From The Politicker:
Although Council Speaker Christine Quinn has largely avoided tearing into her electoral opponents as she campaigns for mayor this year, the same can’t be said for everyone in her legislative chamber. Councilman James Gennaro, notably, has repeatedly and aggressively attacked her rivals on a wide range of issues, earning a reputation as a reliable “attack dog” for her campaign.
The list of examples is long. Mr. Gennaro accused Public Advocate Bill de Blasio of being on a “quest for relevance” during the paid sick day debate. He hit Mr. de Blasio again for his call to end horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. On the environmental front, Mr. Gennaro, the chair of the Council’s environmental protection committee, called Mr. de Blasio and another Gracie Mansion hopeful, Comptroller John Liu, “panderers” for opposing the construction of a waste transfer station on the Upper East Side. “I applaud Speaker Quinn for facing the critics,” he added.
A term-limited member who has represented portions of central and eastern Queens since 2002, Mr. Gennaro is widely known as a close Quinn ally. Although she has already been endorsed by Council lawmakers like Domenic Recchia, Diana Reyna and Julissa Ferreras, no one has stepped forward as aggressively as Mr. Gennaro.
Why has Mr. Gennaro been so bold? One Queens Democratic source, who said he was familiar with Mr. Gennaro’s plans, said the councilman is interested in landing a plum job in a future-Mayor Quinn’s administration.
“Jim is term-limited and because of that, he’s saying, ‘What the hell am I’m doing next year?’ And I think if Jim was offered a job in new administration of Christine Quinn, he would love that,” the Queens Democrat said. “He has a great environmental background, he could maybe be [Department of Environmental Protection] commissioner or a deputy commissioner candidate. I think he’s becoming a little bit of an attack dog for Chris and he figures he has nothing to lose, everything to gain.”
I think this really gets to the heart of machine politics.
The only way you can advance is ignore principles to be plugged in.
We have to think on how to stop this vicious circle.
I wonder how much CM James Gennaro received to spew these lies and garbage. Not only did CM Gennaro not do anything to help the carriage horses but he passed legislation that made it worse for the carriage horses. Gennaro received a bundle of money before he introduced his bill to increase their rate to $50 dollars for the first 20 minutes. Yet he didn't include any mandatory retirement for the horses. Gennaro has no compassion for these horses. He though aligning himself with this cruel fraudulent industry would win him an election. He lost rightfully to Sen. Padavan. Now his staff member, Costa Constantinides, is running for this seat. Another guy who thinks aligning himself with this racist and homophobic industry will help him win.
Wrong! People are tired of the horse abuse and the blatant disregard for the minimal laws, This is a cash industry that hires undocumented workers are yet are in an union with no collective bargaining. Driver Jesus from Clinton Park Stable was deported recently and he isn't the only driver working undocumented. Where is the investigation there? Where is the IRS investigation on the tax evasion and state investigation on the employment tax evasion?
These drivers break the laws non stop. There are videos of them working the horses in above 90 degrees, overloading the horses with above the passenger limits, breaking traffic lights and double shifting the horses. These poor horses are in Time Square till 3am in the morning.
I love how CM James Gennaro and Costa Constantinides have so much respect for this industry that makes homophobic and racists remarks and attacks women.
i invite them to join me at night in Time Square to view the horses in the mayhem of traffic with no oversight.
New York City has a Gennaro problem
With all due respect sir ----------
Gennaro is a follower of the dead guru Sri Chinmoy. Quinn wants the brainwashed on her staff.
Ya can't mean they're gettin' it on together?
I thought Quinn preferred quims.
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