Tuesday, January 8, 2019

NYS Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise did everything he could to hang Chanel Lewis out to dry


Judge Michael Aloise served up a lot of "home cooking" for the Queens DA's Office during the Chanel Lewis trial  ---  what do you expect from somebody with so many connections to that office and the Queens County political establishment


Not only did his ordering a mistrial in the Vetrano-Lewis case pull the fat out of the fire for the prosecution, his earlier evidentiary rulings and strict limitations on the defense's cross-examinations of prosecution witnesses kept the Chanel Lewis team from presenting their best case  ---  and the good Queens machine judge was covering his own ass for a very flawed trial,  one that was  rife with reversible error.....



For all of their song and dance, and dog and pony tactics,  the NYPD and the Queens DA's Office could not produce a single piece of evidence that Chanel Lewis was present at the time and place of Karina Vetrano's murder  ---  except for what has clearly been shown to be a coerced and very problematic "confession" by an intellectually challenged young person with special needs, who was first placed in isolation and then "interrogated" overnight without legal representation or any other adult representative present.

So far I have done plenty of commentary on the weaknesses of two parts of the "open and shut case" against Chanel Lewis  ---  first,  the ersatz DNA "matches" to Chanel Lewis found in three places on  Ms. Vetrano and/or on her personal possessions;  and second, the questionable confession by the Defendant Chanel Lewis,  which seems to have all of the facts wrong about the way Karina Vetrano was murdered and/or  how murder scene looked.  Now, let's look at some of the evidence that was not allowed to get to the jury that might have firmed up their joint several and  collective inclinations to acquit the Defendant Chanel Lewis.

First, the trial Judge, Michael Aloise, didn't allow the defense to question prosecution witnesses about the many thousands of hours of video tape of the various approaches to Gateway Park,  none of which showed a picture of the defendant entering into, or even at any location near Gateway Park, or exiting from it, at any time relevant to the murder of Karina Vetrano.

Next, we have had a chance to look into a defense analysis of vectors from the various cell towers around East New York and Howard Beach that would have yielded information that, if not clearly contradictory to similar prosecution evidence showing Chanel Lewis might have been near the murder scene, would have yielded  an equal probability that Chanel Lewis was in a Brooklyn Park several miles away from the Vetrano murder scene at or near the time that Karina Vetrano was murdered in Gateway Park near the edge of her Howard Beach neighborhood. However, Judge Aloise would not allow the defense to question prosecution witnesses about the pings on vectors to a Brooklyn  site where Chanel Lewis said he was around  the time of Karina Vetrano's murder ( See "Karina Vetrano Murder Trial Wraps Up After Judge Blocks Video Evidence" by Max Rivlin-Nadler,  11/19/18,  Gothamist   [http://gothamist.com/2018/11/19/chanel_lewis_video_evidence.php]).  

When the defense attempted to get the favorable cell tower information into evidence using an investigator, the testimony was cut off on a narrow issue of discovery and disclosure, because the investigator was referring to investigator's notes, and those notes had been demanded by the prosecution, but had not been turned over prior to the investigator's attempted testimony.

In addition to the cell tower evidence favorable to the defense,  there was another "eye witness," whose testimony was blocked by the trial judge, Michael Aloise.  According to the Gothamist report by Max Rivlin-Nadler,  "...  a Verizon employee who was working on a telephone pole along the path that Lewis told investigators during his confession that he had used to enter the park [was expected to testify that he] never saw Lewis enter or leave the park during the time the murder took place...."   As with so many other rulings in this case, Queens County Justice Michael Aloise sided with the Queens County DA  ruling that the Verizon employee’s testimony had “no relevance whatsoever,” and that it would needlessly prolong the trial.

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

The pattern in all of these bad decisions by the Judges is they have sons or daughters working in the district attorneys office. It may sound petty that a Judge would toss a case so his kid can make a few bucks in a government job but none of these Judges were exactly captains of industry before they became Judges. In Brooklyn Judge Matthew D'emic is in charge of all the criminal cases while has a son working in Brooklyn DA's office.

Queens is the new Brooklyn.

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares.
Ulrich wins

Anonymous said...

People are being pressured into going to Eric’s fundraiser tonight but getting a lot of pushback now the word is out that Nicole wants nothing to do with his candidacy.

Anonymous said...

