VISION ZERO ACTUALLY SUCKS BECAUSE THIS MAYOR & HIS ADMINISTRATION CARES MORE ABOUT THOSE WHO BREAK THE LAW AS OPPOSED TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE LAW

Vision Zero SUCKS, but it does not have to if simple enforcement rules actually took place, but then Dumblasio and his crew seem to be more concerned with those that break the laws or don’t follow them (homeless folks posing danger & health issues on trains), illegal immigrants, truck drivers driving and parking illegally on residential streets, etc. The hard working tax payers who actually help pay this bozo’s salary and follow rules get fucked by him and his progressive lefty liberal brunch.

I like all four issues brought up, but especially, #2, since this a big one that effects me and many others:

Second, the NYPD should ticket truck drivers on residential avenues where the law forbids commercial traffic. Residents pay a premium to live on streets closed to the rumble of eighteen-wheelers, the roar and stink of diesel engines, and the squeal of air brakes, but they no longer get their money’s worth in this respect. Truckers use these residential avenues, in preference to commercial ones, to save time, but of course a speeding truck is the biggest imaginable danger not only to pedestrians and cyclists but also to ordinary drivers. It would take only random police enforcement to keep truckers off these streets, so it would be a high-return use of scarce police resources. It might even be possible to develop a traffic-camera technology to record the license plates of trucks as they rumble down these avenues, so that ticket issuing could become as automatic as that which catches drivers who run red lights or toll evaders on highways and bridges. An interim step might be to equip traffic officers—once called meter maids—with cameras to snap license plates and phones to call colleagues down the avenue to look for a particular truck. If it appeared 20 blocks further down in five minutes, a time-stamped photo would prove it was not merely making a delivery. Four minutes would also prove it was speeding. These unarmed officers can’t write tickets for moving violations, but they could relay such photographic evidence to higher authorities.

Notice the school bus behind this dangerous truck which is ILLEGALLY using a residential street.

ILLEGAL

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From City Journal:

Broken Windows Traffic Policing

How to stop scofflaw New York drivers from killing people

May 18, 2017

Public safety
New York

If Mayor Bill de Blasio wanted to get better results from his “Vision Zero” traffic-safety plan—which cut driver and passenger deaths from 81 in 2015 to 67 last year, even while the number of walkers and cyclists mowed down by cars rose from 153 to 165—he should stress vigilant traffic policing more. Most of those pedestrian and cyclist deaths occurred in crosswalks, and drivers would be more cautious there if they thought the cops might be watching. De Blasio would also recognize that the “Broken Windows” theory of policing—that small crimes of disorder, left unchecked, lead to more serious crime—holds true with traffic infractions as with any other kind of lawbreaking. So here are five Broken Windows actions that the mayor could take right now, which, if past experience holds true, ought to protect citizens from lethal drivers.

First, cops should crack down on “boom-box” cars—those with radios blasting loudly enough to be heard blocks away and to shake your windows as they pass by. The law forbids excessive noise—reasonably enough, for a dollop of civility from all is what makes life in a packed-together city possible. Anyone who inflicts drive-by pandemonium on his fellow citizens is doing so merely for the pleasure of aggressive self-assertion, and such belligerent behavior suggests the kind of driver who would swing into a crosswalk so quickly as to cut off a pedestrian crossing the street. But any miscalculation in such me-first driving can be fatal, and such drivers need to learn early that cops expect uniformly responsible motorist behavior.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani toyed with the idea of simply impounding boom-box cars on the spot, and he contemplated with a certain glee making some swaggering youth walk home to New Jersey in the middle of the night. But then the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, and the demands of the unfolding emergency left no time for refining these forms of quality-of-life policing.

