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Thousands Follow Lopez-Greenfield-Golden Connection on Atlas

March 11, 2010

Periodically, I like to give you all updates on how we are faring regarding readership. Since you are as much a part of our Atlas community as the writers, I think you deserve to know how well we collectively are being followed.

Well, I can assure you that our coverage in the past month has received a great deal of attention. We have seen our unique hits rise dramatically, since so little coverage seems to be out there in the 44th race. Our polls have experienced heavy traffic. All of our stories are getting noticed, and for that, I have to thank our writers and those of you who constantly email us with new information and news stories.

In fact, much of that material has seen face here on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn because you are as much a part of this experiment as we are.

From all of us here at Atlas, thank you!

  1. Needed To Be Done permalink
    March 12, 2010 10:48 am

    You guys are getting a lot of attention because the mainstream media is in bed with Greenfield and everyone knows it. I’m glad you guys are calling out Golden and Lopez. This connection needed to be made.

  2. The real true “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” permalink
    March 12, 2010 12:11 pm

    You make lots of claims. You make lots accusations.




    Don’t just tear things down.


    • Uh, What More Proof Do You Need? permalink
      March 12, 2010 12:55 pm

      Senator Marty Golden:
      “David Greenfield has proven to be a leader for education innovation in our state. His vision and energy will be a welcome addition to the City Council.”

      Congressman Michael E. McMahon:
      “As a Congressman representing parts of this district, I have seen David Greenfield deliver results for this community time and time again. David will fight to make sure that all communities get relief from higher taxes, increased educations costs, and over-aggressive parking-ticket agents. David has the proven experience to be a leader for this community and to make New York more affordable.”

      “David Greenfield Looking to fill Simcha Felders vacated position”

      Special guests include: Assemblymen Vito Lopez, (acting in his␣ personal capacity and not in his role as Brooklyn Democratic chairman,␣ I’m told) and Alec Brook-Krasny, Senators Carl Kruger and Marty Golden␣ (another Republican), and Councilmen Domenic Recchia and Michael␣ Nelson. ␣

      Judge gets tossed from 44th District City Council race

      Democratic candidate David Greenfield contested the signatures first at the BOE level and then in court. He had the backing of Kings County Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez and used noted election law attorney Carl Landicino, who Lopez often utilizes in such challenges.

  3. The real true “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” permalink
    March 12, 2010 1:21 pm

    If you consider anything within “six degrees of separation” proof of something, then Q.E.D……

    • Sherlock permalink
      March 12, 2010 1:41 pm

      Well, unless you don’t believe what you read in the media and if you can’t make obvious connections, I think it should be pretty obvious what’s going on here. You don’t need deductive reasoning for that.


  4. MM Boarder Watcher permalink
    March 13, 2010 2:07 pm

    Machinations Present and Past….

    Just whaen the Executive Committee of the KCRP was apparently gloating over “their” perceived victory in getting Jonathan Judge off the ballot for the Special Election in the 44th Council District, news hits that Jonathan Judge has secured a big time election lawyer to handle his appeals. That seems to have completely stymied the other guys and left themwithlittle to do or say until Mr. Judge wins or loses his appeal.

    Nonetheless, maybe the KCRP Executive Board’s hand in all of this was tipped by the initial responses to Jonathan Judge’s having been stricken from the ballot by Judge Martin. Why else would the Eaton supporters have crowed so triumphally about the 33-3 vote of the KCRP Executive Committee against JJ during their chest-thumping about his removal from the ballot by the Organization Democrat petition-challenge team led by the Democratic County Law Chairman? More mysterious, why did they all become so upset when JJ hired Top Gun Election Lawyer Martin Connor?

    Are deals with this or that Democrat always supposed to be bad, regardless of the circumstance?

    Since we all probably have differing answers to some or all of the above, let’s go to some things that are MUCH MORE PROBLEMATIC, but whose answers should be easier to figure out.

    Would the KCRP Executive Committee endorse by a similar margin [33-3 “Yay”] an earlier sub-rosa alliance between the KCRP Chairman and several KCRP Execs, and the Democrats’ County Leader in a City Council race between Democratic Party Primary rivals in the November 2009 General Election? WARNING, this will be a tough one. “Eaton— YAY” or “Eaton— NAY”? Hold on, one or two of the KCRP Executive Board Members might first want to know some of the facts before they rubber stamp this one “YAY”.

    The time has come to expose the light of day on a prior political stew that is about to become a major political scandal involving the Republican Party, KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton and some of his closest KCRP Executive Board honchos.

    It’s now obvious that it is past time to repel the following Executive Boarders who clearly have had split loyalties: Craig Eaton; Marty Cottingham and George Prezioso. The chairman and these board members may have exposed the Kings County Republican Party to charges of Election Law violations by interfering with the internal affairs of other political parties in connection with the 2009 election, and such machinations are now obviously continuing into the 2010 elections.

    Again, it looks like Craig Eaton and the boys have made another unforced error by almost directly connecting the Brooklyn Republican Party with Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. This time Eaton’s boys’ activities, in addition to jeopardizing the Republican Party here in Brooklyn, may have even risked the local Diocese’s tax-exempt status. Actually, this joint Republican-Democrat-Diocesan activity started some time before election day last year— and up until now, Eaton and his KCRP board-cronies had not been connected to it. That all changed about a week ago.

