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Controversial Strategist/Democrat Jeffrey Kraus Received Over Eight Thousand Dollars from Golden Over Past Six Months

July 26, 2010

Golden's political consultant, Dr. Jeffrey Kraus, a Democrat

Many of you remember him as the man who cursed out our party’s citywide candidate for Public Advocate.

Dr. Jeffrey Kraus— who is the Chair of the New York City Voter Assistant Commission, a professor, and a political consultant–was the receiver of numerous donations from State Senator Marty Golden amounting to thousands of dollars–just over $8,600 to be more precise.

This was done despite the call of this blog and numerous constituent Republicans of the 22nd State Senate district and Brooklyn to investigate the childish and inappropriate acts of him and other political consultants.

Mr. Kraus is a Democrat. He is one of the many Democrats in Marty Golden’s cadre of worshipers and benefactors, including (most recently) the Riley family.

Click here for the link to the disclosures.

We wrote about Dr. Kraus back in early September 2009:

Recent details have come to light of the vile dog-eat-dog tactics currently being employed by Kings County’s GOP consultant mavens.

The Daily News has reported that Dr. Jeffrey Kraus, Chair of the NYC Voter Assistance Commission and long-time courtier of The Golden Prince, State Senator Marty Golden, publicly slandered Republican candidate for Public Advocate Alex Zablocki on YouTube.

Apparently, Jeff Kraus, a Professor at Wagner College in Staten Island, commented on Mr. Zablocki’s online voter guide video page that Mr. Zablocki was “a jerk.” Perhaps this is not so unexpected given Mr. Kraus is a Democrat.

Within hours of the article’s release, Mr. Zablocki’s video featured a new comment by a mysterious BigEShellback86: “What a f****** JERK !” (expletive deleted).

Hmm…

Regardless of his political affiliation, the “jerk” comment is important to Brooklyn Republicans given the very interesting GOP connections Dr. Kraus has had over the years.

“Friends of Martin Golden” has given Dr. Kraus over $57,000 over the years The Golden Prince has been a State Senator, and over $33,500 while The Golden Prince was a mere squire City Councilman. Embattled 39th City Council District GOP candidate George Smith is also indebted to Dr. Kraus for “outstanding liabilities.” Dr. Kraus has even waved his wand for Democratic City Councilman Simcha Felder for over $18,000 in 2005, the year Mr. Felder ran unopposed and received the Republican line.

Fascinating.

This all begs the question: why would our party be involved with someone like Kraus? His actions are indicative of the dizzying conflicts of interest and inappropriate conduct on the part of GOP consultants in Brooklyn…

These consultants—like it or not—are paid public figures that are representing our party by their actions. Anyone can look to the public records and see the money trail connecting them to our party, its candidates and politicians. When they do bad things, it reflects poorly on our entire county organization.

The Kings County GOP has some serious questions to answer about the persons it and its candidates employ. How do we intend to lead the way to reform if we allow in-fighting and controversy to fester in our county?

And yet, here we are, nearly a year later, and the Senator and the Brooklyn GOP are still engaging with the same cannibalistic consultants.

Indeed, Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien was also given a fair sum from the Senator as well (more on that in another piece).

But Marty Golden continues to demonstrate that he could care less about how his people make the party look.

So long as he gets what he wants.

***

Hearing about Kraus, some of you are asking if the rumors are true…

A few emailers have asked us: is Jeffrey Kraus a contributor to the Brooklyn GOP hate blogs?

Since my colleagues and I view those blogs as a waste of time and internet space, it would be very sad if any of the payments made to Dr. Kraus were given so that he could monitor or even contribute to the hate blogs that have been littering cyberspace with their spite, making our party look bad.

Again, I stress, these are rumors that have been submitted to us from concerned readers who have their own views.

Given Dr. Kraus’ actions against Alex Zablocki, we can at least establish that he can use a computer. Beyond that, I can’t say.

Kraus for his part denied even knowing about material on any political blogs when he responded to our request for answers a while back.

