Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Flacks Report "July" 2010 - Up-dated for Sept. 2010

County Leader: Controlling the Panel?---Most Find Dems Too Liberal---County Exec. to Meet Thurs., Oct. 7th, to Select a Replacement for Matt Cooper---Another Petition Printer---Betsey and Peter---Skurnik Reports on Board of Election Petition Challenges---New NYC Board of Elections Deputy Executive Director---Joseph Force Crater
County Leader: Controlling the Panel?

It appears that the Keith Wright, the new County Leader, is deviating from his predecessor Denny Farrell, in attempting to control the Party’s Supreme Court Screening Panel. Without authority, Wright appointed the panel’s administrator, and has once again put the Jewish Lawyers Guild--neither a legal nor community group, but a religious fraternal organization--on the panel. Both moves were made over the objections of his own judiciary committee. More later as the story develops.

Most Find Dems too Liberal

A near-record majority of Americans believe the Democratic Party is "too liberal." That's according to a new Gallup Poll (14 June 10) that finds 49 percent of Americans believe Democrats have moved too far left. That number is up 10 points since 2008 and just 1 point shy of the all-time record set in 1994 when Democrats lost control of Congress. According to the poll, 38 percent now believe the Dems' views are "about right"—a 12 point decrease since 2008.

By comparison, 40 percent of those surveyed believe Republicans are "too conservative"—down 3 points since '08—and 41 percent believe the party's views are "about right." That number marks a 7 percent increase in the last two years.

Why the sudden reversal of fortunes? Democrats are losing the support of so-called independent and swing voters. According to Gallup, 52 percent of independent voters say Democrats are "too liberal," compared to 40 percent two years ago. It's unclear how the same voting bloc feels about Republicans. While the poll cites no specific data on this question, it reports that independents' views on the GOP has been largely consistent over the past two years.

—By Holly Bailey, senior political writer for Yahoo! News

County Exec. Committee to Meet to Pick Judge

The New York County Regular Democratic Party's executive committee (comprised of all the district leaders) shall meet next Thursday evening, 7th October, 2010, at 6 P.M. at the County office (461 Park Ave. S. at E. 30th Str.) to select a replacement on the November General election ballot for Civil Court Judge (a N.Y. County-wide seat). This vacancy materialized when incumbent Civil Court Judge Matthew Cooper declined the nomination because he was designated at the Party's Sept. 21st judicial convention for a seat on the State Supreme Court.

The leading contenders for the seat are: Michael Lee Katz, law clerk to B. Ruth Kapnick, J.S.C.; Erika McDaniel Edwards, an attorney in the law firm reputed to do legal work for County Leader Wright; and Paul Allan Goetz, a lawyer who works for Michael Cardozo.

Katz, "always a bridesmaid, but never a bride," is the fave of the Lex. club and Eastsiders. Edwards, who is the choice of the County Leader (and was his choice earlier for Civil Court), "resides" in the same office suite as Keith Wright's chief-of-staff and co-law chair and also his Supreme Court panel administrator. Goetz, who is an assistant corporation counsel for commercial and real estate litigation, has support in the gay community. All were reported as qualified earlier this year by the Party's Civil Court screening panel.

The meeting is open to the public. You are urged to contact your district leaders as to whom you support.

Another Petition Printer

Attorney Sarah Steiner has started a petition preparing and printing business in addition to her election law practice. She is at 401 East 74th Street, N.Y.C. 10021, and her telephone number is (917) 776+51.75.

Betsey and Peter

Betsey Ball and Peter Cutler were married on 3rd July, 2010, in Buffalo, New York, the bride's home town. The bridegroom works for the Buffalo City Mayor. Betsey always wanted to marry on the Fourth of July, which this year fell on a Sunday. Because the priest had masses to conduct, he requested that the couple hold the wedding ceremony the day before. The reception was at the Buffalo Country Club. The theme? Independence Day, of course: Red, White, and Blue bunting, flags, pinwheels, fireworks, favors. Red velvet cake with white icing and blue decoration. But best of all were the cards to indicate one's table at the reception. The tables were not numbered or lettered, but each had the name of a signer of the Declaration of Independence! Nice touch. Mazel Tov Betsey and Peter!

Skurnik Reports on Some Board of Elections Petition Challanges

At the risk of receiving comments that I’m once again subtly defending the indefensible, I’m presenting a report on the first 3 days of hearings on petition challenges at the New York City Board of Elections.

There were a few cases still to be heard, and some cases will be heard in court, so this report is not the final word.

Once again, it seemed to me, that there were many less challenges involving “technicalities” than in most years. Most candidates who were removed from the ballot did not appear to defend their petitions, which seems to me to mean they simply did not file enough signatures from registered voters – for example a State Senate candidate in Brooklyn’s petitions contained a total of 89 signatures when 1,000 were required.

Among of the more significant decisions made by the Board was the removal from the ballot of two incumbent Democratic District Leaders. This is the first time that I remember something like this happening.

One of the two was former Councilman Kendall Stewart from Brooklyn, who did not defend his petition. I assume the earlier report on Room 8 about Councilman Stewart’s health was a major factor in this.

