Thursday, November 28, 2013

NYC Daily News 220




Daily News Thinks It is Important that Heastie Tweeted Picture With GOP Leader Undermines Senate Dems? Or Brotherhood of Corrupt Albany?
Heastie raises Dem eyebrows with tweet featuring GOP leader (NYDN)  Here is an expanded version of the fifth item from my "Albany Insider" column from Monday: A picture tweeted out Saturday by Assembly Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie featuring himself with Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan at a college football game has raised the eyebrows of some Democrats.  Heastie took the shot with Flanagan and another lawmaker at the Stony Brook University homecoming game in Suffolk County.  Heastie is a graduate of the school, which is in Flanagan’s district. "So while the Democrats have the best chance to take the Senate in years and The governor is raising money to support a Democratic majority, the speaker broadcasts that he's palling around with Flanagan,” said one state Democratic Party insider. “It's a terrible signal that undermines the entire effort."





Daily News Says Holding 3 Primaries Cost $25 Million Extra But Leaves Out the Reason Protecting Incumbents 
How to buy anelection: Albany should earn its pay raise bykilling a wasteful primary (NYDN) While gearing up to hike their own salaries by $10 million a year, New York lawmakers are headed toward throwing $25 million more down the drain.  They would waste the money on staging an utterly unnecessary primary election. The Republican-led Senate has voted to hold combined congressional and state primaries in August. The Democratic-run Assembly has voted to hold those same combined primaries in June. If the two houses fail to agree, as happened in 2012 and 2014, New York will be stuck with two primaries. There would be one in June for Congress and one in September for all other offices. Each would cost $25 million. As we have previously urged, if the divided Legislature can’t agree on a date to unify the primaries (like July?) then they should just alternate the schedule — August this year and June in 2018 and see what works best. For reasons that are too ridiculous to explain, a change this year would need the okay of Albany Federal Judge Gary Sharpe. On a personal level, the judge, a registered Republican shouldn’t care. In 2012, election records show, he skipped voting in either of the $25 million split primaries that he ordered because of the Legislature’s misfeasance. New Yorkers have plenty of reasons to oppose raises for members of their corruption-riddled Legislature. Here come 25 million more.* According to New York election law, registered voters missed the last chance to change their party affiliation for the entire 2016 primary season — presidential on April 19, congressional on June 28, state and local on Sept. 13 — more than five months ago.











The Daily News Attacks JCOPE to Protect the Lobbyists Shadow Govt 
Not A Word Was Printed In the Daily News After the Cover-Up Fines Against the Advance Group and Council Speaker by the Ethics Committee Cover-Up of the consultant lobbyists illegal work for Mark-Viverito Speaker Race, an investigation that the Daily News Help Start
Keep those callscoming: Labeling dealings with editorial boards 'lobbying' is nuts (NYDN Ed) A classic example of lobbying: Worried about lost profits, an individual or business (for example, a landlord) hires someone who is politically connected to win amendments to a bill (for example, rent control legislation). JCOPE requires lobbyists to report their activities — serving the public good by informing citizens of efforts to influence their representative’ actions.  Over time, the rules expanded dangerously by defining letter-writing campaigns as lobbying and to mandate disclosure by those behind such drives.* JCOPE has lost its constitutional bearings by puttings actions of the press under government scrutiny, and while efforts to regulate dark money in politics are appreciated, the committee has crossed the line, theTimes Union writes:
JCOPE needs 1A litigators to surgically cut precise exposure-excision of corruption-enhancers; but not a pathway to tyranny. Ed Bds=freedom.


The Daily News is Silent On How the Lobbyists Shadow Govt is At the Center of Albany's Corruption, How They Snuffed Out Democracy in Elections With Their Coordination of PACs and Calls Banning Lobbyists in the Newsroom Unconstitutional, WTF
Now, ill-considered letter-of-the-law logic has led the panel into extending the definition of lobbying to include communication between paid representatives of interest groups and the media.  The draft of its rule would have covered “a public relations consultant who contacts a reporter or editorial board in an attempt to get the media outlet to advance the client’s message.” This happens, oh, thousands of times a week at media organizations across the state as PR representatives offer reporters and editors information helpful to their clients. Those reporters and editors determine if the information is in any way useful.


When Will the Good Govt Groups Stop Protecting Lobbyists and Help the Voters?

 NYCLU: "It should be obvious" that the new JCOPEstandards are "intimidating to both journalists and advocates." (WSJ)


Even During the Silver Trial the Daily News Protected the Lobbyists
Lobbyist 'surprised and concerned' - New York Daily News Nov 13, 2015 - Albany lobbyist testified he was “surprised and concerned” to discover Sheldon Silver was collecting fees from the company he worked for. *  Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists(Buzz Feed)



The Daily News Snarky: the FBI Knows de Blasio's Man With Horses When Will the Daily News Also Call for Election Fixing By NYCLASS ? 
At this point, de Blasio’s obsession for carriage horses is nothing short of a mania. He appears to be irrational. But is he? To find out, call a psychiatrist or call the FBI
Mayor, money andmania: Ugly truths drove necessary defeat of de Blasio's carriage horse plot(NYDN)  In 2007, as a councilman, he spurned a carriage-horse bill. In 2008, animal-rights activist Wendy Neu gave $1,000 to his public advocate campaign. For a time, de Blasio remained uninterested in efforts to rein in carriage horses. Even so, wealthy activist Stephen Nislick, founder of a group called NYCLASS, and likeminded others kept donating. By January 2011, NYCLASS supporters had written $20,400 in checks to de Blasio’s treasury — and the then-public advocate came around to supporting an anti-carriage-horse drive. Money continued to flow into his coffers: $45,350 by the mayoral election. Then, in 2013, Neu, Nislick and NYCLASS poured $625,000 into a political action committee that was hammering mayoral rival Christine Quinn with powerfully effective negative ads. Run the total: $670,000. For that sum Nislick, Neu and NYCLASS surely want their money’s worth, and, hell, de Blasio is trying to give it. Whatever a psychiatrist might ask about, an FBI agent would want to discuss the conversations surrounding payments and services rendered. On the eve of his inauguration, de Blasio famously vowed to ban carriage horses entirely on Day One, but the Council balked.* The lessons of de Blasio’s latest carriage-horse fiasco (NYP) De Blasio could satisfy those developers — his donors — by just negotiating a true deal to move the stables, as Mayor Rudy Giuliani did in his day. Apparently, though, fair negotiation just isn’t part of this mayor’s skill set.* If the Teamsters Did Not Kill the Horse Bill Council Was Willing to Accept Legal Bribes to Pass









The Daily News Snarky: the FBI Knows de Blasio's Mania With Horses, Seems A Little Insensitive to Election Fixing By NYCLASS 
At this point, de Blasio’s obsession for carriage horses is nothing short of a mania. He appears to be irrational. But is he? To find out, call a psychiatrist or call the FBI
Mayor, money andmania: Ugly truths drove necessary defeat of de Blasio's carriage horse plot(NYDN)  In 2007, as a councilman, he spurned a carriage-horse bill. In 2008, animal-rights activist Wendy Neu gave $1,000 to his public advocate campaign. For a time, de Blasio remained uninterested in efforts to rein in carriage horses. Even so, wealthy activist Stephen Nislick, founder of a group called NYCLASS, and likeminded others kept donating. By January 2011, NYCLASS supporters had written $20,400 in checks to de Blasio’s treasury — and the then-public advocate came around to supporting an anti-carriage-horse drive. Money continued to flow into his coffers: $45,350 by the mayoral election. Then, in 2013, Neu, Nislick and NYCLASS poured $625,000 into a political action committee that was hammering mayoral rival Christine Quinn with powerfully effective negative ads. Run the total: $670,000. For that sum Nislick, Neu and NYCLASS surely want their money’s worth, and, hell, de Blasio is trying to give it. Whatever a psychiatrist might ask about, an FBI agent would want to discuss the conversations surrounding payments and services rendered. On the eve of his inauguration, de Blasio famously vowed to ban carriage horses entirely on Day One, but the Council balked.* The lessons of de Blasio’s latest carriage-horse fiasco (NYP) De Blasio could satisfy those developers — his donors — by just negotiating a true deal to move the stables, as Mayor Rudy Giuliani did in his day. Apparently, though, fair negotiation just isn’t part of this mayor’s skill set.* If the Teamsters Did Not Kill the Horse Bill Council Was Willing to Accept Legal Bribes to Pass




The Daily News Which Investigated the Advance Group Ducks Comment the CFB AG Parking Ticket Fine 
In 2014 the Daily News repored that the FBI was investigating donations to NYCLASS from men closeto Mayor de Blasio that may have been used toward anti-Christine Quinncampaigners    On May 21, lawyer Jay Eisenhofer gave $50,000 to NYCLASS, the animal rights group leading the crusade to ban carriage horses. Ten days later, on May 31, NYCLASS gave an equal amount — $50,000, to the anti-Quinn group. On June 1, NYCLASS received another large donation, this time for $175,000. It came from UNITE HERE! — a labor union headed by John Wilhelm. Two days after that, on June 3, NYCLASS sent the same amount, $175,000, to the anti-Quinn campaign. The issue? Both Wilhelm and Eisenhofer have long-standing ties to Bill de Blasio, one of Quinn’s Democratic rivals in the mayoral campaign. Wilhelm is de Blasio’s cousin — and a prolific fund-raiser for him. Wilhelm raised $6,950 for de Blasio’s 2009 race for public advocate and $80,000 for de Blasio’s successful campaign for mayor. * EXCLUSIVE: FBI investigating claim Christine Quinn was threatened for refusing to support carriage horse ban during the mayoral race (NYDN) *Consulting firm head hired by de Blasio for Central Parkcarriage industry review was early supporter of NYCLASS (NYDN)



The Daily News and Good Govt Groups Who Said UFT PAC Illegally Funding Advance Now are Silent
Getting Away With Fixing Elections
UFT under fire for apparently trying to hide identity of consulting firm(NYDN)The city’s powerful teachers union is under fire from good-government groups for apparently trying to hide the identity of a consulting firm it was using to boost union-backed candidates.  "The listing of the phony firm, 'Strategic Consultants, Inc.,' in campaign filings, obscured that Advance Group was being paid both to promote candidates for the United Federation of Teachers' independent political action committee, and working as the main campaign consultant for several of those same candidates."







The Daily News is Ducking the Low Advance Fine and No Criminal Investigation Means Nobody is Watching the Watchmen
The Daily News Reported That People Close to de Basio Sent Cash to Advance Run NYCLASS
Bill at the trough (NYDN Ed) De Blasio's conversion on horse carriages coincided with a rush of campaign cash. This is the curious story of how a self-described skeptic of the ban in 2007 became, by March 2013, a man who pledged to “ban the horse carriages in Central Park within the first week on the job.” In 2007, then-City Councilman de Blasio declared himself “skeptical” of a bill seeking to ban the carriages. In January 2008, the checks began arriving — and, presumably, the reeducation of the politician got underway. Wendy Neu, a longtime animal rights advocate who would later become a NYCLASS board member, gave $1,000 to de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate.Before long, more checks from Neu, NYCLASS co-founder Stephen Nislick and others started rolling in.Conversion complete? Not quite.


