Queens GOP Got Screwed by Mike

The Queens Republican Party has finally realized they were screwed by Mike. Maybe this time they’ll have enough backbone to let Bloomberg know he’s not welcome in the GOP.

It's Time to Fix the Elephant

It's Time to Fix the Elephant

From the NY Post



Last updated: 2:22 am
February 9, 2009
Posted: 1:50 am
February 9, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg’s on-and-off courtship of Republicans was on again yesterday, but they were not returning the love.

He greeted winning essayists at an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial dinner sponsored by the Queens Village Republican Club, but got a tepid response from members still stung by his 2007 defection from the party.

“He has a lot of issues that he has to address,” said Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. “And I don’t think the regular Republicans are ready to endorse.”

Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat before running for mayor twice as a Republican, then becoming an independent.

Republicans are also unhappy over his decision to raise property taxes and to trash term limits in pursuit of four more years in City Hall.

Club members grumbled about his appearance days before the event.

“You can’t disinvite a mayor,” read one e-mail. “Anyway, he’s coming only for the nonpartisan essay-contest portion and then leaving, thank God.

He’ll get the message that he’s not welcome.”


Padavan Says He Emerges Stronger From Tough Race

From PolitickerNY

Padavan Says He Emerges Stronger From Tough Race
By Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY—Even after Jim Gennaro conceded defeat in his bid to unseat State Senator Frank Padavan, the two are still bickering.

Padavan put out a statement last night  decrying Gennaro’s “negative attacks” and saying he was vindicated by a re-count showing he won by 578 votes. This morning, the Gennaro camp put out a statement (in full below) saying the Padavan camp “worked tirelessly to prevent legitimate votes cast by students and people with disabilities from being counted.”

I called Padavan to ask him for his thoughts at the end of a long, hard-fought and narrowly won campaign.

Frank Padavan

Frank Padavan

“We could go on and on in that kind of dialogue forever and not really end up anywhere,” he said. “I’m not going to get caught up in that kind of nonsense again. He tried, in a variety of ways, particularly in literature and fliers, to distort. I told him to his face that he was lying.”

Padavan’s Republican colleagues have been anxiously awaiting his arrival in the State Senate, where he will provide their conference a 30th vote (as opposed to 32 Democrats). Padavan said his first priority would be “everybody’s priority, and that’s dealing with the budget.”

In light of the bitter campaign – which Padavan said was worse than he had ever experienced – I asked if he would run again. He didn’t hesitate to say yes, and thought the race showed strength, not vulnerability.

“He spent over twice as much money as I spent, the registration is three to one in his favor, and president Obama received 70 percent of the vote in this Senate district. So despite all of those advantages, he lost,” Padavan said. “That shows, I think, a very strong position in terms of our work for the last 36 years.”

Gennaro for New York campaign spokesman Mike Barfield made the following statement today: “From election night and at every step of the recount, Frank Padavan and his Republican cronies have worked tirelessly to prevent legitimate votes cast by students and people with disabilities from being counted. “Each time Padavan and the Republican lawyers tried to prevent votes from being counted they were rebuffed and in the end thousands of valid ballots Padavan objected to were counted. “His latest statement is as out of touch with the realities of the recount as his ultra-Republican voting record is with the people of Queens. This statement is the latest example of Frank Padavan’s style: saying one thing in the district, but acting completely differently elsewhere. “Jim Gennaro ran an issue-based campaign and received more than 49% of the vote in this election. Jim has never been afraid to speak out about critical issues, whether it’s protecting New York City’s water supply or exposing Frank Padavan’s 23 votes against women’s health and safety. Now that the recount is settled, and the votes have been counted, Frank Padavan should stop the senseless political attacks and work with Sen. Smith and the new Democratic majority to address the critical issues facing New Yorkers.”

Congratulations to State Senator Frank Padavan

The Bay Terrace Cafe congratulates Frank Padavan on his reelection to the New York State Senate and wishes him continued success. Based on past performance there is no doubt that Senator Padavan will work tirelessly on behalf of all his constituents. We look forward to Senator Padavan visiting the Cafe.

Padavan set to return to NY Senate


Associated Press Writer

February 4, 2009


State Senator Frank Padavan wins reelection.

State Senator Frank Padavan wins reelection.

Incumbent State Sen. Frank Padavan, a Queens Republican, is expected to return as a victor to Albany next week following months of recounts and challenges in his race against Democrat James Gennaro, a New York City Council member.

