Law trustee. “It looks like the fix is in,” said a community activist who refused to be identified for fear of retaliation by NYU. “People are afraid [the university] will have undo influence.” NYU is also a revolving door for politicos between jobs. Mayoral contender and former MTA chair Joe Lhota replaced Shorris earlier this year at NYU Langone. Brad Gair, who worked as a disaster-recovery manager in the mayor’s office, took a job with NYU Langone this week.

The field of consultants to go with the field of 2013 mayoral contenders




SKDKnickerbocker Making Money Off of Puerto Rico's Bankruptcy Works In Top NY Elected Officials Campaigns
City lawyers, consultants cash in on Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy (NYP) SKDKnickerbocker, the powerful Manhattan communications and public-affairs firm, was retained by Puerto Rico to handle public relations and marketing at a cost of up to $3.4 million, including $500,000 for advertising. Influential lobbyist Jennifer Cunningham is the point person in six of the seven Knickerbocker contracts with Puerto Rico, records show. Cunningham, pal to Gov. Cuomo and former wife of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is a former honcho with SEIU Local 1199, the giant health-care-workers union based in Manhattan. Some of Puerto Rico’s contracts with Knickerbocker, like with other firms, were amended and the payment caps increased. The contract ­totals were confirmed by Puerto Rico’s Office of the Comptroller. Yet Knickerbocker VP Barbara Morgan, speaking also for MillCo, Cleary Gottlieb and the Puerto Rican government, insisted to The Post that the contract figures listed on the comptroller’s Web site were inaccurate. “The documents referenced do not reflect the payments made to these firms; they only represent the potential costs of the contracts,” said Morgan, former spokeswoman for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s mayoral race.


SKDKnickerbocker Worked In the Following Campaigns 
NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC), THE IDC INITIATIVE (INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE), NEW YORKERS FOR KLEIN, JEFF KLEIN FOR NEW YORK, KATZ FOR NEW YORK, LETITIA JAMES 2013, SCHNEIDERMAN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, INC., STRINGER 2013, JANET DIFIORE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Maloney for Congress, Quinn 2013

SKDKnickerbocker's Cunningham to Register As A Lobbyists
Just don't call these consultants lobbyists (CrainsNY) They move government without having to disclose their activities. Call them clever, call them stealthy.  Jennifer Cunningham was at the top of her game four years ago when she announced she would leave the lobbying business. Her stated reason: "to avoid even the appearance of a conflict" of interest that could be damaging to the political allies she had just helped get elected, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Since deregistering as a lobbyist, however, Ms. Cunningham has remained as active as ever. She has represented health care businesses before Mr. Schneiderman and met with Mr. Cuomo on behalf of a lobbying group seeking to pass marriage-equality legislation, according to records obtained by Crain's. But she has operated largely in the shadows, maintaining her access to elected officials without having to disclose activities that could lead to unwanted attention. Ms. Cunningham is part of a growing industry of strategic consultants who do not register as lobbyists yet nonetheless have close ties with New York politicians and represent clients (including elected officials) with interests before the government. These nonlobbyists—at firms such as SKDKnickerbocker, or SKDK, and BerlinRosen—get many of the lucrative paychecks accorded their registered peers without the hassles and scrutiny that come with having to disclose their frequent interactions.  And it's legal. * Power in Money: When is lobbying in NY not lobbying? In the case of SKDKnickerbocker, it received $1.2 million to help run campaigns since 2010, including more than $155,000 from the Monroe County Democratic Committee, which was then headed by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit. The firm isn’t registered as a lobbying firm. It is run by Jennifer Cunningham, a former campaign adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the ex-wife of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Cunningham said that she would no longer lobby because of her close ties to both powerful leaders after they were elected to their respective posts in 2010. Another firm, Mercury Public Affairs, received $1 million last year to run a Jobs for New York campaign funded by New York City business interests to aid Republican state Senate candidates, including upstate and in the Hudson Valley. It also has a prominent lobbying firm, including work for the Committee to Save New York in 2011 and 2012. * 'Firewall' bill vs.lobbyists: Campaign consultants would no longer be allowed to turn around andlobby those they help elect (NYDN) * Gamblings Genting employs SKD Knickerbocker (CrainsNY)
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Breaking Ethics Law Widespread

Speakers Candidates and Lobbyists Breaking City's Ethic Law



AdvanceGate
Corruption Poster Boy
Speakers Candidate and Lobbyists Breaking the City's Ethic Law
New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito may have violated city ethics rules by accepting unpaid assistance from the Advance Group, a lobbing firm, to further her candidacy for Council speaker, the Daily News reports  And the lobbying firm, the Advance Group, may have violated the rules by providing the free advice to the councilwoman, Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem). The Advance Group, run by Scott Levenson, helped Mark-Viverito prep for debate forums, set up meetings with county Democratic leaders and network with the Council members whose votes she needs. CrainsNY also reported Mark-Viverito is getting help by two other consultant lobbyists firms, Bishop Pitta Del Giorno and the Mirram Group. The first two have deep labor connections, while the latter has ties in the Hispanic community and in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Ms. Mark-Viverito was escorted around Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club recently by Michael Cohen, a Bishop Pitta consultant, according a source in attendance. Mr. Cohen has retained an attorney in relation to the indictment of Democratic political consultant Melvin Lowe but says he's not in the complaint. * Will the Advance Group Decide the Speakers Race, Lobbyists Advance and  Parkside Broke the City's Ethic Laws by Running IE PACs

Is the Parkside Group Giving Free Advice to Weprin? Is Berlin Rosen Working for Free With Garodnick?
As a public servant, Mark-Viverito is prohibited by the City Charter from accepting a “valuable gift” from a firm that intends to do business with the city.  And lobbyists, in turn, are prohibited from giving those gifts.  Under the City Charter, a “public servant” found in violation of the rule can be fined up to $25,000. And someone providing that improper assistance could be slapped with a $5,000 fine for an initial violation. A spokesman for Mark-Viverito on Tuesday minimized the extent of the Advance Group’s help. * * The Daily News urges the New York City Council to disqualify Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito from consideration for Council speaker for “blatantly” violating ethics rules by soliciting unpaid assistance from a lobbyist 



How Come Berlin Rosen Is Not Registered As A NYC Lobbyist?
Berlin Rosen Operates In the Dark Pools of Power and NYC Lobbyist
NYT Michael Powell - A couple of weeks back, I called the mayor’s press office and asked about Mr. de Blasio’s perhaps too-optimistic cost projections for prekindergarten.  Twenty minutes later, I heard from Dan Levitan of Berlin Rosen, which is the “it” P.R. firm of the city’s left and a close adviser to the mayor. He advised that I should study the mayor’s proposals carefully if I presumed to take “a skeptical look” at prekindergarten. I asked if Berlin Rosen had a contract to handle queries placed with the mayor’s office. He replied that he handled the “campaign” for pre-K. Lobbyists Search for Berlin Rosen * When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount - City Limits(City Limits) * 8 Lobbyists Consultants and Citizen United  * True News (The Bund): Dark Pools
* City Hall's new 'in' crowd of lobbyists (CrainsNY) Lobbyists behind the campaigns of ascendant power brokers are now poised to cash in.*  The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends(NYO)

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IE PACs In Violation of City's Ethic Law
True News Exclusive
Advance PACs Broke the  City's Ethics Law by Running NYCLASS and Other PACs
Lobbyist the Advance Group Violated the City Election  Law When the PAC they were running NYCLASS Game Money to Melissa Mark-Viverito and Paul Vallone.  The other PACs Advance worked for United for A Future and Citizen Action gave gifts of  money to several council members.  The City Charter states: “No public servant shall accept any valuable gift . . . from any person or firm” who “is or intends to become engaged in business dealings with the city.”
CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping


Lobbyist Parkside Broke the Ethic By Running Jobs4NY



The political action committee run by the Parkside Group, backed by the city’s strongest landlord organization, the Real Estate Board of New York, has doled out $7 Million for City Council candidates. The City Charter states. Parkside  Jobs4NY gave gifts in the form of cash to the following council members: Chin, Levine, Dickens, King, Cabera, Gibson, Vallone, Prentzas, Lancman, Cumbo, Torres, Espinal, Maisel, Treyger, Mattero, Cohen (16 Members)
“No public servant shall accept any valuable gift . . . from any person or firm” who “is or intends to become engaged in business dealings with the city.” That covers both Parkside and REBNY






Have the Progressive Caucus Also Violated the City Ethic Law By Asking A Lobbyist to Work for Free ?
From the NYT:
"The caucus asked a labor official, Alison Hirsh, the political director of 32BJ, the union of janitors and doormen, to negotiate with the county chairmen, other council members and speaker candidates on its behalf." Alison Hirsh, who is a registered lobbyist. The progressive has not registered with the BOE and CFB to legally hire a lobbyist.






Corrupt Lobbyist Schlien Worked Illegally for Arroyos
Stanley Schlein Works Free for Arroyos, Illegal Contribution?
Bronx Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo paid more than $55,000 to her son to help her re-election campaign, continuing to pay him through December of this year even though she had an non-competitive general election. “The hefty payout consumed half of the $102,256 in private funds raised by the third-term Democrat,” the Post noted.*
Arroyo family made $55G on City Council run Isn't this illegal if you forbid family members from being paid?

More on Lobbyists Corrupt Pol Stanley Schlein 
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Why Does the Council Ignore the Corrupt 911 Contractors, Lobbyists Who Push Them?

"THE RESPONSE TIMES ARE TOO HIGH:" Longer 911 ambulance times stir City Council(NYDN)  Since changing timing methods, longer ambulance response times shake up Thursday's City Council meeting. Newer times better reflect how long it takes for units to show up, Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said. City ambulances are taking nine and a half minutes to get to the scene of life-threatening emergencies, new data show.

Council Ignores Comptrollers 911 Contract Investigation
Until last June, response time was calculated from the moment a 911 call was transferred to the appropriate dispatcher. Under that method, ambulance response time was 6 minutes 47 seconds, according to city stats. The city’s new 911 system — which routes all calls through a central set of dispatchers — has drawn fire from critics who say it increases response times and experiences frequent glitches.