The Daily News Broke the Story That Advance Illegally Worked On Mark-Viverito Speakers Race Says Nothing Today
EXCLUSIVE: City Council Speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito may have violated city ethics rules(NYDN)  Mark-Viverito, an East Harlem councilwoman, accepted unpaid assistance from the Advance Group, a prominent lobbying firm working to further her candidacy (Daily News 11/27/2013) * New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s ties to the consulting firm Advance Group may be hurting her candidacy for speaker

Daily News's Myler Who Counted On Nude Hits Gone and the Paper Cuts the Meat
Colin Myler is resigning his post at the New York Daily News, where he has served as editor in chief since 2012. He’s returning to his native London, and will be replaced by Jim Rich, his deputy, after leaving the paper later this year. * Desnuda brings topless toddler to panhandle in Times Square (NYP) * NY Daily News staffers are bracing for another round of cuts this week as owner Mort Zuckerman tries to stanch the flow of red ink at the tabloid – perhaps in advance of trying to sell it again. Mayor's Times Square Task Force Has Yet to Meet Mayor's Times Square taskforce to deal with topless, painted women and costumed characters still hasn'tmet  (WNBC)* City & State columnist Alexis Grenell mourns the loss of Bill Hammond’s byline from the pages of the Daily News. * The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End (NYT) To veteran media watchers, the layoffs mean that the recent attrition at newspapers across the country has finally arrived in force in the nation’s media capital *  The recent layoffs and digital shift at the New York Daily News, once the city’s ultimate hometown paper, signals something bigger afoot in the newspaper industry. “If people don’t want horses and buggies anymore and they want to ride in automobiles, then you better damn well get into the auto business,” said DN owner Mort Zuckerman.


What if the Daily News Covered the de Blasio Mayoral Turn Out Like They Covered Trumps Votes in N.H.?
The Daily News Hits Trump On Lack of Votes in N.H.
Yet Says Nothing About the Fact That de Blasio Was Elected With Less Than 5% of New York City's Registered Voters

New York's Falling Voter Participation Rate is A Canary in the Coal Mine Warning for Our Failing City and Democracy  2013 Was the Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote in 1918 . .200,000 Votes Less Than 2009. Only 282,344 New Yorkers voted in the 2013 primary for de Blasio. That is out of 3,222,468 registered democratic voters 8%, in what everyone knows is the real election in NYC.  If you look at the 4,727,307 registered NYC voters then de Blasio became the mayor with just 5% of the voters voting for him.  de Blasio Was Elected Public Advocate in 2009 With Just 4.4% of the Democrat Vote or Less than 1.7% of the City's Residences In the 2005 primary runoff Comptroller John Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740) in the runoff. De Blasio did a little better with 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. John Liu was elected with just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters casting their vote for him. New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low What In A Mandate? worry--50% drop in primary turnout since '89 * NYC voter turnout stinksreport(NYDN * New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received more than a million more votes than de Blasio




Daily News Leaves Out Council Pay to Play Pay Raise and the Real Estate Deal As It Attacks the Deal On the Health of the Reduced Number of Horses


They kill horses,don’t they? The City Council must refuse de Blasio’s horse bill (NYDN) Whipped like mules and rewarded with money sweets — good boy, good girl — the City Council is moving to a vote that will hurt humans and animals.  Members must understand that Mayor de Blasio is driving them to return the favors of animal-rights activists who funded his mayoral campaign in appallingly cruel fashion. The activists wanted to ban horse carriages from the city, declaring that the horses suffered terribly. With the activists spending lavishly on ads that hobbled Christine Quinn’s candidacy, de Blasio declared that the carriage industry was inhumane. Initially, the Council balked at killing the business. And, now, paid-laborer de Blasio is ramming through a “compromise” that would limit horses to Central Park, where they would be housed in a new taxpayer-funded, wasteful $25 million stable. The members are urged to read the Op-Ed article published today. Susan Kayne, of the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation, documents that de Blasio’s scheme would severely overwork the horses.* De Blasio denied the suspicion that NYC Council support for his horse carriage proposal is somehow intertwined with a plan to raise lawmakers’ wages.





Why All 3 Paper Editorials Oppose Mayor's Horse-Carriage Plan Means Nothing to Council Members 
Three major NYC daily newspaper editorials reject mayor's horse carriage plan; will @NYCCouncil listen? Zero community support for plan.

As True News Follows Thomas Nass Using It's Editorial Pictures to Explain Corruption the News and Post Go Fleet Street Selling Sex to Get Internet Hits


















Daily News In Future Interview With de Blasio Can Talk the Talk Can They Walk the Walk
1. Will the Daily News Ask the Mayor Why His Cousin;s Union Contributed Hundreds of Thousands to NYCLASS the PAC That Destroyed Quinn the DN Endorsed Candidate?
2 Will the Daily News Ask de Blasio Why As PA He Opposed Citizen United, Yet as Mayor He Runs the Campaign for One NY PAC Slush Funds With His Top Campaign Consultants? 


Thank you, Mr. Mayor (NYDN ED) Count the Daily News Editorial Board as very gratified that Mayor de Blasio has set a date for joining us in informing the public about his government. Thank you, Mr. Mayor. The date is March 4, after which we hope to explain de Blasio’s thinking about Uber, the app-based car service, including his expenditure of $2 million on consultants’ work on the subject. On Feb. 3, we invited the mayor to engage in civic transparency via the Freedom of Information Law. (You can read our letter at nydn.us/uber). Six days later, the mayor’s office emailed confirmation that on March 4 he would provide the requested records or keep them secret. This was magnanimous because the Associated Press reported that the mayor has ordered his entire government to forward significant requests for records to City Hall, where many languish six months while others fall into a black hole.



The Daily News Ignoring the Gentrification Push Out Damage 421-a Has Done Pushes for Albany to Renew the Program 
The Daily News Also Ignores the Corruption of Silver and Silver by 421-a Developer Glenwood and their Lobbyists
Unaffordable mess:What to do now that a 421-a prevailing wage deal has fallen to pieces (NYDN Ed) With a tick of the clock Friday, a foundation of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable-housing plans imploded, jeopardizing upwards of 20,000 of the 80,000 affordable apartments he aspires to build. Now the Legislature that set the stage for this debacle must swiftly restore what too-casual deal-making destroyed. Namely, a decades-old New York City program, called 421-a, that greatly reduces property taxes for new housing development, thereby encouraging new construction that in many cases would otherwise be infeasible.

421-a Has Expired Another Death Nail for de Blasio's Affordable Housing and Zoning Plan
It’s official, the 421-a tax break meant to encourage the construction of affordable housing in NYC has expired. * Wage stalemate ruining de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan (NYP) Mayor de Blasio’s plan to preserve and build 200,000 affordable-housing units suffered a setback as labor leaders and developers failed to agree on wages for construction workers by Friday’s deadline. “Despite a good-faith effort by all parties, the Real Estate Board of New York and the [unions] were unable to come to a final agreement on the renewal of [a program] that would provide good wages to construction workers across the city,” said Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council. It’s unclear what, if anything, Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature plan to do to ­extend the program. * 421-a Tax Break Expires as Deal Between Developersand Labor Falls Apart (DNAINFO) * The Developer-Friendly 421-A Tax Abatement Program IsDead (Gothamist)* Owner of recently closed The Usual reflects on a Prospect Heights when "it wasn't about money" (AYR* Construction-union officials said they failed to reach a deal with real estate leaders on worker wages in an agreement needed to renew the critical 421-a property-tax exemption program in New York CityThe Wall Street Journalreports: 


Why is the Daily News Imitating Dumb Down Local TV News Today? . . . They Forgot the Weather








True News Wags the Daily News to Show Outrage Against Silver,  But Paper Still Not Investigating and Connect More Corruption Dots
Sheldon Silver'scrimes against New York (NYDN Ed) Federal prosecutors appear poised to give New Yorkers a civics lesson in how their state government has really been working. Silver rigged financial disclosure rules so as to hide the sources of his income, thus facilitating a hidden flow of money while brazenly claiming that he was living up to the letter of the law. He controlled internal Assembly ethics investigations, and perverted outside probes by maintaining secret sway over supposed watchdogs. And he perfected one-person rule of the Assembly so that he could decide which bills passed and on what terms




The governor’s creation of the anti-corruption panel in 2013, known as the Moreland Commission, brought high hopes; it began to uncover what many of its members believed were the institutional problems forming the bedrock of Albany’s troubled culture.  Among them were two broad issues that are expected to figure prominently in both trials: ineffectual campaign finance laws that give moneyed interests — especially large real estate developers — outsize influence; and lax financial disclosure rules that allow corrupt lawmakers to list part-time jobs or consulting work to mask political payoffs. Often, this work is listed at law firms that represent clients with business before the state. These laws and rules, largely written by the lawmakers themselves, are seldom enforced. The cases against Mr. Silver and Mr. Skelos, who remain in office but who relinquished their leadership positions after their arrests, were among several investigations that either grew out of or were spurred by the work of the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo abruptly shuttered in March 2014, outraging good-government groups. He closed it in a deal to pass modest ethics reforms that year, but the move led Mr. Bharara’s office to examine the shutdown and the governor’s role in it. The status of that investigation is unclear.


Insiders are Are Saying It is A Miracle 
That Developers Who Paid the Bribe, Lobbyists Who Arranged the Deal and Law Firms That Made Money Where Not Charged
“As the U.S. attorney has clearly outlined, Weitz & Luxenberg had no knowledge of the alleged scheme described by prosecutors,” a spokeswoman for the firm said. Both Litwin Glenwood's Charles Dorego and Glenwood's Lobbyist and Silver Pal Brian Meara were not charged with a crime in exchange for become a federal rat.* Last Week • As Assemblyman Silver and Skelos head to trial, lawmakers, lobbyists, aides and others involved in state politics are bracing For A Proctology Exam of  Albany’s culture and Corruption


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Daily News Lovett Who Gets His News From Albany Insiders Writes About Their Dream of Defeating Bharara In the Silver and Skelos Trials
Ken Lovett: “Hard-charging US Attorney Preet Bharara’s crusading reputation could take a major hit if his office can’t win convictions against (former Assembly Speaker Sheldon) Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, whose separate corruption trial is set to begin Nov. 16.”* If former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is convicted, his staff would lose their jobs, including his Chief of Staff Judy Rapfogel, who at a salary of $180,000 makes more than Silver and even Cuomo, the 
DailyNews’ Lovett writes:  * Sheldon Silver’s schemes encouraged greed and corruption, lawyers say (NYP)The referral-fee system that let ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pocket $3 million despite not doing any actual work is a powerful catalyst for greed and corruption, according to lawyers familiar with the practice. “In my opinion, that rule clearly encouraged an abuse of power, because Sheldon Silver was in a position where he was able to benefit monetarily without lifting a finger, by using taxpayers’ money to fill other people’s pockets,” said personal-injury lawyer Rosemarie Arnold. While Arnold pays for referrals in New Jersey — where she’s certified as a civil trial attorney with “extensive and substantial experience” — she won’t do so in New York because it lacks the Garden State’s certification program. * Politico New York details how a prominent physician who wasinvolved in former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s alleged money-making schemes that led to corruption charges, Dr. Robert Taub, became involved with the Manhattan Democrat’s crimes:
More on the Silver Trial 