The other was Martha Flores-Vasquez from Flushing, who was removed because her petition left out the word Female and only listed the position sought as Democrat District Leader when separate votes are cast for Male & Female. I leave it for others to debate whether this is a “technicality” or not.

Two other Queens candidates for Democratic District Leader were removed because they do not live in the districts in which they were running. They argued that District Leaders only have to live in their districts on Primary Day but the Board disagreed.

A few candidates were removed because their petitions contained candidates for different Assembly Districts in the same petition. This was considered a violation until a few years ago when the Appellate Court allowed it. Last year, the law was changed to once ago disallow this. I suspect that the candidates did not know the law had changed. I know that I didn’t know.

Two other cases of candidates being removed seem to have some possible significance to this year’s elections. In one case, Francisco Tirado, a Community Board District Manager, who was one of 3 candidates opposing State Senator Pedro Espada in the Democratic Primary was removed for lack of signatures and did not appear to defend.

In the other, John Tabacco, a former City Council candidate and registered member of the Independence Party, who is attempting to challenge Congressman Mike McMahon for the IP line. Mr. Tabacco did appear to defend his petitions and there were a number of technical issues raised. He is now in court trying to get back on the ballot.

New N.Y.C. Board of Elections Deputy Executive Director

For background on the new N.Y.C. Deputy Executive Director, see:;jsessionid=0A6B6B59C32E20C1CF838F982F055B1B

It has been reported that the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation, the Mayor, and the Corp. Counsel are furious about Dawn Sandow’s promotion after D.O.I. apparently documented her false registration. Why haven't "Reform" district leaders in Manhattan been speaking out about Manhattan Dem. Commissioner Greg Soumas approving this deal brokered by Stanley Schlein?

Joseph Force Crater?

Now is the winter of our fiscal discontent
made glorious summer by this son of Mario.
Tele.: (212) 840+12.34

October 2010 Selected Events

[Those events requesting contributions are indicated by $.]
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2nd October, 2010, Saturday. B.M.A.'s First Sat. Night until 11 P.M. Go, now that you have some time off from politics. For travel directions and events (and remember that the regular galleries are open, too), link to:

7th October, 2010, Thursday, at 6 o'clock P.M. The New York County Regular Democratic Committee executive committee (the district leaders [sic]) meet in plenary session to choose a candidate to appear on the November General election ballot for the County-wide Civil Court seat from which Matthew Cooper declined because of his nomination to the State Supreme Court trial bench at the First Judicial District's convention on the 21st inst. This meeting is open to the public. 461 Park Ave. S. @ E. 30th Str., Manh.

18th October, 2010, Monday, 6 to 8 P.M. Fund-raiser for Micah Kellner. Chez Ellenson, 360 E. 88th Str. - Apt. 21-A, Manh. (917) 250+17.48. $

22nd October, 2010, Friday at 8 A.M. City Law breakfast forum. The 2010 N.Y.C. Charter Revision Commission Recommendations. Speaker: Matthew Goldstein, C.U.N.Y. Chancellor. N.Y. Law School, 185 West B'way (betw. Worth & Leonard Sts.) - 2nd Fl.

23rd October, 2010, Saturday at 7 P.M. Palm Beach County Dem. Party annual dinner. Palm Beach convention center. Info.: Mark Alan Siegel, (561) 212-80.35. $
This information is supplied as a public service, and is not an endorsement of the identified activity, candidate, charity, club, meeting, organization, or topic. All information is believed to be accurate as of the original publication date of this posting. E. & o.e.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Marian Schuman in Memoriam

A memorial service for Marian Schuman, a founding member of Community Free Democrats, and an indefatigable campaigner and organizer, will be held this Sunday, 26th September, 2010, at 1 o'clock P.M. at the home of her cousin Ann, 520 West 19th Street (near 10th Ave.) - Apt. #2-B, Manhattan. You are welcome to make a brief statement at the service.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Results: Dem. 1st Jud. Dist. Nominating Convention

In short, last night's Democratic Party's Judicial Nominating Convention for Justice of the State Supreme Court, First Judicial District (three vacancies), designated the following for the November, 2010, General Election ballot.(Further details to follow later when The Flacks Report resumes.)

Jeffrey Oing.......Matthew Cooper.......Cynthia Kern

Odds-on favorites for next year: Manny Mendez (¿Porque no Analisa Torres?) and Ellen Gesmer. And a Civil Court spot for Lex. Club favorite Michael Lee Katz.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sept. 2010 Events & Receptions - Revised

Selected Events
[Events which request contributions are indicated by $.]
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16th September, 2010, Thursday, from 5:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. Reception for Anil Singh. Chez Singh, 230 West 105th Str. – Apt. #13-A, just East off B’way.

19th September, 2010, Sunday:
Jeffrey Oing, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott Str. (betw. Canal & Hester).

Saliann Scarpulla
, 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Chez Nichols, 161 West 15th Str. (@ 7th Ave. ), suite #3-H. [ 7th Ave. IRT to 14th Str.]

George Silver, 1 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Chez Moses, 610 West End Ave. @ W. 91st Str. – Apt. #5-C.

