BLAST FROM THE PAST: QUEENS PRESS/TRIBUNE PUBLISHER MICHAEL NUSSBAUM HAS RUN IN WITH LAW YEARS AGO ON POLITICAL BRIBE

Corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks chatting with Queen Press publisher, Michael Nussbaum.

Recently I posted an article from the rag, Queens Press ((https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/corrupt-congressman-gregory-meeks-supports-crooked-councilman-ruben-wills-re-election-un-fucking-believable-but-not-surprising-in-jamaica/), where they interviewed Meeks, named “most corrupt member of Congress several years in a row by many political watchdog groups.

The photo in the Queens Press with Meeks has him sitting across from an elderly gentlemen. Well, this gentlemen is Michael Nussbaum, publisher of Queens Press/Tribune and he must have felt right at home with corrupt Meeks, since back in 1987, when he was a public relations consultant (Read: consultant equals a highly paid scam artist) who was found guilty of collaborating with then Queens BP, Donald Manes, in soliciting a $250,000 bribe for the awarding of a Queens cable-televison franchise. Although the conviction was over-turned, what does that say about the tangled web of Nussbaum, his political ties with major local Queens Democrats and his media outlet, which by the way, Marcia Moxum Comrie (Leroy’s wife) works as an editor/columnist. As Laugh-In’s Artie Johnson would say “VERY INTERESTING”. Could Nussbaum’s editorial support be one reason these political hacks in Jamaica keep getting elected (besides low-information Jamaica voters). Nussbaums’s other company Multi Media does the political ad/circular printing for the Democrats.  So as one of my fellow sources states “Follow the money”, Nussbaum needs to be “tailed”.  I guess you could call Queen Press, a Democratic small version of Fox News.

During a 2005 event, Democrats for Bloomberg, where a who’s who of questionable folks were there like Rev. Floyd Flake, former asshole Queens BP Claire Shulman and Michael Nussbaum, who helped organize the event. In the one article below:

William Cunningham, a political strategist for Mr. Bloomberg, waved off the significance of Mr. Nussbaum’s legal travails, saying, “That was 20 years ago.” I think there are lot of people in Queens — and Bronx politics — from that era who are still around,” Mr. Cunningham said. “At some point, doesn’t somebody get a second chance? I think New York is famous for that.”

Yes, of course New York is famous for these so-called “second chances” with very corrupt people, that is why NYC is one of the most corrupt cities and shit is the way it is. Just recently,  disgraced former councilman & senator, Hiram Monserrate, announced he is running against Jackson Heights Councilmember Julissa Ferreras Copeland (nothing to write home about herself).

In 2008, Monserrate slashed his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo’s face with glass, then pulled her down the stairs and hallway of his Jackson Heights apartment building. Giraldo later claimed the slashing was an accident, but Monserrate received a misdemeanor assault conviction for pulling her by her hair, which was caught by a security camera. Later, in 2012, Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months in prison for mail fraud. He had used City Council funds through a Corona nonprofit to fund his failed 2006 state Senate campaign.

And this piece of shit has the mega balls to run and you know what, there will be fucking assholes who will vote for him, confirming the theory, you get the government you deserve.

But back to Nussbaum and the event in 2005. That despicable piece of shit, former Queens BP,  when reminded of Mr. Nussbaum’s past, stated she had “forgotten all about that”.

Of course she did, because pieces of shit stick together and there is so much pieces of shit sticking together in Queens, you can barely walk without stepping in it.

AND SO NOW YOU KNOW and have been informed.

——————————————–

From New York Times:

Queens Consultant Convicted In Cable-TV Bribery Scheme

A public relations consultant was found guilty yesterday of collaborating with Donald R. Manes, the Queens Borough President, in soliciting a $250,000 bribe for the awarding of a cable-television franchise in Queens.

The verdict by a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens came in the latest trial stemming from the New York City corruption scandals.

The defendant, Michael A. Nussbaum, was convicted of ”acting in concert” with Mr. Manes in seeking the bribe from Al Simon, the president of Orth-O-Vision Inc., in 1981, when the company was competing for a cable-television franchise in Queens. The prosecution said Mr. Simon refused to pay. His company later failed to win a franchise. Judge Convicted in July

Mr. Nussbaum, who is 39 years old, was a friend and political ally of Mr. Manes, who committed suicide last year, after being implicated as a key figure in bribery schemes.

Mr. Nussbaum’s trial was the second resulting from an investigation by the Queens District Attorney’s office into the awarding of cable television franchises in the borough in the early 1980’s.

In the first trial, Francis X. Smith, the borough’s former administrative judge, was convicted July 1 of perjury and contempt for his grand jury testimony. He was found to have lied about conversations and meetings he took part in with representatives of a second company, the Cable Vision Systems Corporation, which was also seeking a Queens franchise. He faces a term of up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 9.

In a trial scheduled to begin Sept. 14, John A. Zaccaro, a real-estate broker and the husband of Geraldine A. Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic candidate for Vice President, will face charges that he acted with Mr. Manes in trying to extort a large but unspecified bribe from Cable Vision. He has denied wrongdoing.

Federal and local investigators are also known to be looking into possible corruption in the cable-television franchising process in the Bronx. No charges have been brought in that inquiry.

As the verdict was delivered yesterday in Mr. Nussbaum’s trial, the defendant, who served as director of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Services in the 1970’s, stared at the jurors without visible reaction. In the spectator section his wife, Dale, appeared to be fighting back tears as another woman comforted her.