The Daily News Which Investigated the Advance Group Ducks Comment the CFB AG Parking Ticket Fine 
In 2014 the Daily News repored that the FBI was investigating donations to NYCLASS from men closeto Mayor de Blasio that may have been used toward anti-Christine Quinncampaigners    On May 21, lawyer Jay Eisenhofer gave $50,000 to NYCLASS, the animal rights group leading the crusade to ban carriage horses. Ten days later, on May 31, NYCLASS gave an equal amount — $50,000, to the anti-Quinn group. On June 1, NYCLASS received another large donation, this time for $175,000. It came from UNITE HERE! — a labor union headed by John Wilhelm. Two days after that, on June 3, NYCLASS sent the same amount, $175,000, to the anti-Quinn campaign. The issue? Both Wilhelm and Eisenhofer have long-standing ties to Bill de Blasio, one of Quinn’s Democratic rivals in the mayoral campaign. Wilhelm is de Blasio’s cousin — and a prolific fund-raiser for him. Wilhelm raised $6,950 for de Blasio’s 2009 race for public advocate and $80,000 for de Blasio’s successful campaign for mayor. * EXCLUSIVE: FBI investigating claim Christine Quinn was threatened for refusing to support carriage horse ban during the mayoral race (NYDN) *Consulting firm head hired by de Blasio for Central Parkcarriage industry review was early supporter of NYCLASS (NYDN)



The Daily News and Good Govt Groups Who Said UFT PAC Illegally Funding Advance Now are Silent
Getting Away With Fixing Elections
UFT under fire for apparently trying to hide identity of consulting firm(NYDN)The city’s powerful teachers union is under fire from good-government groups for apparently trying to hide the identity of a consulting firm it was using to boost union-backed candidates.  "The listing of the phony firm, 'Strategic Consultants, Inc.,' in campaign filings, obscured that Advance Group was being paid both to promote candidates for the United Federation of Teachers' independent political action committee, and working as the main campaign consultant for several of those same candidates."







The Media Ducking the Low Advance Fine and No Criminal Investigation Means Nobody is Watching the Watchmen
The Daily News Reported That People Close to de Basio Sent Cash to Advance Run NYCLASS
Bill at the trough (NYDN Ed) De Blasio's conversion on horse carriages coincided with a rush of campaign cash. This is the curious story of how a self-described skeptic of the ban in 2007 became, by March 2013, a man who pledged to “ban the horse carriages in Central Park within the first week on the job.” In 2007, then-City Councilman de Blasio declared himself “skeptical” of a bill seeking to ban the carriages. In January 2008, the checks began arriving — and, presumably, the reeducation of the politician got underway. Wendy Neu, a longtime animal rights advocate who would later become a NYCLASS board member, gave $1,000 to de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate.Before long, more checks from Neu, NYCLASS co-founder Stephen Nislick and others started rolling in.Conversion complete? Not quite.


The Daily News Broke the Story That Advance Illegally Worked On Mark-Viverito Speakers Race Says Nothing Today
EXCLUSIVE: City Council Speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito may have violated city ethics rules(NYDN)  Mark-Viverito, an East Harlem councilwoman, accepted unpaid assistance from the Advance Group, a prominent lobbying firm working to further her candidacy (Daily News 11/27/2013) * New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s ties to the consulting firm Advance Group may be hurting her candidacy for speaker

Daily News's Myler Who Counted On Nude Hits Gone and the Paper Cuts the Meat
Colin Myler is resigning his post at the New York Daily News, where he has served as editor in chief since 2012. He’s returning to his native London, and will be replaced by Jim Rich, his deputy, after leaving the paper later this year. * Desnuda brings topless toddler to panhandle in Times Square (NYP) * NY Daily News staffers are bracing for another round of cuts this week as owner Mort Zuckerman tries to stanch the flow of red ink at the tabloid – perhaps in advance of trying to sell it again. Mayor's Times Square Task Force Has Yet to Meet Mayor's Times Square taskforce to deal with topless, painted women and costumed characters still hasn'tmet  (WNBC)* City & State columnist Alexis Grenell mourns the loss of Bill Hammond’s byline from the pages of the Daily News. * The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End (NYT) To veteran media watchers, the layoffs mean that the recent attrition at newspapers across the country has finally arrived in force in the nation’s media capital *  
The recent layoffs and digital shift at the New York Daily News, once the city’s ultimate hometown paper, signals something bigger afoot in the newspaper industry. “If people don’t want horses and buggies anymore and they want to ride in automobiles, then you better damn well get into the auto business,” said DN owner Mort Zuckerman.


Newsday is Now Foreign Owned
The Dolans' Newsday Was Also Sold to the Dutch Company The Dolans, the Clan That Built the Cablevision Empire, SayGoodbye (NYT)* UPDATED: Daily News Lays Off High Profile Writers inLatest Round of Cutbacks (NYDN) * More Daily News layoffs as newsroom keeps bleeding (NYP) TV critic David Hinckley, who has been at the News for three decades, confirmed he was let go on Thursday. “It’s been a great ride,” he said. Not clear is the fate of columnist Juan Gonzalez, known as the “Che Guevara of the newsroom.” He was a union leader in the News’ last big newsroom strike in the early ’90s, when it was still owned by Tribune Co. Early in the day, the newsroom buzz was that Gonzalez was out, but by late afternoon he was still in the newsroom. It could be that Gonzalez — like fellow columnist Mike Lupica — is under a long-term contract and can’t be booted until the deal expires. Daily News ‘in total shock’ after layoffs; Lupica’s job still up in the air? (Politico) * Daily News ‘in total shock’ after layoffs; Lupica’s job still up in the air? (Politico) * New York Post Chicago-bound (Politicalny) * Buffalo SchoolsConstruction Project Part Of Federal Probe Into Cuomo's Buffalo Billion Project: Now we have a... 
Vanishing New York: Icons and residents crushed by surging rents A survey of closing businesses found that New York City lost nearly 7,000 years of history in just a dozen years
Gentrifying Brownsville: Changes in Brooklyn ’hood come from within  African-American locals, beset by poverty and violence and at risk for displacement, try to salvage their community
New York City homeless advocates rally against closure of urban campsites  Protesters characterize Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign to push homeless residents into shelters as harassment
Surge in number of homeless people Courtney Kealy examines why the homeless population is growing larger than it has been in decades




Is the Pol or the Press the Truth Teller? Ask Jefferson
Gonzalez: Tells How de Blasio Will Fight the Media Narrative of Him
An upcoming series of public events and town halls will allow de Blasio to explain to voters that his ambitious programs to combat income inequality and success in keeping crime low are creating a New York different than the media narrative, the Daily News’ Juan Gonzalez writes:

How Can New York Still Call Itself the Capital Culture When Nobody is Fighting to Save the Daily News 
How the Shadow Government Controlled By Real Estate and Their Mini Me Lobbyists Have Destroyed New York's Culture and Community Control to Make Money
As a group of L.A. investors and power brokers, led by billionaire Eli Broad are in a pitched battle, despite the bleak circumstance of the newspaper industry, to save the LA Times, New York’s shadow government now in charge of the city does not care if the Daily News which according to it founder Joseph Medill Patterson in 1919. was the voice of everyman. Newspapers, all of them struggling in one way or the other, turn out to yet be distinguished by their particular franchises. Hence, papers like the L.A. Times, London’s Daily MailThe New York Times, the Financial Times (recently sold at great value to a Japanese buyer) and The Washington Post (sold to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos two years ago) maintain their identity and influence, and live another day.Wolff: Flash! The powerful still fight over newspapers (USA Today) The effort to use newspapers to exert influence in communities and the effort to gain control of newspapers in order to have such influence has been a basic operation of 20th century political and commercial life.



Daily News Says It Against Luxury 421-a But Says Nothing About the Gentrification Push Out the Tax Break Causes


Time to end a hugetax break for wealthy property owners (NYDN Ed) Tiny property taxes for the most luxurious of luxury condominiums. A bigger tax bill for rental buildings where the have-nots live. It’s a tale of two cities — told most offensively though the towering bauble for the ultrawealthy known as One57, where a top-floor residence recently sold for a record $100 million. Outrage properly greeted the Daily News’ revelation in 2013 that One57’s developer had secured from the state Legislature clearance to claim a property tax break known as 421-a. Savings to the wealthy residents: $9.4 million a year. Still worse, the city Independent Budget Office now calculates One57 got an additional $16 million property tax discount last year, thanks to a state law that places insanely low assessed values on the city’s priciest condos and co-ops.

Someone Needs to Tell Daily News Hamill It is Not About Rudy or Protecting de Blasio Its About Homeless Crisis
The Daily News Uses the Tit Party In Times Square to Sell Papers 
The NYP Loves to Blow True News' Bubble
NYP Copies True News Bubble Mayor: the Homeless Edition 
Cops keep de Blasio in a bum-free bubble (NYP)  No wonder he doesn’t think there’s a problem. The police have been laboring to keep Mayor de Blasio in a bum-free bubble — clearing nuisance-causing vagrants from his view at Gracie Mansion and as he travels in the city.  On Wednesday, two hours before de Blasio was due to walk through Washington Square Park, cops arrived en masse to clear out the quality-of-life-ruining bums who drink from paper bags, sprawl on benches and pee in public.  “They had to clear all the homeless out before he got there,” for a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the NYU Islamic Center, said one law-enforcement source. “They didn’t want him to see the homeless people lying around, to see how the park usually is. They wanted it spotless for him,” the source added.


On May 22nd True News Introduced the Mayoral Bubble While de Blasio Used the Cops to Keep Protesters Away From A Boardwalk News Conference 
 Mayor Puts New Yorkers Who Want to Ask Questions Into Pens and Reads His Script in Front of the Political Class* -- AP’s “[O]n Friday in the Rockaways, unlike on Staten Island the day before, [de Blasio] largely heard cheers. That was in part due to the event's careful stagecraft, featuring tight security that kept would-be demonstrators nearly out of the mayor's line of sight. … the site of his press conference was tightly controlled by Department of Parks security and City Hall staffers, who took the unusual step of cordoning off potential disruptors to an area about 50 yards down the boardwalk.” * Channeling Orwell: Mayor de Blasio's "Free SpeechZone": (WCBS) * Bubble Mayor Homeless Plan Keep Them Out of His Sight and the Parks

de Blasio Writes in the Daily News That He is Doing A Good Job and Better Days Ahead


Quality of life: The way forward. Mayor de Blasio laysout his plans to attack the day-to-day problems on many New Yorkers' minds(NYDN Op Ed) * This homeless couple is cleaning up Brooklyn (NYP) A homeless couple is turning the city’s quality-of-life crisis on its head by camping out in a tiny Brooklyn park — and cleaning it up better than the de Blasio administration, neighbors said. Chris, 57, and Tammy, 54, have been living on a traffic island in the heart of Bay Ridge since falling on hard times and drifting there from Pennsylvania.