Analisa Torres
, 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Chez Zimmerman, 106 W. 119th Str. (betw. Lenox & 7th Aves.).

Cynthia Kern
, 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Woolworth Tower Kitchen restaurant, rez-de-chaussee, Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building.

Deborah Kaplan
, 5:30 P.M. to 8 P.M. Rooftop Lounge, The Winston Churchill, 300 E. 40th Str. @ 2nd Ave.

20th September, 2010, Monday:

Matthew Cooper, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Teamsters Local 237, 216 W. 14th Str. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.).

Debra James
, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Sylvia’s, 328 Lenox Ave. @ W. 126th Str. [ 7th Ave. exp. to W. 1-2-5 Str.]

21st September, 2010, Tuesday. 5:30 P.M. First Judicial District nominating convention. Harlem Hospital , Lenox Ave. @ W. 135th Str. (subway: IRT 7th Ave. 2 or 3 exp. to 135th Str.). The convention is open to the public.

22nd September, 2010, Wednesday. Hold the date: Lex. Club forum.

23rd September, 2010, Thursday, from 7:15 P.M. until 10 P.M. Jim Owles Liberal Dem. Club fund-raiser. Chez Green, 43 E. 19th Str. (betw. B'way & Park Ave. S. ), Apt. # 3. For info., call: (212) SI-1-36.77. $
This information is supplied as a public service, and is not an endorsement of the identified activity, candidate, charity, club, meeting, organization, or topic. All information is believed to be accurate as of the original publication date of this posting. E. & o.e.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Manh. Dem. Supreme Court Picks

Wright's Panel Reports
The Regular Democratic Organization's secret Keith Wright Panel for the State Supreme Court vacancies in the First Judicial District (Manhattan) reported the following nine lower court judges of the nineteen applicants as the "most highly qualified" for the positions.

Anil Singh

Analisa Torres

Matthew Cooper

Jeffrey Oing

Arthur Engoron

Deborah Kaplan

Debra James

George Silver

Jacobo Olivero

Reminder: Forum to hear these candidates and the "2/4" candidates (Saliann Scarpulla, Ellen Gesmer, Cynthia Kern) is Wednesday, 15th Sept,, '10, at Goddard-Riverside, Columbus Ave. @ W. 88th Str., Manh., at 7 o'clock P.M. (The judicial nominating convention is the following week ,Tues., 21st inst.).

Monday, September 6, 2010

September Advance Sheets

Selected Events
[Events which request contributions are indicated by $.]
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7th September, 2010, Tuesday. 6 to 8 P.M. New York County Regular Democratic Organization cocktail party. S.I.E.U. Local 32B-J, 101 Sixth Ave. (betw. Grand & Watts Sts.) - 22nd floor. Info.: (212) MUrray Hill 7 - 65.40. $

8th September, 2010, Wednesday, 8:30 A.M. Dem. A.G. candidate forum. A.B.C.N.Y., 42 W. 44th Str. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.).

11th September, 2010, Saturday, starting at 11:30 A.M. N.A.A.C.P. Mid-Manhattan Branch's annual luncheon at Marina del Rey in the Throgs Neck section of The Broncks. Info.: (212) RIverside 9 -23.23. $

12th September, 2010, Sunday. 4 to 7 P.M. Chelsea "Reform" Democratic Club BBQ. "Frying Pan," Pier 66 (W. 26th Str. @ the W. Side Hway.). $

12th September, 2010, Sunday. 5 to 8 P.M. Park-River Ind. Dems. fund-praiser. O'Neal's 79th Str. Boat Basin restaurant. Info.: (917) 887+93.99. $

14th September, 2010, Tuesday. 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. Democratic Primary election. Please allow yourself extra time because the new voting system is alien to all, AND we will be voting on paper ballots (unless you elect to use the "B.M.D." [Ballot Marking Device]).

15th September, 2010, Wednesday, 6:30 P.M. C.F.D Judiciary Committee Forum to hear and to question the candidates running for the three vacancies in the State Supreme Court's 1st Judicial District (Manhattan). Goddard-Riverside Phelps Ho., 593 Columbus Ave. @ W. 88th Str.

15th September, 2010, Wednesday. 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Reception for Ellen Gesmer. Chez Carter, 65 West 13th Str. (just East of 6th Ave.), suite #10-B.

19th September, 2010, Sunday. Receptions: Saliann Scarpulla, 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Chez Nichols, 161 West 15th Str. (@ 7th Ave.), suite #3-H. [7th Ave. IRT to 14th Str.]; and Cynthia Kern, 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Woolworth Tower Kitchen restaurant, rez-de-chaussee, Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building.

21st September, 2010, Tuesday. 5:30 P.M. First Judicial District nominating convention. Harlem Hospital, Lenox Ave. @ W. 135th Str. (subway: IRT 7th Ave. 2 or 3 exp. to 135th Str.).

This information is supplied as a public service, and is not an endorsement of the identified activity, candidate, charity, club, meeting, organization, or topic. All information is believed to be accurate as of the original publication date of this posting. E. & o.e.