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UPDATE: After Embarrassing Move, Golden Gets Cold Feet Challenging DiSanto

July 23, 2010

Well, Mike DiSanto is on his way to the ballot.

Marty Golden’s puppet Democratic petition challenger Bridget Riley, relative of the Riley family that donated to Golden in the past, has decided not to file specific objections on behalf of the Senator.

As you know, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn broke the story that Ms. Riley lived at the same residence and was a relative of Raymond Riley, Michael Allegretti’s campaign manager. Thereafter, the DiSanto campaign even sourced our website for the scoop.

Here is the update from City Hall News:

Sen. Marty Golden will not be knocking his little-known Democratic challenger in the 22nd district off the ballot anytime soon, despite a recent challenge to Democrat Mike DiSanto’s petitions, which has been linked to the Golden campaign.

On July 15th Bridget Riley, a registered Democrat and resident of Bay Ridge filed two general objections with the New York Board of Elections, challenging the validity of DiSanto’s signatures.

As of midnight on July 22 that challenge became moot, however, as Riley did not follow up her general objection with a specific objection.

This is not an uncommon theme among races this year. Of the 62 people who filed general objections to candidate’s petitions on July 15, only about 12 followed up with specs, according to Matt Graves and assistant in the candidates’ record unit at the Board of Elections. Usually, he added, this is because they didn’t realize how much work was involved in reviewing all the signatures to make sure they matched up with voter registries.

DiSanto turned in 2,100 signatures, more than 500 of which he collected personally. He said in anticipation of action like the challenge he and his team drew the names for door knocking directly from Democrats in the voter registry book published by the Board of Elections.

Upon hearing of the initial challenge, DiSanto said some quick Internet sleuthing, turned up a suspicious connection between Riley and the Golden campaign, Bridget Riley lives with Raymond J. Riley of the firm Riley and Associates. A Google query of Riley’s firm turned up Golden campaign finance disclosures, revealing a longtime political patronage of Golden, since his first race in 2002.

“I feel bad for Bridget,” DiSanto said. “She is being used as a puppet. If they wanted to challenge me, they should have had her father do it.”

Neither Riley nor Golden’s office returned a call for comment.

DiSanto said the Democratic Party in Brooklyn has not yet issued any sort of statement on his behalf, but that he would be seeking one if the challenge to his petitions was pushed further. The outrage he said has come from the people whose signatures he has devoted the past month to collecting.

“The people in my community are furious,” he said. “These people have seen me on the streets everyday. I have had half-hour conversations with many of them. I don’t know what [Marty Golden] had to be scared of to make him do this. But I won’t be intimidated. I will be on the ballot in November.”


Some emailers indicated to us that the story had gotten too much negative attention for the Senator.

“They didn’t like all the attention this story got them,” said one source, who asked not to be identified.

How obvious.

I should note that, contrary to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s reporting, we broke the story before the Albany Project had the post up (no offense, guys). Thereafter, the story was posted onto Urban Elephants and was subsequently picked up by the local media, including Courier Life and the Eagle.

Nevertheless, I’m glad that reform blogs (such as the Democratic Bay Ridge Interpol and our own Republican blog) have become a source of newsworthy commentary and discourse in the sometimes neglected coverage of these precincts of Brooklyn.

In general, the local media are doing a very good job (especially this year), and I hope they continue to do so.

We will also do what we can, as well.

  1. Catchy Comments in Brooklyn Paper Blog permalink
    July 25, 2010 11:38 pm

    Golden’s e-mail blog warriors are in “bogs of sweat” trying to keep a lid on all the anti-Golden commentary at various sites around town concerning his abortive challenge of DiSanto.

    Have a look at:…/br_mm_bn_disantochallenge_2010_07_23_bk.html
    A lot of familiar sounding stuff in the comments, don’t you think?

  2. Hysterical Mistaken Identity!!!! permalink
    July 27, 2010 9:39 am

    The jig is so screwed up. They posted a picture of Judge with DiSanto but it wasn’t DeSanto. It’s a fellow Nassau County YR. It’s just hysterical. Check out the picture here:

    If I remember correctly, the pic was taken at a NYYR meeting. Ha, ha, ha!!!!!

  3. Marty Golden's Face and Hands: What about That? permalink
    July 27, 2010 8:36 pm

    Look closely at State Senator Golden’s face and hands in the photo above.

    On my screen his hands a “flesh” colored and his face is almost purple. Certainly, his face is far too ruddy-complected to be healthy.

    Is their something going on with Marty Golden’s health that hasn’t been disclosed?

    • Marty Golden tries a new facial color scheme at pre-election rally. permalink
      November 2, 2010 12:12 am

      Soon the greatest State Senator ever to be mentioned in “The Jig is Up Atlas” might be in future House Speaker John Boehner’s league for unusual facial coloring.

      In TJIUA’s November 1st posting “Latest Article Highlights A United Brooklyn GOP, While Extremists Anti-Republicans Stand For Democrats” Marty Golden’s face has a completely new hue with his “match my sweater orange” specially tinted visage.

      The Marty Golden facial color chart can give Glidden, Behr and Feldspar a real run for their money. Those who like to watch Bristol on DWTS know that their makeup folks can give you a quick once over faster than Earl Scheib could do your ’49 chopped Mercury, but just because you can, Marty, doesn’t mean you should; next time, try a more natural flesh tone and shock everybody.

