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  • New York Cops, Firefighters in Massive 9/11 Fraud, Indictment Says

    PHOTO: Evidence in the 9/11 disability fraud case released by the Manhattan District attorney.

    More than 100 retired New York City cops, firefighters and correction officers were charged today with falsely claiming to be suffering from depression and anxiety as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks, New York prosecutors said today.

    The alleged scam won awards up to $500,000 for the uniformed personnel and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the indictment.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the suspects “cynically manufactured claims of mental illness as a result of Sept 11th… dishonoring the first responders.”

    Police Commissioner William Bratton said, “The retired members of the NYP indicted in this case have disgraced all first responders who perished during the search and rescue efforts on Sept. 11, 2001.”

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  • Major De Blasio Campaign Donor May be Tied to Ban on Horse Drawn Carriages in NYC

    When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced recently that he’d make banning the city’s horse-drawn carriages his first priority, a lot of people were left asking, “Really?”

    Indeed, for all the problems de Blasio claims the city has, it would seem like horse-drawn carriages would register low on his list of priorities. But he’s pursuing the ban.

    And there may be a reason why: A major de Blasio campaign donor and real-estate executive may be tied up in the drive to banish the iconic carriages, according to The American Spectator.

    “It’s got everything a scandal could ever want,” Eva Hughes, vice-president of the Horse and Carriage Association of New York City, said in the report.

    Hughes, who has spent years driving horse-drawn carriages around New York City, said the fight against de Blasio and his allies has taken on “David and Goliath” proportions.

    The carriage drivers claim Steve Nislick, chief executive officer Edison Properties, is a driving force behind the ban.

    Edison Properties “employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor,” journalist Michael Gross reported in a 2009 article, adding that two of the company’s businesses “have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed.”

    That property is worth a lot of cash.

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  • NYC Cops make arrest in hateful ‘knockout’ spree! (Which Libs Say Never Happened!)

    It was his turn to get knocked out.

    The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force busted a Brooklyn man for at least seven “knockout” assaults, cops said Friday.

    Barry Baldwin, 35, punched out the victims between Nov. 9 and Christmas Eve in Canarsie and Midwood, police said.

    All of the victims were white women and most were Jewish, a law-enforcement source said. At least two of the attacks occurred on the Sabbath.

    “Everyone will sleep a little easier,” said Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who said the attacks frightened the community.

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  • Rush Limbaugh to the rescue for Irish horse and carriage drivers in Central Park

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    Rush Limbaugh has come out swinging in defence of the heavily Irish horse and carriage industry in New York’s Central Park after new mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put them off the streets.

    Over half the drivers of the 200 horses are Irish, but they are fighting a rearguard action against de Blasio, who had major support from animal rights groups.

    De Blasio stated that one of his first acts would be to end the horse and carriage trade and replace it with electric car tours.

    “We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City… They are not humane. … It’s over.”

    Limbaugh, among others, scoffed at that. Speaking on his show Thursday Limbaugh stated:

    “One of the first things de Blasio said he’s gonna do is eliminate the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. Just gonna get rid of ’em. And not just in Central Park, but everywhere. He’s just gonna wipe out the horses. Why do you think that is? Why do you think the new mayor of New York is going to get rid of the horse-drawn carriage? Now, keep in mind, keep in mind that these people believe that automobiles are responsible for destroying the planet.


  • Half a Dozen Scandals for New York Democrats

    You know about Anthony Weiner. Who could forget Eliot Spitzer. But, did you know there was a slew of other scandals starring Democratic politicians this past year in the Empire State?

    Let’s start in Manhattan, where New York Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner is the latest Democrat to suffer the consequences of his inappropriate behavior. He was sanctioned this week after allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.

    Kellner joins a Democratic assemblyman from the Buffalo area, Dennis H. Gabryszak, who last month was accused of making sexually explicit comments to several female aides. So far, six female staffers have filed notices of claim against Gabryszak,(two more coming forward within the time this article was created) accusing him of sexual harassment. The key words being “so far.”

    The most serious allegation against Gabryszak surfaced Friday when a former employee accused him of making sexual advances toward her during her very first week on the job. The assemblyman proceeded to assault her throughout her employment.

