James O’Keefe Takes on Shelly Silver, NY’s Unions And Lawmakers In Incriminating New Video

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James O’Keefe posing as a government contractor in his new video. (Photo: YouTube)

The latest video from controversial conservative provocateur James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” implies unions and several big name New York politicians are colluding to earn state and federal contracts for do-nothing companies purporting to hire for so-called “environmental jobs.”

In the clip, Mr. O’Keefe portrays an executive for a business that literally digs ditches and fills them back up with more dirt. He visits with John Hutchings, whom he describes as a “director” of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and former assemblyman Ronald Tocci and another man who apparently discuss how easy it is for them to use their lobbyists and political connections to get cash for businesses.

“When we go for a bill, you know, you’ve got to get approval of the Senate, and the Assembly and then the Governor’s got to sign that. We have a lobbyist for the Senate [Republicans], and we have a lobbyist for the Democrats and that’s how we try to push our agenda through,” Mr. Hutchings says in the video.  Continue reading “James O’Keefe Takes on Shelly Silver, NY’s Unions And Lawmakers In Incriminating New Video”

Lowey, Engel Want Olympic Committee To Honor Israelis Killed In ’72 Games

munich terrorist1 Lowey, Engel Want Olympic Committee To Honor Israelis Killed In 72 GamesWestchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee urging the agency reconsider its decision to not honor the eleven Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

The duo requested a moment of silence in their honor before the start of the 2012 Games in London.

“The murder of 11 Israeli athletes by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics was a tragedy that reverberated far beyond the Games,” said Congresswoman Lowey, “It is necessary, important, and right to hold a minute of silence in recognition of the victims.  The continued refusal of the International Olympic Committee to honor the memories of these victims is unfathomable, and I urge the IOC to reconsider its decision.” Continue reading “Lowey, Engel Want Olympic Committee To Honor Israelis Killed In ’72 Games”

New York City’s Congressional Delegation Assure LGBT Youth ‘It Gets Better’ [Video]

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Jerry Nadler appearing in the "It Gets Better" video. (Photo: YouTube)

Several members of New York City’s Congressional delegation released an “It Gets Better” video today in an effort to stop Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth from committing suicide. Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Joe Crowley, Ed Towns, Eliot Engel and Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney all appeared in the video.

All of the members in the Congressional delegation make brief remarks in the video describing recent gains by the gay rights movement and assuring LGBT youth “it gets better.” Mr. Serrano recorded his remarks in Spanish. Mr. Nadler finishes the video by reciting the number for the Trevor Project Lifeline, a hotline for suicidal LGBT youth who are seeking help.

The video is part of the “It Gets Better Project,” an online initiative started by alt-weekly columnist Dan Savage and his husband in 2010. Several politicians and celebrities have recorded “It Gets Better” videos including President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe. Mr. Savage’s other well-known online political project was “Spreading Santorum,” an effort to promote Rick Santorum’s last name as a scatological euphemism in Google search results in response to the then Senator’s anti-gay comments. We doubt New York City’s House members will be making a “Spreading Santorum” video any time soon.

Watch the Congressional “It Gets Better” video below.

Views From the Top: Local Pols Make Sense of Bin Laden’s Death

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the blocks surrounding the World Trade Center site were flooded with people. “It’s awesome,” said 22-year-old Laura Cunningham, holding a Budweiser can while perched on the shoulders of her 6-foot-tall friend, Greg. “It’s weird to celebrate someone’s death,” she added. “It’s not exactly what we’re here to celebrate, but it’s wonderful that people are happy.” Continue reading “Views From the Top: Local Pols Make Sense of Bin Laden’s Death”