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.
We told you this morning about New York state Senator Shirley Huntley, who over the weekend announced that she expected to be arrested at some point on Monday.
Sure enough, Huntely turned herself in to authorities early Monday morning, where she was subsequently charged with evidence tampering, conspiracy in the fifth degree, and falsifying business records.
Prosecutors are accusing Huntley of taking part in a “sham non-profit” that she created, and using the organization to funnel nearly $30,000 in taxpayer money to her aide, Patricia Savage, and her niece, Lynn Smith.
Huntley’s lawyer was quick to point out that she has not been “charged with stealing money or being involved in any theft of any taxpayer money.” However, Savage and Smith, who were also charged on Monday were accused of pocketing $29,950 in discretionary money allocated by Huntley herself.
In other words, her aide and niece are accused of stealing the taxpayer money, while Huntley simply gave them the means to do so.
Huntley’s non-profit, known as Parent Workshop, Inc., existed only on paper according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, while documents meant to show the existence of the organization were simply forged.
Huntley commented at her fingerprinting and booking, saying “I’m having a great day”.
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.