Monday, September 3, 2012

Tribune bucks the status quo

From the Queens Tribune:

The Stavisky family has been exposed to the Albany culture of corruption years before Senator Toby replaced her deceased husband in the Senate. She had gone to Albany with her husband, who had been a member of the legislature for 34 years before his untimely death.

Toby has extended the Stavisky hold on the legislature for the past 14 years.

In the close to 50 years the Staviskys have made their living as legislators, their only child Evan was exposed to Albany and learned very well how to make a huge amount of money by playing the lobbyist game. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with lobbying Albany. There is nothing wrong with being a lobbyist.

However, when your mother is chairperson of a committee, there is something wrong with that committee legislating and funding your firm’s clients and their industry or giving grants or member items to your firms’ client. There is something wrong when you profit because your mom is an elected official or she does anything as an elected official to help your firm, its clients or to help you to recruit clients.

But such is the culture of Albany.

Evan Stavisky has run the fastest-growing lobbying firm since its inception a decade ago, and his mom’s elective office is one of the firm’s biggest assets with its Albany clients.

If it’s not illegal, it should be. Either way, it stinks.


Anonymous said...

Paging Boss Tweed..................

Anonymous said...

Can you spell N-E-P-O-T-I-S-M ...

nep·o·tism   /ˈnɛpəˌtɪzəm/ Show Spelled[nep-uh-tiz-uhm]
patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics:

Anonymous said...

4 words---

North Flushing Senior Center!!!

Investigators---DO YOUR JOBS!

Anonymous said...

Merely exposed to the culture of corruption in Albany...the Stavisky family is one of its building blocks.

Check out the North Flushing Senior Center...
Toby Ann's favorite.

Could it be used for laundering money that winds up in her re-election campaign?
That org gets a windfall from Toby.

Uh, but let's gain a little perspective on all of this recent Tribune criticism.

Evan Stavisky's Parkside Group is in direct competition with the Tribune's Multri Media services.

Business must be bad for Schenkler.

Anonymous said...

Check out the North Flushing Senior Center...
Toby Ann's favorite


fugetaboutit! There is NO investigative journalism in NYC!!! Toby will win her re-election bid and keep sucking money out of the system and into her and Evan's pockets. He's such a good mama's boy. Not too many sons are willing to change their mama's diapers...whether they need changing or not. That's quite disturbing!

Anonymous said...

"Does Peter Koo really believe that Toby Stavisky “embraces” Asians when she floods the very non-Asian, 50 member North Flushing Senior Center with hundreds of thousands of dollars while she throws scraps at the very packed, underfunded senior centers from the Chinese, Korean and Indian communities? "

Anonymous said...

Look up North Flushing Senior Center!!!

Anonymous said...

FYI, the Queens Tribune is NOT independent. Michael Nussbaum who is the publisher of Queens Tribune has his own political consulting company called "Multi-Media" which is helping the John Messer for Senate campaign. John Messer regularly writes check for consulting services to Multi-Media. This "Multi-Media" company shares the SAME address as the Queens Tribune. Go figure!

Anonymous said...

Messer advertises in the Trib, uses Multi-Media, so The Trib sings Messer's tune.

I'm no fan of Toby, but The Trib has no illusion about being impartial.