Today True News Adopts the Daily News 3Cs Journalism: Crime Comics and #$@#!
City Loses Case to Restrict Porn




A court gave a green light to what's left of New York City's red light district, turning aside the city's desire to further restrict its racy adult establishments by finding the new rules are unconstitutional, the Associated Press reports: * City loses court case to further restrict adult establishments (NYP)* A BOOTYFUL DAY! Miss Butt Brazil contestants revealed — SEE PHOTOS (NYDN)



What is the Daily News Talking About That Bharara is Looking into the 421-a Tax Breaks? 
Both the Arrests By U.S. Attorney Bharara of Silver and Skelos Were Tied to the 421-a Program
The tax break cost the city $1.1 billion last year and is now the subject of an ongoing federal probe. In January 2013 Albany snuck a provision onto a budget bill that awarded the break to One57 and four other big Manhattan developments. The developers of these buildings are all big campaign donors. The tax break deal was first examined by Gov. Cuomo's Moreland Commission until he disbanded it. Now it's being looked at by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

What the Daily News Did Not Report On Was the 421-a Program has Tripled the Rent in Neighborhoods Like Crown Heights Moving Black Out
 SWEATING IT OUT: Brownsville tenants live without hot water and electricity (NYDN)   * Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Gets Its Turn(NYT) The neighborhood has finally overcome a reputation for intolerance and violence that had plagued it since the 1991 riots between blacks and Hasidic Jews. In fact, residents credit the successful post-riot reconciliation between the two communities with being one of the drivers of Crown Heights’ rapid transformation — or gentrification, depending on one’s perspective.  Along Franklin Avenue, signs saying “Moving to Flatbush” have appeared on  many businesses in the last couple of years, and while longtime residents don’t tack up signs, there are indications they have also been leaving in large numbers as new arrivals replace them in this community of about 140,000 people.  * An Independent Budget Office report found a tax break for One57, a luxury condo tower in Midtown, will cost New York City $65.6 million in property taxes over 10 years, money that could have paid for 367 affordable apartments, theDaily News reports:



Does the Daily News Also Believe the 1776 Patriots Should Have Worked Out Their Differences With the King?  
de Blasio and Cuomo Have Real Political Differences Like the 13 Colonies and the English King.  Does the Daily News Believe Every Conflict in Government is Psychological? If So They Are Nuts
GOING THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH: De Blasio, Cuomo can work out their rocky political relationship, therapists say  (NYDN) That’s the opinion of professional therapists contemplating the rocky state of the 20-year relationship between the two pols. “The mayor and the governor have to put their issues aside for the good of the children,” said Michelle Ascher Dunn, an Upper East Side psychotherapist.




Instead of Outrage and Condemnation of Albany On Day Tenants Screwed MSM Defends and Protect Them

On the Day the Albany Lawmakers Let Rent Laws Expire the Daily News Says Let Corrupt Pols Keep Their Pensions
Let crooked pols keep pensions: Stripping retirementaccounts is just cruel (NYDN) Daily News that stripping lawmakers convicted of corruption of their pensions is a step too far, as losing one’s job, honor and freedom are punishment enough.  True News Question: If the Daily News Thinks Losing One's Job and Freedom is Enough to Stop Corruption, Then Why Was the Arrests of 35 of Their Colleagues Not Enough to Stop the Corruption Over the Past 10 Years?


On the Day the Albany 3 Men in the Room Could Not Protect Tenants Newday Blames the Corruption Probes for Lack of Reforms
Newsday writes that recent Albany corruption probes are causing a paralysis in the capital that is preventing lawmakers from making much needed changes to laws and delaying progress in some areas: True News Question: Is Newsday Pro Pay to Play Corruption?  Does Newsday Think the Lobbyists and Special Interests Who Funded 174 Fund Raises for Lawmakers This Year Were Paying the $$$ to Reform the Laws?


The NYP Uses A Child Abuse Law Blocked By Former Speaker Silver to Blast the Assembly Democrats Who They Hate 

The Post Failed to Report The Child Abuse Bill That Has 61 Sponsors in the Assembly and Whose Supporters Has Led Protests for 6 Years All Over the City. The Post Also Failed to Report That Former Speaker Silver Urged On By the Catholic League and Agudath Israel and Other Orthodox Groups Who Opposed the Bill. The Bill That the NYP Reported Has Become Law in California and 6 Other States  Church blasts ‘retaliatory’ resurrection of sex abuse bill (NYP) Assembly Democrats, under pressure from the Catholic Church to pass a tax break to help parochial schools, on Monday revived a bill that would allow lawsuits involving decades-old claims of sexual abuse by priests. “This is a retaliatory strike against the church,” Dennis Poust, spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, told The Post. “We haven’t heard a whisper about this bill in six years. * THE BRIDGE MISSION TO ALBANY LOBBY DAY FIGHTING FOR SCHOOLTUITION TAX CREDITS AND PASSAGE OF "THE CHILD VICTIM ACT"


Daily News Calls NY's Govt A Mob War 
de Blasio Does Not Understand A Lawmaker Body Who Cannot Control
Editorial: Bill deBlasio baits Andrew Cuomo (NYDN Ed) At this time in New York’s political history, the mayoralty is a pretty cushy berth. More, the vast majority on the City Council subscribe to the de Blasio ethos of progressivism even more strongly than de Blasio does. There, he faces an independent-minded Legislature, including Republicans who have veto power over virtually everything. It’s also a body plagued by pay-for-play politics. Everything’s a deal, and sometimes a corrupt one. Less meritoriously, lecturing that Cuomo should be more a philosopher king than a transactor borders on egotistical dementia. In fact, although de Blasio doesn’t believe it because he came home from Albany without every last jot and tittle, the mayor made out well in Albany because Cuomo made deals with the Republicans.


True News Wags the Daily News and NYP On Albany's Dogs Over Tenants Petting 
True News is Trans-Daily News, NYP, NYT

Friday's June 12th True News
Albany Protects Dogs Ignores New Yorkers Right to A Decent Home (True News)

Today's NY Post
Politicians focusing on critters instead of humans (NYP) If only Albany treated real people like animals. State lawmakers in the waning days of the annual legislative session are strangely fixated on hamsters, wood frogs, scup and other critters.   As for measures meaningful to human beings, like rent regulation, mayoral control of schools and subway funding — not so much.* Lawmakers pass NY lobster law while rent bill drags on (NYDN)

Wednesday's Daily News



For Sale Daily News Is A Mess Lost Mission  ... Apologizes 


 Puerto Rican Day Parade Cuts Partnership With Daily News Over Racy Photo (DNAINFO) The National Puerto Rican Day Parade has terminated all marketing and advertising ties with the New York Daily News because the paper has refused to apologize for depicting their cultural celebration with a photo of two half-naked women in Times SquareUpdate The Daily News is apologizing over a racy photo used aspart of its Puerto Rican Day Parade coverage: 



de Blasio's War On NYP and Daily News 
Bratton Backs Mayor Crime Increase Is Not the Bad Old Day . . .  Nattering Nabobs of Negativism?
By Bill Bratton -Bratton: Crime surge not a return to NYC’s ‘bad old days’ (NYP)  It’s time for a sense of proportion about the increase in shootings and murders in New York City in the first five months of 2015. While it’s true that both categories have risen over last year’s low numbers, the increase is not a harbinger of collapsing law enforcement or crime raging out of control, as some local columnists would have it. Nor is it evidence that the steep decrease over the past four years in reasonable-suspicion stops — or “stop-and-frisks,” as they’re colloquially known — has caused the increase in shootings.  The NYPD has plans to counter the current rise in shootings, including reinforcing patrols this summer with police officers who usually do administrative work, and targeted investigations of known gangs and shooters. 

City Hall Ties to Control the Crime Narrative By Attacking the Press 
 NYPD Commissioner William Bratton writes in the Post that a rise in shootings and murders in New York City is neither “a harbinger” of struggling law enforcement tactics nor the result of fewer stop-and-frisks
We may be able to moderate the increase or even reverse it over the summer.  But even if we don’t succeed, the current rise is not the earth-shaking event that has been pictured. By far, the largest and most dense city in the United States remains an extraordinarily safe environment, with the lowest property-crime rates among the nation’s 25 largest cities and a murder rate lower than the nation’s as a whole.  …Michael Goodwin’s not buying it, saying Bratton is waving a “white flag” at criminals and making a defense of the mayor that “reeks of politics.* Bratton, responding to a call from some police union leaders to conduct more stop-and-frisks amid an uptick in violent incidents, told reporters today the controversial tactic doesn’t really impact crime at all. “Let’s get over this issue of stop-question-and-frisk, how impactful it is, or isn’t,” Bratton said in a press conference at NYPD headquarters Monday morning. * The City Poll: Crime Tops Concerns for Bronx Residents (NY1) * "Broken Windows" policing does work. Says who?Residents of poor black neighborhoods.  (Manhattan Institute) * New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton tells the Guardian that hiring more non-white officers is difficult because so many would-be recruits have criminal records: 



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de Blasio "Don't Believe What You Read In the NYP and Daily News About Crime Rising"

Friday Do Not Believe Everything You Read in the NewYork Post': Mayor Smacks Down Tabloids (NYO) Once again, Mayor Bill de Blasio dinged the city’s two tabloids today, telling radio listeners that the New York Post and Daily News are greatly exaggerating the threat that crime and shootings pose to the five boroughs. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, appeared on WNYC this morning, taking call-in questions from New Yorkers for the first time since he became mayor more than a year ago. He took special aim at “New York’s Hometown Newspaper.”

A Tale of Two Press Attacks: On the Right Agnew vs On the Left de Blasio
“The Daily News, with all due respect to them, was really misleading to the people of this city,” Mr. de Blasio told host Brian Lehrer. “The headline you talked about on the subway crime, it doesn’t surprise me that there would be sensationlist headlines.” Mr. de Blasio was reacting to a Daily News cover from yesterday that announced subway crime had soared, pointing to a 27 percent increase in felony assaults in the city’s subways. The mayor aggressively pushed back on those numbers, telling Mr. Lehrer that a straphanger has “about a one in a million chance of being a victim of crime.” *  Bill de Blasio: Rikers Reform and HomelessnessMore Important Than 1K Cops  (NYO) * the mayor’s office is using @Genius to “factcheck” the @nypost:  * De Blasio downplaysquestions regarding uptick in subway crime, claims Daily News report onassaults was ‘very misleading’  (NYDN) * De Blasio downplays questions about uptick in subway crime (NYDN) * Jeffries takes on role as de Blasio watchdog (Capital)






The Mayor's Door Wide Open to Lobbyists
De Blasio’s door is open to lobbyists (NYP) Mayor de Blasio has met personally with a dozen lobbyists so far this year — most of them campaign supporters and just two shy of the 14 he huddled with in all of 2014, records show. 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.  Other lobbyists/campaign supporters who met Hizzoner privately included Michael Woloz, who bundled nearly $237,000 for his campaign on behalf of the yellow-cab industry but who met with him on a doctors-union labor issue on Feb. 2. * The mayor has met personally with a dozen lobbyists so far this year — most of them campaign supporters and just two shy of the 14 he huddled with in all of 2014, records show.
The Lobbyist's Shadow Government
NY1 Berlin Rosen and the Wiseguys Lobbyists
Foreign Ownership of NYC Real Estate and the Lobbyists Who Work for Them



The Daily News Plan to Get More Online Views is Gossip and Sex Forget Hometown Newspaper 



