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Daily Politics: Bronx GOP Chair, Elections Commissioners Subpoenaed

March 10, 2010

It would appear times are tough for the Board of Elections, the Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino, and countless other political operatives involved in the recent purchase election machines. Always good to hear the Feds are investigating these people! This is from Daily Politics:

Two Republican elections commissioners confirmed receiving subpoenas seeking information about the Jan. 5 vote that gave Election Systems and Software of Omaha a more than $50 million contract to replace the city’s lever voting machines with new, electronic models in time for the September primaries.

J.C. Polanco, the Bronx GOP commissioner, and Queens GOP Commissioner Judith Stupp, acknowleged they received subpoenas earlier this week. Both declined comment.

Also served was Bronx Republican Party Chairman Jay Savino, who stressed he plans to be as cooperative as possible with investigators but declined to say anything more.

The commissioners’ 6-1 vote in favor of ES&S followed a fevered lobbying campaign in which both ES&S and its main competitor, Dominion Voting, of Toronto, spent well over $1 million and hired some of New York’s best-known and most connected lobbyists.

The commissioners picked ES&S, the most dominant American company, even though its machines cost $7,800 apiece to Dominion’s $7,200. The lone vote in favor of Dominion was cast by Frederic Umane, the Manhattan GOP commissioner. Two others abstained.

Among ES&S’ fleet of hired guns was Anthony Mangone, a Westchester-based attorney and lobbyist who was indicted on Jan. 6 on charges of extortion, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a vote-selling scam.

ES&S paid Mangone’s firm, Mardon Consulting, $63,100 from January-December 2009.

Also indicted were former Yonkers GOP Chairman Zehy Jereis and former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, who was accused of selling her “yes” vote on two major development projects she had previously opposed for more than $160,000 worth of house and car payments, jewelry and other perks.

Mangone and Savino share an office suite in White Plains.

The subpoenas received by the chairman and elections commissioners originated out of the US attorney’s White Plains office, according to sources who viewed the documents.

  1. Sahel Kazemi permalink
    March 11, 2010 6:11 pm

    “Unlike in most of America, the Republican and Democratic parties of the Bronx do not
    function exactly in opposition to one another, but instead have a long history of cooperation. Theycooperate because the Democratic Party is the dominant party of the overwhelmingly Democratic county.”

    Click to access SmithAffidavit.pdf

    What does the Bronx GOP and the Brooklyn GOP have in common with the county Democratic Parties in their respective boroughs?

  2. Michelle Finnerty permalink
    March 11, 2010 6:44 pm

    My Bronx Tale, by Ben Smith of Politico

    Flashback to July 15, 2008

    As I occasionally mention, I helped start, and still have a hand in a New York political blog called Room Eight. The site has spent the last six months fighting a subpoena from the Bronx District Attorney for the identity of one of the anonymous bloggers who writes on the site, and the district attorney finally withdrew the subpoena last week.

    The Times covered the story today, and Gur Tsabar and I wrote about it here.

    Anyway, it was a bit of a cautionary tale in the willingness of a local prosecutor to, effectively, intimidate a local, anonymous blog critic in a way he’d be unlikely to go after a traditional reporter.

  3. M. F. permalink
    March 11, 2010 6:51 pm

    This is the link pertaining to the above referenced story, which is a flashback to July 2008.

  4. Michelle Finnerty permalink
    March 11, 2010 8:04 pm

    flashback to July 15, 2008

    My Bronx Tale, by Ben Smith

  5. Nora Louise Kuzma permalink
    March 13, 2010 1:04 pm

    Jay Savino, the Bronx GOP chairman, actually lives in Rockland County, upstate NY. He does not live in The Bronx. Is that a problem?

  6. Domina permalink
    March 14, 2010 10:33 pm

    “Mangone and Savino share an office suite in White Plains.”

  7. Political Corruption Busters! permalink
    March 14, 2010 10:54 pm

    Feds: Mangone tried to get witnesses to lie in Yonkers probe

    WHITE PLAINS — The lawyer charged in the Yonkers public corruption scandal tried to derail the federal investigation into a bribery scheme involving him, a Democratic Yonkers city councilwoman and the head of the Yonkers Republican Party, federal prosecutors said.

    Read the full story here:

    Mangone lobbied for vote-machine firm

    While a Republican lawyer was under federal investigation in a Yonkers corruption case, he was paid nearly $50,000 last year to help a Nebraska company win a contract to provide New York City with new voting machines. Coincidentally that same day, the New York City Board of Elections voted to buy thousands of new electronic voting machines — a contract expected to be worth more than $40 million — from Mangone’s client, Election Systems & Software.