      • Oh, The Pumpkin Man, The Pumpkin Man, Everybody Loves The Pumpkin Man [ sung to the tune of "The Pumpkin Man"] permalink
        November 2, 2010 2:25 pm

        Two “people” made late night comments on TJIUA concerning our observation on Marty Golden’s ongoing strange and varied facial coloring.
        “Anonymous said… I love Marty’s Halloween sweater. He wears it every year…”
        This especially savvy member of TJIUA’s commentariat, has as usual missed the point, so I will pedantically have to make the point by pointing it out to that poor benighted individual, systematically point by …well there was only one point. Marty Golden’s pumpkin-coloured jumper ( or to the older Bay Ridgeites reading: “punkin-colored sweater”) was simply divine; it was his pumpkin-colored face/head that was worthy of the comment. But I will borrow the formulation posed by the aforementioned “Anonymous said…”: “I love Marty’s Halloween face. He changes it everyday.”

        Probably more “zeroed in” was “Has Anyone Seen Fred Lately said… *** In this blog’s great November 1st posting ‘Latest Article Highlights A United Brooklyn GOP, While Extremists Anti-Republicans Stand For Democrats’ Marty Golden’s face looks even more photogenic with his ‘match my sweater orange’ to show his support for his great Halloween outing…” Now, that’s an explanation that I would buy 100% … er …, but maybe, not this time. This is too serious a jibe to let go that easily.

        However, to both TJIUA commentators: Thanks for playing “Explain away Marty’s Technicolor Face”, and as a consolation prize, please, take a home version of the game with you — it’ll be hours of fun for the whole family.

  4. Shanty Rant permalink
    July 27, 2010 11:42 pm

    Golden is embarassed about “shrinkage”

    • Inflation and deflation can be a problem in times like these. permalink
      July 28, 2010 12:03 am

      To some people hard times are a thing of the past.

      For young people trying to make things happen day to day, they know what hard times are everyday, sometimes several times a day.

  5. Smooth As Ken permalink
    July 28, 2010 12:14 am

    For Golden, Kassar, Kraus and O’Brien hard things are from a past time. Eaton has nothing hard at all except for the tautness of his puppet strings.

  6. Bad for one, good for another permalink
    July 30, 2010 2:30 pm

    You attack Golden for challenging DiSanto petitions but not one word about Regina-potter challenging Cipriano’s petitions. Is the chosen candidate of the “greatest Republican Club in Brooklyn” (the Laguardia Club for those who don’t know)afraid of a 19 year old, college dropout (as he is called by people on this blog). If she is a strong candidate in a “winnable race” against the incumbent then she should have no problem defeated this kid in the primary. If he challenged her the political “experts” on this blog would be up in arms. I guess reform is convenient here.

    • People should not get onto the ballot after discovery of frauds in their petition permalink
      July 30, 2010 10:58 pm

      Obviously, the person who did this posting didn’t read, the earlier comment, “Has Eaton Done Enough For Lil Pete Ciriano [sic]?” part of the commentary to “Atlas Poll Majority Remains Unchanged: Eaton ‘Has Gone Too Far’.”

      If they had, they’d know that what was submitted by candidate Peter Cipriano and/or his team was both clumsy and patently fraudulent. His petition appears to be “permeated with fraud” and more important has several instances of “candidate fraud”, including a pattern of errors and omissions, and the questionable dating on several petitions witnessed by the candidate that is also indicative of candidate fraud. Proof of only one of the instances of the candidate’s alleged frauds or any single fraud tied to him could justify a removal from the ballot, three, four or five and he’s a goner for sure.
      The case is headed to court de novo because “the fix was in at the Board of Elections”. The specifications of the objectors were defaced and destroyed by a clerk at the Board of Elections and dismissed prima facie.

      A righteous candidate cannot stand by “aggrieved”, when an inadequate and fraudulent petition is rubber-stamped by the Board of Elections due to its incompetence or the possible nefarious activity of its employees.

      • Cipriano Claims 46th AD Signatures as His permalink
        August 6, 2010 9:51 pm

        During his trial for submitting bad signatures, Peter Cipriano said that his total of signatures should include a volume of 46th AD signatures, because the Board of Elections had counted them towards his total (Note: this was after the Court appointed referee had found the error and discounted the signatures from Cipriano’s total).

        Cipriano’s lawyer had tried to interrupt the questioning by Fred Martorell, by saying that the people attacking Cipriano’s wrongly claimed signatures were trying to show “collusion between the Board of Elections and my client [Cipriano]. Martorell said he just wanted to get the invalid signatures subtracted from Cipriano’s count and he only wanted the candidate to admit the count was wrong. The judge made his ruling, subtracting the signatures without Cipriano’s concession.

        The Court didn’t reach most of the issues raised about the invalidity of Cipriano’s signatures, because if he subtracted all of the contested signatures, the petition still had enough to qualify.

  7. Not Necessary permalink
    July 30, 2010 11:28 pm

    Regina Potter does not need to challenge the little boy’s petitions.
    Everyone knows the little guy will be “taken to school” in the primary. The nefarious activities of the Board of Elections are common-place and are not going unnoticed by the Attorney General’s office.

