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Dick Dadey, President of Citizens Union, discusses his criticism of the way the Vito Lopez sexual harassment allegations were handled.
Leo From Queens,NY wrote "The NY Times(newspaper) wants Silver, Schneiderman (and DeNapoli) and the(other) current statewide office holders to remain in office."
I partially agree with Leo, in that most NYCity newspapers are weak. Seems to me some don't even know of H.L.Mencken, while Maureen Dowd focuses on the "feds", and many so called investigative journalists are told to narrow their focus and if challenged, fold, because of business concerns mostly. Those newspapers are mostly so huge and I would have to guess are mostly about "the bottom line"($$profits), therefore white collar crime goes rampant while political deceipt expediency and buffoonery is largely unchallenged or quite poorly written about and both.
In better times the people would hang the whole bunch of them in effigy, newspapers would accuse and accuse and accuse them of lunacy besides write much more educated speculation exposing their elaborate schemes to avoid truth. It's truth that's feared above all, after all. So those guys Leo named are either Crooked or they assisted Crookedness. Then some are the Dupes.
Dupes and Crooks are unfit to lead.
All of them aided and assisted the leader of the legislature to coverup for legislator V.Lopez's crime, apparently.
And, the Comptroller overseeing the posting of the state's general ledger showing that money was taken out of the state's treasury "for lawyer's fees",(again....) is another obvious way of covering --something-- AKA to coverup with crime
I don't understand comments that this is not being covered by NY Times. It needs more coverage, but ALL papers are writing about this sordid issue. FINALLY - Brian is allowing some negative comments about the man – though much of this show was focused on the actions of Silver and others. Deborah in Brooklyn is right on point – Lopez has been doing this for years. Where was the outrage? As Lopez gets housing projects and money for his common law wife's organization - resulting in her getting $300,000+ in salary. Not to mention getting her appointed to City Planning commission – more $$ and influence on development throughout the City (better for campaign donations). He appears on Lehrer show as esteemed voice on housing - shilling for his corrupt deal on Broadway Triangle in 2009 - with no contrary opinion in sight. Perhaps Brian having a staff member who formerly worked in that office kept the show from having a balanced view up until now. Glad that events are forcing that correction.
Vito Lopez has been exploiting women from the outset. The investigation needs to go back to the beginning of his empire. Chris Fischer had been his summer youth employee before becoming his lover. She became the Ridgewood Bushwick Executive director as the consolation prize when he threw her over for her friend and coworker, Angela Battaglia, his long time girlfriend. The harrassment charges now seem to reflect the change in how women react to sexual harrassment.
Christine: I agree with you. At the very least these individuals should be made financially accountable for their misdeeds and should have their pensions reduced or eliminated.
In the private sectors people lose their jobs and in some cases their ability to work in their field of study / training when they are negligent - even if they did not mean any malice.
James: The NY Times will NOT cover this.. They are a national publication and will only report on local or state matters if it benefits the small group of wealthy power brokers and elites that control the wealth in NY City and NY State. Instead you will see very detailed, front page, multi days 'exposes' detailing how the driver or assistant to governor Patterson is involved in a wife abuse case even though it really this had no bearing on the governor's public role. This hit job was done to make room for Cuomo to take over. The NY Times wants Silver, Schneiderman and the current statewide office holders to remain in office.
Leo: You might be on to something. Maybe not a public execution but let's put the stocks back up. Okay, maybe just do something more modern: a full page in the local papers with the list of their poor behavior. Then make them be financially accountable. Why shouldn't Silver pay the fees, cover all the costs?
Who is this special prosecutor? Can you give us some background about this guys background?
-- Curtis Sumpter
Silver's hands are so dirty here... but I will go out on a limb and say he gets off yet again.
This is what passes for leadership in New York state?
It is interesting that Lopez was able to build such a machine that he was able to be reelected over and over again. He employs close to 2000 people with all of his organizaions. People who always vote for him.
Interesting how he was able to do this from just a social worker's job.
Also, he played up the "lopez" thing.
There is really no oversight or any accountability for government officials in NY State at the state and local level whether they are elected or appointed. There really needs to be transparency and accountability for their corruption, abuse and negligence as it exists in the private sector. Absent that we should bring back the death penalty for government officials. I'm philosophically against the death penalty. But in clear cases of corruption and negligence on the part of government officials we should bring back the guillotine - Public executions in Time Square would help to reform government pretty quickly in this state.
I find the NY Times lack of coverage on this ridiculous. Without the media hammering on these things, nothing will get done. Thanks Brian for having a segment on this.
How could an explicitly partisan elected Republican like Dan Donovan be a special prosecutor? Shouldn't s/he be someone not elected?
What I want to know is where the outrage is from the Dems? If these guys were Republicans, there would be calls to resign and non-stop ranting about it. I find all politicians beyond the pale in hypocrisy. They rage against the opposing party but when someone in their own group goes afoul, not a word.
I'm amazed Cuomo in interviews has been afraid to get into the Silver issue. Shows how screwed up NY is.
Can we add Charlie Rangel to your list of people who have to go?
"Beginning in 2008, Rangel faced a series of allegations of ethics violations and failures to comply with tax laws. The House Ethics Committee focused on whether Rangel improperly rented multiple rent-stabilized New York apartments, improperly used his office in raising money for the Rangel Center at the City College of New York, and failed to disclose rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic. In March 2010, Rangel stepped aside as Ways and Means Chair. In November 2010, the Ethics Committee found Rangel guilty of 11 counts of violating House ethics rules, and on December 2, 2010, the full House approved a sanction of censure against Rangel."
Both these guys gotta go. Sheldon Silver's time is up, it was up years ago and yet he corruptfully lingers on like a chronic disease.
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