    “When she was in Albany, the Assemblyman insisted that the claimant go to his apartment and look over documents that he had there.She reluctantly agreed to do so. While at the apartment, the Assemblyman grabbed her and tried to kiss her.”

    But the eye-raising incidents don’t end with Kellner and Gabryszak. In May, a powerful Democratic assemblyman from Brooklyn, Vito J. Lopez, resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal. His murky behavior in turn affected Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, who was criticized for authorizing a secret payment of $103,080 to settle the harassment claims against Lopez. Then, a report suggested Silver himself engaged in inappropriate behavior by trying to “seduce a staffer.”

    In the midst of this drama, The New York Post published photos of Mr. Lopez and Mr. Silver under the headline “Dirty Old Men,” according to the Times.

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  • De Blasio is All Ready to Make Bloomberg Look Great!

    Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in violent crime and criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. And not the white collar Bernie Madoff convicts. De Blasio’s transition think tank (bankrolled by the liberal billionaire, George Soros) listened to the concerns of convicted criminals when it came to the NYPD’s policies and policing efforts. The message was pretty much what one would expect from convicted kidnappers, killers, thieves, and other NYC scum: “Get Soft on Crime.”

    According to the NY Post, “A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan ‘Think Tank’ Thursday to describe what they thought the NYPD should be doing to make their lives easier… The event, which was held in Morningside Heights, was hosted by an advisory group called Talking Transitions, run by liberal billionaire investment magnate George Soros.”

    The goal of the criminally inclined symposium was to offer de Blasio tips on policing, corrections, parole policies, and other general inconveniences to a successful life of crime. I’m sure the NYPD commissioner is ecstatic about adhering to the concerns of the newly elevated criminal class.

    “I like the idea of ending stop and frisk,” explained one attendee who had previously been convicted of grand larceny and identity theft. Given the nature of the 4thAmendment, I’m not inclined to promote the practice of stop and frisk. . . ButI ama bit trepidatious about swallowing the concerns of a grand larcenist without a bit of a raised eyebrow.

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  • New York’s Fact-Free Gun Ruling – Most of NY’s new gun-control laws have been upheld — on a totally dubious basis

    Skretny, Democratic Machine Judge.

     

    New York’s new gun-control law, the so-called SAFE Act, largely survived its first federal-court challenge on this past Tuesday. The more than 1,140 New Yorkers it’s made felons will remain so. But even the testimony of the state’s own expert witness failed to show that the law will cut crime.

    The judge in this case is William M. Skretny, chief federal judge for the Western District of New York. His decision upheld the state’s gun-registration requirements and ban on assault weapons, but he rejected the seven-round limit for magazines, deeming it arbitrary.

    The decision relied heavily on testimony by George Mason University criminology professor Chris Koper, who argued “that the criminal use of assault weapons declined after the federal assault-weapons ban was enacted in 1994, independently of trends in gun crime.” Judge Skretny wrote in his opinion: “Because New York’s regulations are tighter than those in the federal ban, [Koper] believes, quite reasonably, that the affect [sic] will be greater.”

    But Koper’s two studies on the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban don’t support his claims. The first study, with Jeff Roth for the National Institute of Justice, found that “the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect [of the weapons ban].”

    Seven years later, in 2004, Koper and Roth conducted a follow-up study with fellow criminologist Dan Woods, covering a much longer period after the law. They concluded, “we cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”

    To make the court ruling even stranger, given Koper’s argument about what effect the ban will have on New York, no evidence was considered on the effects of state law, even though this has been studied by other researchers such as myself. At that level, again, absolutely no benefit is found on crime.

    More embarrassing is the judge’s reliance on Koper’s claim that “a [large capacity-magazine] is arguably the most functionally important feature of most [assault weapons], many of which have magazines holding 30 or more rounds.” Any gun that can hold a magazine can hold one of any size. That is true for handguns as well as rifles, implying that virtually all semi-automatic guns are so-called “assault weapons.” But a magazine, which is basically a metal box with a spring, is trivially easy to make and virtually impossible to stop criminals from obtaining. Even if someone didn’t have access to some simple machine tools, the proliferation of 3D printers make it so anyone can produce them.

