In what Michael Cooper correctly termed “a very nineties moment,” former Giuliani aide Randy Mastro is accusing Mark Green of lying in a new ad about his role in forcing the mob out of the new York carting industry.
The money quote from a laughing Mastro in today’s Post: “Mark Green had nothing to do with that.”
The Green campaign begs to differ. And to be fair, unless the press has been getting it entirely wrong for more than 15 years, it seems like they have a point.
Mark Benoit sent over the campaign’s version of Green’s history of dealing with organized crime and garbage.
To the many of you with longer (and better) institutional memories than I have: please take a look at it after the jump and let us know whose version is right.
— Josh Benson
Statement from Mark Benoit of the Mark Green for Attorney General campaign:
“In 1990, McDonald’s franchiser Forrest Smith visits NYC Consumer Commissioner Mark Green to complain that his carter was overcharging him and making a death threat. This triggered Green’s anti -“mob-tax” campaign (Green’s phrase).
Three years before Giuliani becomes Mayor, Green de-licenses mobbed up firms, seeks to lower rates, goes to court against mob firms, and receives a death threat phoned in to his then 13-year old daughter.
In December, 1993, NYC Public Advocate-elect Green meets privately with Mayor-elect Giuliani and urges that the top two city officials – one who’s spent years licensing and fighting mob carters and the other a renowned anti-organized crime prosecutor – collaborate on this effort. Rudy Giuliani agrees.
Green introduces bill (with Councilman Ken Fisher) in 1996 to get mob totally out of carting by a regulatory scheme called “competition zones.” As the bill is moving to passage, Randy Maestro asks Green and Fisher to wait until Mayor’s bill is introduced so all are on the same page. Green and Fisher agree.
New proposal focuses on a regulatory scheme that all sign on to. Announced in large City Hall press conference with Giuliani, Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau, Green, the FBI and others – all speaking and participating. The night before Maestro leaks the story to Selwyn Rabb of the New York Times who writes a piece that morning about Giuliani and Maestro’s brilliant efforts on mob carting.
Maestro pushes Giuliani to put public referendum on ballot in 1999 stripping Public Advocate of some of his powers. Green coalition defeats Giuliani effort – led by Maestro – 76% to 24%. Maestro not happy.
In 2001 mayoral race, every major NYC newspaper gives Green credit for helping end organized crime control of carting business.”