Sunday, September 5, 2010

Shelly's Pepsi conflict

From the Daily News:

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver owns stock in 30 companies with business before the state, the Daily News has learned.

The shares are a potential cash cow - and possible conflict of interest, watchdogs say.

One of those holdings, Pepsi, was a key player in blocking Gov. Paterson's proposed penny-per-ounce sugar tax on soda the past two years - a plan that fetched little serious consideration in the Silver-controlled Assembly.

Silver's stake in Pepsi, or any other stock, is a state secret - one protected by New York's notoriously weak disclosure laws.

Silver flatly refused to disclose how many shares he holds - or how much it's worth.

Lawmakers are not required to release how many shares they own or even how much they are worth - beyond noting their value is above $1,000.

Pepsi is just the tip of the iceberg. Silver also owns shares of Verizon, which has 95 contracts with the state, and Cisco Systems - which does $1.5 billion in state business.

Silver is not likely to volunteer anything. Critics have been waiting for years for him to disclose the salary he makes moonlighting at a top city law firm.

And did you hear about his slush fund?


Missing Foundation said...

Look, we go over and over again the same issues - everyone knows the system stinks and everyone is not brain dead and plugged into Dancing With the Stars.

The solution is soooo simple.

1. The media. Kick them in the shins when they don't do their work. Then kick them again, then kick them again. After a while, they will wise up.

2. Your local politial wannabe foamer. These are the people that can change things, but they always are hanging out with the pols, hoping for a bone or an ice cream cone. Get after them. Tell them to cut the shit. Tell them the community is sick of their brown nosing and make if difficult for them to function outside of their little clubhouse cacoon. Starve the bastards in their little cliques.

Sarah said...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Steve Behar said...

Follow the Money!

1. Ed Braunstein got a maximum contribution of $3800 from Pepsi;

2. Pepsi is a client of Ed Braunstein's influence peddling lobbyist uncle Brain Meara;

3. Shelly Silver owns Pepsi stock; AND

4. Pepsi gets $$$ in New York State contracts.

This crap ain't rocket science.

....and Braunstein tells us he's an "independent reformer."

Steve Behar said...

...Oh...and I forgot...Ed Braunstein's influence peddling lobbyist uncle Brain Meara gave $1000 to Pedro Espada's re-election campaign!

Anonymous said...

Did not realize how much Ed Braunstein was in the pocket of big companies and the sheldon silver. I thought he was a reformist. i got his mail piece with Tony avella that stated he is going to reform albany,

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the stavisky's are cashing in on pepsi too.

Anonymous said...

i like your style and patriotism ,SARAH. DON'T QUIT....

Anonymous said...

I thought only Coke was kosher......

Anonymous said...

"I thought only Coke was kosher......"

Money doesn't count...

Steve Behar said...

This isn't about's about the pure GREED of lobbyists and the politicians they are in bed with.

You should not run for office for the purpose of lining your pockets and the pockets of the lobbyists and special interests that get you elected.

Anonymous said...

Be careful Steve. those comments an old parkside trick.

Anonymous said...

Mother of God!!!, Behar
Give it a rest!!

You write the same old crap, over and over again.

If it isn't about religion, why is it you NOW find it important to state you are Jewish (one-fifth or what ever the hell you are quoting)

Your message is tiring, no wonder no one is listening.

Anonymous said...

remove ackermans election posters from the entrance to the cross island expy. ,southbound at northern blvd .

Anonymous said...

Padavan's slogan: Nobody cares like Frank.

Behar's slogan: Nobody whines like Steve.

Behar's Albany strategy:

I know, I'll bore them to tears and then they will listen!

Steve, time for some fresh material. Last July, you touted you Italian heritage. Last week, your Jewish heritage, seemly the only real Jew in Bay Terrance.

What's next week's claim?...mayor of Whineville?

Steve Behar said... Parkside guys are really freaking out!

Anonymous said...

Parkside is trying to be slick

give it up boyz

the influance peddlers had the district for too long

Supporter said...

Steve, I have been a fan for a long time. But, pls forget about Parkside and everything else...get off the blogs and get out and meet the voters!!

Barney's Pal said...

Looks like Behar took his Mommy's advice. The little jerk was in Bay Terrance in his "Barney the Dinosaur" purple shirt.

Don't know if he was singing "I love you, you love me" though.

Anonymous said...

Behar must be kicking their asses. The Parkside boys are following him around and are worried what color shirt he's wearing.

Anonymous said...

Evan stavisky is too busy getting his but kicked by sasson and messner

the big bad parkside group
they cant even protect the matriarch of that corrupt clan
we all heard about braunstein bringing down avella
how about baruntstein bringing down toby.he brings nothing to the table

Anonymous said...

Steve- you really do sound like a whiney baby. Get off your negative platform and talk about something positive for a change. You are way too concerned with bashing Braunstein and not thinking about your own campaign. You also sound borderline obsessed with Parkside. Get out and meet some voters.

Anonymous said...

According to the poll last week Behar is in third. Obviously his "bash my opponent and never say anything of substance" approach is not working.

Anonymous said...

lol parkside run push poll

Anonymous said...

Actually an elio poll. You can't blame everything on parkside.