Monday, April 15, 2013

Week in Review

Monday Outside Group Hits Quinn on Term Limits
New ad to blast Christine Quinn on term limits(NYP) Outside Group Invests in Effort to Block Quinn’s Campaign for Mayor(NYT)The week started with a debate over a scathing attack ad against Democratic mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn that was paid for by an outside group. By midweek, anyone paying attention to #NYC2013 was talking about whether a certain former Congressman with a career-destroying penchant for social media would jump into the mayor's race. Quinn lashed out at the producers of the ad, a group of left-leaning labor organizations and other activists who have long been opposed to the councilwoman's bid to be the city's next mayor.

Tuesday The NYT Kingdom Speech On Corruption

Of all the proposed reforms, the most critical is to open up elections so that voters have real choices. And that means creating a workable public financing system to encourage more candidates to come forward, much as New York City did almost 25 years ago. The New York Public Interest Research Group found that over the last 30 years, only 55 incumbents have been defeated in general elections.
Wednesday  NYT Magazine Starts Weiner's II

Anthony Weiner returned to public life in an extensive confessional with The New York Times Magazine, admitting that he was weighing whether to run for mayor.* Teachers union won't endorse Anthony Weiner in mayoral bid (NYP)
ABC's This Week: Chuck Schumer asked about Anthony Weiner running & history was made when Schumer said "no comment" for the 1st time ever* Anthony Weiner had almost no institutional support for his 2005 bid for NYC mayor. Undeterred. 2013 no different. Not establishment. But he does have the Clinton spin doctors on TV this morning.
Schumer declines to comment on Weiner potential campaign

Spitzer's Support is Not What Weiner Needs

It is Not What is In the Ad That is Hurting Quinn It is Her Reaction to Them
The speaker seems to think that free speech applies only to those who agree with her
Dem foes rip Quinn bid to stifle TV ads (NYP) Mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn came under fire from her Democratic opponents yesterday for her demand that Time Warner Cable stop airing an attack ad against her that was paid for by an independent group

Thursday Sammy Nelson the Bull Indicted - Albany MOLE

Informer in Assembly, Accused of Perjury, Apologizes(NYT)

Panic Who and What Did the Albany Mole Get
Albany Riveted by Double Life of an Assemblyman and Informer(NYT) Since 2009, while Nelson L. Castro represented the West Bronx in the State Legislature, he was secretly recording and informing on his colleagues to prosecutors.* Sources: Castro To Be Indicted In State Supreme Court(NY1)Legislators are still trying to come to terms with – and in some cases, are terrified by – the idea that Castro worked undercover for the feds for close to four years.

Ex-Assemblyman and Mole Nelson Castro Arrives Handcuffed in Court(DNAINFO)* The Indictment That Created An 

Will Smith Become the Second Albany Mole By Ratting on His Fellow Crooks?

What Will the Arrest of Malcolm Smith Mean to the AEG Investigation?
The arrest of Sen. Malcolm Smith reignited speculation that charges could finally come in the AEG scandal. 

Should Smith Hire Body Guards?

Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal which is still being investigated by the feds as part of the AEG investigation.  The Feds are also investigating a Board Of Election (the cesspool of political corruption) contract for new machines that Sheinkopf was a lobbyist for. Feds investigate switch by Board of Elections ... - New York Post   * True News: Outrageous, Dirty Lobbyist Sheinkopf A Character ... Future of Programs Murky(Queens Tribune)* Malcolm Smith facing big legal, political challenges(Queens Chroncile)
Political and court experts say his fight in scandal has only begun

Who is Vito Lopez Blackmailing?
232 Days After NYT Reported Vito Lopez Hush Fund Scandal and Vito is Still In Office
And Running for City Council

Before Censure, a Hushed Settlement Against Assemblyman(NYT)
 Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline(True News)

Silver: Rotten Apples in Every Group
Shelly: My hands are clean(NYP) Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver defended his tenure amid whispers about him being replaced, downplaying and deflecting responsibility for the state’s recent corruption scandals and insisting that there are “rotten apples” in any group* Talk of changing leadership in Albany(YNN) * Can Anything Be Done About Corruption In Albany?(Gotham Gazette)

Friday Liu Trial, Wilson- Pakula, Quinn MTA Takeover

.@johncliu has been removed from oliver pan's witness list... Means the comptroller will not be called to testify at next week's trial #2013
Monday Liu Trial Starts
John Liu’s former aides fear a jury ‘posse’ at trial - * Jury Pool in Ex-Aide’s Trial Will Be Queried About Liu(NYT)
* Lawyers: Corruption Arrests Could Taint Jury Pool In Straw Donor Trial(NY1)* Prospective jurors in the trial of a former campaign treasurer Liu will be questioned about their impressions of the comptroller and mayoral hopeful and whether that would affect their ability to be fair and impartial.

Long Time Conservative Leader Talks Out Aganist Ending Wilson- Pakula

Long: We’ll Go Down Without Wilson-Pakula, But We’ll Take You With Us(YNN)

Staying Alive in the World Wild Wrestling Federation(True News)

Quinn Promises Transit Services Like Bloomberg That Will Never Happen
During the 2009 Bloomberg Promised Free Crosstown Buses

Quinn Promises More Services for Broke Transit System
Quinn: Let the city steer(NYP) $756M plan for mayoral ‘control’ of MTAQuinn, the City Council speaker, released a $756 million wish list for mass-transit projects yesterday, including her improbable proposal to place the next mayor at the helm of the massive agency.* Quinn's Transit Vision Expands on Bloomberg Legacy (WSJ)* Quinn Proposes City Takeover Of MTA(NY1) * One transit web site isn't too impressed with Quinn's transit plans. [Benjamin Kabak]

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