Two former supervisors at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Michael Provenzano and Luis Adorno, pleaded guilty today to federal bribery charges. In the press release touting the conviction, Department of Investigation Commissioner Gill Hearn stated, “These two ex-employees lost their City jobs and are now felons who have admitted taking bribes. Their conduct shows the peril and foolishness of corruption.”
The Uniformed Firefighters Association endorsed Councilman Eric Ulrich‘s campaign to knock out Democratic Senator Joe Addabbo this afternoon in Middle Village, Queens. In a statement, UFA President Stephen Cassidy said, “His record of fighting for the middle class and working to make sure our firefighters have the resources to keep New York City safe is exactly what we need in the Senate.”
Another GOP official touting a union endorsement today was Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden with the
Professional Public Employees Association. Quote Mr. Golden, “This endorsement is another signal to the union labor force of my district that I have and will continue to put their members and families first.”
We received this notice from State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky‘s office:
“Attached is an advisory regarding an event tomorrow, in which Sen. Stavisky and Assemblymembers Simanowitz and Meng will welcome a maple syrup exhibition from Verona, NY to John Bowne High School. Due to security requirements at JBHS, an RSVP from members of the press is required. I hope to see you all there. And yes, there will be syrup samples available!”
The fallout from Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s implosion continues to batter high-ranking elected officials. Notably, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli insisted that his staff had a “very limited” role in the sexual harassment settlement. “So, because of all the concerns that have been raised, I said, ‘Staff, do we need to do things differently, should there be more red flags?’” he explained. “And we’re reviewing that and perhaps there’ll be some changes in our policies that will come out as a result of that.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said, despite the sudden protests of industry advocates, his administration is totally not walking back its previous position of vaguely hinting tit would eventually allow limited hydrofracking. “There is no step back,” Mr. Cuomo articulated.
Azi Paybarah took a deeper dive into GOP mayoral candidate George McDonald‘s quest to shatter some of New York City’s campaign finance limits.