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Not to deny Margaret her well-earned due, but many feel what propelled her to victory this fourth time was the multiple West Side Caucasian candidates this year that split that voting bloc, while in the past there were multiple Asian candidates splitting the East Side Asian vote (Kim ran as a Westsider basically). A one-on-one East Side vs. West Side would be interesting. Meanwhile, Gerson continues to hover in cloud cuckoo-land, as Schopenhauer calls it. Is anyone surprised about this reaction from a 'nice' and 'honorable' politician, as people who do not know Gerson well describe him?
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"Gerson indicated it could be two weeks before he concedes.' Why is this not a surprise? Gerson is late for everything! Seriously, this statement shows his dysfunctionality, mean-spiritness and unrealistic approach to life that bedeviled the First CD for the past eight years. Gerson didn't lose because of bogeymen in Chinatown or low voter turnout. That is more of the prevarication from Alan that we have been hearing for decades. He lost because the voters were educated that his attendance and performance record were among the worst in the council. He lost because his constituents were tired of his lateness, his disorganized office and his falsehoods. Everyone else downtown seems ecstatic that Margaret has won, even supporters of other candidates. Everyone but Alan. "The old order changeth, yielding place to new." - Tenneyson Yay!
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Rocky's endorsement is not so influential. Came too late. Besides, he didn't do so well himself in 2001. He came in what, 4th out of 6? What does he deliver now? Perhaps a half dozen votes? The NYT and DC37 was much more important, but Kim is not promoting it enough in his lit. Very odd.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2009 on PJ Kim Picks Up More Endorsements at The Lo-Down
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Message to the Gerson campaign: You know why you are getting all these endorsements today and not weeks or months ago like most endorsements are given? Word: They held the endorsements up to the very last moment so that their names would not be in any of your campaign lit. Really. It's too late now for a mailing with these endorsements to arrive on time for the Election. They don't want to have the voters know they are backing what could very well be a losing candidate. This is just professional courtesy to you for backing them in the past, but strategically and for all practical purposes, these endorsements are worthless. Too little, too late.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2009 on Gerson Announces More Endorsements at The Lo-Down
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But, gee whiz, George Artz and Gerson swore up and down they would be getting the campaign money, that it was just a 'minor' error. You know, like the 'minor' error on his petitions that kept Gerson off the ballot for four weeks. And the 'minor' error than took him off the absentee ballots. And the 'minor' error that many of the people he claimed endorsed him in today's Downtown Express in fact haven't. And the 'minor' error...oh well, why go on?
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2009 on Finance Board Rejects Gerson Appeal at The Lo-Down
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Who takes the Village Voice seriously anymore? If you don't think Gleason volunteered his health fighting for the people of NYC, take a look of him on The Pile, cleaning up the debris after the 9/11 attack. http://www.pete2009.com/issues.html I know for a fact Gerson never set foot down there for weeks. He lives north of Houston, and no one was permitted south of Houston for over a week, and no one was allowed south of Canal for over a month. ID with address was required to pass. Unless you volunteered on The Pile. Gerson was safe at home with his parents while Gleason was a hero. 'Nuff said, end of story.
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I love it! Betsy Gotbaum is the reason so many people want to abolish the office of public advocate. No one has seen hide nor hair of Betsy in eight years and she finally makes an appearance in the twilight of here term to support Gerson. Well, that makes sense. Gerson's constituents haven't seen much of him in eight years either. This is the Invisible Woman endorsing the Invisible Man. To see more of Alan Gerson's success, visit alangerson.com
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2009 on Gotbaum Endorses Gerson at The Lo-Down
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Go and check this site andrew. www.alangerson.com Btw, does Alan, in 2009, finally have an email address? He told me personally last year that he hadn't gotten one yet. Just curious.
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Good. ABG Anyone But Gerson!
