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Last Year I posted two essays here on Room 8 on the topic of "actual crime" versus "perception of crime" and the media's portrayal of and impact on both. The current indicator of crime by the NYPD is the CompStat report, which tallies seven crimes weekly and does a comparative of these numbers in a variety of ways. These reports are readily available to the public via each police precinct's webpage, found here.
The Daily News is a political rag sheet. The same paper that touted the mayor disregard for will of the people and overturn term limits due to the economic crisis and his business acumen. Yet Bloomberg has yet said one word on the Benard Madoff 50 Billion scandal, the largest Ponzi scheme.
The Daily New's Adam Lisberg is at it again. His latest fluff piece was for Christine Quinn, who he refers to as a worthy opponent to Bloomberg. In this column he mentions 2 of the mayoral candidates but makes no mention of Council member Tony Avella. Tony Avella is running for Mayor of New York City. Christine Quinn is vindictive and has payback Tony Avella for his stance against her self-serving legislation. CM Avella voted No on both bill that gave the city council a 25% raise for their part time job and extend term limits without a public referendum.
The template here is simple enough though, its got 'Another Botched Post Hit-Piece' written all over it. Somebody needs to create a Wikipedia entry for this kind of thing.
My guess is that the Post's got some walkie-talkie on the LMDC board, maybe a Bloomberg-Sheekey appointee, griping about how Shelly Silver allocates his member item money. Which of course, is not only none of this board member's business, but also way out of line for him/her to express a personal view on how elected officials conduct their legislative business.
Monday's New York Post editorial suggests eliminating the borough president positions. It's such a good idea that it should be the Republican platform for 2009.
New York City is cutting back on 1,000 police officers, among other drastic cuts. There is no reason to have superfluous layers of government. I forget the source, but someone just released a study and the only section of the economy that is still increasing is--you guessed it--government.
When I ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005, there were record surpluses instead of record deficits. Still, I pledged for the charter revision commission to reconsider the office, either strengthening it or eliminating it.
Still the longest of longshots, but one can always hope. Change!
Posted: 3:21 am
Democratic voters in Lower Manhattan have a chance to send a dramatic message on Primary Day, Sept. 9: They can bring down Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - and shake Albany's pay-to-play culture to its core.
via the New York Post
This is a sad follow-up to the open letter I sent you in November in the exciting, hope-filled hours before a historic landslide victory gave you a popular mandate to carry out the reforms you repeatedly promised you were all about.
Maybe if you had taken some of my suggestions you could have avoided the disturbing, business-as-usual mess that engulfed and embarrassed our state during the past week - as you desperately abandoned your reform pledges in an unsuccessful effort to get an on-time budget.