Second, the NYPD should ticket truck drivers on residential avenues where the law forbids commercial traffic. Residents pay a premium to live on streets closed to the rumble of eighteen-wheelers, the roar and stink of diesel engines, and the squeal of air brakes, but they no longer get their money’s worth in this respect. Truckers use these residential avenues, in preference to commercial ones, to save time, but of course a speeding truck is the biggest imaginable danger not only to pedestrians and cyclists but also to ordinary drivers. It would take only random police enforcement to keep truckers off these streets, so it would be a high-return use of scarce police resources. It might even be possible to develop a traffic-camera technology to record the license plates of trucks as they rumble down these avenues, so that ticket issuing could become as automatic as that which catches drivers who run red lights or toll evaders on highways and bridges. An interim step might be to equip traffic officers—once called meter maids—with cameras to snap license plates and phones to call colleagues down the avenue to look for a particular truck. If it appeared 20 blocks further down in five minutes, a time-stamped photo would prove it was not merely making a delivery. Four minutes would also prove it was speeding. These unarmed officers can’t write tickets for moving violations, but they could relay such photographic evidence to higher authorities.

Third—and this is a step even the lionhearted Giuliani never took—such city employees as sanitation men who race their trucks down residential avenues to the depot, or bus drivers who cross an intersection just as the light is turning against them, blocking crosstown traffic as they wait for the light to change again, should get tickets. Of course no mayor courts union hostility, and one public-union member would be loath to penalize another. But New Yorkers (and even Americans at large) already sense that public servants, with their porcine retirement and health-care benefits, have become the public’s masters, and that they are exempt from the rules that bind everyone else, so nothing could be more salutary for restoring trust in government than ensuring that public employees respect rather than flout the law. Can you imagine the electric impact of seeing a cop writing a ticket to an MTA bus driver on Fifth Avenue in midtown, a sight I have never seen in over half a century as a New Yorker? A mayor with the guts to make unionized workers follow the same rules as everyone else—there could be no more potent message that the rules count than that!

Fourth, officers need once again to enforce the law against “spillback”—blocking an intersection because you tried, and failed, to beat the light. Again, camera-equipped meter maids could do this job. Traffic in midtown is currently chaos, thanks to the congestion resulting from various ill-advised traffic-control innovations of the current mayor and his predecessor. A little damage control would help.

Finally, to prevent the kind of mayhem that happened in Times Square at lunchtime today, when a suspected drunken driver with two previous drunk-driving citations killed one pedestrian and hurt at least 22 more, drivers should have their licenses suspended after one such conviction and revoked after two. So also with those who drive without a license or with a suspended one. They are lawbreakers, pure and simple, and a continued career of such wrongdoing ultimately should send them to jail.

But don’t hold your breath. The de Blasio administration seems to care more about protecting those who don’t follow the rules than those who do, as a recent NYPD directive forbidding cops to answer noise complaints by entering apartments to break up rowdy, late-night parties suggests. That’s the usual instinct of left-wing Democratic mayors, and it inevitably, if gradually, produces urban rot.

DON’T TAKE OUR FREEDOMS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GRANTED, NOT IN TRUMP LAND

The other day, I posted about the attack on protesters in Washington, DC by Turkey’s thug security team of President Erdogan,  while Trump had a meeting with the Erdogan (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/turkish-thug-security-team-of-erdogan-attacked-protesters-right-here-in-washington-dc-what-the-fuck/) and now we know that this brutal fuck gave the orders. And what does Trump or the White House do, not a damn thing.

Below is another great post by the blog Impunity City.

While Trump is always good for laughs as is the rest of these elitists clowns in his administration, this is not funny but pretty damn frightening, but with this President, there is constant distraction from so much reality that is going on.

Never assume our freedom could never be  in jeopardy or that one will not be able to voice their anger at political figures.

Funny times, yes, Scary times, most definitely. Watch out for the clown, a scary clown to boot.

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From Impunity City:

Extreme Precedence

By now, the world has seen the illegal violation of our nation’s sovereignty by the President of Turkey and his entourage, oppressing the first amendment rights and brutally assaulting of a group of protesters across the street from the embassy. Now it has been revealed that son of a bitch Erdrogan was sitting in his town car like a STD infected pussy giving the order to his goons to beat the crap out of the people picketing there.

 

The reaction to this has been swift from Americans, especially all those with social media accounts, but not enough to the greedy sycophant cowards in the House and Senate, with a select few like John “Return Of The Maverick” McCain, calling for investigations and even the ouster of the Turkish diplomat to the U.S..

