In a recent statement to residents of his city, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “For those faced with the hard work of rebuilding after the storm, we are doing all that we can to provide assistance and relief.”
Apparently the Department of Buildings didn’t get the ‘provide relief’ memo, as residents in Queens were recently delivered citations for a ‘failure to maintain’ their property.
Via CBS New York:
Residents in one Queens neighborhood are crying foul after they were written up for failing to clean up the city’s own mess. It is yet another new complication in life after Superstorm Sandy.
Rosanne and Joe Cavaliere are still trying to clean up from the hurricane.
They have branches through their roof, busted front windows, and, to add insult to injury, they recently received a citation notice from the city.
“It makes me angry, but it’s also ridiculous!” Rosanne Cavaliere told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.
They got it on Nov. 9, cited with “failure to maintain” their property.
But as they pointed out to CBS 2’s Schneider on Tuesday night, it’s a city tree that they were waiting for the city to remove.
A pretty disturbing report coming out of U.S. Senate candidate, Wendy Long’s campaign. Apparently, a poll worker reviewed Long’s ballot and told her it would be rejected because she didn’t “fill in every space”.
When Long countered that you can indeed leave some sections of the ballot blank, the poll worker again indicated her ballot would be rejected.
Long correctly informed the worker that forcing a voter to vote in every race, would essentially result in that person being forced to vote for candidates they do not want.
The poll worker even went so far as to suggest Long should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
Here is a letter released by Long:
“This morning when I went to vote, a poll worker who was at the scanner, studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not ‘fill in every space.’ She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.
The poll worker said, ‘you have to fill in all of THESE, all the way down,” indicating the whole line at the far left of the ballot, saying ‘you can’t leave any blank.'”
I said, “I’m sorry, but that just can’t be the case …. that would force me to vote for people I don’t want to vote for.” She insisted again, that every office had to be filled out or the ballot would be rejected. And I said again “I don’t want to vote for those people!”
I protested again and said that I wanted to feed my ballot into the scanner as I had filled it out. She eventually relented saying ‘well you can TRY it’ — meaning she would allow me to put it in the scanner.
It obviously worked.
I had just remarked to all the poll workers, before I filled in my ballot, that we were all very fortunate to have heat and water and electricity.
It is heartbreaking, especially in these trying times for New York City with thousands of voters displaced from their homes and their polling locations, that poll workers would behave in this way, and through intent or ignorance, work to distort the outcome of an election and violate an individual’s right to vote for whomever he or she chooses.
I urge all voters to know your rights when you vote.
You can ask for help in how to operate the scanner, but your ballot is private and cannot and should not be inspected.
You do not have to vote in every office, or fill in every oval. Vote only for the candidates whom YOU want to vote for.
Finally, question authority – poll workers are there to help you to vote, not to tell you how vote. If one crosses the line, contact the Attorney General’s Office or your local Board of Elections.”
Poll workers shouldn’t be trying to persuade anybody to vote in a certain manner, but it is even more absurd when you try to coax a Republican candidate for office to vote straight Democrat.
With gas shortages plaguing consumers, a transportation system in gridlock and underwater, 37 lives lost, and an estimated $20 billion in damages to his city, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided it was time to act.
So he pulled out his checkbook and scratched a $1.1 million donation to those in need … an obscure congressional candidate in Florida, Val Demings.
Demings is a gun-control nut cut from the same cloth as Bloomberg, and is best known for having her own weapon stolen from a police vehicle. She is running against incumbent Daniel Webster.
Sunshine State Sarah reports:
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose PAC is spending a whopping $1.1 million to buy TV ads attacking Webster.
Never mind that Hurricane Sandy has left the city he is supposed to be governing with large areas under water, looting problems, gas shortages,and a frightening array of health concerns.
Forget the crippling damage to NYC’s public transit systems. Oh no, forget the actual disaster happening all around, forget the the fact that our nation’s largest city is literally drowning right now, let’s screw with Florida’s elections!
Of course, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from one of the worst nanny-state meddling politicians in recent American history. Bloomberg is, after all, the same goofball who wants to outlaw large sodas. [Insert mind-numbingly obvious comment that anyone can just buy two sodas to get around this ridiculous rule here.]
A report from Red State adds:
There must be some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City’s hurricane-soaked residents. As thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters, the Big Apple’s billionaire mayor is sending $1.1 million to Florida to buy ads for union-bought, gun-control advocate and congressional candidate Val Demings.
One political consultant called the donation ‘considerable’ and ‘extremely significant’. At the same time however, due to the state of the race in Florida, it has been dubbed ‘a waste of money’.
You know who might benefit from that $1.1 million? The residents of Mayor Bloomberg’s city. Maybe the Red Cross. Perhaps the people burned out of their homes in Breezy Point.
It must be nice to have the luxury of throwing money away, while residents of your city struggle to recover from a devastating storm.
Beltway Confidential writes:
Mitt Romney delivered a great series of jokes at the Al Smith dinner this evening in New York City.