  8. They're in, they're out, they're here, they're gone permalink
    July 31, 2010 12:17 am

    UPDATE: Embarrassing session after embarrassing session, Marty Golden and rest of the New York State Senate still get cold feet challenging/supporting Governor Paterson over Budget.

    With no clear Democrat/Republican majority earlier in the week, all the State Senators present let the leadership gavel them into and out of session without doing anything on the budget, again.

    What profiles in courage!

  9. July 31, 2010 7:29 am

    Good article.

    July 31, 2010 7:01 pm

    “The Gateway (Marty Golden: All Foreskin, No Schvantz Edition)” …
    posted by Gatemouth on the blog, ROOM 8, Tue, 07/20/2010
    together with the remarks of the attending commentariat make a very interesting “Hellzapoppin'” sideshow to Golden’s “…Embarassing Move…”, above.

    Now, for the Goldenistas let’s have a few rousing stanzas of the “Tiger Rag”:

    “HOLD THAT TIGER, come on now hold that tiger…

    Where’s that crazy pus…


  11. Marty, what's down that hole? permalink
    August 1, 2010 10:44 am

    Is State Senator Marty Golden looking down that hole for lawyer George Zarou, formerly from whereabouts, well known.

    Maybe, Mr. Zarou can fill the State Senator in about how the system works, long- and short-run, in cases of possible child abuse by those looked upon as professionals and even pillars of the community.

  12. Meow!-- Meow!-- Meow!-- MEOW!!!!! permalink
    August 1, 2010 10:49 am

    Where’s that tiger!
    Where’s that tiger!
    Where’s that tiger!
    Where’s that tiger!


  13. Setting the Record Straight in the 49th AD permalink
    August 7, 2010 8:18 am

    Now that it’s official, with an assembly primary coming in the 49th AD, the truth needs to be told as to why Republican State Senator Martin J. Golden’s petitions were not carried by the club supporting the lawfully designated candidate of the Kings County Republican Party for Assembly from the 49th AD, Lucretia Regina-Potter.

    At a meeting of the LaGuardia Club Search Committee, Marty Golden:

    REFUSED to properly sign in;

    REFUSED to support the Republican Candidate for the Assembly in the 49th AD, selected according to rules of the Kings County Republican Party;

    REFUSED to reinstate the 49th AD Board of Elections inspectors and coordinators saying, “They’re probably [ageist and culturally insensitive remark about their ability to learn the new computer voting systems].”

    Based on his answers to specific questions, DEMONSTRATED A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING of key pieces of legislation widely discussed in the media, and debated and voted upon in the state senate; and

    DEPARTED before the interview was completed saying, “I’ve answered enough, I am a sitting State Senator, for … sake.”

    As a result, Marty Golden failed his interview with the search committee of the LaGuardia Republican Club and his nomination was given a “not recommended” designation. Marty Golden was neither nominated nor seconded by anyone at the general membership meeting of the LaGuardia Club that voted on nominations. No State Senate Candidate was carried by the club.

    The carrying of petitions by the LaGuardia Club is a privilege not a matter of incumbent right.

    Contrary to the ridiculous reports on Craig Eaton’s hate blogs and a whisper campaign by the Eaton-Golden supported faction in the 49th AD, neither the LaGuardia Club nor Ms. Potter support the candidacy of any other person running for Senator Golden’s seat. This is especially true of the candidacy of Michael DiSanto, a Democrat, many of whose public positions are not consistent with those held by the most of the members and the leadership of the LaGuardia Club.

    • Jigs Commentator "Lucretia said..." Makes Incriminating Comments permalink
      August 8, 2010 4:34 pm

      In a comment to “The Jig is Up Atlas” article “Jig Reaches One Million Hits” a commentator cynically calling him- or her- self “Lucretia said…” claimed that:

      “Here’s some more reasons on why the 49th AD didn’t endorse [State Senator Martin J. Golden]…
      “[HE] REFUSED to properly provide the Republican Candidate for the Assembly in the 49th AD thousands of dollars, and office space for [their joint] campaign.”

      This was not a reason and could not have been a reason, because no such expenditure or office space was ever discussed in the 49th AD interview with State Senator Golden. Furthermore, since “Candidate Golden” refused to endorse the 49th AD Assembly Candidate why would there have been any discussion of joint office space and campaign expenditures? It just makes no sense for “Lucretia said…” at The Jig is Up Atlas to suggest that it might have come up much less that it was a reason for the 49th AD to not endorse Golden. Was Marty Golden, himself, the source of this gross canard? Requiring anything of value as a specific consideration for an endorsement is a criminalk violation of the election law– if such a thing really occurred it should have been reported as a crime.

      That same commentator went on to say,
      “[State Senator Martin J. Golden] REFUSED to support restoration of the 49th AD inspectors and coordinators because quite frankly these inspectors did not do [their] jobs in helping the Kings County Republican Party and it’s candidates.
      If you don’t support the [Republican Party’s] candidates, go elsewhere for a job plain and simple it’s the same as you don’t listen to your boss, your boss won’t keep you employed.” The inspectors and coodinators work for the Board of Elections, not the Republican Chairman. However, this item does like it came from a reliable source, perhaps Republican Chairman Craig Eaton, himself.

