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Maloney's Moxie

by Jenny Klion

You’ve got to wonder who are the friends of US Rep Carolyn Maloney. For the 2005-2006 election cycle, a stunning 61.4 percent of her entire donation base was comprised of individual contributions — to the tune of well over a half a million dollars. And among those individuals, many of whom hail from wealthy Westchester County, three of them happen to be part of the executive team at Triumvirate Environmental, a Boston-based environmental/waste management company with new offices here in New York City.



LunchBox: New Rules

Adam Green returns Monday with all new LunchBox vlogcasts. In the meantime, we give you the all-offending Bill Maher.

HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher



What Seymour Lachman Didn’t Say

I paid a fairly substantial sum to read former State Senator Seymour P. Lachman’s Albany expose Three Men in a Room. The book is a good summary of what those of us who have been reading the newspapers for the past few years already know, with the added benefit of having a former insider confirm than the worst accusations of the outsiders are correct. For those who haven’t been following the descent of our state government into despotism, I recommended it; you in for a big surprise. Hopefully, after all the libraries have made their purchases, Mr. Lachman can convince his publisher to put out a cheap paperback edition, which his education contacts can substitute for existing textbooks in the New York City public schools, those that falsely assert that we live in a democracy. But before that happens, there are some things I’d like Mr. Lachman to add.



Mission Accomplished For Traitors Vito Lopez & Dov Hikind

The inside scoop on tomorrow's Brooklyn judicial convention, which was settled on by the District Leaders at a meeting tonight :

- David Schmidt (picked by Dov Hikind)
- Karen Rothenberg (former law partner of indicted justice Gerald Garson)
- Jack Battaglia (brother of Vito Lopez' girlfriend)
- Dolores Thomas (former Legal Services attorney)

With the exception of Judge Thomas (who is African-American), the slate is white.

Last year, it was all white.



Stand Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for What's Right

According to informed sources, the fix is already in for selection of several State Supreme Court Judges, tomorrow, Friday 15.   These judges will be expected to have the scholarship to provide enlightened decisions.  They should also be men and women who understand that judges should not be only just, but have a special duty to protect the poor, the unempowered, the elderly, the feeble, the needy and children.That should be the first bar.

Unfortunately the new State Supreme Court judges will be chosen by a group consisting of mostly known political hacks. Some of these hacks will be looking for favors from the judges they select.  A few of the hacks may  have already collected $$$ bribes.



Dilemma of Discretion

The Daily News recently ran a series of articles outing “no-bid” contracts at New York City’s Department of Education. As someone who spent nearly 20 years as a “provisional” public employee, I’m not surprised.

Whether the government is hiring public employees or companies, it faces what I call the “dilemma of discretion.” Allow public sector managers to hire and fire who they please, and the government runs the risk of having their brother-in-law – or the brother-in-law of a politico who is in a position to threaten them – hired. But bind that manager with all kinds of rules, such as a requirement to accept the lowest “responsible” bidder, to hire those who score highest on a civil service test, and to only fire an employee or contractor after a complicated series of steps, and you create a legalistic playground for those who seek to get paid to do a job without actually doing it. Thus the tendency of those trying to improve public services, as well as those trying to steal, to hire provisionals or “consultants,” which New York’s public agencies are stuffed with, and to enter into no-bid contracts.



LunchBox: Jim and Oprah

Given the great love for our neighboring trash Gawkers, it should come as no surprise that on the subject of setting up the scene of Jim McGreevey on Oprah Winfrey - we simply had to defer:



Me & Charlie Gargano: Bushwick Local Development Corporation

"Who We Are 

"The Bushwick Local Development Corporation (BLDC) is the economic development component of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Inc. The BLDC was founded to revitalize the economic strength of the Bushwick Community, and offers comprehensive economic development services to the community of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Services include: entrepreneurial assistance, small business assistance, the promotion of and assistance to an industrial area, and the general promotion of local businesses.