Both Romney and President Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York. The speeches traditionally feature political humor, as both candidates are invited during an election year.
They’re right, Mitt absolutely tore it up last night, and if any independent voters had a chance to see this speech, it would have added an even further layer onto the man that Democrats have been trying to portray as an evil corporate raider.
“… people seem to be very curious just as to how we prepare for the debates. Let me tell you what I do. First, refrain from alcohol for 65 years before the debate.
Second, find the biggest available straw man and then just mercilessly attack it…
Big Bird didn’t even see it coming.
And by the way in — in the spirit of Sesame Street, the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter ‘O’ and the number $16 trillion.”
Watch the speech, I guarantee you will laugh your a** off…
Schoolgirls as young as 14 will be given access to taxpayer-funded morning after pills in the same city that won’t allow them to purchase a large Coke with their own money.
The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools.
The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent.
Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant.
How did this become the responsibility of the school system? Surely families that need this type of contraception will be able to get it from Sandra Flu … er … Obamacare.
And shouldn’t parents be given the choice of ‘opting-in’ as opposed to having to actively ‘opt-out’ of the program?
Biggest issue with this is, if the parents don’t properly submit the form to opt-out, or as is way too often in schools these days, they aren’t properly notified of the procedure, the schools can dispense the emergency contraception to their children without ever notifying anyone.
Jimmy McMillan of “the rent is too damn high” fame announced his bid for mayor of New York City last week. He made the announcement at a small concert at Tammany Hall on the Lower East Side.
McMillan hasn’t changed much, never shying away from his singular platform saying, “The rent is too damn high. There’s nothing else to talk about.”
Shortly afterward however, McMillan seemed to flesh out his platform a bit, explaining that it isn’t just the rent that’s too damn high, it’s ‘everything’.
“Gasoline is too damn high, food prices is too damn high, food is too damn high. You go to a restaurant the cost is too damn high, because of the property taxes and the mortgages they have to pay.”
Despite seemingly being able to relate to the high price of just about everything, McMillan was still willing to charge an $8 cover charge to his Rent is Too Damn High Party party.
No word if anyone decided not to attend because the cover charge was too damn high.
And, also no word on McMillan’s monthly payment for this vehicle – the Rent is Too Damn High Mobile (complete with Jimmy McMillan action figure):
Banner Weekend For NY Democrats – One Punished For Sexual Harassment, Another Announces They’ll Be Arrested
It’s been a very active weekend for Democrats, with a pair serving in the boroughs of New York City being part of some very rare activity over the weekend.
First off, Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been handed some very severe punishment stemming from what is being called “blatant instances of sexual harassment”.
The Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance not only stripped him of his Housing Committee chairmanship, and cut off resources and funding from the Assembly, but his guilty actions prompted a ban prohibiting Lopez from hiring interns or any other employees under the age of 21.
That is the equivalent of a sexual predator being kept from that which tempts them.
The letter from Assembly Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver pulls no punches, providing such details as how Lopez harassed one woman forcibly kissing her and putting his “hand as far up between her legs as you could go”. He also forced two women to continuously write to him about how much they loved their jobs and cared about him.
Here is a copy of the letter:
Vito Lopez Letter 8-24-12
Lopez has left a long trail of slime in Brooklyn, with rumors that other charges may be coming down the pike. He has been the subject of multiple federal investigations as well as blatant instances of extreme cronyism.
Several Democrats have pushed for Lopez to resign as a result of these egregious charges, with the most damning perhaps being from the governor of New York himself. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday joined a growing list of elected officials calling on Lopez to step down.
Next up on the list of corruptocrats from southern New York, is Sen. Shirley Huntley from Queens, who took the rare step of announcing her own impending arrest on Monday.
Huntley held an “emergency press conference” over the weekend to announce that she expects to be arrested on Monday.
She did not indicate what charges may be involved, though four employees of hers had been arrested last year based on an investigation of a non-profit organization in which Huntley had steered tax-payer funds. The four who were indicted included a top aide and a niece of Huntley’s.
Leave it to city Democrats to get involved in a year’s worth of scandal in one weekend.
The Trojan brand condom company was shaking things up in New York yesterday. They set up “pleasure carts” in two Manhattan neighborhoods, cocked, loaded, and ready to hand out over 10,000 free vibrating sex toys. Hundreds of people lined up for their chance to receive a vibrator, but the gathering quickly grew flaccid as city officials stepped in to issue a stiff warning for promoters to shut down due to the big crowds.
A vibrator giveaway that attracted long lines in New York City came to an abrupt end when the city told the promoters to pack it up.
The Trojan condom company set up “Pleasure Carts” on Wednesday in two Manhattan neighborhoods, and were set to give away 10,000 vibrating sex toys. Nearly 300 people had lined up at each of the hot-dog-style carts…
Though officials were clearly giving the crowd a hard time, they did state that the carts could be erected again once the company attains proper permits.
… One of those on line, Melody Henry, grumbled that Mayor Michael Bloomberg “doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You can’t have a giant soda, You can’t have a vibrator.”
