Showing posts with label MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


70th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby With Mike Bloomberg

TV News Star Rita Cosby wowed the crowd at the Waldorf Astoria in a dazzling red hot St. John sequined gown Tuesday night at the 70th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. Among the other VIPs highlighted at the NYC Who’s Who gala: Honoree, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, current Mayor Bill DeBlasio, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Other celebrated TV hosts present included Gayle King, Bill O'Reilly and Jeanine Pirro. The legendary dinner raised more than two million dollars for Catholic charities to help children in need.

Sunday, June 02, 2013



Mayor Michael Bloomberg With Bette Midler

Liz Smith With Bette Midler

Katie Couric With  Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Bette Midler attended the 12th Annual Spring Picnic, Celebrating the Bette Midler New York Restoration Project's 18th Anniversary at Gracie Mansion in New York City.

Friday, April 26, 2013



Jean Shafiorff And Michael Bloomberg

Melissa Russo

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Mario Buatta

Oscar Plotkin With Sharon Bush

Ann Rapp With Roy Kean

Tony Mann With Jean Shafiroff, Joyce Cowin, Jerold D Jacobson,
 Seymour R. Askin, Jr., Paul Levine, Jean Troubh And Michael Album

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) celebrated its 2013 Spring Benefit honoring Seymour R. Askin, JBFCS Honorary Chair of the Board, Jerold D. Jacobson, Proskauer, Partner, Jean Shafiroff, JBFCS Board Member and Paul Levine, JBFCS Executive VP & CEO at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Melissa Russo, WNBC news anchor, served as master of ceremonies.

The evening began with a flourish, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the cocktail hour to address the crowd and thank JBFCS, noting that “you can’t do it alone” and that the work of JBFCS is a necessity for the city to help its residents in need. At the conclusion of the cocktail hour, the attendees moved upstairs where master of ceremonies Melissa Russo introduced Tony Mann, the President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Mann announced the news to the 375 attendees that some $1.3 million dollars had been raised for the organization.

After Fred Yerman blessed the bread, Paul Levine, Executive Vice President of JBFCS, was introduced by John Herrmann, the former President of the Board of JBFCS. Outgoing VP and CEO Levine reflected upon his time with JBFCS and concluded by thanking everyone involved with the organization and the leadership under which he served.

Chair of the Board Jean Troubh then introduced honoree Seymour R. Askin, Jr. who outlined his detailed past with Big Brothers, the Jewish Board of Guardians, and JBFCS, working with those in need. He said his mother taught him that “people who are able to live well have an obligation to pay it back in some way.” Jerald D. Jacobson, the next to be honored, spoke about his four decades spent as counsel for JBFCS and the experience of working with four generations of leadership in the organization.

Jean Shafiroff, the final honoree of the evening, was then introduced by Joyce Cowin. Jean, in attendance with her husband Martin and daughter Elizabeth, kept her address brief, noting with genuine modesty that the actual heroes are the staff, the volunteers, and the thousands of individuals that JBFCS helps and houses.

The $1.3 million raised will benefit JBFCS’ 175 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment centers that annually serve more than 55,000 New Yorkers-in-need of all faiths, races, and cultures.

JBFCS has been a trailblazer in treating social problems for more than a century. Today, the organization is one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit mental health and social service agencies—every night, more than 1,000 individuals call a JBFCS residence home. The work of JBFCS is built upon a network of more than 2,200 professionals, including social workers, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as a cadre of clinical support personnel in continuing day treatment and residential treatment centers, and a corps of more than 800 dedicated volunteers.

JBFCS provides a comprehensive network of mental health and social services to promote well-being, resilience, and self-sufficiency for individuals and families in need in the New York metropolitan area. As leaders in the field of human services, JBFCS’ mission is clear— 175 social service programs. 1 mission. To get help to those who need it.

For further information, please visit

Photos By: James Edstrom/Times Square Society


Sunday, June 10, 2012



Bitching By: James Edstrom

 Michael Bloomberg

Our Mayor, Mike Bloomberg just never gives up on taking away Americans rights. His new proposed soda law, that that will limit what size drink you can buy in New York City, is just so Un-American. Not only does it infringe on our rights, it is just plains stupid.

Yes, New Yorkers are overweight. Yes there are health care costs and many problems with obesity. But to take away a Americans right to chose, to take away Americans given rights, is just going too far.

Alcohol creates deaths and a huge cost on society. You will never hear the Mayor talk about banning his favorite Scotch.

Mike Bloomberg's taxes on cigarettes are already taking it's toll on the poor. Every where you go, someone asks for a cigarette. Poor people addicted to this horrible product, are still spending what little money they have on this product. Even at rich society parties, I am always asked for a cigarette, because the rich do not want to pay these outrageous taxes. Bloomberg's recent try at taxing soda may have been a flop, but he will not stop till he controls our lives right down to when we sleep.