Stringer Goes After 911 IT Corruption
Stringer Holding 911 Hewlett-Packer Feet to the Fire New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer rejected a proposed $6 million Bloomberg administration settlement with Hewlett-Packard for the company’s overcharging of the city for modernizing its Gonzalez: Controller Scott Stringer rejects $6M settlement with Hewlett-Packard for 911 overcharging(NYDN) * NYC Rejects $6 Million Settlement With HP Over 911 System Upgrade

4 Year Old Ariel Russo and 911 Lobbyists
Council Names A Street for Ariel But Does Not Hold A Hearing to Find Out the Cause of Her Death the Corrupt 911 Contrats
'It’s been a really emotional day': Manhattan street corner named after 4-year-old Ariel Russo who died in car crash; family reveals they haven't revisited area since tragic day(NYDN)On what should have been Ariel Russo's fifth birthday, the tot's family helped unveil a street sign Monday on the Upper West Side corner where she died last summer. Little Ariel was struck and killed by a teen fleeing police in his parents' SUV on June 4.

Is the Power of the 911 Lobbyist Over the Council the Reason It Names Street and Does Not Investigate Contractors?
The Russo family has filed a wrongful death suit, and criminal charges are still pending against 17-year-old driver Franklin Reyes, who had taken the SUV without his parents’ permission. A report found a series of blunders led to delays in responding to the accident in Manhattan that killed 4-year-old Ariel Russo * City wants $40 million suit launched by Ariel Russo’s family tossed on technicality -- victims did not call 911 (NYDN) The city wants a $40 million negligence lawsuit filed by the family of Ariel Russo, the 4-year-old who was killed by an unlicensed driver last year, tossed because neither she nor her critically injured grandmother personally called 911. The city insists that a “special relationship,” which calls for the victim or a blood relative to call 911, must exist in order to support a negligence claim. RELATED: ARIEL RUSSO CAR CRASH PROBE FAULTS WIDESPEAD HUMAN ERROR, NOT 911 WOES * RELATED: GONZALEZ: ARIEL RUSSO PROBE FINDS ENOUGH BLAME TO FILL A CALL CENTER

Media Never Names the Lobbyist Who Made Money on the Broken 911 System
Both Mercury and George Artz have been lobbyists for Hewlett-Packard which was the main contractor of the city's 911 emergency system that crashes a lot. The city 911 system is now being sued by the parents of 4-year-old Ariel Russo who claim she died because an ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital was delayed by a 911 crash.  Among the lobbyists to get paid by the city’s broken 911 system contractors was George Arzt, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, Jennifer Carlson, Peter Barden, Jonathan Greenspun, Michael McKeon, Kasirer Consulting LLC. More on Corrupt Lobbyists More on Dark Pool Corrupt Lobbyists

Dead Girl and Lobbyist Still Rake In 911


Last June 4th year old Ariel Russo died shortly aftergetting hit by an SUV.  There had been a four-minute delay in dispatching the ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital. The city is blaming 911 operation human errors for the delay.  The union leader of the 911 operators is blaming the new troubled $2 billion dollars upgrade that the city is installing. The city’s upgrade of the 911 system has not gone very well.  It has been hunted by system crashes, wrong addresses and over a billion and a half dollar cost overrun.  It is now up to a jury to find out who is really at fault for the girls death.


More Evidence That Arzt Protects and Causes Bad Government 
In 2009 Juan Gonzalez wrote in the Daily News City officials were unhappy with Hewlett Packard Company.  By 2006, ECTP was suffering from so many problems that Mayor Bloomberg assigned his chief troubleshooter, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, to supervise it. In 2007 HP hired George Arzt to lobby Skyler on communications. 2013 the family of Ariel Russo, the 4-year-old who was killed by an unlicensed driver is suing the city because they believe a flawed 911 system led to the death of their daughter. The Russo lawsuit says there was a four-minute delay in sending an ambulance to the scene of the crash because of problem with the 911 system. NYC's already beleaguered 911 system crashes again and again — and again(NYDN)
More on Corrupt Lobbyists Arzt
911 Phone System Failure Scandal

Lobbyist Are So Protected That Can Rake In $$$ While People Get Hurt By Their Handy Work

Audit: HP overbilled city for 911 upgrade | Crain's New York Business

Even though the press says HP was replaced on the 911 project John Liu’s report said that HP was still working on the project and got paid over $300 million in 2012 for their work.  In 2010 thru 2011 when the city council was going after problems in the 911 system, HP hired Kasirer Consulting LLC and paid them over $200,000 to lobby city hall for the company.  Mercury Public Affairs public affairs have been working on the project for Intergraph Corp since 2007.  Before Intergraph hired Sal Salamone as a lobbyist in 2006 to 2008 ($100,000) Salamone worked for the city on the Citytime project until he was let go after the corruption and cost overruns become know on that project, in which Liz Holtzman was one of the lobbyists that cashed in.  It had to get through the fog surrounding the 911 contracts.  Last month Bloomberg lauded Comptroller 911 audit he once called 'stupid.’  He even said there was nothing wrong with the Hewlett-Packard contract and the city paid those most of the money they requested.  The mayor changed him mind on Comptroller budget to stop a federal audit requested by DC 37’s Lillian Roberts.* CM to lobbyist: "You're not really focused on safety, but on the perspective of drivers is that fair? Lobbyist: Yes.(WNYC) * In 2013  Mercury Public Affairs, which was running an independent spending campaign funded by billionaire David Koch and others boosting Mr. de Blasio's general-election opponent, Republican Joseph Lhota.
More on the 911 System Failure Lobbyists the New Permanent GovernmentCorrupt lobbyist  Corrupt Lobbyists Hank Sheinkopf  Corrupt Lobbyists Stanley Schlein How Corrupt Parkside Get Away With It 

Lobbyists ready to get to work now that state budget is Past


Lobbyist and 911 Crash Vendors
Council Passed Bill to Fix Response Time But Does Not Investigate Why and Who is Responsible for the Systems Failure
City Council Tightens 911 Response Time Rules In Bill Named For Ariel Russo  * Timely’ law on responses honors Ariel Russo(NYDN) The City Council on Tuesday honored the 4-year-old, killed by a car on a Manhattan sidewalk, by imposing new requirements on the city's way of reporting 911 response times.* New City Council Bill To Change The Way FDNY Measures Emergency Response Times(NY1)



More Evidence That Arzt Protects and Causes Bad Government 
In 2009 Juan Gonzalez wrote in the Daily News City officials were unhappy with Hewlett Packard Company.  By 2006, ECTP was suffering from so many problems that Mayor Bloomberg assigned his chief troubleshooter, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, to supervise it. In 2007 HP hired George Arzt to lobby Skyler on communications. 2013 the family of Ariel Russo, the 4-year-old who was killed by an unlicensed driver is suing the city because they believe a flawed 911 system led to the death of their daughter. The Russo lawsuit says there was a four-minute delay in sending an ambulance to the scene of the crash because of problem with the 911 system. NYC's already beleaguered 911 system crashes again and again — and again(NYDN)
More on Corrupt Lobbyists Arzt
911 Phone System Failure Scandal

Lobbyists

Lobbying blitz: Businesses spent $62 million - a record - to influence NYC government last year

The soccer league spent a total of $1.7 million through five lobbying firms, according to the city clerk’s office. Major League Soccer paid $1.1 million to HR&A Advisors, $307,800 to the Global Strategy Group, $190,804 to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, $67,500 to Bolton-St. Johns and $37,500 to Beaudoin & Company.



Lobbyists Rise and Fall As Their Campaign Clients Careers Rise and Fall / Notice Silver's Lobbyist Tag Teams Raking In Govt $$$ Until His Arrest
Michael ‏@powellnyt   Consultants and favored PR firms form a powerful and growing shadow government in NYS. Pols trying to cover that up
Just don't call these consultants lobbyists(CrainsNY) They move government without having to disclose their activities. Call them clever, call them stealthy.Like Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Rosen is not a registered lobbyist. Yet he regularly meets with government officials. The mayor's schedule from his first five months in office shows Mr. Rosen was in at least nine meetings and on two calls.BerlinRosen understands how issues play out in the public sphere, its clients say.
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Mayor's ally being paid to fight him


Last spring, Pledge 2 Protect raised nearly $429,000 between April and October and spent more than $131,000 on mailers telling Upper East Side voters which 2013 candidates supported and opposed the transfer station. After Mr. de Blasio won the Democratic primary despite being targeted by the group, leaders of Pledge 2 Protect met with a consulting firm, Mercury Public Affairs, which was running an independent spending campaign funded by billionaire David Koch and others boosting Mr. de Blasio's general-election opponent, Republican Joseph Lhota.
Instead of opposing the heavily favored Mr. de Blasio in the general election, however, Pledge 2 Protect hired the Advance Group, a Manhattan-based Democratic consulting firm that had just run a $1 million campaign to sink de Blasio rival Christine Quinn. Pledge 2 Protect also hired Ms. Lewis, who shares an office with the Advance Group and whose nonprofit is a client of it.



Lobbyist Al D'Amato Helps Himself $$$


Lobbyist Al D'Amato Helps Himself $$$
Daily News Editorial: Al's big coin trick Al D'Amato, ex-senator and lobbyist extraordinaire, has pocketed $50,000 from the foundation building the World Trade Center's 9/11 memorial, and he has delivered nothing. He should refund the money, with interest *** Note: to Daily News he delivered nothing to OTB also Alfonse D'Amato Received $144000 No-Bid Contract From NYC OTB ... *** Your Free Press: CITY BUDGET: AL D'AMATO'S PERSONAL COOKIE JAR *** Stern - D'Amato - The Mob - HUD - Cumberland Packing Corp. *** News Copy, New York: Who Is Kirsten Gillibrand's Father ... *** D'Amato To Get $5 Million If He Does His Job News *** D'Amato upstages Schumer at Gillibrand press conference Muckety ... *** Kirsten Gillibrand - Swampland - TIME.com *** Ratner Pays D'Amato $400K for Eminent Domain Lobbying The New ... *** Al D'Amato: Republicrat? (Spin Cycle) - Newsday.com *** TheHill.com - The new sheriffs in town *** Albany Lobbyist System Caused by Leaders Lack of Ethics and Morals Standards *** INQUIRY TARGETS D'AMATO CALL TO HEAD OF MTA.(CAPITAL REGION ... *** The Transit Strike - December 20, 2005 - The New York Sun *** The Transit Strike - December 20, 2005 - The New York Sun Nov 29, 2007 ... a former senator, Alfonse D'Amato, to indictments for overbilling in connection with renovations to the MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway.

