Republican runs for Kavanagh’s old Assembly seat

February 23, 2018

Republican runs for Kavanagh’s old Assembly seat

Assembly candidate Bryan Cooper believes it’s unfair Republicans are blamed for the lack of affordable housing. 

https://town-village.com/2018/02/23/republican-state-assembly-election/

By Sabina Mollot

In New York City, it’s generally understood that whichever Democrat candidate is on the ballot in a general election is going to win, regardless of who the Republican or third party candidate is. And Bryan Cooper, the Republican hoping to fill the Assembly seat vacated by State Senator Brian Kavanagh, knows this.

Nevertheless, he is hoping three time’s the charm. This will, after all, be the third time he’s run for the 74th District Assembly seat. Cooper, now 51, ran against Kavanagh in 2008 and again in 2014. He also ran against then-City Council Member Rosie Mendez in 2009.

While both incumbents were easily re-elected, Cooper said he’s more hopeful this time since the special election on April 24 is an open one.

He’ll be on the ballot along with Democrat Harvey Epstein who last Monday got the nomination from the Democratic County Committee. That same evening, the Manhattan Republican Party announced it was supporting Cooper.

Cooper, when not running for something, is a community activist and professionally, an event planner. He got into that business last year after leaving a job at the Board of Elections.

As for the business of politics, Cooper, who serves as vice president of the Vincent Albano Republican Club, said if elected, he’d be focused on the economy, affordable housing, including within NYCHA, and homelessness.

As for how he expects to get the solidly Democratic district to support him, Cooper said he plans to ask Democrats this question about their party.

“What have they done for you lately?”

He also said he’s recently undergone some “upgrades” as a candidate, having recently graduated from the Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week-long NYPD course that gives civilians similar training to officers, and the staunchly pro-cop candidate is also a member of the local CERT (community emergency response team).

He also feels it’s “extremely” unfair that Albany Democrats blame Republicans for the dearth of affordable housing in the city.

Cooper vowed he is committed to keeping rent-stabilized apartments stabilized and said he would “sign any legislation that keeps them intact,” However, he didn’t seem to have any comments on the specific rent regulation reforms advocates have been calling for, for years, such as vacancy decontrol, ending of vacancy bonuses and changes to how MCIs (major capital improvements) can be passed onto tenants.

But, he said, “If you have fixed rents, they should stay that way. They have no right to jack your rent up whatsoever.” He added that residents should have the right to pass on their stabilized units to their children and that apartments should never be warehoused.

At the same time, Cooper said he is also concerned about abuse and fraud within regulated rent housing and said, “It has to be controlled. We have to see the books and ledgers to see how the money is going to be spent. If you keep throwing money, money, money, you’re going to get corruption.”

On NYCHA affordability – he’s a longtime resident of Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village – Cooper said longtime tenants have “earned the right to stay there as long as they want to.”

He is also against a $15 charge residents pay per air conditioning unit.

“I take care of my mom and we have two of them but they’re necessary for her,” he said. “Why are you going to be that damn greedy?”

Cooper would also like to see the embattled NYCHA boss, Shola Olatoye, who’s been under fire over lying about lead paint inspections, fired.

“She should have been gone a long time ago.”

Housing for the homeless is another priority with Cooper saying he wants to see the state, city and ideally the federal government fund more Section 8 housing, which he said landlords of luxury high rises need just as much as the would-be tenants.

“There aren’t enough millionaires” who could afford the rent on their own, said Cooper, who is also against putting homeless people in hotels and shelters. While in Section 8, the government subsidizes much of the rent with the tenant paying the rest, to get beneficiaries into all the new luxury housing being built, Cooper said there could be further incentives for building owners like absorbing some of their debts.

“Putting people in shelters is not the answer. Why are you spending millions and millions of dollars on a temporary situation?”

While also against using hotels as shelters, he is in favor of keeping shelters open and making it mandatory for homeless people to use them and stay off the streets. Cooper suggested using the money the city plans to use to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails on services for the homeless like job training and allocations to organizations that serve the homeless like Henry Street Settlement.

Cooper elaborated, “Put them in rehab. Some of them need medication. Some of them are homeless veterans. If you want help, we can help you get those services, but time to get off the street. This is a health and welfare situation. I want to do this to help you help yourself. Being on the street is not human. It’s not healthy.”

As for the economy, he’s a believer in the recent tax cuts, noting how helping companies gives them incentive to hire more people.

“You say corporations don’t deserve tax cuts but without it they can’t invest money in other interests,” said Cooper. “If you’re a small business you need that more than anything to hire extra people, to improve your infrastructure. Raising your taxes is not going to help.”

Healthcare, in particular for seniors, is another concern, with Cooper saying there ought to be more outreach on how programs like Medicare work.

