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  • July 21, 2014

    Nicole Malliotakis Plays Politics AND Wastes Taxpayers Money

     

    I have been following Nicole Malliotakis’ work for several months after several things about her started to not add up, especially when she voted in favor of Marty Golden’s bill to give huge tax breaks to rich developers!

     

    Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblywoman for Staten Island and Bay Ridge plays Politics and Wastes Our Money!

     

     

    On March 6th, someone tweeted to ask Malliotakis about the pet tattoo bill. I looked up the bill on the NY Assemby Bill Search and found  Bill A739D-2013 sponsored by Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan assemblywoman. Although there were several assembly people who co-sponsored the pet tattoo/piercing bill, Malliotakis was not listed on the bill.


    I sent the link to the person on Twitter who was asking about it so they would know who they could contact Rosenthal about the bill. This was my tweet to them:


      On March 12th Nicole Mallotakis submitted an almost identical bill A09058 to the Assembly. I  have no idea why Ms. Malliotakis would initiate a pet tattoo bill on March 12th when there was already a pet tattoo bill that was in the Assembly.

     

      Wouldn’t Ms. Malliotakis have known about the bill since the Assemblu would be voting on it in the Spring session? Let’s say that Ms. Malliotakis was very busy and was didn’t know about what is going on in the Assembly. Malliotakis definitely knew about Rosenthal’s bill from my tweet on March 6th and seen Rosenthals March 6th press release. Malliotakis’ office told me that she is the only one who manages her twitter account.

     

      After Malliotakis submitted the bill,  she sent out a press release that many of our local papers carried with pictures of Malliotakis and no mention of Linda Rosenthal. Even stranger, Malliotakis had Senator Marty Golden listed as the bill supporter. DOESN’T MARTY GOLDEN KNOW MORE ABOUT UPCOMING BILLS THAN I DO? Why would Golden sponsor a bill when there is an identical bill ready to be voted on? Either Golden is not knowledgeable about current bills or HE’S PLAYING POLITICS AS WELL by co-sponsoring duplicate legislation.

     

      By “playing politics”, I mean that both Malliotakis and Golden released press releases (and Golden’s here) about this bill so that when Rosenthal’s bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 132 to 0, people here in Bay Ridge and Staten Island would think it was the work of our officials. While the news and papers like Time , CNN, The Washington Times  and The Daily News cheered Rosenthal for her work as an animal advocate, local papers in  Staten Island and Southwest Brooklyn (even right before the Assembly voted unanimously on Rosenthal’s bill - May 30th) some journalists published Malliotakis’ press release in full or part and failed to mentioned the work of Linda Rosenthal. 

     

      One paper editor even tried to tell me Malliotakis wrote the bill in 2012. He was surprised when I sent him this link to Rosenthal’s 2011 pet tattoo bill.  HELLO JOURNALIST – how about you do a little research and verify the information instead of just printing press releases?  

    Eventually, Malliotakis’ name appears as a co-supporter of Rosenthal’s bill. Since Assemblywoman Malliotakis is a co-sponsor of Linda Rosenthal’s bill, didn’t Ms. Malliotakis promote that bill and all the work Rosenthal has done for pets? It’s pathetic to see a grown woman not promote another women who is doing what needed to be done.  It’s all about playing politics my friends!
    So Bay Ridge and Staten Island while you are wondering why your government doesn’t work for us, it’s because Ms. Malliotakis is playing politics and wasting time creating duplicate bills to send through the Assembly Agricultural Department and then sending press releases to our local papers to make it seem like she and Marty did the work for the pet tattoo bill.

     

     Don’t worry though, Malliotakis  is busy writing resolutions such as  Resolution K1234-2013 to Welcome the Girl Scouts of Staten Island to Albany Day and another Resolution to make May 16th Take your bike to work day.

    After the failure of  Malliotakis and Borelli’s Apple Plan Education, we all knew we needed better leadership for Bay Ridge and Staten Island!

     

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    July 19, 2014

    Eric Garner is Dead Over Selling Loosies

    Loosies are loose cigarettes

     

     

    What if there was no video of the police attacking Garner? No one would believe how horribly he was treated or rather NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE IT WAS THIS BAD.

     

    Usually I support the NYPD because my friends (and former students) put their lives on the line. There are people who do the wrong thing in all lines of work.