While it is a fine thing to see punitive action, there is an underlying reason why that motherfucker Recep felt so comfortable bringing his authoritarian style of handling dissent here. And it’s not only that Figurehead Trump, with his mutual respect, admiration for the Wild Turk and Don’s obvious desire to imitate Erdrogan, the man and the tyrant. It’s that this similar abusive treatment and intimidation has been dished out regularly at any type of mass protest in the past 15 years by our own government, notably the militarization of local police forces in cities.

I recall when the Republican National Convention came to New York City, and the NYPD was deployed to cordon off protestors during marches and subjecting people into free speech zones. Anyone thought to breach these protocols instantly were placed in handcuffs, and that included passerbys and reporters. Since there were so many people detained for exercising their rights to free expression and assembly, the city, run by Mayor Bloomberg, set up a detainment center that was ignonimously called “Gitmo on the Hudson”.

Since those months of infamy, the last major national gatherings of public protest were the Occupy Wall St. movements and their nationwide spinoffs, standing ground and occupying plaza spaces and college campuses in major cities against the banking industry that ruined the economy and was rewarded with a socialist style bailout for their troubles. The people were subsequently met with injuries emitting from batons, rubber bullets, and pepper spray from the mass throngs of police depts. deployed to provide safety and security for them all.

But for the brevity’s sake and abject significance, there were two recent disgraceful events in the past year of government oppression committed that parallels the odious attack in D.C. the other day.

There was the mass protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It stemmed from a shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was prone face down on the ground, by a cop who claimed that he was armed as the officer and his partner were attempting to cuff him. When throngs of people showed up to march on the streets, organized by the Black Lives Matter movement, they were confronted by cops in full military gear, advanced weaponry and actual tanks. As people were marching forward, the police suddenly attacked everyone. The most disturbing part was when a bunch of protesters went into a house of someone offering sanctuary, the cops broke inside, warrantless, and dragged people out and brutally arrested them.

There was also this moment of clarity summarizing the asinine, excessive use of force and government ordered oppression:

https://theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2016/07/baton-rouge-protester.jpg

The actual case against the cops was mired in controversy and chicanery by the Baton Rogue police dept, with a report of witness and evidence tampering involving a convenience store manager, breaking into store owners video cameras and taking the footage of the killing along with his cellphone. The cop has since been acquitted of all charges.

Then during last autumn and winter, during the waning days of the worst presidential campaign and election result the nation has ever seen and under the presidency of the insignificant Barack Obama, there was the DAPL pipeline protest at the river and lands of an Indian reservation in North Dakota. The people who set up camps to stop this grave atrocity and plunder which was made possible by lobbyist and legislative trickery and shameful subservience to big energy business by the Army Core Of Engineers. The protesters-the water protectors were initially being pushed around by hapless security contractors siccing dogs on them. When that didn’t intimidate the Standing Rock tribe, the cops in full stormtrooper gear came down with their tanks and humvees and after a few months, eventually forced them off, but not after shooting them with gas projectiles and water shooting from objects that would be more useful on forest wildfires. The latter which was used during frigid evenings.

Did I mention that this oppression on constitutional freedoms happened, as well as various other protests, under the tenure of President Barack Hussein Obama.

And now we got a guy in the White House who is salivating to use these resources to crush dissent and mass organizing that will surely come if his dystopian, oppressive budget and cultural and unconstitutional policies get enacted. Trump is off to a stellar start as he has appointed a tyrannical sadist rat bastard, Sheriff David Clarke, to DHS Deputy Secretary, who will gladly use his position to use his office to wreck any public assemblies rising up with any demands of accountability from our inherently corrupt administration, with all these dangerous military toys and state and city police depts. at his disposal.

So be prepared for more of this destruction of our civil rights and the transformation of our public servants to government tools of oppression. This is what you the people are paying for. So don’t be shocked when Putin and Kim Jong Un are leisurely strolling with the President Godfather and the disgusted and violated public yelling at them are being assaulted by their robotic, inhuman henchmen.

These policies, deployments and tactics were meant to deal with enemies trying to come here, but as recent history and Pogo has shown, the enemy, the preferred and considered enemy has been us all along.

