Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
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September 21, 2016

What You Should Know About NY Terrorist Bomber Ahmad Khan

US authorities have charged 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with a bombing that injured 29 people on Saturday in Manhattan and two other incidents involving explosives in New Jersey. Rahami, a US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, also faces five counts of attempted murder of police officers for the shootout that led to his arrest on Monday.

Here's everything we know — and don't know — so far about Rahami and the bombings:

Why did he do it?

Nobody is sure yet. Rahami's family had a long-running dispute with the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, a city about 20 miles outside of Manhattan, where they live and own First American Fried Chicken. Rahami's father sued the city, accusing police of a racially-motivated "campaign of harassment and intimidation" to force the business to close earlier. The lawsuit accused a neighbor, who frequently complained about noise and the late-night clientele, of saying, "Muslims make too much trouble in this country." It's unclear whether the lawsuit and tensions over the restaurant, where Rahami was a fixture, were a factor in the attacks.

Rahami, who attended high school and community college in New Jersey, traveled to Pakistan and his family's homeland in Afghanistan several times starting in 2011. Most recently, he spent more than a year in Quetta, Pakistan, a city on the Afghan border with a strong Taliban presence, returning in 2014. People who knew him from the family's restaurant in New Jersey told the New York Times he was "a completely different person," after he returned. He grew out his beard and began wearing a traditional Afghan clothing. The FBI is still investigating whether he was inspired by or taking orders from a terrorist organization such as the Islamic State. 

CNN has cited unnamed US law enforcement officials as saying Rahami kept a notebook that mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent US-born Muslim cleric who supported al-Qaeda and was killed in a US drone strike in 2011. The notebook also reportedly contained references to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who used a pressure cooker bomb similar to the one he allegedly planted.

Where did he learn to make the bombs?

A senior law enforcement official who spoke with the New York Times said there's no evidence yet that he had received military or bomb-making training abroad.

According to law enforcement sources cited by CNN, Rahami was questioned by US authorities after each of his trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but they had no reason to suspect that he was involved in terrorism. He was also interviewed by officials "for immigration purposes," according to the Associated Press, but he wasn't on any watch lists.

The bombs he allegedly made were relatively sophisticated. They used flip-style cellphones as a timing mechanism — the phones helped link the bombs in Manhattan to the ones found in New Jersey — with Christmas lights to trigger the blasts. The pressure cookers left in Manhattan were filled with shrapnel and HMTD, according to the Times, an explosive that can be made with a few readily available chemicals. Some of the bombs also reportedly used Tannerite, an explosive powder available at many sporting goods stores for use at shooting ranges.

"Where did he really go and what did he do overseas that a kid who lived a normal New Jersey life came back as a sophisticated bomb maker and terrorist?" one unnamed official law enforcement official told the Times.
As some media outlets have already noted, instructions for making pressure cookers bombs are easily found online, and al-Qaeda's online magazine Inspire infamously included an article titled, "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."

The investigation is still ongoing, but right now it still appears that Rahami acted alone.

How did he choose his targets?

It's still a mystery.

The bomb that did the most damage was placed under a dumpster in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, near a home for the blind. A second bomb was left on the sidewalk four blocks away, but two thieves may have unwittingly disabled it when they removed it from a rolling suitcase and made off with the luggage. According to the Times, authorities believe Rahami drove his father's car into New York City shortly before the Chelsea blast at 8:30 p.m, and surveillance footage shows him in the area with baggage.

Three pipe bombs were attached to each other and left in a trash can along the route of a US Marine Corps charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. One bomb exploded at around 9:30am on Saturday, but the race hadn't started yet and nobody was injured. Five more pipe bombs were found late Saturday night in a backpack on top of a garbage can near a train station in Elizabeth, just a few minutes away from the Rahami family's restaurant, suggesting the possibility that Rahami ditched them there after fleeing Chelsea.

Rahami was caught the following morning after he was found sleeping in the doorway of Merdie's Tavern in Linden, New Jersey, a town near Elizabeth. He shot one police officer, who was saved by a bulletproof vest, and fired wildly with a handgun at others as a he tried to flee on foot. Rahami was shot several times by police, but he is expected to survive.

Where's his wife?

On one of his early trips to Pakistan, Rahami found a wife. CNN reported that he filed paperwork to bring her to the US in 2011, but it's still unclear whether she ever made the trip. New Jersey Congressman Albio Sires said Rahami contacted his office in 2014 seeking help with his wife's immigration paperwork.

"He wanted his wife to come from Pakistan," Sires said on MSNBC. "At the time she was pregnant and in Pakistan. They told her that she could not come over until she had the baby, because she had to get a visa for the baby."

The Los Angeles Times cited an unnamed US official as saying she was allowed to enter the country at some point, and returned to Pakistan a few days before the bombings. She was reportedly questioned by officials in the United Arab Emirates, but her current whereabouts are unknown.

Rahami also had a daughter with a high school girlfriend, according to the New York Times.

Why didn't anybody see this coming?

According to the Times, Rahami's father warned police after a domestic dispute incident in 2014 that his son was a terrorist. Two unnamed law enforcement officials told the paper that Rahami's father made the comment to New Jersey police, and the information was passed along to a regional terrorism task force led by the FBI's Newark office. The father reportedly changed his tune when the FBI came to interview him, saying he made the comment out of anger.