Ulrich comes in last

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Anonymous said...

Gothamist reported that police retrieved over 16,000 hours of video around crime scene and no Chanel Lewis.

Anonymous said...

All the details in this case I've reviewed show no signs of anything suspicious.

Ed Buck
Los Angeles

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE NUMBER TWO [THE FIRST ONE WAS REMOVED]: THE "OKAY !!! YOU GOT ME....." EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 6:49 PM"

I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT YOU AREN'T "ED BUCK" OF "LOS ANGELES" --- BECAUSE IF YOU ARE, YOU NEED TO BE TALKING TO YOUR LAWYERS AND NOT POSTING ON MY BLOG


I believe that the "Anonymous" commenter posing as "Ed Buck" is in fact one of my errant BSIs.....

Sometimes your humor crosses way over the line.....

Anonymous said...

just heard DA Brown is down

Anonymous said...

And RBG is AWOL 3 days in a row.

Anonymous said...

Like you know what's going on with that!

Galewyn Massey said...

ANNOUNCEMENT: THE "KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL" EDITION

AS "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 11:15 AM" SAID SO ARTFULLY: "... DA BROWN IS DOWN..." --- NOW, IF "...11:15 AM" MEANT THAT DA RICHARD BROWN WAS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION, HENCE "STEPPING DOWN" IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING, THEN WE HAVE CONFIRMATION BY NO LESS A SOURCE THAN THE NY TIMES.....


This move had been long predicted, because DA Richard Brown had developed a nickname lately of "Out-a-Town" Brown --- in spite of the beauchoise (Pronounced "booh-swhehsh") PR that he was in the office early every morning.

Things really took a turn to the south, when Brown's top underlings (what a concept) blew the prosecution of Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano. Their sins far exceeded their normal terrible prosecutorial ethics, especially at trial with the help of the trial judge; their biggest faux pas was grossly overselling the case against Chanel Lewis as a "slam dunk", when the reality was that it was a weak case that leaked like a sieve, and the jury saw that right away.

This Vetrano case should be a big item of debate in this Democrat Primary, with the future Queens DA (candidates) being made to say "Yay" or "Nay" to this proposition: WHEN A WHITE WOMAN IN HOWARD BEACH IS MURDERED, AND THE COPS AND THE QUEENS DA CAN SOLVE THE CASE IN SIX MONTHS, IT IS PERFECTLY ALRIGHT TO RAILROAD A MENTALLY CHALLENGED KID, WITH NO RECORD OF VIOLENCE OR ANY CRIMES WHATSOEVER, AS LONG AS HE'S FROM A "HIGH CRIME" (MEANING BLACK) AREA IN BROOKLYN.

Let's see if anybody tries to get the re-trial of his case going anytime soon --- OR WHETHER --- The DA's Office decides to quickly tank the case with an offer no defendant like Chanel Lewis (one stuck indefinitely in jail with no bail) could refuse.

Anonymous said...

Where is Tommy Mackell when you need him

Anonymous said...

Word is Maurice Nadjari will give it another shot.

Galewyn Massey said...

THE BUZZ: THE "LATE BREAKING STORY" EDITION

MAYBE I'M THE LAST TO KNOW --- BUT HERE'S HOPING SOME OF YOU OUT THERE HAVEN'T HEARD THIS ONE YET.....


I heard from one of my BSIs with friends at the BOE that there was a slight kerfuffle, maybe even a bit of a scuffle, at the Board of Elections on Monday past; and Bay Ridge's very own "Peck's Bad Boy" Liam might have been in the middle of it.

The story goes like this: Liam McCabe was sleeping-in somewhere around the BOE so he could be the first guy on line to hand in some of the Eric Ulrich petitions. Well, turned out that Ydanis Rodriguez had a few of his Dominican types sleeping in a car outside planning to do the same thing. When the jockeying started for the actual lineup at the BOE, some sort of brawl broke out.

Plus, the word is that somebody officially complained about Liam's antics; and some kind of BOE measures are afoot --- not to worry, it'll probably be a-foot-and-a-half at the most.

Anonymous said...

I am sure Liam had a brown bag with him if you know what I mean, which could not have helped matters

Anonymous said...

Bob "Brown Bag" Capano has that title.

Anonymous said...

But didn't Melissa Mark-Viverito get the place at the head of the line?

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Galewyn Massey said...