  8. Emily Sowerby permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:34 pm

    it’s unfortunate that Jay Savino shares an office with an indicted lawyer, Anthony Mangone Esq.

    Jay Savino, the Bronx GOP chair, is a close friend of Craig A. Eaton. Birds of a feather flock together!

  9. Dan permalink
    March 16, 2010 11:20 am

    “In early January the Southern District US Attorney’s Office indicted former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, former Yonkers GOP Leader (and Annabi cousin) Zehy Jereis and Westchester County attorney Anthony Mangone for conspiracy, bribery, extortion, false statement and tax crimes.

    The Annabi and Jereis indictments revolve around developer Forest City Ratner’s Ridge Hill development project and the Councilwoman’s approval the developer sought for the project.

    (Forest City Ratner and its CEO Bruce Ratner are the same developers embroiled in the mega-controversy over the Atlantic Yards mega-project in Brooklyn.)

    In a nutshell, Annabi was indicted for taking bribes to flip her crucial nay to a yea on the project’s approval vote in 2006.”

    Read more at:

  10. Anonymous permalink
    March 16, 2010 9:56 pm

    1) This is actually old news.

    2) There have been lots of false and unproven allegations made against Jay Savino since early 2006.

    3) The person behind them is thought be Phil Sanchez, a former case worker for Guy Velella and low-level aide in the Giuliani Administration. Phil seems to have a grudge against Jay Savino for reasons that remain unknown.

    4) If Savino does get indicted, Phil could be called as a witness, see

  11. Justine Frignet permalink
    March 17, 2010 2:09 pm

    BAPH, thank you kindly for your thoughtful comments! We appreciate supplementary, different analyses and opinions.

    I have no idea if Mr. Sanchez has posted any comments on ASIB. He may or may not have. Phil I am NOT. I don’t know that person. I never met him. I never spoke to him. If I tripped over him on Arthur Avenue or on Shore Road wouldn’t know who he is.

    Regardless of any individual’s alleged OCD and/or related psychological fixations, it is still nevertheless plausible that Jay Savino Esq. may have possibly been involved in questionable dealings due to various circumstantial facts.

    As a person in the public limelight (i.e., past and future political candidate for elected offices in The Bronx, Rockland and Westchester counties, current Chairman of The Bronx Republican Party (county party), and as a member of the NYS Bar (which has its own ethical guidelines for attorneys), Jay Savino is not a private citizen. Therefore, when his name keeps “popping up” in numerous newspaper article by reporters, investigations, probes and possible negative “stuff” over the past several years to today’s date – then it is not an obsession to ask pertinent questions or to go “fishing.”

    The negative “stuff” over the years being expressed about Jay Savino may have some credence and weight. The “stuff” adds metaphorical gasoline or “fuel to the fire” regarding suspicions about Joseph J. Savino.

    How and why does Jay Savino get himself into the news constantly in an off-putting, negative manner? Do Bronx borough Republicans really relish this sort of chronic “hullabaloos” and controversies? Are Bronx Republicans really masochists?

    Question to contemplate: does the apple EVER fall far from the tree? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on factors such as upbringing/rearing, milieu, person character and common sense. Generally speaking, there are lots of people who are super duper book smart, clever and highly intelligent — and yet lack common sense.

    From December 29, 1985, NY Times:
    “Joseph Savino Jr., a former New York City Councilman, had a day-and-a-half in court on Monday.
    First, Judge John M. Cannella of Federal District Court in Manhattan sentenced Mr. Savino to 18 months in prison and fined him $7,500 for illegally possessing a machine gun and three pistols equipped with silencers. Then, Mr. Savino pleaded guilty to a tax-evasion charge of failing to report more than $300,000 in income; he will be sentenced on that case in March. Mr. Savino, a former police officer, served as a Republican councilman at large from 1977 to 1983. He was convicted on Oct. 9 of possessing the weapons, which he had bought from a Government informant in a Bronx restaurant.”

    Maybe in the future Barristers Mangone, Savino and Eaton could open up a new law practice? Mr. Jay Torrenzano Esq. should not have to be unfairly saddled with a pile of smelly, disgusting excrement. (That’s assuming Anthony Mangone is not found guilty of his alleged crimes and alleged ethical violations which would cause him to be disbarred).