      If commentator, “Lucretia said…” has actual knowledge that Craig Eaton said that work for Republican Candidates was a consideration for Board of Election employment as an inspector or coordinator in the 49th AD, the person writing as “Lucretia said…” should really contact the 49th AD LaGuardia Club to make a signed and sworn statement for the real Lucretia Regina-Potter and Fred Martorell, 49th AD Republican Leaders, to present to the District Attorney’s Office so that Kings County Republican Chairman Eaton could be properly prosecuted for that criminal violation of the Election Law and other laws in the State of New York. Since Eaton had given the Kings DA the Republican line pursuant to Wilson-Pakula, that case would properly require the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.

      • The Jig is Up Atlas Makes an Admission For Boss Eaton permalink
        August 10, 2010 10:32 pm

        On August 7, 2010, The Jig is Up Atlas commenter, “Lucretia said…” posted the following remarks:
        “Here’s some more reasons on why the 49th AD didn’t endorse the greatest public elected official who has ever lived…
        [he] REFUSED to support restoration of the 49th AD inspectors and coordinators because quite frankly these inspectors did not do there jobs in helping the Kings County Republican Party and it’s candidates.
        If you don’t support the parties candidates, go elsewhere for a job plain and simple it’s the same as you don’t listen to your boss, your boss won’t keep you employed.”

        The next day in the late afternoon, we asked a straight-forward question (which is posted directly above this comment); more to the point, it was a direct factual challenge in the nature of a British Barrister’s “I put it to you sir…”:
        “If commentator, ‘“Lucretia said…’ has actual knowledge that Craig Eaton said that work for Republican Candidates was a consideration for Board of Election employment as an inspector or coordinator in the 49th AD, the person writing as ‘Lucretia said…’ should really contact the 49th AD LaGuardia Club to make a signed and sworn statement for the real Lucretia Regina-Potter and Fred Martorell, 49th AD Republican Leaders, to present to the District Attorney’s Office so that Kings County Republican Chairman Eaton could be properly prosecuted for that criminal violation of the Election Law and other laws in the State of New York. Since Eaton had given the Kings DA the Republican line pursuant to Wilson-Pakula, that case would properly require the appointment of a Special Prosecutor.”

        Almost immediately, on August 8, 2010, The Jig is Up Atlas commenter, “McCallz Is Pathetic!! said…” replied with an apparent bald admission, as follows:
        “…This is true…
        If you don’t support the [Republican Party’s] candidates, go elsewhere for a job plain and simple it’s the same as you don’t listen to your boss, your boss won’t keep you employed.”
        The inspectors and coordinators work for the Board of Elections, and the Kings Republican Chairman…”

        Given the context of the predicate question, that statement would appear to be a knowing admission of a criminal violation of the New York Election Law and other New York State Criminal Statutes by an agent of Craig Eaton acting in an enterprise operated under the aegis of and for the benefit of Mr. Eaton.

        For the reasons mentioned above, the matter should now be investigated by a Special Prosecutor named by the Governor.
        In some of TJIUA’s favorite words now dripping in irony, “The blood is on” Craig Eaton’s hands!

  14. Still With The Old Chestnut "Shakedown" Story permalink
    August 8, 2010 10:49 pm

    Various “people” who post on Craig Eaton’s hate blog, “The Jig is Up Atlas” like to resort to old mantras and shibboleths. One of their favorites is the old chestnut about an established Republican Leader trying to “shakedown” a fresh new City Council candidate. To this day that story remains very poorly corroborated and is quite problematic for the accusers. What was the result of any investigation of that alleged “shakedown”? Was there any investigation?

    What’s odd about the whole story is that its source is a former vice cop, who was forced to retire in 1982, under circumstances that are still kept tightly under wraps. That same former vice cop started back in the days when the Knapps and the Serpicos and the Princes of the City roamed the land, and “good cops” were either meat eaters or grass eaters. Ten years as a cop – and more years than that as an elected official and still no prior PD records made public.

    Why does The Jig is Up Atlas keep talking about alleged “shakedowns” so long ago, when their main source on that story has such a questionable background, himself?

  15. Is Marty Golden looking for more pension money in that hole? permalink
    August 10, 2010 6:45 pm

    Marty Golden was all over the NY Post’s Page “5” on Monday, August 9th:
    “Double-dip …pol gets paid twice for his job” by Carl Campanile; “EX-COPS IN ‘P$YCH-OUT’ Probed in ‘loony’ ruse for benefits” [EXCLUSIVE]”PENSION EXPLOSION”, and “…retirement gift…[for brand new cops and firemen]” both by Philip Messing.

    Even though State Senator Martin J. Golden’s name was never mentioned, not even once, these articles are all about what makes the Bay Ridge Republican State Senator tick. Double-dipping, questionable medical job-related retirement benefits and automatic pension benefits even when retirement bills don’t become law.

    This is not the stuff of a so-called conservative Republican State Senator and it is absolutely a big part of what is now bankrupting New York State right now.

    Marty Golden – Republican State Senate Bankrupter from Bay Ridge

  16. August 11, 2010 11:58 pm

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010
    Politics Marty Golden: Still The Worst Representative In Brooklyn
    Posted by Henry Stewart on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    “I Always Have the Time To Tear The Flesh From a Swine Carcass With My Teeth”
    I no longer live in Marty Golden’s district, and thus no longer have to suffer the personal shame of having him as a representative. But I won’t let this story go, because a lot of good people still have to live with this wretched embarrassment of a politician.