“We get books every year, like an annual manual of services. They’re as big as encyclopedias,” he said. “They use very big language. Let’s break it down. The most important thing for seniors is prescriptions, how much do I have to co-pay?”

Cooper, also said that if elected, he’d “go on tour,” as he feels Kavanagh often did.

“The reason Brian was so successful is because he went on tour all the time,” he said.

By touring, however, he doesn’t mean hitting the road to other cities, Bill de Blasio-style, but being omni-present at different tenant association meetings to make sure he’s aware of concerns in the district.

Cooper, who considers his former opponent a friend, added, “It would be nice to have another Bryan.”

Posted on 23 Feb 2018, 16:58 - Category: 2018 Election



Manhattan GOP Endorses Five Candidates for November 6th Election

The Executive Committee of the Manhattan Republican Party voted to endorse Chele Chiavacci Farley for U.S. Senate, Naomi Levin for the 10th Congressional District, Eliot Rabin for the 12th Congressional District, Jineea Butler for the 13th Congressional District and Lutchi Gayot for the 26th Senate District yesterday evening at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street. County GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis called the candidates, "A great representation of the Republican Party giving voters a clear choice of dynamic individuals who exemplify the fabric of Manhattan. These candidates stepped up to run because they are sick and tired of career politicians using their office to help themselves rather than help the constituents they serve."

The nominees include:

Chele Chiavacci Farley (U.S. Senate) - A resident of the Midtown Manhattan, Chele is focused on recapturing the $40 billion dollars more that New Yorkers pay in federal taxes each year than the state receives. By addressing the unfair treatment of New York taxpayers, Chele intends to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and to fix the nation’s largest mass transportation system.

Upon receiving her endorsement Chele said, “Thank you to Chairwoman Catsimatidis and the entire Manhattan GOP committee for your endorsement.  For too long, Senator Gillibrand has been a literal and figurative ‘no’ show at the bargaining table in Washington, consistently abandoning New Yorker’s needs to serve her own political agenda. Together, on election day, we will ensure New Yorkers once again have a strong advocate in Washington.”

Nomi Levin (Congressional District 10 – Westside of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn) - As the child of Russian refugees, Naomi Levin learned early in her life to value the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution and the importance of limited government.  Naomi received a dual degree in Computer Science and Biology from Boston University and is currently a software engineer at a successful New York based technology company. She has lived on the Upper West Side for the past five years and speaks four languages including Hebrew.

Naomi said, “As a daughter of Jewish refugees who fled a communist regime, I care deeply about the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution and the importance of limited government. My fresh perspective as a millennial with a background in technology will be instrumental in strengthening our global political and economic landscape. I look forward to fighting to implement the sound policies that will help our district and country thrive.”

Eliot Rabin (Congressional District 12 - East Side of Manhattan, Greenpoint, and western Queens) –Eliot has been a small business owner in the district since 1977.  As CEO of Peter Elliot, a multi-chain clothing boutique on the Upper East Side, his career has spanned many decades in the apparel industry. Eliot graduated from the Citadel and is an Army Veteran who began his path to retail while serving overseas in Europe. 

Eliot Rabin said, "I will fight for everyday New Yorkers who are sick of seeing their tax dollars flee New York never to return. We have serious infrastructure problems in New York and we need common-sense people in Washington working for their constituents and not their personal interests."

Jineea Butler (Congressional District 13 - Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights and Western Bronx)—A hip-hop analyst, Jineea is the founder of the Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union after writing extensively on hip hop’s social and psychological issues. As a social worker she specialized in servicing clients in HIV/AIDS Housing, Riker’s Island and Homeless Services. A Hall of Fame athlete who graduated from Long Island University with a Degree in Psychology, Jineea has coached girl’s basketball helping to be a positive influence in the lives of many young women in her district.  Jineea has spent the past few years coordinating hip hop events for Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and the Rainbow Push Coalition

In her remarks to the Executive Committee Jineea said, "I am running for office in New York's 13th Congressional District to change the mentality and direction of Urban America by introducing the New American Agenda which focus on economics, entrepreneurship and citizenship.  I believe I can be a change agent who will be able to connect Harlem’s rich history, it's ever growing diversity and blueprint for a prosperous future for all citizens."

Lutchi Gayot (Senate District 26 – Lower Manhattan and Western Brooklyn) A small business owner born and raised in Brooklyn, Lutchi’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in the 1960’s. He attended Miami Dade College majoring in music business and then Penn State University where he studied Political Science. During the financial boom of the early 2000’s, Lutchi founded Landmarc Construction, developing multi-family homes in Brooklyn. He lives in lower Manhattan and has been running his Greenwich Village brick and mortar clothing business and beauty salon for the past 10 years.