Rahami had a few previous encounters with law enforcement, including an incident in 2014 when he was arrested on weapons and aggravated assault charges for allegedly stabbing a relative in the leg, according to court records found by the New York Times. He spent three months in jail, but a grand jury declined to indict him. He was also reportedly arrested and jailed for a day in February 2012 for violating a restraining order.

While Rahami's frequent travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan certainly looks suspicious in hindsight, he had family members in both countries, giving him a legitimate reason to visit.

He was also, by most accounts, mild-mannered and well-liked. Acquaintances told the Times he enjoyed racing and tricking out his Honda Civic, and a high school friend said he was relatively popular. "Everyone seemed to like him," the friend told the Times. "Smart, funny, humble." There was reportedly some tension with his father, who was more religious and traditional, but nothing that raised red flags.

His bail is set at $5.2 million

September 19, 2016

Need to Find This NYC, NJ Bomber Now!

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This suspect was captured in NJ today. Someone complaint there was a man sleeping at the entrance of a building. When police arrived he pulled out his gun and tried to kill the officer. He was then shot by police. He was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. The officer is also fine.

 The police is very eager to interrogate him and find out why he wanted to hurt and kill strangers particularly in this nation that had given him and his father and family refuge. He is a naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan. He is made a few trips there and back. Along the way someone convinced him that it was ok to turn towards those that have given his family refuge and thus seemed to be doing well here.
He was living with his father on a building that houses the family’s “First American Fried Chicken” shop in Elizabeth, NJ.

Should family’s be made responsible for their radicalized adult siblings? This is a question some will be asking but this is becoming something that is happening more and more. The kids of family’s that are doing well here after immigrating having children that turn against this nation. The Orlando shooter was also the son of an Afghanistan refugee. 

I believe we should treat them according to the law but people will be asking what does the law says and how it can be made stricter. Actually we probably don’t need new laws because it its at the hands of a judge that will probably will take all the facts which we don’t have right now to make sure there is never any problem from this individual again but one has to ask how we can try to make others see that such things will bring a price of those left behind. Would that serve as a deterrent to someone who is willing to convert himself into a so called martyr?Would he care?

The best answer is for everyone to keep their eyes open. Intelligence and cameras help tremendously in finding out a culprit before people are hurt and kill or after an incident like this to help the police catch him before he does more damage. A tough job and an imminent thread that is not going to disappear while we have the fighting with ISIS and Al-caida. 


April 12, 2016

Sentencing of Gay Killer(served as his lawyer) in NYC Delayed

 Elliot Morales in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday, when 
when his sentencing for a hate-crime killing was delayed.
 CreditLouis Lanzano for The New York Times 

The sentencing of Elliot Morales, who was convicted last month of murder as a hate crime 
after shooting a gay man in the West Village, was delayed on Monday, as the defense requested additional time to review a series of issues surrounding the case.

The delay comes as the defense prepares for the prosecution to treat Mr. Morales as 
a so-called violent predicate felony offender, based on a previous conviction for 
an armed robbery. Mr. Morales served 11 years in prison for that offense, in which 
three women were bound with duct tape, choked and assaulted with a pipe.

Murder as a hate crime carries a minimum sentence of 20 years to life, five years more than
 a second-degree murder conviction. Violent predicate felony offender status would add to 
his sentence.

Mr. Morales, who is serving as his own lawyer in the case, also requested a chance to review
 a series of trial transcripts after he said he had found a number of misprints.

In March, after a tempestuous two-week trial followed by two days of deliberation, 
jurors found Mr. Morales guilty of shooting Mark Carson to death on a West Village street
 in 2013, after first yelling anti-gay slurs at him and a friend, Danny Robinson.

Justice A. Kirke Bartley Jr. set sentencing for May 9, in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

New York Times

Follow up on this story:

Homophobe Shooter Cross Examines BFF of 

Dead Gay Man in Court

Modal TriggerGay man shot dead in Village after gunman shouted homophobic slurs: authorities
A man who witnessed the fatal shooting of his best friend on a Greenwich Village street had to endure a hostile cross-examination Tuesday by the accused killer, who is representing himself at his murder trial.
Defendant Elliot Morales bizarrely tried to blame murder victim Mark Carson, 32, and his pal Danny Robinson, 34, for provoking the attack.
“You could have avoided all of this from escalating to the level it did, if you and Mr. Carson just went along with your own business?” asked Morales, 36, who had hurled anti-gay slurs at the strangers as they walked down Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village May 18, 2013.
“That is so offensive,” Robinson said, shaking his head as prosecutors objected.
“Sustained,” declared Justice Kirke Bartley.  
       After a drunken Morales snarled at the flamboyant strangers, “What are you, gay wrestlers?” and called them “f—gots,” the men turned around and confronted him, according to prosecutors.
The tense interaction was caught on surveillance video outside a pizza shop, but there is no audio.
Morales then walked around the corner onto Eight Street. The two men followed and exchanged more words when Morales whipped out his Taurus .38-caliber gun and shot Carson in the face.
“Wouldn’t you agree, seeing this firearm and telling me to put it down, wouldn’t you consider that to be more instigating the whole situation?” Morales questioned Robinson.
“Instigating?” asked Robinson, incredulously. “Not at all.”
“You could have kept going?” asked Morales, wearing glasses and a gray cardigan.
“Yeah, we could have easily kept going while we see a guy standing there with a gun,” Robinson said incredulously. “That doesn’t make sense.”
Watch surveillance video of the confrontation between Mark Carson (in shorts and black tank top) and Elliot Morales (gray sweatshirt on left): 