    For starters: last week, the blog Bay Ridge Interpol revealed that a staggering 88 percent of Golden’s last 160 bills have been commendations or commemorations, which means the senator spends the bulk of his time in Albany drafting bills to honor local residents, ensuring their election-time support.

    But where is Golden when important legislation actually surfaces in his district? Voting against it, like local congressional coward Mike McMahon? Not even. He’s hiding in the hallway. Or missing altogether.

    The New York State Senate last week passed a bill that would put a temporary moratorium of the controversial method of “hydrofracking,” a process of deeprock oil-drilling in our own backyard. Where was Sen. Golden last week for this vote? “Excused”.

    You might imagine Golden is tremendously busy. Well, then you might visit a now embarrassing-for-Golden post at to see just how busy Golden was this past weekend. Golden is always free for a photo op, always busy writing up legislation to honor locals in the senate. But when it comes time for a crucial vote, he skips out. If Golden can’t be around when it matters, voters shouldn’t be there for him come November. Ordinarily they wouldn’t have an alternative, but this year they will. By God they should take it.

  17. Loss of Virtue and Lots of Mileage Starting to Show permalink
    August 12, 2010 7:09 am

    Recent pictures of Marty Golden are telling their own tale.

    Not long ago on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn there was mention of the suddenly unhealthy appearance of State Senator Golden in various published photographs. Now, in the feature posted at, some of the pictures of the State Senator look like ten miles of very bad road. That makes it another case of “same story, different day” for the State Senator.

    Maybe Mister Harris has been onto something. Could it be that years of Golden’s bread and circuses, and rubber chicken offerings have started taking their toll?

    Some might suggest that a public life without a hint of real republican virtue is to blame; others that his false face is beginning to sag after too many years of smiling away his and our “problems” without ever addressing them.

    Perhaps, it’s because there’s a Democratic challenger in the wings, and a long-term strategy of accomodation to the Democratic leadership in Brooklyn has finally petered-out.

    Perhaps, it’s the new spotlight of blogs, like this one, that actually mention what State Senator Golden is really doing when he supposedly “represents” us.

    Maybe, it’s just the ravages of time.

  18. Marty Golden Looking for Bay Ridge's Phantom Graffitti Artist permalink
    August 13, 2010 9:44 pm

    Maybe, State Senator Martin J. Golden is looking for the Bay Ridge graffiti bandit (wink, wink, yeah really!!!) down that hole.

    Police should question Golden staffer, John Quaglione, who always seems to show up at the graffiti sites to mention that State Senator Golden obtained a $50,000 grant to clean up this and that item of graffiti around Golden’s beautiful Brooklyn spaces (how does Quaglione always get the graffiti calls at Golden’s office?).

    Weren’t cans of spray paint recently found in Gerry Kassar’s garbage pails? Just kidding….

    But seriously, how transparent and phony can these people get?

    What about the hundreds of empty store fronts in SSMG’s district, they’re an eyesore too.

    Democrat Mike DiSanto is looking like a better bet every day…he’d get grants for the graffiti artists…just kidding about that too.

  19. Here, Piggy, Piggy, Piggy!!!! SOOOheeee!!!! Here, pig, pig, pig!!!! permalink
    August 17, 2010 8:10 pm

    I don’t know if anybody needs be embarrassed about how the pig roast and the pig roast internet photo posting thing went down. It seems like a good time was had by all.

    At any rate, there shouldn’t be any doubt that what was roasting on the makeshift spit over the red-hot briquets was good old swine flesh.

    Somehow, seeing Marty Golden there reminded of the pig scene in William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”. “Golden” — “Golding” maybe that was the connection? No, I’m sure it was the pig thing — both in Gerritsen Beach and on the island in Golding’s book.

    A bunch of guys isolated from civilization put their hand in to try to make a sensible society with the help of a popular leader. Soon it gets out of hand and the popular leader becomes a dictator leading the isolated crowd deeper and deeper into atavistic excesses like attacking a poor pig and roasting it. William Golding’s “The Lord of the Flies” tells a very similar story.

    I wonder if Dan Cavanagh has any pictures of State Senator Golden wearing the pig-skull on his head just like the boy who became the Lord of the Flies. I’d pay him for that photo for sure – probably better than Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean with the turkey on his head on Christmas.

    I hope nobody thinks I’m suggesting any connection with our State Senator Marty Golden and a farcical British TV character. No, I’m suggesting that Golden would look like the boy who saw himself as the Lord of the Flies.

    Oh dear, I hope that nobody thinks that I’m suggesting any connection between our state senator and Beelzebub.

  20. Marty Golden's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" permalink
    August 23, 2010 6:46 am

    State Senator Martin J. Golden has decided that Chuck Barris and PT Barnum (also once a Republican State Senator) had it right.

    Along with the man that coined the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute” and the originator of the American classic “The Gong Show”, Marty Golden believes that people would rather see him participate in geek shows and act like his friend Marty Markowitz than take stands on important issues like the gun micro-stamping bill or natural gas drilling in our New York State water sheds.

    State Senator Golden says that he can hardly wait to participate in an AARP sponsored “American Idol”-type senior talent show this September and October. Meanwhile, he can hardly find time to talk about critical issues or even to cast key votes in the New York State Senate.

