Friday, September 30, 2011


New York Daily News - 
Some two years ago, this column questioned a no-bid contract the Department of Education gave a computer firm called Future Technology Associates. ...

Wall Street Journal - Lisa Fleisher - 
Future Technology Associates, which was awarded a no-bid contract in 2005, inappropriately hired subcontractors and was tipped off by a DOE employee who was ...

Gotham Gazette (blog) - Gail Robinson - 
The company the department paid $75 million to do technical work on its purchasing, payroll and finance systems – Future Technology Associates — bilked the ...

GothamSchools - Rachel Cromidas - 
In the case of the contract with Future Technology Associates, the firm accused of fraud yesterday by the city schools investigator, panel members had less ...

Looks like New Yorkers and  "The Prisoner of City Hall" have another scandal to make their day.

I guess "The Prisoner of City Hall" is ruling the day he ran for that third term.

It is possible not since the days of Boss Tweed have there been these many scandals  and who knows how many more there will be.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Mayor Defends Footing Aides' Legal Bills In Haggerty Trial

NY1 -
Deputy Mayor Patti Harris and former Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey are witnesses in the grand larceny trial of John Haggerty, a former Bloomberg consultant ...

The John Haggerty trial: Azi Paybarah breaks down details on the ...

WNYC - Colby Hamilton -
The Empire blog alum and reporter Azi Paybarah has been closely covering theJohn Haggerty trial this week. ...

Bloomberg Did Not Conceal He Was Financing Ballot Security ...

ThirdAge -
Sheekey, who testified at the trial of Republican consultant John Haggerty, said the donation appeared on the Independence Party's finance reports. ...

Dennis Vacco and John Haggerty. Azi Paybarah

Capital New York - Azi Paybarah -
It was the end of the second full day of testimony in the trial of Republican political operative John Haggerty, who is accused of stealing more than $1 ...

Mayor Bloomberg defends choice to pay legal bills for City Hall ...

New York Daily News - Joe Straw - Larry Mcshane -
Both testified Tuesday in the case against Independence Party operative John Haggerty, accused of stealing $1.1 million from Bloomberg. ...

Haggerty's strategy: Bloomberg's money was there for the taking ...

Capital New York - Azi Paybarah -
What exactly is John Haggerty's defense strategy and what, really, is he on trial for? His lawyers aren't answering the first question. ...

Former Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey: Bloomberg Didn't Commit ...

Huffington Post - Samantha Gross - Jennifer Peltz -
The party then hired veteran Republican consultant John Haggerty, who had outlined an extensive ballot security plan for Bloomberg campaign leaders. ...

Mike's aides grilled

New York Post - Laura Italiano -
They've charged campaign consultant John Haggerty with tricking Bloomberg into funding a phantom, $1.1 million ballot-security operation during the mayor's ...

It's sweet justice for term limits

New York Post -
... campaign operative John Haggerty (right) with stealing $1.1 million of the payment, with the Independence Party keeping $100000 for its middle-man role. ...

There will be no winners only losers when all "The Truth" comes out.

The open question is will a "Smoking Gun" pop out and cause another "WaterGate" ?

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


As a Consultant Stands Trial, Bloomberg's Style Comes Under Scrutiny

New York Times - Michael Powell - 
Kevin Sheekey, a former deputy mayor and now a gilded operative for Bloomberg LP, sat in a witness chair in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday and affected a political handler's insouciance. Patricia E. Harris, the first ...

Top City Aide Grilled

Wall Street Journal - Michael Howard Saul - 
First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris, the most powerful appointed official in New York City government, was grilled under oath Tuesday about her role in the transfer of $1.1 million of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money to a political ...

Aide: NY mayor wasn't hiding poll-watching payment

Seattle Post Intelligencer - 
JENNIFER PELTZ, AP, SAMANTHA GROSS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) รข€” Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't try to hide that he was financing a poll-monitoring operation during his 2009 re-election campaign, a former top aide testified Tuesday at the trial ...