Morales then played the 911 call where a blast can be clearly heard in the background, then Robinson saying, “Some guy just shot my friend!”
“I didn’t hear it,” Morales said in court of the gunshot, cueing the tape again. “Point it out to me.”
Robinson bowed his head and muttered, “Oh my God” before complying.
Morales then tried to suggest that he only pulled the trigger when Robinson reached into his pocket for his phone.
“Is it possible what happened was a reaction to the threat that was put on my own life?” the defendant asked. “[When] you reached into your pocket and removed what I believed was a black gun at the time.”
As Robinson exited the courtroom, he wiped tears from his eyes.
Morales’ anti-gay rant started hours earlier when he urinated on the front window of the eatery Annisa, according to testimony from the restaurant’s general manager Michael Cherry.
“I asked them to move away,” Cherry said. “He (Morales) said, ‘You wanna get a look at my tiny d—k?”
Cherry walked away but moments later Morales entered the restaurant calling the staff “f–gots” and threatening the bartender with a gun.
“He was saying, ‘He had a gun, he had a gun,’’ Cherry said of the bartender. “He was beside himself with fright.”
Morales, who is charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime and other raps, insisted in his opening remark that he’s not a bigot. But ADA Shannon Lucey told jurors that Morales killed Carson for no other reason than that he was gay.

October 26, 2015

Inmates Touching At NY Rikers Isl. Prison is Now Forbidden, Experts Criticize it


Xena Grandichelli, a trans woman, spent four months at Rikers Island in the men's jails. There, she was physically attacked and sexually assaulted. Staff then placed her in protective custody, which amounted to being locked in a solitary cell 23 and a half hours a day. But what broke her, she recalled, was being denied a visit with her sister.

"The only thing we have from the outside world is our family," Grandichelli said. "When they take that away, it dehumanizes and breaks you."
Grandichelli filed an appeal, challenging the denial. She won, but it was one month before she was allowed to see her sister again. Meanwhile, she became depressed. "I went in with no history of mental health [issues]," she remembered. "But I came out with major depression. I had to be on medication." She was released in January 2015 after all charges against her were dropped. Today, she still needs medication to control her depression.

Grandichelli is now an intern at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an organization that works with trans and gender non-conforming people in New York City. On Friday, she was one of 40 people who showed up to an auditorium across the street from Bellevue Hospital to testify against the proposed rule change [PDF] being considered by the Board of Correction, which sets minimum standards and guidelines for the city’s jail system, including Rikers Island.

The proposed rule would allow the Department of Correction to deny visitors based on family relationship and/or past criminal convictions as well as drastically limit physical contact during visits. The denial can be appealed, but a decision may take up to fourteen business days.

The rule change would affect the 10,000 people held at Rikers Island each day. Approximately 85 percent are awaiting trial, as in Grandichelli's case. Although absent from Friday's hearing, Joseph Ponte, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, has stated at previous meetings [PDF] that the rule change is necessary to help reduce violence at Rikers.
Grandichelli wasn't the only speaker who had spent time at Rikers. Barry Campbell is now the assistant to the CEO of the Fortune Society, which works with people returning to New York City from jails and prisons.


"Ninety percent of people who come out of Rikers are angry," he said. Recalling his own time on the island, he told Gothamist, "It's like a pressure valve. I had a lot of pent-up anger. You're always on alert, always in protective mode. But on a visit, I can be human. I can touch, feel, show emotions."
He also remembered that men who were not allowed physical contact during visits left the visiting room even angrier. That anger—and the behaviors from prison—accompany the person upon their return to their community. "If the new rule goes through, people will be coming home even angrier."
In December, when the Board of Correction held a public hearing about a proposed rule that would both create the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit and limit time spent in segregation, the Department of Correction filled half the auditorium with nearly 60 uniformed correctional officers, DOC commissioner Joseph Ponte and Correction Officers' Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook. All were absent from Friday’s hearing.

At Friday’s meeting, board member Bobby Cohen noted that he was disappointed by Commissioner Ponte’s absence and was quickly rebuked by the board’s chair, Stan Brezenoff, who called his comment "gratuitous."
The DOC directed Gothamist to the City Hall press office for comment; the Mayor's Office has not yet responded. COBA has yet to provide us with a comment.

Candie Hailey-Means tried to kill herself numerous times during her four years at Rikers. Each time, officers wrote her a disciplinary ticket; for each ticket, she spent 30 days in segregation. "I got over 100 tickets because I cut myself over 100 times," she recalled. Hailey-Means spent over three years in isolation.

Her sister's weekly visits were her only contact with the outside world. "I got to hug somebody. I knew somebody cared," she said. Otherwise, she recalled, "You're in a box by yourself. You have no contact with the outside world." Had it not been for those visits, she said, "I would have tried to kill myself even more." Hailey-Means was acquitted of all criminal charges and released from Rikers on May 1, 2015.

But, she added during her testimony, limiting contact during visits would not stem the flow of contraband onto the island. She recalled an officer drinking on the job—and offering her a drink as well. “That officer is still employed at Rikers."