Over the last 20-plus years, Mr. Zuckerman has watched circulation and advertising plummet, turning a marginally profitable asset into a big-time money loser. All the while, he has been engaged in a bruising asymmetrical newspaper war with a rival press baron, Rupert Murdoch, owner of The New York Post. In the face of all this, Mr. Zuckerman, 77, has been criticized, repeatedly, for taking The Daily News down-market in an effort to attract readers. Only 25 years ago, The Daily News had more weekday readers than any other newspaper in America, with a daily paid circulation that easily exceeded one million. As of March, that number had dropped to 312,736. The News’s commitment to the city’s working class was quite literally written in stone. Etched above the entrance to the News Building, which was built in 1930 at a cost of about $150 million in today’s dollars, is the second half of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “God must have loved the common man, he made so many of them.” The quote is still there, but The News moved out of the building as a cost-cutting measure some 20 years ago




Daily News Blames LLCs for Corruption, Not 421-a, Pay to Play, Lobbyist and Lack of Prosecutors  
The Daily News Plan to Get More Online Views is Gossip Over Hometown News
Money talks, reformwalks, in same-old Albany (NYDN) Incredibly, the arrests this year of both Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos have done nothing to reduce the culture that breeds corruption in Albany. It’s still all about money in the Legislature — and newly installed Senate boss John Flanagan is determined to continue monetizing the power of his Republican conference members. Boy, do they love pay-to-play. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, stands accused of using his muscle to exact fake legal fees out of favor-seeking real estate developers — one of which was Glenwood Management, a major New York City landlord and developer. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, is charged with putting the arm on firms lobbying the Senate — chief among them, Glenwood Management — to funnel money to his son. (It was further revealed this week that the younger Skelos allegedly received $100,000 through a no-show job with a medical liability insurer.) At the same time, Silver, Skelos, Gov. Cuomo and many others in Albany were raising mountains of cash through a legal loophole that allows limited liability companies, or LLCs, to contribute virtually unlimited amounts. Guess who the No. 1 exploiter of that loophole has been, to the tune of $13 million over 15 years? Glenwood Management. But Flanagan has stonewalled this no-brainer reform — even as some senators complained to Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Kenneth Lovett that they’re terrified of tackling issues that affect Glenwood, such as rent regulations due to expire next month, for fear that they, too, could end up indicted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.* The Daily News writes that the arrests of Skelos andSheldon Silver did nothing to reduce the culture of corruption in Albany, calls Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan “Enemy of Reform No. 1”and urges Senate Republicans to fix the LLC loophole: 



The Daily News Supports A 421-a A Program Which is Pushing Its Readers Out of the City
The Young Hipsters Who Replace Long Time Tenants Don't Read Newspapers
In Support of the de Blasio 421-a Plan the Daily News Ignores the Thousands of Affordable Housing Units the City Will Lose Because of the Gentrification Displacement the Tax Give Away Causes  Mayor de Blasio'smath adds up on 421-a housing tax break  (NYDN) he city’s Independent Budget Office seconded City Hall’s projections that more than 25,000 affordable apartments would be built or retained in the next decade under a program called 421-a, but only if the mayor prevails in getting a reform package through Albany before the program expires June 15.  Sticking with the broken status quo, the IBO found, would generate less than half that number of apartments — with a far higher cost in unpaid taxes for each one. * De Blasio's plan to extend tax break for developers would cost city $2.7 BILLION: report (NYDN) * The future of 421-a, a tax break that has saved New York City developers billions of dollars, has emerged as the thorniest end-of-session issue in Albany, twisting political alliances, alarming the city’s real-estate interests and serving as another wedge between the state’s two top Democrats. * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to extend 421-a would take a nice chunk out of the city’s coffers — an extra $2.7 billion — a new report by the Independent Budget Office found. It would also add thousands of affordable apartments in the five boroughs. * The state Senate and Assembly have each introduced bills that would require developers who benefit from 421-a tax breaks to pay their construction workers a union-like wage. The issue is at the heart of the disagreement between the mayor and the governor over extension of the program.* * With Cuomo, de Blasio and the Legislature having difficulty agreeing on 421-a tax abatement reforms, they may extend the program as is and address it in a special session or next year, The Wall Street Journalreports:  State bills would require developers benefiting from tax break to pay workers union-like wage (NYDN)  The Times Discovers That Crown Heights Is Getting Pricier ... *In Crown Heights, a Renaissance With Unease - (NYT) * Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Gets Its Turn - NYTimes.com de Blasio Rents 3 Apartments De Blasio disclosures show rental income, three mortgages (Capital) Mayor Bill de Blasio earned $225,000 as mayor, rented out three apartments in Park Slope and had three mortgages in 2014, according to annual financial disclosures released Thursday morning. Several months after moving to the Upper East Side estate last summer, he opted to rent out his Park Slope residence. The financial disclosure, which only provides a broad range of incomes, shows he took in between $15,000 and $144,000 from the three rental units.


Bagdad NYT and the Rest of the Media Sees Not Corruption in NY Real Estate . . . 
While the Feds Indictments Connects the Dots Between Family Lobbyists and Albany Pols
Skelos Son's Glenwood Corruption Connection According to people familiar with the questions being asked by federal authorities, investigators are seeking to determine whether Senator Skelos exerted any influence in matters involving AbTech. They are also examining whether his son’s hiring as a consultant was part of a scheme in which the senator, in exchange, would take official action that would benefit AbTech or another company, Glenwood Management, a politically influential real estate developer that has had ties to AbTech. * .@edmangano testified before grand jury probing @SenatorSkelos & his son, was one of several LI pols to do so * Survey: New YorkMost Corrupt State 
NY Real Estate Uses Lobbyists Like Meara and Berlin Rosen to Do Their Dirty Work Protecting Themselves From the Law 
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The Daily News Too Tough to Die Awaiting A Savior 
 Over the last 20-plus years, Mr. Zuckerman has watched circulation and advertising plummet, turning a marginally profitable asset into a big-time money loser. All the while, he has been engaged in a bruising asymmetrical newspaper war with a rival press baron, Rupert Murdoch, owner of The New York Post. In the face of all this, Mr. Zuckerman, 77, has been criticized, repeatedly, for taking The Daily News down-market in an effort to attract readers. Only 25 years ago, The Daily News had more weekday readers than any other newspaper in America, with a daily paid circulation that easily exceeded one million. As of March, that number had dropped to 312,736. The News’s commitment to the city’s working class was quite literally written in stone. Etched above the entrance to the News Building, which was built in 1930 at a cost of about $150 million in today’s dollars, is the second half of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “God must have loved the common man, he made so many of them.” The quote is still there, but The News moved out of the building as a cost-cutting measure some 20 years ago.
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Losing the Daily News would be another blow to NYC's Democracy
Over the decades, the paper’s populist spirit has been manifest in its aggressive coverage of the city — always delivered with the maximum amount of drama — and channeled by a chorus of columnists like Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill and Michael Daly. The paper was put into bankruptcy protection. It continued publishing, but before Mr. Zuckerman came along, things were looking dicey. A group of reporters had buttons printed: “Daily News: Too Tough to Die.” The News is the model of the big-city, elbows-out tabloid, a local paper with a national profile. Superman worked there, or Clark Kent did, anyway: The lobby of the Daily News Building on 42nd Street, with its massive, rotating globe, was the basis for the headquarters of The Daily Planet in the movie “Superman.” The paper was the inspiration for “The Paper.”



Cablevision Ending Bid for Daily News (NYT) The cable company is planning to step back from the purchasing process of The Daily News, a New York tabloid, according to a person familiar with the matter.Other bidders still around the process include Jimmy Finkelstein, owner of the Washington newspaper “The Hill,” John Catsimatidis and an unnamed real estate mogul, according to a separate source familiar with the matter. * Cablevision To Drop $1 Bid For NY Daily News (JP Updates)The Daily News Still Awaits a Savior (NYT) The Daily News, once a quintessential New York tabloid, is bleeding millions and looking for a buyer, once again. When Mortimer B. Zuckerman paid $36 million in cash to rescue The Daily News from bankruptcy in 1993, he was convinced that he could make the paper successful. “I’m not suicidal,” he said. Maybe not, but he appears to be at least a little bit masochistic.




How Does the Daily News Reporter Who Covered the DA Now Work for Him?
Last Act As A Daily News Reporter Puff Piece for His New Boss
Oren Yaniv, the tabloid's beat reporter at Brooklyn Courts, is joining Brooklyn district attorney Ken Thompson's office as senior communications officer, he confirmed to Capital. * Two reporters leaving the New York Daily News (Capital) * Daily News reporter writes Ken Thompson puff piece before going to work for him(NYP) Daily News Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler published a fawning news story about Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s record in reducing crime even though one of the two reporters whose byline appears on the piece had already told his bosses he was quitting — to take a job in Thompson’s communications department. B’klyn is king in crime fight,” blared the Monday headline in reporter Oren Yaniv’s story — just days before he might be writing a press release touting the same. Yaniv told his superiors on Friday he was heading to the DA’s office. The headline on the web version was even more laudatory trumpeting “EXCLUSIVE: Shootings, homicides are up in the city — except Brooklyn.” Clearly, sources said, Yaniv was interviewing for the job with the DA while he was reporting the story on his future boss.



Will Murdoch Buy the News To Shut It Down?

First Issue Village Voice

Daily News: The End or A New Beginning In NY Great Journalism?
DeadLine USA Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is exploring a sale of the tabloid and has retained the firm Lazard to assist in the process. SELLING THE NEWS -- Zuckerman to unload storied tab -- Capital’s Joe Pompeo: Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is exploring a sale of the tabloid and has retained the firm Lazard to assist. In an email to staff, Zuckerman said he hadn't been considering an imminent sale of the paper, which he acquired in 1993, but that his thinking changed after receiving an approach several weeks ago. ‘I have not come to this decision easily,’ Zuckerman wrote. ‘But I believe the immense hard work in turning the business around in an extremely challenging period for the industry, has put the Daily News in as strong a position than it has ever been, particularly online.’”--POSSIBLE BUYERS “[T]he News ... is believed to be losing around $20 million a year. … Murdoch's name has been the first to come up ... Another possible suitor? The Dolan family, which owns Cablevision and Newsday. ... Ken Doctor, a newspaper analyst and Capital contributor, said … ‘it's an asset with little to no financial value. ... A strategic buyer’—such as [Murdoch’s] News Corp. or, as The Financial Times floated as a possibility, the Newhouse family, which owns the Staten Island Advance and [Newark’s] Star-Ledger —‘might make some sense on a cost consolidation basis.’ The theoretical vanity buyer ... ‘might pay Mort an honorable sum, in recognition of what is passing on.’” * Mort Zuckerman might sell the Daily News, but his other media property, US News & World Report, is not for sale.* Owner of New York’s Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, Weighs Selling It (NYT) In a memo to staff members, Mr. Zuckerman said had been approached about a sale of the tabloid and had retained advisers on the matter.* News Corp. Set to Rehire Rebekah Brooks, Acquitted Executive (NYT) After being acquitted in a British phone hacking scandal, Ms. Brooks is expected to take an executive role seeking ways to expand the company’s digital endeavors, people familiar with its plans said. Monday Update MSG and Cablevision boss James Dolan reportedly wants to buy the New York Daily News and has a team of bankers exploring the possibility. But Dolan and MSG have been locked in a 10-year feud with the News, which could put some of the paper’s editorial staff in a precarious position if he becomes the buyer.* Mort Zuckerman paid $36.3M for the Daily News in 1993.The tabloid loses $20M a year




Daily News Copies True News In Feds Putting Albany Pols in Jail
Unlike True News the DN Never Connects the Failure of JCOPE, DAs and AG To Stop the Albany Crime Wave










More JCOPE Control Shades of Moreland Control Four state Joint Commission on Public Ethics commissioners said the hiring of Kevin Gagan as chief of staff is “plainly invalid” and an example of the “incessant interference” JCOPE faces as it tries to fill its watchdog role, the Times Union reports: *  SHARKNADO ALBANY Starring Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US Attorney Preet Bharara  In a letter to the editor at the Times Union, four JCOPE commissioners write that Cuomo’s midnight appointment of State Police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gagan is invalid and foretells more bad news for the ethics commission:" * If JCOPE’s own commissioners don’t have faith in it,it’s hard to see how the public can."A watchdog bites itself  (TU) * A growing group of legislators and government watchdogs this year have questioned the independence of the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Now some of its own commissioners are, too.