I’m not sure what you’re doing with carbonated beverages that you’re lumping them in the same category of fun as sex toys, but I can guarantee you’re probably using the straw the wrong way. It’s the Big Gulp, not the Big … well, maybe I won’t go there.
The New York Post delivered yet another classic line with their reporting:
“They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.”
No word on whether or not Sandra Fluke was going to speak in the city about the hardships caused by a lack of free vibrators. Though, perhaps the free sex toys would alleviate the need for such drastic amounts of government-funded contraception.
We were a little shocked when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently used the tragic shooting in Aurora Colorado to make a case for more stringent gun control laws. Rather than allowing a time to mourn the senseless violence, Bloomberg saw political opportunity to expand his Second Amendment infringements.
Suffice it to say, this is even more disturbing.
On February 27th, a student opened fire in a cafeteria at Chardon High School in Ohio, killing three students and injuring two others before being arrested.
Less than two hours after the shooting, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman was conspiring with individuals from Mayor Bloomberg’s office to push an agenda involving limitations to the Second Amendment.
At 9:02 AM on February 27, 2012 – less than two hours after T.J. Lane allegedly shot five of his classmates in the cafeteria of their Chardon, Ohio school – lobbyist Mark Glaze, the national director of MAIG, emailed Coleman staffer R. Lee Roberts and three employees in Mayor Bloomberg’s office to inform them of the news.
At 10:04 AM Bret Thompson, policy director for union-funded liberal group ProgressOhio, forwarded a link to a Huffington Post story about the shooting to Roberts, NYC “Special Counsel for Firearms Policy” Chris Kocher, Fund for a Safer Future director Lance Orchid, the executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and a fellow ProgressOhio staffer. Orchid replied that the recipients’ previously scheduled 10:30 AM conference call should focus on using the Chardon shooting to advance an anti-gun narrative in Ohio.
“I hope that we can do some rapid response,” Orchid wrote. “Perhaps this is the perfect time to push out the new microsite petition around guns on campus.”
In a separate email to Thompson, Janey Rountree, Bloomberg’s “Firearms Policy Coordinator,” wrote, “I’m not necessarily opposed to trying to connect the two for messaging purposes – just want to make sure we have our facts straight. In the meantime, I totally agree that today is a good time for condolence page.”
MAIG (Mayors Against Illegal Guns) is a gun-control lobbying group co-founded by Mayor Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s office and a progressive group in Ohio actually created and used the aforementioned condolences page to harvest e-mail addresses that were then distributed to MAIG and another gun control organization in Ohio.
The following afternoon, Chris Kocher sent an email from Bloomberg’s office outlining the response to the Chardon shootings. Kocher noted that ProgressOhio had “Created rememberingchardon.com webpage; will send email directing list to that page and ask them to offer condolences.” Kocher added, “New email acquisitions will be shared with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a small subset of these names will be shared with OCSGV [Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence].”
“This is great, Chris,” Orchid replied.
This is far from ‘great’. It is a deplorable extension of the concept of ‘never letting a crisis go to waste’.
There is no event, no matter how tragic, that Bloomberg will not try to exploit for political gain.
A couple of months ago, the Mental Recession reported on a ban on large sodas being enacted in New York City. The plan was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity. Bloomberg however, has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.
It is the nanny state at it’s finest, and perhaps another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.
The concept really took a turn for the worse when Bloomberg actually said that the city had to “forc(e) you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”
We reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment on the soda ban, and the following is a response from Mr. Bloomberg himself:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about our plan to limit the size of sugary drinks at some food establishments.
Like the rest of America, our City is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly 60% of adult New Yorkers and close to 40% of public school students are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of developing a host of diseases and conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Obesity is now the second-leading cause, just after smoking, of preventable death in New York City.
Our success in cutting smoking deaths to record lows shows that we can tackle the toughest public health problems head-on—and make a huge difference—but only if we are willing to act boldly, and target the problem comprehensively. We are confronting the obesity epidemic on several fronts, including our most recent proposal to curb consumption of sugary beverages. We are also offering healthier options through programs that allow more New Yorkers to buy fresh and affordable produce. In addition, an expanded public education campaign will build on the work we have already done to give New Yorkers more information—just as calorie counts in restaurants do—so they can make better choices about the food and drinks they and their families consume.
Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate your input as we work to reduce the number of preventable, obesity-related deaths throughout New York City. Thank you again for writing.
Michael R. Bloomberg
This answer is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician. Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.
That, in a word, is frightening.
The question is – where does it stop? Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat. Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.
This is the height of hypocrisy.
Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city? He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.
Furthermore, the link between sugary drinks and obesity has been debated, with a recent Canadian study suggesting there is little evidence that sodas cause childhood obesity.
Bottom line, the government is well within their rights to educate people on the dangers of certain foods and drinks, but they’ve crossed a boundary when they enforce bans on those same items.
It is an affront to personal choice and liberty. As is the mayor himself.