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The Bobster
10-11-2016, 07:15 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/city-council-declares-support-for-local-muslims/

City Council declares support for local Muslims
By Michael Gartland
October 11, 2016 | 9:52pm

The City Council, which last month condemned a boycott of Israel, moved Tuesday to declare its support for local Muslims.

The non-binding proposal, which was voted out of committee and is likely to be approved by the full council Thursday, declares support for Muslim communities, “affirms the religious pluralism of the United States, and urges all residents to stand together for peace and understanding.”

Councilman Daneek Miller (D-Queens), the body’s only Muslim, says he was prompted to introduce the measure following an increase in bias attacks and Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Muslims. :rolleyes:

“We don’t get better if we don’t engage,” Miller said at a Cultural Affairs Committee hearing. “If we’re not talking about it, we’re not fixing it.”

Miller said the timing of the resolution had nothing to do with a proposal denouncing critics of Israel seeking to “delegitimize” the Jewish state. That resolution attracted protesters to a public hearing.

One of them, Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, questioned why the council would take up such an issue at the time. But on Tuesday, she voiced support for the council’s pro-Muslim message.

“Silence is violence,” she said. :rolleyes:

The Bobster
10-12-2016, 09:34 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/12/leaked-email-shows-de-blasio-planned-to-support-clinton-all-along/

Leaked email shows de Blasio planned to support Clinton all along
By Yoav Gonen
October 12, 2016 | 11:36am

Mayor de Blasio sought to soothe the Hillary Clinton campaign while publicly dithering over endorsing her in 2015 — reassuring them he was supportive despite a September 2015 meeting with her primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In a Sept. 18, 2015 email released by Wikileaks Wednesday, de Blasio also told Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook that if he was asked about the lack of an endorsement on an upcoming appearance on This Week with George Stephanopolous he’d cite the “The Progressive Agenda and a few areas where I’m seeking clarification.”

“I will… have lots of praise for Hillary and her increasingly clear, strong agenda. Will say her campaign is doing much better than the conventional wisdom recognizes,” he writes.

But he also informed Mook that he’d “praise Bernie’s ideas if asked.” :rolleyes:

De Blasio withheld his endorsement of Clinton in an apparent bid to play a more prominent role in the presidential election, but his efforts fell flat. :p

A December 2015 candidates’ forum that he planned to hold in Iowa – and which he references in the email – had to be canceled after none of the candidates agreed to show up.

The Progressive Agenda was a non-profit group de Blasio launched that year to try to steer the Democratic candidates to the left.

Hizzoner’s endorsement of Clinton turned out to be a low-key affair, with an announcement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in late October 2015 without the candidate by his side.

City Hall officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Bobster
10-12-2016, 10:40 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/12/leaked-email-shows-de-blasio-planned-to-support-clinton-all-along/

Leaked email shows de Blasio criticized Clinton during debate
By Yoav Gonen
October 12, 2016 | 11:36am | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton’s TV performance after she made a March 2016 primary debate question about her rather than about the issue, according to a release of campaign records by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

Even before Clinton’s March 6 bout with Sen. Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan, was over, Hizzoner shot off an email to chairman John Podesta expressing his concerns, according to documents posted online.

“Hillary was fantastic on the gun control answer, then totally blew the mass incarceration question. Why on Earth did she say ‘Are you going to ask Senator Sanders that question?’ instead of just addressing the issue[?]” the mayor wrote on March 6.

“When she makes it about her, she loses the high ground,” de Blasio added. “Stating the obvious, I know, but she keeps doing it…”

The subject line of the email to Podesta was “’I’ police,” suggesting the mayor was keeping tabs on Clinton’s references to herself.

Podesta wrote back that de Blasio’s criticism was “very fair.”

“She’s better in her speeches but reverts in this format,” he wrote. “Since we have another debate in 3 days we can work on it.”

Transcripts of the debate show Clinton was asked about her husband Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill when he was president — which CNN host Don Lemon said locked up a “generation of black men.”

“The question is why should black people trust you this time to get it right?” he said to Clinton, according to an online transcript.

“Well, Senator Sanders voted for it as well. Are you going to ask him the same question?” she responded, before providing a more complete answer.

