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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Diaz Jr. Not Happy with Potential Armory Bids
After all the years of battling over the Kingsbridge Armory and the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. opposing the prior development plan, we now get word that he may be disappointed with the potential bidders. According to a posting in the wnyc blog, the BP is not excited by any of the proposals which are said to include a mega church but not a big box store. It would be sad, and more than ironic, if a good proposal is not submitted after Diaz led the effort to kill a former offer valued at over $300 million.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Post Writer Giove Calls Senator Klein Unethical
Post writer Candice Giove is perfecting the trade she learned at the knee of Andy Wolf at the Riverdale Review with an all out attack on the ethics of State Senator Jeff Klein. In this piece she does not leave a stone unturned in making her case that he is the most unethical person in the world -- even going after his pet iguana. She refers to him as "slick", "gamed the system", "possibly broken the law", "ethical breaches", and "perpetually tanned". Is it a coincidence that her mentor Andy Wolf hates Klein almost more than anyone (and that says a lot!).
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Former Diaz Aide Charged with Stealing from Non Profit
A former staffer to State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. has been charged with stealing $75,000 from a not for profit founded by Diaz. Over the years, Diaz has funneled over $500,00 to the organization. In a statement printed in the Norwood News, Diaz said “For now, my dear reader, you will have to wait for the results, but I assure you that if I ever lose my salvation, it will not be for taking money because I am in the business of giving not in the business of taking.” A day later Diaz sent out a very cryptic statement about the arrest.
Feds Reveal Espada Liked Sushi and Lobster
Now that former State Senator Pedro Espada's federal corruption trial is underway, there promises to be a daily list of interesting nuggets -- like today's disclosure that he spent more than $60,000 on sushi and lobster. The New York Post has the daily tally.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
BP Diaz Learns He May Not Have So Many "Friends"
Here is an interesting article about a hard lesson learned by Bronx Borough Presiden Ruben Diaz, Jr.'s about his large circle of "friends" on facebook. Here is a guy who has the maximum number of friends allowed by facebook (5000) and yet when he recently had a gathering for his facebook friends only about a dozen showed. Lesson one learned. Lesson two came weeks earlier when Diaz used facebook to garner support for the new Freshdirect project in the Bronx was blindsided by the lack of support from his friends. One posting by local gadfly Karen Argenti (pictured with Diaz) said it all -- " This is a plan to utilize public lands without reviewing community input….Too bad there wasn't an unlike button!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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