Changes, however, are already being made.
Changes, however, are already being made.
Ha, ha this is from the great Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon:
"Matt Drudge is a fucked up person, and everyone knows it. He’s a
creepy little twerp whose “politics” spring less from any coherent
belief system and more a combination of sadism and attention-whoring.
He’s too much of a disaster of a human being to be allowed to put
together the menu at a restaurant that only serves grilled cheese
sandwiches, much less set the agenda of the entire DC media
establishment. People who use Drudge for leads should be ashamed of
themselves. Anyone who defends him should eat a shit sandwich in
The press release:
Albany, NY – Mayor Jennings announced today the appointment of Steven Krokoff to the position of Police Chief for the City of Albany. Deputy Chief Krokoff, who has been serving as the acting Police Chief, was one of four candidates whose name was submitted to the Mayor for consideration by the independent Police Chief Advisory Selection Committee.
The Committee conducted a nationwide search that involved extensive community input as well as advice from police experts and criminal justice practitioners. The Mayor then separately interviewed each of the four candidates.
In making this appointment, the Mayor stated: “I am absolutely certain that Chief Krokoff is the best qualified individual to lead the Albany Police Department. He has the proven leadership skills, experience and intellect that will ensure his success as Police Chief. The Chief also has excellent communication and interpersonal skills that have enabled him to work successfully with personnel at all levels within the Police Department, as well as within the community. I am confident that he will be an outstanding Police Chief.”
By the City Charter, the Mayor’s appointment is subject to approval by the Common Council. The Police Chief Advisory Selection Committee included representation by Common Council leadership, and the Mayor is confident that Chief Krokoff’s appointment will receive strong support by the Council and the community, as well as by the rank and file members of the Police Department.
“We have one of the finest police departments in the nation, a department I am extremely proud of, and with the appointment of Chief Krokoff, I am certain that the department will continue to advance its mission of serving and protecting our community under his leadership.”
Financial planner, and onetime Nxivm booster, Barbara Bouchey filed a declaration in her bankruptcy case alleging that her former clients, heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman, are bearing down on her with all the weight of their considerable trust funds in order to "obliterate ... any and all records produced in the course of their relationship with my company." And why? Because, Bouchey alleged in the court document, these records contain evidence that the Bronfman sisters have engaged "in a myriad of activities that are questionable and, in some cases, potentially illegal."
She also explained that her bankruptcy case is based upon the disruption of her professional and personal life after leaving Nxvim. She has incurred $165,000 in legal fees in the year since she left Nxivm, she says, as she has been chased through four court proceedings by lawyers working for the Bronfman sisters.
The Bronfman sisters, benefactors of Keith Raiere's fan club, Nxivm, have alleged that Bouchey illegally revealed details of their personal financial information to members of the media and to hostile attorneys in an effort to cause embarrassment and damage. And so, in order to protect themselves and their privacy, they have demanded that Bouchey relinquish all documents that she might possess relating to their business dealings. Bouchey claims that twice she has received a request from the sisters' attorney, Steve Coffey, to release these documents.
However, Bouchey claims that she has already delivered all of the original documentation requested to the Bronfmans, and what the sisters appear to be requesting still are any copies of these documents. Copies, Bouchey says, that are vital to her--not only because she is required by law to keep them, but also because she feels they are protecting her from potential future legal action.
Bouchey claims that the sisters' motivation in seeking every shred of paperwork regarding their business dealings, which have become intertwined with Nxivm over the past six years, is to weaken her for an attack:
Earlier this year in another legal action, Bouchey alleged that Raniere blew through $65 million of the Bronfmans' money in risky commodities trading.
I believe the reason the Bronfmans, et al, want to get these records away from me is that they are trying to use me as a scapegoat for the enormous losses they sustained during the time they have been associated with Raniere, Salzman, and NXIVM/ESP -- and that they are ... preparing other lawsuits against me in New York as well as get criminal charges filed against me.
If they are successful, it will cripple my ability to defend myself against the many allegations, threats, innuendoes [sic] that can easily be proven untrue within these records.
In her declaration, Bouchey claims that she is owed almost $2 million by her onetime friends and colleagues in Nxivm: $1.65 million owed to her by Vanguard and Prefect; and another $150,000 owed by the Nxivm corporation.
She is claiming $2.5 million in liabilities, including a $1.3 million personal loan from long-time Nxivm supporter Michael Sutton.
Barbara Bouchey filed for bankruptcy today, seeking protection from liabilities amounting to $2,463,300.00. Listed among her creditors are Nxivm benefactors and millionaire heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman. The bankruptcy filing went before Judge Robert Littlefield in the Northern District.
Not surprisingly, the Bronfman sisters have already filed a restraining order in the case ordering her not to disseminate her records.
Tom Casey announced today that he is stepping down as chair of the Troy Republican Committee. He urges support for Jim Gordon. Gordon ran an unsuccessful bid in the last council elections against Democrat Kevin McGrath in the 1st District.
From Casey's email:
Effective immediately I am resigning as chairman of the Troy Republican committee. I am asking that my fellow Troy Republicans convene a meeting of the committee and nominate and elect Jim Gordon as my replacement. Jim Gordon has assumed many of the duties as chairman over the last few months and will make a great chairman. With what appears to be a Republican resurgence on the national, state and local level this year what is needed is new blood. Jim represents a fresh face with youthful enthusiasm, and possess leadership ability; this is exactly what is needed for what appears to be a successful year for Republicans and Republican values.
Last September, I wrote about Sina Hickey's Paper Girl project, in which she collected submitted art work and distributed it for free on the street. It's an international project that is growing in popularity here in the states as more and more folks like Sina start their own local versions. This year, Sina and company are doing it all over again, but this time joining forces with folks in NYC for three separate distribution events, one in Dumbo, one in Manhattan, and one in Albany. Check the Web site papergirl-ny.com for more info regarding submissions and distribution. Samson Contompasis will be collecting submissions at the Marketplace Gallery up until July 20th. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.