I understand that there are many things that are not good for us. But it is our right to decide what to smoke and what to eat. Not Mike Bloomberg's!


Mitt Rommey

I have never been so ashamed to be a Republican in my life. Mitt Romney is a disgrace. He really is. He supports the rich and anyone that can not see this deserves to get what Romney has to offer. Our Republican controlled Congress could care less about the poor or the middle class. They all got money, health care and anything else they need. They will do anything to get richer, they are never happy with what they already got.


Barack Obama

My rich friends and my good friends from Fox News will fight me to the death on re-electing President Obama. Every time I go out to dinner with some of them, I just can not believe that they support these Republicans and these crazy ideas. They act like I am so uninformed on whats happening in the world. I spent two hours on the phone the other night with one rich friend, and I told her to walk around Hells Kitchen or the Bowery in lower Manhattan to see real poverty. Raising money for these already rich charities does just about nothing. Spend Christmas at The Bowery Mission feeding the homeless who are starving. Send some money to The Bowery Mission where every dime counts. Stop spending money at five thousand dollar plate dinners where the charity spent a quarter million to entertain you. When I go to these events, I just feel sickened. I really do.

Barack Obama has the right ideas, but he can not get anything done because of this Republican controlled Congress. We need health care. We need alternative energy solutions so we are not controlled by these oil countries.

We also need laws and regulation, no matter what the Republicans say. What happened on Wall Street was a disgrace. We bailed out the rich. If we had let these banks fail, the rich would have lost their money, the average person who had below 100 thousand would have been insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Banks would have become smaller, and maybe for once, the average customer would have been important again. Maybe banks would have started to play fair again.

Banks are still breaking the laws that we already have in place. Bank Of America is one good example. They break the laws, make billions off doing it and they are only fined a few million. Shouldn't the fine match the ripoff? The banks know they are breaking the law, they just figure the fine will be so much less and it's a cost of doing business. And they are right. It is time to start sending these crooks to jail. If you run a company and you rip off billions, you need to go to jail and not pay a small fine, but do the time.

Barack Obama is for the middle class and the poor. He understands the suffering Americans are going through now. He understands that we need Social Security to keep people out of poverty. Millions of Americans have paid into the Social Security system to insure that they had money coming in as they age. They have a right to get what they paid for and for what was agreed upon when they paid into the system. The Republicans could care less. The Republicans only care about taking care of their interests. 

Vote The Republicans Out Of Office!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



Mike Bloomberg

Hundreds of cops have began clearing Zuccotti Park in a effort to clean and this could be the worst mistake Mayor Bloomberg could have made.

Bloomberg's office sent out a message on Twitter at 1:19 a.m. saying: “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protesters can return after the park is cleared.” Fliers handed out by the police at the private park on behalf of the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties, and the city, spelled out the same message.

The huge police move came as organizers of Occupy Wall Street, put out word on their Web site that they planned to “shut down Wall Street” with a demonstration on Thursday to commemorate the completion of two months in the park.

I really doubt that they will let anyone back in now that they took the park back. Mayor Bloomberg will most likely be the cause of riots and possible deaths that will happen today. The people of this country are sick of the crooks on Wall Street and the corporations that get away with stealing your money and then get a bailout. This is the message.

The very rich Mike Bloomberg does not understand that a revolution is coming and cleaning out one park will not stop it. We are mad, we are all very mad. The banks continue to rip us off and pay little fines. One bank last week alone stole 3 billion from it's customers and was fined only 150 million. Is there something wrong when they are caught and the fine does not even come close to the crime? If I stole 3 billion, I would be sent to jail. I would not be asked to pay a small portion back. Why are the heads of these companies continuing to rob the American Public and being rewarded with huge profits? This is what Occupy Wall Street is all about.

Mayor Bloomberg, what you did today was the worst mistake of your life. This is what the world will remember you for, the rioting in the streets you created to save your rich friends. Back off now, while you can!

Friday, September 09, 2011



Sara Herbert-Galloway And Alan Keeley

James Lipton And Barry Klarberg

Liam McConnell With Alana Galloway, Mayor Michael Bloomberg
And Justin Galloway

The 36th Annual Hampton Classic took place without a hitch in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. New York City's Mayor Bloomberg got some well deserved personal time to watch the show and converse with friends and supporters. My children Justin and Alana along with their friend Liam were happy to meet and speak with him and Diana Taylor. We look forward to attending the Classic every year and have done so for as long as I can recall, it is a family tradition. Alana rode lead line and won a blue ribbon at the Classic at the tender age of 5, so it holds special memories for us. We were happy to be amongst the guests of James Lipton and his lovely wife Kedakai. For many, the Classic signifies the perfect way to say 'see you next year' to summer and summer friends.

