Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jerry Kassar's well-oiled machine starting to squeak a little

Democrat Blake Morris is going to test how strong Simcha Felder's support is among Democrats since Felder's vote keeps the Republicans in control of the NYS Senate

Also a confrontation is brewing over special exemptions for Orthodox Jewish religious schools from certain NYS Ed Department rules

Major problems will arise if Conservative Party boss Jerry Kassar has to work hard in Felder's 17th District,  as well as in Marty Golden's 22nd District,  both through the summer for the primary, and then possibly into the November 2018 general election

One of my best BSIs, who is actually supporting Blake Morris, tells me that this is a major unreported story  on this independent GOP blog  ---   What do >>> You <<<  think ???

Here's the take on Morris'  pitch from his own web page:


"Blake Morris is a longtime Brooklynite and has been a citizens advocate for over 25 years. He is running for New York Senate in District #17, which includes Kensington, Flatbush, Midwood, Borough Park, Mapleton, Sunset Park and Sheepshead Bay....   The office is currently occupied by Senator Simcha Felder, who has become infamous as a turncoat Democrat that votes along with the Republican majority that currently controls the State Senate. This is problematic as Democrats, in the New York State Senate, actually hold more seats than Republicans but, do not control the Senate due to the breakaway 8 members of the Independent Democratic Caucus and Mr. Felder, who have decided to caucus with Republicans....   The Democrats are reduced to mere spectators in the legislative process in which they should be the masters of their fate and ours. The Senate is now the place where Democratic progressive Assembly passed legislation goes to die.
If you want something different, then you need a plan!...   This plan starts with Blake's candidacy."   (See "BLAKE’S STORY...   Blake Morris For NYS Senate District 17"   []).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

John F. Gangemi --- Was a "Friend"

Several of my "friends" were in attendance  ---  It was Sunday  ---  It was a wake  ---  It was for John F. Gangemi,  one of the little giants of Brooklyn politics

John was a once a very well-known swashbuckler in local politics  ---  he defied the "old order" time and time again  ---  he was a Republican  ---  he was a Democrat  ---  he was a popularly-elected  NYC Councilman, Republican-Conservative County-wide At Large, from Brooklyn

John was very much an acquired taste,  like good scotch or fine wine.   I started out by being an adversary;  and eventually, I became an associate, and eventually even a "friend."  We were allied in many political pursuits over the years. 

That particular personal history doesn't make me either unique or even rare.....

Apart from the well-known local pols of over two generations,  John F. Gangemi was an associate of  several NYS Governors and their families,  including the Rockefellers and the Careys.....

I'll miss his gravelly voice and ironic humor  ---  they were so  "Old Brooklyn";  now gone,  nothing like it will be seen again.....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A >>> THROW-DOWN* <<< is a >>> THROW-DOWN* <<< is a >>> THROW-DOWN* <<< it's as simple as that

Bob Capano couldn’t be clearer than he was in his "The Right View" column in  the current edition of  Courier Life’s  "Brooklyn Daily"  ---  “….  [T]his could be the year that the Marty Golden Era ends….”

There’s lots of simple meat and potatoes in what the man of many hats,  Robert Capano,  is serving up this week as a Brooklyn columnist and a local political observer  ---  but how far can all of that be from how he sees things going as the Reform Party’s Brooklyn Chairman ???

The whole column is definitely worth a read,  but Capano certainly bell’s Marty G’s cat with this:   “…  [R]ight now, Marty is weakened by a fractured Brooklyn GOP, thanks to his very public split with former Republican leader Craig Eaton, a former Community Board 10 chairman and well-respected civic activist. A united Brooklyn Republican Party would be an asset to Marty this year….   On top of that are the 67-year-old Golden’s recent missteps. He referred to then-Council candidate Justin Brannan as ‘fat boy’ during an endorsement event for his deputy chief of staff in that race. In December, he was accused of impersonating a police officer in order to get a bicyclist to move out of a bike lane his car was driving through. In 2012, after intense criticism, Marty’s office had to cancel an etiquette class he scheduled for women to help them to ‘walk up and down stairs elegantly’ and ‘sitting, standing, and walking like a model.’ Finally, Marty recently axed a long-time aide for sharing Facebook posts comparing a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and gun control advocates to Hitler and Nazis.   Put it all together and you may have a perfect storm that could lead to the end of the ‘Golden Era.’…”  (See  “Is the ‘Golden Era’ coming to an end?  by Bob Capano,   4/11/18,   Courier Life’s Brooklyn Daily   []).


Bob didn’t just limit himself to negative observations about “MARTY”…..   He also had some good things to say about Steve Gounardes and Ross Barkan.   It pretty much went like this:
“….   Democratic opponents are more aggressive than ever, having been boosted by the truckload of negative press Marty has been hit with. And it doesn’t hurt that many political wonks agree that the district, made up predominantly of Democrats to begin with, has tilted further to the left since 2012….   Throwing his hat in the ring for a second time, Andrew Gounardes, who received 42 percent of the vote when he ran against Golden in 2012, is the strongest Democratic challenger. Gounardes has raised more than $114,000 according to the last financial filing, is the Brooklyn Borough President’s counsel, has a respected civic record, and is a son of Bay Ridge’s large Greek-American community. Journalist Ross Barkan is also scheduled to run, setting up a primary that could, at the very least, get both of their names out there…   Now that the Democratic schism has been healed, if two special state Senate elections on April 24 go to the Democrats, the chamber will have 31 Democrats, 31 Republicans, and one Simcha Felder, who caucuses with the GOP. But if state Dems also sense Gounardes has a chance to win, expect a huge influx of money and manpower into his campaign….”

*As used in the title of this post above,   “THROW-DOWN”  refers to the phrase  "To throw down the gauntlet", which means to issue a challenge. In medieval times a knight would throw his armored glove, or gauntlet, at the feet of another knight to challenge him to combat. If the knight took up the gauntlet he accepted the challenge.

Friday, April 6, 2018

John Giuca conviction in the Mark Fisher murder case is taken apart one more time --- this time on national TV --- on ABC’s 20-20 earlier tonight

Step by step ABC  took apart both the investigation and the prosecution

One by one the witnesses recanted their testimony and the prosecutor,  Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi was shown to have engaged in prosecutorial misconduct

Last night ABC News did a five-plus minute segment about the overturned conviction in the John Giuca persecution  in the John Fisher murder case   (See  “A college student's murder, a jailhouse confession and one mother's crusade to free her son”  by  Joseph Rhee,  Jim Dubreuil,  Chris Kilmer,  Kate O’Brien  &  Alexa Valiente,  4/5/18  with video link to ABC News feature   []).   ABC  followed that up with a full hour national feature  on  its Friday  night 10:00  PM flagship national TV news magazine  program,  “20-20”…..   

The 20-20  feature  “SCOOP”  itself was major media news almost all day long on Friday in/on  various media news  outlets.   


There is already a lot of stuff up on ABC’s  20-20  social media pages  (See  [];  and []).