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band of ...Is corruption the inevitable byproduct of capitalism, consumerism, ambition and “the pursuit of happiness?”

You don’t have to be engaged in public life today to know that soccer corruption and power go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s the past president of the local youth soccer club making secret deals with the New York Cosmos, installing members to the club’s board of directors in the parking lot after board meetings; or Dean Skelos’ arrest and indictment for allegedly bribing, extorting and otherwise using his power as Majority Leader of the NY Senate to betray the people he was elected to serve; and now Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, resigning after “winning” reelection as chief cook and bottle washer of the embattled international soccer organization referred to in the media as an “organized crime ring.”

Sepp BlatterThe sad facts are unmistakable but the connections are shrouded in hush-hush. No, actually the connections are hidden in the gray triangle of what’s right, what’s legal and what the actors (culprits) can get away with. And what the actors can get away with is a function of the public’s apathy born of disgust.

For instance, 7th Senate District Senator Jack Martins received ten percent of the vote in 2014 from residents who will live in the shadow of the proposed NY Cosmos soccer stadium, yet he pursues with vigor the rejected plan. Why? Maybe, like the old television sitcom “Father Knows Best”, Jack knows best? Unlikely!

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2015 12:04 )

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Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 09:51 )

Why Are We Here, RFP Corruption?

On January 11, 2013, The New York Cosmos, “formally delivered to the Empire State Development Corporation,” a plan to redevelop Belmont Park in Elmont. Other developers delivered proposals too, but none quite as elaborately rendered as The Cosmos’.

Residents and businesses huddled around various conference tables in meetings with Empire State Development (ESD) at their regional office in Suffolk. Public officials Michelle Solages, the freshman Assemblywoman from the 22nd Assembly District, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and County Legislator Carrie Solages, all met with ESD as well. In addition, meetings small and large were held around the conference tables of local business. But, something was wrong, something…

Conversations with Empire State Development helped form the basis for understanding the disconnect between Elmont taxpayers and those they “elected.” Why were local and state politicians forcefully pursuing plans for the Cosmos stadium in Albany, at the Nassau County Legislature, and within the HQ of the Town of Hempstead? Why did the proposed RFP limit the scope of what’s possible at Belmont Park? It became clear to Elmont residents that the RFP was flawed because its scope was deliberately limited by state and local politicians who misrepresented the community’s wishes and needs to Empire State Development.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:50 )

Elmont Residents Voted "No" to Cosmos

African-American-VotersPopular mythology would suggests that the newly gerrymandered area of Elmont voted for Martins; indeed they did not.  Let me rephrase, Elmont residents voted overwhelmingly for Adam Haber.  In a recent publication Cosmos’ COO, Eric Stover said “It was very telling that Jack Martins — a Republican in a Democrat dominated district where Elmont is — won and won very handily …. We feel that was largely because of his support of our proposal.” (read here)

Mr. Stover grossly misrepresents Martins’ victory.  Elmont residents actually voted as follows:

  • Hendrickson Avenue Park (Haber 307; Martins 33)
  • Covert Ave School (Haber 367; Martins 517)
  • Elmont Public Library (Haber 209; Martins 98)
  • American Legion Post (Haber 400; Martins 248)
  • Dutch Broadway Elementary School (Haber 828; Martins 325)
  • Elmont Engine Company 3 (Haber 414; Martins 519)
  • Howell Road School (Haber 10; Martins 1)
  • Franklin Square Senior Center (Haber 440; Martins 264)

Now if we agree with Stover’s logic (and he clearly wants us to agree) it means that Adam Haber ‘s overwhelming victory (60 percent of the vote) in the Elmont area of the 7th Senate District is because he (Haber) took a clear position on Belmont, a position that opposed Martins’ Cosmos plan and embraced the majority of Elmont residents.  Indeed if votes are a measure of community will then Stover’s argument should be given the weight it deserves.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:50 )
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