QUEENS ELECTED OFFICIAL WANTS AN INDEPENDENT INSPECTOR TO OVERSEE HOMELESS SERVICES AGENCY, BUT WHO OVERSEES ELECTED OFFICIALS LIKE CROWLEY

While no doubt we need some type of independent system that looks into homeless services agency, which is known for SHITTY homeless shelters all over that are in major violations, while, major amounts of money fly out the window, courtesy of our tax dollars, we also need an independent council who looks into our local elected officials, many who are corrupt, do nothings and complete whores.

What pisses me off in the article below, this hack Crowley, never mentions how the communities and the hard working people who live in those communities have to deal with all the bullshit, nonsense, crime and quality of life issues that these shelters bring and the bottom of the barrel folks that go into them.

Again, the homeless are not all cute little kids, FUCKING FAR FROM THAT BULLSHIT. They are like these dirt-bag thugs below, lazy ass young man who are chronically unemployed because they are MAJOR FUCK-UPS.

Brooklyn Homeless Shelter residents playing a game of “Crack the Skull”.

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From Queens Courier:

File photo/QNS
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley has introduced legislation to create an inspector general to monitor DHS.

Queens is not immune to the homelessness crisis in New York that is causing both the city and state to scramble to find a solution to the growing number of homeless individuals and families entering the already taxed shelter system.

Now, one lawmaker wants to ensure that these shelter locations are up to code and no longer substandard.

 Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley recently introduced legislation (Introduction 1591) that would create an inspector general for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), who would be responsible for monitoring DHS policies and practices.

According to Crowley, the DHS’ most recent scorecard shows approximately 16,000 open violations across city shelters.

“Far too many of the city’s shelter population are placed in substandard housing, in buildings with a wide range of dangerous conditions,” she said. “The city contracts with nonprofits for these shelters and pays them top dollar, yet the locations are crawling with thousands of violations that haven’t been addressed.”

The inspector general that would be created from Crowley’s proposed bill would staff an office with a director and personnel to investigating not only DHS but the Human Resources Administration (HRA) as well.

There is currently an inspector general through the Department of Investigation which oversees HRA, the Division of Youth and Family Justice, and the Administration for Children’s Services. This leaves the inspector general little room to focus on DHS’ flawed practices, Crowley said.

“We have a record number of homeless people in the shelter system, and too many families right now are in dangerous situations because DHS isn’t doing its job properly,” she added. “The city must put measures in place to keep a watchful eye exclusively on this crisis.”

The inspector general under Crowley’s legislation would be responsible for monitoring only DHS and the nonprofit organizations that it contracts with to operate city shelters for instances of corruption, fraud, waste, and misconduct.

 

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.

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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.”

 

 

THE ROOM WAS FULL OF BULLSHIT AT QUEENS DEMOCRATIC DINNER WITH MAYOR BIG BIRD

Typical LOAD OF BULLSHIT.

Does he really ever come out to SE Queens and places like Jamaica and I mean the garbage strewn areas that are ghettos and a mess.

Does he ever come to see that polluting dump, known as Royal Waste, which sits in the middle of downtown Jamaica near thousands of homes and across from a park and all the 24/7 truck traffic that is caused by it, not too mention all the pollution, smell and noise. OF COURSE NOT.

As I said a LOAD OF MAJOR BULLSHIT. And the room was filled with SHIT as every do nothing Queens Democratic hack was there to kiss Bird Birds anus and bow to it. Damn, you probably could not walk 5 inches without stepping into SHIT.

“Now I want to talk about a magical place recognized all over the world for its diversity, for its amazing restaurants, for its passionate people. I call this place Queens,” de Blasio said.

So now Queens is a “magical place”. Well, can you make all the garbage everywhere vanish.

Yep, you can tell it is election time, the strong smell of mendacity, even worse than the stench from Royal Waste.

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From The Times Ledger:

Mayor rallies the troops at Queens Democratic dinner

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the many positive changes in Queens and throughout New York City during his tenure at the annual Queens County Democratic Organization’s Spring luncheon at Antun’s.

Many people cheered as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the positive changes to the borough of Queens and New York City during his first term Thursday at the Queens County Democratic Organization’s annual spring dinner at Antun’s in Queens Village.

“This administration is proud of what it did for Queens starting with a new ferry service in the Rockaways. That ferry is here to stay in the Rockaways. Ferry service will soon be reaching Long Island City and Astoria,” de Blasio said.

