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Anthony Weiner considers mayoral run in new interview


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Is Anthony Weiner poised for a political comeback?

According to a new interview, the former Queens congressmember gave the New York Times, he is considering a run for mayor.

“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” he told the publication. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

The article, which was published online on Wednesday and is appearing in print on Sunday, is the first time he has given an in-depth interview since the sexting scandal that forced him to resign from his seat in June 2011.

Before that time, Weiner was considered a rising political star and one of the front-runners for the next mayor of New York City.

But he could still achieve that goal, according to Michael Krasner, an associate political science professor at Queens College and co-director of the Taft Institute for Government.

It’s his comeback,” said Krasner, who believes that Weiner is taking a page from former President Bill Clinton’s political playbook.

The interview Weiner gave The Times is similar to the one Bill and Hillary Clinton gave following the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal during the 1992 presidential election campaign, Krasner explained.

Clinton persuaded voters that it was private matter and that he shouldn’t be judged politically for it, Krasner said. “It’s the same ploy, it’s the same device.”

The Times also interviewed Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, and photographed the couple with their 13-month-old son.

Showing him as a doting father and with a forgiving spouse could also translate to a forgiving public, said Krasner.

If polls show more support for Weiner following the article, then he will likely go ahead with a Democratic mayoral run, he said.

“Even if he doesn’t win this time, he gets beyond the scandal, said Krasner. “Then he can run another time.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 50. Windy. Winds from the West at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 28. Windy. Winds from the West at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

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Cuomo may force city teacher evaluation deal

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to impose a teacher evaluation deal on the city and teachers union if the sides cannot agree to one on their own. Read more: NY1

Flushing supermarket denied rooftop parking lot at busy intersection

A plan to put a 49-car parking lot over a busy Flushing supermarket was recently shot down by the city despite the support of local officials. Read more: New York Daily News

Attorney: Woman accused of subway push not fit

Defense attorneys for a woman accused of shoving a man to his death from a New York City subway platform are contesting a ruling that she is mentally fit for trial. Read more: ABC New York

FEMA disaster recovery centers end Sunday hours

The city’s 17 Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers will no longer be available on Sundays. Read more: NY1

New York Times says China hacked paper’s computers

Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times’ computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader, the newspaper reported Thursday. Read more: ABC New York

Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad “racist”

Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. Read more: Reuters

GM recalls 12,415 cars for possible bolt, airbag issues

General Motors Co is recalling 12,415 cars in the United States to address issues with what may be improperly tightened suspension bolts and faulty airbags, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Read more: Reuters

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men

Cops are hunting for a group of men they say raped a woman on a dark Queens street early Sunday. The 20-year-old woman was walking near Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in Hunters Point when two men grabbed her and dragged her into a parking lot at about 3:45 a.m., police said. As the two suspects held her down between two cars, a third man — who is in his late 20s and about 5-foot-10 with blond hair and blue eyes — raped her, cops said.  Read More: Daily News

Queens rape victim was falsely imprisoned for robberies; now she sues city cops for falling for her attacker’s story

A QUEENS rape victim who was locked up for robberies she didn’t commit is suing city and Long Island cops for falling for her attacker’s “preposterous hoax” of a revenge plot. In a federal lawsuit, Seemona Sumasar claims NYPD cops protected her attacker, Jerry Ramrattan, because he was secretly funneling them information about other crimes while working as an informant. Read More: Daily News

Parents and officials say Department of Education has turned back on Jamaica High School

Even though the Department of Education’s (DOE) decision to close Jamaica High School was finalized in February, current students are still hoping for a quality education. Currently in the process of being phased out, Jamaica High School no longer accepts new students and is expected to close its doors for good in 2014. Read More: Queens Courier

At Top Public Schools, the Arts Replace Recess

All of this concentrated learning — activities parents commonly think of as enrichment — was taking place not after school hours, but during recess, the once-unstructured midday break that for some elementary school students is slowly being squeezed out of the day. Jump rope, freeze tag and the jungle gym have some new competition. At some of the city’s highest-rated public elementary schools, recess is now being seen by parents and educators as a time to pack in extra learning. Read More: New York Times

Giants, Mets Trade: New York Trades Angel Pagan To San Francisco For Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez

Walking across the hotel lobby, New York Mets manager Terry Collins smiled. “We rebuilt our bullpen in one day,” he said. In a rapid-fire series of moves at the winter meetings that took 1 1/2 days to put together and 1 1/2 hours to finalize, the Mets agreed to trade center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez, and reached agreements with free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. Read More: Huffington Post