Why Are NYC's DAs Not Indicting Pols?
Insiders describe it as an inherently “political animal” that can often have trouble indicting members of the party—which in New York City is the old Democratic Party leaders and the New Privatized Lobbyists Machine —that controls who serves in the local legal system. To some extent, every Democratic district attorney has close relationships with Democratic Party leadership. With the singular exception of then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s takedown of Hevesi in a pension-fund scam, virtually all the New York anti-corruption action since 2006 has been undertaken by federal prosecutors and the FBI. Local DAs remain as quiet as the proverbial church mouse. And that’s especially true of Albany County DA David Soares, who by virtue of geography and the law is particularly well-positioned to pursue corruption.  Albany Corruption
Who Watchers the Watchman, Lobbyists, Grand Jury, AG - DAs Conflict of Interests 


Saturday True News Sharknado Corrupt Albany Sunday the Daily News Quotes Bharara That Albany is Corrupt 
Tuesday Update Shooting fish in the barrel: Federal prosecutors clean house in Albany with the conviction of two morecorrupt legislators (NYDN Ed)

Albany politicians are corrupt, Manhattan U.S. Attorney says (NYDN)  Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said there is a “certain percentage” of politicians in Albany who are corrupt, which is underscored by the more than two dozen officials elected in the state who have been arrested or convicted since 2008.  Bharara has taken the lead among all prosecutors by turning up the heat on Albany after Gov. Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission, which was investigating a wide range of corruption cases. Add to that rotten core state Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton), who was found guilty of lying to FBI agents, and state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), who was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation. Libous was the No. 2 Republican in the state Senate.  His longtime boss, state Sen. Dean Skelos, was the majority leader for six years before his indictment in May on corruption charges. Sampson once headed the Democratic Conference when the party was in the majority in the Senate. Bharara’s office recently won the conviction of former state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), a one-time Senate president who was sentenced to seven years in prison last month, and the indictment of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), both very high on the food chain of bottom feeders in the Albany trough. Silver has since resigned his leadership post, but continues to represent the Lower East Side. * Gregory Meeks wants to delay his financial-disclosure report again (NYP) * State senator removed for #corruption, butdon't expect big #ethicschanges:  on @StateOfPolitics

Dolan Offers $1 for the Daily News
Cablevision to Make $1 Offer for New York Daily News (JP Updates) U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cablevision’s $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News’ reported $30 million annual loss and $150 million investment in a printing press, and declining circulation that relies heavily on newsstand sales rather than on subscriptions, the source said. * Daily News Said to Get Bids From Cablevision and Billionaire Grocer (NYT) John A. Catsimatidis, the owner of Gristedes, and Cablevision, led by James L. Dolan, are said to have made bids to buy the newspaper.


Green Shoots of Democracy In Reforming Albany Caused by the Law Not Daily News

It's Not the Daily News that is forcing Albany's Hand by publishing the names off the anti-reforms, it's the fear of jail. It is a good thing that the News is publishing the names of the bastards, but that is their job and should have always be putting pressure on our elected officials They should also listen to all of the U.S. Attorney's message to the media last year.  "Rather than just covering the cases that my office and other offices are already bringing, figure out ways to break new ground and to cover new stories," Bharara said. "Groundbreaking corruption coverage is not just good copy, it's a path to good government." Bharara  * Dean Skelos feels the heat (NYDN) New York's State Senate leader, who shields up to $250,000 in annual income from outside scrutiny, finds a sudden passion for transparency in state legislators' business affairs  * Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he’s “actively engaged” in talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact ethics reforms because “we need full transparency…to restore the public’s trust.” But the Long Island Republican has balked at providing a public list of his outside law clients.* NY State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos probed by feds (NYDN) Someone is Watching the AG Bharara and Schneiderman Do Lunch (YNN) * Schneiderman: No Comment On Moreland * Schneiderman Breaks Silence on Moreland Commission(NY1)

Catsimatidis: Radio Host, Politician, Developer, Lobbyist -Many Hats   
Catsimatidis Wants to Buy the Daily News

Billionaire John Catsimatidis is mystery man behind Daily News sale(NYP) * From the Cats 2013archive: When John Catsimatidis ran for mayor, he published his own newspaper (NYT)Catsimatidis trying to slip pricey biofuels mandate into budget (NYP Ed) With a bitter-cold winter and skyrocketing heating-oil use, the GOP’s timing couldn’t be worse. Senate Republicans, under pressure from maverick supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Gov. Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a year to heating costs in New York, business sources have told * Rupert Murdoch's FOXreceives $52 million in tax subsidies from NY  * Billionaire supermarket mogul, political donor and sometime candidate John Catsimatidisdid not deny his interest in potentially buying the Daily News, but said he’s under a confidentiality agreement and can’t discuss its possible sale.* No fewer than four very rich men are reportedly interested in buying the money-losing Daily News.

From the Cats 2013 archive: When John Catsimatidis ran for mayor, he published his own newspaper
The Post. Catsimatidis, a Republican mayoral hopeful in 2013 and a heavy campaign contributor to Senate Republicans as well as Cuomo, is well known in the city for owning the Gristedes supermarket chain. But he’s also the owner of United Metro Energy Corp., a large company that is putting the finishing touches on a massive Brooklyn biofuel-processing plant that will be the largest in the northeast when it opens this fall. Catsimatidis told The Post that his lobbyists, including the well-connected firm Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz, “are trying to get it done’’ and that he’s “hopeful’’ the biofuel mandate — forcing homeowners and businesses to use a mix of traditional petroleum heating oil with soybean- and other vegetable-based oils — will be approved this year.Senate Republicans, under pressure from supermarket billionaire and mega-donor John Catsimatidis, are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a year to heating costs in New York.* "New York’s GOP polsconsider helping a billionaire’s biofuels." Republican Crony Capitalism (WSJ)

Daily News Editorial Spanks the Speaker for Watergate Level Corruption of Her Election As Speaker and the Entire 2013 Election

Speaking of speakers (NYDN Ed)  Gifts of service to Melissa Mark-Viverito must not go unpunished. When, after the 2013 elections, then-Councilwoman Mark-Viverito was angling, with Mayor de Blasio’s enthusiastic backing, to become Speaker Mark-Viverito, she relied on the help of a well-connected political consulting and lobbying firm called the Advance Group. The pros helped her prepare for debates, network with county leaders, court fellow Council members — and win the second-most powerful job in city government. She got those usually high-priced services for the low, low price of zero dollars and zero cents. In other words, Mark-Viverito received a highly valuable in-kind campaign contribution from a company with lots of business before the city — including representing dozens of clients who regularly lobby the Council. This column urged the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to take up the matter. The City Charter, after all, 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.” To its credit, the board has now opened up a case; the speaker has filed campaign finance statements that she has spent $20,000 on lawyers to represent her. What could her defense possibly be? Neither the facts of her accepting freebies nor the rules against it are in dispute. She should be fined the max possible, $25,000. Even still, she’ll end up getting away with having violated the charter in order to be one of the top officials sworn to uphold it.



Daily News Moves Out of the Neighborhoods
The end of an era: There are plans at the Daily News to close down the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens bureaus in the coming weeks.In New York's tabloid war, the Daily News has generally been the combatant with an army on the ground in the outer boroughs, while the New York Post has consolidated power around its Manhattan-centric base. That's about to change: There are plans at the News to close down the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens bureaus in the coming weeks, sources with knowledge of the matter told Capital, in a move that one insider described as the "end of an era."* New York CityTabloid Warrior’s Job Prospects Are Murderous (Bloomberg Business)

Why is the Daily News Helping to Kill Its Own Readers  --the Working Middle Class 
King’s ransoms forKings (NYDN Ed) Soaring Brooklyn housing costs should spark a construction surge. 
Boom. Brooklyn tops the national list of most expensive urban areas in which to buy a home, measured against what locals can afford to spend.  It now takes 98% of the typical household’s income to purchase the typical house in Brooklyn, according to the research group RealtyTrac. The median price is $613,000 and rising, rising, rising. Compared with the once-dismal fortunes of a once-hollowing city, climbing property values are a wonderful urban problem to be solved by a tale-of-two-cities mayor, whose own boat has been floated by ownership of a now pricey, and rented-out, house in Park Slope. The downside is that Kings County’s 177,544 owner-occupied houses and rowhomes have become such hot commodities that they are moving beyond the reach of the borough’s middle-class residents. *Construction boomtriggers big jump in NY building costs (CrainsNY)


Is the Daily News Turning Into the Incumbent Protection Party Newspaper?



Attorney general reaches $925K settlement that will givemajor pay raises to 40 JFK airport skycaps giving the News Fair Pay campaignanother victory (NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached the deal with Alstate Maintenance LLC, which employs the skycaps and for years had underpaid them. His office pressured Alstate to raise the pay to $9 an hour, up from the $5.65 that many workers were receiving.



Daily News When de Blasio Starts in With the Superlatives Something is Wrong 
Someone zoned out (NYDN) Getting the map right for Astoria Cove. When Mayor de Blasio and his aides reach for superlatives, watch out. See: de Blasio’s “truly historic” deal to save Long Island College Hospital (R.I.P.). Now, the phrase in play is “game changer,” used by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen to herald the Astoria Cove project planned for the Queens waterfront. Why a game changer? Because City Hall touted the project as proving that, in return for zoning approvals, it could push builders to set rents in at least 20% of their apartments at affordable levels — without granting tax abatements. Oops. Some sorry bureaucrat used the wrong map to conclude that Astoria Cove was outside a zone in which builders are entitled to get a real estate tax break in exchange for, you guessed it, making 20% of their units affordable. Actually, Astoria Cove is inside the zone, so, at present, the proposed deal is just the same old, same old. Try, try again.