The emails released Wednesday are the fourth batch of Podesta correspondence posted publicly by WikiLeaks.

The Clinton campaign has accused Russia of being behind the hack of thousands of campaign emails in a bid to boost presidential rival Donald Trump.

Wednesday’s release also showed that de Blasio sought to soothe the Clinton campaign while publicly dithering over endorsing her in 2015 — reassuring them he was supportive despite a September 2015 meeting with Sanders.

In a Sept. 18, 2015, email, de Blasio also told the campaign if he was asked about the lack of an endorsement on an upcoming appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” he’d blame “The Progressive Agenda and a few areas where I’m seeking clarification.”

“I will… have lots of praise for Hillary and her increasingly clear, strong agenda. Will say her campaign is doing much better than the conventional wisdom recognizes,” he wrote to campaign staffers who aren’t identified in the email.

But he also informed them that he’d “praise Bernie’s ideas if asked.”

De Blasio withheld his endorsement of Clinton in an apparent bid to play a more prominent role in the presidential election, but his efforts fell flat.

A December 2015 candidates’ forum that he planned to hold in Iowa — and which he references in the email — had to be canceled after none of the candidates agreed to participate.

The Progressive Agenda was a nonprofit group de Blasio launched that year to try to steer the Democratic candidates to the left.

Hizzoner’s endorsement of Clinton turned out to be a low-key affair, with an announcement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in late October 2015 without the candidate by his side.

City Hall and reps for the Clinton campaign didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Bobster
10-13-2016, 08:20 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/13/nyc-forced-to-back-track-after-gaving-staffers-unlawful-pay-hikes/

NYC forced to back track after giving staffers unlawful pay hikes
By Yoav Gonen
October 13, 2016 | 1:27am

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HPD Commissioner Vicki Bee and Mayor Bill de Blasio
Photo: Paul Martinka


City housing officials inexplicably showered agency workers with eye-popping 40 percent wage increases — and now they have to claw back the pay hikes because the unilateral move violates collective bargaining rules, The Post has learned.

As many as 300 Department of Housing Preservation and Development workers in the Division of Tenant Resources were awarded the early Christmas present, *according to an HPD source.

It included significantly lifting the baseline annual salary for HPD case managers from around $35,000 to $50,000.

Workers were told in August that the pay bumps — retroactive to July 1 — were a “thank you” intended to keep their salaries competitive with similar titles at other agencies.

The NYC Housing Authority, for example, has staffers who deal with similar tenant issues.

But when the city’s labor office learned of the unilateral hikes, it ordered a freeze — leaving HPD Commissioner Vicki Been to deal with the flub.

“HPD has been advised by the city’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR) that the salary adjustments were not done according to the city’s collective bargaining process and will very likely need to be rolled back in whole or in part,” she wrote in a Sept. 21 *e-mail to staffers.

Workers, some who had been chatting around the office about being able to quit a second job, were shaken by the about-face.

Some have also been angered by a lack of communication since Been’s e-mail.

“Sentiment ranges from despondent . . . up to worried and confused as to how this happened,” an HPD staffer told The Post.

Most of the workers are represented by Social Service Employees Union Local 371, which has a contract under District Council 37 that runs through July 2017.

Union President Anthony Wells declined to comment “because we’re in discussions with the City of New York.”

HPD officials confirmed they were notified by the Office of Labor Relations last month that the salary adjustments would likely have to be nixed or at least trimmed, but noted that the pay hikes are still in place pending a final determination.

They said they’re working with several city agencies, along with the union, to minimize the impact on workers who had been counting on increased take-home pay.

HPD officials also noted that workers won’t be asked to return any of the money paid out prior to Been’s e-mail and that a separate, 3 percent collective-bargaining *increase remains in place.

Officials at HPD and Labor Relations didn’t immediately respond to questions about where the increased funding had come from.

The Bobster
10-14-2016, 07:47 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/14/notorious-slumlord-a-longtime-de-blasio-supporter/

Notorious slumlord a longtime de Blasio supporter
By Rich Calder and Gillian Kleiman
October 14, 2016 | 2:44am

A developer named one of the Big Apple’s worst slumlords Thursday is a longtime financial supporter of Mayor de Blasio.