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"A spokesman for the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty - with which the UJC is affiliated - said it will work "to ensure a mistake of this kind does not happen again." Silver, Mistake? Shelly Silver, top lawyer, makes mistakes when it comes to Election Law? Year after year? LMAO Silver's Chief-of-Staff, Judy Rapfogel, who is also his cousin, is married to William Rapfogel, CEO of the The Met NY Council on Jewish Poverty, which gets millions from pols like Silver, Gerson, Stringer, etc. Who are these people kidding? David Weinberger, Silver's District Leader and petition co-ordinator is also the Director, I believe, of the UJC. It is rumored he makes $50,000 for attending a monthly meeting. And who said Shelly, and Judy, and David, and William don't eat Pork? LOL This is incestuous putrid pork at that.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on Monday News Links at The Lo-Down
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Frank, Margaret has every right, and should be thanked by us voters, for going after potentially fraudulent signatures that can corrupt the system and give politics a bad name. The law is the law, and even Republicans should follow the law.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2009 on Margaret Chin Responds at The Lo-Down
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Hate to sound repetitive, but the statement Gerson "was knocked off due to a technical error" keeps being repeated. An untruth oft repeated tends to become believed. It was no 'technical' error: Gerson's campaign willfully and deliberately altered a signed and witnessed sworn government document. The questioned is then raised, "If he cheated here, where else may he have cheated"? deBlasio's typo of listing 132 volumes instead of 133 was indeed a technical error. Initially, Gerson's error was likewise technical: a misprinted address. However, Gerson corrected his petitions not by using the several common and legal methods available. That would have taken time, money and effort. Instead, his campaign crossed out the incorrect address and substituted the correct address - without the knowledge or permission of the subscribing witness. Some would call that fraud. The other candidates are being challenged by their fellow candidates for not having the legal number of valid signatures - as well they should. It is simply not fair for some candidates to observe the process the correct way and get the needed valid signatures, while other candidates think that they can lay back, not work to get the signatures, skirt the law and then cry for pity from people who have never suffered the indignity, scorn and hardship of collecting signatures from people on the street. Whatever. Gerson, on the other hand, was not challenged by an opponent on a technicality or insufficient signatures, as his hired gun and campaign contributor George Artz spins. Gerson faces a more serious challenge from the Board of Elections ITSELF, because his error was Fatal and then the error was compounded by his illegally correcting the initial error. The Board of Elections is mandated to observe the laws of New York State. It has fulfilled its duty in this case. That is why this will end up in the Courts. It is a serious LEGAL issue, not a 'technical' issue.
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George Artz is a lobbyist, a remnant of the Koch era, a hired gun who will say what his client wants him to say. Basically, Gerson's error was not minor. He willfully tampered with a signed legal government document (the petitions) witnessed by someone else. The volume of petitions in question had his incorrect address. The Board of Elections gives all candidates one chance to correct errors. Instead of doing it the legal way, by noting that the printer had printed an incorrect address on one of his sheets of petitions and then submitting an explanation, Gerson expediently and illegally changed the address, without the knowledge or permission of the subscribing witness. Gerson should have done the wisest, easiest and simplest thing: just remove the volume with the Fatal Error. Instead he tampered with a government document. Gerson is a lawyer and a seasoned politician who should know better. He surely knows that it is common knowledge that when a candidate tampers with even one signature, all the subsequent signatures are suspect. As well they should! Gerson took his chances and lost.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2009 on Gerson Appeal - Clarification at The Lo-Down
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We who live in the Two Bridges neighborhood must do our best to support these merchants. Otherwise our neighborhood will become another Ave A, a destination spot for the B&T and Frat Boy crowd.
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Until recently, PJ was a registered Republican. Now he is a Democrat. How convenient. Would any of his supporters care to comment on that fact? Or is expediency part of your ethos too?
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Not so fast Mr. Kim. You may have 5500 signatures but you do not have 5500 VALID signatures, i.e., signatures of district residents. Anyone can accumulate INVALID signatures. It is reported that your paid signature-collectors had loads of signatures from the boroughs and upper Manhattan. No good, Sorry. The other campaigns, who had volunteers from within district and knew their neighbors, had many more VALID signatures. Remember what Lincoln said about "fooling the people".
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Like the typical Transalt nerd, Liam, you are picayune to the point of annoyance. You criticize the statement that most of these bike lanes are downtown, and offer as an example a recently installed NON=bike lane on Bdwy. Duh, Bdwy is only about 3 blocks long. Address the fact none are on Park or Fifth or E 72 or CPW or any place where people of power reside. Downtown is not TransAlt or DOT's Petri dish. Take a ride!
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