Aide at political operative's trial: NYC mayor wasn't trying to hide poll ...

Washington Post - 
By AP, NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't try to hide that he was financing a poll-monitoring operation during his 2009 re-election campaign, a former top aide testified Tuesday at the trial of a political operative charged with bilking the ...

Political Consultant's Defense Team Goes After the Mayor

WNYC (blog) - 
By WNYC Newsroom The defense team for political consultant John Haggerty, a former top aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Bloomberg did not try and hide the fact that he was financing a poll-monitoring operation during his 2009 re-election campaign. ...

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Capital New York - Azi Paybarah - 
The judge overseeing the case of the Republican political operative accused of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Bloomberg admonished a prosecutor for making a "totally inappropriate" and "improper" statement in front of the jury ...

Mayor's aide slammed by political operative in finance trial

amNY - Erik Ortiz - 
An attorney for accused political operative John Haggerty made a forceful attack on two of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides Tuesday in what could be a taste of what the Hizzoner himself may face next week. Prosecutors claim that Republican operative ...

Haggerty attorney probes Bloomberg aides over finance

Thomson Reuters News & Insight - Joseph Ax - 
NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - An attorney for accused political operative John Haggerty made a forceful attack on two of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides on Tuesday in what could be a taste of what the mayor himself may face next week. ...

Mayor's Deputies Defend Campaign Donation Allegedly Stolen by Worker

DNAinfo - Shayna Jacobs - 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris at an LMCC dinner at 7 World Trade Center in 2008. (Getty Images/Scott Wintrow) MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — They were called to testify by prosecutors, but a pair of current and former deputy ...

Haggerty lawyer attacks Patti Harris about spending Bloomberg's money, doesn't ...

Capital New York - Azi Paybarah - 
A gag order was lifted and a deputy mayor defended herself from a former state attorney general she said was yelling at her. It was the end of the second full day of testimony in the trial of Republican political operative John Haggerty ...

Trial Continues For Political Operative Accused Of Stealing From Bloomberg ...

CBS New York - Irene Cornell - 
Polital operative John Haggerty, charged with bilking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million, leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. A Manhattan judge denied Haggerty's request Tuesday to have the case against ...

The judge lifted the gag order and now all sides can spin all they want.

So will be "The Truth" or" Spin" ?

In the end the Jury will decide what "The Truth" is 

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Monday, September 26, 2011


In Consultant's Trial, Defense Attacks Mayor

New York Times - John Eligon - 
The story of how a Republican political consultant came to be accused of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009 can be traced to the mayor's re-election campaign in 2005, a lawyer for the consultant said on ...

Defense Strikes at Bloomberg

Wall Street Journal - Michael Howard Saul - 
Defense attorneys for a political operative charged with stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to turn the trial on its head Monday, accusing the mayor of "deception," "arrogance" and a drive to win his 2009 ...

Prosecutor says political consultant stole more than $1 million from NYC mayor ...

Washington Post - 
By AP, NEW YORK — A political consultant accused of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been turned into a scapegoat by mayoral staffers eager to distance themselves from unsavory campaign practices, a defense lawyer told ...

John Haggerty's trial raises key question: Did Bloomberg break campaign...

New York Daily News - Barbara Ross - 
John Haggerty leaves Manhattan Supreme Court for lunch on Friday as the last members of a jury were selected. Just before Halloween of 2009, Mayor Bloomberg and political operative John Haggerty sat down to finalize plans to spend $1.2 ...

John Haggerty Campaign Fund Trial Underway

Huffington Post - 
NEW YORK -- A political consultant stole more than $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg because he wanted to buy his father's house, a prosecutor said Monday. Republican consultant John Haggerty didn't have the money to pay for the ...

Mayor Bloomberg committed campaign fraud, accused thief John Haggerty's lawyer ...

New York Daily News - Melissa GraceCorky Siemaszko - 
John Haggerty (above), who is accused of stealing $1 million from Mayor Bloomberg, didn't take a dime he didn't deserve, his defense attorney claims. Mayor Bloomberg engaged in campaign fraud and his political ...