Frankly, I find that hard to believe. Then again, maybe he’s not a very savvy consultant?

I invite the doctor to email us with comment regarding these issues, or to confirm or deny the rumors on this page and elsewhere.

We would love to offer his side of the story.

***

By the way, I have NOT forgotten about the Brooklyn GOP’s disclosures. They have not been made public yet. I guess the GOP is late yet again submitting their mandated accounting statements.

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18 Comments
  1. Question: What Would Ayn Rand Think of Jeffrey Kraus? permalink
    July 26, 2010 10:58 pm

    Answer: She Wouldn’t.

    Nonetheless, she would think about what he does, why and for whom, what the effects might be etc., and as to those things, she would make “Moral Judgments”.

    Contrary to those who might like to quote or paraphrase the Gospel passage: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1; readers of this blog should know what Ayn Rand thought about that kind of stuff:

    “The precept: ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’ . . . is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself.
    There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.
    The moral principle to adopt in this issue, is: ‘Judge, and be prepared to be judged’…” “The Virtue of Selfishness”, 72.

    “The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life…
    There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist.” Galt’s Speech, “For the New Intellectual”, 173.

  2. Maybe JK Will Earn Some of MG's Coin Spinning This One permalink
    July 26, 2010 11:13 pm

    Old Title:
    MARTY GOLDEN RUBBER-STAMPED “UNLAWFUL” DOUBLE DIPPER

    State Senator Marty Golden, along with the rest of the Senate’s Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Correction, last month recommended the nomination of Richard Clarke, a retired New York City police officer, to be a member of the NYS Parole Board, even though he had “unlawfully” double-dipped a pension and his salary as Director of Security for Westchester’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

    The New York City Police Pension Fund, which pays Clarke’s $84,300 annual pension, is reportedly investigating Clarke for never notifying them that he was being paid for a public-sector job after his waiver (of the rule against double-dipping) expired.

    Even though Golden did question Governor Paterson’s nominee on other police-related matters, he never made any inquiry as to Clarke’s double-dipping or other pension issues. Such reticence is common among fellow retirees who had been “on the job” like Golden and Clarke.

    It should be noted that State Senator Golden is a double-dipper himself, receiving a “disability pension” from the NYP Pension Fund as well as collecting his State Senate salary. Although repeatedly questioned about the circumstances of his purported “line of duty disability” in the past, Senator Golden has consistently refused to provide any details as to his police service or disability pension, or authorize the release of any of his police records.

  3. Get Real Facts, Not what the Jeff Kraus Spin Machine Churns Out permalink
    July 31, 2010 8:34 am

    “Marty Golden is a great guy.” “Marty Golden is a great State Senator.” “Marty Golden works very hard for his district.” “Marty Golden is Mayor Bloomber’s go-to guy in the State Senate.” “Marty Golden is a sensible conservative.” “The people love Marty Golden and he’ll never be beat in this district.” “Marty Golden is an ex-cop who kows how to keep us all safe.” We’ve all heard one version or another of Jeff Kraus’ crafted narratives about his main client State Senator Martin Golden. That’s why he is on a regular retainer to Golden and oher related lucrative “contracts” that are tied into it.

    Kraus’ real job is to do the touch-up work on the reverse “Dorian Grey” portrait of Marty Golden that’s not kept in the attic, but put out front for every body to see. A recent example was the reverse spin on the attacks on Lucretia Regina-Potter and the LaGuardia Club that appeared in various outlets in:
    “Entrenched warfare GOP battle not about beating Abbate”
    By Helen Klein, July 27,2010, Courier-Life:
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/entrenched_warfare_VuZwPuPZ6z6ZSeBLbgYoIL#ixzz0vGYD6pJD

    The Marty Golden parts of Klein’s article stand facts and history on their head to make Golden look righteous in the 49th AD– he’s far from that.