Lawmakers-turned-lobbyists Al D'Amato and Susan Molinari


Lawmakers-turned-lobbyists Al D'Amato and Susan Molinari collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Freddie Mac to help thwart government regulation *** DC 'CHARITY' BASH A CASH & LOBBYING GRAB *** A Good Power Broker Is Getting Harder to Find

D'Amato was paid $500,000 by the owners of 2 Broadway to work out a dispute with the MTA, the building major tenant over repairs, even though Al was not their registered lobbyists *** Mob indictments over renovations of 2 Broadway *** More D'Amato lobbyists corruption

Stop Al D'Amato's Machine | We can't afford the dirty tricks and

Barrett: Gillibrand and Paterson - The D'Amato Connection(Village Voice)

Al D'Amato's influence broadens as his Park Strategies firm gr

D'Amato asked LIPA chief to aid lobbying client - The Island No

 Al D'Amato
a lobbyist and fixer who began his career by requiring Town of
Hempstead employees to illegally kick back 1 percent of their
salaries to his campaign coffers. He once took a $500,000 fee for
making one phone call to fix a MTA contract and his brother once
famously forged a letter on US Senate stationary for a lobby client.
D'Amato is no position to lecture anyone about fitness for office


Some Say D'Amato the Lobbyist is Running the GOP Al D’Amato, ‘Wizard Of Oz’? * Madison County, Big Lobbying Spender

Lawmakers-turned-lobbyists Al D'Amato and Susan Molinari collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Freddie Mac to help thwart government regulation *** DC 'CHARITY' BASH A CASH & LOBBYING GRAB *** A Good Power Broker Is Getting Harder to Find

D'Amato was paid $500,000 by the owners of 2 Broadway to work out a dispute with the MTA, the building major tenant over repairs, even though Al was not their registered lobbyists *** Mob indictments over renovations of 2 Broadway *** More D'Amato lobbyists corruption



NY1 Pension Connection

Global Strategy Group is frequent on air consultant for NY1 along with Carl McCall who was paid 50,000 by a pension investor for brokering a deal with Comptroller Hevesi. NY1 operates a clock on their website on the number of days AG Cuomo has not appeared on their cable channel. Al D'amato is another NY1 lobbyist


Lobbyists for CGI is PARK STRATEGIES, LLC ALFONSE D'AMATO
City controller Scott Stringer rejects another technology contract awarded under Michael Bloomberg(NYDN) Controller Scott Stringer dumps the $30 million contract that the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication had awarded Computer Aid Inc.Last month, Stringer refused to approve a contract pushed through during the final hours of Bloomberg’s term to problem-plagued company CGI. The company, which had been fired by the feds for the botched rollout of the Obamacare website, would have overhauled the city’s 311 information hotline.* Stringer Rejects $30 Million Information Technology Contract OK’d By Bloomberg(WCBS)



Lobbyists rule Albany & D'Amato is Example #1 of everything that is wrong. Reform is required to restore democracy


 Elsewhere, he expressed "tremendous relief."In many ways, New York state politics is Al D'Amato's world; we just live in it. And Flanagan, the state's single most powerful Republican, is no exception to that rule.Yet, try as we might — and New Yorkers threw D'Amato out of the Senate 17 years ago — we just can't get rid of Fixer Fonz, whose booming lobbying firm now attracts $8 million a year in seduction fees, the second most of the licensed wirepullers in the state. He made several indirect appearances in the indictment of Dean Skelos, the third Senate majority leader he helped install. The charging documents describe a compliant Ed Mangano, the Nassau County executive — who let D'Amato speak at his inaugural, awarded the county's bus line to a D'Amato client and hired D'Amato's daughter — as a champion for the county environmental contract that Skelos is charged with fixing. 




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How Lobbyists and Campaign Contributors Run A Pay to Play Shadow Govt HQ @ City Hall
Daily News: Campaign filings show that while de Blasio spins his political maneuverings as attempts at enlightened compromises for public benefit, what he is really showing is that if you help him, he may go all out to help you 
City’s top lobbyists living the high life thanks to de Blasio (NYP)  Many of the city’s top-earning lobbyists are longtime allies of Mayor de Blasio and have significantly helped bolster his campaign coffers and the nonprofit fundraising arm that he uses to... James Capalino, Harold Ickes, Sid Davidoff and other politically connected lobbyists have seen their city-related business over the past two years skyrocket while scoring sweetheart deals and other positive results for clients after private sit-downs with the mayor, records show. For example, Capalino’s firm gave de Blasio’s nonprofit Campaign for One New York $10,000 in May — and the next day was granted face-time with the mayor at City Hall to discuss a City Council bill to eliminate chopper tours at the Downtown Manhattan heliport.  On Jan.11, de Blasio’s longtime mentor, Ickes, helped client AEG Live score a controversial permit to host a Coachella-style major music festival on Randall’s Island — on the same day he bundled $13,000 in donations for the mayor’s re-election campaign.

Anti-horse-carriage lobbyists Steve Nislick and Wendy Neu have donated $125,000 combined to de Blasio’s nonprofit — which doesn’t fall under campaign-finance law restrictions — and landed three meetings with Hizzoner through August. The huddles included a March 2 meeting that occurred three days after the lobbyists gave the nonprofit $50,000 each. Capalino – who records show had at least two other private meetings with the mayor through May of last year – led all city lobbyists in 2014, collecting $8.2 million in client fees. City records for the first nine months of last year show he’s on pace to topple that number, amassing nearly $8.3 million in fees — or nearly double the $4.6 million his firm amassed all of 2013 during the last year of the Bloomberg administration. His dozens of new clients include Uber, which wants to avoid further city-imposed regulations as it competes with the yellow-cab industry. It paid Capalino $150,000 the past two years to push its agenda




Davidoff Lobbyied for Astoria Cove Development OK Which Fell Short of the Mayor's Affordable Housing Goals 
Sid Davidoff, another longtime de Blasio pal and fundraiser, got a face-to-face meeting with deBlasio in September 2014 to discuss his client, Hunts Point Terminal Market. Six months later, the mayor announced plans for a $150 million infrastructure upgrade there. Besides seeing his company’s City Hall work jump from $2.1 million during the last two years of the Bloomberg administration to $4.2 million 1 ¾ years into the de Blasio administration, Davidoff scored another private business session last May with de Blasio to discuss a “civil rights museum,” records show. He even convinced Hizzoner in April 2014 to perform his first City Hall wedding and marry him and his bride, Daily News columnist Linda Stasi. *  James Capalino, Harold Ickes, Sid Davidoff and other top-earning lobbyists are allies of de Blasio and have helped bolster his campaign coffers and the nonprofit fundraising arm that he uses to push his progressive agenda, the Post reports: A Davidoff Lobbyists Project A de Blasio 'game changer' falls short of 421-a requirements (Capital)  Astoria Cove, the premier mandatory affordable housing project of the de Blasio administration, will not qualify for a 421-a tax break under the newly passed version of the law. The Queens development,
More on Lobbyists Davidoff and Capalino





Daily News Join NYP In Branding de Blasio's City Hall As Shadow Govt Pay2Play HQ
Bill’s money gamespay off big for his friends (NYDN) A tale-of-two-cites divide has emerged between the mayor’s devoted service to campaign sponsors and that he provides to less connected outsiders. Tracking recent headlines offers a revealing glimpse of Bill de Blasio as transactional politician. Jan. 15: On the eve of a holiday weekend, the mayor released a $2 million report that City Hall had suppressed for two months. The document is a thank-you note to the yellow taxi industry, which poured at least $300,000 into de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and which is getting battered by competition from Uber, the high-tech car-for-hire service. In July, de Blasio called for slowing Uber’s growth on the grounds that its cars were worsening traffic congestion. Lacking evidence, he went the extra mile for the taxi barons by wasting the two mill on a consultant’s study that he hoped would prove him right. It proved him wrong.*  AG Eric Schneiderman has relaunched a website first created by then-AG Cuomo containing public information to match lobbying disclosures with specific legislation proposed and passed by state lawmakers.* Shades of John Lindsay disaster. Mayor 'Not Happy' with SnowClearing in Queens After Historic Storm via @Dnainfo * The carriage-horse fight exposes all of de Blasio’s weaknesses (NYP) The mayor is downsizing and moving the horses on traffic-safety grounds, but nobody from his administration could show that horses are in danger from having to commute. They couldn’t even say how many hours a day horses spend commuting. Asked for firm figures, a de Blasio minion said that “horses roam the streets in the Theater District,” as if it were the OK corral. She also said the city isn’t eliminating pedicabs from Central Park — which is, well, a lie. The city would ban the cabs from the only part of the park where they can get customers. Councilwoman Margaret Chin eventually said that we shouldn’t burden an entire industry “without any statistics.” But this is just a sign of the mayor’s factual fast-and-looseness.  Naked subservience to special interests, not the public interest. If there’s no reason to lay off horses and move the rest to the park, why’s he doing it? The Post’s Rich Calder reports that anti-horse-carriage folk scored a meeting with the mayor this year just after giving his “nonprofit” a six-figure sum. The pedicab drivers? They don’t have that cash, so the mayor never met with them. This is how de Blasio operates. Whether it’s helicopter tours or “affordable” housing or controlling crowds from big corporate music “festivals,” the mayor follows the money.


Daily News Includes Nislick's NYCLASS Attacks On Quinn As Part of the Payoff For de Blasio Horse Stable Plan
Jan. 17: De Blasio announced that he had reached a supposed compromise in his drive to banish carriage horses from the city with a plan that includes spending as much as $25 million to build horse stables in Central ParkBefore taking office, de Blasio vowed to destroy the carriage horse industry, only to be forced into surrender in the face of overwhelming public opposition and resistance from the City Council. But the mayor wasn’t done trying to help animal-rights activists who had hammered election rival Christine Quinn with nearly $1 million in attack ads during the mayoral campaign — and have followed up with donations to de Blasio’s advocacy fund, the Campaign for One New York. De Blasio spins his maneuverings as attempts at enlightened compromises for public benefit. Please. 



Lobbyists Arzt Spokesmen for Lobbyists Schlein in A Corruption Matter

 Mr. Schlein did not respond to messages left on his cellphone. But a spokesman, George Arzt, said, “Mr. Schlein decided to settle this matter on an expeditious basis and has agreed to the stipulated payment called for in the settlement.”