    A person shouldn’t have to spend the last hour of their life on the floor barely breathing at the shoes of a police officers for selling loosies.

    #JusticeForEricGarner

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    July 17, 2014

    Nicole Malliotakis Pulls the Wool Over Staten Island (and they like it!)

     

    I reported a mistake in an article to the editor of the Staten Island Advance. A law that was recently passed banning pet tattoos was credited to Nicole Malliotakis, when it should have been credited to Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal. The article was published on March 11th and can be seen here.

     

    Malliotakis is a co-sponsor of the bill, but the article in the Staten Island Advance credits her alone. There are many co-sponsors of bill including Brooklyn representatives – Alex Brook-Krasny and Colton – yet neither of those men jumped at taking the credit from Linda Rosenthal.

     

    Malliotakis was not even part of the bill at the beginning of March 2014. How do I know? I have been watching Ms. Malliotakis for awhile because some things haven’t been adding up. On March 6th, when another animal lover asked Malliotakis what happened to her support to stop pet tattoos, I looked up the bill and Malliotakis was not even a co-sponsor of the bill at the time. I tweeted this:


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    When I saw the article, I asked Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to correct the article because it was her press release which deceived the Staten Island Advance into making the mistake. You can see Malliotakis’ press release here on her site which she stated she introduced the bill. The bill was a great idea, but the idea was Linda Rosenthal’s. Some people will say it’s Malliotakis’ bill because she introduced it in 2012. That is partially true = she reintroduced Rosenthal’s 2011 billsee the original bill here made by Linda Rosenthal.

     

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    When Malliotakis failed to correct the error, I wrote an e-mail to Judy Randall, the Staten Island Advance writer of the article. I didn’t receive a response. Later, I found out Ms. Randall no longer works for the Staten Island Advance.

     

    I wrote to the editor, Brian Laline. And he responded at first that the article was correct. When I showed him evidence that Linda Rosenthal was the original creator of the bill he said he would bring it to the “political person.” I took this as being a normal response and waited.

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    Strangest part of the whole exchange – Mr. Laline tells me that Ms. Malliotakis introduced the bill on March 11th. He asked me when Ms. Rosenthal introduced it. I guess he was surprised to see Rosenthal introduced the bill on March 6th and before that in 2011. But he could have looked that up himself with a quick search using google or Suri. Shouldn’t the media want to check on a source rather than just going by a press release?

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    When I didn’t see an update, I sent another e-mail. Brian Laline explained his son got married and he took a week off. (OKAYYYYY – if a woman ever used their wedding as an excuse at work would they still have a job?) Anyway, here Laline says that he will address it. So some action is going to take place, right? I wouldn’t be writing this blog post if it did.

     

     

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    Why does it matter who wrote the bill? Because the woman who wrote it, Linda Rosenthal didn’t even get named in the article. Would this happen to a male politician?

     

    Time Magazine , CNN and The Daily News credited Rosenthal with the passage of the bill, yet somehow the Staten Island Advance and Mr. Laline think it okay to leave Ms. Rosenthal out of the article.


     

    It’s fine with Nicole Malliotakis if the paper prints incorrect information in her favor because she is in an election year and she is hoping this will help her. Yet, if Malliotakis had done enough for our area, she would have corrected the mistake? Maybe she isn’t crediting Ms. Rosenthal because Rosenthal is a Democrat and Malliotakis is a Republican who doesn’t want to see Democrats being successful. This type of behavior isn’t acceptable for women today. When her Ms. Rosenthal’s name is deliberately left out of the press release and the article, there is a problem.

     

    If the mistake was about a male politician, it would been corrected immediately!

    It is wrong for a newspaper editor to hid the truth from people!

     

    What I originally thought was a mistake by a writer who didn’t do their research and would have been corrected by a editor with integrity is actually just a double-standard for a newspaper editor to avoid giving the correct credit to a woman who did the work!

     

    When we failed to correct the mistakes – when we know the truth – we are part of the problem.

     

    I’m embarrassed that Malliotakis is a representative in Bay Ridge and didn’t correct the mistake immediately. As a woman she should be promoting the accomplishments of her peers, instead of claiming them as her own! Malliotakis is a also a hypocrite because she recently retweeted this:

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    Both the Brian Lalaine and Malliotakis should issue an apology to Ms. Rosenthal for diminishing her accomplishment.

