Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bob Capano pushes ahead --- Meanwhile his opponents and adversaries get together and have a few drinks


It's early in 2016 and Bob Capano is very active on many fronts getting ready for his likely 2017 run for the City Council

Somebody is  naming names and taking their numbers  ---  AND  ---  lot's of people are making sure that they have Bob Capano's numbers on "speed dial" [Don't tell me, I don't need to know about no new technology]



If you've been keeping track of my posts and comments about Mr. Capano, you'll know that even though his renewed candidacy for the New York City Council has not been formally announced, he has readily acknowledged an interest in again being the GOP-Conservative Party candidate for the 43rd Counc. Dist. seat now held by Democrat Vincent Gentile, who will be vacating it because of term limits.

It should be well known by now the extent to which Capano has stolen the early march on any potential GOP contender(s) for the 43rd District Council seat, with his repeated successes in gaining "earned media" over local police issues ---  and his deft use of local "paid media" to publicize a City-wide confrontation with the City Council Speaker, again over policing issues, which also drew in some of the local Democrats,

Meanwhile, perhaps less obviously in the "public eye," Bob Capanao has been and/or will be engaged in a series of civic-minded, community related events and activities at various locations inside the 43rd Council District, in other Brooklyn venues, or elsewhere in NYC.


FORUM AT THE BROWNSTONE REPUBLICAN CLUB

COMING UP SOON:  Robert Capano will be appearing at a forum as a featured speaker at The Brownstone Republican  Club, talking about "The Path Forward for the NYC GOP."  No doubt that Downtown Brooklyn group sought out Mr. Capano because of  the recent news that Capano had been making --  taking on the local Councilman in Bay Ridge, Democrat Vinny Gentile, over proposals before the CIty Council pushed by the Council Speaker --  as well as Capano's  open criticism of the Islamist activist Linda Sarsour, a member of the local Planning Board, over her anti-police and pro-Islamist outbursts and behaviors.  Also, some in the Brownstone Republicans, the Downtown Republican Club in the 52nd AD, remember their prior connection to Bay Ridge and viewed Bob Capano  as a  very strong potential City Council candidate in a winnable Brooklyn district.  The Brownstone Republicans forum will be held on February 22nd.


WAGNER/ NYU PANEL DISCUSSION

Another of these civic events was the "Careers in Elected Government: A Panel Discussion"  -- hosted by the Wagner Policy Alliance, associated with The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. As its name suggested, it was a panel discussion about careers in elected office, and it was held in the evening of February 9th,  at The Puck Building in New York City.  And well-selected as a learned and experienced panelist at the Wagner/NYU-sponsored discussion was no less than Bay Ridge's own Bob Capano.


SOME OF CAPANO'S RESUME

Most Brooklyn Republicans know that Bob Capano has run for public office twice in the Southwest quadrant of Brooklyn, including his 2009 run against Democrat  incumbent Vincent Gentile for the 43rd District NYC Council seat.  However, most people don't know how broad Mr. Capano's breadth of experience really is.

For example, many people don't know that Bob Capano had been very active for a Republican candidate in the most recent city-wide election cycle in 2013, often acting as a frontman or bodyman, especially at Brooklyn events, for John Catsimatidis, who was then running in the GOP primary contest for mayor against Joseph Lhotta.  Mr. Catsimatidis now employs Bob in a variety of capacities, but one of his principal activities involves  PR work on behalf "The Cat's Roundtable,"  a weekly political talk show hosted by Mr. Catsimatidis.

Capano was previously active in the Brooklyn-Queens campaign for GOP-Conservative Party candidate for Congress Bob Turner; and then  Bob Capano became a key operative on the staff of Congressman Turner after his successful run.   Prior to that Bob worked on the staff of Brooklyn-Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella.  Bob Capano also was a senior advisor for Community and Government relations under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; and he also worked on the staff of the prior Brooklyn BP Howard Golden.

Not selected just because he was some politico whose only exposure to world was as a losing candidate for public office, being  a backbencher, or even supervisor, on various elected officials office staffs, and/or  working for a nationally known political mover and shaker;  no, Bob Capano was also selected to be on the Wagner/NYU panel because of academic credentials that included his being  an adjunct instructor of American National Government at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


E. O'BRIEN MURRAY

Interestingly, another notable panelist, who was involved in the  Wagner/NYU event "Careers in Elected Government..." was one E. O'Brien Murray.   Mr. Murray, aka "Obi Wan...",  is a Republican strategist, who had worked for President HW Bush, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor George Pataki and was picked by some as the 2012 campaign manager of the year after masterfully managing Congressman Bob Turner’s special election to congress.

In the past, Bob Capano and Mr. E. Obrien Murray have on occasion worked together closely; and an insider has told me that the two have consulted on various possibilities involving the Capano race for City Council in 2017.  Whether Mr. Murray is retained for the top spot in any Capano campaign, or in some other position as a senior adviser, remains to be seen.  However, it is fair to say that there is significant  mutual interest in that 2017 race gong forward.