REALITY CHECK: THE "TIME FOR TOUGH LOVE AND TOUGH TALK" EDITION

LET'S STOP WITH ALL THE JOKES AND AND STORIES INVOLVING LIAM MC CABE'S DEMONS AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS --- HE WILL HAVE TO LIVE THEM DOWN (OR ADD TO THEM) AS HE WILL OR MIGHT AS TIME GOES BY.....

RIGHT NOW, LIAM HAS NO REAL FUTURE IN THE BROOKLYN GOP, BECAUSE HE KEEPS TRYING TO COME ACROSS AS "HAIL ! THE CONQUERING HERO !!!" --- AND --- HE HAS NO CONQUESTS AND IS FAR FROM BEING ANY KIND OF CLASSIC HERO

More important than any of that, William (now call me "Liam") McCabe is no kind of "leader," in any sense of that word, as the short-time "Republican" that he is.

Somebody needs to fine tune this picture for me and my readers (because there has been some dispute about it). I have been told by a reliable apologist for Jerry Kassar (and others that dispute that person's version) that Liam was ushered out of the NYS Conservative Party by one of the following means: 1) a solid kick in the ass with a hobnail boot, with a strong suggestion that his future prospects would be better elsewhere; 2) a clever ruse, one involving a "deal" for support in a race for the City Council as the GOP-Conservative Party nominee; 3) having several realistic conversations about what Jerry Kassar and Mike Long hoped they might do-for and expected-from Liam in the future; or 4) by simply moving the Conservative Party's "Welcome" mat next to the exit door.

I remember a brief discussion with Liam in 2017 about his becoming a "Republican" after so long being an activist as a "Conservative." What he described looked and sounded like a "default setting" switch of search engines on a computer. So, if you think it's that easy, what I am about to say won't mean very much to you.

Liam McCabe is not ready to exercise any leadership in the Republican Party in Brooklyn, because he has never exercised any followership in the Republican Party in Brooklyn. Or to put it in a somewhat different context, when you are thinking and acting as if "...build it and they will come..." is your primary tactic and/or strategy, then you have to "...build it..." first.

So far Laim hasn't built anything as a Republican.

Anonymous said...

What is up with those jails in Patterson NJ? Everybody that goes in dies.

Anonymous said...

The Ydanis Rodriguez campaign has told the BOE and the local police in their complaint against Liam that he was inebriated when he almost caused the brawl at 32 Broadway

Anonymous said...

Gail, was the spelling "Laim" at the end of you last epistle about Liam intentional?

Anonymous said...

what is the point with ulrich

why would anyone vote for him

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "OBVIOUS IS NOT OBVIOUS" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 8:54 PM"

I KNOW THAT YOU ARE ONE OF MY ON AND OFF BSIs --- SO, YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE TO KEEP CALLING ME "GAIL"..... IT'S A MINOR ANNOYANCE, BUT AN ANNOYANCE NONETHELESS.....

As for your question about my use of "Laim" at the end of my last comment; it was just a typo.....

The substance of my comment was tough enough on Liam; to call him lame would have been adding insult to injury, or if you prefer, "overkill".

Anonymous said...

Shirley you must be kidding.

Anonymous said...



Pictures from the Eric Ulrich fundraiser show a low turn out.

Golden was missing from the photos even though his name was the sponsor.

Ted, Liam, Richard, Ray, Sabrina, John Quaglione and a few tables of supporters. Steve Saperstein also missing.

Anonymous said...

Pictures from the Ulrich fundraiser prove that the Brooklyn GOP has truly died.

At $ 50 a ticket, they couldnt even fill more than three full tables. The photos prove that Ghorra is a failure.

Word is that Golden is so embarrassed that he doesnt event want to go out in public anymore. He has his wife fighting his battles now.

What a long fall for a man that thought he was God a few months ago.

Maybe if he wasnt so arrogant he would still be a Senator.

A

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "LESSONS TO BE LEARNED" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 4:58 AM"

SOME NUMBER OVER THIRTY (<30+) AIN'T BAD WHEN NAY-SAYERS WERE CHIRPING ABOUT UNDER TWENTY (>20-); BUT I'LL BET DOLLARS TO DONUTS NOT EVERYBODY THERE WAS FORKIN' OVER FIFTY BUCKS/DOLLARS ($50.00).....