     

     

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    July 17, 2014

    Staten Island Advance Had The Wool Pulled Over Their Eyes by Nicole Malliotakis

     

    I reported a mistake in an article to the editor of the Staten Island Advance.  A law that was recently passed banning pet tattoos was credited to Nicole Malliotakis, when it should have been credited to Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal. The article was published on March 11th and can be seen here.   Malliotakis is a co-sponsor of the bill, but the article in the Staten Island Advance credits her alone. There are many co-sponsors of bill including Brooklyn representatives – Alex Brook-Krasny and Colton  - yet neither of those men jumped at taking the credit from Rosenthal.  Malliotakis was not even part of the bill at the beginning of March. How do I know? I have been watching Ms. Malliotakis for awhile because some things haven’t been adding up.

    On March 6th, when another animal lover asked Malliotakis what happened to her support to stop pet tattoos, I looked up the bill and Malliotakis was not even a co-sponsor of the bill at the time. I tweeted this:  


    march 6th malliotakis was not part of the bill

     

     

    When I saw the article, I asked Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to correct the article because it was her press release which deceived the Staten Island Advance into making the mistake. You can see Malliotakis’ press release here on her site which she stated she introduced the bill. The bill was a great idea, but the idea was Linda Rosenthal’s.  Some people will say it’s Malliotakis’ bill because she introduced it in 2012. That is partially true = she reintroduced Rosenthal’s 2011 bill - see the original bill here made by Linda Rosenthal.  

     

    malliotakis fails to mention rosenthal in the bill

     

    When Malliotakis failed to correct the error, I wrote an e-mail to Judy Randall, the Staten Island Advance writer of the article.  I didn’t receive a response. Later, I found out Ms. Randall no longer works for the Staten Island Advance. 

     

     I wrote to the editor, Brian Laline. And he responded at first that the article was correct. When I showed him evidence that Linda Rosenthal was the original creator of the bill he said he would bring it to the “political person.”  I took this as being a normal response and waited.  

    brian laline doens't know

    Strangest part of the whole exchange – Mr. Laline tells me that Ms. Malliotakis introduced the bill on March 11th. He asked me when Ms. Rosenthal introduced it. I guess he was surprised to see Rosenthal introduced the bill on March 6th and before that in 2011.  But he could have looked that up himself with a quick search using google or Suri. Shouldn’t the media want to check on a source rather than just going by a press release?

     

    laline has no clue

     

    When I didn’t see an update, I sent another e-mail. Brian Laline explained his son got married and he took a week off. (OKAYYYYY – if a woman ever used their wedding as an excuse at work would they still have a job?)  Anyway, here Laline says that he will address it.  So some action is going to take place, right?  I wouldn’t be writing this blog post if it did.   

     

     

    send time brian laline

     

     

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    Why does it matter who wrote the bill?  Because the woman who wrote it, Linda Rosenthal didn’t even get named in the article. Would this happen to a male politician?

     

    Time Magazine , CNN and The Daily News credited Rosenthal with the passage of the bill, yet somehow the Staten Island Advance and Mr. Laline think it okay to leave Ms. Rosenthal out of the article.  


     

    It’s fine with Nicole Malliotakis if the paper prints incorrect information in her favor because she is in an election year and she is hoping this will help her. Yet, if Malliotakis had done enough for our area, she would have corrected the mistake? Maybe she isn’t crediting Ms. Rosenthal because Rosenthal is a Democrat and Malliotakis is a Republican who doesn’t want to see Democrats being successful. This type of behavior isn’t acceptable for women today. When her Ms. Rosenthal’s name is deliberately left out of the press release and the article, there is a problem. 

     

    If the mistake was about a male politician, it would been corrected immediately!  

    It is wrong for a newspaper editor to hid the truth from people!

     

    What I originally thought was a mistake by a writer who didn’t do their research and would have been corrected by a editor with integrity is actually  just a double-standard for a newspaper editor to avoid giving the correct credit to a woman who did the work! 

     

    When we failed to correct the mistakes – when we know the truth – we are part of the problem. 

     

    I’m embarrassed that Malliotakis is a representative in Bay Ridge and didn’t correct the mistake immediately. As a woman she should be promoting the accomplishments of her peers, instead of claiming them as her own!  Malliotakis is a also a hypocrite because she recently retweeted this:

    june 17th

     

    Both the Brian Lalaine and Malliotakis should issue an apology to Ms. Rosenthal for diminishing her accomplishment. 