The mayor came out to Queens to rally Queens Democratic lawmakers for this year’s elections and to bolster the prospects of incumbents across the borough. As mayor he has made significant investments in Queens, particularly in the last couple of years.

De Blasio mentioned the changes made to make the treacherous Boulevard of Death safer.

“We took another crucial front — we took what was a stain on the name of this borough and I was with Karen Koslowitz [D-Forest Hills] the other day and we talked about something that is a past that we needed to get rid of. When Queens Boulevard was called the Boulevard of Death,” said the mayor. “We made a lot of changes through Vision Zero and for 2 1/2 years not a single person has died on Queens Boulevard.”

The crowd responded with applause.

The mayor also brought up additional improvements to the southeast Queens region.

“To all of my friends from southeast Queens who talked for so many years about how the government did not hear you about the flooding problem, we are spending billions of dollars to fix that,” de Blasio. “I think [Councilman Donovan Richards D-Laurelton] told me it’s been about 40 years that people have been asking for a new police precinct. A new police precinct is coming to southeast Queens. At City Hall, Queens is at the front of the agenda.”

The Democrats clapped enthusiastically about both initiatives.

The mayor also highlighted the rise of job creation in the outer boroughs, how crime has dropped for the third year in a row and a 93 percent decline in stop-and-frisk was down 93 percent. He went on to say that 99.6 percent of municipal workers are under a labor contract today and New York City police officers won’t “be turned into enforcement agents for ICE.”

“Now I want to talk about a magical place recognized all over the world for its diversity, for its amazing restaurants, for its passionate people. I call this place Queens,” de Blasio said. “We are still a beacon to this whole country and we show that as a society every kind of person can work in New York City — everybody is together. It does not matter what faith or country you came from. We manage to make it work together and the whole world watches this miracle everyday. We have to keep that fire burning no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.”

CROOKED COUNCILMAN RUBEN WILLS TRIAL STARTS………YET AGAIN

BAD Wills

June 15th. That is the date for crooked Ruben Wills trial on corruption to begin………..AGAIN. Let’s see what fucking excuse he uses to try to wiggle his way out of this one.

Get rid of the this fucking SE Queens political gangster for good.

Detectives from the New York State attorney’s office escort City Council member Ruben Wills of Queens in handcuffs to be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court after being arrested on charges of misusing public funds on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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From Queens Chronicles:

Ruben Wills trial set — again

 

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:30 am

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) has received yet another trial date on corruption charges.

The councilman now is scheduled to begin proceedings on June 15, according to a spokesman for the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The case was the subject of a status conference on May 11 at the Queens County criminal courthouse in Kew Gardens.

 Wills, 48, was arrested in May 2014 on allegations that he misappropriated campaign money for personal use. He subsequently was charged with taking more than $30,000 from a nonprofit charity that he directed. That money came from a grant from then-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, for whom Wills once served as chief of staff.

Huntley served 10 months of a 366-day federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to a corruption charge in 2013.

Wills, originally set to go to trial last November, was in the news most recently in March when he failed to show up before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis. The judge drafted but did not issue an arrest warrant. Wills’ attorney claimed he forgot to notify Wills of the March 1 date.

CORRUPT CONGRESSMAN GREGORY MEEKS SUPPORTS CROOKED COUNCILMAN RUBEN WILLS RE-ELECTION: UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE BUT NOT SURPRISING IN JAMAICA

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Of course the totally corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks would support dead beat dad and crooked Councilman Ruben Wills. Birds of a feather stick together as does SHIT.

In regards to Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), who is facing charges for allegedly using taxpayer funds for personal use, Meeks stood by his city colleague. He said that he would support Wills in his upcoming bid for re-election.

“Ruben and I have worked very closely together,” Meeks said. “In this country, I believe that you are innocent until proven guilty. It is my role as a member of congress to ensure that if I see anything that affected anyone from delivering services and working with the community that they represent, then that would be a problem.”

Meeks said that, so far, he has not seen such evidence.

