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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Ducket$ Before; Ducket$ After

Ummm ... Give or Take

Is the trend our friend? Here are two recent examples of how our City Council set, but then failed to meet, our expectations.

Miller Mailings

Before: $37, 000
After: $1,600,000

Salary of Ramon Martinez, Quinn's Deputy Chief of Staff

Before: "Slightly higher" than $160, 000
After: $180,000

38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many jobs has Martinez been through already? Like anyone would ever have hired him for any of these jobs if he hadn't been married into Crowley's family when he started getting them. He never seems to stick to any of them very long. They don't keep finding him more because he has any talent. Not that anyone would actually fire him right? He just gets keeps getting more jobs. That ain't because he has any talent.

This just is more proof that Quinn sold jobs to Manton in exchange for his support for her as Speaker. She threw people out of work to punish them for their lack of political ties to him and other bosses - their jobs are being given to the bosses' hacks. That's a quip pro quo. It's taxpayer funded political intimidation.

10:41 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, so Ramon Martinez is Manton's guy. Can anyone help me guess who are the bosses responsible for other thre Deputies?

2:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wardally = Denny Farrell
Uuly Martinez = Jose Rivera
Maura Keeney = None, she's Quinn's first chief of staff

11:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wardally=Rangel

12:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

martinez has been at each of his past jobs 2-3 years. that's not a lifetime but it is not a short period in this business either.

10:43 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martinez was an aid to CM Baez for about a year and a half, passed the bar exam, became executive director of the Bronx county committee, (if you noticed, he would be the one with the video camera when Jose was not carrying it) and now has become a Deputy Chief of Staff. Quite a rise in rank in a short amount of time with very little experience.

2:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it's quite a rise in a very short time with very little experience. Duh! That's because he's Manton's dead weight. There is nothing impressive about getting his getting positions for which he had no qualifications as a kickback to Manton. While he's been at these jobs, he has done zip (except maybe carry a video camera). As for passing the bar exam, how many people have done that? So what? He didn't get these jobs because he passed the bar exam. Nobody wants to keep him and that is a fact. They take him and tolerate him while he's there because of his connection to Manton. Taxpayers are paying for this, not Manton. Quinn never would have taken him if Manton didn't demand it as payment for votes for her to become Speaker. She has 4 Deputy Chiefs of Staff now. They never had 4 Deputy Chiefs of staff until term limits came along. 1 is for work, the others are just there as kickbacks. Ramon is there as a kickback. She also hired the totally inexperienced Scott Crowley as Director of Finance to replace someone with more than 14 years experience. More dead weight from Manton. Another kickback at taxpayers' expense.

8:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:56 Which Martinez did you mean? The original post by Backroomie is only about Ramon Martinez from Queens. Were you talking about the other Martinez who is one of the new 4? Either you were talking about the wrong Martinez or Ramon's politically connected to bothmachines. Which is it?

8:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks 8:54. I posted at 8:36. I'll disregard 2:56's post and try again: Ramon Marinez is Manton's dead weight. There is nothing impressive about his getting positions for which he had no qualifications as a kickback to Manton. While he's been at these jobs, he has done zip. Nobody wants to keep him and that is a fact. They take him and tolerate him while he's there because of his connection to Manton. Taxpayers are paying for this, not Manton. Quinn never would have taken him if Manton didn't demand it as payment for votes for her to become Speaker. She has 4 Deputy Chiefs of Staff now. They never had 4 Deputy Chiefs of staff until term limits came along. 1 is for work, the others are just there as kickbacks. Ramon is there as a kickback. She also hired the totally inexperienced Scott Crowley. More dead weight from Manton. Another kickback at taxpayers' expense.

9:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:56 Such a rise in rank with very little experience is kind of a dead giveaway that the jobs are kickbacks to political bosses. Another words, the person who gets the jobs doesn't have to have any more brains or talent than a paperweight.

9:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A commenter on the Politicker says that "Heard around City Hall this week: Chris hired Scott Crowley to replace axed Frank Tamontano's (14+ yrs) spot as Finance Division's First Deputy Director."

One responding commenter there posts:

Isn't Chris obligated to at least HIDE patronage picks behind some actual credentials for the job? Scott Crowley has never, ever worked in budget. Neither has Mike Keogh for that matter and anyone who knows him knows it (sorry Mike).

A long-time service advocate told me about 16-20 of 38-40 Finance staff got fired. Of those the advocate knew there was a combined sum of at least 100 years at Finance. Just of those the advocate was acquainted!

Does anyone know any of the remaining Finance staff? I interacted with some in past years and I have to say they were good professionals (degrees! budget skills!). They have GOT to be upset. She must be trying to get the rest of the institutional knowledge to walk out the door. No mayor has ever pillaged and burned OMB like that.

