Thursday, July 8, 2010

Driscoll leaves Parkside

From the Queens Campaigner:

A founding partner of the Parkside Group who has been involved in Queens politics for decades has left the political consulting and lobbying firm for Gotham Government Relations, a Long Island-based lobbying firm.

Bill Driscoll, one of three founding partners of the Parkside Group, which runs a number of campaigns for Queens political candidates, was the former chief of staff to the late Tom Manton, a congressman and Queens Democratic Party chairman, and was counsel to Manton’s successor, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights).

Driscoll’s departure comes as Parkside is gearing up for its busiest political season, [Evan] Stavisky said.

He said Parkside is handling former City Councilman Tony Avella’s campaign to unseat state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and other Senate candidates stretching from western New York to Long Island.

Stavisky said Driscoll had been focused on the lobbying side of Parkside’s business during his latest years at the firm.

Driscoll is one of three lobbyists joining Gotham Government Relations, which has addresses in Manhattan, Albany and Washington, D.C., along with Mark Lieberman and Tiffany Raspberry, who also formerly worked for Parkside.

Unlike Parkside, Gotham does not do political consulting. Its clients include insurance giants Allstate and Geico, the New York Tobacconist Association and John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group and Gristedes supermarket chain, according to its website.

Driscoll, an attorney, also once served as counsel to the Queens County clerk’s office and chief of staff to members of the City Council and state Assembly.

And if that doesn't work out for him, he can always become a Deputy Queens Borough President.


Anonymous said...

Explanes a lot.

Thanks Crappy for opening doors to rooms that most of us would never see.

Fun watching the bugs crawl about scurrying away from the light.

Anonymous said...

It's good to be the King!

georgetheatheist said...

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark [Parkside?]." - Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4

Anonymous said...

That's why Avella ain't gettin' my vote!

Do you really think you're going to unseat Padavan, Tony?

We've got your number...."press conference" Avella.

Hell...he's making as many appearances as John Liu...the photo op king...these days.

When he loses this election he'll wind up working for doubt!

a federal informant said...

No wonder Toby has been a ghost lately.

She's probably been consulting with her (and son of bitch, Evan's) attorney so when the shit hits the fan maybe they can escape the heat when Parkside gets the full treatment from the feds.

Bye, bye...dynasty!

a former Stavisky worker said...

Driscoll is the first of the to leave the sinking ship.

Let's smile and wait to see who else follows.

"Mommy, mommy, help...I can't swim... please throw me a life preserver", cries Evan!

Queens Crapper said...

Nope, Barry Grodenchik left first...and landed at Borough Hall.

Anonymous said...

Any monetary contributions to Avella will go to pay for the Parkside smear tactics against Padavan. Avella has used Parkside for his other campaigns paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Stavisky's must have some dirt on Tony. He just can't break away from the Stavisky dynasty.


Anonymous said...

Who's left at The Parkside Group besides the son-of-that-bitch Evan Stavisky?