Thursday, April 5, 2007

Papers protect & promote Pinky

Coverage of Pinky's rally from the Queens Chronicle:

Residents Rally Outside Maspeth Halfway House

Community Board 5 member Michael LoCascio also assailed the owner for failing to notify the community before moving there — adding that he would never have objected so strenuously if the facility had been authorized to serve nearby residents in need of minor criminal rehabilitation.
Mike LoCascio replaced the 70-year old former marine and community volunteer who was allegedly harassed by Dennis Gallagher at a shopping mall. He hasn't even attended his first CB5 meeting yet.

“This is why we have a problem,” LoCascio said, pointing to a plastic dime bag laying on the sidewalk, just feet from the front door.

Those words coming from him are just so damn funny considering...oh, nevermind.

Anyway, back to Pinky:

Despite the vacate order, Gallagher said he later received a defiant call from Gomez claiming he had no intention of leaving or complying with any of the department’s mandates. “That is why we planned this rally,” Gallagher said last Monday.

Yes, if I were running an illegal flophouse, I would be sure to call up the councilman in the area and tell him that the ex-cons are staying put. Gallagher felt the need to come up with something to explain the reason for this press conference after his phoniness was spotlighted on Queens Crap.

“To send a clear message that this … owner, who showed no respect for the community or for the occupants of this home, is not welcome in Maspeth.”

[I wonder if he told the same thing to the owner of nearby St. Saviour's, who also has shown no respect for the community. It's doubtful since Gallagher failed to show up at either the rally or press conference held last year to save the church and is now cutting deals with the same developer.]

Notice that Assemblywoman Marge Markey didn't come to her own rally, but her number one supporter, Maspeth Federal Savings president, Ken "I'm from Polack Alley" Rudzewick, did. [His bank sold the mortgage for St. Saviour's to the developer.] He's wearing a suit and tie and shades in the photos.

Now, on to the Queens Ledger:

Strength In Numbers

Maspeth will not stand for an illegal halfway house in its community.
150-plus neighbors made that clear on Monday, turning out for a rally hosted by Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who has been leading the fight against 59-39 58th Avenue.


150 people? I think not. Sources tell QC that the turnout was a few dozen. Take a look at the photos from the Times Newsweekly which show the entire crowd. Strangely, despite their own photographic evidence, the Times Newsweekly reported that there were "more than 200 people" at the rally. (The Times Newsweekly article is not linked online yet.)

Let's check the coverage from the Times Ledger:

58th Ave. flophouse sparks rally

More than 75 angry Maspeth residents joined area leaders Monday to protest a halfway house on 58th Avenue which had briefly housed 12 ex-convicts from Rikers Island before the city Department of Buildings issued a vacate order in late March.

The Fire Department gained entry into the home on March 28 and the DOB issued a full vacate order after finding hazardous conditions during inspection, a department spokeswoman said. The city evicted 12 former inmates from Rikers Island who were using the building as a halfway house, she said.


75 attendees sounds more like it. (Perhaps the reporters from the Queens Ledger and Times Newsweekly were seeing double.)

The building has already been shut down. It's obvious that there was no need for this rally or to waste police manpower to oversee it.

Thank you, Times Ledger, for having the guts to report the truth!

38 comments:

hooper said...

So the owner called Pinky, eh? Let's see the phone records. I'm sure his office has caller ID.

H.C. said...

i think the guy in the blue shirt counts as the other 125 people they're claiming.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I get it. This was Mike LoCascio's "he's such a great community leader" coming out party. If the parents at StS only knew about his past...

Anonymous said...

Half the people at the rally don't know about Gallagher's past. hopefully they'll educate themselves before they make themselves look like fools again.

Anonymous said...

The councilman controls the purse strings of both the civic groups and the newspapers.

Joey said...

You know what? We could FOIL the councilman's phone records and find out if he's telling the truth. I heard a certain agency is already keeping records of his phone calls.

Anonymous said...

Yes, h.c., that is quite a wide load.

Mark C. said...

"The councilman controls the purse strings of both the civic groups and the newspapers"

How true. Isn't it great how so-called "community leaders" use our own fornicating tax dollars to buy loyalty from spineless cronies and cowards while screwing the rest of us? God I love this city!

mike d. said...

Yes, Mark, Counciljerk Dennis Pee Gallagher is quite skilled at that. Don't you think he's worth the $1 mil that each councilman costs the city?

Theresa said...

H.C,

Please don't make fun of the morbidly obese. Obesity is a disease and serious health risk. This man needs the help of a skilled dietician and personal trainer. He doesn’t need snickering.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how Mike LoCascio so easily recognized the "plastic dime bag laying on the sidewalk?"

Francis said...

This was Counciljerk Dennis Pee Gallagher's dog and phony show.

