Sunday, October 30, 2005

More Vandalism of Democratic Candidate Signs and Stolen Signs

This is a systemic problem affecting races from the Legislature to Town Council races.
First we have the story of a Town of Oyster Bay Town Council Candidate. Jay Cherlin lives in Massapequa and is not a career politician. he's just a guy who wants to make living better in the Town. What does he get? He gets the following:
"At 8am on my way to work my cell phone rings and it is my daughter. She says, "Dad, you're not going to believe what happened." Some guy rang our doorbell, my daughter goes to the window in time to see him steal our lawn signs from our property and place them in back of a yellow Town of Oyster Bay vehicle.
Was he trying to intimidate us, making sure someone at home knew the Town status quo did not appreciate any competition, or was he just stupid?"

We're going to go with Stupid Intimidation. Venditto's goons have been out in force even going into stores and taking down signs put up with permission.

The following are pictures from the 3rd Legislative District race. Democrat Ali Mirza has had signs destroyed and stolen all over the district.

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More pictures from more locations to come.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sign Stealer Caught

Every fall during election season, signs from Democratic candidates are stolen from private property and destroyed. This year Dems have had enough.
From a reliable source:
As you may know, we have had many of our 4x8 signs and other signs stolen in the Merrick-Bellmore area. Tonight, a dedicated group of Democratic Committeeman and Zone Leaders conducted a stake out. Our thief showed up. He started taking our signs and was arrested. He's spending the night at the 7th precinct with a committeeman and an "executive leader" waiting to bail him out. Here are the pictures."

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Monday, October 17, 2005

PBA getting sued for Campaign Finance Law violations


Fails to report hundreds of thousands in expenditures
for and against political candidates

Carle Place, NY – Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs will hold a press conference on Monday, October 18, 2005, at 11:30 a.m. to announce his support of ten Nassau County taxpayers who have filed a lawsuit against Nassau County Police Benevolence Association (PBA) for campaign finance violations.

What: Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs will announce his support of the lawsuit against the PBA.

When: October 18, 2005, at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), 89 East Jericho Turnpike, Mineola

Monday, October 10, 2005

CLIF Update

To go back to the group taking questionnaire answers out of context as reported here a couple of weeks ago, candidate Craig Heller has attempted to get CLIF to correct their website and any press releases but they have yet to get back to him.
Mr. Heller has called Co-Chairperson Gamrat to no avail.
The mis-quote of Mr. Heller remains on the CLIF website.

Next upfor CLIF: More endorsement follies and fundraising questions.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Republican Vandalism

The republicans in the Town of Hempstead are stooping to new lows.
Not only are the goons out in force to take down signs of Democratic signs illegally, they are now posting thier own signs and bumper stickers on a private house.
Local Democratic activists woke up the other day to find bumper stickers pasted to their cars and signs taped on their garage door.
Vandalism is the only way republicans can campaign?

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Worries of Winning

For the Nassau GOP legislators, winning would be a great prospect, right?
Not entirely.
If the Nassau GOP actually pulls off a win (doubtful) in november, they face the prospect of Majority Leader/Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt.
Who on the republican side can find a problem with that?
A few legislators who know having Schmitt as the Presiding Officer is as bad or worse than having him as Minority Leader.
Schmitt has a big mouth and when he opens it, he usually sticks his foot in it. His heavy-handed, highly partisan ways are from an era when Nassau GOP arrogance could be backed up by electoral prowess.
With 3 consecutive losses for the majority in the legisalture, the republicans are getting antsy for power but at what cost. When the republicans were decimated in the 1999 elections losing presiding officer Bruce Blakeman, Schmitt a machine ideolouge became the top dog.
Schmitt spent his entire adult life paying his dues climbing the party ladder. The machine elevated him and the machine remnants keep him on top.
One republican legislator who would be leader except for the "seniority" issue within the party feels uncomfortable with the prospect of Schmitt as Presiding Officer.
As Minority Leader, Schmitt has kept the troops in line only because the party itself leaves the threat of no re-election support hanging over legislators heads.
With every lie and mis-step, Schmitt embarrasses more moderate legisaltors.
How bad will they fare if Schmitt takes Presiding Officer and continues to act like a child?
Schmitt as leader for the republicans is actually manna from heaven for democrats. He wages war when there can be concensus. He picks the wrong issues to go public with and gets spanked, most recently by republican DA Dillon.
The worried republicans want the majority but not with Schmitt in charge.
The only thing they can hope for is for Schmitt to lose this election cycle, get the leader they want and then try to gain the majority in 2007.
Schmitt represents the Margiotta/Mondello GOP machine of old and for the GOP legislators to survive, he will have to go.

300 GOP Committeepeople on Town of Hempstead Payroll


Some familiar names here in RED

Becker, Gregory R Occupational Resources Second Deputy Commissioner, Dept. Of Occupational Resources $107,235
Murray, Noreen V Parks And Recreation Messenger $55,836
Murray, Norman Town Attorney Law Assistant (Exempt Off Town Attorney Only) $115,219

Rhodes, Patricia A Supervisors Secretary to the Supervisor $87,140