Developing Story: Irrelevant Eaton “Hungry For Glory” As Democrat Kruger “Resolved” To Praise Him
(“The Duke” poses with his buddies: Catholic Bishop DiMarzio and Democrat Marty Markowitz)
Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton, whom this blog’s commentator Francisco D’Anconia branded as “no long relevant,” is apparently getting a chance to bask in a new bit of perceived glory. In fact, one emailer who is close to the establishment has referred to him as “hungry for glory.”
Now, Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger is putting forth the following “resolution” to commend The Duke for his community service award being bestowed upon him by St. Mark’s Parish Community.
Here is the resolution:
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Craig A. Eaton upon the occasion of his designation by the St. Mark Parish Community as the recipient of the Community Service Award at its Annual Stewardship Recognition Dinner on February 13, 2010
WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in New York State are greatly enriched by the faithful and generous service of those who devote themselves to endeavors of family, faith, and community; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and commend individuals of such magnanimous conduct and bearing who demonstrate a deep and continuing concern for others, and in so doing, inspire others to do the same; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully in accord with its long-standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor Craig A. Eaton upon the occasion of his designation by the St. Mark Parish Community as the recipient of the Community Service Award at its Annual Stewardship Recognition Dinner, to be held at Brooklyn’s Gargiulo’s Restaurant on Saturday, February 13, 2010; and
WHEREAS, Serving the Catholic faithful of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, St. Mark Parish is a community of long-standing repute and exemplary accomplishment; at its Annual Stewardship Recognition Dinner, it proudly recognizes those who exemplify its ideals and have helped to further its mission; and
WHEREAS, A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Craig Eaton grew up a block from St. Mark’s; he is a graduate of St. Mark’s Grammar School, Xavier High School, New York University School of Business, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree; and New York Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree; and
WHEREAS, After working with several Manhattan-based law firms, Craig Eaton formed his own law firm which has since merged into Eaton & Torrenzano, a general law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey specializing in Corporate, Real Estate and Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and commercial and residential Real Estate Transactions; and
WHEREAS, Craig Eaton’s service to the church is rooted in St. Mark Parish; he has devoted his time and his exceptional energy to working with the youth of the community, beginning with his days as a CYO Baseball and Basketball coach at St. Mark’s and, after marrying and moving to Bay Ridge, he continued his parish involvement coaching in the St. Anselm’s Soccer, Baseball and Basketball Program and serving as its President for a number of years; and
WHEREAS, During this time he also began his very special, and much valued relationship with the St. Anselm Scouting Program, which included Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts, as well as Girl Scouts; and
WHEREAS, Despite his many responsibilities and demands on his time, Craig Eaton remains deeply committed and actively involved in his community, his faith, and his profession; and
WHEREAS, He is a former Chairman of Community Board Ten in Brooklyn and also served as its Zoning Chairman; during his time as Chairman of the Board he devoted his time, talent and expertise to issues relating to zoning, police and fire public safety, sanitation, health and welfare, and youth, among many others; and
WHEREAS, Craig Eaton is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Heartshare Autism School, the first school of its kind in Brooklyn, and sits on the Boards of Heartshare Human Services, the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, the Fort Hamilton Civic Action Committee and Daytop Village; and
WHEREAS, He is, in addition, President of the Xavier Bar Association and the MHE Research Foundation and is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre; and
WHEREAS, The St. Mark Parish Community proudly joins the American Legion, the Guild for Exceptional Children, Boy Scouts of America, the St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Neighborhood Association, Heartshare Human Services and St. Anselm’s Church in fittingly recognizing Craig Eaton for his extraordinary service to his fellow man, his outstanding leadership of community initiatives, his faithfulness to the ideals of his Catholic faith and education, and his high standards of conduct and ethics and honoring him with its treasured Community Service Award; and
WHEREAS, With Craig Eaton throughout have been his wife, Susan, and their children, Christopher, Danielle, and Vincent, all of whom are proud to be part of his life and rejoice in his many accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to extend its highest commendation to Craig A. Eaton for his dedication and service to his community, faith and heritage; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commend Craig A. Eaton upon the occasion of his designation by the St.
Mark Parish Community as the recipient of the 2010 Community Servic Award at its Annual Stewardship Recognition Dinner on February 13, 2010; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-smitted to Craig A. Eaton.
Now, I know we’re going to be accused of bias for saying what I’m about to say. I can just here here the establishment people now:
” Why can’t they give credit where credit’s due?”
“Eaton gives so much of his life to charity!”
“Eaton will be canonized after death!”
Sorry to rain on your parade, but it’s not like your boss is a saint. He’s caused a great deal of division and problems in the Republican Party as its “leader” (in theory).
Not for nothing, but something about this rubs me the wrong way.
I mean, it isn’t just the fact that Senator Golden and Kruger have shared similar endorsements of Democrats and that Golden too has been honored by St. Mark’s.
It isn’t just the organizational melting pot of Cathedral Club-connected organizations that are coming out in favor of their Bay Ridge dauphin.
We’ve already expressed our issues with Eaton’s charitable connections, and that says nothing about the charities which he promotes (which are admirable) but his reasons for doing so and his methods of implementation.
And lest we forget that The Duke was responsible for one of the greatest political catastrophes in the history of Brooklyn Republican politics last year.
By the way, Carl Kruger? Why not Marty Golden? Those of us realists in Brooklyn politics know that no good deed goes without a bad motive. Why is this Democrat so interested in praising a Chairman of the Republican Party? Is it because he’s not threatened by him? Is it because a deal was made under the table? Forgive my dismissiveness of altruism, but why the tome about Eaton’s doings?
Again, something about this rubs me the wrong way. Maybe you disagree, and we can agree to disagree. But for all Eaton’s successes, there are numerous more stories of insult, political thuggery, incompetence, and vendettas that overshadow any good work he has done.
Maybe when Eaton learns to “resolve” some of the Brooklyn GOP’s serious problems, I’ll offer him some words of commendation.
So far, he’s let me down, and you, too.