Systemic Corruption at City Hall Must End!

 

HALLMARK OF LOBBY CONTOLLED CITY HALL

 

PART II

EXPOSING REBNY CRONIES

CM BRANNAN AND POWERS

 

THE HALLMARK OF A LOBBY CONTROLLED CITY HALL:

DECADE OF DENYING ECONOMIC JUSTICE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, COVERING UP A GROWING

CRISIS, RIGGING THE SYSTEM TO SUBSITUTE USELESS LEGISLATION FOR THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION TO SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES.

 

OUTCOME OF A CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT:

ALLOWING A CRISIS TO SPREAD

AND MAKING IT WORSE.

 

MAKING ALREADY UNSTABLE NYC BUSINESS OWNERS FACE TWO CRISES TO SURVIVE.

REFUSING TO ALLOW GOOD GOVERNMENT TO WORK BY THROWING A REAL LIFELINE TO DESPERATE BUSINESS OWNERS.

 

LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A HISTORIC

ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE!

 

The coronavirus crisis will result in a huge decline of revenue for the city’s next budget. One recommendation to reduce costs would be to have the real estate lobby, REBNY, pay the salaries of Council Members Keith Powers and Justin Brannan. After all, since being elected both have been eagerly working full time to serve that lobby.

We all know the real estate lobby can easily afford to pay our lawmakers at City Hall after a decade of it’s members ripping off our small business owners. Where do you think the millions of campaign funds from REBNY given unethical and unprincipled candidates come from?

 

CM Powers and Brannan have shown their loyalty to their campaign donors and REBNY.  Both have colluded, conspired and rigged the system to commit  despicable acts to stop any legislation giving a real lifeline to save our small businesses from the two crises face?  

 

By working to see that desperate small business owners do not receive democracy or economic justice at City Hall, has either done enough to earn a spot on the All REBNY Dream Team?

 

Have either betrayed our small business owners, their workers, and the will of their pubic enough by promoting only REBNY’s false narrative and it’s worthless Trojan Horse bills, to replace any first team all star? Today’s All REBNY Dream Team: Speaker Corey Johnson, CM Mark Gjonaj, MBP Gale Brewer, CM Brad Lander, and CM Robert Cornegy have worked faithfully and tirelessly to keep the status quo of protecting the profits of REBNY’s members.

 

CM Justin Brannan, no friend of mom and pop.

While CM Powers is a product of the real estate industry and not a hypocrite by clearly showing who he was loyal too, never his small businesses, CM Brannan is the opposite.  CM Justin Brannan, was Chief of Staff of Vincent Gentile and the product of the corrupt Brooklyn machine. He was well funded by the political machine at City Hall and by PAC funds.  He is one of the biggest proponents of property owners’ BIDS in the Council.  Yet, he is a total hyprocite by his constant touting how sad he is of his businesses closings while he works behind the scenes to fight to see none ever get any rights needed to survive.

 

CM Brannan never sponsored the Jobs Survival Act or any act regulating his landlord pals.  Never once has he stated the truth that his small businesses face a crisis. He never once called for an honest hearing to find a solution to address his businesses closing due to sky high rent increases. 

 

What was CM Brannan’s testimony at the Oct 2018 hearing on the Jobs Survival Act?  CM Brannan was a no show because he was working in secret with REBNY on legislation with CM Eastman and CM Gjonaj to stall any vote on the Jobs Survival Act for a year and half.  Which if successful, would kill the bill and any hope to save his small businesses or any citywide.  His act was the ultimate betrayal of economic justice for small business owners.

 

Anatomy of a corrupt unethical lawmaker who sold his soul to a lobby.  

 

On 11/28/2018 CM Brannan co sponsored and introduced one of the most disgraceful anti small business bills ever at City Hall.  This bill was written prior to the Oct 28, 2018 hearing on the Jobs Survival Act.  It had only one goal, to stop a vote on the Jobs Survival Act by stalling with a stacked task force until the Jobs Survival Act would die on Dec 31, 2020. This was REBNY’s plan B if they were unable to water down the Jobs Survival Act after the Oct hearing. CM Brannan’s bill was right out of REBNY’s playbook.  It is an exact repeat of the infamous Limousine Commission of the late 1980’s to successfully stall a vote on the original version of the Jobs Survival Act. 