     

     

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    July 16, 2014

    Baby Shower in Bay Ridge 2014

     

    In June, I had the pleasure of giving my friend a baby shower in Bay Ridge. You know when one of your closest friends has a big event in their life, you want to celebrate it right and we did because of these businesses in Bay Ridge (I am not related to any of them in any way – just a satisfied customer).   

    Place: Sofia Ristorante – 83rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Everyone loved the appetizers, pasta, salad and entrees. The staff made the party run smoothly. I would go back there more celebrations because the food and service were fantastic. I worked with Tony and Mustafa at Sofia’s and I found both of them  easy to work with. The idea to have it came from this lady in Brooklyn who is very picky (so I knew if she liked her party at Sofia’s, it must be good)

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    Balloons: Mark at We’re Havin A Party on 8415 – 5th Avenue (718) 836-3701  Mark arrived early (even before me) and personally set up the balloons. It instantly transformed the room into a cute baby shower! I loved working with Mark because he had great communication. 

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     Cake: Monacos – the owners of Monaco’s are fantastic – down to earth, easy to talk to and they provided an amazing strawberry shortcake for our party.  I wasn’t sure what type of cake I wanted. I saw that Monaco’s was known for their strawberry shortcake so I thought that would be good. I had no idea that after the cake was served the whole room would want to know where the cake was from because it was fresh and delicious!  The strawberry shortcake isn’t overly sweet and artificial tasting, it’s just fresh and delicious – the way a cake should be! I was delighted that the guests loved it!

     

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    The cake decorations were made by a seller on Etsy. 

    Of course we got our craft on!  I loved making this balloon: 

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     Personalized burp cloths are from this etsy - she sent them fast

    Quick change baby go bags! Directions here on pinterest

    Stork bundles but with a safari theme to match the shower theme (directions here)

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    The stork bundles allowed us to give boring sheets and crib mattress pad covers in a cute way!

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    And of course I had Lee helping me – I needed cute pens for the ladies to play Baby Shower Bingo so Lee made these cute flower pens (directions here and here)

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    Isn’t this wardrobe amazing – it’s built out of wood, pvc and ribbon!

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    July 11, 2014

    Feast of Saint Rosalie – 2014 Dates for Brooklyn 18th Avenue Feast – Italian Feast – Festa di Santa Rosalia

    When is the 18th Avenue Feast? The 2014 Feast of St. Rosalie or the Festa di Santa Rosalia early this year. But it’s still going on and that’s what’s important to people! The feast is going to be held  August 14 through August 24th  on 18th Avenue. Usually the feast is at the end of August and beginning of September, but they moved the dates up so it doesn’t interfere with Labor Day weekend and people can enjoy it. The Feast of St. Rosalia takes place on 18th Avenue from 68th to 75th Street from  6PM- 11:00 PM  in Bensonhurst, but most people go between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.  St. Rosalia is the patron saint of Palermo. 

     The best nights to go are either Friday or Saturday night of either weekend. Even the radio stations come out on the busy weekends to be part of the action.  Everyone shows up on those days around 8:30 and it’s crazy busy by 9:00 pm.  Around 70th – 73rd Street is where all the good bands play. 

    Every July and August, people keep asking me, “When is the 18th Avenue Italian Festival in Brooklyn?” or When is the Feast of Saint Rosalie on 18th Avenue happening in August or September 2014? When I run into former Brooklynites who have relocated to Staten Island or NJ they will always say “When is the Feast in Brooklyn?”

    This is the best Italian Feast in Brooklyn. Many people come for the festival atmosphere and great food – sausage and peppers, calzones, zeppoles,  cannoli’s and fried oreos. Everyone loves sausage and peppers from Lucy’s!  There are rides, games and a lot of entertainment. Although the Jersey Shore cast will not be there, it will definitely feel like it with so many guidos around!

    The feast is run by the Society Santa Rosalia located at 72nd and 18th Avenue and the Merchants of 18th Avenue.

     

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    June 28, 2014

    Pitbull Attacks and Kills Bay Ridge Family Dog

    Harbor Lane Residents lost their beautiful black lab to a pitbull.

     

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    June 19, 2014

    Herb – RIP Sweet Boy

    A few days ago, we had to put our cat, Herb to sleep.

