You’ve got to hand it to Brooklyn Republican State Senator Marty Golden — He sure does have a pair of brass bells when it comes to holding his Christmas/ Holiday Party at the site of his family business, The Bay Ridge Manor
Marty might be having all his friends and insiders in to bring out a figgy pudding, and they won’t go until they have some — But, SSMG doesn’t seem to give a flying fig about Preet Bharara or what the U.S. Attorney’s done lately to some of Marty’s good friends of Christmas Past
Did you get your robocall invitation to State Senator Marty Golden’s holiday party at the Bay Ridge Manor ??? Well, I did !!! Given all that’s been going on with Marty Golden this year, I must say that I’m a little bit surprised.
If you are a regular follower Capital New York you already know that — last Friday's corruption conviction of former Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos knocked out another of the “three men in a room” who have controlled the Albany for years. However, unlike the guilty verdict handed down a month before to former NYS Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, Dean Skelos’ partisan opposite, the Skelos' conviction will touch off a political war that will probably dominate Albany next year; and which will most likely probably side-track any efforts at serious legislative reform in the state capital ( See “The partisan reform war launched by the Skelos conviction” by Jimmy Vielkind, 12/11/15, Capital New York/ PoliticoNewYork beta [http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/12/8585456/partisan-reform-war-launched-skelos-conviction]). Judging from outward behavior, that suits Brooklyn GOP State Senator Marty Golden just fine — because it all seems like water off of a duck's back; or in this instance, off the back of a Christmas goose.
But, as we get closer to Christmas in this Year of Our Lord 2015, might there be more than visions of sugar plums dancing inside Marty G’s head ??? Are there things that he should be more worried about than hitting his electronic breezer with messages inviting people to his annual holiday soiree ???
If you read deeper into Jimmy V’s article, cited above, you’ll see that he buries the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Marine Park state senator both literally and figuratively. Literally – since there is only one sentence mentioning Marty; and its almost in the perfect middle of a paragraph at the perfect middle of the article. However, Vielkind’s figurative burial of Senator Golden might be more significant, because that one sentence specifically says “.... Marty Golden, a Republican from Brooklyn, acknowledged that federal prosecutors were looking at campaign money he spent at a catering hall now owned by his brother....” It’s not a quote by SSMG — but, it is about as close to a quote as you can get (about a month from now anybody will be able to put quotes around it, and then you’ll have the damn quote).
Before my favorite “fans” followers start razzing me that I’ll put up any little negative thing about Marty up there on my blog as soon as I get it, let me say that other local pundits and punters beat me to the punt on this one. One of my oldest and loyalist BSIs sent me the link to the Jimmy Vielkind article two days ago — shortly after that, he sent me a link to some commentary about that article posted by “Kip” in the Bay Ridge Journal.
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According to Kip — “.... Politwatchers are now waiting for the next shoe to drop, with eight Long Island senators subpoenaed during the Skelos investigation, and federal prosecutors looking into campaign money that Republican state senator Marty Golden dropped on the Bay Ridge Manor, which nominally belongs to his brother....” (See “What's Next for Corrupt Albany?” by Kip, 12/12/15, The Bay Ridge Journal [http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/2015/12/whats-next-for-corrupt-albany.html]).
A BOLD MOVE IN THE FACE OF A FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONI must say that, if nothing else, Marty Golden sure is a bold one. He seems completely unmoved by the observations and running commentary the likes of Jimmy Vielkind, Kip, Galewyn Massey and all similarly situated carpers and whiners. I get that — and part of me even respects and likes it.
On the other hand, what I don’t get is SSMG’s getting right into the grillwork of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, fresh off of some more corruption convictions, one of whom was Marty’s Republican caucus boss in the NYS Senate.
I feel that going back to the Bay Ridge Manor well – one more time – in such an open and notorious manner does not demonstrate wisdom. However, in the spirit of the holidays it does show that Marty Golden does have one big pair of brassy Christmas bells that he is tugging, moving and shaking to beat the band for the 2015 holidays.