The Founder of the Daily News Spoke for the Average New Yorker Not the Rich Developers

When Joseph Patterson founded the Daily News in 1919 he said the paper would not represent one class over another.  His pledge still remains on a corner stone of the former Daily News Building at 220 East 42nd Street.  It is a pledge long forgotten


Daily News Founder
Rebellion Joseph Medill Patterson, author (1879-1946)
Chicago: Reilly and Britton Price: 1.25
Plain people and city life furnish dramatic material for "Rebellion," by Joseph Medill Patterson. The husband in the story becomes interested in politics, like most young men, and eventually develops as the lieutenant of the leader. By easy stages he becomes a typical ward heeler*, loses his standing with the leader and at the same time develops an inordinate craving for strong drink.  His wife again becomes a wage-earner.  The intemperance of the husband drives the wife, through neglect and desperation, to receive, reluctantly at first, attentions from another suitor.  A church's unalterable position toward divorce furnishes a theme that is hardly required to make "Rebellion" of itself a story impressive in its human appeal.  No reader can fail to appreciate the author's careful, painstaking analysis of a situation that finds many counterparts in all our great cities. * ward heeler: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than for public ends. (FreeDictionary.com) Daily News Sides With the Real Estate Developer Over Those Protecting the Library * The Brooklyn Public Library’s trustees have approved an extraordinarily good deal for their cash-strapped system, the Daily Newswrites:

Daily News Gives BOE F On Teachout 

Dumb as a board(NYDN Ed) We all lose As is her right, law professor Zephyr Teachout is challenging Gov.  Cuomo in the Democratic primary for governor. As is his right, Cuomo challenged her place on the ballot, claiming she hadn’t been a state resident long enough to run.
One week ago, the trial judge ruled for Teachout, prompting Cuomo to exercise his right to appeal. The case is set to be heard tomorrow. But here, the rights of both candidates end — as the law is trumped by a stronger, stupider force: the defective state Board of Elections. Regardless of the appeals court’s ruling — no matter when it comes down — Teachout’s name will now stay on the ballot for more than 5 million Democrats — because, says the Board, the complexity of the state’s computerized voting machines makes it too late to change. Yes, these are the same machines that were supposed to make voting, and counting the votes, far simpler. This, despite the fact that the primary is still 22 days away. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, apparently, work at the Board of Elections. Zephyr Teachout won't win, but could hurt Gov. Cuomo with strong primary showing: insiders(NYDN)


A Weinstein Model Tale of Two Tabloids  

Tabloid war over sexual harassment claim against HarveyWeinstein: Targeting the accuser? Amy Holmes on (Fox Mediabuzz Video) The Daily News Follows the Police Reports and the NYP Attacks the Victim Past, Defending the Movie Mogul.  Murdoch's Fox Attacking Murdoch's Post to defend pro Obama Weinstein.  Has Hell Frozen Over?  Both papers are exploiting Ambra Battilana body showing lots of pictures 


Daily News and the Mayor Should Get A Room
“Excuse me, but so far de Blasio has taken the city exactly where he promised he’d take it,” Daily News columnist Denis Hamill wrote today in response to an earlier Giuliani attack. “Sometimes democracy is as messy as … Giuliani’s ghoulish post-9/11 posturing. And sometimes democracy means keeping your campaign promises.” Former Congressman Anthony Weiner on the dispute between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Anyone with political antennae can tell that Cuomo has, frankly, been a bit of a jerk — while de Blasio seems to have remained respectful and deferential in his dealings with the governor.”* Who's who in ? Handy chart via


A Failed Candidate Who Got Just 4.9% of the Vote for Mayor Predicts the Winner of the Rangel Race
The Daily News Continues Their Rehabilitation Mission of the Weiner


Anthony Weiner says Rep. Charles Rangel’s chances of winning re-election have become slimmer with shifting demographics in his district and that the close margin of his victory last time around was telling, the Daily News reports:  * Rep. Charles Rangel is nearing the end of his political career as the Bronx Democratic Party backs challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Comptroller Scott Stringer is expected to follow suit, Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News writes
More on the Rangel Race   
 



Daily News Good to Its Friends Weiner Trump

Helping Friends News
Anthony Weiner: In first two months, Mayor de Blasio comes off as the anti-Reagan: He is right on policy, wrong on leadership(NYDN) * Probe Schneiderman . . .(NYDN Ed) Backed up by records, correspondence and affidavits, Trump paints Schneiderman and aides as hitting up Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner for campaign money and other political help — while Schneiderman probed Trump University. This is a particularly sad state of affairs in that JCOPE also has grounds to determine whether a second statewide elected official — Controller Tom DiNapoli — has committed ethical breaches of his own. (See here.) * The Observer's Embarrassing Eric Schneiderman Takedown Attempt, by the Numbers(Village Voice) * The Politics and Power of A.G. Schneiderman (NYO) Will Righteous Eric bag big prey? Or Will Reckless Eric come undone? Daily News Gives Weiner 2 Pages?


Daily News Smashes NYP's Dicker on Its Wood

The NYC tab wars are heating up and getting personal
SHAME ON YOU! The absolute horror of 20 children being slaughtered is neither 'little' nor 'convenient' as top N.Y. Post columnist suggests of Newtown massacre(NYDN) Dicker, who made the comment Monday on his WGDJ talk show, said that Gov. Cuomo was able to push anti-gun legislation after 'he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn.' Families of those killed in the school shooting called for an apology from the gun enthusiast. 'There’s nothing ‘convenient’ about 26 lives being gunned down in an elementary school,' one relative said. Post columnist Fred Dicker called the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “a little convenient massacre” during his radio show, sparking outrage from Newtown families and causing him to say his statement was misconstrued*  7m After years of breathing 's exhaust fumes, Colin Myler loses it



The Daily News Knows Much More Than They Are Saying About the PACs
The price of politics(NYDN Ed)
The 2013 election introduced New Yorkers to a flood of independent political spending that must now force a rethinking of the city’s campaign-finance system. The ultimate winner of the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio benefited not only from that onslaught against a rival, but also from $485,000 worth of advertising on his behalf by the hospital workers union and other left-leaning groups. Republican contender Joe Lhota, meanwhile, got $500,000 in outside help courtesy of conservative billionaire David Koch. Also, real estate interests — operating under the name Jobs4NY — poured $5 million into 22 City Council races, in some cases vastly outspending the candidates they backed.

The NYP and Daily News Agree On Issues But Not Mayoral Candidate - Uneasy vs Unapologetically

NYP Agrees with the Daily News On Crime Supports Lhota
For any mayor, the three most critical responsibilities are keeping the city safe. Crime: de Blasio has made his attacks on police practices — he claims cops are guilty of racial profiling — a centerpiece of his campaign. Up to now he’s been able to point to Judge Scheindlin to back him up. But last week’s stinging rebuke of Scheindlin by a federal appeals court undercuts the entire de Blasio premise. How can it be plausible for de Blasio to still insist he’s going to withdraw the city’s appeal of Scheindlin’s outrageous ruling that undercut the NYPD’s highly effective stop, question and frisk crime fighting program when the Second Circuit has made clear the judge was biased and the appeal may well prevail?

Daily News Agrees with the NYP On Crime Supports de Blasio
His rethinking must start with security.After two decades of smart, aggressive policing, New York is by far America’s safest large city. Its transformation from charnel house of 2,200 murders a year to fewer than 400 — and its successful offensive against terrorism — have been the indispensable factors for a remarkable rebirth. De Blasio has played with fire. And he displayed a frightening ideological bent in responding to the appeals court that on Thursday discredited a federal judge’s holding that the program was unconstitutional. BILL DE BLASIO FOR MAYOR: He will best serve the vast interests of New Yorkers but will need to trade ideology for pragmatism(NYDN Ed)

NYP Agrees with the Daily News On Education Supports Lhota
De Blasio has put a bull’s-eye on charters, claiming in his divisive way that they are “wealthy” and represent only 5 percent of the school system. But make no mistake: Charters serve some of the least well off kids in this city* De Blasio’s education agenda is full of hot air(NYP Ed)

Daily News Agrees with the NYP On Education Supports de Blasio
To name two, de Blasio is no fan of charter schools and rules out closing failing schools to replace them with better institutions. Shortsightedly, he has viewed both proven successes as somehow damaging to kids who have not specifically benefited. Here, too, de Blasio must be a fast learner.

NYP Agrees with the Daily News On Education Supports Lhota
Taxes: Few citizens pay more than New Yorkers. Every day this city’s hostility to business and achievement is leading more and more of our most successful people to take up residence elsewhere. Bill de Blasio complains about income inequality. Let’s be clear: Nothing squeezes a middle class more sharply than the high-tax, high-regulation, high-spending city de Blasio advocates.

Daily News Agrees with the NYP On Taxes Supports de Blasio
Meanwhile, his third pillar — universal all-day prekindergarten financed by a tax on the wealthy — is dead because Gov. Cuomo turned thumbs down on Albany’s needed approval. The appeal of de Blasio’s campaign was strong. After zeroing in on improving the economic well-being of working- and middle-class New Yorkers, he will arrive in City Hall with a mandate to ease the punishing cost of living and to foster creation of well-paying, full-time private-sector jobs.


he Cowards At the Daily News Had Enough Guts to Endorse Vance for DA Strongly

  1. Another powerful edit: " strongly endorses Cy Vance for a second term as " The Daily News endorses Cy Vance for Manhattan district attorney, noting his felony conviction rate, which is the highest in the city, and the fact that he’s cut the office’s case backlog





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The Daily News BOE Treadmill

Council Has the Power to Clean Up the BOE
The Daily News Keeps Cherry Picking Problems At the BOE When They Can Solve Blow Up the Corrupt Agency By Demanding the Next Council Speaker Pledge to Clean It Up
The Daily News Should Ask Each of the Council Speaker Candidates If They Will Use Their Power to Confirm Board of Election Commissioner to Demand Reforms of That Corruption Institution

The DN Has the Power to Put Pressure on the Next Speaker to Clean Up the BOE, But Does Not Use It
Quinn and a gang of 4 GOP councilmember used  the power to confirm BOE commissioners to throw out commissioner in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. The result is that GOP party leaders patronage appoints to the BOE are being replaced by people from the councilmembers and their friends. Why is the media not demand that the next council speaker clean out the BOE and restore Democracy to New York City? * Bloomberg rips NYC's scanner voting machines over privacy(NYDN)


Today's Daily News BOE Cheery Pick
BOE Makes Counting Ballots Into A Patronage Bonanza That Has Little to Do With Counting
Have money, will waste (NYDN Ed) The insane, inane inefficiency of the city's Board of Elections never ceases to amaze. Although there was no doubt as to the outcome of the race — or any question about who won other contests on Nov. 5 — the board hired teams of patronage workers to eyeball each and every ballot in search of write-in votes that were not detected by the scanners.They sat before computer screens in five board warehouses (one in each borough), equally balanced between Democratic and Republican temporary hires. One by one, they called up photographic images of the ballots and looked down the last ballot column to spot write-ins in any of the nine races being contested.  If they found none, they advanced to the next image. When they found a write-in, they jotted the name down. But they found almost none. Consider what happened in the 2012 presidential election. Voters cast 2,474,254 ballots, including 2,337 write-ins, about one-tenth of a percent of the tally. Of those ballots, 80% where deemed “unattributable” because the handwriting was illegible or the voter wrote something like “Get lost” or entered a fictional name such as Donald Duck. The board’s claim that every vote must be accurately counted is specious, because there is a much simpler, more cost effective way to get the job done. The manufacturer of the ballot scanning machines says the devices can easily be programmed to display only those ballot images with marks in the write-in areas. Were the board to do that, its patronage workers would have to inspect only several thousand ballots, not 1 million of them. But that would mean few workers and a lower payroll. Sacrilege!* States making strides to move elections from the voting booth into the hands — and even mobile devices — of voters:(Politico)

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BOE Investigates Itself, DOI Missing in Action for Years - But the Daily News Keeps Wishing

Seven months ago, Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn assigned a special six-person crew to uncover fraud, waste and corruption at the Board. They haven’t been heard from since. 
NYC Board Of Elections Chief: No Evidence Of Widespread Misdirection From Nov. 5 Pollworkers(NYDN) City Board of Elections boss Michael Ryan says the agency will check out complaints that pollworkers wrongly pushed people to vote straight ticket* Board Of Elections Says Claims Of Poll Worker Misconduct Were Isolated Misunderstandings(NY1)


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Daily News Wants Albany Term Limits

The Daily News Uses the Defeat of the Proposal to Raise the Retirement Age for Judges to State the Public Wants All the Old Bums Out of Albany

Albany Term Limits
Retire the hacks (NYDN Ed) The Daily News suggests that voters’ rejection of a ballot initiative to raise the age of judges shows they are disgusted with public servants serving too long and suggests the Moreland Commission should call for term limits The landslide defeat of a ballot proposal to raise the retirement age for judges sent a powerful message — one that Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission would do well to heed: New Yorkers have a healthy distaste for public officials who overstay their welcome.  Are you listening, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver? Can you hear us, Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein? If Moreland commission co-chairs William Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Rice and Milton Williams are serious about changing state government, they must put term limits on the table for overdue debate.