Barrett How Corrupt Lobbyists D'Amato Runs the State Senate 
Wayne Barrett is a journalist gem that our founding fathers counted on as a 1st A warrior to battle naturally corrupt govt and protect the public 
The wizard of Al D'Amato: The former U.S. senator andcurrent powerhouse lobbyist has his hooks everywhere, including in new Senateboss John Flanagan (Barrett, NYDN) In 2003, former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato, now a leading lobbyist, vaulted into the headlines for earning $500,000 to place a single phone call on behalf of a client to the chairman of the MTA to save a deal that was said to be going sour. Four hundred thousand of that was a "success" bonus for putting the deal back on track. Shortly after, Republican John Flanagan, then a freshman senator with just five months on the job — and a new salaried employee of a law firm founded by D'Amato's brother -sponsored a bill designed to protect D'Amato. The Senate was about to vote on a Republican-backed bill that would extend lobbying disclosure requirements to state authorities like the MTA, whose chair sprung into action after D'Amato's entreaty. At the last minute, Flanagan introduced an alternative filled with poison pills. Not only did it exempt "vendor disputes," precisely what prompted D'Amato's half-million-dollar call, it required the lobbying commission to establish "intentionality" to penalize lobbyists who violated the statutes. Flanagan's sham bill, so rushed he had to handwrite the memo supporting it on the floor, conflicted with the Assembly bill that had already passed and finished off any effort at reform that year. No wonder that on NY1 shortly after Flanagan's recent elevation to Senate majority leader, D'Amato said: "I'm glad to see that John has taken the reins."


Lobbyists Miller Works for D'Amato and Lobbyist McCaughey BF Is A Leader of the Manhattan Institute Whose Lobbyist is D'Amato
NY1 Errol Louis discussed state budget negotiationswith the NY1 Wise Guys: former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, former Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, and former Assembly Speaker Mel Miller

Journalist Wayne Barrett Exposes the Media Cover-Up of Lobbyists D'Amato Corruption and Control of State Senate 
Skelos is also accused of extorting a $100,000 no-show job for his son from Anthony Bonomo, whose two medical malpractice firms have combined to pay D'Amato's lobbying firm, Park Strategies, $795,000 since 2007. Bonomo has co-hosted political fundraisers with D'Amato, and his goldmine of campaign contributions, including $75,000 to Mangano and $400,000 to Gov. Cuomo, meticulously track D'Amato alliances. Bonomo just stepped down as the Cuomo-appointed chair of the New York Racing Association, and is singing to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who now leads a veritable chorus of cooperating crooners. Also harmonizing for Bharara in the Skelos case and the one against former Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver are top associates of developer Leonard Litwin and his Glenwood Management, both of which were once D'Amato clients and, like Bonomo, synchronized many of their political contributions with D'Amato. Litwin's real estate company paid Skelos' son directly and through the environmental firm, where it was a major investor. Both Bonomo and Litwin are among the few large donors to Renew New York, a PAC controlled by D'Amato that gave $25,000 to Mangano and bankrolls other D'Amato allies. D'Amato's connections to indicted senators don't end there. 

Tom Libous, the Senate deputy majority leader whose son has already been convicted in a parallel case with the one against the senator that is scheduled to go to trial in July, is accused of lying about a law firm job he allegedly got for his son. When Libous wanted a bigger paycheck for his boy, a $50,000 bonus was allegedly funneled to the law firm through Fred Hiffa, an Albany lobbyist. Hiffa wound up leaving his own lobbying firm and is now a managing director of D'Amato's. But the recent D'Amato scandal connections don't all revolve around Albany. The FBI and state investigators hit the headlines in Buffalo recently when they raided the homes of three major political operatives, including Steve Pigeon and Steve Casey, both of whom work for one of D'Amato's biggest upstate clients, the Congel family, father-and-son mall developers.Their companies paid D'Amato $2.7 million in federal and state lobbying fees. Not only did D'Amato represent the Congel company on a troubled Rochester project, he represented the Monroe County government that backed it.  In a separate 2013 investigation, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the feds also raided the headquarters of the Shinnecock Nation, a Long Island-based tribe whose casino rights are controlled by Gateway Casino Resorts, another D'Amato client.  * Sen. Kenneth LaValle, a Long Island Republican, has left his job at a law firm, though he said it had nothing to do with the swirl of controversies centering on lawmakers’ sources of outside income.




Barrett's Investigation of D'Amato's 'World That We Live In' Is A Reminder How Today's Journalism Has Failed New Yorkers
When picked in May by a narrow majority of the 32 Republicans in the Senate, Flanagan announced he was leaving the law firm that was paying him up to $150,000 a year. In the furor over Silver and Skelos' outside earnings, Flanagan's move was a welcome, if belated, acknowledgement of the potential conflicts.Flanagan's firm, Forchelli Curto, was founded in 1976 by Armand D'Amato, just as his brother was taking over as presiding supervisor of Hempstead, one of the most powerful positions in Nassau County politics. When Al D'Amato beat Javits four years later, Armand's small firm, then named D'Amato Forchelli, quickly created a Washington office. Armand left the firm when he was convicted on federal fraud charges in 1993, but returned to it in 2002, seven years after his conviction was overturned. Armand, whose use of his brother's Senate stationary to write letters on Unisys' behalf was blasted by the Senate Ethics Committee, joined his brother's lobbying powerhouse Park Strategies in 2004 (and Unisys became a Park client). Flanagan joined the Forchelli firm in 2003, a week after he took office in the state Senate. The Nassau-centric firm even opened an office in Suffolk for Flanagan, Armand and a couple of other attorneys. The firm's web archives detail hundreds of actions on behalf of specific clients, but, like Silver and Skelos at their firms, Flanagan isn't identified with any of them. More cachet than casework, he was, apparently, just another letterhead lawyer. The head of D'Amato's Long Island office, Robert McBride, organized fundraisers for Flanagan in 2006 and 2008, and Park officers and clients, including Litwin and Bonomo, gave tens of thousands.But Flanagan wasn't a shoo-in to replace Skelos after his ouster in May. John DeFrancisco was a strong contender. The Syracuse senator, who came within two votes, has said that Gov. Cuomo made calls to senators on Flanagan's behalf, but DeFrancisco, Cuomo, and D'Amato spokespeople declined to answer repeated questions about D'Amato's involvement. A source close to Flanagan says he was "not aware of any calls" D'Amato may have made and "wasn't in contact" with the lobbyist during the selection process. Other sources who closely tracked the selection say Cuomo did not want to look like he was picking a legislative leader, so ally D'Amato took over. It would hardly be a surprise — D'Amato has been a star player in the naming of the last three Republican majority leaders, Ralph Marino, Joe Bruno and Skelos. Flanagan backed medical marijuana, a departure from his history of introducing bills that banned other, less controversial, drugs, and DeFrancisco voted against it. D'Amato was paid enough in 2014 ($180,000) by one marijuana company, Ideal 420 Technologies, to pen an Op-Ed reversing his position on it, and now a long-term client, North Shore LI Jewish Health Systems, which has paid him up to $180,000 a year, says it will apply to become one of the state's five selected dispensaries for grass.DeFrancisco voted against authorizing three or four new casinos across the state and Flanagan backed it. * The political and business dealings of former Deputy Mayor of Buffalo Steve Casey and Rep. Chris Collins’ chief of staff Chris Grant as well as ties to political operative Steve Pigeon, drew the attention of investigators, The Buffalo News writes:


Gambling in NYS is A Sure Bet for Lobbyists D'Amato Clients
D'Amato has six clients that directly benefitted from the bill, with the Suffolk and Nassau Off-Track Betting Corporations written directly into the law, getting 1,000 video slots apiece even if the casino referendum failed. A third client, Yonkers Raceway, was terrified that its half-billion-dollar-a-year Westchester slot business would disintegrate if the Cuomo administration put a full casino in nearby Orange County. (D'Amato saw no conflict between representing Yonkers and Greentrack, a company that applied to build an Orange County casino.)  D'Amato also represents Madison and Oneida counties, which were written into the casino law as well, the beneficiaries of a compact that Cuomo signed with the Oneida tribe granting them exclusive gaming rights in 10 counties. The tribe will pay Madison and Oneida $36 million up front, settling past tax claims against their existing casinos, and millions more in flat and percentage charges for decades to come. He ran up $3.5 million in total casino-related revenue from eight clients and $1.9 million from the Poker Players Alliance, the online gambling organization D'Amato now chairs, combining to make him the king of Albany's gaming insiders, a playground like no other in recent years. The casino issue, in fact, hovered over the Senate selection process. Three upstate senators who voted for Flanagan when they could have relocated the geographic power within the senate GOP to their own region — John Bonacic, Hugh Farley and Mike Nozzolio — got Cuomo-approved casinos in their district. A fourth of the six upstate pro-Flanagan senators, Cathy Young, is so close to Nozzolio that the two are seen in Albany as a team.

 While the Cuomo siting board picked these three winners before the Flanagan vote, his Gaming Commission has yet to ratify the selections, adding to the leverage the governor brought to the table.With a senate leader beholden to him, a governor allied with him, a Nassau county executive in his pocket, and extraordinary lifelong ties to the father of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Al D'Amato, dubbed Senator Shakedown decades ago, rules now without the accountability of a public office, a shadow cast across an already darkened capital.

D'Amato and Ratner




Ed Koch
law firm collects hundreds of thousands of dollars in
lobbying fees
Bryan Cave (home of Ed Koch) moves up 1,761,000  in 2010


Carl McCall
McCall won a $50,000 fee as an unregistered lobbyist from Hevesi
Former Comptroller McCall’s Firm Is Subpoenaed in Pension Inquiry 


On NY1 Lobbyist Pretend to be Journalist . . . As They Shill for Themselves and Their Clients

Last night on NT1 the wise guys Koch, McCall and D'Amato all attack Barrett's article warning Cuomo on the lobbyist who control run Albany. Lobbyists Are Waiting For Andrew Cuomo Village Voice)  The wise guys all agreed that lobbyist are not the bad guys and not the problem in dyfunctional Albany.  What the moderator and the guys did not disclose is that each of the wise guys are lobbyist or in the case of Koch surrounded by lobbyist.   D'Amato  Park Strategies, LLCSocial Network Concept of the Gillibrand – D’Amato Influence Machine   McCall  Paterson Names Lawyer, an Ex-Lobbyist, to M.T.A.'s Board - NYTimes.com  Koch has helped his law firm win millions over the years and now has a lobbyist Bradly Tusk run his NY Uprising group that is fighting for redistricting refrom.  Lets hope Errol Lewis is able to get rid of the lobbyist when he takes over Inside City Hall.

