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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Democrats Eerily Silent on Hevesi

While Republicans lack all sorts of moral authority on matters of scandal, the extent to which New York Democrats have so wrongly played the Hevesi card is astonishing.

Unlike scandals of past, Hevesi provided Democrats a clear opportunity to show the world that they actually understand right from wrong. He did this by confessing to his own wrongdoings, at least $83,000 worth, and that should have been the end of it!

But no. In what seems a concerted effort to run out the clock on this election, Democrats would rather let all sorts of backroom "when should Hevesi resign" -processes play out first then take Alan Hevesi at his confession now.

Where are the Democratic reformers? Why has not one Democrat called for Hevesi's immediate resignation?

Instead, all we've gotten is this party line from Herman Denny Farrell, Chair of the NY Democratic Party:

“Alan Hevesi is a good comptroller who said today he is sorry for his mistake and will continue to cooperate fully with any inquiry,” Mr. Farrell said in the statement. “Voters will have an opportunity to make a judgment about him this November on the basis of his performance as Comptroller and his 35-year record of dedicated public service to the people of New York.”

Now, Roomie's read a bunch of crap, but this has to be one of the crappiest statements ever.

Imagine what would happen if Roomie or anyone of us sorta ... unknowingly ... you know ... stole $83,000 from wherever; and then, after being caught, tried to just go on with life with a simple apology. LOL. We'd be in the pokey so fast, it's not even funny. No LOL.

And then you have party line towers like consultants Jef Pollock and Howard Wolfsen who reiterated Farrell's argument on Inside City Hall last night, that this is a matter for the voters to decide.

Are you guys kidding us? This is no longer a matter for the voters to decide. This is a matter for the courts to decide. Your comptroller admittedly picked your pockets and ours - what else do you need?

Not only did Alan already confess to at least $83,000 worth of wrongs, he's already written a check to us in an effort to make it all go away. What is Roomie missing?

And then we have Eliot Spitzer whose mealymouthed inability to demand Hevesi's resignation is frightening. If this is what the maverick of Wall Street has planned for Albany, then looks like New York State's government will top the dysfunction list for at least four more years.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Driving Mr. Hevesi To The Slammer?

Somebody, Puh-lease!

Roomie's been way deep in slumber lately, very much enjoying the hiatus. But, even Roomie couldn't help but get a wee bit excited about our NYS Con-Troller.

There's nothing more Roomie loves than pols who so brazenly disrespect the voters. Luvs it!

The way you had your wife driven around, Mr. Hevesi - 'twas super-fly (er, sly?)! The way you didn't even think about paying us back until after your opponent raised the issue - balls to the fucking wall!

And today, the way you just spat in the face of the State Ethics commission, despite their new, rather alarming findings - pure, unadulterated genius!

You, King Comptroller, are the man!

So, on behalf of all the voters, Mr. Hevesi, Roomie would like to extend to you a big FU for caring ... about the keeping of your job!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Quinn's Hillary Gambit

Quinn Lends Staffer to Hillary

Because Hillary needs the help? Or, b/c ... Ramon Martinez's work at the City Council is done?

Roomie's confused, Ms. Speaker. Prey tell what you've done with this $180,000 resource.

Surely there's work on term limits to be done, no?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Bored At Work?

State Comptroller Hevesi says that the State of New York is currently holding billions of your dollars in unclaimed funds - ranging from wages of yesteryear, to old bank accounts to security deposits, trust funds, estate proceeds, etc.

Does any of this cash belong to you?

Search away!

Search for yourself; search for your parents or partner; search for the putz in the cubicle next to yours ... just search!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Quinn-Quinn Here...

...and a Quinn-Quinn There

Nothing like not quite doing the peoples' biz - and circuitously, at that. Predecessor Miller was a pro at this, and his successor Quinn - not so shabby herself.

First it was the kissing of the ass (may he RIP). And now, it's the revengeful kicking of the ass.

Word on the street: the mighty Quinn is letting out her more political personnel to tackle all sorts of annoyances; one major one being maverick Council Member and Queens County hater, Hiram Monserrate.

Starting today, Quinn is committing some of her government folk to support Monserrate's State Senate opponent, John Sabini.

We say: Way to take it to your membership!

We ask: Speaker Quinn, do you care to disclose where else you're parlaying your/our resources?

We also ask: As you pursue further special interest/lobbying reform (and we strongly suggest you do - cuz simply pushing your lobbyists onto the steps of City Hall ain't gonna cut it), how about requiring Council Members, you included, to disclose loud and clearly when staffers do double duty?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Roomie's Take Home Pay

So Let's See....

Where would Roomie rather work?

The East Wing of New York's City Hall or the West Wing of the White House?

Ummm. Hmm....

Well, if it pays to play (so to speak), then looks like Roomie would most definitely opt for that part-time gig in lulu-ville ... yeah, you remember the one ...

Cuz, take for example the role of Chief of Staff:

At the White House, the job of managing POTUS's rinky dink crew (which, btw, runs the US of A) earns Josh Bolten $165,200;

But at the Council, running Speaker Quinn's empire (which runs ... eh ... the East Wing of City Hall) earns the yet unchucked Chuck Meara $175,000. BAM!

Or take Karl Rove. Perhaps you've heard of him? He's that brainy little Senior Advisor/Deputy Chief of Staff dude who also earns $165,200;

Compare that chump's change to Speaker Quinn's First Deputy Chief, one Ramon Martinez III (perhaps you've heard of him as well???). Homey earns a cool $180K. ISHK!! Roomie likey this trend!

So, let's see ... New York City Council? White House? ... Council? White House?