    I met Herb 17 years ago when Lee found Herb near a subway entrance. I remember yelling at Lee to put him in another room because I didn’t want him near our dachshund because I was afraid a stray cat would give a disease to the dog. I wasn’t a fan of cats back then as I am slightly allergic to cats (I say slightly because you would think I was nuts to live with a cat when I am very allergic to cat lick). My Mom had cats when I was younger and she always told me I wasn’t allergic to them because she really liked cats.

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    So 17 year ago, Lee brought Herb home and we realized he needed to see a vet because he had trouble walking. We brought Herb to our vet Dr. Frank Battiato at St. Francis Animal Hospital. Herb didn’t have any diseases, but he had a broken leg and a missing hip bone. Dr. Frank Battiato at St. Francis Animal Hospital operated on Herb. We knew the bill was going to be high, but Dr. Battito kept the cost low when he saw we were keeping a stray. Herb made a quick recovery because he was the Greatest Kitty there ever was and because he had a fantastic vet.

    A lot of people will say, “awww you saved a stay.” But Herb saved us and he was everything a pet should be. I fell in love with the little panther pretty quickly when I saw what a great friend he was to my dogs.  When someone in our family was sick in bed, Herb would sit on the end of the bed and stay with them until they were well. He greeted us when we came into the house each day and was always purring and snuggling. I am still allergic to cats, but medicine and giving Herb baths frequently made the allergies bearable. Plus Herb didn’t mind being a model for my cat hat collection.

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    In the last year of his life, Herb developed a lump on his back leg. The lump was a tumor and it was cancer. First Dr. Battiato removed the cancer and then when the cancer returned a year later, he removed Herb’s leg (see here). I never understood why people would remove a pet’s leg until it happened to us. You remove it because you want to keep your buddy alive. Dr. Battiato is an amazing vet – not just because he cared for Herb, but he always held onto hope and sometimes hope is all you need.

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    In the last week of Herb’s life, his weight went down a lot, but he sat with us every minute we were home. When we went to another room, Herb went with us. I didn’t want to bring him to the vet, but I knew it was his time to go because he was no longer purring.

    Rest in peace sweet boy – you will always be the Greatest Kitty there ever was!

    We will probably be adopting another stray boy soon.  

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    June 17, 2014

    Bill – A Friend Like No Other

    Tonight I ran into an old friend who retold me a story of my past that I had not thought of until today. I am laughing as I am typing this because when it happened, it was so funny!

    When I was around 19 or 20 years old, some friends and I strolled into Prospect Park on a Sunday afternoon. Anytime I was going to a Prospect Park, I’d grab some bread to feed the ducks.  On this day, a light grey goose was swimming with the ducks. He looked so soft, but he didn’t come close to us like the ducks did. After feeding the ducks, I sat with my friends on the benches at the park. I told my friend Bill that I wished I could take the grey goose home with me and put him in my bathtub.  My friend Bill asked me if I really wanted the goose or if I was joking. I told him I really wanted it. He got up, walked down to the water and grabbed the goose! The goose was so startled that he started squawking at the top of his lungs. Bill carried him towards me and I told him to put the goose down because I didn’t really want him. LOL.

    So that my friends is real friendship…..hopefully you all have a friend who will catch a goose for you.

    And thank you to the friend who reminded me of this crazy story from my youth!

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    June 17, 2014

    RIP Jade Qiu

    She was my former student – beautiful – full of life – successful. Her name was Yu Hua Qiu – we called her Jade. She was friendly, easy going and always made people laugh. Jade loved being around people – just talking and laughing.

     

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    She was 18 years old, from Brooklyn, but living and loving college life in Buffalo for.  See the beauty of her life in photos here.

     

    Jade was hit by a car in Buffalo. Story here and here

     

    I am so sorry to hear the news of her passing. RIP JADE. Prayers for her family and friends.

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    June 5, 2014

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    June 5, 2014

    Remembering Aileen Chen

    Aileen died three years ago  – this week - in 2011. Today while I made a quick drive to Staten Island, a truck in front of me said he word ‘Aileen’ across it. And I realized it was three years.

    If she was aliv, she would have just finished her first year of college. So many should haves……..

    They say time heals all wounds – I think that is just some fancy words. I only knew her for a few quick years and I can’t imagine the grief that her sister and parents still feel.

    She was a star and she’s still missed.

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