Padavan says the net change in a review of 2,708 invalid ballots shows him winning by 578 votes instead of 580. A judge is scheduled to review recount results Thursday and is expected to allow the New York City Board of Elections to certify the results.

Padavan, who said he’s been staying up on issues from his district office, will be returning to a changed Senate, with Democrats holding a 32-30 majority, their first control of the chamber in 43 years.

“I feel like I’ve never been away,” he said, adding the job remains representing the people in the district.

Every Vote Counts!

People protest 11th State Senate District election tallying process outside the Queens Board of Elections on Queens Blvd.

People protest 11th State Senate District election tallying process outside the Queens Board of Elections on Queens Blvd.

From the New York Daily News

Also reported by Queens Crap

City Board of Elections commissioners voted unanimously today to reverse their December decision and allow disputed paper ballots to be counted in the yet-undecided 11th SD race, signaling the beginning of the end of what has been an extremely contentious and drawn-out process.

Depending on how long the count takes – and there have been conflicting reports as to exactly how many ballots are out there, but it’s somewhere between 1,700 and 2,700 – this contest could be a contender for the title of longest-running undecided legislative race in modern history.

The record to date is the 2004 Spano-Stewart-Cousins race, in which Spano wasn’t declared the winner until Feb. 8 of 2005 – and then by just 18 votes.

Republican Frank Padavan, who was the incumbent GOP senator when this whole mess started, has a lead of several hundred votes – perhaps as many as 500 – over his Democratic challenger, Councilman Jim Gennaro.

Obsevers and operatives on both sides of the aisle have been more or less in agreement (at least privately) that Padavan is going to be declared the winner.

The Democrats had a stake in delaying that outcome for as long as possible back when the leadership battle was still raging in the Senate, as it deprived Republican Dean Skelos of a vote. But that turned out not to make much of a difference in the end.

Despite the fact that he is techincally no longer a senator, Padavan says he has been showing up for work at his district office, which continues to be staffed at the expense of the Senate GOP. He has already announced his intention to seek re-election in 2010.

Padavan vs. Gennaro – still undecided

James Gennaro

James Gennar

From the Queens Courier

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 7:05 PM EST

With the State Senate completing its second week of work and the seat for northeast Queens’ 11th District still empty, the saga of the undecided race between incumbent Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro finds the parties back in court.

After all the machine votes and paper ballots approved by Board of Elections (BOE) clerks were counted, Padavan was leading by 580, with 252 disputed paper ballots unopened – and this the only undecided election in the state.

Next, Gennaro’s representatives went to State Supreme Court, and Judge Kevin Kerrigan declared that roughly 1,750 paper ballots declared invalid by the Queens BOE should be examined again.

Immediately, Republicans went to the Appellate Division; a four-judge panel said the central BOE hadn’t made a “final determination” on the invalid ballots, so the courts couldn’t rule. The city BOE commissioners voted 7-3 to agree with the Queens clerks.

Serph Maltese, Phil Ragusa & Frank Padavan

Serph Maltese, Phil Ragusa & Frank Padavan

This brought the matter back to Kerrigan’s court on Tuesday January 6, where Republicans asked him to declare the counting over and allow the BOE to certify Padavan the winner.

Kerrigan gave the Democrats until Wednesday, January 14, to respond to the nearly 50 pages of arguments and exhibits filed by Padavan’s side.

After several hours of legal arguments, Kerrigan set another hearing for Friday, January 16.

Queens Republicans to Bloomberg: Not so Fast!


Former Republican Mike Wants Back In

Maggie Haberman and Sally Goldenberg report in the New York Post that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making overtures to once again run with Republican support. Much to their credit not all the GOP county leaders are ready to jump on the Bloomberg band wagon. There is some resentment over the fact that Bloomberg did not endorse John McCain.

“Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat who joined the Republican Party for his first mayoral bid in 2001 but then abandoned it in 2007, must mend fences if he wants to secure the Republican line, several sources said.”

“If there’s a credible Republican that’s running, I’d have to support that person first, and if the mayor wanted to re-register as a Republican, I might think of it,” said Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who has not been contacted by Bloomberg’s team.

“In fact, I have the forms if he wants to reregister as a Republican.”

Another GOP official criticized the mayor, saying, “Everybody supported him the second time, and then he had very little in the way of Republicans in government and then no policy that’s remotely Republican.”