Efstathios “Steve” Valiotis ranked third in an annual Top 100 list of worst landlords tallied by Public Advocate Letitia James.

Records show that his Queens-based Alma Realty donated $5,000 to de Blasio’s nonprofit Campaign for One New York, while company officials chipped in another $5,525 to the mayor’s 2013 campaign fund.

Alma had 1,077 open violations with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and another 64 with the Buildings Department in eight buildings it manages around the city, according to James’ report.

Valiotis claimed he has “remediated the majority of violations identified” and that his effort to rehabilitate his buildings will continue.

The Bobster
10-14-2016, 07:49 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/14/de-blasio-agencies-40-pay-hikes-a-mistake-were-going-to-fix/

De Blasio: Agencies’ 40% pay hikes a mistake ‘we’re going to fix’
By Yoav Gonen
October 14, 2016 | 2:33am

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday acknowledged that the awarding of hefty raises to hundreds of housing workers over the summer wasn’t done appropriately — and that the salary increases will not go ahead as planned.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded raises as high as 40 percent to nearly 300 tenant-resources workers on July 1 — but without getting approval from the city’s budget office.

“I think this was a bureaucratic foul-up, [that] is the bottom line. :rolleyes: And it’s rare :rolleyes: — I don’t remember anything like this in many years working in government,” the mayor said after an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn.

“It was wrong. I think it was not an ill-intentioned mistake, but it was a mistake that shouldn’t have happened and we’re going to fix it.”

City and union officials are set to meet in the coming days to work on a solution that doesn’t involve simply revoking the raises.

Many of the HPD staffers saw their baseline salaries boosted from roughly $35,000 to $50,000 as a result of the unauthorized hikes.

The Bobster
10-14-2016, 08:21 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/10/14/the-nypd-might-have-an-exodus-on-its-hands/

The NYPD might have an exodus on its hands
By Shawn Cohen
October 14, 2016 | 1:10am

Take this badge and shove it!

Nearly 600 of New York’s Finest nearing retirement age have RSVP’d for a pension seminar next week — four times the number who normally sign up by this point, organizers told The Post.

The Tuesday event for members of the officers, sergeants and detectives unions will be held at Antun’s in Queens Village and feature retirement advice from Joe Maccone, former commanding officer of the NYPD’s pension section.

The venue holds 700, and organizers fear they will be forced to turn some people away at the doors.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said that typically about 150 cops RSVP in the week before the event, and the record number of reservations points to a looming exodus of veteran officers.

The union blames the increased interest in the retirement seminar on job dissatisfaction, including low pay and low morale.

The NYPD did have a spike in hiring from 1,593 to 2,418 between 1996 and 1997 — and cops can *retire with full pensions after 20 years. :mad:

But PBA officials said RSVPs had never before surged like this — even when the event fell 20 years after a similar peak in hiring.

In a PBA poll conducted in March, the vast majority of cops found the city a more dangerous place since 2014, while 96 percent said relations between cops and the neighborhoods they patrol had gotten worse — a problem that new Commissioner James O’Neill is seeking to address with a new community policing program.

Meanwhile, 89 percent of cops polled said they would quit the NYPD if they were offered a higher-paying job in law enforcement, while 86 percent said they would not recommend the job to family members.

“Given that NYC police officers are the lowest-paid police officers in the metropolitan area, it’s no surprise that the number considering retirement is skyrocketing,” said PBA President Patrick Lynch.

“Nearly 90 percent of our members said they would leave for a better-paying job, which is backed up by this dramatic increase of officers who are considering retiring as soon as they become eligible.

“We cannot stand to lose more fully trained and highly experienced police officers in New York City, and it is critical for Mayor de Blasio to address this problem before it becomes an even greater risk to public safety,” Lynch said.

“It’s just not the same job it was 20 years ago,” said one officer who plans to attend the seminar. “A lot of guys don’t want to stay. They don’t want to be cops anymore.”

NYPD spokesman Peter Donald said the record enrollment for the pension seminar shows merely that more officers are practicing “prudent financial planning.”