Suspended BOE Official Made Millions in 2014 Sale to Clinton-Supporter Nita Lowey’s Daughter

The sale, which earned Haslett-Rudiano more than $6 million takes on new dimensions in light of 125,000 voters she purged from the rolls


The sale, which earned Haslett-Rudiano more than $6 million, takes on new dimensions in light of 125,000 voters she purged from the rolls


Widespread rage flowed in New York after endless problems and confusions made the most important presidential primary in living memory a living nightmare, and a questionable affair, for thousands of New Yorkers.

Yesterday, Brooklyn's top election official was suspended after the removal of 125,000 voters.  As reported by NY1

 

Board officials say that Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the board’s chief clerk in Brooklyn, is suspended in the wake of a major controversy sparked by the removal of some 126,000 voters from the borough’s rolls.

 

 ... an official tells NY1 that Haslett-Rudiano may have "missed a step" when conducting that maintenance.

It is still unclear if the voter purge erased valid registered voters.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an investigation of the board on Wednesda

 

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2016/04/21/highest-official-at-city-s-boe-in-brooklyn-suspended-without-pay.html

As it turns out the story may yet go deeper. In 2014, Haslett-Rudiano turned a multi-million dollar return on a property she purchased in 1976 when she sold a much-maligned and abandoned brownstone on the upper west side of Manhattan.

The suspended official, who purchased the home for $5,000, sold it for $6.6 million -- to a company run by the daughter of Congresswoman and devoted Clinton-supporter. Nita Lowey.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey at a Bloomberg Rally
Congresswoman Nita Lowey's daughter runs a company that paid $6.6 million to Haslett-Rudiano. (Photo: Azi Paybarah/flickr/cc)

 

In fact, when Clinton kicked off her New York campaign on April 1, it was Congresswwoman Nita Lowey who introduced Hillary Clinton with adulating words to the crowd at SUNY-Purchase in Westchester.

Lowey's daughter, Dana Lowey Luttway, who runs Holliswood 76 LLC, as the West Side Rag noted, "is known for her skill at flipping upscale townhouses."
 
The sale, which earned Haslett-Rudiano more than $6 million takes on new dimensions in light of 125,000 voters she purged from the rolls.

 

UPDATED: Experience voting difficulties?: NY Comptroller Wants Your Stories

IMPORTANT UPDATE** Remember Stringer is a Clinton delegate.

Primary day voting was a messy and controversial affair in New York.

With both voter disenfranchisement and voter purging on the minds of many furious New Yorkers, Comptroller Scott Stringer has announced an audit of the New York City Board of Elections. Stringer, however, is a Clinton delegate, leading many to question whether the audit could possibly cast the Clinton political machine in a bad light.

Numerous independent and public media outlets reported on not just the purging and disappearance of thousands of Democratic voters, but also broken machinery, closed pollsites, misleading instructions from some pollworkers and even independents who were suddenly registered as Democrats.

“There is nothing more sacred in our nation than the right to vote, yet election after election, reports come in of people who were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get in to their polling site,” Comptroller Stringer said. “The people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the BOE is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient.  With four elections in New York City in 2016 alone, we don’t have a moment to spare.”

Stringer's team created a website where New Yorkers can report their voting difficulties. To tell the Comptroller’s Office your story about issues at the polls,  click here.

Earlier today, the state attorney general (which received more than 500 calls from New Yorkers about their voting experience) also announced an investigation (although when the results of either the state attorney general's investigation or the city comptroller's audit will be release is still a matter of uncomfortable mystery).

 

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40,000 Verizon Workers Strike Against Corporate ‘Race to the Bottom’

Verizon workers across the East Coast marched in picket lines on Wednesday in the largest U.S. strike in recent memory to protest the "corporate greed" of the multinational communications behemoth.

Verizon has failed to negotiate a fair contract with its employees despite making billions in monthly profits and multiple concessions on the part of union members. Verizon employees' contract expired eight months ago and talks over a new contract, which have gone on for ten months, broke off last week.

About 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBW) unions are joining in the strike.

"We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed," said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor in a press statement.

"If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers," Trainor said, "then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom."

Furthermore, the multinational corporation "is also refusing to negotiate any improvements in wages, benefits or working conditions for Verizon Wireless retail workers, who formed a union in 2014."

CWA also detailed the "devastating cuts" Verizon is attempting to force on workers, "even after significant worker concessions on healthcare." The desired cutbacks include offshoring jobs to countries with low wages, cutting job security, sending technicians on jobs away from home for as long as two months, freezing pensions, slashing benefits, and refusing to negotiate improvements to wages and working conditions.

The unions argue that "Verizon is making these demands despite having made $39 billion in profits over the last three years—and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016," as Common Dreams reported.

"Verizon's corporate greed isn't just harming workers' families," CWA states, "it's hurting customers as well. Service quality has deteriorated to the point that New York State’s Public Service Commission has convened a formal hearing to investigate problems across the Empire State. In the last few weeks, regulators in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have launched similar inquiries into Verizon's operations."

Members of National Nurses United joined a Verizon picket line in Scranton, Pa., and expressed their solidarity with the workers' demands. Net neutrality advocacy group Fight for the Future also announced its solidarity with the striking workers.

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has lent vocal support to CWA, who endorsed the Vermont senator for president over rival Hillary Clinton back in December. Sanders met with CWA workers preparing to strike on Monday.

In a speech in Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, Sanders told the crowd that the communications giant's employees "are going on strike because they refuse to be beat down by a greedy corporation who could care less about them or the people of this country."

Sanders went on to lambaste what he described as Verizon's tax evasion and poor labor practices to a cheering crowd:

All they want is more and more profit, and it doesn't matter what happens to their employees or people in America. This is what they want to do: they want to cut benefits for their employees, they want to throw American workers out on the street, and move their calling centers to low wage countries around the world. They are not investing in inner cities in America, where people today do not have quality broadband. And they've got their lawyers and tax accountants working overtime so that in a given year, despite making billions of dollars in profit, they pay nothing, not a nickel, in federal taxes.

Sanders reiterated his support for the workers' demands in a speech on the picket line on Wednesday.

CWA members spoke about their reasons for striking in a video released by the union on Tuesday. "Corporate greed is them constantly getting raises as executives, growing profits, yet crying poor," said a call center employee in Delaware. "I'm worth a good contract. My kids are worth a good contract."

"A good contract would mean a lot to us, because we've fought long and hard," said a retail store employee from Brooklyn. "I truly believe this is something we deserve."


(this article is republished via CC license from CommonDreams. Photo: Verizon Workers picket a Verizon Wireless store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)