The Next Eight Supreme Court Justices up for Reelection from Manhattan will Probably Have to Run in Brooklyn or the Bronx

With the Federal Applet Court recent ruling in favor of Judge Gleeson decision to do away with Judicial Conventions system of picking Supreme Court Judges, most of the discussion has been focused on how these judges will be elected.  The courts have said this year Judicial Conventions will be the last one and ordered direct elections in the future if Albany fails to come up with a constitutional substitute way to elected judges.  The fear among party leaders is that challenges to other constitution issues that have long been ignored, will be trigged by Gleeson decision.  Election law legal experts believe that these additions constitutional questions will also have a dramatic impact on how Judges are elected. 



The Next Eight Supreme Court Justices up for Reelection from Manhattan will Probably Have to Run in Brooklyn or the Bronx

With the Federal Appellate Court recent ruling in favor of Judge Gleeson decision to do away with Judicial Conventions system of picking Supreme Court Judges, most of the news coverage has been focused on how these judges will be elected.  The courts have said this year Judicial Conventions will be the last one and ordered direct elections in the future if Albany fails to come up with a constitutional substitute way to elected judges.  The fear among party leaders is that challenges to other constitution issues that have long been ignored, will be trigged by Gleeson decision.  Election law legal experts believe that these additions constitutional questions will also have a dramatic impact on how Judges are elected. 



Rock's Intellectually Dishonest Challenge

Rock-em-sock-em

This week, in Rock's endorsement of Jeanine for AG,  I left a detailed comment on why he was ignorant regarding reasons for the LGBT Community, by and large, now supporting Andrew for AG. In his reply, Rock made several statements which I considered to be lies. So, I called him on it. (Incidentally, the bulk of the other responses agreed with my take and criticized Rock's reasons for endorsing Jeanine.) (The link is here.)

Low Incomes or Poor Lives?

As I mentioned here, the fact that there are many poor people in New York City is, in some ways, a phony issue.  According to 2005 data from the Census Bureau, the New York Metropolitan Area as a whole had a poverty rate of 12.6%, below the national average of 13.3%.  Poverty is high in New York City because it is the part of the metropolitan area where the poor are permitted to live; taking regional and national economic trends as a given, the more places for the poor to live a municipality provides, the more poverty it will have.  A better focus for public policy is how well the poor live in New York City, and to what extent the city provides an environment their families to advance out of poverty, if not in this generation than in the next.   In my view, the city is a worse place to be poor today than it was 50 years ago.  That is the real issue.



NY Hearts Rep Tom Reynolds

by Jiji Lee

He's considered the most influential New York politician in Congress. So it's no surprise that Rep Thomas Reynolds (R-26) has received over $51,000 from the State of New York--making the Republican governed state one of his top campaign contributors since 1998.

As member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee (which is neither about ways nor means ... discuss!),  Reynolds oversees taxation issues on economic policy, trade, social security, and welfare.



LunchBox: Who's The Jew Now?

So, no LunchBox today - nor tomorrow or Friday. Adam Green returns Monday with all new vlogcasts.

In the meantime, we'll provide you some lunchtime political clips to chew on.

Today, a look at Sen George Allen's Jew-ish press conference, which came on the heels of this E.J. Kessler discovery ...

Hat Tip: Wonkette



Municipal Unions Equals Democratic Party

After a few months break from Room Eight, I am back. I took an incredible vacation for two weeks in Greece at the beginning of the summer and it was so relaxing that it actually took a lot of the fight and outrage right out of me. Now, the summer is over, my energy and outrage have returned, and I hope to become a regular fixture here at Room Eight.

So, something short and simple for my return:

If ever anyone had any doubt that the municipal unions were totally partisan and in bed with the democratic party, one only has to look at what AFSCME did this week.

After endorsing Joe Lieberman in the CT Senate primary, they have reversed themsleves, thrown Lieberman overboard, and taken up with Ned Lamont. Now, it is somewhat understandable when democrats like Hillary do it, but a labor union that has been there for labor in the past? Very bad form, guys.