Sal Albanese: Our mayor is corrupt

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Is Mayor DeBlasio corrupt or just a serial campaign finance rule abuser?

That was the question that dominated Brooklyn Paper Radio’s official kick off to the 2017 election season. The jam-packed episode featured mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, Daily News investigative reporter Greg B. Smith, and our own columnist Lenore Skenazy (yes, it rhymes with “crazy”) discussing such diverse topics as the mayor’s competence, the mayor’s Brooklyn trolley fund-raising scam and, of course, co-host Gersh Kuntzman’s ongoing anxiety about parenting and prodigious sexual appetites.

Albanese, a former long-serving Bay Ridge councilman, started it all off by announcing his candidacy for the Democratic mayoral nomination, saying that he found DeBlasio “corrupt,” citing coverage this week in the Daily News. Albanese also called for more public housing and non-partisan elections.

“So finish this sentence, Sal,” Kuntzman asked. “A vote for Albanese is a vote for *blank*.”

“Reform,” he said.

Albanese was followed by Smith, a Daily News legend, who did not go as far as the candidate.

“I would not say that DeBlasio is ‘corrupt,’ because I do not believe he is lining his own pockets,” said Smith, who has published several stories about DeBlasio’s fund-raising efforts, including this week’s front-page story about the manner in which the mayor’s fund-raisers simultaneously raise money for the mayor’s re-election and for a charity controlled by Hizzoner.

“But there are coincidences and there are amazing coincidenc­es,” Smith said, saying it was no mere coincidence that real-estate developers along the proposed waterfront trolley line were rushing to donate to DeBlasio’s Campaign for One New York charity in cash amounts far exceeding what contributors can legally give to a normal political campaign.

The show climaxed with an appearance by Skenazy, who has been a New York City columnist for years, most recently with The Brooklyn Paper. Skenazy is also the author of “Free Range Kids,” a book, website and movement that began after she famously let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone.

Skenazy agreed with pretty much every guest in the history of Brooklyn Paper Radio that Kuntzman is less a parent and more a helicopter pilot.

“You don’t trust your kids,” she joked.

She did confirm that Kuntzman’s co-host Vince DiMiceli is handsome, a fact reiterated on almost every show.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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schaz from Greenpoint says:
Poor poor Sal.
You received one percent of the mayoral vote last time. so now you have nowhere to go but up. Except for the fact that when they go high, you go low.... If you know what I mean.
I can't wait! Yet another Trump-like election campaign, full of lies, name-calling, mud-slinging, false innuendo and labeling your opponent as guilty without the presumption of innocence -or proof.
And this from the Democratic contender.
Well at least it should sell a few copies of the New York Post.
It's probably only a matter of time until Sal starts chanting "Lock Him Up!", in his best fake-progresive yell.
Sal, a suggestion:
If you're trying to Make New York City Great Again -- try not running.
Dec. 16, 2016, 6:04 pm
Raul from Santa Clara says:
Sal called in?

Like he has other pressing engagements that he couldn't make a personal appearance in your studio?
Dec. 17, 2016, 2:12 am
Anyone but Il Duce De blasio.
Dec. 17, 2016, 10:22 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Maybe Sal Albanese can explain why he only got one percent of the vote in the mayoral primaries. Originally, it was supposed to be Christine Quinn, but she lost because most didn't want another Michael Bloomberg. This is what got the nomination and election of Bill de Blasio for mayor. Although I do agree he has his flaws, he can't be any worse than anyone else. Even if he did win due to low voter turnout, the non-voters have nobody else to blame but themselves especially when they believing in sitting out the vote. Maybe a quote from Stephen A Vladeck as he mentioned about Hillary Clinton that can work here, "If you want to show that you don't like the candidate, then vote against them during the election." In other words, if you don't bother vote, then don't complain about the results.
Dec. 17, 2016, 4:25 pm
Jake the Fake from Court Street Lawyer says:
Everything about diblazio is fake.

His name is not real, the progressive reform agenda was let the robber barons stuff my pockets. And his "non profits" turned out to be money laundering operations with lots of profits.

I cant figure out who is voting for him.
Dec. 17, 2016, 10:48 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Jake, our mayor has the firm support of William Wilhelm.
Dec. 18, 2016, 8:46 am
Neighbor from Atlantic Yards says:
Deblasio administration has been bumbling along with his novice staff. Emma Wolf should of been fired ages ago, her inexperience has showed when the deeds on properties were switched and her office had no idea. Same goes for the Deputy Mayors office where the Chief of Staff has no prior govt experience besides working for BDB in the Public Advocates office. What happened to the alleged appointments office? Transparency when it came to hiring? How many times can BDB use the word "progressive" in every speech he makes. Good management is when you hire ppl that make you look good. That has not happened in the bdb administration as can be seen by his Al Sharpton's staffer he hired.
Dec. 27, 2016, 10:43 am

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