The $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI Worldcup winner for the 3rd consecutive year and 6th time was McLain Ward of Brewster, NY.

The Hampton Classic always brings out the best of the best. Some of those in attendance were Rudy and Judith Giuliani, David and Sybil Yurman, Rosanna Scotto and family, Jill Rappaport, Matt Lauer, Howard Lorber, Neil Sroka, B. Smith, Jean Shafiroff, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, Nancy Moon, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Rod and Judy Gilbert, Nacho Figueras, Marty Bauman, Rick and Kathy Hilton and VIP's too countless to mention. To learn more go to

Galloway Photo Courtesy Of: Victor Cangro

Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Mike Bloomberg

WELCOME HOME --- I'll say one thing, I never had a vacation end so abruptly or quickly as my 13-day adventure out of NYC. Let's just say it was a break-neck race back to New York Saturday morning on the red eye from L. A. There was absolutely no waiting for a cab when we hit JFK; and, an eerie silence that immediately announced something was about to happen. From there it was straight home while listening to the dire warnings from Mayor Bloomberg on down (isn't it interesting that most ALL of the politico-talking heads come out when a situation like this develops; to whit: they ALL want to look their best). Being the Mayor of any urban town, cannot be easy. Damned if you do; damned if you don't. Turns out, the whole shebang was somewhat over hyped, but watching some of the footage now of Downtown Manhattan is downright scary. Me, these days, I prefer to be a bit over cautious. With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming up ... one can't be too cautious ... right? Sure, the pundits will say they were right and continue on their road to ruin ...but, for me, safety, first and foremost.


Valerie Simpson And Nick Ashford

SO LONG NICK --- The most devastating news of the past two weeks has just got to be the passing of singer-songwriter Nick Ashford. Has there ever been a more revered songwriter ... along with life-partner Valerie Simpson? Their cannon of songs, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Solid As A Rock," "Ain't Nothing like The Real Thing"; as well as Diana Ross' "Reach Out And Touch" and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" and "Clouds" are all solid smash songs. I remember well in 1979, at the legendary Paradise Garage, when RFC Records' Ray Caviano gave the house DJ, Larry Levan, the first shot at playing their newest record "Found A Cure." Needless to say, the place went wild as it was one of the duo's strongest records ever. It was one magical evening and everyone there knew it. Ashford & Simpson's career as recording artists began in the early 1960's as part of the gospel group The Followers, with whom they recorded the album Gospel Morning, later re-issued as Meetin' The Followers on the legendary Roulette Records.In 1964, they recorded "I'll Find You," as Valerie & Nick. Simpson subsequently recorded two solo LPs for Motown: Valerie Simpson Exposed in 1971, and, the following year, Valerie Simpson, which included the single "Silly, Wasn't I," which was later sampled on 50 Cent's "Best Friend" from the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'. In 1973, the duo left Motown after the albums Simpson recorded for the label received poor promotion and the company refused to release an album of the duo recording a collection of their most famous songs for other artists. In 1974, Ashford & Simpson married and resumed their career as a duo with the Warner Brothers album, Gimme Something Real. This was followed by the hit singles, "Don't Cost You Nothin'" (1977), "It Seems To Hang On"" (1978),"Is It Still Good To Ya" (1978), "Found A Cure" (1979), and their biggest hit,"Solid", released in 1984.They were given writing credit on Amy Winehouse's 2007 CD Back To Black album for the single "Tears Dry On Their Own" which featured a sample of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." They had begun performing their act in small, intimate venues, such as Feinstein's at The Regency here in New York and the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in January 2009, they released a CD and DVD of their live performances titled The Real Thing. On June 22, 2009, they made a guest performance at a party at Tribeca Rooftop, here in New York, to celebrate Virgin Atlantic's birthday party. They also made their first appearance in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2009, and performed 8 shows in 4 days at Blue Note Tokyo. What a tremendous legacy ... while his legacy will live on forever, Nick will be sorely missed. Rest Easy!


FITZGERALD PASSES --- One of the best people ever in the record business lost his battle with cancer last week, Warner Bros. Rich Fitzgerald, who rose to the presidency of the embattled label. Most recently Rich became involved in managing Eric Clapton. Mary Prout Fitzgerald, Rich's wife, posted the following message on Facebook: "I am sorry to say that our lovely Rich passed away yesterday afternoon. As you know, we were able to bring him home form his hospice, so he was able to go peacefully, wearing his Jimi Hendrix tee, listening to his favorite music, and lay in the arms of our children, Hunter and Sloane, and myself." Rich, aside from distinguishing himself by his superb knowledge of music and the business, to me, perfectly embodied what his predecessors at the label, Mo Ostin, Lenny Waronker and Russ Titleman, so well started there. he will be deeply missed. Warners hasn't been the same label ... but, Rich's presence made it all easier to take. Sad.


Billy Crystal

GERVAIS REDEUX? --- Ricky Gervais says NBC has invited him back to host the Golden Globes; and, that the Oscars have called too? Well, I can't say I'm all that surprised. The comedian gave the Globes not only the highest ratings in years, but PR too. I mean, I don't think the news cycle of the Globes winners ever went more than two or three days. The fallout from the last broadcast literally went on for weeks. As has been reported, Oscar-mega-host Billy Crystal is itching to get back in the saddle (yes, a City Slickers reference) … so, I believe he'll be a lock, but, our little Ricky will certainly be back. According to our comrades at Deadline Hollywood: The British comedian said at the Edinburgh International TV festival, that the network has asked him to host again, and adding that he is considering it "but, I shouldn't do it." NBC declined to comment on the matter. "I love NBC, I love the fact that they stuck by me through it," Gervais said, adding, "I don't think I should do it. What am I going back as? Well, how about as the best Golden Globes host ever?


James Taylor

FIRE & RAIN --- I just finished (on vacation) the best music-book of the year, David Browne's Fire & Rain; a brilliant re-look at the four most significant albums and artists of 1970: The Beatles; Simon & Garfunkel; James Taylor; and, CSNY. Brilliant book! More Wednesday.


Julia Roberts

LAST BITS: Saw 1999's Notting Hill again while I was away. With Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Written by Richard Curtis and lovingly directed by Roger Michell ... has there ever been a sweeter movie? Never seen it? Run out now and rent it. You won't be sorry! And, though I almost forgot it, the strangest moment has got to be eyeing NBC news correspondent Jeff Roseen at the Minneapolis Airport looking positively twitchy! Weird.

Photos By: RD/Orchon/Dziekan/Kirkland/Walter McBride/Eckstein/Retna

Thursday, July 21, 2011



Story By: Edward Callaghan

Diana Taylor With Mike Bloomberg

Times Square Gossip Columnist Gets New Neighbor in Shinnecock

Looks like our quiet little enclave in the Shinnecock Hills will likely see a lot more traffic - that of the police and security escort kind - now that I hear that none other than Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly plopped down a cool $20 million for my friends’ Charles and Diane Holmes magnificent, historic estate Cryptomeria (originally called Ballyshear) just around the bend from our humble Cricket Cottage. While our neighborhood is no stranger to celebrities – Rachael Ray & her hubby John Cusimano have a home three doors down from us, famed animator Mickey Paraskevas is on the corner and acclaimed artist Paton Miller paints a block away. But billionaire politicos the nabe has not seen since its heyday in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘’50s when the big estates were filled with the rich and famous – or infamous.

In any event, this writer thinks Mayor Mike got the steal of the decade. The meticulously restored 22,000-square foot Georgian mansion abuts one of the most exclusive golf courses in the country The National Golf Links, long considered one of the most lush courses in the world. A 35-acre property houses the palatial manor that includes 11 bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, black-and-white marbled floors, a beautiful reflecting pool filled with water lilies, Gunite pool, tennis court, stables and riding trails - great for Mike’s equestrian champion daughter Georgina!

The original Ballyshear was designed by F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. for famed golf course designer Charles Blair Macdonald who designed the National Links which the property overlooks. The park like design was created by Frederick Laux Olmstead who designed New York’s Central Park and landscaping was done by Rose Standish Nichols and Annette Hoyt Flanders the most prominent landscape architects of the day.

The original property was over 200 acres but through the years it shrunk much of it being purchased fortunately by the Community Preservation Fund so Hizzoner is assured of major privacy as it is now a nature preserve. But it is still 35+ acres and with much of Hamptons real estate going for close to a million per, it’s a bargain in anyone’s book.

The mansion and the gorgeous terrace have been the setting for numerous lavish parties by the Holmes including each year a cocktail party for the Southampton Hospital

President’s Committee which we have attended. And then there was the lovely bash for architectural historians Gary Lawrance and Anne Surchin’s brilliant tome “Houses of the Hamptons” which chronicled the history of the great homes of the Gilded Age including Ballyshear. It was a splendid evening – even if the walk up the ½ mile driveway past horse pastures was longer than the walk form our home to their gate.

Welcome to the neighborhood Mr. Mayor. We are available for cocktails !


Ed Westwick

Ferrari Fancier Ed Westwick at Hamptons Rally

Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick pulled up in a brand-new red Ferrari to Nathaniel Christian’s Ferrari Hamptons Rally in Watermill on Saturday night. Westwick — wearing white pants and a chest-baring blue button-down avoided the press but had plenty of time for the gaggle of gals wanting to have their picture taken with him to which he graciously complied.


Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci Chats up New Memoir at Sant Ambroeus

Sant Ambroeus remains the ultra-chic lunch spot for the power ladies. On Monday, we spotted Susan Lucci dining with a trio of ladies in fashionable hats. The ladies were toasting Susan on her memoir “All My Life” from which she will read at the Quogue Public Library on July 24. In a booth next to La Lucci was social dynamo Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster reviewing guest lists with society PR guru John Wegorzewski for the NYC Dance Alliance upcoming Bright Lights! Shining Stars! Gala which will honor the legendary Roberta Flack with the organization’s 1st Ambassador for the Arts Award. Across from them were famed portrait artist Zita Davisson lunching with Kay McEnroe, mother of tennis great John McEnroe.


Emmanuelle Chriqui

Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui is in love!

Emmanuelle Chriqui is in love!........with the Hamptons. The Entourage star can’t seem to get enough of our seaside playground and is planning on spending more time here this summer with friends. Best known for her role on HBO's Entourage as Sloan McQuewick, she also played the love interest of Adam Sandler in the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan. In May 2010, she topped the Most Desirable Women of 2010 list – judging from the looks of the Hamptons guys, she would qualify for the same title this year. This weekend she will be feted for her Hamptons Magazine cover at South Pointe.


Rod Gilbert

Sports Legends Rod Gilbert & Wesley Walker Turn Out for Ann Liguori Dinner Dance at Duck Walk

Radio & TV sports journalist Ann Liguori who has so many “firsts” in breaking the glass ceiling, you can credit her with the spate of young female sports reporters on the networks and cable gives back to her community in a big way. Each year, she hosts a number of events for The American Cancer Society and it Camp Adventure on Shelter Island for children with cancer and their siblings. Her foundation also underwrites nutrition education programs in middle schools throughout the East End of Long Island

So it was no surprise that last week’s Ann Liguori foundation Outback Steakhouse Dinner Dance at Duck Walk Vineyards pulled in a heady mix of sports legends and Hampton’s movers & shakers.

Partying the night away were NHL Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert and his wife Judy, Carolyn Kendall Buchter & her husband Ron Buchter, Mary Skillern, Former New York Jets Wesley Walker, Steve Gould with WPPB 88.3 FM personality Bonnie Grice, Hotel Indigo’s Rob Salvatico, Gabe & Nancy Vigorito, Jason & Diana McCarty, Donna Livingston, Gary De Persia, Dan Liguori, Eileen Casey, Christine and Denis Sheahan, Erin Muller, Petra and Hans Zobel, Gopa and Jay Dobson, Tim McCoy, Barbara Anelle, and Dr. Max Gomez, medical correspondent, Channel 2 News,.


Alex McCord

Bold Facers Chow Down at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

Not only did Dan Rattiner pull in most of the East End’s top chefs and vintners for the 1st Dan’s Taste of Two Forks – which we hope will be an annual event - but a number of bold faced names turned out for the epicurean delight including "Real Housewives" Cindy Barshop and Alex McCord with hubby Simon Van Kempen, "Royal Pains" star Mark Feuerstein and actor Bryan Greenberg of “One Tree Hill” fame. They wire among the hundreds who chowed down on culinary creations from more than 40 restaurants from the North and South Forks at the food and wine fest in Bridgehampton on Saturday night.

Photos By: RD/Dziekan/Eckstein/Retna

Friday, October 01, 2010



Photos And Story By: Ann Watt/Society Photos

Liz Smith With Ethan Hawke

Yesterday evening was Liz Smith's socialite-studded Fete de Swifty—a silent-auction-based benefit held in a tent on 73rd street. Ethan Hawke and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on the scene. Proceeds from the event benefit the New York City Family Justice Center Initiative, a unique public/private program administered by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. This year, the event also benefitted the New York City Housing Authority’s Early Childhood programs, which provide children in NYCHA public housing communities with high-quality early care and learning opportunities for overall child development, and school and lifelong success. Fete de Swifty’s combination of street fair and cocktail party has been a unique event in New York City since 2004. Over that time, Fete has raised critical funds to support the New York City Family Justice Center Initiative of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City serves as the umbrella not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization for the City of New York. For more information on the event, click here.....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



Christine C. Quinn

You know, I am so sick of the government telling us what to do and not to do. For years while I was growing up, the government told us that cigarettes were safe. When I was 11 years old, government golf courses and beaches were all selling me and my friends cigarettes. They told us cigarettes were safe. The even had children's cigarette shaped gum, that blew smoke. They wanted to hook us so they could reap the tax benefits. And they did. Now our Mayor Mike Bloomberg along with one of my favorite ladies, councilwoman Christine Quinn are proposing to ban smoking in Times Square, City Parks and our beaches like Coney Island. This is a outrage. When are our city officials going to butt out of our business. They all can yell at second hand smoke. There is really no real study that really confirms the dangers of second hand smoke. They say there is, but nothing has been proved beyond a shadow of doubt. They already banned smoking in restaurants, bars, clubs and just about everywhere else. When will it stop. They ban things that we like to eat like trans fat. We should have the freedom to choose what to eat. Now I am going to hear from some anti smoking readers. They will tell me they have rights not to be exposed to smoke. Well you know something, I have rights too. I don't drive, I use mass transit, yet I have to breathe all this carbon monoxide from all these cars in Times Square. There is so much pollution in New York City, that every apartment now has to have a carbon monoxide detector. Yet they continue to allow the endless parade of cars to pollute my air. The cars should be charged 50 bucks to come into the city. Cars are the biggest air polluters to our lungs. But I am expected to breathe all their pollution, and not allowed to have a quick cigarette at the beach. I have been trying to quit smoking. I have the patch, the plastic nicotine cigarettes, the pills and endless other things. I am hooked. I am hooked because the government said it was OK to smoke when I was growing up. They supported smoking because they made money. And now they are taxing cigarettes so much, each pack in New York City is almost 15 dollars. They are still making money off me. You want to make New Yorkers healthier? Ban drinking. More people die from drinking than from cigarettes. Drunk drivers kill innocent people each and every day in New York. New Yorkers die from liver disease from Alcohol. Billions are lost from hangovers when people call in sick to work from a night of drinking. A huge percentage of hospital stays are the result of drinking. Why are we not taxing alcohol like we tax cigarettes? I also wonder where are the cigarette companies are in helping the Americans they hooked. They allow the states to charge unfair taxes without even a court challenge. They do not come to the defence of their customers. Where were they when the city banned smoking in the clubs? I will tell you where they are. They are in third world countries, hooking people there to smoke, because there will not be a cigarette industry in this country much longer. This is why cigarette companies are buying food companies and other investments, they see the writing on the wall. I have supported Mike Bloomberg and Christine Quinn in every election for years. Since Bloomberg is on his last term, unless he pulls another fast one, I urge every smoker to not vote for Christine Quinn if they pass this law. I am pretty sure, if every smoker refuses to vote for Quinn, she will lose her council seat and she will lose when she runs for Mayor, which she will be doing. Our government officials are acting like Adolph Hitler. They are telling us what we can and can not do. This has to stop. Already most of the big clubs in this city have been closed down, because our officials do not want them. Billions of tax revenue already has been lost. Imagine the biggest city in the world, is being run by the smallest minds. This city has gotten stale, it is being run like Disney Land. All they want is the endless stream of tourists that are bringing in people pollution as well as the current bed bug infestation. It takes me 40 minutes just to walk a few blocks because of all the tourists. It's bad enough that I can't even enjoy my own neighborhood, because of all these people. The only time I can relax at a table in Times Square, is around 2 am when everyone is sleeping. Now they are telling me that I can't even smoke in Times Square. If Christine Quinn wants to stamp out our freedoms in New York City, then it's time for us to stamp out her election bid for Mayor. Maybe we should outlaw Lesbians, that would hit home to Christine. I'll print up tee shirts that say no licking allowed!

Photos By: RD/Dziekan/Edstrom/Retna

Friday, June 25, 2010



Bloomberg, Murdoch, Other Top CEO’s Team Up To
Lobby for Amnesty for Illegals

Michael Bloomberg

Chief executives of several major corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Disney and News Corp., are joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg to form a coalition advocating for immigration reform — including a path to legal status for all undocumented immigrants now in the United States.“We’re just going to keep the pressure on the congressmen,” Murdoch said. “I think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them. ”Bloomberg added, “Somebody has to lead and explain to the country why this is in our interest.”“It’s our great strength as a nation, and it’s also critical for continued economic growth,” Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. “To remain competitive in the 21st century, we need effective immigration reform that invites people to contribute to our shared success by building their own American dream.”The group says it intends to make its point to policymakers by “publishing studies, conducting polls, convening forums and paying for public education campaigns.”


Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope to Tyranny?

BP Got Away With Murder

One of the great economists of our time, Thomas Sowell, a Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution of Stanford University, composed the most provocative opinion piece this week titled “Degeneration of Democracy”. In the article Sowell claims, “A democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive. In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.” He goes onto ask, “Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? If our laws and our institutions determine that BP ought to pay $20 billion — or $50 billion or $100 billion — then so be it. Our government is supposed to be ‘a government of laws and not of men.’ The Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without ‘due process of law’.” Sowell goes on to assert that, “With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution. Without constitutional government, freedom cannot endure.”


U.S. Lawmakers Finalize Details on Sweeping Financial Reform

Democrats and White House officials finally reached and agreement on the final outline of banking reform legislation. The bill, which is assumed to garner enough support to pass both houses of Congress, is scheduled to be voted on next week. However, the margin is expected to be close in both chambers as the bill is opposed by the majority of Republicans. There are many notable portions of the bill which will transform the structure of the banking industry. There is the "Volcker" rule, which restricts banks from engaging in risky betting on their own funds, a provision developed by Senator Blanche Lincoln which reduces the capacity at which federally insured banks can trade derivatives, oversight authority given to the Securities Exchange Commission allowing them to more strenuously regulate investment banks and hedge funds, and allotted authority given to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to more tightly regulate the derivatives markets.

In an effort to win more widespread support, Democrats restricted the impact of the legislation as applied towards auto dealers, payday lenders, and community banks.

Various Republicans expressed concerns that the bill will induce many unintended consequences restricting the flow of credit and crippling financial markets. "My guess is there are three unintended consequences on every page of this bill," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas) said of the financial overhaul bill.

Upon passage the banking reform bill will reconstruct the way that capital moves throughout the economy, most notably affecting the way banks package financial products such as derivatives and the process of how people borrow money.


Federal Agencies Still Failing to 'Connect the Dots'
on Security Threats to U.S., Says GAO

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that national security agencies “do not always share relevant information with their national security partners”.

Over eight year after national security objectives were implemented in order to allow the free flow of information between federal agencies there are still many flaws in the system according to the report. The findings come six months after the infamous Christmas Day bombing incident was acknowledged by President Obama as a gross failure on the part of the intelligence community. At the time Obama had stated that he would “insist on accountability at every level” in regards to the lapse of security.


General McChrystal relieved of command after blasting
Obama's Handling of Afghan War

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan was relieved of his position and replaced by David Petraus after making negative comments about the administrations handling of the war effort in a interview with Rolling Stone. The decision came on Wednesday after Obama summoned the General to Washington to discuss the recent comments. “The conduct does not meet the standards that should be set by a commanding general,” Obama said. “It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the heart of our system.”

Most, if not all of the “derogatory” comments came by way of his top aides. The General himself expressed only that he was frustrated with many aspects of the war that he felt had become politicized and therefore hindered his ability to command a successful war in Afghanistan.

The foreign press, particularly the Russian Newspapers pegged the dismissal of McChrystal as a reaction to their egos being hurt, and not made on the basis of policy. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs claimed the article infuriated the President. In an interview with Russia Today, Paul Craig Roberts, a former Reagan Administration official said “It’s all silly. It just shows how childish the Washington politicians are. All McChrystal was doing was letting off steam, the way military people do. They have to go fight the civilian’s wars. The civilians are too incompetent to use diplomacy and so the military has to go die for the incompetent civilians in the government.”

Roberts went on to attack not only the Obama Administration but many of the prior administrations as well as the entire system of government inside the beltway for their obsession with war. Roberts argued that war is a part of military complex and it continues to keep campaign finances coming in, no matter which general is in command. “Obama is incompetent. I mean, he’s just a bought and paid for lackey. In fact everybody in Washington in the government is a prostitute of one form or another. Of course he’s incompetent. We’ve not had a competent president in a long time But, they are so incompetent, they are so insecure, they’re such babies, they’re really children running the super power. That’s what’s’ frightening, you’ve got children in there with 10,000 nuclear weapons,” said Roberts. In addition to the piece in Russia Today, Russia’s Pravda published a story titled “Words of Truth Leave US Troops in Afghanistan Without Commander” Also, Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement Tuesday Gen. Stanley McChrystal, describing him as the "best commander" of the war.


Obama Overruled, Judge Lifts Drilling Ban

Barack Obama

On Tuesday, A Louisiana federal judge overturned the Obama’s administration six month ban on deepwater drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled in favor of Hornbeck Offshore Services, who along with the help of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed the suit against the Obama administration and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar. The judge overturned the drilling ban because of the overreaching economic consequences that such a ban posed to the Gulf states. According to Burt Adams of the National Ocean Industries Association, more than 200,000 jobs are tied to the offshore drilling industry in the Gulf. The American Petroleum Institute forecasted that if the ban on deep sea drilling were to continue over 120,000 jobs would be lost along the Gulf Coast in addition to key resources abandoned or moved elsewhere. The re-institution of the allowance of deep water drilling has people asking how the Obama Administration was allowed the authority to enforce and create such a law in the first place. The Constitution delegates only the authority to sign into law or to veto proposed bills formulated by Congress. The originally imposed moratorium has brought forth question to whether the drilling ban was an overreach of executive powers.