Lutchi said, “As a small business owner in Greenwich Village, I am running to bring new ideas to Albany. My plan is to advocate technological solutions for education, affordable housing and healthcare, as well as a common-sense business environment. I want to streamline government red-tape in order to create new infrastructure jobs in projects like nationwide 5G and the long-debated Hyperloop.” 

Posted on 21 Feb 2018, 13:18 - Category: 2018 Election



Corrupt Cuomo

Posted on 22 Jan 2018, 14:15 - Category: 2018 Election



Jury Selection Begins In Corruption Trial Of Former Cuomo Aide

CBS2 New York

Jury Selection Begins In Corruption Trial Of Former Cuomo Aide

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/22/joseph-percoco-jury-selection/

January 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the corruption trial of a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Joseph Percoco and his wife, who wasn’t charged, are alleged to have accepted more than $315,000 in bribes and other perks in exchange for using his official position to perform favors for an energy company and a real estate developer.

The indictment alleges that Percoco and his associates exchanged emails in which they used code words including “ziti,” which meant cash. The term was used in the hit HBO show “The Sopranos” to refer to bribe payments, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

Cuomo has not been implicated in the case, but Republicans say that the Percoco trial is to Andrew Cuomo as the Bridgegate scandal was to former New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie was never charged, but some think it helped torpedo his presidential campaign.

At his father’s funeral, Andrew Cuomo described Percoco as Mario Cuomo’s third son. Percoco was also Andrew Cuomo’s right hand man and gate keeper.

Holding a banner depicting a mock up pasta box with the word “bribezoni,” New York Republican leaders stood outside federal court in Lower Manhattan doing their best to tie Cuomo to the trial, Kramer reported.

“Gov. Cuomo and Joe Percoco have been running the governor’s office like a mafia movie,” said Manhattan GOP Leader Andrea Catsimatidis.

“There is no doubt that Andrew Cuomo is an enabler of the bribery and corruption that is on trial here today,” said State Republican Chairman Ed Cox. “This is about Andrew Cuomo’s culture of corruption.”

Responding to the Republican attacks one Democratic insider ticked off a long list of Republicans involved in corruption cases, including former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and even Richard Nixon.

“They need to respond to Skelos, Maziarz, Mangano, Venditto and Nixon, as well as Trump’s 25 percent tax hike on New Yorkers and they have no response, rapid or in November,” the Democrat said.

Cuomo has not been accused of wrongdoing and is not expected to testify. He is up for reelection in November and there is speculation that he has his sights on a White House bid.

The charges against Percoco were brought by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by President Donald Trump last year along with other federal prosecutors.

At the time, Bharara said the government’s complaint “shines a light on yet another sordid side of the ‘show me the money’ culture that has so plagued Albany.”

The trial will be the first major prosecution supervised by Bharara’s interim replacement, Geoffrey Berman.

Potential jurors so far range from a retired building maintenance worker to a former producer for Court TV to a hospital worker who on her questionnaire wrote “all politicians are crooks in someway.” Judge Valerie Caproni declared that doesn’t mean she can’t be fair, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

Percoco and several co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges of bid-rigging and bribery related to state economic development projects.

Percoco’s lawyer calls the charges “an overreach of classic proportions.”

Posted on 22 Jan 2018, 14:10 - Category: 2018 Election



Newsday: Follow the Mooch

TALKING POINT Follow the Mooch

Newday

Friday, January 6, 2018

Rita Ciolli 

 

The raging East Coast storm Thursday incentivized more daytime television viewing for the last on the snow totals and more opportunities to witness the return of Long Island’s very own snow-job expert, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci.

Scaramucci was unavoidable as he made the rounds of network and cable news shows to defend President Donald Trump against the stunning claims in the new book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. He also got in some knocks against his old nemesis, Steve Bannon, who is the source for many of the book’s unflattering anecdotes about the president.

The Mooch, who last summer blew up his own run as White House communications director in just 11 days because of an interview with The New Yorker magazine about Bannon, seemed to be auditioning to get back into Trump’s good graces. “I don’t think any of those people think the president’s an idiot, dumb or dope . . . You cannot be dumb to win the presidency. You know he’s not dumb, I know he’s not dumb,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

Whether Scaramucci can find his way back into the White House is unknown, but his return to the spotlight is sure to juice ticket sales for a fundraiser featuring “The Mooch” as guest speaker on Jan 31. 1 that is being held by the Manhattan GOP. Tickets are $500 each, and you will learn the location of the dinner after your check is cashed, giving Mooch the same aura of mystery as Bannon, when he spoke at Lee Zeldin’s recent fundraiser in the city.

Posted on 07 Jan 2018, 13:43 - Category: Manhattan Republican Party



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