    Did you hear the one about the Bishop, the robo-calls for Vito Lopez and the lawsuit? Well, once again KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton may wind up part of the punch line, but he’s not alone— if anything, his Executive Board members George Prezioso and Marty Cottingham are more directly in it than Eaton.

    Yessirree!!! That trio seem to be balls-deep (eyeballs, of course) in the scandal about the pre-election day robo-call shout-out for Democratic County Leader Vito Lopez throughout the 34th Council District, where the Organization Democrat candidate was still in a hard fought battle against her Democrat primary opponent, waging the fight straight through to the November 2009 General Election.

    I know, any sensible Republican would certainly ask incredulously, “How could the Republican Chairman and the others have gotten involved in something like that?”

    It was all done through a shell-game type organization called the “Catholic Citizens Committee” or sometimes the “CCC.” The CCC web page(s): a) list George Prezioso as its “National Chairman” [now isn’t that Eatonesque] and Marty Cottingham as “President”; and b) has a photo of Craig Eaton at the White House with Bishop DiMarzio and Prezioso, identifying Craig Eaton as CCC’s “Legal Counsel.” In addition to the CCC web page, Marty Cottingham is listed as “Chairman” of the related “CCC Pac” in filings with the Campaign Finance Board, which also lists George Prezioso as “Liaison”. (Also of interest is the fact that former Democratic Candidate for City Council John Heyer is listed as CCC Pac’s Treasurer on the CCC Pac Campaign Finance Board filing — Heyer has been involved in this year’s Special Election for the 44th Council District supporting a Democrat candidate against Republicans Jonathan Judge and Kenneth Rice.) Based upon press accounts, including quotes by George Prezioso claiming credit for Bishop DiMarzio’s recorded calls, the robo-calls for Vito Lopez were sponsored by the CCC.

    Father Robert Hoatson, a victims advocate and one of the principals in the lawsuit against the Brooklyn Diocese and Vito Lopez based on the CCC’s robo-calls by the bishop on behalf of Vito Lopez, has been informed that Republican County Chairman Eaton and Republican Executive Board members, Prezioso and Cottingham were key figures in the Catholic Citizens Committee. Although Father Hoatson thought he recognized the names Eaton, Prezioso and Ottingham , as having an association with the Catholic Citizens Committee, he didn’t realize that the leadership of the Kings County Republican Party was so closely involved with the robo-calls for Democratic Leader Lopez. He indicated that he’d forward the information to his legal counsel.

    BTW, we have been informed that the Attorney General on behalf of Vito Lopez, as Assemblyman, has moved to dismiss the complaint, claiming that VL had nothing to do with the robo-calls in question.

    This high-level political alliance can’t be denied now that a lawsuit has been commenced. The Bishop DiMarzio must have known that George Prezioso ( who in the CCC web-page referred to himself as “Vice-Chairman” of the KCRP) would defend the robo-calls in the newspapers and claim credit for making them on behalf of the Catholic Citizens Committee, since the Diocesan spokesperson Monsignor Kieran Harrington acknowledged the CCC involvement. The bishop certainly must remember that Eaton and Prezioso were photographed with him on the White House lawn; and that the photo of the three of them was posted by the CCC, listing Eaton and Prezioso as representatives of the CCC

    Just like I asked Craig Eaton during his last Church-Republican screw-up: CRAIG, “what did YOU think YOU were doing…” and “‘The question begs’ (wonderful syntax and use of the language) WERE YOU THINKING AT ALL????”

    Now, KCRP Executive Committee, what’s your vote on these activities? “Eaton actions — YAY” or “Eaton actions— NAY”? Wait, I guess that should be “Eaton, Prezioso and Cottingham — YAY” or “Eaton, Prezioso and Cottingham — NAY”?

    Will that vote still be 33-3?

    Maybe, a motion for three resignations would be in order at the next KCRP Executive Committee meeting.

    BUT— but which three?

  5. Spartacus permalink
    March 13, 2010 3:49 pm

    It just goes to show you that just because a person graduated college and law school, passed the NYS Bar, because a full fledged attorney, worked for a few top, large legal practices, starts his own law firm business, etc., doesn’t necessarily mean that particular person is as intelligent, sharp and savvy as he or she may seem to others.

    Craig A. Eaton Esq. is as flummoxed and perplexed as they come! He is an adequate, mediocre lawyer. A great lawyer — not!

    This nothing, zero, hothead – who is mismanaging and misusing the KCRC, is leading our Brooklyn Republican Party? Mama mia! It makes me want to vomit my recently consumed burger, fries and Guinness I enjoyed at Bay Ridge’s Salty Dog Bar & Restaurant!

    Why do we allow him to squander and abuse our beloved Kings County Republican Party?

    Craig Eaton


    Craig A. Eaton , Esq.:

    Craig A Eaton has been a partner at Eaton and Torrenzano, L.L.P., 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY 11235, a general practice law firm, since 1991. Eaton and Torrenzano LLP practices in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation, real estate, family law, and estates and trusts. Previously, Mr. Eaton was a Litigation Associate at the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman, and Dicker and at Cooper, Cohen, Singer, Ecker, and Shainswit. His partner is Jay Torrenzano Esq.

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