 

 

 

This bill would create a retail resurgence task force. The task force would consist of seven members: a Department of Small Business Services representative; and appointees of the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council who represent the retail, labor and real estate sectors. The task force would be required to submit a report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council, one year after the final member is appointed. The task force would dissolve 180 days after submission of the report. 

 

And if CM Brannan was successful so would our small businesses dissolve away and any hope to save them.

*Brannan fake taskforce:  

https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3763666&GUID=6B0845FB-09ED-40A4-87A1-08254CED9139&Options=ID|Text|Attachments|&Search=gjonaj

 

 

REBNY could not water down the Jobs Survival Act when the bill’s prime sponsor CM Ydanis Rodriguez refused to go along with them. Therefore, REBNY decided on going with Plan C, which was another phony bill from CM Lander and Levin which would also stall until the legal challenges were decided and then moved the bill to Albany to die.

 

CM Brannan would show his total loyalty to REBNY by being a strong voice in the Council and introducing more REBNY inspired worthless bills.  Legislation that looked and sounded like a sincere effort to save our small businesses. But in reality, just  more collusion, conspiracy and rigging to benefit only the landlords.

 

CM Brannan introduces another REBNY inspired bill* as a poor substitute for the only real solution to save small businesses.

Along with CM Kallos, the REBNY twins, promote another REBNY Trojan Horse bill.  This bill will not save a single business and both know it. Their fake bill will fail because unlike the Jobs Survival Act which gives business owners rights, their bill keeps  all the rights in the hands of the landlord. 

Language of their REBNY bill: This bill would require parties, contracting to rent commercial property or with existing commercial leases, to engage in “good faith” efforts to negotiate toward a rent concession if the tenant’s business is required to close pursuant to an order issued as a result of a state of emergency.

 

The future of our small businesses to surive two crises rests with the “good faith” of their landlords. How well has that worked out for the 1,200-1,400 business forced to close every month for 10 years in NYC?

 

*Brannan and Kallos bill

https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4668106&GUID=6F4448D7-46E7-4A08-BBC0-F8C4353D4BB9&Options=Advanced&Search=

 

CM Brannan lying in public to his own small businesses,* “These neighborhoods are unique because of our small businesses,” said Brannan. “Without them, we’d be Anytown, USA. They’re not struggling because of their business model, or because people aren’t buying comic books – they’re struggling because of an extraordinary set of global circumstances.”

 

An extraordinary set of global circumstances, really, how about greed and unethical lawmakers controlled by a lobby, are why long established businesses have been forced to close years before the virus crisis.

 

CM Brannan distracts away from the Jobs Survival Act and any bill giving rights to business owners, send band aids to our city’s two crises to Albany to stall.  These are the bills CM Brannan is pitching as substitutes for the real rights found in the Jobs Survival Act.

The state bills would “require business interruption insurance offered to small businesses and/or not-for profits of 250 or less employees to cover disease outbreaks,” and a second which would bail these businesses out (S.8211A). He’s also signed onto a bill proposed by State Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Northern Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan) that would incentivize property owners to cut their commercial tenants some slack in the midst of this pandemic.

 

*Brannan’s Band Aids while shirking responsibly

https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/no-superheroes-needed-for-state-legislation-to-help-small-businesses/

 

CM Justin Brannan has betrayed his small business owners, their employees and every citizen who demands good government. He is morally corrupt and has no sense of deciency to even pretent to want to save a single business or job in his district. His statements ring of total hypoocracy , CM Brannan, “If we want any of our small businesses to still be standing when the dust settles, it requires some intervention,” Brannan told the Daily News.“We don’t want to leave the future of small businesses in the city to the mercy of a landlord with a good heart,” he added.

 

Why then has CM Brannan worked day and night to keep the future of our small businesses at the mercy of greedy landlords?

He should be embarrassed and ashamed promoting REBNY inspired fake bills that kill the future of every business in NYC.

 

**DN story of Brannan bill

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government/ny-commercial-rent-justin-brannan-20201015-vf7rz5iqlbakhac5yozluevequ-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true&s=03