Baysidee said...

Feeding your face until you can't move is not called a disease, it's called gluttony.

Anonymous said...

These Queens newspapers suck. Look how they stoked up the morons at SSG.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great hearing this guy tell the community what it needs? This guy made a fortune destroying dozens of lives in Maspeth. How dare this criminal with blood on his hands dare even show his face?

Anonymous said...

You know they say Maspeth still retains its small-town charm, and I guess small-town politics goes along with that. All the players seem to be working together here.

Anonymous said...

Count about 60 people of which 20 seem to be sidewalk bystanders who stopped by on the way home.

Taxpayer said...

Isn't this the same Pinky who vowed to Maspeth residents that he would fight the DOB tooth and nail to keep them from responding to complaints?

We are to believe that Rudzewick knew nothing and never told Pinky of the plans for the house?

Are we also to believe that Pinky is unaware of LoCascio's past?

Pinky, Rudzewick, LoCascio, Cimino, Markey: Get your story straight. None of you ever had anything to do with the FDNY or DOB inspection or vacate order. You just might had EVERYTHING to do with stuffing the house with your buddies until the news got out.

Now, back to business: What have any of you done to convert Saint Saviours into a park for the Maspeth residents? No, no, no! not a park for drug sales!

How is it that the Times Ledger had the straight story? Is this the newspaper we should be reading to know what's happening?

AFL-CIO Man said...

Hey Dennis, thanks for timing the rally for 6pm to coincide with the 5pm whistle. It was very convenient for us. Remember that you now owe us a favor. Brian will be in touch with your office soon.

Dime Bag said...

Zowie...Mike LoCasio, a community board member? Great stuff. It should be loads of fun in the coming months. Thank you Councilman Dennis Gallagher.

Confused in Maspeth said...

Why didn't the owner of that house just not let the inspectors in? Isn't that what Pinky is telling people with illegal units to do?

The Stripper said...

Calling Jake the Fake:

we need you to defend the owner of that house in DOB court. since you have a reputation of having your clients spend the weekend in jail for stealing their own cars, you might want to bring the Jay Leno lookalike with you.

Anonymous said...

Do tell. What is in Mike LoCascio's past?

Jim said...

You know, this really makes me sick. There are illegal aliens, ex-cons, child molesters, fugitives, and drug dealers living in illegal apartments all over Queens, and these people hold a phony rally over one that was discovered and closed. Gallagher and Markey need to be writing laws to get rid of the other hundreds of thousands of dirtbags who live illegally next door to women and children who should be protected.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Gallagher on the Buildings Committee? He should be introducing legislation to allow inspectors better access to inspect houses rather than holding rallies that waste taxpayer money. I guess this was just an easier way to get his mug in the paper.

Phil in Maspeth said...

Oh I suppose he could do that but first of all that would mean actual work. Second of all, he would have a lot of explaining to do to COMET who he told to not let building inspectors in. Actually they were at the rally...God this town is stupid.

Keith said...

Why did St. Stan's announce this rally from their pulpit on Sunday? Are they now kissing Gallagher's ass because he provides funding to them and because LoCascio works there? Shocking behavior from a parish of the catholic church, which in all other circumstances would be on the side of the ex-cons trying to help themselves. I mean they've set up a soup kitchen for illegals, who are criminals...so why is this different? I guess everyone has their price.

Dime Bag said...

Hey Mike! Got anything? I'm strung out man.

Anonymous said...

In a word....porko-faccio!

Anonymous said...

Who is this Mike LoCasio and what is in his past?

Anonymous said...

Goes a long way to explain why we cannot get rid of the bums. Only in Queens can the press call with a straight face a clubhouse crony a 'community activist.'

jay said...

Where were these people during the rally for the Elmhurst Gas Tanks site, the St. Saviour's rally, etc?

Mantle of Truth said...

Stop picking on LoCascio. And his name isn't "Mike," it's "Mickey." At least that's how he signs his name.

Just curious said...

Question for Gallagher:

How are the DOB inspectors supposed to know if the complaint they are being called for is a legitimate one or a bogus one if you are telling people not to allow them in?

TRUTH TELLER said...

Take a look at the people my x-rated councilman has around him:
A drug dealer & con man that has destroyed dozens of lives and cheated his way through life; a dumbass stuttering attorney with questionable connections; a stripper; a swinger; and a host of women he has sexually harassed. The good thing is that this little pile of deceit will soon coming crashing down.

Clueless Joe said...

"Say it ain't so Mike. Say it ain't so."

Brad Ryan said...

As politicians go, Gallagher is at the very bottom of the evolutionary chart. He's as dirty as they come.

QCRP Fresh Meadows said...

Nice to see Dennis Gallagher getting slammed. It's about time. He's now getting a taste of his own medicine.