    Kraus’ name doesn’t appear in the article, but it’s an example of what he does– craft the image, control the story. When it comes to Marty Golden, Jeff Kraus doesn’t believe he’s entitle to his own opinion about things, he thinks he and everybody else are entitled to HIS FACTS and only his facts.

  4. Marty Golden's Pee Colored White Hair permalink
    August 1, 2010 9:45 am

    Jeff kRaus is a longtime friend of Peter “The Moroccan Mole” Abbate. Before they both became devout worshippers of the Golden Calf, kRaus and Abbate were belated (now bloated) hippies who worshipped the mantra: “Acid, Abortion and Amnesty” under the tutelage of suspected pedophile, George “NAMBLA” Arwan.

    It seems Abbate fobbed kRaus on Golden as a new City Councilman and kRaus has acted as his political “guru” ever since. kRaus also happens to teach poli-sci at CSI and is Commissioner on the Voting Board. He also holds the record for most Boston Kreme donuts consumed in an hour at the CSI cafeteria.

    It is an open secret that Abbate and Golden have had in place for many years a deal to keep their respective seats. kRaus was the impetus for this deal.

    We can all agree that Abbate and Golden have got to go but they need to take these shitroaches with them, namely Jerry “Der Kommissar” Kassar, Gerry O’Brien and the aforementioned Jeffrey kRaus.

    • Inquiring minds want to know... permalink
      August 12, 2010 7:49 pm

      Are the Boston Kreme[sic]Donuts that were mentioned Dunkin Ds, Krispy Kremes or some no-named variety, perhaps made onsite at CSI?

  5. Jeff Kraus, Can You Answer Two Questions About Your Client MG permalink
    August 12, 2010 7:41 pm

    How is it that somebody like Marty Golden, who’se already shown that he can’t keep a firearm safe and secure– even when he was a police officer– how is it that Marty Golden is allowed to possess a sidearm as a private citizen?

    I guess the same way he’s still licensed to drive even though he’s shown a propensity to run SUVs into people, places and things.

    Would you agree?

  6. "GOLDEN" EAGLE RANTS AGAINST DEMS permalink
    August 13, 2010 7:15 am

    State Senator Martin J. Golden has taken another swipe at Democrats without acknowledging his own complicity in the very process that is bringing us to the brink of disaster. Of course the words are really those of Jeff Kraus or Gerry Kassar or a committee of Golden’s staffers. It doesn’t matter which of the usual suspects did it, it’s Marty Golden’s usual BS.

    On August 12th in the Brooklyn Eagle, Marty Golden shamelessly bloviates about the State Senate’s passage – months late – of a massive budget that pushes all of us New Yorkers deeper into a financial abyss.

    He rightly observed that: “At a time of broad-based belt tightening, this kind of fiscal irresponsibility is tantamount to negligence, placing our very financial and physical safety at risk.”

    What Golden fails to mention is what his part in all of this was – or, more importantly MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

    He failed to mention that the Republican caucus had a near majority in the New York State Senate.

    WHAT DID THE REPUBLICAN STATE SENATORS DO WITH THEIR NEAR MAJORITY?????

    Was the Democratic Party disciple in the State Senate better than the Republicans’?????

    Were there not a few Democrats of conscience and fiscal sensibility willing to come over to the fiscally conservative side and block the disaster?????

    Why didn’t the Republicans engage and fight the good fight?????

    Instead, didn’t the Republicans and their leadership just stand aside, pass out the popcorn, and enjoy watching the train wreck, figuring to make hay after the disaster struck – just like Golden’s disingenuous August 12th Brooklyn Eagle partisan pander?????

    Senator Golden needs to take heed of the following – words that are a paraphrase of hisown remarks, thus, be very familiar to him:

    Elected officials like Senator Golden reason to themselves that since constituents will only vote for their own long term representatives, largely based upon party affiliation or perceived familiarity or affection, without questioning job performance, their reelection is all but assured and so they behave with a flagrancy and impunity that demeans the very nature of our democracy.