AND Meeks has no damn moral center either, just another in a long line of Jamaica political gangsters, who have done SHIT for Jamaica. Of course him and Wills worked closely together, to see how they can fuck over the tax payers while filling up their piggy banks, while Jamaica turned to shit for years.

AND this is why Jamaica is the way it is. A fish rots from the head down, and nothing is more rotten or foul smelling than Gregory Meeks.

But before you read the bullshit in the rag Queens Press (by the way, Senator Leroy Comrie’s wife, Marcia, works for this rag), read up on corrupt Meeks.

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From National Legal and Policy Center:

Rep. Gregory Meeks, Congress’ Most Corrupt, Tests Ethics Enforcement

Although he has plenty of competition, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) is generally regarded by watchdog groups as the most corrupt member of Congress. From Allen Stanford’s Ponzi schemes to Azerbaijan junkets to the unfolding House IT scandal, it seems like Meeks doesn’t miss a chance to get in on shady dealings.

Whether he can survive in office much longer will be determined by whether ethics enforcement mechanisms actually begin to function. It will depend on whether President Trump, and his appointees, follow through on his pledge to “drain the swamp” and whether House Republicans end their assault on the Office of Congressional Ethics, and instead get behind real reform.

Meanwhile, Meeks is up to his old tricks.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on January 30 that two of his campaign committees have paid a total of $168,000 since 2008 to a “company” owned by the wife of the chief of staff for his New York office. From the story:

Robert Simmons’ wife, Patsy, is listed as the treasurer for Friends for Gregory Meeks, the congressman’s campaign committee. Campaign committee treasurers are typically unpaid friends of the politician.

However, acting as treasurer has proved lucrative for Patsy Simmons. Patsy has profited quietly from Meeks’ campaign, earning more than $100,000 in a scheme revealed by the New York Post seven years ago.

Payments from Meeks’ campaign committee are not made out directly to Simmons. Instead, the committee cuts checks to Einna Inc., a company Patsy registered in 2008, according to New York business records.

Of course, the appearance is that Meeks is somehow benefitting. The work of a campaign treasurer is usually quite limited, and certainly not worth what Simmons or her company were paid.

A 2010 New York Times story titled “Rep. Meeks Cries Poor, but He Lives the Good Life” detailed how he eschewed bank accounts and preferred to deal in cash. In addition, we have placed him at various times in casinos on three different continents. We probably missed some.

Its not surprising that Meeks would be party to the arrangement with Simmons but that he could be so stupid. After all, he was exposed by the New York Post in 2010 doing the same thing. The only difference is that prior to Post story, the money was paid directly to Patsy Simmons. After the story, the money was paid her company. Tricky, huh?

According to the same Free Beacon article:

…Meeks purchased a new Lexus as a campaign vehicle. On Oct. 23, 2015, Meeks’ committee made a $13,722 down payment at a Lexus dealership in New York. The campaign has been making $968.60 monthly payments on the vehicle.

Driving in style courtesy of his campaign contributors is nothing new for Meeks. An audit by the Federal Election Commission of his campaign committee for 2003 and 2004 found that Meeks spend more than $20,000 on personal expenses, most of which was for personal use of an earlier Lexus, including “vehicle repair service, satellite radio and fees for custom license plates.”

Last month, one of Meeks’ political allies, a former New York State Senator named John Sampson, was sentenced to five years in prison. Between 1998 and 2008, Sampson allegedly embezzled approximately $440,000 from the foreclosure sales of four Brooklyn properties on which he was a court-appointed referee. The embezzlement charges were thrown out because the statute of limitations expired. The charges on which he was convicted relate to the cover-up.

Reportedly, the Sampson investigation was an extension of the investigation of Meeks prompted by newspaper headlines based on information provided by the National Legal and Policy Center. Beginning in 2010, we reviewed public documents connected to Meeks and his political network. Meeks was involved with a nonprofit called New Direction Local Development Corporation. Among other irregularities, the group raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received the money. Newspaper headlines about New Direction, starting with a New York Post exposé on January 31, 2010, apparently prompted a series of overlapping investigations.