Think of how different it would have been if to that crowd, you could have added a few tables from "Brooklyn GOP CLUBS" in the two or three Brooklyn districts that still can support "GOP CLUBS" led by real "Brooklyn GOP District Leaders" with real "Brooklyn GOP Club Presidents".....

I remember a very active GOP club on the edge of Park Slope that stood like a strong oak in a district that was a mostly Democrat forest. --- That GOP club was strong, had a solid County Committee slate, and waved the GOP flag proudly in a tough AD. In some elections, it delivered the majority of votes in many of its EDs in Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Parkville. "... But that was once upon a time, now the tree is gone..."

Like I said, the Brooklyn GOP needs a few real clubs, with real district leaders and real club presidents..... Not clubs that are like cut-outs of foam poster board set-up in some Odeon multiplex lobby, like the "Verrazano" Club, with or without its two "Zs".....

Anonymous said...

It’s time to put some other real villains behind the Karina Vetrano fiasco from the Queens DA’s Office in the hotseat for the travesty of the persecution of the mentally challenged black Brooklyn youth, Chanel Lewis, that a majority of jurors saw was a phony right away in November 2018. I mean Chief Assistant DA John M. Ryan and his sidekick, Vincent J. Carroll, Jr., Counsel to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.

There is no way that a scoundrel like trial ADA Brad Leventhal could have pulled the crap that he did to Chanel Lewis before, during and after the trial without Ryan and Carroll signing-off on every bit of it.

One of the things that this year’s crop of DA candidates needs to talk about is how soon they’ll give Ryan, Carroll and Leventhal the boot once/if they are elected.

Anonymous said...

The Queens DA race will be determined by what Albany does this week when it determines if primary is in June or September. The only 2 candidates with infrastructure already in place are Melinda Katz and Rory Lanceman.

Anonymous said...

9:27 don't forget judge Lasak the hack. He brags that he hasn't left Queens in 50 years.

Is that something to brag about?

Anonymous said...

The Queens DA's office needs to be reformed, depoliticized and streamlined. As a matter of form, the organizational chart is ridiculous. In practice there is no efficiency whatsoever, and there are so many bosses that authority is diffused and in some instances responsibility disappears completely.

It all started from the top with DA Brown's deciding to end his career as QUeens DA with a slow, slow, slow, slow retirement over the last ten to twelve years. Richard Brown was six foot two, young and handsome when he was last effective as the Queens DA; now look at him, and look at the office.

Anonymous said...

Lasak is out of the old Crowley clubhouse and he ain't Irish, he probably will crash and burn on takeoff; there ain't no 'there' there anymore, and how many Polacks are there left in Queens.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "ALL ROADS LEAD BACK TO HYNES" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 9:33 PM" & "... AT 9:00 AM"

FORMER JUDGE LASAK HAS LINKS THAT GO BACK TO THE TIMES WHEN CHARLES HYNES WAS BEING TALKED ABOUT AS THE DA FOR >>> QUEENS COUNTY <<<

Former Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak has more than a passing relationship with the disgraced former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes..... The tip-off came in a recent article that mentioned how Phillip Smallman spoke up for the Queens jurist, both back in the day and more recently.

I did a little digging and somebody has promised me some dirt about the Queens connections of Lasak, Smallman and Hynes. Don't forget, Hynes made his bones as a prosecutor in Queens trying another Howard Beach murder case --- but that time making sure that the people railroaded were local and white, because the victim was black and from Brooklyn.

That is a strange case that has been too quickly forgotten.....

The Griffith-Lester, Kern, Landone murder case has too many interesting parallels to Vetrano-Lewis murder case --- even if we exclude the common facts that both victims had left Howard Beach on the run, and that they were both killed after crossing over the bike path that rings Howard Beach. For example, in both cases a suspect higher on the list of probable perps was let go without any real case ever being presented against them; and key pieces of evidence were withheld from the jury that would have been exculpatory for the defendants.

The known link between Joe Hynes and Greg Lasak is Phil Smallman who was on the Hynes team out of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Anonymous said...

Gail, former Judge Lasak made that association himself in a local Queens paper sometime around October 2018 right before the Chanel Lewis trial was presided over by Justice Aloise, after Lasak had resigned to run for DA.

By some strange distortion of history, Gregory Lasak claimed in an October 2018 article to have been in charge of or supervised the 1986 Howard Beach case of the murder of Michael Griffith.