Att'y: Bloomberg 'theft' a cover-up

amNY - 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is no victim in the fraud case against his former campaign consultant, but is using the trial to hide his own campaign misdeeds, the defense argued Monday during opening statements in Manhattan. John Haggerty, 42, who worked for ...

Finally the trial and will the "Truth" set HaggertyGate free ?

Will anu smoking gun lead to a "WaterGate" ending for BLoomberGate ?

stay tuned

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Saturday, September 24, 2011


For Bloomberg, Waste Mars Another Digital Project

Soon after becoming mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg announced a plan to modernize the computer system that handles personnel information for New York City’s vast work force. The $66 million project was to be one of the signature technological innovations of his tenure.

Nine years later, his administration has already spent $363 million — and the work is far from done.
The administration has pressed ahead despite repeated warnings that the project is deeply troubled, according to a review of thousands of pages of city records, as well as dozens of interviews with officials and private contractors.
The administration’s own internal monitors regularly filed reports detailing chronic mismanagement, cost overruns and rampant waste.
“It was a runaway project,” said Raj Agarwal, a city official who managed the early stages of the new system before resigning in frustration over what he saw as the administration’s incompetence.
The administration has already weathered a scandal surrounding another sprawling project, CityTime, which was supposed to revamp the city’s payroll operations. The little-known tale of the personnel system offers fresh evidence that Mr. Bloomberg, who made his fortune revolutionizing information technology for Wall Street, has had difficulty carrying out a pledge to do the same with city government.
In both projects, the administration, bent on proving that outside consultants could improve the workings of government, ignored clear signs that the projects were foundering, the interviews and records show.
“No sense of economy, efficiency or value is evident in any area of the project,” the administration’s contract monitors wrote about the personnel system in March 2003, according to an internal report obtained under the Freedom of Information Law.
Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli
VJ Machiavelli

Friday, September 23, 2011


Tiny Neutrinos May Have Broken Cosmic Speed Limit

Roll over, Einstein?

The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists plans to announce Friday that it has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the cosmic speed limit — the speed of light — that was set by Albert Einstein in 1905.
If true, it is a result that would change the world. But that “if” is enormous.
Even before the European physicists had presented their results — in a paper that appeared on the physics Web site on Thursday night and in a seminar at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, on Friday — a chorus of physicists had risen up on blogs and elsewhere arguing that it was way too soon to give up on Einstein and that there was probably some experimental error. Incredible claims require incredible evidence.
“These guys have done their level best, but before throwing Einstein on the bonfire, you would like to see an independent experiment,” said John Ellis, a CERN theorist who has published work on the speeds of the ghostly particles known as neutrinos.
According to scientists familiar with the paper, the neutrinos raced from a particle accelerator at CERN outside Geneva, where they were created, to a cavern underneath Gran Sasso in Italy, a distance of about 450 miles, about 60 nanoseconds faster than it would take a light beam. That amounts to a speed greater than light by about 0.0025 percent (2.5 parts in a hundred thousand).
A long time ago I read a book called Faster than the speed of light by Joao Magueijo
Now we have beep beep there goes the Neutrinos.
Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli
VJ Machiavelli

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Unusual Question to Jurors: How Do You Like the Mayor?

New York Times - John Eligon - Colin Moynihan -
Even from the early stage of jury selection, the trial of John F. Haggerty Jr., a Republican political consultant accused of stealing over $1 million from ...

Jury Selection in Case Involving Mayor Bloomberg and the ...

Ballot Access -
On September 19, proceedings began in the criminal trial of John Haggerty, who is accused of taking over $1000000 in funds from the New York Independence ...

Prospect of Bloomberg in court makes picking jurors tricky

Thomson Reuters News & Insight - Joseph Ax -
... a witness -- was assured after Republican operative John Haggerty was charged with stealing $1.2 million from Bloomberg during his 2009 re-election bid. ...