    We’re sure that Marty be at that latest variant of Chuck Barris’ “Gong Show”, but participating in debates on important governmental issues — not so much.

    To guys like Golden, Barnum and Barris the “show” is the only thing that matters, because all the rest is humbug anyway.

  21. Marty Golden's Blackberry permalink
    August 23, 2010 10:36 pm

    Marty Golden’s Blackberry is the hardest working hand-held device in New York State Government. Marty’s Blackberry has been involved in government for many years and has worked full time since he was first elected nearly twelve…that’s right…twelve years ago. Marty’s Blackberry has been a government worker for all of those years having worked for the interests of prominent Albany lobbyists sending messages on behalf of the unions and other special interest looking to influence the state legislature. Marty’s Blackberry is a brand name device and, in fact, has had the same brand name for its entire stalled career. When not transmitting tweets about the latest ribbon cutting, parade or tax hike, Marty’s Blackberry enjoys hanging out in hallways when special votes come up on the floor. Marty’s Blackberry enjoys relaxing in his million dollar home in Bay Ridge and traveling to Breezy Point and donning flip-flops with the other hand-held devices for a little “R&R”.

  22. Willaim Randoloh Hearst had a similar tool permalink
    August 24, 2010 6:51 am

    William Randolph Hearst had his “Rosebud” with which to play
    While Martin J. Golden has his own little “Blackberry” for how do you say….

  23. The Swiss Army Knife Analogy -- someone has blundered, badly permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:00 am

    Marty “Swiss Army Knife” Golden.

    A brand new canvas… a whole new narrative… an interesting history…

    Stay tuned!

  24. The Swiss Army Knife didn't make the cut permalink
    August 24, 2010 6:59 pm

    In one of the best movies ever made, they call it Orson Welles’ “Cuckoo Clock Speech” not the “Cuckoo Clock and Swiss Army Knife Speech”:

    Harry Lime: “Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock … So long, Holly.”
    (Orson Welles, as Harry Lime, to Joseph Cotton, as Holly Martins, “The Third Man” [1949], Dir. Carol Reed).

    Of course over at The Jig is Up Atlas they’d certainly have preferred something like this:

    “Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock …Oh yeah, Holly, of course how could I forget… and the Swiss Army Knife… wait a minute, and Swiss chocolate … oh, oh, oh I almost forgot “Swatch”… wait a minute, wait a minute, don’t forget Swiss cheese… I guess you’re right, Holly, I should turn myself in right now; and let you go live happily ever after with Valli.”

    No, Golden’s not playing with any Swiss Army Knife; he’ just some huckleberry with his blackberry.

  25. Just who do you think I am? permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:46 pm

    I start out with the phrase:
    “Making a Difference for Our Neighborhood”

    Now, just what might that be all about?

    Hint, I have the word “Re-Elect” prominently displayed along with
    Marty Golden’s name and smiling mug, and an internet address.

    I am Marty Golden’s poster and I’m popping up here and there, since Marty Golden didn’t knock his Democratic opponent off the ballot.

  26. Hiding his Endorsement of Somebody Against Schumer permalink
    August 27, 2010 6:59 am

    In the photo above, Marty Golden is pointing out his chosen Republican opponent to run against Senator Charles Schumer, the number three man in the U.S. Senate.

    You might have missed the big roll-out of the Golden endorsement, so Jay Townsend the beneficiary of Golden’s gesture posted it at:…/senator-marty-golden-r-c-i-endorses-jay-townsend-in-u-s-senate-race

    In this anti-establishment, anti-incumbent year, Golden went with a quintessential Republican insider, who is a virtual unknown to the public. Townsend quietly “hooked-up” the Conservative line, and this is where Golden’s endorsement obviously came from, since Golden is very close to Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar, who is also on Golden’s payroll.

    The Brooklyn GOP also backed Jay Townsend, but Townsend has to face Gary Berntsen, a retired CIA officer. Berntsen won a majority of the delegates at the Republican convention and is strongly supported by real Tea Party types (not the astroturf “Brooklyn Tea Party”). Locally, Bernsten is being considered for an endorsement by the insurgent Republicans from the 49th AD LaGuardia Club.

  27. Will Lawsuit Open State Senator Golden's NYPD Disability Pension Records? permalink
    September 25, 2010 12:11 am

    This was from the NY POST EDITORIAL for Friday, September 24, 2010:
    “Blue wall of obfuscation – PENSION EXPLOSION”:
    “Just how bad has public-employee pension abuse become? So bad that the police and firefighter pension funds are defying the law to keep the embarrassing details under wraps.
    Wouldn’t want taxpayers finding out about their gravy train, now would they?
    Both funds refused to supply the names and pension amounts of retirees when the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center requested it under the Freedom of Information Law.
    So the think tank sued.
    But why should it have come to this?
    The public has a clear right to the information being sought, and it’s outrageous that it wasn’t handed over without quibble or qualm….”
    Read more:

    As previously mentioned in/on “Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn” Republican State Senator Martin J. Golden is a notorious pension double dipper – collecting a “tax free” disability pension form the NYPD (the circumstances of which has desperately fought to keep secret) and his full state senate salary (which includes an entirely separate additional pension benefit).

    Even faced with huge tax increases and exploding New York State budget deficits, State Senator Golden has supported huge pension increases in the present legislative session.