Daily News No Shame
The Daily News Goes After Quinn for Supporting the Overturning of Term Limits A Policy They Supported "No single factor did more to tank the candidacy of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn than her role in overriding term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, herself and other city officer holders that voters had approved twice."* The Second Most Powerful Democrat in New York State(YNN)


The Daily News Lost 2X Once On Their Editorial Board and the Second Time As Cheap Shot Campaign Manager
“I don’t know how many people know what the job of public advocate is,” said Sharron Whyte, 50, a worker at a polling site on Staten Island where only four voters turned out in the first 3 1/2 hours. For $13 million, the city could hire more than 100 schoolteachers or cops for a year.Daily News Cheap Shot At Tish James Over the weekend The News endorsed Squadron, and cited among its reasons questions over the accuracy of James statements about whether the donated her $10,000 lulu payment from the City Council. [Daily News] *In advance of today’s New York City public advocate runoff election, voters were targeted by an anonymous robocall this weekend for one of the candidates, Daniel Squadron, attacking his opponent Letita James based on a Daily News article a day before, NY1 reports: * In the call, the woman says that Ms. James has “lost her trust and lost her vote” because of a Daily News editorial that reports the candidate had failed to donate her council bonus to charity, as she’d previously claimed she would.



Daily News Failed to Report the Illegal Crime That Gave the UFT the Ability to Control Albany
UFT Power in Campaigns is Why the City's Pols Fear the Union 


Bad teacher bailout(NYP)
Cuomo calls himself “the students’ lobbyist.” But “teachers’ lobbyist” might be more appropriate, given the legislation he just pushed through. Think of it as the “Bad Teacher Protection Act.”...

 Daily News Says Albany Failed the Teacher Evaluation Test  

Cuomo and state lawmakers reach a deal on a short-term change to the teacher evaluation law through 2015 that would give poorly rated instructors two ratings—one under the current system, and a new "safety net" rating that excludes the Common Core test scores—and parents will see both, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * The president of NYSUT—the statewide teachers union—backed Cuomo’s proposal to delay the impacts of Common Core testing on teacher evaluations, referring to the move as a “pause button,” State of Politics reports:  New York is poised to become the latest state to allow medical marijuana, but with a ban on smoking as well as a “fail safe” option that allows the governor to pull the plug based on recommendations from health and law enforcement officials.* NYSUT Backs Evaluation ‘Pause Button’(YNN)* Albany OKs Common Core reprieve for low-rated teachers(NYP)* The Daily News writes that local tests are set to be the only objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system, meaning a heavy burden will fall on de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to distinguish the best from the worst:*Teacher Contract  Teacher Contract Change Is Altering Schools’ Hours(NYT) Because of changes in the new teachers’ contract, a number of schools are moving up the start of the-school day, and more than a few parents are not happy about it.*Failing the evaluation test (NYDN Ed) Albany retreats from rigor in measuring teacher performance*Less School Hours Because the new New York City teachers’ contract requires that time be spent on professional development and communication with parents, some schools are moving up the start and end of their school day, The New York Times writes


Daily News UFT Advance Group Blinders Led to the Pause Button in Teacher Evaluation 
If the  Daily News is So Worried About Delays in Teacher Evaluations The Must Looking into the Power of the UFT to Control Elections and What They Did to Win Counicl Races In 2013
Daily News 
No Right to Cry
The Advance Group also faces a CFB probe into an outside-spending campaign the firm ran on behalf of the United Federation of Teachers under the name "Strategic Consultants, Inc.," and separately, NYCLASS gave donations to the anti-Quinn efforts far above state-imposed limits.United Federation of Teachers' super PAC had paid more than $370,000 to a fictitious political consulting firm "Strategic Consultants Inc.," which was actually the well-known Manhattan consulting firm the Advance Group. Advance Group puts logo on phony firm's invoice( CrainsNY)* The advance group got paid $28,000 by gay city council candidate Yetta Kurland at the same time the firm work for the City Action Coalition PAC, which on its website touts itself as supporting candidates who oppose gay marriage and abortion rights.Advance was on both side of the Kurland race.  The firm also secretly worked to have been promot Johnson’s candidacy through an IE paid for by the UFT via a company called Strategic Consultants—apparently a dummy shell corporation set up to obscure the Advance Group’s double-dealing. "Questions Raised Over U.F.T. Campaign Filing" [Beth Fertig]* * UFT under fire for apparently trying to hide identity of consulting firm(NYDN)

Daily News Going Up from 75 Cents to $1.25 
Can't Help Decreasing Circulation
NEWSSTAND HIKE -- Capital’s Joe Pompeo: “The Daily News is about to get a price bump on the newsstand, Capital has learned. The weekday version of the paper, which currently costs $.75 on city newsstands, is going up to $1.25, said sources familiar with the change. One distributor confirmed to Capital it has been notified that the weekday price hike will take effect next week for both the city and suburban editions, and that both the city and suburban Saturday editions will increase to $1.50 as of June 28. There's no word on the Sunday paper, which costs $1.50. Outside of New York, weekday newsstand editions currently cost $1, which is the cover price in Jersey City, for example; delivery copies in the city carry a $1 cover price.” http://bit.ly/1if37AJ






NYP Blasts Daily News Two Days in A Row



New York Post front plays on Daily News price hike(Capital)

Tuesday
Donald Trump blasts Daily News over ‘Central Park 5’ article(NYP)
Wednesday
Daily News seller: I was attacked after paper’s price hike(NYP)

Friday Daily News Hits Post
New York Post political columnist Fred Dicker called Sen. Neil Breslin, who is white, a “spear chucker” for the predominantly black New York City Democratic delegation in a controversial on-air comment. Dicker later said he didn’t think that was a racial slur. 




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Daily New and DOI/BOE Cover-Up Continues
The Daily News continues to push the BOE problems down the road, just like they accomplish when they suggested the use of the old voting machines early this year.  Now the paper asks for more changes on how the scanner operate in the future. What the Daily News and its Mini Me DOI does not look to changes are the Tammany Hall crooks who run the BOE Incompetently with their lobbyists friends.
Fix the vote (NYDN Ed) An urgent to-do list for the city Board of Elections and the panel scrutinizing its workings New York City Councilwoman Helen Foster, nominated by Cuomo to head the state’s Human Rights Commission, had the worst attendance record of any council member and flunked the bar exam several times
Moreland and State Board of Elections Board of Elections commissioners also pushing back against Moreland Commission concern they are constantly deadlocked

Democracy? Secret Count By Tammany Hall Hacks
Why is the media not covering?  Or Why the City Spent $95 Million on Scanner That Don't Work in Runnoffs * The instant run-off idea is being pushed by a trio of progressives:
 Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union.*  Board Of Elections Punts On O’Keefe(YNN) The state Board of Elections today declined to take up the hiring of a former aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as its enforcement counsel.




Daily News Back the Winner, Even Though They Don't Agree With Him
Ask  de Blasio to Get Rid of Ideology for Pragmatism
BILL DE BLASIO FOR MAYOR: He will best serve the vast interests of New Yorkers but will need to trade ideology for pragmatism(NYDN Ed)
To paraphrase his hero LaGuardia, there is no progressive way to pick up the garbage. The great imperative is that de Blasio — who calls himself a progressive — must trade ideology for pragmatism starting on day one, when New Yorkers will demand much more than earnest intentions. The silly season of vowing to exile carriage horses as a first order of business — a pledge that would likely lead the city’s herd to the slaughterhouse — is over. Big doses of reality will soon force de Blasio to act on tough issues that he smiled past in the campaign and to revise ill-considered stances.
His rethinking must start with security.After two decades of smart, aggressive policing, New York is by far America’s safest large city. Its transformation from charnel house of 2,200 murders a year to fewer than 400 — and its successful offensive against terrorism — have been the indispensable factors for a remarkable rebirth. De Blasio has played with fire. And he displayed a frightening ideological bent in responding to the appeals court that on Thursday discredited a federal judge’s holding that the program was unconstitutional.  His campaign agenda hasn’t a prayer of succeeding on those scores.

It is wishful to think that greater parental involvement and retaining excellent teachers — two of de Blasio’s three education “pillars” — would enable more than 1 million students to master tough new academic standards known as the Common Core. Meanwhile, his third pillar — universal all-day prekindergarten financed by a tax on the wealthy — is dead because Gov. Cuomo turned thumbs down on Albany’s needed approval.


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Daily News FU Middle Class Minorities
Does the Daily Understand That the Middle Class Are Leaving the City Because They Cannot Afford the Rent?  Does the Daily News Understand That Airbnb Types of Operations Raises the Rent for All New Yorkers, Because It Creates An Artificial Housing Shortage?
There’s room for Airbnb(NYNEd) The Daily News says give New Yorkers who rent out their apartments to tourists and others seeking short-term, hotel-like stays.* Only in New York, kids. A studio apt for $748k. "There’s even a nook big enough for a bed." Stop! -
Why Airbnb is worried — and NYC hosts shouldn’t be(NY World) Only a tiny fraction of illegal hotels are investigated, and fewer still face penalties


The Daily News Must Have Been Nice to the Mayor to Land the First Year End de Blasio Intrview 



  
Mayor: Thanks A Lot Carlos Danger
Weiner Gives Support to de Blasio's Pre-K He Does Not Need Right Now
Pre-K tax is our business alone  (NYDN OpEd) Albany has too much power over N.Y.C.
Note: Why would the Daily News let Weiner who got less than 7% of the vote for mayor and spending a couple of million in city funds, write for them? No wonder their endorsement are not important anymore (Quinn, Squadron, Against Melissa Mark-Viverito, etc.


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