    Instead, these elected officials, including the likes of State Senator Golden are responsive only to leadership cabals in Albany, and to their own staffs and party hacks back home. The only heed that they pay to those outside their staffs or party leaders is to certain special interests who donate to their political campaigns and also benefit from increased government spending.

    Well, we’ve got news for Senator Golden and others like him.
    We are still have a few democratic rituals that can have unpredictable results, they’re called primaries and elections.
    Real conservative Republicans will have an opportunity this September, and again in November, to show what kind of change we need and want — fiscal responsibility, good government and rational public policy that honors our values, protects our families and promotes growth.

    Senator Golden needs to explain, first to the party faithful and then to the general electorate, what part he’s played in this year’s tragi-comic dysfunctional budget process – both as a member of the Republican caucus and as our elected state senator.

  7. Jeff, tell your boss Marty Golden that his comments and votes on Charter Schools don't add up. permalink
    August 17, 2010 7:19 pm

    Just before Memorial Day did Marty Golden vote for a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that he criticized after Memorial Day?

    Actually, what he criticized was a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that was supported by the Democratic Leadership that had passed, but he was not listed as one of those who voted against that bill.

    Just what was our State Senator for and what was he against, when it came to the expnsion of the number of Charter Schools in New York State. Was he for the expansion that was passed or not? Did he vote for the expansion that passed or not?

    Was he for it before he was against it, or vice-verse?

    Jeff, do you think you’ll be able to get the state senator to clear that up for us before Labor Day weekend? And as a follow-up, do you think State Senator Golden will contradict all of that shortly after Labor Day?

    Btw, isn’t what you do sort of like the kind of Jabberwocky logic and maths that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson taught at a pretty decent chartered institution called Christ Church, before he started doing things to amuse young girls, often to photograph them. Do you think you’ll be able to make your most famous protégée as famous as Alice Pleasance Liddel?

  8. Jigzupatlaz Tried But Failed to Explain Golden's Charter School Votes permalink
    August 19, 2010 12:53 am

    On August 18, 2010 The Jig is Up Atlas commenter “Jamez Tell Your Boss …said…”:

    “Just before Memorial Day Marty Golden did vote for a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that he supported after Memorial Day.
    Actually, what he supported a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that was supported by the Democratic and Republican Leadership that had passed, but he was not listed as one of those who voted against that bill…
    Our State Senator has 100% been a supporter of the expansion of the number of Charter Schools in New York State…..”
    ____________________________

    ACTUALLY, THAT”S NOT QUITE WHAT THE RECORDED VOTES INDICATE

    Here’s how State Senator Golden Actually Voted on Charter Schools this year:

    5/28/2010 Education Law Amendments Concerning Charter Schools: Bill A 11310 State Senator Golden’s vote: N
    Senate Action: Bill Passed – Senate (45 – 14)

    5/03/2010 Amending Charter School Cap: Bill S 7678
    State Senator Golden’s vote: Y
    Senate Action: Bill Passed – Senate (45 – 15)
    ______________________________

    I thought that these votes might have been inconsistent, so I looked at what he had to say about the issue. Here’s some of what State Senator Golden said about Charter Schools:

    On March 30, 2010 Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) called for all the members of the New York State Senate to support legislation he has introduced which would allow the State to compete for federal money from the Race to the Top program. Golden’s legislation would lift the cap on the number of charter schools in New York from 200 to 460.

    “New York State is looking into the fiscal abyss. We are saddled with a $9 billion budget deficit, and are already cutting many programs needed by residents to maintain our quality of life. What is most troubling is that the Governor is now taking an axe to education funding. Charter schools work, and more importantly, they would give us an opportunity to get hundreds of millions in funding for education,” said Senator Golden.
    Senator Golden has written to all of New York’s State Senators urging support for his legislation which would lift the cap on charter schools. Earlier this year the Democratic leadership in the Legislature refused to pass legislation that would allow for the creation of more charter schools, which would have maximized the State’s chance to obtain $700 million in federal funds for education.
    “New York State should be doing everything in its power to find funding to pay for education. At a time when the Governor is proposing significant cuts to our schools, we need to do more. Passing this common sense legislation goes a long way in improving our chances of getting federal funding from the Race to the Top program,” continued Senator Golden.