 




Today's Pols Never Say Anything That Has Not Been Written By Campaign Consultants
Ed Koch Never Dodged Questions - ABC News

Consultants Limit Candidates to Commenting on Feel Good Stories and Social Issues . . . Economic Problems That Face the City are Avoided
How Mayoral Politics is Covered By the Press
City Politicians Draw Link Between Dr. King And President(NY1) * and go to Washington. Thompson and Liu stay home.


CrainsNY Reporter Leaves Out of the Story On Campaign Consultants That They Make Their Real Money As Lobbyist, Given Special Deals From the People They Elect

As pols play musical chairs, consultants become the piper (CrainsNY) Term limits, public financing spark demand and dollars for campaign pros.  Election Day is nearly at hand, but the city's political consultants already have dollar signs in their eyes for 2013. Term-limit turnover has spawned competitive elections next year for all three citywide offices—mayor, comptroller, public advocate—as well as for four of the five borough president posts, two district attorney offices and about 25 City Council seats.  Not since 2001, when pols first vacated their long-held seats, have there been so many elections—or as big a business opportunity for the industry that endeavors to shape them.

The Big 8 as Lobbyists Do A Lot of Damage to New Yorkers

Both Mercury and George Artz have been lobbyists for Hewlett-Packard which was the main contractor of the city's 911 emergency system that crashes a lot. The city 911 system is now being sued by the parents of 4-year-old Ariel Russo who claim she died because an ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital was delayed by a 911 crash.  Arzt is also the flack for Excell's One 57 that got tax breaks from Albany to build a 75-story luxury skyscraper. One57 tax break is contributing to pushing the middle class our of Manhattan and raising rents in Brooklyn.  Parkside got away with making millions off of the council's member items and slush fund. The Advance Group according to a series written by CrainsNY used its control of PAC to be on more than one side in a race, even working against clients who hired his firm.  Berlin Rosen worked for the same client, Bruce Ratner as indicted Melvin Lowe and convicted Kruger flack Richard J Lipsky promising affordable housing where none exists today. 

Using PAC the Big 8 Has Gamed New York Democracy, By Controlling Elections 



Parkside working for The Real Estate Board of New York's PAC Jobs4NY worked for and against 35 candidates in the 20 competitive council races.  The Advance Group working through 4 PACs NYCLASS, United for the Future, Citizen Action and Hotel Workers for A Strong Middle Class worked for 27 of candidates in the 20 competitive council campaigns. Of the 21 candidates supported by Parkside Jobs4NY 17 were run by the big 8. Another candidate Dickens who had no race is running for speaker and some Jobs4NY money went to a republican candidate. Of the 44 council candidates supported by PAC in which Advance worked for or had a relationship with 34 when to candidates run by the Big 8.  Half of the other 10 went to incumbent candidates who had no races. The big 8 worked for council candidates who may be running for speaker, who had no races.  Berlin Rosen Daniel Garodnick, Red Horse and Hudson TDG James Vacca, Hudson TG Mark Weprin. Multi-Media run by newspaper publisher Michael Nussbaum have been doing printing for the Parkside Group for years in the dark pools because state election law does not require subcontractors are reported. Red Horse worked alongside Parkside for DSCC where Melvin Lowe was indicted this week for fake printing invoices. Red Horse has at least 20 interest group clients. This summer the New York World reported Hudson TG LLC – offer lobbying services to represent special interests with the officials they have sometimes helped to get elected. The only campaign consultant that does not directly lobby is Brandford Communications. But Brandford's Ernie Lendler did pull a Melvin Lowe when he gave convicted Brooklyn Boss Norman fake invoices.  Lendler did not get indicted in exchanged for testifying against Norman Background on the Big 8 Consultants as Lobbyists * CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping (CrainsNY)




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The Unreported World of Campaign Consultants Lobbyists

Political Consultant Lobbyist George Arzt's Slush Fund

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 
 LobbyistsWho has done a lot of harm(True News)



Kellner Quart Moreland Lobbyist Corruption

Saturday Update
Cuomo blocks controversial bid to serve booze in church(NYP)
Cuomo Blocks Liquor License for Caterer in Upper East Side Church(NYT)
Ethics panel looks into lobbying for liquor bill(NYP) Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission sent subpoenas to lobbyists working for the Rose Group — which leases space in the Third Church of Christ, Scientist on Park Avenue at E. 63rd Street — seeking information about its efforts to pass an exemption to state liquor laws, sources said. Rose has spent $373,401 on lobbying since 2011, including $245,000 to lobbyist and former chiropractor Joseph Mirto’s Empire Consultants. Records show Mirto has sent $27,500 to state legislators and $32,500 to Gov. Cuomo’s re-election committee since 2011, with Rose adding another $5,000 to Cuomo. * Assemblyman Dan Quart, who represents the Upper East Side, sponsored the bill in his chamber. With no Senate sponsor, the bill was introduced through the Rules Committee in an unusual procedural move.




What the NYP Left Out Campaign Consultant George Arzt
How Lobbyists Work Together
Arzt was paid $1500 by Kellner's City Council Campaign
Micah Kellner and Dan Quart co-sponsored a bill specifically to carve out an exception in the state liquor law to give the church-cum-wedding factory the right to sell liquor all the time.  Lobbyists for the Rose Group contributed thousands of dollars to Kellner’s (and Quart’s) campaigns.  Over the last few campaign cycles Micah Kellner took in around $4,000 from lobbying firm Connelly, McLaughlin & Woloz, and from the principals of the firm, and from Brenda Levin and George Arzt, other Rose Group lobbyists.


Extell George Arzt Moreland Commission Christine Quinn One57


Campaign Consultant Lobbyist Berlin Rose Ratner Connection
 BerlinRosen founders say "mission-driven company" turns away clients who don't share ideals (so, what about Ratner?(Atlantic Yards) Bloomberg News two days ago published a profile of BerlinRosen, headlined NYC Firm Helps De Blasio Go From Obscurity to Frontrunner: Berlin Rosen also represented Brookfield Office Properties, a subsidiary of the owner of Zuccotti Park, from which Occupy Wall Street was ousted in 2011, and Bruce Ratner, founder and chairman of Forest City Ratner Cos., developer of Brooklyn’s 22-acre Atlantic Yards, which includes Barclays Center with plans for thousands of market-rate and discount apartments. Berlin Rosen work for the de Blasio, Judy Menin, Daniel Squardron, Scott Stinger, Eric Schneiderman, NYS Senate Democratic Committee and the following council campaigns Chin, Johnson, Garodnick, Landis, Levine, Rodriguez, Shafran, Lancman, Powell, Crowley, Donovan, Levin, Foy, Dorbin. When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount - City Limits

Liz Krueger Against Banning Campaign  Consultants From Lobbying
Check out Liz Krueger's blistering response to IDC's Push To Outlaw Political Consultants From Lobbying (UPDATED)





New York's Goodfellows Campaign Consultant Lobbyists And Political Bosses Drive the Political Corruption

New York's Permanent Criminal Government Corrupt the Elected Officials They Put Into Office

Lobbyists Consultants Like Hank Sheinkopf, Stanley Schlein, Evan Stavisky, Bill Lynch, Mike Nussbaum, Richard Lipsky, Global Strategy, Patricia Lynch, Roberto Ramirez, Patricia Lynch, Hank MorrisAre the Ones Driving the Corruption

Political Bosses Like Vito Lopez, Frank Seddio, Joe Crowley, Phil Regusa , Jay Savino, Ray Harding, Vincent Tabone, Michael Long, Independent Party Clut Are the Also Driving the Political Corruption and Controlling the Corrupt Board of Elections 

Smith Advisor Hank Sheinkopf Connected to AEG and Much More

NY1 Reporter Grace Rauh listed corrupt lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf as one of the 50 relatives, pals, colleagues and clients who wrote character letters on his Lipsky's defense successful to avoid a long prison sentence The NY1 reporter failed to mention the absurdity of a Sheinkropf send a letter of character to a judge.  Rauh should have told her views that Sheinkropf took the 5th 56 times when the NYS questioned him about the AEG bidding process.  Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal which is still being investigated by the feds as part of the AEG investigation.  The Feds are also investigating a Board Of Election (the cesspool of political corruption) contract for new machines that Sheinkopf was a lobbyist for. Feds investigate switch by Board of Elections ... - New York Post  There is a lot more in areas like pensions and HUD corrupt where Sheinkropf name appears. Former Village Voice reporter Wayne Barrett best described how Sheinkopf operates "Sheinkopf makes kings so he can then make deals with the kings he’s made." 
Sheinkopf working for Robert WilliamsBehind Big Political Gifts, a Mysterious Donor - The New York Times


Thompson Has A Lot of Campaign Consultants
Has the Campaign Bureaucracy That He Created Hurt His Efforts to Get Out A Clear Message
  
Consultant Gridlock
No Clear Message

Thompson Must Count On A Big  Black Turnout Which Most of  His Consultants Have Nothing To Do With



Bedford Grove LLC $ 300,000 Bedford Grove LLC is the consulting firm sending out Thompson's public schedule and statements. It's home to former public advocate Betsy Gotbaum and her former aide, Ian MacDonald. Others members of the firm, Michael Giaccio, Kristie Stiles, worked on Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson's statewide campaigns. Another member of the shop, Marius Muresano, was once Spitzer's photographer.  Mirram Group, LLC  $75,000  Eduardo Castell from the MirRam Group is Thompson’s lead campaign operative.   Mirram Group, LLC   $400,000 including radio and TV ads.  Consultant Marla Klinger $100,000 is helping out with fundraising, while Butler Associates $ 54,000, handles his public relations. Hank Sheinkopf $80,000 announcement came in a rollout of new members of Team Thompson -- including new Communications Director John Collins, $24,000 a former staffer for Anthony Weiner.   1,000,000. Metro Strategies, LLC  Campaign Lit  $300,000. Particle $130,000. Peeler Allen Consulting, LLC $40,000. Peter D. Hart Research Associa $150,000. Pitta Bishop Del Giorno at al $75,000. Prince, Jonathan $90,000. Renaud, Monique $50,000. Schenker, Jonathan $20,000. Corning Place Communications $32,000.

