Monday, December 31, 2012

This year in tweeding

From the NY Times:

With 2012 just about over, we in New York have reason to hold heads high. We showed over the past year that we remain a leader when it comes to political corruption. It’s not easy staying at the top of your game. But we New Yorkers proved, once again, that

First, let’s raise a cup to those this year who met the lofty standards of George Washington Plunkitt, the turn-of-the-last-century Tammany leader with a worldview that he neatly summed up this way: “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.”

Here’s to Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx (or maybe Westchester), who used to insist that corruption charges against him amounted to a satanic plot.

Let’s give a cheer to Hiram Monserrate of Queens, another state senator who helped make Albany synonymous with dysfunction.

Yet another state senator, Shirley L. Huntley of Queens, called a new conference in August to announce not that she had a bill to propose but, rather, that she was about to be indicted on corruption charges.

Jimmy K. Meng, once a Queens assemblyman, admitted in court last month that he’d solicited $80,000 to help a friend get off lightly in a criminal case.

Let’s hear it for Larry B. Seabrook, a Bronx city councilman convicted in July of orchestrating a corruption scheme. And for Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez of Brooklyn — Gropez in New York Post headlines — who is under criminal investigation for alleged sexual harassment.


Anonymous said...

All in all we have jailed and indicted a number of politicians in New York over the last few years. You have to start someplace.

Anonymous said...

Will you look at Jimmy Meng trying to save face by hiding it behind a paper folder.

Maybe our newly elected Representative Grace Meng will help her daddy get out of jail.

Only in America!
Beware the Taiwanization of NYC!

Anonymous said...

Those are just a few of the big ones that got caught!

There are numerous petty crooks still running their scams from community boards and borough hall.

Anonymous said...

If anyone for any reason even thinks for a second that there is such thing as a "honest politician" or a non-criminal politician.........

YOU ARE A FUCKING MORON! and you deserve everything that you get as a result of them being elected.

Anonymous said...

People (N.Y.C. Voters) have the power to change their government, and if everybody complains about how bad a politician is doing or the gov't is doing, it's their own fault for putting them in there in the first place and for keeping them in office term after term.

Deke DaSilva said...

Pedro Espada Jr.
Hiram Monserrate
Shirley L. Huntley
Jimmy K. Meng
Larry B. Seabrook
Vito J. Lopez

A rogues gallery of vibrant Democrats!

Political corruption!

Doing the jobs white male politicians won't do anymore!


Anonymous said...

Bitching on this blog doesn't go far to change things - you have to change your neighbors and the political culture of Queens.

Tall order considering what you have to work with.

Anonymous said...

"WE have jailed" ? our local /state authorities are part of the problem.They continue to be impotent.

It seems that ONLY Federal U.S. Attorneys can convict and imprison our LOCAL scum.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Claire Shulman -- On July 3, 2012, the NYS Attorney General concluded his 3-year investigation and announced his findings that Shulman's LDC performed illegal lobbying for the Willets Point development. Shulman's LDC received City funds totaling $450,000.00 at the time of that lobbying.

Anonymous said...

No need to capitalize "FUCKING MORON" to describe our borough's population.

Queens' voters are learning challenged, and everybody ALREADY knows that.

And what do YOU DO, pray tell, besides venting your spleen online to IMPROVE matters?

Anonymous said...

Queens leads the way for politicians Jailed and awaiting there turn.