Ex-corrections officer acquitted of attempted murder charges in Queens

A former correction officer who was facing up to 25 years in prison for shooting two men outside of a Queens bowling alley was acquitted of double attempted murder and assault charges. “His defense was one of self-defense,” said Michael Lavecchio’s trial attorney, Stephen Worth, after a jury cleared his client of all charges on Monday night. Lavecchio, 55, was working as a security guard at the AMF bowling alley on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights on February 6, 2010 when he asked Justin Donaghy and Gerard Hourigan to leave the building.  Read More: New York Post

MTA forgot about stranded blizzard train

The MTA’s subway boss admitted yesterday that transit officials got so overwhelmed during last year’s Christmas-time blizzard they “forgot” about an A train stuck on the tracks for nine agonizing hours with 500 passengers on board. Read More: New York Post

Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny

She is an almost invisible figure in New York politics, a former insurance agent and single mother who unwinds at karaoke bars in Queens singing Taiwanese pop ballads in a gentle soprano voice. But Mei-Hua Ru quietly wields considerable power in the city, having guided Comptroller John C. Liu’s rise from an obscure councilmember 10 years ago to a major political force today. Read More: New York Times

Little Bay Park project stall is little ‘comfort’

Bayside elected officials and community leaders are campaigning for relief for visitors of Little Bay Park and hoping that millions of dollars in funding hasn’t been flushed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Senator Tony Avella united with Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and residents of the Bayside community on November 29 to urge the Parks Department to begin the revitalization project of Little Bay Park – which includes the construction of a comfort station. Read More: Queens Courier

Recalling Days on the Run With Abducted Children

The week before they abducted their eight children from a foster carecenter in Queens, Nephra and Shanel Payne stocked up at Costco on supplies and dry goods, like graham crackers, diapers and infant formula for Nefertiti, their 11-month-old daughter. They stashed family photos and important documents in a storage facility and crammed a basketball and a football — essential for traveling with a Little League team’s worth of boys — into their car. Read More: New York Times

New York Mafia and Russian mob joined to lure women as strippers; arranged sham marriages 

The Mafia teamed up with the Russian mob to smuggle Eastern European beauties into New York to work as strippers — and even arranged sham marriages to keep them here, the feds say. Twenty suspects, including seven reputed Gambino and Bonanno mobsters, were arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday on charges ranging from racketeering to visa fraud. Read More: Daily News

Surveillance Video Released In Search For Queens Assault Suspect

Police are asking for help in finding a man wanted in connection with an assault in Queens. Officials say the suspect hit a 33-year-old man outside of the Nest Bar and Restaurant in South Richmond Hill shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The victim was treated for his injuries at Jamaica Hospital. Police say the suspect fled the scene. He is said to be about 5-feet 5-inches tall. Read More & Watch the Video: NY1

Detective Who Fired First Shot At Sean Bell Expected To Face Dismissal, Source Says

William Bell is hoping Detective Gescard Isnora will be removed from the police force after being found guilty of violating New York City Police Department rules in a departmental trial following the deadly shooting of his son Sean five years ago. That decision is being left up to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, but those close to the investigation say the NYPD trials commissioner recommends dismissal. Read More: NY1

Highschool ‘sext’ boot OK’d

A Queens judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the parents of an ex-student at Christ the King High School who was booted for allegedly showing naked pics of an ex-girlfriend on his phone. Joseph Farley was thrown out of the Catholic school this year after being ordered by Assistant Principal Carol Timpone to turn over his cell phone after the girl’s mother complained, according to the suit. After Farley refused, he was expelled. Read More: New York Post


Politics Aside: Is it time for Liu to step down?


| RHornak@queenscourier.com

As more information continues to spill out about the scandal surrounding John Liu’s fundraising practices, both in his 2009 campaign for comptroller and his current effort to run for mayor, it is becoming clear that his ability to effectively do his job is in serious jeopardy.  That would be the case for anyone in this circumstance, but for Liu, who has never taken his job as defender of the public purse seriously, and instead has only been an advocate for the interests of Big Labor, it is time to resign.

It started last month with a New York Times investigation into some of Liu’s donors, many of whom turned out to either not exist or claim to have never contributed to him. Liu has also neglected to report bundlers – supporters who collect donations on behalf of the campaign from their friends and associates – as is required by law.

These would be serious allegations against any candidate. However, with New York City’s extremely generous program of matching funds, with six dollars of taxpayer money given to candidates for every dollar they raise (the match caps at the first $175 from each donor), this is a much bigger problem, with the implication that Liu’s campaign conspired to commit fraud in order to steal from the taxpayers.