Many Of Thompson Consultants Are Lobbyists. Is There Enough Money in the City Budget to Take Care of All of Them?
Policy Director Amber Green is joining the campaign from GMMB in Washington, a firm whose partners include former Weiner media guy Jim Margolis. Thompson is also bringing on more Obama veterans, including Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre $20,000, who's worked on both the campaign side -- helping run battleground state ops -- and in the White House. Another ex-Obama staffer, Will Leaverton, who ran GOTV ops, will serve as Thompson's field director. More additions to the team, which already includes Jonanthan Prince and Bruce Gyory: Deputy Campaign Manager Frank Thomas, who managed Rep. Kathy Hochul's re-election bid last year, and Political Director Kim Ramos a strategist and lawyer with a network of contacts particularly among Latino electeds in the city and state Legislature. The campaign paid more than $170,000 to Suri Kasirer, a lobbyist and fund-raiser; more than $160,000 to Marla Klinger, another fund-raiser; some $140,000 to Monique Renaud, an expert in campaign finance regulations; and $40,000 to Andrew Grossman, a political strategist. (Andrea Cukier, who tutors Mr. Thompson in Spanish, was also listed as consultant, and she received at least $5,500.) The Campaign Group TV Ads




Daily News Takes A Hard Shot At Schneiderman's Shadow Government Cunningham Lobbyist Protection  

Don't want to take questions from the media? Well, OK — but Rick Karlin might gently rap on the tinted window of your taxpayer-funded sled.(TU)
Schneiderman Protects Lobbyist Cunningham
Editorial: Lay it out, Eric(NYDN) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s dealings with a top political operative with whom he has a long-standing personal and professional relationship are getting too cozy for comfort.  Worse, Schneiderman is refusing to release all of his official communications with Jennifer Cunningham under a dubious reading of the Freedom of Information Law.  Now is the time for the state’s top legal official to come completely clean. His campaign has paid the firm where she is a managing director, SKDKnickerbocker, $5.8 million over the past four years.But it turns out that Cunningham has been wearing the additional hats of (c) unpaid consultant to the attorney general’s office and (d) paid representative of private clients doing business with that same office. The newly public documents show that Cunningham had gone to bat with Schneiderman and his office on behalf of a half-dozen paying clients over the past four years. They included a hospital owner looking for help with a merger, a health-care company seeking an informational meeting, gay rights activists requesting a quote for a press release, organizers of a forum on prescription drug costs inviting the AG’s office to participate and an anti-bullying group suggesting the wording for a friendly tweet.Meanwhile, Schneiderman’s office is concealing who knows how many additional emails, discussing who knows what topics. Allowing officials to exempt any Tom, Dick or Harriet as “consultants” — without pay or a signed contract — would blow a mile-wide hole in the public’s right to know.*Newspaper Inkind Ads New Yorkers who are struggling to stay in their homes received a boost when state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said there was another $40 million for a Homeowner Protection Program that arose following the 2008 financial crisis, the Times Union reports:

As Cahill Gains Ground in the AG Race Schneiderman is Being Push Into Every Corrupt Democratic Operatives (Very People He Needs to Put In Jail) To Pull Out the Vote For Him

Now the AG Needs the Old Machine to Pull Out the Vote
John Cahill gains ground on Eric Schneiderman(NYP) The SienaCollege survey found that 50 percent of 809 registered likely voters would re-elect Schneiderman, while 34 percent would vote for Cahill. Last month, Schneiderman had a 54-27 lead over Cahill, who served as chief of staff to former Gov. George Pataki. 

The Old Machines and the New Tammany Hall Will Pull Votes for Scheiderman
Republican John Cahill accuses Attorney General EricScheiderman of hiding political consultant's role (NYDN) * 3 things John Cahill says about NY's AG silence on MorelandCommission (video) (syracuse.com) * The Ground Zero ad goes on to hit Schneiderman hard where it counts: on the corruption in Albany and the curious silence of the AG regarding Gov. Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland Commission. (NYP) John Cahill assails Eric Schneiderman's record as attorneygeneral (TU) * GOP Attorney General Hopeful John Cahill Backs Airbnb andUber (NYO) * AG candidate John Cahill blasts incumbent for lack of transparency (.legislativegazette.com) * GOP opponent blasts attorney general over Moreland Commission (Buffalo News) * Cahill: AG’s crime unit should vet casino bidders(TU) * The Lopez stain spreads(NYP) Both Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have had to answer questions over their own roles in the burgeoning mess regarding the hush money secretly paid to Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s first sexual-harassment victim. * New York Attorney General Race Narrows to 16 Points,Poll Says(WSJ)

Who Watchers the Watchman





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  Which Lobbyist Will Cash In


The Lobbyist and Consultants Who Win If Quinn Wins

Benenson Strategy Group   $200,000
DeLoach, Michael  $100,000
Fundraising Allocation $400,000

Mark Guma Communications $670,000 (Also Works for the Manhattan DA) Mark Guma is the former partner of Hank Morris.  Before Morris when to jail he and Guma contributed money to the Governor of New Mexico who somehow give pension funds to Morris and his partner Steve Ratner.  Guma also forgave some of the campaign funds he was owed by the Manhattan DA.  Guma wife worked for Bloomberg campaign along with Haggerty who DA Vance has indicted for stealing a million from the mayor.

SKDKnickerbocker $65,000


Jennif\r Cunningham   top New York lobbyist  Pol pays lobby big in AG bid - New York Post

The Real Hilary Rosen SKDKNICKERBOCKER Scandal | The Nation
They met as eager activists who leafleted for candidates and demonstrated against antigay violence outside the Stonewall Inn. Young, female and gay, Christine C. Quinn and Emily Giske became such close friends that Ms. Giske moved into Ms. Quinn’s building in Chelsea and introduced Ms. Quinn to the woman who is now her fiancée.




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An Evil Lobbyist

George Arzt is a political adviser, lobbyist, spokesman, public relations consultant, and a very generous campaign contributor. . .   He makes Kings by electing them to public office and then uses his kings to Make $$$
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.2013-08-23 George Arzt Campaign Donations - Master List - Quick Search - New York City Campaign Finance Boa...







Media Also Gamed By Lobbyists Artz and Sheinkopf Running Congressional Campaigns

As if the impending three-way congressional race between Rep. Ed Towns, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Councilman Charles Barron didn't have enough drama, the race could also well be a battle between two of the state's best-known political consultants -- who happen to be arch-enemies. As noted yesterday by Capital New York, George Arzt and Hank Sheinkopf, formerly close friends, now refuse to speak to one another. Arzt's firm is signed on as the campaign consultant for Jeffries, while Sheinkopf has a longstanding relationship with Towns and is already acting as something of a campaign spokesman. (Sheinkopf says he hasn't officially signed onto the campaign -- at least not yet.) "I'm looking forward to it," said Arzt of the likely competition with his nemesis. Sheinkopf was less diplomatic. "I don't know what George Arzt does, and I don't much care," Sheinkopf said. (CHN) * Extell George Arzt Moreland Commission Christine Quinn One57 Connections

George Arzt and the Crane

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.2013-08-23 George Arzt Campaign Donations - Master List - Quick Search - New York City Campaign Finance Boa...

NYC : News & Analysis: George Arzt : The $90,500 ...



 

NYP Used By Sheinkopf When They Allow Him to Attack Liu A George Arzt Client

 Ridiculous: NYP Uses Consultant Who Took the 5th to Judge Liu's Conduct(True News)



Arzt's NYP's Inside Connection

The New Political Director of the NY Post David  Seifman and Stringer political consultant George Arzt are long time friends. Arzt used to write for the NYP become he became a lobbyist political consultant.  The two even shared a beach house together years ago.






George Arzt : The $90,500 Campaign Finance Board Political Donations Man
All summer, the lobbyist, campaign consultant, and political insider George Arzt was quoted by the mainstream media as an impartial observer on this year's mayoral race. However, come to find out that he has been part of a group of politicos having weekly meetings strategizing how to install New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as Michael Bloomberg's successor. Not only that, but according to the information on the Campaign Finance Board's Web site, employees that disclosed their relationship with one of Mr. Arzt's lobbying clients, Extell, funneled $11,675 in political donations to Christine Quinn's campaign accounts. What gives reporters the basis to trust Mr. Arzt, when he said he had no horse in this race ? (Politicker : Christine Quinn Takes a Seat at Ed Koch’s Table with George Arzt Holding Court, too)

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CFB Money for Nothing


Does Katz's Campaign Consultant Arzt Need the Cash, He lost the Brooklyn DA and  Manhattan BP, But After All He Still Has His Lobbing Contracts
The Daily News calls on a number of candidates for public office in New York City, to return the latest checks they’ve been issued by the city’s public campaign financing system because they are general election shoo-ins.  Melinda Katz, who pulled down $28,101 in general election matching funds on her way to being sworn in as Queens borough president. Katz had $110,000 in the bank. Republican Aurelio Arcabascio’s campaign was $1,246 in the red at last filing.
George Arzt Communications, Inc. - NYC Lobbyist Search Result



The Secret World of Dark Pools Lobbyist/Political Consultant
It is very clear that Wall Street has Dark Pools where traders operate beyond the regulators.  What is not clear is that their are also Dark Pool where lobbyists, campaign consultants and elected officials make  deals with each other undermining democracy hidden from public view. Marathon Strategies' Phil Singer has worked for Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Cuomo's 2010 campaign, Quinn, Lappin and Stringer. 
On his website Singer list Freshdirect, Walmart and NYClass as his clients but Marathon Strategies is not listed as a lobbyist with NYC. Leaders of NYCLASS along with the Advance Groups created the IE PAC NYCASS that was involved in the anti-Quinn campaign and other campaigns that Scott Levenson's Advance Group was involved in. Phil served as a senior adviser and consultant to Andrew Cuomo's winning 2010 campaign for Governor, and he worked for Senator Chuck Schumer in a variety of capacities from 2000 to 2006, counseling Schumer on all media-related matters. What all of these lobbyists/campaign consultants like  Singer, Artz and Levenson do is work in  secret as lobbyists against the public interests and run campaigns that them to get more lobbyists clients.