  28. Marty Makeup Story, Who's Making That Up? permalink
    September 30, 2010 11:33 pm

    The vaudeville routine is the schlep says “makeup” and then someone else hits them in the face with a flour sock or some other container full of powder. In the day, it was a million laughs.

    Somebody dropped the “M” bomb on Craig Eaton’s hate blog, with the word that State Senator Martin J. Golden had showed up at the debate fully floured and ready for deep fat frying.

    If it’s true, the question is why. Remember a while ago, there was a bit of comment here on Atlas Shrugs about some of the strange coloring in a couple of Marty Golden’s photos.

    Maybe something more significant than Michael DiSanto’s challenge is weighing on Mr. Golden, whose patina seems to be anything but, right now.

  29. Golden Announces Another October Blood Drive permalink
    October 5, 2010 12:29 am

    Fearful of bumping into those with tough questions about his recent pancake and facial coloring during the daytime, Marty Golden is turning to the darkside and is coming for your blood with one of his new friends and the children of the night.

    Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that he has joined with the famous Eastern European Count, Dracula, to sponsor a community blood drive on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the 27th.

    Golden and Dracula have targeted 32 victims for visits after nightfall
    Senator Marty Golden stated, “There is such a great demand for blood by vampires in our community and in our City that reports indicate that every three seconds, someone suffers from an insatiable blood appetite. That is why I am proud to be welcoming the Transylvanian blood mobile to the neighborhood to give healthy daytime residents the opportunity to give the “Gift of Life” at night to needful vampires. Golden has said that, “It’s time to help this misunderstood minority in their time of need. And just as important we must denounce all of the bigots who derisively refer to vampires as ‘bloodsuckers’.”

    When asked if this were connected to his Halloween Celebrations, Golden said, “Even though we have to keep our children safe form any and all predators – that doesn’t include vampires, who are really very nice, once they support you for re-election. The vampire blood drive could easily be made part of the Halloween festivities for the kiddies.”

  30. Another Embarrassing Update: Golden is condemned by Blogger "AAA" in “The Jig is Up Atlas” permalink
    October 5, 2010 10:29 pm

    You don’t have to believe me, see AAA’s words for yourself:

    “….It is widely acknowledged that New York State’s budget process and practices are detrimental to the long-term future of the state.

    “They produce budgets that are routinely late and include spending that outpaces inflation and revenue growth. To accommodate spending more money than they have, the leadership in Albany has often balanced budgets with gimmicks that push obligations into the future, resulting in structural imbalances and the accumulation of a crushing debt burden, an unhealthy share of which has been incurred to fund operating expenses. Simply put, we are living beyond our means.”

    The question begs, Thank[s] to the likes of [the] incumbent [legislator from Southwest Brooklyn] taxpayers have been forced to deal with a “Crushing” debt, and “Massive” taxes, and fees.

    The question begs, As Always The Truth Has Spoken.”
    Posted by AAA at 10/04/2010

    It sure sounds like AAA’s remarks refer to State Senator Martin J. Golden, C/RINO.

    Remember, Republican Voters, DEFEAT ALL INCUMBENTS!

  31. Next Week May Be Embarrassing for Marty Golden as Kettle Black Case goes to Court permalink
    October 5, 2010 11:01 pm

    Special District Attorney Richard Brown, the Queens DA, may make a special appearance in Brooklyn on the Kettle Black Case involving several of State Senator Martin J. Golden’s relatives. The case involves several defendants who were alleged to have assaulted two police officers and a fireman in a brawl at and near The Kettle Black Bar earlier in 2010.

    Making the case even more interesting are additional charges involving a technician from Vanguard Computers, also of Bay Ridge. The owner of Vangaurd reported that the technician claims that State Senator Golden was at the Kettle Black around the time that security video was copied and then altered before it had been turned over to the police. At this time it’s not clear whether State Senator Golden will have to testify for either the prosecution or defense in any of the cases.

    • Will Special DA from Queens go far enough in Kettle Black case? permalink
      October 10, 2010 11:13 pm

      There has to be some doubt as to how deep Special DA Richard Brown is going into the charges in the Kettle Black case having to do with the tampering with some of the physical evidence and the obstruction of governmental administration. Although these charges had originally been brought against a computer technician, who knew one of the victims of the assault in and outside the Kettle Black on April 10, 2010, the alteration of evidence may well have been done for someone on the otherside, or even somebody not involved in the fight.

      When it had been disclosed that evidence had been tampered with, it was presented by the media as having been done for the benefit of the purported victims who included two police officers and a fireman. However, the timing of the announcement about the doctored evidence was odd since a notable defense counselor working on behalf of one of the alleged assailants had predicted further investigations and “other arrests” in connection with the case, that had been two days before the charges were leveled against the computer tech and very shortly after the evidence was most likely tampered with.

      About a month after all of this transpired, it was revealed that State Senator Martin J. Golden was at the scene of the original assault, within just hours after it had occurred and probably around the same time of the alteration of the evidence. This would seem to directly involve somebody who had a family relationship with four of the five alleged perps, Marty Golden.