Johnny Perez, who spent a year and a half at Rikers Island, also challenged the Department's argument that limiting contact and restricting visitors would decrease the flow of contraband at Rikers. “I can't tell you how many times I bought drugs from COs who threatened to beat me up if I didn't pay them on time," he said.

In contrast, visits with his mother reminded him that, despite his incarceration, he was still a son to his mother and a father to his daughter. "The only thing that kept me sane was the connection with my family. Being able to hold your daughter or kiss your mother makes a difference.”

Jennifer J. Parish, the director of criminal justice advocacy at the Urban Justice Center and a member of the Jails Action Coalition, noted that the Department has instituted searches of jail staff, resulting in arrests and even prison sentences of staff for smuggling contraband. Instead of acting on the proposed rule change, Parish urged the Board of Correction to allow these searches of staff members to continue and see if the rates of drugs, weapons and other contraband decrease during the next six months.

Mayor de Blasio speaking at Rikers next to DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte (Mayor's Office)
The new rule also changes the limitations on punitive segregation, also known as solitary confinement, passed by the Board in January. Under these limitations, if a person has spent 30 days in punitive segregation, he or she must be released from segregation for 7 days before being returned to segregation. Unless he is deemed “persistently violent," no person can be held in punitive segregation longer than 60 days in a six-month period.

The proposed rule change allows the Department of Correction to waive the seven-day break and, if staff determine that the person may endanger others, keep that person in segregation past the 60 day limit.

India Rodriguez remembers her time in solitary confinement. Because she is a trans woman, Rodriguez recalled that she was pressured into the protective custody unit. Like Grandichelli, she soon learned that protective custody meant nearly 24-hour confinement. It also made her vulnerable to sexual violence from staff.

"Today I am free, but I struggle daily with insurmountable emotional traumas," she testified through tears before the Board. "I stand before you today to ask you to abolish solitary confinement. This is a civilized society and it must end."
Few family members made it to the hearing. Some sent statements, which were read by advocates. But Chanel, whose sister has been at Rikers since Labor Day, rushed into the auditorium after work to talk about the importance of visiting—and being able to touch.

Chanel, who asked that her last name not be used or her sister be identified for fear of staff retaliation, visits once a month. Their mother visits once a week, waiting up to three hours for a one-hour visit. "Being able to touch gets me through the week," their mother said. "It's important for everyone involved to be able to touch. Everyone should be able to touch their family member.”

The Board of Correction will vote on the proposed rule change on Tuesday, November 10th.

UPDATE: Monica Klein, a spokesperson for the Mayor's Office, emailed us this statement:
Each of DOC's rule changes is aimed at reducing violence associated with contraband coming into the jails and providing the necessary flexibility to manage a small population of very violent offenders. The goals of the visitation policy is to provide a common-sense approach that reduces drugs, weapons and other contraband from entering the jails while respecting our inmates’ legitimate needs to maintain ties with family members and the community. The department remains at the forefront of national jail reform efforts, thanks to Commissioner Ponte’s plan to remove all inmates age 21 and under from punitive segregation.

September 28, 2015

The Pope in New York City { with pictures and tweets}

September 26, 2015

Who Lives, How Educated and How Much They make in NYC


September 25, 2015

‘F*You White Trash I’m from here’ [New York City]

New Yorker  holding a photo of himself and his mother in Greenwich Village (Scott Heins / Gothamist)

The man who was recently caught on video berating a couple after their stroller hit his leg has not yet watched the video of himself shouting about how he "settled" Downtown Brooklyn for other white people. "I’m not gonna watch it, I understand it’s probably ugly, and I’ll feel embarrassed about it," the man told Gothamist. “I can’t stand to watch that stuff."

The 46-year-old man, who we'll call B.A., invited us into the modest Fort Greene studio he shares with his 10-year-old pit bull and asked us to withhold his name for fear that he'll lose clients—B.A. is a self-employed personal trainer. He’s also a native New Yorker.

"I was born in St. Vincent's, I grew up on West 4th Street, I’ve been here from day one," B.A. told us.
"I have a temper, when I start seeing red it’s like I lose it, I admit to that. I lose it. I start screaming," he said of his reaction to being hit with the stroller, which he said left a nasty gash on his leg.
"The woman is talking over her shoulder to her husband, and doesn't notice," he said. "So I said a snarky thing, which the brothers say to me when I bump into them, which is 'excuse you.' We all know that's acceptable in New York. It's a little dicky, but that's what people say."
Instead of apologizing or acknowledging the faux pas, B.A. says the woman "starts screaming at me, 'Fuck you! Who do you think you are?' Then the guy starts screaming at me, 'Fuck you,' and starts coming at me with his fists like this. Now as soon as the guy comes at me with his fists, I'm telling you, if you come at somebody with your fists, be prepared that [the other person] is going to put their fists back up."

