Yanks Not On The Ball
The New York Yankees might be scoring runs on the field, but when it comes to lobbying in Albany the team just cant seem to play by the rules. And now, with three strikes against it, the team could be fined up to $25,000.
The Yanks have neglected to file required state lobbying reports on time for the past three years. Last year, the teams report was filed 144 days late.
The Yankees were not alone. A total of 36 organizations, which hire lobbyists to push their issues in Albany, filed tardy reports.
The problem, according to the states Temporary Commission on Lobbying, is new rules that went into effect late last year. The new rules toughen reporting requirements, and require firms that hire lobbyists to file even when they do not lobby on any particular issue. The commission will be holding a hearing to determine how large a fine to assess against the Yankees and the other miscreants.
Sen. Bob Kerry of Nebraska raised the bar among city colleges when he was named Prez of The New School earlier this year.
Hunter Colleges top post has been vacant since ex-prez David Caputo moved on to a similar post at Pace University last year, but thats reportedly about to change.
Sources say Reba White Williams, who last year spent a whopping sum of money on her losing campaign for City Council, has emerged as the person with the best shot for the Hunter job.
Williams has an undergraduate degree from Duke, a Harvard MBA, two masters from Hunter, a PhD from City College, and is back at Hunter taking more classes. Hunters Board of Trustees is reportedly working feverishly to get Williams out of the classroom, and into the Presidents Office.
"Rebas fundraising skills couldnt possibly have anything to do with her becoming Hunters next president, could it?" quipped one East Side academic.
The only "Boss" in town this week was Bruce Springsteen, and he put on quite a show. Meanwhile, Yankees "Boss," George Steinbrenner, took center stage in Beantown, plotting his latest coup on those in his employ.
Sources tell NYConf "theres more than meets the eye" in Steinbrenners presence at Fenway Park to monitor the struggling Yankees take on the Bosox. "George had commitments in the city to lend his support to charity, but diversions could not wrest him away from the team."
Steinbrenners maneuvers are reportedly far more wide-reaching than adding a bat to the lineup, or some youth to a rapidly aging pitching staff. One source said, "Each move that George is making now is to leverage the Yankees into a better position to raise as much private money as possible to get a new Yankee Stadium built on Manhattans West Side. Hes probably not going to get the money from the city, so George is after his friends to put up the money to make it happen."
Although a lot of names of players have been rumored to be coming to New York, sources say that "George will not rest, and will be willing to overspend for $ammy $osa to come to the Yankees, and better his chances at getting a stadium in Manhattan."
NYPD Phone Home
Cops who were assigned on Sunday, June 11 to traffic posts and some spots inside Central Park tell us that they would not have been able to help victims in the "water wilding" incident even if they wanted to.
Insiders tell us that about one out of six cops in the park detail were sent out on the street without a radio.
"There were maybe three or four cops assigned to traffic around the park who were issued radios," sources told NYConf. "The rest of us were told to go out and direct traffic just to direct traffic, thats all.
"Its my guess that they think you dont need a radio to work a traffic detail," one source said.
It seems that the extra cops assigned to the Central Park detail on June 11 caused a crunch for radios a precious commodity at precincts citywide. Quite often, were told, radios are down for repair, or precincts arent issued enough battery packs. That makes it necessary for radio car partners to share a mobile radio for their tour of duty.
"When you try to stretch the radio supply, somebody goes out without one," inside sources said.
Each precinct used to have someone in-house who knew how to make minor repairs to the radios. But that changed in about 1997, when an order was issued for all defective radios to be sent to a central repair. And it takes forever to get them there and get them back, the sources said.
One group of cops recalled a fellow officer who was on a scooter inside the park at the time of the attack and ran into trouble when he stepped in to help a victim.
"He had a radio and called for help when the crowd surrounded him," the sources said. "But they became more aggressive, rocked the scooter and harassed the cop until backup got there," they said.
"It was scary."
What would they have done to a cop who was out there without a radio, unable to call for help?
As if real estate mogul Donald Trump needed any more ego-inflating, The UJA-Federation of New York saluted Trump with the "Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century Award" at a reception at The Pierre on Wednesday. The event attracted high-profile names such as Morgenthau, Tisch, and Baldwin. The speakers spent as much time roasting The Donald as they did specifying what he did to earn his honor. The theatre-producing husband and wife team of Fran and Barry Weissler hypothesized names of a musical about Trump that they could bring to Broadway. "Hair" and "Rent" were two of the names that the two admittedly unfunny Nichols & May wannabes came up with.
Reacting to the festivities, one high-level UJA official said, "Frankly, I have no idea why were even giving this award to Mr. Trump, tonight."
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