NEXT ON CAPANO'S LIST OF THINGS TO DO

The word is that somebody named "Bob Capano" has already set up a residence inside the 43rd Council District in Brooklyn.  ---  If that's OUR Bob Capano, then it is an unnecessary formality, since his lifelong connection to Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and lower Bensonhurst is impeccable and unimpeachable.

The next thing on Capano's "to do" list is to arrange for some "early" fund raising events.  Two things at or near the top of his agenda are a fund-raising-mailing operation and a big dinner event for some important "Friends of..." from across the city and from both sides of the aisle.

Gerry O'Brien has been consulted about the former;  and YKW, a big-time retailer and radio talk show host, has been mentioned in connection with the latter.


MEANWHILE BACK AT THE OLD RANCH

Recently, Capano's main potential opponent has had some cordial exchanges with Bob by E-mail or by social media.

It's a little early to say that it's JQ's act of baring his neck to 2017's  Alpha Dog;  but really that act has to come sometime  ---  sooner or later.

It should be apparent to everybody, that having a few drinks with "friends" at the new Pipin's (as had been earlier reported on this blog) isn't quite all that a real opponent  needs to be doing at this time to keep pace with Bobby C. and his efforts. Lesser efforts by any potential intra-party rival(s) will just seem second-rate and not serious. That is especially true with respect to the insights and outlooks of those in charge of giving out things like formal party endorsements.


CAPANO'S OUT THERE TRYING TO CHANGE THINGS

You see, in his own small way, Bob Capano just like Donald Trump,  is completely changing how things are going to be done vis a vis the selection of the 2017 City Council Candidate in the 43rd Councilmatic District by the Republicans -- and even by the Conservatives. There are lots of problems cropping up all over Bob's Brooklyn neighborhood; and he know things need to change very fast in order to fix things.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gail, what is this fluff your favorite Republican week? Other than Capuno himself, who do you think will read all that BS?

Anonymous said...

I did and I am not Capano.

I can also bet that Gerard Kassar, Marty Golden, John Quaglione, Georgea K, Simon Shamoun and the rest of the crew will be reading too...

Anonymous said...

I am not bob and i am reading it..plus other blogs and reporters read.

Anonymous said...

I am not bob "bay ridge" capano and i am reading this..good to read here there is at least one potential republican council candidate whose resume is not just being on one persons taxpayer funded payroll literally his whole adult life..

Anonymous said...

If capano has O'Brien and OB watch out!

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Capano is already locking up support from several of the old Brooklyn GOP factions that are/were active in that and nearby districts.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Gail, did you notice all of the favorable posts came in between 10:22 & 10:56. So how much would you bet that's all Bub Capanu giving you a fluff in return.

Anonymous said...



How many elections has Capano lost? Is he looking to add another loss to his belt?


Sorry Gale I didn't read all of your article because it seemed so ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

there u go. bash republicans that step up to run and then complain that the republicans DONT run in most districts. sounds like a great plan

Anonymous said...

Bob Capano has way too much free time on his hands.

Anonymous said...

And the same and more can be said for John Q, Simon Shamoun, and Georgia K all of whom have plush fat do nothing patronage jobs courtesy of Marty Golden and his sweetheart deals with the Democrats.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "GOTCHA ! WHILE YOU WERE READING WHAT I SAID ABOUT WHAT BOB CAPANO HAD BEEN DOING --- HE WENT OUT AND DID SOMETHING, MAKING NEWS ELSEWHERE" EDITION

JP UPDATES COVERS CAPANO'S LATEST PUSHBACK ON CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO'S EFFORTS TO GIVE AMNESTY TO ALMOST A MILLION LAW BREAKERS FOR WHO WARRANTS OF ARREST HAVE BEEN ISSUED

According to Menachem Rephun, writing on the "JP Updates" blog -- "The plan [put forward] by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who hopes that clearing open warrants will relieve a backlog and prevent the warrants from haunt offenders.... 'This proposal is ridiculous. Maybe the Council Speaker should be encouraging those with open warrants to come forward and fulfill their legal obligations – or better yet, not commit the crimes in the first place,' Capano said.... A warrant is typically issued when the offender fails to arrive in court after receiving a summons for having committed a crime...." (See "Capano Calls for Opposition to Council Speaker’s Pitch to Clear Open Warrants of Offenders‏" by Menachem Rephun, 2/11/16, JP Updates [http://jpupdates.com/2016/02/11/capano-calls-for-opposition-to-council-speakers-pitch-to-clear-open-warrants-of-offenders/]).