Eventually, the confrontation was diffused by a security guard, who B.A. says "deserves a medal."
"I didn’t want him to be in that situation. But nobody’s asking about golf shirt and Coke bottle glasses, why is he coming at me?"
We suggested it was possible that he was judging the man in the video the same way that the Internet is now judging him.
"You right, I don’t know his story, but I did see his pink Izod, his glasses, I know the story of the Bell Tower," B.A. replied, referring to the BellTel Lofts (on the video, the man's shirt appears to be dark blue).
"Oh you live in the Bell Tower, you’re walking around in your polo shirt, you’re pushing your stroller into me and you don’t say 'excuse me.' You must be some kind of transplanted white trash. They don’t think they are because they’ve got money, but they act like it, you know?"
Still, B.A. says he can't excuse his behavior on the video. "I agree: It’s not really fair to go around screaming ‘I’m a native New Yorker no one can do anything.’ But I’m not that person."
Yet B.A., who was quick to produce the acting credits, modeling spots, and martial arts trophies he's accrued over the years, says he frequently finds himself in these situations: chastising a "Wall Street guy" in Fort Greene Park for berating park regulars, chiding a couple laying on a blanket for not picking up their trash ("I said, 'I pick up my dog’s shit every day so you can fuck your girlfriend in this park at night.' That made sense to him!”), and lecturing a woman whose dog was killing squirrels while she stared blankly at her phone.

"My friend who’s a cop said, 'stop losing your temper, call the police every time, just let them handle it and it’s out of your hands.' And he’s right about that, the only problem is, I don’t have a cell phone, I’m the last person who doesn’t carry a cell phone, because I don’t give a fuck," B.A. says. "Calm down with that shit already. Talk to me, like people. I’m old school."
So how could B.A. have claimed to have "settled" Fort Greene when he moved there in 1997? Isn't he just as much of a "colonizer" as the man he was shouting at? Aren't we all?
"When I came down here, Myrtle Avenue here, it was abandoned. When I used to go down to the liquor store down there, the black people would all run, because they thought I was a cop! So when I tell you I’m having a fight about white privilege with this man, I’m slightly guilty because I’m moving in to gentrify a neighborhood, except I’m the first one here when nobody wants to live here."
We asked B.A. to react to a man offscreen who sarcastically shouted, "Thank you, white guy!" after he claimed to have "settled" Downtown Brooklyn.
"My street cred, especially in the black community, in this city, is huge. I grew up on the West 4th Street basketball courts. I grew up multicultured. I grew up with Stonewall, I grew up on the laps of drag queens,” he said.

B.A. explained that one becomes a native New Yorker when they feel a sense of ownership about the city.
"When you feel you have ownership of something, you cherish it and you take care of it. As soon you feel like you’re just working here or just visiting, you don’t treat it the same way. So what I have in this city is ownership. When I look at the concrete I think, oh my blood mixes with the concrete.”


September 21, 2015

Feds Investigate Super Mario~~After all the Governor is Just Another Politician

 A Politicly blind Gov and new Gov
If you think the tittle is harsh then that makes two of us but it is also true and fair. Many remember the Mario Cuomo that collected favors, made threats but kept his promise to bring same sex marriage to New York State, when it was not a popular thing to do anywhere. Finding himself short of a few votes after getting the Democrats, working families and independents on board for the same sex legislation vote in Albany he convinced a few Republicans even though it will cost them their jobs, which it did to vote with the democrats. It was a beautiful thing to see government at its best. Compromising for making it better for its citizens like it had been promised. I was proud to be a New Yorker once again!

How proud NY felt particularly after having no Governor for 4 years thanks to a very horny Governor who kept flying tot Washington DC to see a bunch of super expensive Prostitutes. He left us with the man he chose. A politicly blind man who only knew how to make deals and follow others. At the Governors chair he did the same and accomplish nothing. Not even promises he’d made a few months before they sat him at the helm he would not remember nor dare to keep. He even veto the legislation that passed to have same sex marriage in New York. A democrat in name only who turned Republican to collect personal favors and keep the whole government from splitting in every direction due to his mistakes and inaction. Still there was no dance party in NY they did not attend and they just had a good old time on the tax payers money. Then came Cuomo.

After the same sex marriage vote Mario started running high numbers of approval if for nothing else for having the balls to try to accomplish something. The problem was he forgot other promises he’d made for the same reason other politicians before him forgot their promises.

In education instead of helping the new elected mayor in New York City he took advantage of a new and sometimes naive mayor. He went against him in giving New York more money to hire new teachers and increase their numbers. Instead he wanted to keep the church happy, the church he belongs to and pissed off when he went for same sex marriage. Now he was going to make them happy at the expense of poor kids whose parents could not afford private school. He gave the money that should have gone to the Dep. of Education to state vouchers to the parents for private schools benefiting the Catholic Church at crunch time for them and the city kids. One would think that when the choice in the budget to allocate money to a hurting Dept. of Education than to Private school he would recognize that is not right for parents and their kids in public school to pay with their taxes and also would have to subsidize the private religious sector. When the private sector is in the scale of money to be allocated the public sector be education or any other program, then the scale has to be tipped on their side. It’s a public government we pay for not a private one to just private interests. This part always gets lost on politicians and it’s the single worse thorn in a democracy such as ours.

Mario thought he pulled a fast one by blaming the new mayor of New York City for not being smart enough to “know how Albany works.” In other words the mayor should have known how to play ball with the governor before running for mayor. That is naked politics at its worse but the part that really hurt is that the mayor is a democrat elected by those poor and lower middle class parents. Where was Cuomo? He was no where but smirking fromAlbany telling the Mayor Im smarter than you! Who gained on this game of chicken? Cuomo did but by going against his own backers and against his promises. For what? To win a fight? May be it ran deeper than that but it was just offensive to have talking mouths from Albany speaking for the governor and saying how naive the mayor was.