One of the biggest lobbyist crooks is Hank Sheinkopf who was the won the $95 million dollar scanner contract with the BOE.  The same scanner who caused the return to the slow count machines which forced William Thompson Sheinkopf campaign consultant client to drop out of the runoff. Sheinkropf  is one of the many waiting to see what the U.S. Attorney does with the AEG investigation.  Does anyone think that if Thompson had his lawyer in the recount de Blasio would have received 40.8% of the vote?Among the lobbyists to get paid by the city’s broken 911 system contractors was George Arzt, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, Jennifer Carlson, Peter Barden, Jonathan Greenspun, Michael McKeon, Kasirer Consulting LLC.  These same lobbyists contribute to and run the campaigns of many of the city’s officials. More on Arzt and  the Broken 911 system.  Extell George Arzt Moreland Commission Christine Quinn One57 Connections


 



Head of de Blasio Fund Raise Lobbyist Capalino Makes Deal With the Mayor to Save Tourist Helicopters  
City nears deal to cut helicopter tours in half (NYP) The de Blasio administration is close to a deal that would allow the helicopter tourist industry to keep operating – but with flights cut in half and eliminated entirely on Sundays, sources told The Post.  The pared-down flight schedule is intended as a response to noise complaints from residents living near the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and on the other side of the East River in Brooklyn Heights, who persuaded the City Council to draft measures that would ground all tourist fligh “It’s unclear whether the smaller operators will survive, but this, at least, will keep the major operators functioning and keep in the helicopter tourist industry alive in the city,” said one source, adding he expects the mayor to announce an agreement “very soon.” An EDC spokesman declined comment.Sources said that powerhouse lobbyist James Capalino, a longtime friend and fund-raiser of de Blasio, played a key role in the negotiations. Among the meetings he arranged was a rare face-to-face session with the mayor at City Hall last May – a day after Capalino’s firm gave de Blasio’s nonprofit fundraising arm, Campaign for One New York, a donation of $10,000, records show. Capalino’s firm has received $120,000 in lobbying fees from the industry since de Blasio took office in 2014, including $85,000 from the Helicopter Tourism & Jobs Council. Pending bills in the council to ban the tourist flights would not affect private charter services, which cater to corporate clients. * The de Blasio administration is close to a deal that would allow the helicopter tourist industry to keep operating – but with flights cut in half and eliminated entirely on Sundays, in responding to noise complaints

De Blasio fund-raisers are big time lobbyists - NY Daily News The host committee included James Capalino, who has lobbied for Rudin Management, developers of high-end condos near the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, and lobbyist Suri Kasirer, who met with de Blasio on Brooklyn’s contentious Atlantic Yards project. Others on the host committee included Stan Natapoff and Alexandra Stanton of Empire Global Ventures, Rachel Amar of Waste Management of New York, and Michael Woloz of Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz. SHAWN INGLIMA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS James Capalino lobbied for Rudin Management, developers of high-end condos near the old St. Vincent’s Hospital, and Suri Kasirer who met with Bill de Blasio on Brooklyn’s contentious Atlantic Yards project, are part of de Blasio's host committee for $1 million fund-raiser. * De Blasio’s door is open to lobbyists | New York Post Leading the pack was last year’s highest-earning city lobbyist, James Capalino, who met with Hizzoner three times in the last three months. Capalino hosted two fund-raisers for de Blasio’s successful mayoral run in 2013. Clients who accompanied him to the meetings included Chinese real-estate and movie-theater mogul Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, and Janno Lieber, a top Silverstein Properties exec who bundled $11,100 for de Blasio two years ago. Capalino most recently met with the mayor on May 28 on behalf of helicopter-tour operators in lower Manhattan — an opportunity that critics of the noisy flights say they haven’t gotten. “It’s very discouraging but not surprising,” said Delia Von Neuschatz, a resident of Battery Park City who founded an advocacy group to halt the tours.*De Blasio raises $1.5M for political nonprofit - NY Daily News 

 

NYP Used By Sheinkopf When They Allow Him to Attack Liu A George Arzt Client

 Ridiculous: NYP Uses Consultant Who Took the 5th to Judge Liu's Conduct(True News)





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TV Lobbyists Loyal to the $$$

Former GOP Senator Helps Funds de Blasio 

NY1 LobbyGuys
DE BLASIO BENEFITED FROM D’AMATO MONEY: While Bill de Blasio was elected mayor as a progressive Democrat, he quietly took contributions from people closely tied to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who is now a lobbyist and perhaps the state’s most powerful Republican.
Ms. Holtzman's lobbying firm was paid $120,000 in 2009, $90,000 in 2010, and $200,000 in 2011 by SAIC, the maker of CityTime,

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Lobbyist Now Even Work for Local Governments and Interests Doing Business With Those Local Governments 

Report: Taxpayer money used to pay lobbyists(poughkeepsiejournal) Voters elect state officials to represent them and their communities at the state Capitol.But to many local governments and advocacy groups, that's simply not enough. They shelled out $8 million last year, mainly taxpayer money, to hire some of the top lobbyists in Albany to represent their interests, a review by the New York Public Interest Research Group at the request of the Journal's Albany Bureau found. Even state colleges and public authorities — which are creations of state government — felt the need to hire lobbyists to essentially lobby other state agencies and the state Legislature. In some cases, the lobbyists represent the municipalities and companies that lobby the same governments.Critics contended it's another example of the pay-to-play system in state politics. They said campaign-finance reforms could improve the system. New York has one of the most porous campaign-finance laws in the nation and one of the robust lobbying industries: Compensation for lobbyists reached a record high in 2013, a whopping $191 million. "It speaks volumes about the culture in Albany," said Bill Mahoney, NYPIRG research director. "Government can't even talk to itself with out hiring private lobbyists to help grease the wheels." The RGRTA spent nearly $100,000 a piece last year on two lobbyists: Patricia Lynch Associates, run by a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Robert Scott Gaddy, a close confidante of Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester. Darren Dopp, a spokesman for Patricia Lynch Associates, said the firm increasingly provides help to local governments dealing with complex state policies and legislation. For example, Patricia Lynch Associates got paid about $76,000 last year to be the lobbyist for the city of Yonkers. Yet the same firm was hired by Yonkers Raceway for about $83,000 last year to lobby the city and the state. There's a similar scenario in Monroe County. The county uses Park Strategies as its lobbyist, paying nearly $64,000 to the firm run by former Sen. Al D'Amato. Yet Park Strategies represents at least three firms, including Clark Patterson, an engineering firm, that list Monroe County as one of its lobbying targets. Often, lobbying firms are the bigger campaign contributions to state lawmakers' campaigns. That gives them outsized influence at the Capitol and makes them more valuable to municipalities, authorities and colleges that need help, Mahoney contended.
  •  Local governments, public authorities, colleges and special-interest groups spent $8 million in 2013 on lobbyists. That figure includes in-house lobbyists and the hiring of private firms.
  • In some cases, the same lobbyist represent local governments and companies that lobby the same municipalities.
  • Lawmakers and municipalities say hiring a lobbyist is simply the cost of doing business at the Capitol. Some colleges use private foundation money to fund their lobbying work.




Holtzman Taking CityTime Lobbying Payoffs and Wants Weiner Seat
As reported by City Hall on Friday, the Queens Democratic Party is seriously considering picking former congresswoman Liz Holtzman as the Democratic nominee in the race to replace Weiner. But one big problem for Holtzman could be her recent lobbying work on behalf of the giant defense firm SAIC, the main contractor on the scandal-scarred CityTime project. In the first four months of 2011, Holtzman was paid a whopping $80,000 to lobby the comptroller's office and mayor's office on CityTime.* "Holtzman could likely be trusted not to run against Crowley or Rep. Gary Ackerman." * The Bringing Down of Liz Holtzman * CityTime Payroll Scandal a Cautionary Tale(WNYC) * Elizabeth Holtzman Thinks She’s Ideal for Weiner’s Seat(NYT) * The Special Election Timetable (YNN) * Elizabeth Holtzman Interested in Running for Weiner's Seat(Forward) * NY9: “Whoever wins the seat may have little time to enjoy it.” [Jewish Forward Daily] * Candidates interviewed by the Brooklyn/Queens GOP

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Is Lobbyist Arzt Breaking Ethic Law?
George Arzt boosts for speaker in this piece (story also has photo of wrong Weprin)
Arzt is working with Brooklyn Boss Seddio and Queens Boss Crowley to elected Weprin. Ferreras is being used poorly to block Melissa Mark-Viverito. Anyway she is damaged by her past and would never qualify for speaker Queens Group Spent City's Cash, but Has No Receipts Showing ... Is Atzt boosting Ferreras  for free?





 Highest Paid Lobbyist
The NYC clerk released the annual list of the highest-paid lobbyists and highest-paying clients in the Big Apple.
The top ten lobbyists by compensation were:
Kasirer Consulting ($6,059,486), James F. Capalino & Associates ($3,317,406), Constantinople & Vallone Consulting ($2,507,500), Bolton-St. Johns ($ 2,390,266), Greenberg Traurig ($2,334,294), Manatt, Phelps & Phillips ($2,067,481) Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson ($1,971,509), Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel ($1,889,915), Parkside Group ($1,729,036), and Davidoff Hutcher & Citron ($1,629,390).

* The Unlobbyists(NYT) “Much of the decline in lobbying activity is not a decline at all, but rather the side effect of lobbyists and lobbying firms taking advantage of a feature of the law that allows them to continue influencing policy from ‘behind the scenes.’ By working as policy advisors and in other ‘unlobbyist’ positions, former lobbyists can keep their current jobs but escape the consequences of being registered, leading people in and out of lobbying to suggest that those consequences act as a deterrent to transparency.”


How Does the Media Let George Arzt Get Away With Flacking for Luxury Highrise Tax Breaks, While Running Major Campaigns?
 
EXTELL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. Media Contact: George Arzt  at 212-608-0333
Can we expect the candidates like Katz that Arzt is trying to elect this year will help him get more tax breaks for luxury highrises. Subpoenas have gone to Gary Barnett’s Extell Development, sponsor of One57 *


Corrupt Campaign Finance and Lobbyist Scandals in de ...


Lobbyists Lynch and Silver Tied At the Hip

Capital Puff Piece on A Lobbyist
Bigtime lobbyist says her ‘crappy year’ was a one-off(Capital)
Lobbyist tells Capital that a year of lay-offs, liens, and lost clients was a one-off. Patricia Lynch, long one of New York's top lobbyists, had an awful 2013, filled with tax liens, laid-off staff and lost clients. Lynch former boss and calling card at the Capitol, longtime speaker Sheldon Silver, was harshly criticized for his handling of sexual harassment claims, and there were enduring rumors about his viability as speaker. Lynch was seen as the go-to conduit for Silver, who had consolidated his power in the Assembly, and she rose quickly in the Albany firmament.