Why isn't the Post or Daily News picking up this story?

Posted by: anony | February 25, 2006 10:33 PM

11:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAMON MARTINEZ WAS ORIGINALLY DIRECTOR OF THE COUNCIL SERVICES DIVISION FOR TWO YEARS (1997-1998)BEFORE MOVING ON, ONLY TO COMEBACK AS DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF. RAMON IS A PERSONABLE GUY AND EASY GOING.
THE CURRENT DIRECTOR, MATT FARRELL OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIV.(ORIGINALLY COUNCIL SERVICES DIV) WILL BE LEAVING THE COUNCIL ON MARCH 1, 2006 TO BECOME A LOBBYIST. HIS SUCCESSOR WILL BE EDWARD O'MALLEY.
THE BLAME OF TERM LIMITS BELONGS TO THE MAJORITY OF NEW YORK CITY VOTERS.

11:53 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iit's funny. Seems to be more bosses hired for subordinates fired.

11:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Martinez I originally referred to was the Bronx Martinez, Ululy. As for Crowley, he is a stand up guy. One who worked his tail off for RWDSU and was in the Council before. Not his first round through the Council. Ramon is the Manton payoff.
As for Finance folks, it was 17 of 40 Finance people. RIDICULOUS! Hello, it is March, who the hell is going to negotiate a budget? Bloomberg's people are like piranha. Good Luck!!!!!

2:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Crowley, Ramon Martinez, Matt Farrell and Ed O'Malley are all Manton hacks. Who would try to deny that who isn't just another Manton hack? Crowley has no experience in finance. Someone with more than 14 years experience was fired so that his job could be given to Crowley, who is totally unqualified for the position. Think FEMA. This is scandalous.

They are all dead weight. Taxpayers should not be paying for these kickbacks to Manton.

10:21 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:39 EVEN IF you actually personally like Scott Crowley, it is ridiculous to pretend that he got any of these jobs other than as a pay-off to Manton. You don't really think its a coincidence that he's in the Queens Crowley clan and is getting jobs like this do you? If you were being honest, you'd admit that it's not because he has any brains or talent. Denying that Crowley is another part of the Manton pay-off shows you have no credibility.

10:34 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its easy for people to rant and rave about "Manton/Queens hacks", especially some of the frustated deadweight that was fired from the council... and thats exactly who is posting here and on the Politicker.

The only other people posting these rants are most likely other political players who weren't able to get their people hired, and are jealous.

But really, there is no substance to the constant flaming of these guys, and the assumption that they are all deadweight that can't get a job without the help of Manton. Every single one of the Queens County/Manton people I've dealt with have impressed me as smart, personable and hard working. Most of them would be successful in careers outside of government if they choose that route.
Does anyone on any of these blogs even consider the fact that maybe, just maybe, some of these people actually are well qualified, hard-working, and good at what they do? How does the last poster know how Scott Crowley got any of his past jobs? How do any of these posters know what these people have on their resumes, or what degrees they have?

There is a reason Queens County is the most powerful county organization in the state, and possibly the country... and thats because they know what they're doing and have good people, in good places. Queens County wouldn't be in the position of strength that it is, if they had nothing but deadweight everywhere.

Yes, it is sad that some qualified, dedicated people were fired by Quinn. But in this business, everyone hired knows they are at will employees. Democracy wouldn't work if elected officials had to keep on people from previous administrations. How could they accomplish the goals they were elected to do, if they have to work with staff that may have the opposite perspective.

The other thing that is sad, is that these new people coming in are not even given a chance. They are assumed to be incompetent simply based on their affiliation with Queens. What about the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan people?

From my experiences, the Queens people are the best of the lot by far! Try figuring out what some of the others actually accomplish...

Anyway, I'm sure someone will quickly flame me as another Queens County hack that Manton just ordered to defend him on this blog. Such is the absurdity of most of the posts here anyway.

4:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:26 Do you actually expect anyone to buy any of that drivel. Having Manton's hacks put out that kind of idiocy is not going to fool anyone here. The absurdity is that you actually think anyone would be dumb enough to buy what you're selling. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to punish people for not belonging to Manton's machine. Nobody has the right to misuse tax dollars in that way. As for Scott Crowley, like he would really have gotten that position as Deputy Director of Finance with no budget experience if he wasn't part of the Crowley clan, which is so close to Manton. That's a really tough one to figure out - - about as hard to figure out as that the other Manton hacks would never have gotten these jobs if Manton didn't demand it as a pay-off for votes for Quinn to be Speaker. They are being called dead weight because they are dead weight.

5:18 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:26 Is "rant and rave" the machines' code term for telling the truth about the machines?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

how much are crowley and uluy martinez making?

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