When the year was up for rent controlled apartments again Cuomo played the same game of chicken. This time he sided with the landlords and school vouchers instead of helping fix and renew laws due to expire. The laws did expire waiting for a compromise and some action by the governor. There was only silence from Mario. Again he is blaming the city on this issue. Everyone had to rush on knee jerk legislation passing laws in a rush so the city would not loose thousands upon thousands of rent control apartments. Problems were not fixed just band aid and the laws were extended having them come up again in a few years. 

Cuomo missed a golden opportunity to help the city with its bulging population problem which clearly helps Albany and at the same time keep some from loosing their apartments and having the city and the state subsidize them for shelters and hotel rooms. Which is cheaper? More Humane? Smart in the long run and now? No wonder Politicians don’t like dealing with it. 

Many wonder how can a family of 3 afford a two bedroom rent control apartment in Queens,  paying $2600 a month with an income of $45k year before taxes? and that’s being under rent control.
This family is going to keep after taxes around $26k [for Education expenses, commute, food, clothes, insurance, utilities??] That is living month to month with no room for an emergency or sickness.

What about someone disabled or retired on SSDI getting $1400. a month and paying  a studio for 1100 + utilities do the math there. I personally know lots of people in that bracket. Who helps them? They have one foot on being homeless in it happens many times a month in NYC. Where is Mario??
Pure politics and pure politics breeds pure corruption. When you start forgetting why you were elected and start planning for when your four years are up, like if when you were elected you were promised to come out super richer than when you went in, with super friends that will sling you where ever super place you want to be.

It would seem that’s where the Cuomo administration is brought us now. Pure politics at the Albany show place. Back to the days of the blind and the do not care of the problems of the poor and lower middle class. When You have NYCHA constructing expensive condos on the playgrounds of the people that live there which by the way they have to wait 3 years for a repair; it becomes a breading ground to separate New Yorkers from each other. Who would think about such stupidity? Someone who doesn’t know the problems that will pop up because they are looking at a ledger of numbers and don’t see that behind those numbers are human beings.


U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing the process by which three developers who are Gov. Cuomo donors came to get the bulk of a billion dollars in state contracts to develop major projects in Buffalo. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, the president of which, Alain Kaloyeros, oversees the Buffalo Billion program. The program is supposed to generate thousands of upstate jobs through the tech, clean-energy, and pharmaceutical facilities the Cuomo cronies were tapped to build with $855 million in taxpayer money. 
Pressed earlier this summer by a reporter for Buffalo's Investigative Post who was seeking details of the bidding process and faced illegal stonewalling across multiple state agencies and state-run nonprofits, Kaloyeros said, "We are not political operatives nor do we respond to perceived threats and terrorism." That "terrorism" apparently consisted of repeated phone calls, emails, and Freedom of Information Law requests.
Still, little is known about the selection process. What is clear, according to the Investigative Post, is that developer McGuire Development scored the $55 million contract to renovate skyscrapers in Buffalo to accommodate IBM, then three months later, donated $25,000 to Cuomo's campaign. The firm LP Ciminelli scored a heftier $750 million contract to build a solar-panel factory. Its president, Louis Ciminelli, is one of Cuomo's biggest donors in the region, having contributed $96,500 to the governor's two campaigns. Until competitors balked, the request for bids was written with the requirement that bidders have 50 years experience working in Buffalo, which only LP Ciminelli did. That company and Ciminelli Real Estate, run by Louis Ciminelli's brother, won the $50 million contract to build drug research space at a Buffalo medical campus. Paul Ciminelli's $10,500 to Cuomo and $5,000 to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul cannot have hurt.
The New York Post, which first reported the subpoenas, notes that Kathy Hochul's husband Bill is U.S. Attorney for the district centered in Buffalo, and Bharara seems to be stepping on his toes in a big way. In a recent speech, Lt. Gov Hochul said that before the Buffalo Billion program, "people had given up hope." 
Asked on Friday about the investigation, Cuomo told the New York Times, “Yeah, I don't know anything about that."

September 14, 2015

In 2011 NY got Gay Marriage now*Gov.Cuomo Wants data to see What else is needed for Inclusion


It was amazing when most New Yorkers, straights and gays and even some Republicans got together four years ago to make gay marriage happened. After the disappointment of the previous Governor who promised to sign the legislation that kept passing with only a few votes short he promised he would sign it. When the legislation finally passed all it needed was the signature of the Governor but going against his promises he was persuaded by the black churches in NY to not sign or he would loose their votes in the following elections. He vetoed the bill. He went along with the anti agy black religious lobby even though he wouldn’t get any votes on that election. He decided not to be humiliated since the Democrats were not going to vote for him and so he didn’t even run. So the black religious vote did not mattered matter after all.

When the next Democrat Governor was elected, Gov. Mario Cuomo, he had a different take to an election promise. He went and talked to the few republicans needed to pass the legislation and they did go along even knowing that it will cost some of them their jobs which it did. This was the year that masks were taken off politicians. There were politicians getting money from the Gay lobby and promising to vote for the legislation but when it passed they had a sudden conciseness problem.

 We know they could not have had problems on something they did not have and as a consequence those people ceased to count. That was NY  that year of 2011 but with a governor convinced NY had to show the world we still New York the Empire state with ‘cojones’ with his determination he convinced everyone to get on board. That was a great time to be in NY and to be a New Yorker. 

