Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Brian McLaughlin Rats, Only the Daily News Does the Right Thing


Only the news reported the indicted of Santo (Sandy) Petrocelli Sr. for for bribery. All the papers covered the FBI's raids on the central labor Council and the business offices of Petrocelli. Except for the Daily News, not a word from the other papers about the indictment of a transportation contractor by the feds. The Times covered another indictment by the feds Blagojevich Charged With 16 Corruption Felonies

Back in New York Electrical contractor zapped for bribery A Queens electrical contractor who did big business with the city was indicted for bribery Thursday - and sources say the union boss he paid off is helping prosecutors. . . Sources say the labor boss and one-time Democratic assemblyman has been cooperating with the feds since his 2006 arrest on charges he took $2.2 million in payoffs to bankroll a Long Island mansion, fancy cars and country club fees. His sentencing repeatedly has been postponed while the feds continue to rack up indictments in what is turning into the biggest corruption probe to hit Queens since the mid-1980s. That's when Borough President Donald Manes committed suicide amid a far-reaching investigation. Sources say McLaughlin also has been cooperating in the feds' probe of Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio. The tough-on-crime Democrat is accused of taking $1 million in payouts from businesses seeking his help in Albany. *** F.B.I., in Bid-Rigging Inquiry, Raids Offices of Labor Leader ... *** LABOR GROUP HITIN BID-RIG PROBE. ASSEMBLYMAN IS FOCUS - News - NY ... Petrocelli currently has about $92 million in contracts with the city Department of Transportation, while Welsbach has about $70 million. ... : Under Investigation: Queens Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin Target ... ... a team of FBI agents raided the offices of the New York City Central Labor ... It remains unclear exactly how the bid rigging scheme functioned or what ... Two Queens Companies – Petrocelli Electrical Company of Long Island City ... Wilbur Chapman, a former commissioner of the City Department of Transportation, ... RED LIGHT FOR TRAFFIC-SIGNAL SCANDAL BIDDER - New York Post *** "Operation City Lights" Targets McLaughlin The New York Observer *** "The King of Queens" Is Dead - TIME *** Koch Praises Parking Violations Bureau - New York Times *** City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York. - book ...


Inspector Clouseau Council pulls plug on funds for nonprofit The city council Thursday yanked funding to a nonprofit that was raided last month as part of a sweeping criminal probe into conflicts of interest. The Upper Manhattan Council Assisting Neighbors was allocated $528,000 in taxpayer funds this year - almost all of it sponsored by Councilman Miguel Martinez *** Pols, Press Party with Sharpton and His Corrupt Network


Take Me Out to the Ballpark Two Baseball Palaces, One Stoic, One Scrappy *** YANKS' NEW DIAMOND SHINES FANS WOWED AS BOMBERS TAKE THE WRAPS OFF STADIUM *** Yanks Hold First Workout At New Stadium *** Yankees' New Stadium Is More Than A Ballpark *** Hal Steinbrenner: Yanks tickets may be overpriced *** Ballparks Draw Cheers and Jeers Across the City *** A Late Rush to Tidy Up the Yankees’ New Home *** Our first bites at the new Yankee ballpark *** You think? Hal Steinbrenner actually admits that "some" tickets at the New Yankee Stadium "may be overpriced." http://tinyurl.com/csrzgs *** New Yankee Stadium roars as blast out of past *** Inside Yanks' new home *** Editorial: One for the ages Call it grand. Call it New York, New York in swagger. Call it a fitting monument to the world's most storied sports team. Call it by its real name: Yankee Stadium. The new Yankee Stadium, outfitted in style and built for the ages 9 DN Ed *** Critic Sizes Up New Yankees Park


City on the Brink PENSION CRA$H: CITY FACES GM-LIKE RUIN, MIKE AIDE WARNS One of Mayor Bloomberg's top aides warned yesterday that the city could collapse just like General Motors if runaway pension costs aren't reined in


Road to City Hall Bloomberg Makes Early, Aggressive Bid for Black Support *** Bloomberg: the Rev. Al Sharpton a 'calming influence on the city' *** DN Editorial: Way too clubby Of all the gin joints on all the avenues of this city, candidate for Manhattan district attorney Leslie Crocker Snyder held a fund-raiser last night in a club with a history of brawls and rampant drug sales *** Bloomberg On Tap To Get Indy Nod Sunday *** Indy Line Won't Come Cheap


The City COUNCIL OK ON W. SIDE YARDS Plans to build a $15 billion district of housing, parks and office towers over the West Side rail yards won a key approval from the City Council yesterday, even though construction of the project has been delayed by the economic downturn *** HORDES BUY UP LONDON BRITCHES: FRENZY AT NY TOPSHOP DEBUT *** Northern Queens shoreline a victim of politics From the Times Ledger *** Water Board ready to screw us again From the Queens Gazette *** Car break-ins rampant along Woodhaven Blvd. From the Queens Courier *** Developer promises Coney amusements come May *** In Radio Farewell, Cardinal Jabs at Far-From-Infallible News Media *** New Rise in Rates for Water Is Expected *** Embattled Chief Leaves Police Review Board *** Education’s Odd Couple Do Their Act, and Provoke Controversy: Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who formed an alliance nearly a year ago, co-sponsored a conference of the Education Equality Project *** Transit retools computers for fare hike *** A century later, Bazzini readies to say bye to Tribeca perhaps Tribeca’s last tie to the old Washington Market food trading days, is looking to close up shop for good *** Rape vic speaks out after suit against MTA workers who ignored her cry for help is tossed *** More than 2.2 million New Yorkers received food stamps *** Federal stimulus money will be spent on a $2.4 million pedestrian bridge over the Hudson River *** The Department of Education dropped its plan to replace three zoned schools with charter schools *** Cardozo Sets Record for Tenure as Corporation Counsel


Paterson, Limbaugh and Pericles The governor cited a 2,500-year-old war to defend his budget, but his approval ratings are still a little short of Socrates’s last numbers *** Newsday's Janison's guide to Albany's spheres of influence
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