    “Charter schools are an important tool in providing our children a world class education that will allow them to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. By doing nothing the legislative leaders are limiting our ability to compete for this needed federal funding. If they want to play politics that is fine, but don’t do it with education. Inaction, is nothing more than the Governor, Assembly and Senate leadership ignoring the needs of taxpayers, parents, and most importantly our children,” concluded Senator Golden.
    _______________________________

    On June 1, 2010, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) issued the following statement following a charter school vote in the New York State Senate:

    “ Democrats in both houses of the New York State Legislature turned their backs on the more than 1.1 million schoolchildren of New York City who should be given every educational opportunity possible.
    It’s outrageous that Democrats, in the bill approved today, banned for-profit charter schools from operating in New York, despite the fact that student test scores consistently show they are working. For-profits raise the level of education for all children, whether they attend public, parochial or charter schools.

    For-profit charter schools pay real estate taxes and employee taxes, and hire hundreds of employees. By taking this action today, Democrats are putting $700 million, if not more, in federal funding for New York at risk. This is not a ‘Race to the Top,’ it’s slowing progress down on our goal of delivering a better education for all of our kids. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.

    We have examples of how charter schools are working all across this City and State, including the Harlem Success Academy, that is so superior, that public school administrators have observed their instructional and after-school programs . The Assembly Democrats won again and it is the children of New York that lost. We should always put education before politics because our future depends on the opportunities we afford our children today.”
    _____________________________________

    Why did State Senator Golden vote with the majority in favor on May 3rd and with the minority opposed on May 28th? (About half of the Republicans voted in favor both times)

    Like I asked above, “Was he for it before he was against it, or vice verse?”

    Maybe, Jeff Kraus can give us a “final” clarification before the kids go back to school after Labor Day.

  9. Marty Golden Should Have Jeff Kraus Explain, Not Eaton's People permalink
    August 19, 2010 5:48 pm

    On August 18, 2010 The Jig is Up Atlas commenter “Jamez Tell Your Boss …said…”:

    “Just before Memorial Day Marty Golden did vote for a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that he supported after Memorial Day.
    Actually, what he supported a Charter Schools Expansion Bill that was supported by the Democratic and Republican Leadership that had passed, but he was not listed as one of those who voted against that bill…
    Our State Senator has 100% been a supporter of the expansion of the number of Charter Schools in New York State…..”

    ACTUALLY, THAT”S NOT QUITE WHAT THE RECORDED VOTES INDICATE.
    ______________________________

    Here’s how State Senator Golden Actually Voted on Charter Schools this year:

    5/03/2010 Amending Charter School Cap:
    Bill S 7678 State Senator Golden’s vote: Y
    Senate Action: Bill Passed – Senate (45 – 15)

    5/28/2010 Education Law Amendments Concerning Charter Schools:
    Bill A 11310 State Senator Golden’s vote: N
    Senate Action: Bill Passed – Senate (45 – 14)
    ______________________________

    MAYBE, THE HIRED HELP SHOULD TAKE A CRACK AT THIS CONUNDRUM,
    WHAT WAS MARTY GOLDEN’S “BACK AND FORTH ON THE CHARTER VOTES” ALL ABOUT?
    ______________________________

    I thought that these votes might have been inconsistent, so I looked at what State Senator Golden had to say about the issue at the time. Here’s some of what he said about Charter Schools:
    _______________________________________________