The list of incomparables goes on, but Roomie will not bore you further with the sordid details.

Full list of White House salaries viewable right here.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Why Mommy Is Full of Shit!

... and a Democrat As Well?

Excerpts from Why Mommy is a Democrat follow:

Note to Self:
Remember what Roomie says - that if mommy ever, ever tries to brainwash impressionable little me like this - to just punch her in the face! One little memorable punch ... that's all.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dem and Dumber

Hold tight - cuz the asylum is about to get a bit more insane.

It's lookin' like the last bit of sanity (Rodney Capel) will soon be fleeing the coup, and that the State of NY's Dem-a-goguery is bound for even more misery.

Hard to believe that's possible, right?

One would think that Herman D. and Co. would take this precious opportunity to scout some new, fresh talent ... or just to scout - period.

But one would so obviously be wrong. For the second time in as many years, it appears the shit's just gonna continue to sail downstream, to the next puppet in line.

Now, Frank Hoare, could very well be a great guy; but, what the fuck??? Herman D. should at least pretend to work a bit harder.

Otherwise, we're not really sure how HDF can justify the oodles of duckets he pulls from the State Dem. Committee ($50,000+ in 2004, and that's in addition to his take as an Assemblyman)???

Problem is, Republicans a floundering does not a strong Democratic Party make.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Mean Green Fighting Machine

Come Again...??!?!?!?

So here's what the little shots would like to know:

Yesterday, embattled AG candidate Mark Green griped that party boss deals and threats cost him his support; and then went on to accuse the Cuomo machinery of threatening one East Side committee member with the loss of a valuable insurance contract.

Problem is, when pressed further to clarify his very public criminal accusation, the attorney-general-wannabe balked.

Apparently, all Mark could do was backtrack .... saying that it was a private contract, and a private conversation?!?!

Ahhh, we lovey the fresh smell of legal irony!!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Why Sylvia Friedman Should Lose!

Two Words: Shelly Silver!

Sources say that at last night's Tilden Democratic Club endorsement meeting, (s)elected East Side Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman was giddy with anticipation for her June 6th fundraiser in Albany, which will be hosted by ... Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver.

Apparently, Friedman - whose version of reform probably escapes Victor Hugo - told a little tale about how she "wasn't sure how she was going to get along with Shelly Silver when she went up to Albany," but then assured the crowd that she has found him to be an incredibly affable, "charming" man. Phewwwww!

Kudos to Silver for doing what he does best; settin' the Assembly's pimps and hoes straight. In very short order he's managed to collar the likes of Jonathan Bing and now, Sylvia Friedman. Who's gonna be next?

Here's what the Daily Smith had to say...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

We Luvvv The NYC Council

State This!

Perhaps love goes too far on the sarcasm scale, but ...

Here's the deal for tomorrow's Stated City Council Meeting:

First, Council Member Vallone will be re-re-re-introducing a bill for New York City to secede from the State; or at least to form a Commission that will look into said matter. We likey!

Second, Council Member Oddo will be triple-re-introducing a bill to prohibit the use of non-wooden bats. Apparently, they hurt less?!?!

Thirdly, our esteemed Public Advocate will be expressing her concerns by seeking to restrict the use of tanning beds in tanning salons. That is way too smart for us to understand...

Fourth, Council Member Fidler, he's looking into creating a joint taskforce on sidewalk maintenance. That's a JOINT TASKFORCE!

But all sarcasm aside, we do like Avella's direction. He'd like to prohibit elected officials (aight colleagues???) from using taxpayer funds for holiday, anniversary and congratulatory greetings in newspaper advertisements. TWO F*#KIN' THUMBS UP FROM US!

Suozzi to Silver & Bruno: YOU'RE FIRED!

A Man After Our Hearts

This just off the wire: gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi just called for the wholesale firing of Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.

"We must demand that the Speaker of the New York State Assembly and the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate be replaced, because they have failed to fight for the reforms that we seek," said Suozzi.

Nuf' freakin' said!

Now, we are curious ... Mr. Spitzer, what say you?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Catch Him, If You Can!

Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal edit head, thinks lil' Eliot has some explaining to do.

Here's how she starts her piece in today's Opinion Journal:

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer appeared on Comedy Central late last year, admitting to host Stephen Colbert that as a kid he was the "enforcer" on the soccer team, the guy who "took people out." "You play hard, you play rough, and hopefully you don't get caught," he said. The AG was trying for a laugh, but it may have been one of the more revealing insights into his career...


Saturday, April 22, 2006

NO, You Show Me The Money!

So Says Speaker Quinn

Hmmmm .... forget what we said the other day. Quinn just wants more money - period.

No mention of givebacks, no mention of Council Members paying for more of their healthcare coverage, no mention of pension adjustments or agreement to work additional hours, and no mind the working New Yorkers who have seen little to no quality of life improvements over the past decade.

Quinn wants a raise for Council Members and apparently, that's that!


Friday, April 21, 2006

Show Us The Money!

Or Not?

Since the establishment (especially ours) tends to move in lockstep, should be interesting to see whether or not the Mayor's salary panel, the City Council Speaker and our other elected officials follow Hillary's lead on this one:

Sen. Clinton wants no raise without a minimum wage boost

Questions is, what can Council Members, BPs, the Public Advocate and others offer New Yorkers first, before suckin' on the public trough?

Curious minds (and taxpayers) want to know...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Fresh Kill

Have At It!

Alright all you salary pimps and whores.

The 2006 list of all city employees and their salaries (as of April 1, 2006) was just released.

Your tax dollars hard at work ... or not.


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