Capano was further quoted as follows: 'I cannot believe that our City Council leaders are reversing the criminal justice policies that have made our communities safe over the past two decades.... Why do we want to return to the David Dinkins’ bad old days. City Council Democrats throughout Brooklyn and the city must decide if they are going to march in lock step with these far-left policies or stand up for common sense....”
Capano has been rallying Brooklyn opposition to Council Speaker Mark-Viverito’s plan, which would de-criminalize many offenses included in her warrant amnesty plan. He has directly challenged several of Bay Ridge's elected representatives to speak out against this measure.

Capano served as director of Community Relations and Legislative Affairs under former Democratic Borough President Marty Markowitz, and was district director to former Republican Brooklyn Congressman Bob Turner. Capano had served as president of the 68th Precinct Youth Council.

Anonymous said...

Gale
I guess according to 9:46am, or should we say john q or georgea, noone reads that blog either or their capano "fluff"!

Anonymous said...

Comments about comments?

Anonymous said...

A thriving blog

Anonymous said...

McCabe is a better candidate, Capano is a proven loser.

Anonymous said...

McCabe isn't a Republican. The last Conservative Party person to get elected was Mike Long.
Wait a minute, Long was never elected. First, he unconstitutionally appointed himself to an unconstitutional City Council seat. Then Long lost to the beloved Sal Albanese.

Anonymous said...

Any candidate on our side will need significant democrat votes to actually win, which is the goal right?,, how does a registeted conservative do that?????

Anonymous said...

It would be fun to watch a golden staffer and donovan staffer go head to head..what do their bosses do?

Anonymous said...

You keep forgetting that both Liam and Q answer to Mike Long and will do exactly what he tells them.

Anonymous said...

Some time back, around the time Capano was running for the City Council for the first time, the honorable Mr. Liam McCabe, who was moving all over town at the time, told a very good chum that he thought he'd be a good City Council candidate in Bay Ridge. He also said that intended to move to Bay Ridge and become a Republican first.... Since that time plenty of things happened to Liam McCabe, but becoming a Republican wasn't one of them.
BTW, is "-Liam Mac-" a direct beneficiary of Melissa Mark-Vivarito's latest amnesty? Just asking!

Anonymous said...

McCabe has always lived in Bay Ridge.

Capano is either from Staten Island or is it Canada? He is a Ted Cruz supporter

Anonymous said...

Is Capano willing to release his birth certificate?

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "WAY AHEAD FOR ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE" EDITION

DID YOU SEE THE NY POST ARTICLE ABOUT CITY COUNCILMAN GENTILE LOOKING AHEAD TO HIS LIFE AFTER THE CITY COUNCIL -- HE TOLD HIS STAFF THAT IT'S TIME TO LOOK FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES -- AND OF COURSE, HE WAS THE FIRST TO FOLLOW HIS OWN ADVICE

MEANWHILE BOB CAPANO FOLLOWED UP ON HIS EARLIER PITCHES AGAINST THE CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER'S AMNESTY PLANS -- AND -- CAPANO AGAIN CHALLENGED LOCAL DEMS TO STAND UP FOR Brooklyn NEIGHBORHOODs AND THEIR PEOPLE

The headline says it all, but here's the top of the inverted pyramid as told by Yoav Gonen and Rich Calder of the NY Post: "A Brooklyn legislator who wants out of his elected post has begun pestering Mayor de Blasio for a judgeship or job within the administration, sources told The Post Thursday.... Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile of Bay Ridge — who voted with the rest of his colleagues last week to boost their salaries by $36,000 yearly to $148,500 — is lobbying hard for a golden parachute before his third four-year term expires at the end of 2017.... The sources said Gentile is trying to cash in on his repeated endorsements of de Blasio — including in the 2013 mayoral Democratic primary...." (See "Three-term councilman begging de Blasio for a new job" by Yoav Gonen & Rich Calder, 2/12/16, NY Post/ Metro [ypost.com/2016/02/12/three-term-councilman-begging-de-blasio-for-a-new-job/]).

Bob Capano doubled-down on his recent attacks on the NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito with his press release yesterday, entitled: "FORMER BROOKLYN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE SLAMS MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO’S “STATE OF THE CITY” AMNESTY PLAN TO CLEAR ARREST WARRANTS FOR OFFENDERS -- BOB CAPANO SAYS DEMOCRATS MUST CHOOSE COMMON SENSE OVER FAR-LEFT POLICIES".

In the World According to Bob --- "[He has been] leading an effort to rally Brooklyn opposition to Mark-Viverito’s proposal to de-criminalize many of the offenses included in her warrant amnesty plan. He said, 'I can not believe that our city council leaders are reversing the criminal justice policies that have made our communities safe over the past two decades. Why do we want to return to the David Dinkins’ bad old days. City Council Democrats throughout Brooklyn and the city must decide if they are going to march in lock step with these far-left policies or stand up for common sense.'..."

Some of Bob's opponents say this is all ego-driven fluff; whereas his supporters and others see him as the only one speaking out on the issue on the local scene.

Anonymous said...

What kind of crappy judgeship can the mayor give? Criminal or family court?

Is Gentile that useless?