    On March 30, 2010 Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) said
    “New York State is looking into the fiscal abyss. We are saddled with a $9 billion budget deficit, and are already cutting many programs needed by residents to maintain our quality of life. What is most troubling is that the Governor is now taking an axe to education funding. Charter schools work, and more importantly, they would give us an opportunity to get hundreds of millions in funding for education,”
    ***
    “New York State should be doing everything in its power to find funding to pay for education. At a time when the Governor is proposing significant cuts to our schools, we need to do more. Passing this common sense legislation goes a long way in improving our chances of getting federal funding from the Race to the Top program,” continued Senator Golden.
    Senator Golden concluded: “Charter schools are an important tool in providing our children a world class education that will allow them to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. By doing nothing the legislative leaders are limiting our ability to compete for this needed federal funding. If they want to play politics that is fine, but don’t do it with education. Inaction, is nothing more than the Governor, Assembly and Senate leadership ignoring the needs of taxpayers, parents, and most importantly our children.”
    ______________________________

    That seemed pretty straight forward; and on May 3rd Marty Golden voted for the Charter Schools Bill.

    Then on may 28th another Charter School bill came up for a vote and Marty Golden switched his vote to “No.”
    _______________________________

    On June 1, 2010, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) issued the following statement following the most recent charter school vote in the New York State Senate:

    “Democrats in both houses of the New York State Legislature turned their backs on the more than 1.1 million schoolchildren of New York City who should be given every educational opportunity possible.
    It’s outrageous that Democrats, in the bill approved today, banned for-profit charter schools from operating in New York, despite the fact that student test scores consistently show they are working. For-profits raise the level of education for all children, whether they attend public, parochial or charter schools.
    For-profit charter schools pay real estate taxes and employee taxes, and hire hundreds of employees. By taking this action today, Democrats are putting $700 million, if not more, in federal funding for New York at risk. This is not a ‘Race to the Top,’ it’s slowing progress down on our goal of delivering a better education for all of our kids. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.
    We have examples of how charter schools are working all across this City and State, including the Harlem Success Academy, that is so superior, that public school administrators have observed their instructional and after-school programs . The Assembly Democrats won again and it is the children of New York that lost. We should always put education before politics because our future depends on the opportunities we afford our children today.”
    _____________________________________

    It’s pretty clear that he was “AGAINST”; but the switcheroo is still largely unexplained.

    Why did State Senator Golden vote with the majority “in favor” on May 3rd and with the minority “opposed” on May 28, 2010.

    Like I said, “ It looks like he was for it before he was against it.”
    A large bi-partisan majority of state senators voted for both bills.

    Maybe, Jeff Kraus can earn his fees from the Bay Ridge State Senator, and explain Marty’s apparently contradictory votes to us.

  10. First, Jeff Kraus Will First Have To Explain It To The People Over at The Jig is Up Atlas, They Really Don’t Get it. permalink
    August 19, 2010 11:53 pm

    Like we said earlier, Marty Golden should have his paid guru, Jeff Kraus explain Golden’s Charter Schools votes, not Eaton’s bloggers at The Jig is Up Atlas. If they can’t cut and paste something that appears first here on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn, they really don’t have much of a shot at saying anything that relates at all to the issue at hand.

    On March 30, 2010 Marty Golden called for all the members of the New York State Senate to support legislation which would allow the State to compete for federal money from the Race to the Top program and would lift the cap on the number of charter schools in New York from 200 to 460.

    The measure that passed on May 28th raised the maximum number of authorized charter schools to 460 from the current 200. The increase would be phased in over the next four years, with more than 60 expected to actually open each year.

    Marty Golden voted “AGAINST” the Charter School Bill that passed with broad bi-partisan support on May 28, 2010, which increased the number of charter schools from 200 to 460, like Golden said that he wanted on March 30th and which was what he had voted “for” on May 3rd.

    Jeff Kraus just answer this:

    WHY WAS MARTY GOLDEN “FOR” IT, BEFORE HE WAS “AGAINST” IT ?????

    Or if you prefer:

    WHY WAS MARTY GOLDEN “AGAINST” IT, AFTER HE WAS “FOR” IT ?????

  11. Another Assignment for JK: Please, Tell Marty About "Hydrofracking" by May 2011 permalink
    August 27, 2010 11:25 pm

    State Senator Martin J. Golden was marked “Excused” for the vote on Bill S8129B.