Lasak should be made to explain himself, because that prosecution was not done by the Queens DA. The case had to be taken out of the hands of the Queens DA's Office, because too many witnesses would not cooperate with the Queens DA, because of the alleged racism in the Queens DA's Office. As a result, Governor Mario Cuomo had to step in; and gave the case the Office of the New York Special Prosecutor, then headed by Charles Hynes.

Anonymous said...

9:35 has it half right.

Lasak was handling the case when Queens DA Santucci had it taken away from him. Not sure why Lasak would point that out. But he is Polish.
As for "witnesses" refusing to co-operate the only witness who refused was Dennis "Fat Fuck" Quirk who refused to turn over the car to ADA Lasak. The car was stashed in Quirks garage that took off after killing Michael Griffith. That was 1987 and many things have changed. Except Quirk is still a fat fuck. Hes even gotten fatter.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "LANGUAGE, PLEASE !!!" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 9:51 PM"

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE --- AND I KNOW THAT DENNIS QUIRK IS ON YOUR "PERSONAL" RADAR SCREEN --- WHEN IT COMES TO HOWARD BEACH AND OTHER THINGS

HOWEVER, LET'S NOT USE WORDS LIKE "FUCK" WILLY-NILLY, EH.....


It is odd that back in the day Mr. Quirk, one of the most powerful men in the New York State Court system, would have withheld a key piece of evidence in the Michael Griffith murder case from the Queens DA's Office --- until he received assurances that the driver of that car would not be prosecuted in connection with the killing of Michael Griffith --- and Mario Cuomo's hand-picked guy had been named the special prosecutor [too bad for Hynes that Dick Brown later became Mario Cuomo's guy to become the Queens DA].

I'll bet that several of Dennis Quirk's Court Officers, past and present, would have a lot to say about the past and present Howard Beach Cases, some involving murders, others more mundane stuff like illegally operated scrap steel and auto salvage operations. Never forget, Quirk's power comes from the fact that he knows a lot of people and a lot of stuff about a lot of people.

Anonymous said...

So, why does Phil Smallman think that former Judge Lasak is a hero; isn't he one of Hynes' guys since his days as an assistant in the Office of Special Prosecutor, and much later, some stuff about a big Brooklyn murder case involving Hynes getting the Republican line in exchange for who knows what and one of the non-cooperating "persons of interest" becoming cooperative and an ADA for Hynes.

Anonymous said...

It was both ADA diPietro and another very material 'non-cooperating witness', Smallman's client Albert Cleary, that were the key to the whole Hynes sham/scam prosecution in the Mark Fisher murder case in Brooklyn.

Anonymous said...

Phil Smallbrain represents non-cooperating witnesses because Phil is a non-operating on all cylinders lawyer. Phil "Fredo" Smallman wasnt hired by Hynes after he was elected DA because Phil demanded the escalators in DA's office have directions.

Anonymous said...

Police charges have been filed against Liam for the BOE incident last week

Anonymous said...

cleanup on aisle 3

Anonymous said...

Somebody says police charges have been filed against Liam, and somebody else's only comeback is 'cleanup on aisle 3'. Ahahahahaha..

GM, do that old Beatles tune for Liam, 'I'm A loser, and I'm not what I appear to be..'

But in Liam's case, he really is, and his latest antics just proved it all over again.

Anonymous said...

1131 am must be referring to John Q with the clean up as he is now working in the Foodtown on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge

Anonymous said...

John Q -- price check Register 1 please

Anonymous said...

I checked the report from the 1st Police Precinct in Manhattan which covers the BOE at 32 Broadway and see a complaint was filed against Liam for that night and includes drinking

Anonymous said...

I checked. Bob got 1%

Anonymous said...

I checked. Liam has less than 20 people at his last event

Anonymous said...

No need to think about Lasaks race for DA. Filings show Rory Lanceman has over a million dollars. Thats $975,000 more than Lasak.

Anonymous said...

John Q bagged my groceries this morning at Foodtown .

Anonymous said...

5:41 nice try but the fact is Judge Lasak has over $875,000 and is the only qualified person running. The others are politicians.

Anonymous said...

This is not a Queens democrat blog

Anonymous said...

9:44 AM, what in the world makes you think that Greg Lasak is qualified for anything?