      This is not a clean case for Special DA Brown. And there has been a lot of strange cross-pollination on the “defense side” of the case. Perhaps that’s because Golden and members of his staff also have several connections with the Kettle Black “owners” Tommy Castelli and Erik Manning, who themselves have every reason to keep the raps on this investigation and prosecution. They have their own connections that go high into the NYPD and the mayor’s office. Remember, within a day internal affairs was investigating one of the “victims” of this crime, which investigation one of the defendant’s counsels already had heard about within a day or two after the initial brawl. Also within a day or two after the initial brawl, Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes precipitously took himself out of the case because it involved State Senator Marty Golden.

      • Golden never denied being at the Kettle Black on the next morning. permalink
        October 11, 2010 6:10 pm

        It’s been about five months since someone from “Vanguard Computers” specifically said that State Senator Marty Golden was at the Kettle Black Bar during the morning of April 10th. This was after a brawl in the Kettle Black, in which four of Golden’s relatives along with another person were charged with attacking two police officers and a fireman causing serious injuries to those three victims.

        State Senator Golden has never publically denied being there at that time mentioned by Vanguard.

        This is significant because it has been specifically alleged that the State Senator was there when a copy of the video surveillance recording was turned over to one of the owners of the Kettle Black. Later on, an altered copy of the video surveillance recording was turned over to police investigators.

        Although nobody has publically connected Senator Golden to the alleged alteration of the video, he would appear to be a material witness to some aspects of what went on. Golden and his staff have remained extremely tightlipped on Senator Golden’s connection to any aspect of the Kettle Black brawl or the investigations arising out of it.

        Irrespective of any other issues, what legitimate purpose could State Senator Golden have had being at a crime scene, where four of his relatives allegedly had been involved just a few hours before, while a police investigation was still going on, and while evidence was being handled and gathered under very questionable circumstances?

  32. Golden attacks tax, but he missed the boat on the vote permalink
    October 6, 2010 9:15 pm

    Last week, state Sen. Marty Golden led a rally against the recently passed 4.375% tax on clothes and shoes — which began on Friday, he didn’t tell us that he was a no-show when the State Senate voted on the measure back on Aug. 3.

    “I couldn’t be there, but I would have voted against [the tax] if I was there,” Golden said when asked him about his peculiar voting record on the issue, right after he accused the state of screwing the taxpayer. When pressed, Golden couldn’t explain why he wasn’t around for the vote that would affect virtually every clothing store and purchaser in his district. [Source: Courier Life: “Golden oddity: Marty rallies against tax, but didn’t vote against it” By Thomas Tracy, Tuesday, October 5, 2010]

    Is this what State Senator Marty Golden calls making a difference for our neighborhoods?


  33. Golden Rally for Bus and Transit Service -- Typically PHONY permalink
    October 11, 2010 8:20 am

    If Marty Golden is looking for what happened to transit service in his district, that hole (photo above) is as good a place to look as any. If he looks red-faced and embarrassed, he should be; on mass transit throughout his district, Marty Golden has been disgraced as a PHONY.

    This week the Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio talked about another Marty Golden Rally to fight the transit cuts in Bay Ridge. Some fight so far! Judging from past success, if Golden keeps this up, we soon won’t have any public transportation in Bay Ridge at all. (btw, is this “RALLY” an invitations only Bay Ridge Republican deal?)


    What’s Marty going to announce, that soon they’ll shut down service on the “R” subway line completely? Since Marty Golden has been in office Bay Ridge public transportation has gone from bad-to-worse-to-non-existent in many areas.

    With the Third Avenue bus eliminated, Golden made a big deal of substitute service from other lines whose routes were changed. The coverage was only on a tiny part of the old Third Avenue Route and the total number of buses serving the area is hardly a fraction of the prior service.


    Golden makes a big deal of spending $40,000 on a lawsuit against the MTA (btw, where’s that money coming from?) that so far has accomplished nothing except run up legal fees for the MTA that will come out of the MTA budget somewhere else.


    It’s not just bus service in Bay Ridge that’s in the dumper. Subway service into and throughout Marty Golden’s district is horrible. Stations on the “N” (open cut) and “D” (elevated) lines are completely falling apart, unsafe and unhealthy. The train service on the 4th Avenue “R” line is completely unreliable.

    This is all because when Marty Golden isn’t voting to ***CUT*** money from the MTA budget completely (HE DID THAT LEADING TO THE MOST RECENT SERVICE CUTS THAT HE’S NOW FIGHTING IN COURT), he votes with his Republican caucus to divert MTA funds to subsidize suburban commuter rail service.


    Don’t even waste your time trying to get help about your transportation problems from Marty Golden’s District Office, they don’t have a clue.


  34. More Embarassment From Phony Marty! permalink
    October 11, 2010 3:59 pm

    Last week Marty Golden “appeared” on Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio. Apart from Gene Berardelli’s obvious enthusiasm which was so infectious it was almost epidemic, Marty G made news, but it was under a bushel basket. And the fact that it was not reported elsewhere only proves that nobody, excepting myself, listens to Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio.

    In criticizing the Obama stimulus, Marty Golden seems to have endorsed it in principle. Golden said that we should imagine (he was anticipating John Lennon’s Birthday, I guess) how it would have been if the stimulus money had been spent on the Atlantic Yards project and a few other of Marty Golden’s pet projects. It would have meant lots of jobs. So if the OBAMA STIMULUS were tweaked a bit, MARTY GOLDEN WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR IT. Is that about it? I wonder if Gene B. and Brian D. heard it the same way.

    Marty Golden sure is a conservtive Republican to the core. NOT!!!



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