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  • SAF AMENDED LAWSUIT CHALLENGES PART OF NEW YORK SAFE ACT

    An amended complaint has been filed by the Second Amendment Foundation in its challenge of a section of New York’s “SAFE Act” relating to an arbitrary limit on the number of cartridges that may be loaded into a magazine, arguing that such a limit violates the Second Amendment.

    SAF is joined by Long Island Firearms, LLC, the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) of New York and seven individual plaintiffs, including a practicing physician. Defendants are Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Joseph D’Amico, superintendent of the State Police.

    The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, contends that the new law limits an individual citizen’s self-defense ability, especially if that person is physically disabled, by prohibiting more than seven rounds in a magazine, even if the magazine can hold eight, nine or ten cartridges.

    “We have received numerous inquiries and concerns from members and supporters living in New York state about this new statute,” noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Aside from the obvious Second Amendment problems this cartridge limit presents, making it a crime to load more than seven cartridges into a ten-round magazine, for example, is confusing to the point that it is almost entrapment.

    “It’s not illegal to own an eight-, nine- or ten-round magazine,” he added, “but it is illegal under this new law to have more than seven rounds in such a magazine, except if a person is at a firing range. You can’t keep that many rounds in the magazine at home, or in a place of business, which simply defies logic unless the goal is to make paper criminals’ out of people just to disqualify them from being able to own a firearm.”

    “It is patently absurd to assert that making criminals out of legally-licensed gun owners for loading the magazine or his/her registered firearm to its standard capacity, is somehow going to deter a criminal or make our communities safer in any way,” Stephen Aldstadt, SCOPE president observed. “The NY SAFE Act must be overturned.”

    “Our members are concerned that this statute plays no bearing on law abiding citizens who have gone through rigorous background checks already,” added Steven Blair, president of Long Island Firearms, LLC.

    Gottlieb said the complaint was amended to allow additional plaintiffs to join the action because people have been harmed in different ways by this Draconian new law.

    The lawsuit notes that magazines holding ten or more rounds of ammunition are in common usage by law-abiding citizens for all kinds of purposes, including self-defense. It contends that there is not sufficient government interest to justify restricting gun owners from loading more than seven rounds in their otherwise lawful eight-, nine- or ten-round magazines.

    “This law sets an arbitrary limit on the number of rounds a person may load into an otherwise legal magazine,” Gottlieb observed. “There is no rational explanation for this, other than to deliberately confuse the public.”


  • NYC’s Harvey Milk High School for “Gay” Students Struggles to Maintain Enrollment Numbers

    A New York City academic institution that gained headlines 10 years ago for being the first LGBT-centered public school has been struggling to maintain enrollment expectations.

    Harvey Milk High School of Manhattan, a small transfer school that became a fully accredited public school in 2003, was expected upon its opening to enroll 100 students.

    Despite initially making and passing that enrollment goal for its first academic year, subsequent enrollment years have seen numbers fall below the 100-student mark.

    According to data found at iteach.org, by 2005 the number of students at Harvey Milk High dropped to 83, and by 2006 the population fell to nearly half its original enrollment at 64.

    While from 2007 to 2010 the number increased back to the 90s, by 2011 it went down to 74. For the 2012-2013 academic year, New York City’s Department of Education found enrollment to be at 69.

    As of Thursday, the high school’s webpage placed student enrollment at 72 for grades nine through 12, as well as for special education courses.

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  • Bloomberg Didn’t Just Put Money into New York, He Also Took it Out

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    In the past, the city paid its mayor; Mr. Bloomberg paid to be the city’s mayor.

    That much is true only because Bloomberg did spend a lot of money on elections. But he wasn’t the first billionaire to run for office that way.

    An analysis by The New York Times shows that Mr. Bloomberg has doled out at least $650 million on a wide variety of perks and bonuses, political campaigns and advocacy work, charitable giving and social causes, not to mention travel and lodging, connected to his time and role as mayor.

    How does that break down?

    He poured at least $268 million of his personal funds into three campaigns for mayor. He donated at least another $263 million to New York arts, civic, health and cultural groups, personally and through his company, Bloomberg LP.  Campaign donations? He handed out about $23 million of them.

