8:59 am May. 29, 20123
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, a Democrat, is accused of improperly helping her live-in housekeeper get food stamps and welfare benefits, according to Chuck Bennett's story in the Post today.
The story is based on findings of a county "anti-fraud investigator" Dhyalma Vazquez, who is active in the Independence Party. Vazquez declined to comment to the Post reporter, but was less reserved in her emails to the Westchester social services commissioner: "This was a political favor for Janet DiFiore's maid. It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE." Also: "Just because she is the District Attorney does not mean she is above the law!"
DiFiore also has another job, as chair of the Joint Committee on Public Ethics, which is charged with investigating potential wrongdoing by state lawmakers.
When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced her appointment in December 2011, he said, "I am confident that under the leadership of Chair DiFiore and the other board members, the Commission will be the toughest ethics enforcer in our state's history."
DiFiore's spokesman didn't comment to the Post on the substance of the accusation.
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2:30 p.m. Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and State Senator Stephen Saland make an education announcement at Gracie Mansion.
7 p.m. Bloomberg attends a party for Tom Doctoroff, author of "What Chinese Want" at 466 Lexington Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the Hudson River Park Spring Gala at Pier 26.
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100 days till Barack Obama officially accepts the Democratic nomination at the convention in North Carolina. [Email from DNCC]
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"Any company that helps pay for the ads run by the [United States Chamber of Commerce] ought to step up and disclose its contributions." [New York Times]
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U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, on gay marriage: "I think the fact that it's become a big issue in a federal election is unfortunate because it's not something that federal legislators are supposed to be doing." [Inside City Hall]
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"The candidates who want to succeed Mike Bloomberg have yet to articulate job-generating plans for New York City. We are waiting." [Steven Spinola]
Tom Allon: "The city is going to go backwards if any of them are mayor." [Inside City Hall]
Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro, who opposes gay marriage, went to Christine Quinn's wedding. Councilman Jimmy Oddo has no position on the issue. [Tom Wrobleski]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit to block CIty Hall from issuing new taxi medallions. [No Link]
A Times columnist calls into question NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly's claim that tactics like stop-and-frisk have saved 5,600 lives. [Michael Powell]
"You'll get an answer if they have one," an NYPD spokesman said after I repeatedly asked them to explain how Kelly calculated that number. [Twitter]
The New York Public Library's plan to move some of its books to Princeton is made necessary in part by city funding cuts. [Robert Darnton]
The Upper East Side should do its part by dropping its long-running opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to build a garbage facility at 91st Street. [New York Times]
Assemblyman William Colton of Brooklyn said he plans to sue the city and state to stop the construction of a waste-transfer station in his borough. [Rich Calder]
Former congressman Anthony Weiner has still not figured out what he's going to do professionally. [Josh Margolin]
The Westchester County district attorney, who also chairs the Joint Committee on Public Ethics, is accused of improperly helping her live-in housekeeper qualify for public aid. [Chuck Bennett]
A Republican plan to censor anonymous comments is denounced as an attack on free speech. [New York Post]
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is moving to a smaller, cheaper office. [Ken Lovett]
A co-op built by Donald Trump's father may kick out an Afghanistan War veteran who followed his doctor's orders and got a dog to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. [Joseph Berger]