Mayor Bloomberg takes center stage in campaign larceny trial

New York Post - Laura Italiano -
lead prosecutor Eric Seidel asked the first panel of prospective jurors today in the trial of John Haggerty. Jurors were questioned today about their ...

Get Out of Jury Duty if You Love Mike Bloomberg

Village Voice (blog) - Jen Doll -
... be fair in the upcoming trial of his former political consultant, John Haggerty, who stands accused of stealing $1.1 million in campaign contributions). ..

Bloomberg hugely popular among people who probably don't want to ...

Capital New York - Azi Paybarah -
The Daily News looks at how the prosecutors in the John Haggerty case are trying to get a woman he allegedly had an affair with to testify. ...

What Is Mayor Bloomberg Doing in the Middle of a $1 Million Grand ...

New York Magazine -
Jury selection started today in the trial of Republican political consultant John Haggerty, who stands accused of stealing more than $1 million from ..

Jurors: We like Mike

New York Post - Laura Italiano -
ON HOT SEAT: John Haggerty shows up at court yesterday to face trial in the alleged misappropriation of Bloomberg campaign funds. ...

Jury selection begins for ex-Bloomberg campaign aide alleged to ...

New York Post - Laura Italiano -
Jury selection began late this morning in the case of John Haggerty, the GOP operative charged with stealing a more than $1.1 million that ...

Trial of Michael Bloomberg aide set to fix glare on New York mayor

The Guardian -
US authorities have accused former Bloomberg operative John Haggerty Jr of grand larcency, taking $1m from the mayor under false pretenses and spending most ...

Mayor Bloomberg's star wattage may blind potential jurors in John ...

New York Daily News - Melissa Grace -
Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of political consultant John Haggerty on charges of stealing $1.1 million from the mayor during Bloomberg's 2009 ..

That is the 64 thousand dollar question who will the jury believe HaggerGate or BloomberGate.

Will any smoking guns be reveled that could lead to another WaterGate ?

Stay tune and all may become clear as the days go by

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


GOP upset win in NY portends challenge for Obama

Deseret News - Beth Fouhy - 4
Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the ...

GOP Upset Win In NY Portends Challenge For Obama

NPR - Andrew Taylor - Julie Pace -
by AP AP Bob Turner, center, joined by his wife Peggy, right, ... Weprin lost the special election to Republican Bob Turner in an unusually tight race in a ...

Republicans Score Upset Win In New York Special Election

TIME - Alex Altman -
Mary Altaffer / AP Bob Turner, center, joined by his wife Peggy, right, and family smiles as he ...

GOP upset win in NY portends challenge for Obama

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Beth Fouhy -
An upset win by Weprin's opponent, Republican Bob Turner in the Brooklyn and Queens area ...Weprin lost the special election to Republican Bob Turner in an ...

Republican wins in New York Democratic stronghold

Reuters - Shannon Stapleton - Thomas Ferraro -
Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive who had called the election a repudiation of President Barack Obama, defeated Democrat David Weprin, ...

Turner Defeats Weprin For Weiner's Congressional Seat

NY1 -
Republican Bob Turner captured the seat vacated by long-time Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner, upsetting Democrat David Weprin in Tuesday's special ...

Republican wins Democratic New York House seat

Washington Post - Paul Kane -
Mary Altaffer/AP - Republican Bob Turner won the race to succeed Anthony Weiner in ... Bob Turner, the winner, cast the election as a referendum on Obama's ...

Yoo hoo, Mr. President

New York Post -
Voters in overwhelmingly Democratic sections of Queens and Brooklyn yesterday elected a Republican, Bob Turner, to Congress. That's after Turner, along with ...


Agenzia Giornalistica Italia -
53% of the votes gave the seat to the Republican Bob Turner, a businessman, who won a Congress seat in a NY district under Democrat control since the 1920's ...

Yes how sweet it is, and now comes the really hard part being a congressperson from the 9th.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli