2013-12-27 / Letters

Inside Jobs

Dear Editor:

Just as I predicted in a letter to the editor prior to the September Democratic Party Primary for Queens Borough President...To the victor goes the spoils. I said "Don't be surprised when Congress member and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz reward State Senator Tony Avella, NYC Council member Leroy Comrie, Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik and State Senator Jose Peralta for being loyal members in good standing." They all took the "hint" from Crowley, folded their tents and endorsed Katz. Even Avella assisted Katz by dropping out but not endorsing Peter Vallone, Jr. Crowley will reward each by either becoming Deputy Borough President, working for Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James or be designated as the "official Queens County Democratic Party clubhouse" candidate for future public office.

First up for the quid pro quo is lame duck NYC Council member Leroy Comrie, who will become Deputy Queens Borough President. He was not selected from a classified ad in the New York Times. There are hundreds of citizens who voluntarily serve on Community Planning Boards, along with thousands of other professional people equally if not more qualified for the job. Comrie will now be able to double dip at taxpayer expense for future pensions as a former NYC Council member representing the 27th Council District from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Queens Borough President to supplement his social security. Who knows if he can collect another pension as Chief of Staff to former NYC Council member Archie Spigner from 1994 to 2001. His boss, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, will win the trifecta of public pensions at taxpayer expense as a former State Assembly member representing the 28th Assembly District from 1994 to 1999, NYC Council member representing the 29th Council District from 2002 to 2009 and Queens Borough President. Will she be able to collect another pension as Director of Community Planning Boards for the Office of Queens Borough President from 1999 to 2002?

Will Queens Borough District Attorney Richard Brown or State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigate this potential scandal of promising people jobs in exchange for dropping out of the Queens Borough President Democratic Party Primary? Don't hold your breath as both Brown and Schneiderman are loyal members of the Democratic Party clubhouse. Never bite the hand that feeds you!

LARRY PENNER

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