Mr. Nussbaum, of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18 by Acting Justice John S. Thorp Jr. Mr. Nussbaum’s chief lawyer, Stanley S. Arkin, said the verdict would be appealed. Mr. Arkin had tried to persuade the jury that his client was the innocent victim of a ”phony accusation” by Mr. Simon, whom the defense portrayed as ”bitter” and ”malicious” because he failed to win a franchise. Nussbaum Called a ‘Henchman’

But after deliberating four and a half hours after a weeklong trial, the jury upheld the version presented by the prosecutor, Paul W. Pickelle. He had pictured Mr. Nussbaum as a ”henchman” of Mr. Manes, ”in the street for him hustling bribes.”

After the verdict Mr. Nussbaum continued to proclaim his innocence.

”I never solicited a bribe from Al Simon,” he told reporters. ”However, in the present atmosphere of highly prejudicial feelings of corruption in this city, it seems to be nearly impossible to cleanse oneself of the cloud of Donald Manes.” He insisted his lawyers had ”brought out facts that, under normal conditions, would be overwhelming proof of innocence.”

But the Queens District Attorney, John J. Santucci, said: ”The jury by its verdict makes it clear that the awarding of cable-TV franchises was tainted. The quality of the applicants in this case was not the prime concern. The willingness to pay a bribe was.” ‘I Knew What Happened’

Mr. Simon, who was not in court for the verdict, said later: ”I never felt the need of being vindicated. I knew what happened all along.”

Mr. Simon testified that he had hired Mr. Nussbaum in 1979 to do public relations and other work for him in connection with his company’s cable-franchise bid in Queens because the companies he was competing with were also engaging ”well-connected people.”

In October 1981, he testified, Mr. Nussbaum told him he had spoken to Richard L. Rubin, then executive secretary of the Queens Democratic organization, and that ”Mr. Rubin indicated that for $250,000 payable to Donald Manes, I would be given the franchise I was looking for.”

Mr. Simon said Mr. Nussbaum told him the money could be ”placed in a paper bag or an attache case or placed in a locker or Swiss bank account.”

Mr. Rubin was not charged in the case, and one of his lawyers said any statements that he was involved were untrue. Mr. Rubin was convicted last January of an unrelated fraud scheme.

Mr. Pickelle, the prosecutor, added that last year Mr. Nussbaum made statements to the authorities that amounted to ”admissions.”

From New York Times:

Among the organizers of Democrats for Bloomberg, a new group working to create bipartisan support for the Republican mayor, is a businessman who figured in a bribery scandal involving Donald R. Manes, the Queens borough president who killed himself in 1986.

The businessman, Michael A. Nussbaum, was convicted in 1987 of soliciting a $250,000 bribe for Mr. Manes, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. The appeals court ruled that Mr. Nussbaum could not be charged with bribery because he was not a public official, and that there was insufficient evidence linking Mr. Manes — the only public official implicated — to any bribery plot.

Recently, Mr. Nussbaum, who is associate publisher of The Queens Tribune, a weekly newspaper, has helped organize events for Democrats for Bloomberg, an effort that was offically begun last week by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, himself a former Democrat. Mr. Bloomberg is facing Fernando Ferrer, the Democratic candidate, in the November election.

Mr. Nussbaum, 58, was on hand for the group’s opening ceremony last week, and was one of four members of a host committee for a Bloomberg function in Queens on Tuesday night, along with former Mayor Edward I. Koch, the former Queens borough president, Claire Shulman, and the Rev. Floyd H. Flake, a former congressman. The event was part of a citywide network of “house parties” the Bloomberg campaign has held to energize volunteers.

Ms. Shulman said Mr. Nussbaum was at the first organizational meeting she attended with top Bloomberg campaign officials. She said she was “kind of surprised to see him at the meeting” — not because of his history in the Manes case, but because of his involvement in publishing.

Mr. Nussbaum did not respond to a message left at his office yesterday.

The Bloomberg campaign often tries to draw attention to Mr. Ferrer’s deep roots in the rough-and-tumble political culture of the Bronx. But when reminded yesterday of Mr. Nussbaum’s own past, campaign officials responded somewhat defensively.

William Cunningham, a political strategist for Mr. Bloomberg, waved off the significance of Mr. Nussbaum’s legal travails, saying, “That was 20 years ago.”

“I think there are lot of people in Queens — and Bronx politics — from that era who are still around,” Mr. Cunningham said. “At some point, doesn’t somebody get a second chance? I think New York is famous for that.”

Mr. Nussbaum, a close friend of Mr. Manes, was charged in November 1986 with soliciting a bribe from a cable-television executive seeking a franchise in Queens. The executive said he refused to pay and was denied the contract. Mr. Manes, who was implicated in several bribery schemes, committed suicide in March 1986.

Mr. Nussbaum, a public relations consultant at the time, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, but served no time. In its 1988 decision, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court discounted a statement he made to a police detective that prosecutors said implicated him in a bribery scheme, and ruled that testimony by the cable executive did “not constitute legally competent evidence” that Mr. Manes had collaborated with Mr. Nussbaum.

For many Queens Democrats, the fallout from the Manes case is so much ancient history. Reminded of Mr. Nussbaum’s past, Ms. Shulman said yesterday that she had “forgotten all about that.”

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: