Morning Read: ‘The Same Gravitas That Bloomberg Has’

Presented without comment. (Photo: @deBlasioNYC)

Presented without comment. (Photo: @deBlasioNYC)

Headline of the Day: “John Liu: It’s ‘plainly obvious’ feds are feeding the ‘Times’ stories about me.”

On Inside City Hall last night, Comptroller John Liu also criticized a New York Daily News piece on his continued claim that his mother worked in a sweatshop. “I thought that was the last word on it,” Mr. Liu said, referencing a 2009 Times Ledger article on the back-and-forth. “But apparently maybe the Daily News doesn’t think that it’s the last word.”

While Joe Lhota scored a nice endorsement basket in his own bid for mayor, grabbing all four GOP councilmen. In the process, a division in the Republican Party appeared, with Queens’ chair Phil Ragusa sniping at Mr. Lhota for transit fare increases and saying his preferred candidate, John Catsimatidis, has “got the same gravitas that Bloomberg has.” Councilman Eric Ulrich, an opponent of Mr. Ragusa’s, called Mr. Catsimatidis a “buffoon.”

Capital New York called out campaigns that fudge their fundraising numbers by leaking them early with framing to make them seem more impressive than they are. Common tactics include reporting the entire campaign’s total rather than the latest filing, reporting matched contributions while burying the raw total and, apparently in the case of Adolfo Carrión, touting hundreds of thousands of “pledged” dollars that have yet to actually materialize.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb commented on Assemblyman Steve Katz‘s marijuana arrest. “I was disappointed not to hear about it from him rather than reading about it in the press,” he said. “I would always our members to share good news and bad news, just so that you’re prepared to handle questions from the media … But, like I said, I’ve had a conversation with Mr. Katz and I think we’re on the same page.”

Although controversial Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre has focused most of his fire against rival Mark Levine, another contender, Cheryl Pahaham, is getting in on the action by releasing a robocall attacking Mr. Lopez-Pierre. “Have you heard about the offensive tactics of one of my opponents, Thomas Lopez-Pierre?” she asks. “He doesn’t represent the values of our community.”

Speaking of Mr. Lopez-Pierre, here’s his latest missive:

Re: Joseph Cassano: “I like Jews as much as Hitler.”

March 18, 2013

Dear Friends:

I want to go on record, calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to publicly condemn the anti-semitic comments made by Joseph Cassano, the son of NYC Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

Joseph Cassano is quoted in today’s NY Post as tweeting to friends: “I like Jews as much as Hitler.”

Read NY Post story.

Joseph Cassano is currently employed as a FDNY EMT thanks to his daddy’s connections.

(Like father and son? NYC Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Joseph Cassano)

Hitler was the Devil on earth and anyone who thinks like Hitler or agrees with Hitler can NOT be trusted to care for sick Jewish people (or anyone else for that matter).

Hitler and those who “like Jews as much as Hitler” killed more than 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, read more here:

We Christians who love Jesus Christ must NOT remain silent when our Jewish brothers and sisters are being wrongly attacked!

Remember that Jesus Christ was Jewish and that he died for everyone’s sins (so that all who call his name my enter Heaven) NOT just those who are Christians.

Jesus Christ: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

While I strongly support Joseph Cassano constitutional right to tweet his anti-semitic comments, I just as strongly believe that NYC tax payers should NOT pay for Joseph Cassano to be promoted to the position of trust as a NYC Fireman.

Can we trust Joseph Cassano to risk his life to run into a burning building to save the life of a dying Jewish child?

I urge Mayor Michael Bloomberg to protect the Jewish people from Joseph Cassano (and all New Yorkers) by denying his promotion as a NYC Fire Fighter.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I bring you peace and love,

(Thomas Lopez-Pierre wearing a Yarmulke at a Synagogue in Harlem)
Thomas Lopez-Pierre
Candidate, 7th Council District

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Morning Read: ‘The Same Gravitas That Bloomberg Has’