Kellner Quart Moreland Lobbyist Corruption

Saturday Update
Cuomo blocks controversial bid to serve booze in church(NYP)
Cuomo Blocks Liquor License for Caterer in Upper East Side Church(NYT)
Ethics panel looks into lobbying for liquor bill(NYP) Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission sent subpoenas to lobbyists working for the Rose Group — which leases space in the Third Church of Christ, Scientist on Park Avenue at E. 63rd Street — seeking information about its efforts to pass an exemption to state liquor laws, sources said. Rose has spent $373,401 on lobbying since 2011, including $245,000 to lobbyist and former chiropractor Joseph Mirto’s Empire Consultants. Records show Mirto has sent $27,500 to state legislators and $32,500 to Gov. Cuomo’s re-election committee since 2011, with Rose adding another $5,000 to Cuomo. * Assemblyman Dan Quart, who represents the Upper East Side, sponsored the bill in his chamber. With no Senate sponsor, the bill was introduced through the Rules Committee in an unusual procedural move.

What the NYP Left Out Campaign Consultant George Arzt
How Lobbyists Work Together
Arzt was paid $1500 by Kellner's City Council Campaign
Micah Kellner and Dan Quart co-sponsored a bill specifically to carve out an exception in the state liquor law to give the church-cum-wedding factory the right to sell liquor all the time.  Lobbyists for the Rose Group contributed thousands of dollars to Kellner’s (and Quart’s) campaigns.  Over the last few campaign cycles Micah Kellner took in around $4,000 from lobbying firm Connelly, McLaughlin & Woloz, and from the principals of the firm, and from Brenda Levin and George Arzt, other Rose Group lobbyists.



Holtzman Taking CityTime Lobbying Payoffs and Wants Weiner Seat
As reported by City Hall on Friday, the Queens Democratic Party is seriously considering picking former congresswoman Liz Holtzman as the Democratic nominee in the race to replace Weiner. But one big problem for Holtzman could be her recent lobbying work on behalf of the giant defense firm SAIC, the main contractor on the scandal-scarred CityTime project. In the first four months of 2011, Holtzman was paid a whopping $80,000 to lobby the comptroller's office and mayor's office on CityTime.* "Holtzman could likely be trusted not to run against Crowley or Rep. Gary Ackerman." * The Bringing Down of Liz Holtzman * CityTime Payroll Scandal a Cautionary Tale(WNYC) * Elizabeth Holtzman Thinks She’s Ideal for Weiner’s Seat(NYT) * The Special Election Timetable (YNN) * Elizabeth Holtzman Interested in Running for Weiner's Seat(Forward) * NY9: “Whoever wins the seat may have little time to enjoy it.” [Jewish Forward Daily] * Candidates interviewed by the Brooklyn/Queens


Lynch $500,000 Pay to Play Pension Fine

The Capital Puff Piece on Lynch Left Out the Fact the Top Lobbyist Ensnared in Pension Fund Scandal(NYT) * Cuomo Implicates Lobbyist, Patricia Lynch, in 'Pay to Play ...(NYT) Patricia Lynch Associates, one of Albany's most prominent lobbying firms, agreed to pay a $500000 fine, while its founder,






Former TV journalist Michelle Smith Hook (wife of SKD Knickerbocker's Morgan Hook) is now working in Schneiderman's press office. .... 

Lobbyist Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

www.nytimes.com/.../guilty-plea-by-richard-lipsky...
The New York Times
Jan 3, 2012 - Richard J. Lipsky, a prominent New York lobbyist who was charged in the bribery conspiracy case that also ensnared State Senator Carl ...
 
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The New Robber Barons



When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount(Barkan, City Limits) Some of the top firms advising candidates for state and local office also lobby those offices for clients like corporations and unions. Some believe the potential conflict demands reform.

A Letter to Garcia: (Michael) Garcia U.S. Attorney | Room Eight(2008)

Lobbyists Hank Sheinkopf (True News)
Lobbying blitz: Businesses spent $62 million - a record - to influence NYC government last year
As pols play musical chairs, consultants become the piper (CrainsNY) Term limits, public financing spark demand and dollars for campaign pros. 
Lobbyists Stanley Schlein (Bronx)
Gambling Convetion Center and lobbyists 
Forest City Ratner's 2011 city/state lobbying: 50% jump, with big contract to Kasirer; in Congress, D'Amato's firm lobbied for EB-5, and even got paid for not lobbying 
Two of the lobbyists accused in the IG report of fixing the Democratic senate - Carl Andrews and Hank Sheinkopf - flouted the probe, with Andrews unsuccessfully suing to block subpoenas and appealing right up to the report’s release, and Sheinkopf taking the fifth amendment. Incredibly, their refusal to cooperate with a state probe of the award of one state contract has no effect on their ability to seek another. Andrews hosted a victory dinner in his Albany house right after AEG won the bid, and Smith and Sampson and five other legislators, including Manhattan county leader Keith Wright, joined company brass at an event Andrews invoiced for $1,562. The night before Governor Paterson announced the award, Andrews and AEG executives lit a victory cigar at the Havana Club with Al Sharpton, whose NAN had just collected $100,000 in AEG contributions, ostensibly tied to their belief that the Rev was whispering to Paterson on their behalf. A former state senator himself, Andrews held a top executive title in the Spitzer and Paterson administrations until a scandal about his apparent efforts to influence a decision of the State Liquor Authority forced him from office (the IG eventually concluded that Andrews’ top aide had to be fired).
Lobbyist Richard J. Lipsky Pleads Guilty to Bribery - NYTimes.com

Lobbyist ensnared in bribery scandal that took down Carl Kruger has been feeding feds intel in ongoing criminal probes, prosecutors say

Richard Lipsky had been a fixture on the steps of City Hall for years until his arrest in 2011 for bribing the disgraced former Brooklyn lawmaker, who was subsequently sent to prison.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lobbyist-ensnared-bribery-scandal-carl-kruger-feeding-feds-intel-ongoing-criminal-probes-prosecutors-article-1.1167622#ixzz2zIce8ahn

Report: New York state lobbyists earned $190M in 2013 ...


Ad Touts Bread-And-Butter Legislation(YNN)

Stanley Schlein Works Free for Arroyos, Illegal Contribution?





 Mr. Schlein did not respond to messages left on his cellphone. But a spokesman, George Arzt, said, “Mr. Schlein decided to settle this matter on an expeditious basis and has agreed to the stipulated payment called for in the settlement.








Political Consultants/ Lobbyists Breed Corruption

Political Insiders Use Pols to Become Rich From Government

How is the world can a political consultant firm Global Strategy Group paid $2,000,000 Two Million in a fine to the AG for illegally arranging a meeting between the current comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, and an investment fund and still stay in business. That fact alone tell you how much money they make off of government. They are the new prince of the city, Pay to Play millionaires. We know how they got the power to influence the pols, they help elect them. Just look at who is at the heart of the pension scandal, Hank Morris. He used the fact that he elected Hevesi to the Comptrollers office to loot pension funds not only in New York but in LA, New Mexico and who else knows where. Morris and Global are not the only lobbyist consultant who are at the center of corruption today in New York. Consulting Firm Among Five to Settle in Pension Corruption Probe * Democratic consulting firm Global Strategy Group also settled with Cuomo, but Roberto Ramirez’s lobbying firm, the Mirram Group, remains under scrutiny.

The Heavyweight Albany Lobbyist They Call 'Feathers ...(Village Voice)

Lobbying Albany: A Recession-Proof Industry | Village Voice 

Voting Machine Smack-Down: Lobbyists Brawl | Village Voice

Yankee Lobbyists on Taxpayers' Tab | Village Voice

Cuomo's Gal Friday | Village Voice

Bags of Cash : Political Corruption and Lobbyists in NYC, NYS

 

 

NYP Used By Sheinkopf When They Allow Him to Attack Liu A George Arzt Client

 Ridiculous: NYP Uses Consultant Who Took the 5th to Judge Liu's Conduct(True News)* Lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf Took the 5th in the Aquduct gambling investigations

 

More Lobbyist Corrupt To Come 

Lobbyist Bill Lynch set up a meeting with Rev. Flake with Patterson, even though Lynch was a lobbyist against a company against Flacke. Carl Andrews was just order by the court to tell what he knows about the AEG mess. Many Political Consultants/lobbyist Breed Corruption: Political Insiders Use Pols to Become Rich From Government * Andrew Cuomo Goes to Albany, Where Lobbyists Are Waiting - (Village Voice) * State Lobbying Soars Passed $200M * Stanley Schlein Rides Again A Bronx fixer's scandalous history doesn't bother Yankees or Democrats * Bronx Lobbyist Serves as Espada's Lawyer in Senate Talks - NYTimes.com

 

Queens Dictator Lobbyist  Stavisky Above the Law in the Banana Republic of Queens

Modern Boss Tweed

In 2005 in a NYT article Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union expressed concern about what he called "a growing problem" of council members being lobbied by firms that serve as political consultants to many of them. "It clearly gives a lobbyist who does campaign work unfair advantage, because it gives them a level of access to the elected official that they otherwise would not have." In 2005 the Parkside was paid a total of $1.7 million by more than 40 clients last year, many of them nonprofit receiving member items from the city council.  
The Parkside Group, carved out a dual role in New York politics: as lobbyist for nonprofit groups seeking city money and as a political consultant to a dozen council members, including the speaker and the Finance Committee chairman, who have a major hand in approving budget requests from those same groups. Miller who became so close to Parkside after it helped him win his speaker post asked one of Parkside partners to help him hire a chief of staff. Did Parkside Get Funds from Millers Slush Fund?  In 2004, Miller launched his ill-fated drive to become mayor right from Parkside's offices. Lobbyists' Role in Council Slush Fund Scandal Probed (City Sun 2008) * A Letter to Garcia: (Michael) Garcia U.S. Attorney | Room Eight * O'Hara and Stavisky Voting Residence Injustice While the Media looks the other way

 

Quinn Must Decided If Lobbyist Giske's KFC is Still Finger Licking Good 

Did Quinn Block Sick Pay Bill to Help Her Lobbyists Friend?

Why is paid sick leave coming back as a political issue after being declared DOA by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? Union insiders say part of the reason is that the political calendar is getting closer to New York City mayor’s race – and paid sick leave could well become a litmus test issue. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer highlighted it his State of the Borough address, while the New York Times’ recent story about Quinn’s close ties with lobbyist Emily Giske noted that Giske represents the parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Giske’s firm, Bolton St. John, lobbied against the bill on behalf of Yum Brands, which could give opponents an opening to attack Quinn for shelving it. With more attention again being paid to the issue, supporters held a press conference yesterday to tout a study saying the city would save $28 million annually in emergency room costs if there were mandatory paid sick leave. (City and State)

De Blasio Calls for Far-Reaching Ethics Overhaul at City Hall

archive.advocate.nyc.gov/fighting-corruption
Apr 9, 2013 - Following a string of corruption scandals, including the arrest of Council

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