If Frank Seddio of the Brooklyn machine, Joe Crowley of the Queens machine, Keith Wright of Manhattan’s barely-a-machine and Carl Heastie of the Bronx machine succeed in installing Heastie as speaker without so much as a public look-see, New Yorkers may one day look back on Silver’s reign as a golden age of good government.
The four overlords are driving Democratic Assembly members from each of their boroughs into voting for Heastie, never mind that, in deposing Silver, everyone in Albany swore that the Corruption Caucus was dead.
[Carl Heastie] happens to be a featured name in the files of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, for having failed to properly account for $25,000 in campaign spending.
He also claimed almost $21,000 from the Assembly’s notoriously lax travel expense account during just the first six months of 2014 — more than any other member — while otherwise keeping a low profile in Albany.
As for the progressive paragon’s Assembly record, Heastie sponsored a 2013 bill that would have allowed check-cashing outlets to make loans to low-income New Yorkers at interest rates up to 200%. The check cashers had dumped $10,000 into his party accounts.
One of Heastie’s rivals for the speakership, Rochester-area Assemblyman Joe Morelle, raised an alarm about the “rush to judgment” while meeting with this board Thursday. Give him credit for taking a grilling, including on his loyalist first response to Silver’s arrest: “We have every confidence that the speaker is going to fill his role with distinction.”
Saturday, January 31, 2015
From bad to just as bad?
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:30 AM
Labels: carl heastie, democrats, frank seddio, Joe Crowley, keith wright, Sheldon Silver, State Assembly
Nothing less than a complete background investigation is due for this Heastie character. Otherwise well be seeing another one of them in handcuffs a few months down the road.
If they do background checks on every Albany legislator, they might not be able to find one that is completely clean.
The New York Times gives you the low-down on (vicious pit bull owner) Heastie in a front page article today, Saturday, here.
Until an independent corruption task force is formed to do the checks and balances, nothing will ever change with our system. A different day, just the same old shit.
Paging Preet Bharra.
Let's replace a corrupt politician immediately with someone under suspicion of corruption. Do not waste any time....
the confederacy of devious douches or the fraternity of fraudulent fuckwads has got more depth in their rosters than the chicago bulls of the 90's.
I never heard of Heastie Boy and I knew he was filth with the endorsements he was getting.And mayor big slow is sticking his italian sausage fingers in,trying to get one of his and no doubt the cult of clinton's pick in there.
Is It possible that the cesspool is too full in albany that they can't get a biparitisan panel to do this independent of the alpha pigs in higher positions?
Just leave it vacant,especially if Mr. Bhahara is in the midst of writing a warrant for the son of mario.
just leave it vacant,because these self-entitled goblins shouldn't speak for anyone who votes or anything that needs fixed in NY.
This is going to be second independent New York State after they clean up Albany and New York City.
He has that crooked look about him, you know, just like the others.
Heastie's no good? What a surprise.
Heastie is a friend of Al Sharpton so no one can touch him!
You don't want to be called a
Has this slug, and he looks like a slug, ever worked a day in the dreaded private sector?
All these pols are always looking for more oversight on the cops........ How about themselves? TERM LIMITS!
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