    It behooves the readers of Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn to keep abreast of Jay Savino and any possible corruption and/or scandals he may or may not be involved in. It’s a bit too close for comfort, as Mr. Savino and Mr. Eaton are close friends, “BFFs,” confidantes and colleagues. The purpose of “keeping abreast” is to compare and contrast the latest “Tweeding” of both our citizenry and our NYC Republican Party by the establishment “Flotsam and Jetsam,” who are all too often the same b/s-ers who make clandestine, unethical deals with Democrat elected officials and Democrat power brokers, such as Vito Lopez, Stanley Schlein and Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn, 27th NY State Senate District).

    For those Brooklynites who are unfamiliar with Stanley Schlein I urge you to research his name together with The Bronx.

    BAPH, GOPers in Kings and Bronx counties are absolutely entitled to know if their party’s leadership is allegedly involved with political manipulations as well as any corruption and fraud.

  12. Anonymous permalink
    March 18, 2010 1:17 am

    Actually, Justine, Phil (under his many Internet aliases) often used the “Apple didn’t fall from the tree” line himself to attack Savino and his father, who was dying in 2006.

    It is interesting that you’re denying that you’re Phil.

    Given all the false and proven allegations that have made against Savino since early 2006 (!), it’s gotten difficult to take accusations of wrong-doing against him too seriously.

    As the UE post states, these false attacks have probably made it impossible for a prosecutor to convict Savino of anything. If he does get indicted for something, he can call Phil as a witness, and under oath, Phil will have to admit that he’s been smearing Savino and other members of the Bronx GOP. Even if Savino did it, this could be enough to create a reasonable doubt.

    Yes, GOPers in Kings and Bronx counties are entitled to know if their party leadership is corrupt. At the same time, we know that the burden of proof rests with the accusers. This requires actual evidence, not speculation or theories.

  13. Justine Frignet permalink
    March 18, 2010 5:39 am

    “these false attacks have probably made it impossible for a prosecutor to convict Savino of anything.”

    a prosecutor is not likely going to use internet comments as evidence.

    “enough to create a reasonable doubt.”

    that is open. it may depend on the nature of the charges and proof. Yes, “where’s the beef? ,” so to speak.

    “smearing Savino and other members of the Bronx GOP.”

    people “smear” political and/or public people all the time. I think you give that “Phil” guy too much recognition.

    “we know that the burden of proof rests with the accusers. This requires actual evidence, not speculation or theories.”

    Yes, I agree with you on that. Actual evidence is required. UE and ASIB invite comments from readers with opinions.

    “GOPers in Kings and Bronx counties are entitled to know if their party leadership is corrupt.”

    The chairs of the two borough GOP parties mentioned have been involved with a lot of weird stuff and behind the scene manipulations and disgusting power grabs. GOPers in The Bronx and Brooklyn don’t want to be saddled with this crap. It hurts the parties and causes division.

    The infighting and enmity is due to Mr. Savino in The Bronx and his friend, Craig A. Eaton Esq., in Brooklyn. Each is bringing the party down.

  14. Mistress Raven permalink
    March 18, 2010 7:19 am

    I speculate that “Anonymous” above is actually Jay Savino himself!

    It wouldn’t surprise me. Craig Eaton, Jay’s pal, usually replies on ASIB using various pseudonyms as cover.

    Sooner or later, Jay Savino will get into legal trouble. Chickens may come home to roost.

    When will Bronx GOPers demand that their county chairman move to The Bronx. Mr. Savino actually lives in Rockland County, upstate NY.

    Shouldn’t Bronx Republicans be represented by a Bronx GOP resident, who lives there full time as his or her primary, income tax paying residence?

    How would Brooklyn GOPers like it if Craig Eaton lived full time in his Jersey shore summer and weekend home in Long Beach Township? I think Kings County GOPers would object and disapprove to that.

  15. Lady Justice permalink
    March 19, 2010 7:06 am

    The guy, Jay Savino, is head of The Bronx County Republican Committee, which has never won a race under his “leadership” and has no elected Republican in any position. This is despite Mayor Bloomberg giving him a substantial amount of funding for endorsing him.

    Jay Savino is bad for The Bronx just as Craig A. Eaton Esq. is bad for Brooklyn.

  16. Justine Frignet permalink
    March 20, 2010 12:18 am

    I seriously believe that cross-endorsing Democrats has contributed to the shrinking of the GOP in the Bronx since the 1970s. Continuing this destructive policy certainly won’t help rebuild it.

  17. Aion Kinah permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:35 pm

    There is obviously a lot to know about this.

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