    In another profile in courage, State Senator Golden did not vote to put off a decision on “Hydrofracking” in the New York City water sheds until May 2011.

    Hopefully, by that time State Senator Golden will know something about
    high-volume hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale in New York’s Southern Tier.

    At issue is a very important development of energy resources in New York State and the concomitant threat to New York City’s water shed areas. Under heavy pressure from environmentalists, the Senate approved the bill delaying consideration of hydrofracking by a vote of 49-9, much to the dismay of the natural gas industry and their lobbyists.

  12. How is not showing up "Making a Difference for Our Neighborhood”? permalink
    August 28, 2010 1:49 pm

    The Jig is Up Atlas will misrepresent the facts to protect State Senator Martin J. Golden. It’s the only way that they can sell the myth that Marty Golden is “Making a Difference for Our Neighborhood”.
    Case in point TJIUA August 28, 2010 comment:

    “Mike Harris Fails Again On Jonathan’s Watch! said…
    In a true profile in courage, State Senator Golden did vote to put off a decision on “Hydrofracking” in the New York City water sheds until May 2011.”

    It was widely reported that Marty Golden missed the 49-9 vote on the state senate bill for a moratorium on “Hydrofracking” through May 2011:

    http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/tag/marty-golden/
    bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/…/buying-time-to-assess-risks-of.html
    http://www.thelmagazine.com/…/marty-golden-still-the-worst-representative-in-brooklyn

    There are many serious arguments for and against the “drilling” for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in South Central New York, which is intergral to one of the largest domes of natural gas “easily accessible” to the eastern United States. There are also arguments for and against utilizing the mining engieering methodolgy called high-volume hydraulic fracturing or “hydrofracking” to get at such a vast supply of “cheap” and “clean” energy.

    Does anybody seriously think that State Senator Martin J. Golden is up on these arguments? Can he even say, “Drill, baby, drill!” without having to give out rubber chicken at an awards ceremony for crossing guards or mentioning that he is a former cop.

    Remember, when Marty Golden talks, everybody says, “What?” or “Did he really say that?” So maybe, “Where was he?” is an improvement all around.

    What say you to that The Jig is Up Atlas?

  13. TJIUA Caught Way Off Base Again permalink
    August 28, 2010 8:13 pm

    Some moronic Jig is Up Atlas commentator just keeps pushing a vote that Marty Golden never made, even when he [and they] are caught way off base. See recent TJIUA 8-28-10 posting:

    “It was not widely reported that Marty Golden missed the 49-9 vote on the state senate bill for a moratorium on “Hydrofracking” through May 2011:
    I didn’t hear anything on any of the major news stations or media sites did anybody else here?”

    Guess what Jacko, Marty Golden just isn’t big news on any of the major news stations or media sites, so I guess you have to win that point automatically, but the local news sites did report it.

    In addition to the ones mentioned above, add Harold Egeln’s Brooklyn Daily Eagle article, “Sampson Leads State Senate on Gas Drilling Ban Vote”, “Drinking Water Threat Seen”, where it was reported that: “…Abstaining from the Brooklyn delegation was Sen. Carl Kruger, and excused were Brooklyn Senator Marty Golden, the borough’s only Republican in the Senate, and bill co-sponsor Senator Savino….”
    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=31&id=37238

    Just stop lying about Golden voting for something that he didn’t, and you won’t get caught lying…over and over and over…

  14. Pre-Labor Day Message for Jeff Kraus permalink
    September 2, 2010 7:28 am

    Mr. Kraus, it’s almost Labor Day and the start of the real campaign season. That means in about one month it will be time for an “October Surprise” to happen that will knock Marty Golden’s campaign for re-election into a cocked hat.

    Jeff, you and the rest of the Golden “brain trust” have probably been put to work on this one already, but if not get ready. If you haven’t been informed about this one, I know you must be wondering:
    What could it possibly be?
    What “hints” have been suggested so far?
    How much should I charge Marty to deal with something like this?