Sampson tried to replace some of the stolen funds with the proceeds of an unsecured $188,500 “loan” from Edul Ahmad. A Guyanese-American businessman. Ahmad pleaded guilty in 2012 in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

Ahmad also “loaned” money to Meeks, who has extensive ties to Guyana. After the FBI started to scrutinize Meeks’ finances in 2010 after the New Direction stories, Meeks amended his Financial Disclosure Reports to show a $40,000 payment from Ahmad in 2007. Meeks claimed it was a loan, but there were no notes or payments until several years after the payment was made.

So why is Sampson on his way to prison and Meeks is still in the House? It’s very simple. Sampson held a state office. Meeks’ office is federal.

The indictment of a sitting Congressman requires the approval of the Attorney General. Meeks has been extraordinary lucky that for the last eight years the two Attorney Generals have been Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Both have strong ties to the Queens political machine and neither would ever allow the prosecution of Meeks.

Sampson was prosecuted by Preet Bharara, a Democrat whose made a name for himself by going after other Democrats, like presently, New York Mayor Bill Di Blasio. Bharara’s string of prosecutions of sitting officeholders in New York has been so popular that even before Donald Trump was sworn in, he announced that Bharara would stay as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara has taken down the Speaker of New York Assembly, Sheldon Silver, and the State Senate President Dean Skelos, but he has not gone after two members of Congress who would seem to be sitting ducks for an ambitious prosecutor, Meeks or now-retired Rep. Charles Rangel.

Meeks has also been fortunate that the House Ethics Committee has functioned as it always has. Instead of enforcing House rules, it acts to protect incumbents from scrutiny and sanction.

When the Ahmad loan to Meeks was reported in the media, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Government filed a Complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), not to be confused with the House Ethics Committee. CREW alleged that Meeks failure to disclose the loan was a violation to House Rules, an allegation with which the OCE would eventually agree. OCE went even further and concluded that the loan “appears to be a gift.” When Meeks’ amended his disclosure forms, it was in effect, an admission that he failed to report the loan previously. OCE referred this “slam dunk” of a rules violation to the House Ethics Committee in May 2011.

True to form, the Ethics Committee dismissed the allegation more than a year later, noting that “inadvertent errors” are “not uncommon” on financial disclosure reports. This was not the first time that the Committee failed to act in the face of conclusive evidence of Meeks’ rules violations.

In March 2011, NLPC filed a Complaint asking the Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. The Committee never acted or even acknowledged the Complaint, even though the deal received significant attention in the New York Times story mentioned above. The scheme bore similarities to the case of Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham who went to prison in 2005 for selling his house for an inflated price to facilitate a bribe.

In theory, the ultimate ethics enforcers are the voters. In practice, elections do not matter for Meeks. He, and three or so dozen other members of Congress, represent districts gerrymandered to ensure minority representation. There is a slight chance that these incumbents can be knocked off in a Democratic primary, as in the case last year of ex-Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida, serving in her twelfth term. At the time, I wrote that twenty-four years is an awfully long time to wait for the system to work.

Like Meeks, Brown had been in ethics trouble almost from the moment she stepped foot in Congress, but she skated from scandal to scandal. Meeks probably never expected a Trump presidency along with a GOP Congress, but he certainly knows that the Justice Department, the House Ethics Committee and the Federal Election Commission act only in the most egregious circumstances, and never apply statutes and regulations on a consistent basis.

The Republican Congress got off to a disgraceful start when it attempted its first order of business to gut of the limited authority enjoyed by OCE. The move prompted widespread disbelief, fueled by a Trump tweet, forcing the anti-OCE plotters to back off. Whether the House leadership finally grasps what happened in the 2016 election will be apparent in what happens to the likes of Meeks, once the evidence of additional wrongdoing inevitably emerges.

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From Queens Press:

Meeks Talks Trump Turbulence, Jamaica’s Future

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Congressman Gregory Meeks talks with the PRESS of Southeast Queens’ staff. Photo by Jon Cronin.

BY TRONE DOWD

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) stopped by the PRESS of Southeast Queens on Friday to discuss the current political climate in Washington, D.C. Meeks, who recently became the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Political Action Committee, is the senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.

Washington, D.C.
He said that the political landscape in the nation’s capital has recently changed significantly.

The congressman, who had forged a close relationship with President Barack Obama, discussed life in Congress under President Donald Trump. Meeks has been an outspoken critic of the president.

