Capers Nominated for US Attorney Slot

Oct 12, 15 Capers Nominated for US Attorney Slot

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The White House announced last week that it was nominating Robert L. Capers, Brooklyn’s federal prosecutor, to the position of United States attorney covering the Eastern District. That includes Queens, Staten Island, Long Island as well as Brooklyn. Capers is 44, and has served as prosecutor for over 20 years and in the Eastern District since 2003. He is now the senior prosecutor in the public integrity unit of the district. His father and brother both worked in the New York Police Department. If Capers is elected he will replace Loretta Lynch. Lynch left her position in April as the Eastern District’s US attorney to become the US attorney general. Kelly T. Currie has been acting as the Eastern District’s AG since Lynch’s...

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Boro President Adams Travels to Turkey All Expenses Paid

Aug 17, 15 Boro President Adams Travels to Turkey All Expenses Paid

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It was Borough President Redux as Eric Adams did a rerun of what his predecessor Marty Markowitz did, but with a bit more intelligence. Adams took the Turkish government up on their offer to pay for the President’s visit to Turkey, to the tune of $7,500 to cover expenses for the five day trip, just as Marty Markowitz did in 2011, but with one big difference. Adams made sure to get the city’s ethics panel to agree to the trip in advance, something Markowitz failed to do. For his failure the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board fined Markowitz $20,000, for his trip to Turkey and two other trips paid for by foreign governments, and for also taking his wife along. Not only did Adams ask permission, since he has no wife, he just brought along his important (if less fun) special counsel Ama Dwimoh. The trip took place from August 11-15, during which Adams signed a sister-city agreement between his fair city of Brooklyn and the Uskudar district of Istanbul. He also met with local leaders to discuss the importance and potential of cooperation between the two places. They also discussed the importance of fighting against the threat of terrorism. Several Brooklyn neighborhoods have large Turkish populations, including Brighton Beach, Midwood and Sheepshead...

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Brooklyn Heights Could Become Clinton’s Campaign HQ

Mar 15, 15 Brooklyn Heights Could Become Clinton’s Campaign HQ

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It is expected that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her intention to join the race for the Democratic nomination to run for president, any day now. And when that day arrives she will need a place to call her campaign home. Rumor has it that that home may be in Brooklyn. CNN reported: “Clinton and her team…are nearing a deal for office space at the MetroTech complex in Brooklyn. A lease has not been signed yet, according to a source with knowledge, but very serious negotiations are ongoing and the Clinton team settled on Brooklyn after eying other locations around New York City. Clinton supporters see a number of benefits in Brooklyn, including ease of attracting talent to the New York area and the fact that it’s known for ethnic and socio-economic diversity.” Setting up shop is not a simple proposition in an increasingly high-rent district like Brooklyn Heights where Clinton’s team has been making enquiries. Rents there are almost at levels found in Manhattan, which is bad news for low-paid campaign staffers who will have to find quarters close to the headquarters. CNN mentioned that the campaign is asking local supporters to open their homes to the young workers. Another perceived downside is the fact that Brooklyn Heights is only two subway stops away from Wall...

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Jeb Bush Garnering Financial Advice in New York and Beyond

While many of us New Yorkers may not, yet, have our eyes on the next political election — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush definitely does. Bush is moving quickly to garner financial support in the wealthy areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Interestingly, he is making direct personal appeals to many of the Wall Street supporters of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, who recently said he does not plan to run in 2016. A few recent fundraisers offer cases in point. Bush recently had a $100,000 per ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife. The money will go towards Bush’s “Right to Rise” super PAC, and the admission price surprised even Wall Street veterans who are used to high ticket fundraisers. As part of his schedule that week he also had lunch with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. These events followed on the heels of a super PAC fundraiser that he had in Tallahassee, Florida with several hundred of the state’s top donors and fundraisers. This event was open to reporters, signaling part of Bush’s effort to have a transparent campaign for president. Similarly, Bush has a number of events scheduled that involve Goldman Sachs executives. His first Goldman event will take place at the Ritz Carlton and is organized by Dina Powell. The $5000 per head event will include some of the younger Goldman executives. Later in the evening James Donovan, Goldman Sachs managing director, will be organizing a $50,000 per head event. As a key   advisor for Mitt Romney, Jim Donovan, Goldman Sachs, now appears to be playing the same role for Bush. The event will also feature John Thain, a former Goldman president who was CEO of the New York Stock Exchange. Other event organizers, along with James Donovan, include Scott Kapnick, chief executive of Highbridge Capital, and Ed Forst, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield. If these events are indicative of Bush’s plans, New York should get ready for a...

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Brooklyn Bidding for DNC in 2016

Jun 08, 14 Brooklyn Bidding for DNC in 2016

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Although the Democratic National Convention has been hosted several times in New York City, and the Republican National Convention was held in 2004 at Madison Square Garden, there has never been a DNC or RNC held in Brooklyn. That might all change as Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that Brooklyn, more specifically Barclay’s Center, will apply for the honor of hosting the DNC in 2016. “The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant than it is today” the mayor said. “We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.” Last April the Democratic National Committee asked 15 cities to submit official requests to host the 2016 convention. Aside from New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City were also invited to bid. “Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center is the perfect spot for the Democratic National Convention – and not just because it’s in my home borough and I could walk there from my house” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said. “New York City is the center of the media universe, home to a diverse population from every state in our union, and is the cultural capital of the world, making it the ideal setting for the Democratic Party’s Convention. The venue sits atop a treasure trove of transportation options that can whisk attendees to and from the Big Apple’s limitless attractions and hotels. I couldn’t be more excited that New York City submitted their bid to make Barclays in Brooklyn the host of the 2016 Democratic National...

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High Fashion Feud Festering Among Boro Presidents

Mar 09, 14 High Fashion Feud Festering Among Boro Presidents

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  Fashion Week is just a few days away, and our dedicated leaders are doing what they can to get the word out. Or perhaps it has nothing to do with fashion week, and they are just teasing each other about who is the “fairest borough president” in New York, a la “Sleeping Beauty.” Whichever it is, there can be no denying that Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President, was not taking Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams comment on his fashion sense lying down. Stating boldly only days after winning his seat as Brooklyn beep that he was the New York beep with the most fashion sense, Adams challenged the four other presidents at an event to promote NYC Fashion Week, which begins on March 13. Queens BP Melinda Katz and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer chose not to participate in the fashion fiasco, while Staten Island BP James Oddo pleaded no-contest. “If my two socks match with each other and/or my suit, I consider it a victory” said Oddo. “That said, I’m ready to challenge my colleagues to a pull up contest, and if that doesn’t work I’ll win the wiffle ball contest for sure.” That left just Diaz as the sole challenger to Adams’ claims. “No one is scared of Eric Adams over here” Diaz said. “He’s got to be careful about trying to proclaim that all of the best things come out of Brooklyn.” But Adams held his ground. “Everyone knows that out of all the borough presidents, I’m the most fashionable” Adams declared. Not everyone agrees, however, that New York’s leaders are such unmitigated fashion plates. Robert Verdi, for one, reacted to the photographs of each BP dressed to the nines. “Adams looks like a Donald Trump wannabe” said the former “Fashion Police” host. “And Diaz looks like a delivery boy – specifically a newspaper delivery boy from 1945.” Verdi allowed that Adams’ pink tie was ‘smart”™ and he also approved of Diaz’s pattern-over-pattern layering. However, he felt they couldn’t go...

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