Same Sex marriage was not going to affect me but still I thought it was my duty as a citizen to protest sign petitions, write on the blog because it was a matter of civil rights and we needed to be treated the same as the straights. One thing is to say everyone is treated equal and another is thing is when the metal hits the asphalt, no this is not for you, you are not like us. In New York it did mattered and it made a lot of noise but it was only that,  noise.  With everything stupid and crazy anti gay people say to treat us below the standards, it not they listen to their conscience (they don’t have one) and not their bible they don’t even read, nor understand; It is just noise. Those that oppose to others to have what they have themselves, not to give because is not theirs to give but to support for other or just not stand at the door to impeded to have  the same equality they enjoy. Gay rights, gay civil rights, gay human rights, same sex marriage, what ever is called it is the easiest argument to win. Its like tissue paper and you know what you do with it after holding it a few seconds.
If the person has common sense and a conscience with the right information they will support equal rights for every human being.

Now the Governor is got more in mind. When you have centuries of denying people their constitutional rights (as per our Supreme Court) it takes more than a marriage certificate to bring everyone into the tent. This is what Governor Cuomo understands and he is going to make it still better.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany’s chambers waves after Victory in passing gay marriage legislation. Next the signing!

[ From Albany] Gay marriage has been legal in New York since 2011, and there’s nothing happening today that compares to the recent jailing of a rural Kentucky town clerk who refused to issue licenses to same sex couples.

But the drive to expand gay rights continues, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announcing a new SUNY Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy that includes a new data collection tool to determine the sexual orientation and gender identity of all students.

“Students will be able to select one of seven options (straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning or unsure) or write-in an orientation not identified,” Cuomo announced. “Within the same tool, students will be able to select one of seven options (man, woman, trans man, trans woman, genderqueer/gender-fluid, questioning or unsure) or write-in an identity.”

“Key to SUNY’s efforts to be inclusive, students will have the opportunity to update this data each semester; and SUNY will be able to review retention and completion patterns for students who self-identify by campus, by sector, and across SUNY to inform student support services,” Cuomo said. 

The new policy also includes “cultural competency training” for SUNY staff, appointing a Chief Diversity Officer on every campus, and faculty research to advance the goals laid out in the policy.

The new policy is intended to address “race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age, socioeconomic status, status as a veteran, status as an individual with a disability, students undergoing transition (such as transfer, stop-out, international student acclimation), and first-generation students.”

To Rev. Jason McGuire, the director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, the new laws, court rulings and regulations pertaining to government oversight of sexual matters is an affront to religious freedom.

“The ongoing effect is it forces people with strong religious convictions not to get involved in public life,” he said Friday.”That’s really the untold story — it removes those people from running for office and getting involved in government.

“Where does it stop?”

A Siena Poll released this summer indicated views like McGuire’s are in the minority in New York. By a margin of 64-28 percent, New Yorkers supported the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, with or without a law like New York has.

“Upstaters agree with the decision by a 21-point margin, New York City voters support it by a 35-point margin and downstate suburbanites agree with the decision by an overwhelming 75-19 percent margin,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in announcing the results.

The news that SUNY is creating a sexual and gender orientation database on its student body has attracted little attention, unlike the strident support and opposition to the marriage equality bill Cuomo pushed through the Legislature in June 2011.

Advocates on both sides of the issue demonstrated in the Capitol as the voting took place in the state Senate, where four Republicans switched positions at Cuomo’s request and voted yes.

They have all since left the Senate, either by not running or being defeated. One of was Roy McDonald, who was defeated in a primary by Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione (R-Marchione), who went on to win the general election.

The marriage law has settled into the routine now, with an estimated 10 percent of all marriages in New York now between same sex couples. After its adoption, a handful of town clerks who do not support gay marriage on religious ground either stepped down or assigned marriage license duties to other employees.

None were brought in before a federal judge like town clerk Kim Davis was in Kentucky, which does not have a marriage equality law but must abide by the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex unions.

When lawmakers return to Albany in January, a top issue will once again be GENDA — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

The gay rights lobbying group Empire Pride Agenda says the bill “would outlaw discrimination in New York State based on gender identity or expression. GENDA also would expand the state’s hate crimes law to explicitly include crimes against transgender people.”

The bill is modeled on laws now in effect in 10 places around the state, including Albany County, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and New York City. That latter location means that about 60 percent of New Yorkers are already covered by a local gender non-discrimination law.

The bill follows a 2003 law called SONDA, the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, which forbids discrimination against gays in “employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, and the exercise of civil rights.”

The law was the basis of a $13,000 penalty levied last year against the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, for turning down a lesbian couple who wanted to get married there.

McGuire said his group helped pay the money to show their support for fellow Christians who don’t accept the gay marriage law.

“We’ve heard this mantra from the left for so long that we need to get government out of our bedrooms,” McGuire said. “And literally this is now where they are going, forcing this family to have to open their bedrooms to these lesbian couples for their weddings, at least in this case.”

Kyle Hughes, NYSNYS News

August 1, 2015

Cops in New York beat up Man while calling him Homophobic names

 Original cops in Berlin. Has anything changed?

Again on the week in which a police officer was indicted for murder in Ohio for the unnecessary shooting of a motorist because he was missing a front license plate and did not cooperate with the officer as he wished. With all the tools in an officer’s tool box which he had on his hands like a radio to have back up, he decided to simplified things and go for the ultimate, use his gun instead.  He decided to shoot him in  the head and end of story! 