    I’m not sure why we should be so favorably impressed by that.

    What it really says is that Bloomberg spent a lot of money to be elected, stay in office and build up his image.

    I presume the New York Times won’t be writing about all the Koch money that went to New York arts and civics groups.

    The $650 million minimum estimate is undoubtedly low. Up-to-date annual reports were not available for several Bloomberg-financed organizations and a wide range of expenses were impossible to firmly establish, like the dinner parties he hosted at his townhouse, meals he bought for government aides and landing fees paid at foreign airports.

    And here’s the meat of the matter, Bloomberg didn’t just buy a political apparatus with that money; he bought status. Lots of it. Buying the mayor’s office allowed him a stature in national and international affairs that he could not have had otherwise.

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  • Bloomturd Claims Crime Is Down – But Not In Brownsville, NYC (Only White NYC Counts!)

    Year-end boasts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that New York is the safest big city in America can ring hollow in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood where there is a cycle of violence, silence and retribution and where crime reduction has lagged behind record lows across the city.

    A burst of gunfire on neighborhood streets this past summer typified the frustrating cycle. A baby boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet and killed as he sat in his stroller. His father, who police believe was the target, refused to help police identify the gunman.

    Two men have since been arrested in the shooting, which appears gang-related. Bishop Willie Billips, a clergyman who went to the scene that night to comfort the family, said the slow fuse of potential payback probably was lit.

    “With a lot of these guys, it’s a matter of time,” he said. “I’m watching for that.”

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  • Bloomturd has spent $650 Million of HIS OWN MONEY Since Becoming Mayor

    Michael R. Bloomberg loves tropical fish. So when he was elected mayor, he installed two giant aquariums in City Hall.

    The cost to him for having the tanks cleaned out every week for the past 12 years: around $62,400.

    The mayor likes to nosh, too. So he paid to feed his staff daily a light breakfast (coffee, bagels, yogurt) and a modest lunch (tuna salad, PB&J, sliced fruit).

    The bill for his entire mayoralty: about $890,000.

    Mr. Bloomberg, above all, enjoys hassle-free travel. When he took his aides anywhere, from Albany to Athens, it was by private plane.

    The price tag for all that jetting around: roughly $6 million.

    When Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at midnight Tuesday, he will bequeath a litany of record-shattering statistics on crime reduction, sidewalk safety and skyline-altering construction. But perhaps the most staggering figure is the amount of his own money that he devoted, day in and day out, to being mayor — much of it unseen by the public.

    An analysis by The New York Times shows that Mr. Bloomberg has doled out at least $650 million on a wide variety of perks and bonuses, political campaigns and advocacy work, charitable giving and social causes, not to mention travel and lodging, connected to his time and role as mayor. (His estimated tab for a multiday trip to China, with aides and security in tow: $500,000.)

    In the process, he has entirely upended the financial dynamics surrounding New York’s top job.

    In the past, the city paid its mayor; Mr. Bloomberg paid to be the city’s mayor.

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  • Bloomturds Last Act: He Sues FedEx for Shipping Cigarettes to Private Homes!

    New York City has sued FedEx Corp, accusing the package delivery company of illegally delivering millions of contraband cigarettes to people’s homes, violating a 2006 settlement.

    Monday’s lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan and seeks $52 million of civil fines and unpaid taxes from FedEx, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

    It marks one of the last acts by the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose more than decade-old campaign to ban smoking in various public and private places has been credited with saving thousands of lives and become a blueprint for other cities.

    According to the city, FedEx created a “public nuisance” through its partnership with Shinnecock Smoke Shop, located on the Shinnecock Indian Nation reservation in Southampton, N.Y., to ship untaxed cigarettes to residential homes.

    FedEx allegedly did so despite, and even while negotiating, a February 2006 agreement with then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to stop such deliveries in New York, an agreement later expanded to cover deliveries throughout the country.

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  • Teenage Flash Mob Plays ‘Knockout’ Game, Causes Mayhem at Brooklyn Mall

    On the day after Christmas, more than 400 teenagers looted and trashed a Brooklyn mall while also engaging in the violent “knockout” game.

    According to the New York Post, the “wild flash mob” of “crazed teens” stole and smashed merchandise and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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