Political Blind Item
And yet another story on Bronx County GOP:
DA PROBES DOWNTOWN 'BRONX' POL
By BRUCE GOLDING
February 3, 2008 -- Prosecutors are investigating a Bronx politician after The Post revealed he's been living for years in lower Manhattan in apparent violation of state law.
The Post has also learned that election officials knew almost a decade ago that GOP district leader Fred Brown lived outside The Bronx, but ignored the information.
A November 1999 letter to the city Board of Elections said Brown "has not lived in this district or borough for many years" and was using a phony address to run for district leader.
A spokeswoman said the board could not act on the complaint because it was made anonymously, and state law requires a signed affidavit to challenge a voter's registration.
The Bronx DA's Office is investigating whether Brown, 72, filed false documents to register and vote in The Bronx, a spokesman said. That crime is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. read more »
There is yet another news article in yesterday's 1/29/07 Village Voice newspaper on Jay Savino and Fred Brown.
Fred Brown, a Bronx delegate for Giuliani and former school-board member, was convicted of using the school district's printing press to produce a 100-page political journal in the '80s. Asked by the Voice about the 13 liens and judgments against him totaling more than $100,430â€”including three from the IRS for $32,986â€”Brown said he didn't know what they were about, adding that he was scheduled "to meet with the IRS in February." Brown conceded that he lives at 355 South End Avenue in Battery Park City, even though he is running as a delegate from the address he's registered at in the Bronx. "My [previous] apartment at 375 South End was destroyed on 9/11," he explained. read more »
Usually Lincoln awards are given to people who have achieved some sort of progress of excellence.
New York City Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey had a meeting with Bronx County GOP Leader Joseph J. Savino on January 27, 2006. This meeting occurred while Kevin Sheekey was on city payroll time as listed on his schedule that was just FOILed by members of the press. The purpose of this meeting was for Mr. Savino to get the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg for Mr. Savino to run later in 2006 for the state senate seat in the 34th district against incumbent State Senator Jeff Klein in which Savino lost in. A New York City employee cannot do any sort of political campaigning on city payroll time. Mr. Savino did get the endorsement from Mayor Bloomberg. Mr. Savino is also currently the target of a criminal probe being conducted by the New York City Department of Investigation. Some of Joseph J. Savinoâ€™s close friends and political associates are also being investigated for political campaigning on city payroll time. Inside sources have told me that Mr. Savino has confirmed that he did have a meeting with NYC Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey on January 27, 2006 at City Hall to discuss the political endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg for Mr. read more »
On a warm summer day in July 2007. Jose Rivera (Bronx Democratic Chairman) and Joseph J. Savino (Bronx GOPee Leader) met for lunch at the Seashore restaurant on City Island in the Bronx. J.C. Polanco was also there. Over the course of this lunch the planning and plotting was being conspired on, since that John Ravitz was resigning as the executive director of the New York City Board of Elections in October 2007. So at this lunch Jay Savino told Jose that he will not run for the senate seat anymore, like he was really any threat and also that J.C. Polanco would not run against Joseâ€™s daughter Naomi Rivera for her assembly seat, oh please. So with that in mind Jose agreed to make J.C. Polanco the commissioner at the Board of Elections for the representation of the Bronx republicans. And also Jay and J.C. needed Jose Riveraâ€™s influence over Christine Quinn, speaker the New York City Council, because the past four applicants (including Savino himself) for the commissionerâ€™s job were all turned down by Christine Quinn and the rest of city council. read more »