After having served under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama, Meeks said that he has never had so little faith in the president’s word.

“In the 100-plus days that this president has been in office, people don’t know what he means when he speaks,”

Meeks said. “Even recently, he said that you can’t trust what his spokespeople say. As I travel to different countries—including Germany, the Baltics, the U.K.—folks don’t know what to think or believe. He says one thing one day and another thing 30 minutes later.”

This week, Trump disregarded his own administration’s account that he did not share classified information with Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov regarding the location of radical Islamic State groups in the Middle East. Trump tweeted that “as president, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting), which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism,” despite his own National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster saying that the report was false just hours before.

The statements came just a week after Trump contradicted White House statements pinning FBI Director James Comey’s firing on a recommendation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions in relation to Comey’s handling of the investigation on Hillary Clinton. In an interview two days later, Trump said that he had been mulling over a decision to do so since January and finally pulled the trigger after he deemed the investigation into his potential ties to Russia a fabrication “by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.”

Meeks said he was “deeply disturbed” by the article and the administration’s subsequent denial and affirmation of the events reported.

“On the campaign trail, President Trump, Speaker Ryan and many Republicans suggested that not everyone cleared should have access to classified information,” Meeks said. “President Trump’s disclosure shows that they should have directed that sentiment at him. President Trump has demonstrated himself to be unwilling, unfit or incapable of protecting our nation’s secrets. This grave mistake is yet more evidence that President Trump is willing to put Russian interests above American interests and our partnership with our allies.”

The congressman said that as the ranking Democrat of the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats subcommittee, he hopes to obtain additional information on the meeting between Trump and Lavrov.

Meeks said that Trump’s history as a businessman has not translated well to the presidency thus far as many voters had hoped during the 2016 election.

“He’s never had to be accountable to anybody previously,” Meeks said. “It’s not like he ran a corporation as CEO. He ran a family-owned business where whatever he said, went. That is not how you run a country.”

The congressman said that he is placing his faith in constituents to put pressure on elected officials to challenge the president.

“I would hope that, at some point, with the speaker [U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan] and some of my other Republican colleagues, things will change,” Meeks said. “They should be able to do that because they are independent from the executive branch. We are supposed to have checks and balances.”

Meeks said that as a college student during the early 1970s, he saw Democrats and Republicans unite when they witnessed President Richard Nixon’s abuse of power. Meeks said that he hopes his colleagues would choose country over loyalty to the president.

Jamaica Development
Back in his home district, Meeks said that he was optimistic regarding the future of Jamaica.

“It’s going to be fantastic,” Meeks said of developing Downtown Jamaica. “Once we have a thriving Downtown Jamaica, it will compliment the homes that surround it.”

Meeks said that development would draw new places to shop, jobs and opportunities to Jamaica, from which many commercial investors fled decades ago.

“People who currently own homes will see that their property values will go up,” Meeks said. “We will see housing stock that is completely mixed use. The redevelopment of JFK Airport will boost things as well.”

Meeks said that mixing in new businesses—for example, Starbucks and Dallas BBQ’s—and sustained businesses currently on corridors such as Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard is the key to maintaining a sustainable balance that doesn’t displace residents who live there now.

Queens Politics
In regards to Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), who is facing charges for allegedly using taxpayer funds for personal use, Meeks stood by his city colleague. He said that he would support Wills in his upcoming bid for re-election.

“Ruben and I have worked very closely together,” Meeks said. “In this country, I believe that you are innocent until proven guilty. It is my role as a member of congress to ensure that if I see anything that affected anyone from delivering services and working with the community that they represent, then that would be a problem.”

Meeks said that, so far, he has not seen such evidence.

When asked about the upcoming mayoral race, Meeks said that he “has no problems with the current mayor,” but was not ready to make an official endorsement in the race yet.

As for Queens getting its fair share, Meeks said that he and his borough colleagues are limited in their ability to push federal funds towards the borough.

“We try to fight for money to come into the state of New York, and then the city,” the congressman said. “The city divides that money up as [it] sees fit. That’s why it is important for us to work together and make sure that our city council people get their fair share because, most of the time, it’s federal dollars that others get to decide how it’s distributed.”