Now we have an incident in Staten Island New York City, which occurred 5 weeks ago. Here you have a mother committing the grave mistake in calling 911 to settle a domestic dispute between her two sons. The cops who answered the called (two units, four cops) decided to arrest the brother that stayed behind, because he was not being cooperative; But I believe as many that it was because this particular guy is gay. One of the cops would go further and say what cops use to say in the high days of the AIDS  epidemic: “He spit on me.”  It was usually a lie then and is a lie now.  It was a way toas an excuse to an arrest or to bumped up the charges after the arrest. I was in a situation in which I called the cops for help on a civil matter and found myself being accused of spitting on a homophobic gay cop (Metro Dade).On this case the judge ripped into the cop before dismissing the case. I also started a case with IA.

Even if this was true and I assure you it’s a tactic to arrest you for assault on the officer, the response from these four officers of the peace was completely inexcusable and disproportionate under any standards of police conduct in the city of NewYork or the Western world for that matter. To Beat one guy by four cops while he is down is not only cowardly but it is illegal.

The only reason we are talking about this is because there is a video from across the street, otherwise the cops get the benefit of the doubt. Somebody asked, Are these officers crazy to beat up someone up knowing that they will be held accountable? That is just it, they are not held accountable.* 
Even with the new program of implementing cams on the officers themselves, the cops and its Public hating Union wants to have the cop start the cams when they feel like it (language on the objection: To have the officers turn on the cam when there is evidence a crime is about to or being committed). 

You have to be in kindergarten to not understand that if this rule were to be adopted (I doubt that it will) you will no longer have a need of cams since they will only portray and protect the officer from false claims by the public but it will not protect the public.* Just the fact they have implemented this rule in the testing phase of the cams tells you a story about the mentality of the majority of the season’s cops’ in NYC. They see us the public, as the enemy the “Us vs. them” mentality.

The problems with the Police force in New York are not complex and they are similar to any large city force.  First, there is little or no accountability even after all the incidences that have occurred. 
Secondly, the engrained mentality on the older cops of 4 yrs or more is the reason they believe they are cops. They don’t see the protect part of the equation but the enforce part and that enface part includes the stye of mind of the officer at the time anyone challenges their authority. They have been taught (by whom??) they should not allow d people to challenged what they are doing or they will loose control.
We can not have a force believing they can nt be challenged. They have to know that they enforce laws to all including them as offices.  Not feelings of manhood, phobias, racism or political opinions.

Those two problems embodied what needs to be change and until this is changed the public that would need to call a cop for help is at danger of the same people entrusted with theirs, our protection.

Two problems that needs addressing*accountability* and repair their mentality to know the job is to *protect* the public

Adam Gonzalez

A gay Staten Island caterer says cops who were captured on video taking him down in his front yard, beat him while shouting homophobic slurs, the Daily News reported.

Louis Falcone, 31, wasn’t charged as a result of the June 19 takedown, and now plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, lawyer Eric Subin said.

“How can you do that - four people on one skinny, scrawny little guy?” Subin asked. “They’re criminals; they belong behind bars.”

A police source familiar with the incident said the mother called 911 about her two sons fighting and “tearing up the house.”

The source said that when officers arrived, Falcone was there, injured and banged up, and that his brother had already left. Falcone was confrontational and uncooperative, the source said, and spit in one officer’s face
before he was taken into custody and brought to Staten Island University North Hospital for evaluation.

Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
He says they roughed him up while calling him a “f**”and a “f****t.”
Anti-homosexual slurs aren’t audible on the video, which was taken from across the street and was viewed by the Daily News. “While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth,” he said. “One (of the cops) said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.’”
Falcone says his nightmare began around 4:30 a.m. when his brother arrived at the home “obnoxiously drunk” after a night of partying.

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Louis Falcone, 31, wasn’t charged as a result of a June 19 takedown, and now plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, lawyer Eric Subin said.

“We had words,” he said. “I was yelling at him; he was yelling at me.”
After the argument, and an hour after his brother left, says Falcone, he was trying to fall back to sleep when four cops showed up at the front door.
The cops told him they were there for a noise complaint, and he described what happened with his brother.
“As I’m talking to them through the screen door, they’re saying to come outside,” Falcone recalled. “I said, ‘For what?”
Then, his dog Looch, part pitbull, began barking.
“The cops said, ‘Get your dog out of here or I’ll f------ kill it!’” Falcone says. “I was like, ‘What do you mean you’re going to kill my dog?’”
He said he was shooing Looch away when an officer yanked Falcone outside.
“They threw me against the concrete in front of my house,” he said. “My first reaction was to try to get up a little bit.”
On the video, one of the officers is seen entering the home. Then, the others try to restrain Falcone on the ground.
Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
  Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
 Falcone, whose 66-year-old mom can be seen yelling from the doorway, said he had recently undergone foot surgery and was wearing a boot.
“Then they’re hitting me for no reason,” he said. “One puts his knee on my neck. They were all piling on top of me.”
He said he was pleading with cops to be careful with his foot.
“I said, ‘Please, I just had surgery on my foot,’” Falcone said. “One of the cops stepped on my foot. Another cop comes and steps on my head.”
Amid the fracas, it is not clear in the video if an officer stepped on Falcone’s foot.
Falcone says he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and needed more foot surgery.
The foot injuries have made it difficult to work for the catering company that employs him, he says.



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