Being part of a racist and corrupt legal system, like the one in Queens, for almost his whole adult life doesn't make him 'qualified.' If anything, it should make him unqualified, no, 'DISQUALIFIED.'

During the time he was presiding over the murder case against Chanel Lewis, he was never a part of the solution, he was a big part of the problem team, including the Queens DA, the NYPD, and others who shall remain in the shadows, trying to keep a tight lid on the Karina Vetrano murder by lynching Mr. Lewis instead of the real perp(s).

And 9:57 AM, do the Republicans in Queens even have a warm body willing to run?

Anonymous said...

Lasak had another case that was just reversed today on appeal. Lasak excludes blacks from jury duty. And the primary for Queens DA is June 25th.

But the real news is Alexandra Ocasio is backing Tiffany Caban. Lasak is so stupid he is actually looking for GOP line.

Anonymous said...

Why does GM have nothing to post any more

Anonymous said...

3:33 deserves an answer. 2019 has only two races in NYC. The races for Public Advocate and for Queens DA. Marty is gone. Donovan is gone.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "DON'T FORGET STATEN ISLAND" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 3:33 PM" & "... AT 7:58 PM"

IN ADDITION TO THE RACES MENTIONED BY "... AT 7:58 PM" --- THERE COULD BE A RACE FOR THE STATEN ISLAND DISTRICT ATTORNEY POSITION

Who knows what races will go all the way to November 2019 !!! The Republicans in this whole town are shrinking and shrivelling-up before our very eyes..... And suddenly we're back to early primaries, with decisions having to be made very quickly in the near future.

They say that fortune favors the bold, but do we have any bold rulers left to take the prize.

As for my recent dirth of feature pieces, I blame my BSIs, who suddenly have gotten very quiet and almost seem stone cold dead on anything worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

Manny Alicandro submitted over 6,000 petitions for public advocate. Interesting to see who sides with manny and who sides with ulrich in the brooklyn/si GOp.

Anonymous said...

I hear Luthmann is running for DA.

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Anonymous said...

So 4 Republicans and 19 Dems running for Public Advocate.

Ulrich still loses. Badly.

Anonymous said...

If Curtis wasn't going to run, why didn't he decline and substitute someone else?

Anonymous said...

Somebody that thinks they are a big deal was taught some real lessons in GOP politics.

A big false start like Sliwa's will not build up anybody's credibility. It will also leave a bad taste in the mouths of many of the semi-supporters for quite some time.

Anonymous said...

What "GOP" Politics. There is no NYC GOP , especially in Bklyn..

The damage was inflicted on, and continues to be inflicted on Ulrich by Sliwa...according to social media Sliwa spoke at the Rockaway Republican Club last night, which is Ulrichs home turf, about the PA race and slammed ulrich.

Anonymous said...

The irony here is that like him or not, Sliwa has higher name recognition than Ulrich and anyone else running.

Had he been serious about the race, raised even a few bucks, and hired some professionals, Curtis could have snuck in on February 26. He'd be destroyed in November, of course. But beating 22 professional pols would have given him some bragging rights.

Guess we are stuck with Viverito now.

Anonymous said...

Sliwa and his folks now have to find another party-- I suspect a move on the inept NYC GOP may be in the works after Sliwa raised his profile even more over this potential run...which may have been the plan all along. .

Anonymous said...

False starts and bad efforts in 'potential runs' doesn't raise anybody's profile, in the GOP or anyplace else.

Sliwa's name recognition is not much better than 'Mudd'; if you don't know, look it up. Sliwa's lucky if he doesn't get carted off to a federal prison next.

Neither Sliwa, Capano or anybody named Catsimatidis is taking over anything, each of them are still learning very basic lessons in insider GOP politics, and they are learning lots of things about each other.

Anonymous said...

6:16 sounds like sour grapes from conservatives whose once vise like grip on the Brooklyn GOP is weakening more and more by the day. You thought the Ulrich candidacy would provide you with cover for fubaring Marty’s re-election but soon realized nobody cares about Ulrich and no one will soon forget who’s responsible for Marty losing.

Anonymous said...

616
Umm, there is somebody named Catsimatidis who has taken over the Manahttan GOP ..hahaha

Anonymous said...

616
What "insider GOP politics" there is no GOP in NYC, especially Brooklyn