Worse still, many of the irregularities the Times exposed are with Chinese companies from Queens, some who are city contractors where the comptroller has oversight on their agreements. In fact, many of the details surrounding these donations appear shady, from business addresses that don’t exist to contributors who admit their boss made the contributions on their behalf at a company fundraising event for Liu. In most cases, the amounts given were $800 per person.

There appear to be too many cases where the fact patterns are the same for this to be a coincidence or for it all to be the doings of these individual business owners. Short of someone discovering a “how-to” manual for campaign finance evasion, it seems clear that the campaign was complicit in these activities. At the very least, major alarm bells should have gone off with campaign fundraisers (were they truly unaware) that something irregular was going on and an internal investigation should be held before accepting these bogus contributions.

Now one bundler has been arrested, another is being closely scrutinized, and ties to already jailed finance cheat Norman Hsu have been uncovered. But not only is Liu not showing any shame, he claims to be still running for mayor, in spite of these transgressions. He clearly thinks his close relationship with Big Labor bosses, who pumped over $180,000 into his 2009 campaign, will bail him out. If the current investigation into Liu doesn’t sink his mayoral ambitions, let’s hope the people of the city of New York will.

Robert Hornak is a Queens-based political consultant, blogger, and an active member of the Queens Republican Party. 

Do you have your Mackay MBA? I do!


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I read Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay in 1992. It was a life-changing, and career-changing, book for me, and millions of other readers (hopefully you).

The #1 New York Times bestseller contains 100 short business lessons that are both impactful and actionable.

After its initial success, the book has become an iconic classic, rivaling any other printed business book in the past 100 years.

Fast forward to 2011. I just finished reading Mackay’s new book, The Mackay MBA of Selling in The Real World, and it is with trepidation that I tell you that it’s better than Swim With The Sharks.

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you already know me as a world-class expert in selling who has written and published 11 books in the past 20 years. I make it my business not to read new books because I don’t want to be influenced by, much less accused of copying, someone else’s idea or style. I have my own style. I have my own voice.

But I could not pass up the opportunity to devour the intelligence, the insight and the strategies that Mackay has gained over the past five decades in one of the most successful writing and speaking careers.

Harvey Mackay has made a career out of networking, befriending, giving value and selling. He sells his business and his product. More important, he sells himself. Actually, people buy Harvey Mackay. I do.

In The Mackay MBA, he’s taken all those characteristics and broken them down into lessons that you can use immediately in your sales life, your business life and your personal life.

One look at the sections of the book – You, Imagine, Stick With It, Setbacks, The Championship Stride, Connect and Excel – will give you an idea of the depth of information that will create new patterns of thinking and provide new actions you can take to become a better salesperson and a better person.

Here are a few chapter titles so you can get an idea of the diversity and completeness of content, so when you read “MBA” in the title you will know how complete the book is:

 

• Loyalty In The Little Things Is Huge

• Rain Can Make Your Parade

• Enthusiasm: Only You Can Ignite It

• Watch Out For These 4 Letter Words

• Networks Have Power Ratings

• The 7 C’s of Success

 

Mackay uses short chapters to provide condensed information. He’s taken out all the fluff, but left in all the meat. You can open the book anywhere and get a practical, real-world lesson that you can take out into the street and turn into money one minute after you read it.

At this economic moment in our world, every businessperson and every salesperson needs new answers and hope. The Mackay MBA of Selling In The Real World provides a plethora of both.

 

• He gives you inspiration: Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.

• He gives you strategy: The Mackay 25 Sales Call Prep Checklist is worth the entire price of the book!

• He gives you new information: Social media sites are rapidly becoming the customer service desks of the 21st century.

• He gives you hope: Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to.

 

Stop what you’re doing right now, head to your local bookstore (or Amazon.com and click on the “Buy Now” button) and get two copies – one for you, and one for your best customer.

When you get the book, follow Mackay’s classic advice, “Don’t just read it, study it.” Set aside personal time so that you can take each chapter and create an implementation game plan.

Bring your fellow salespeople to a meeting, and create a Mackay mastermind group that will help you both understand and implement these classic principles of business and sales success.

For the past 20 years, I have had the privilege and the pleasure of reading every single Harvey Mackay book. His new book The Mackay MBA of Selling In The Real World stands out as relevant, realistic, resourceful, right on the money and ripe with opportunity for you to take advantage of.

 

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The Sales Bible, Customer Satisfaction is Worthless Customer Loyalty is Priceless, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Little Red Book of Sales Answers, The Little Black Book of Connections, The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, The Little Green Book of Getting Your Way, The Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching, The Little Teal Book of Trust, The Little Book of Leadership, and Social BOOM! His website, www.gitomer.com, will lead you to more information about training and seminars, or email him personally at salesman@gitomer.com.

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