    Jeff, by now, both Marty Golden and Craig Eaton should know what’s coming, so ask them about it. If they beg off, then you should just go and ask their neighbors around 79th Street and Harbor View Terrace.

    From what we’ve uncovered, it was a very big deal when it happened, but ultimately nothing ever came of it, except a new set of neighbors.

    Jeff, sometimes it’s funny how things happen, other times it’s really not so funny.

  15. Did Jeff Kraus read today's NY Post Editorial and think, "Marty Golden just dodged another bullet." permalink
    September 7, 2010 8:01 pm

    The New York Post’s Series, “PENSION EXPLOSION” was featured as an editorial entitled: “DiNapoli’s bankruptcy guide”
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/dinapoli_bankruptcy_guide_pOmlegIF8KrqldLIBiTrTI#ixzz0ytRv9FA4

    Near the start the Post Editorial said:
    “Forget the extra billions DiNapoli says taxpayers must pony up for soaring pension costs: $1.3 billion next year and, according to [Republican] Harry Wilson, who’s challenging him for comptroller, as much as $80 billion down the road….
    “No matter that [DiNapoli] himself just warned that the state’s $125 billion pension fund may soon be in the red — with only 94 percent of what it needs to pay benefits.
    “Or that Wilson says those gloomy predictions actually understate the problem — by tens of billions of dollars.
    “No matter, either, that taxpayers are on the hook for all this…”

    The editorial also detailed several obviously fit former NYC emergency responders who are now enjoying lavish lifestyles while on “disability pensions”.

    We’re sure that Jeff Kraus was grateful that State Senator Martin J. Golden was not mentioned, even though he clearly is living large with a “disability pension” and double-dipping his state senator’s pay. Somehow Marty has flown below the N.Y. Post’s radar, so far, probably thanks to some of Jeff’s magic. But Kraus must surely know that as long as the Post keeps up with its series “PENSION EXPLOSION”, a “Sword of Damocles” hangs over the head of only all-Brooklyn elected Republican who pays for Jeff Kraus’ services. So that “Sword of Damocles” hangs over Jeff, as well.

    Jeff, as a bit of whimsey, do you think Republican Harry Wilson will ask Republican Marty Golden about his sweetheart pension deal one of the times they appear together this fall? We sort of doubt it, but what do you think the chances are that he just might do it as a little elbow into ribs sort of dig?

  16. Crouching Tiger, Stealthy Tiger, Stalking, Stalking, Stalking Tiger permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:12 am

    A Tiger Great, at friendly feasts did calmly sit and play,
    But hunted all the cloven beasts, the kind that neigh and bray
    Near to death he frightened those in his own peculiar way…

    Scattered near and scattered far herds that weren’t strong
    With pounding hearts did all hoofed beasts, make haste to move along
    When sensed the notes of Tiger’s great, quick and nifty song…

    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Just you try and hold that Tiger, now!

    Purr! Where’s that Tiger?
    Roar! Where’s that Tiger?
    Grrrrr! Where’s that Tiger?
    Warrroww! Where’s that Tiger?
    Meow! Where’s that crazy Tiger, now?

    C’mon, find that Tiger,
    C’mon, find that Tiger,
    C’mon, find that Tiger,
    C’mon, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
    C’mon, just try and find that *^%$#@!* Tiger, now!

    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger,
    Hold that Tiger, now

  17. Is Jeff Kraus hard at work making alliances with Democrats? Or is something BIGGER in the works? permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:37 am

    If you mention things like Marty Golden’s alliances with Brooklyn Dems inside and outside Golden’s district, Jeff Kraus will be evasive.

    If you mention things like Marty Golden’s switching party affiliations, Jeff Kraus becomes appoplectic and then says that he won’t talk about it.

    Next time you bump into Jeff Kraus, ask him what does the polling indicate? Could Marty Golden do better by switching parties?

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