Madoff's hidden booty: Tells inmate of $9B he
stashed before arrest...

Benard Madoff

The mastermind of the larges Ponzi Scheme know to man, Bernard Madoff, has allegedly told fellow inmates that prior to his arrest he was able to funnel upwards of $9 billion dollars to close family and friends. Madoff asserts that his associate Frank DiPascali has knowledge of who received the loot, and anticipates that DiPascali will use that information as leverage in order to soften his sentence. DiPascali is currently in prison awaiting sentencing He is unable to post the monstrous $10 million bond.

Photos By: RD/Kabik/Dziekan/James Edstrom/ Retna

Thursday, January 28, 2010




Mayor Mike Bloomberg

Robert DeNiro

Chuck Close

After hearing about the buzz surrounding artist/photographer Michael Colavito and his original new art with numerous comparisons to great names in art history like Picasso and Warhol, I met with him for an interview. You hear this being casually said of upcoming artists from time to time but with Colavito it is all true. The work is impactful, inspiring, and truly original to say the very least. I have never seen art like this. He films numerous subjects and creates modern art and bronze sculptures that he incorporates into his cinematic film work and diversified large format 8x10 photography, all without computers, special effects or blue screen. He is a film purest in every sense of the term, his work is natural and organic. Upon completion of my first interview, I was overloaded and mesmerized as if having visited a museum with art everywhere. Colavito art style has redefined my view of art, photography and film. He has created unique, never seen before portraits of icons, Robert DeNiro, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Cyndi Lauper, Montel Williams, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Philip Glass, (and others) and has intrigued each of them independently with his art style, Colavito Modern Image Painting. Colavito fine art portrait mural of Mayor Michael Bloomberg was delivered to the Mayor’s office last week.

Cyndi Lauper

Here’s an artist who not only cares about originality and film purity but who also truly cares in the deepest sense about people in need and is strongly committed to the use of his art for charity through numerous charity donations and events - just last week he photographed 200 kids with aids and focused on making each kid feel special about their respective portraits. Colavito and his agents (Michael Sitzer and Stephen Weingrad) have been campaigning to sell his original art film, Chasing Originality, with the majority (more than 50%) of sale proceeds directed to charitable organizations. The film was created and produced with considerable personal expense by Colavito and over a year invested in layering more than 20,000 individual frames of film with his art. The unique film is a one of a kind in art history, endorsed by renowned art appraiser, Alex Rosenberg, applauded by legendary artist, Chuck Close and many other notables (Jeff Koons, Mark Kostabi, etc). The film was recently submitted to Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well for his formal endorsement because of his dedication as a leader to people and his iconic role as a prominent contributor and patron for the arts. Mayor Bloomberg himself was quite moved by Colavito artwork and intrigued by his organic art style without computers asking multiple questions about Jeff Koons, Chuck Close and DeNiro portraits. Colavito recently created a never seen before art film short of Robert DeNiro created in same the likeness as Chasing Originality which will be sold and positioned for the charity of DeNiro’s choosing as an extension of this project (Colavito art for charity).

Jeff Koons

The Colavito film sale project for charity has been aired on numerous national radio and television programs in the past several months with Colavito speaking to more than 50 million people and reaching out to companies in corporate America, with specific mention of Coca Cola, Pepsi Co., American Express and Kodak. The project goal is to sell the art film as tangible property (collectible art) to one of these “visionary” corporations with tax incentives, distribution rights, and enormous national attention directed to the company’s philanthropic contribution as an investment in people. Colavito has been endorsing these companies regarding their green initiatives and history of philanthropic contributions without any deal on the table to present a formidable sample of free advertising emphasizing the continuing national attention to be gained by the “winning bidder”. He has spoken repeatedly and openly about his willingness to offer a free national marketing campaign of Colavito Signature Images with intentions of extending his commitment even further to match and completely offset the monetary investment for any company willing to “step up to the plate”. Colavito has spoken fondly of Kodak not only regarding green initiatives but because of his personal life long dedication to film purity and appreciation of the company’s history related to the evolution of the film industry, not to mention that Colavito art film, Chasing Originality, was recorded entirely on Kodak film stock. As part of this same initiative Colavito and his agents are reaching out to private investors and art collectors for sales of Colavito limited edition photographic prints, and bronze/modern sculptures with proceeds directed to charities as well. It’s not very often that an artist is mentioned with the greatest in art history. I believe that Colavito may very well become part of the conversation.

Jazzed Pop Art

Tribute To Picasso

Sculpture And Light