Headline of the Day: “How Not To Buy A New York City Republican Party Mayoral Nomination.”
DNAinfo.com profiled the cooperating witness in State Senator Malcolm Smith‘s complaint, Mark Stern: “A smooth-talking bankrupt real estate investor, Stern, 40, is a member of the tight-knit Satmar Hasidic community in Monsey, N.Y., who helped local politicians win office by directing tens of thousands of his allies’ dollars to campaign coffers and rallying the Orthodox Jewish community’s support, sources said.” The Daily News has more.
While Crain’s New York looked at Councilman Dan Halloran‘s alleged straw donors, who also live in Monsey: “The complaint states that Mr. Halloran’s campaign received the checks ‘on or about’ Sept. 27, 2012. Mr. Halloran’s federal campaign finance report shows exactly $6,500 in donations from three individuals on Sept. 28. Two were Esther and Joseph Markowitz, of the town of Monsey in Rockland County. They gave a total of $4,000 to Mr. Halloran; their company was identified as Best Mark Realty in the campaign disclosure.”
The New York County Republican Party had a somewhat awkward fundraiser last night where chair Dan Isaacs began the evening by reading a statement assuring the audience he wasn’t about to be arrested. “We have to have people representing our citizens that are honest people, and they’re not just in it to, how do you say it? Glom our money,” mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis said at the event. While another hopeful, George McDonald, simply said, “I’m happy to be running as an outsider.”
Mr. Catsimatidis also explained Mitt Romney‘s loss yesterday. “He lost 66 percent of single women because they were scared that he’ll revisit Roe v. Wade. He lost the Asian vote,” he told he told Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu. “He lost the Hispanic vote. He lost every ethnic vote … I am a guy who brings in ethnics. I am an ethnic. I am not a guy that keeps them a way. America is the land of ethnics, and we have to respect every community and bring them in as part of any solution.”
Former Governor David Paterson expounded on current Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s “budget paradigm” in an Albany Times-Union op-ed. “As someone who served in government for over 20 years, I still enjoy watching our state budget process. It is like tuning in to watch the playoffs, even though you don’t watch the season,” Mr. Paterson began. “It is a true window into government operation, or lack thereof, because the budget is when it gets serious. To paraphrase Willie Sutton, the budget is where the money is.”
The New York Central Labor Council rolled out a number of endorsements today, including open-seat contenders Micah Kellner, Vanessa Gibson, Austin Shafran, Costa Constantinides, Rory Lancman, Daneek Miller, and Antonio Reynoso. A source close to the Reynoso campaign said it was a message to Assemblyman Vito Lopez. “By lining up behind Antonio Reynoso, labor unions and institutional Democratic forces are telling Vito Lopez: the whole city will campaign against you if you run,” the source claimed.
And up in the Bronx, Ms. Gibson faces no fewer than four opponents from the local African community: community board director Bola Omotosho, city tax auditor Abiodun Bello, businessman Ahmadou Diallo and Councilwoman Helen Foster’s aide Naaimat Muhammed. However, the institutional forces there are trying to consolidate the candidates. “I guarantee you that at the end of that day the other three will be backing that person, so there is no fractionalization,” a member of the United African Coalition confidently said.