The Appeals Court Got It Wrong on Stop-and-Frisk

I stand by my call for the abolition of Stop-and-Frisk as it has been practiced by the City of New York in recent years. I also stand by my support of Judge Scheindlin’s ruling in August to oversee and reform Stop-and-Frisk. I also believe the Appeals Court was wrong last Wednesday to remove Scheindlin from the case, Floyd et al. v. City of New York.

A glance at my statement in the Voter Guide will show that of course I understand the need for police officers to stop and search potential suspects in the ordinary course of their duties. What I object to, and what Judge Scheindlin was trying to reform, was the huge numbers of innocent people stopped under this policy–over 90 percent of those detained in stops in largely Black and Latino neighborhoods.

Judge Scheindlin, according to the Appeals Court, violated the Code of Conduct for judges in Federal court by making comments to the media. But the Appeals Court implies she commented specifically on Floyd–that is, on a case pending before a court, as the Code prohibits. But she spoke to reporters about very general matters, not specifically about Floyd. The Appeals Court doesn’t seem to have given the Code a very careful reading before they came to their supposedly “impartial” decision.

I’ll have more to say on this, here on this blog, shortly. But Election Day is just around the corner, and I wanted to go on the record about this as soon as I could. Justice wasn’t served by the Appeals Court, but justice will, no doubt, win out in the long run.

Jerry

Yes, You Do Have a Choice (Kann for Council 2013 Flyer No. 4)

It’s YOUR neighborhood.  And you have a CHOICE.

Democracy is in trouble in New York City today. As Ralph Nader explained (regarding the USA) in three campaigns for President, there is too much money  and too much power  in too few hands. The super-rich in New York, and the big banks and corporations that support them, make far too many of the important decisions in this city, and shut out the vast majority of New Yorkers. That’s wrong, and we have to bring it to rights.

Today the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is getting between the residents of Astoria, Queens (City Council District 22) and at least one of the district’s candidates for City Council. Costa Constantinides is named on the website of “Jobs for New York,” a political action committee of REBNY, a big real estate trade association. (See http://jobs4ny.com/#whatwedo) Constantinides is listed there as one of “Our Candidates.”

The PAC pledged $10 million  to Constantinides and other City Council candidates—not necessarily in the form of direct contributions, but rather (according to The Real Deal ; see http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/05/31/real-estate-players-pledge-10m-for-pro-development-council-hopefuls/ to support “district-by-district polling, phone banks, direct mail, and television and radio advertisements” for their  pro-development candidates.

What’s wrong with that? some people might ask. Plenty.

The City Council member from Astoria is supposed to represent the people who live in Astoria—not a group of super-rich real estate developers. Nobody in Astoria is naïve enough to think that REBNY and their committee gave Constantinides support just out of charity. They’re expecting results.

I am not running for City Council in District 22 just to voice an opinion about this issue. I am running in order to offer the voters a choice. You can vote for someone who is already in debt to big real estate developers from Manhattan. Or you can vote for a candidate who wants you, the residents of Astoria, to decide questions of real estate development in the neighborhood. That is, you can vote for me—Jerry Kann, Populist Party candidate for City Council in District 22.

Go to https://kannforcouncil2013.wordpress.com/ for more information, and write to KannForCouncil2013@gmail.com  to get in touch.

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Let’s Have a DEBATE on the Subject

Everyone:

There will (finally) be a debate among the five candidates for City Council in District 22, Astoria. Please join us–and bring lots of questions.

WHEN:     Monday, Oct. 28–6:00 PM

WHERE:   Variety Boys & Girls Club —– 21-12 30th Road —– Long Island City (aka Astoria), NY  

—Take the N or the Q to 30th Ave. station, then walk or (if you like) take the Q18 bus down to 23rd St. Turn left onto 23rd St. and walk to 30th Road, then turn right.

The event is sponsored by The Queens Ledger, a community newspaper based in Maspeth. I know that Lynne Serpe, Daniel Peterson, and Costa Constantinides have confirmed for the event. Feel free to write me at KannForCouncil2013@gmail.com with any questions (or comments, for that matter). I look forward to seeing you there!

Jerry

How much is Citibank paying you to ride that bike around New York and advertise for them? (Kann for Council 2013 Flyer No. 3)

How much is Citibank paying you to ride that bike around New York

and advertise for them?

How’s that? You’re doing it for free?!  For cryin’ out loud, why?

It must be because you want to thank them and the other big banks for suckering you and your fellow taxpayers into bailing them out  during the housing crisis. Right? Or you want to salute Citibank for failing to report $40 billion of subprime mortgage bonds and helping drive the country into a minor depression. Is that it?

Well…whatever your reasons might be, it seems like a pretty kooky thing to do. Selling access to valuable New York City public space just so a private  corporation can splash its logo and its colors all over New York…that’s a pretty weird way to use public  resources.

Some folks point out that the bank is helping to pay for the bike-share. According to the New York Times (see http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/nyregion/new-york-cycle-sharing-gets-a-name-citi-bike.html?_r=0), Citigroup will pay $41 million to be the “lead sponsor” for the bike-share for five years.

Let’s see…that’s about $8 million  a year for a corporation that, according to its own annual report, made $7.5 billion  in profits (or “net income”) just in 2012. That’s an expenditure of a little more than one-tenth of one percent of their profits for the year. For that, they get ad kiosks at some 300 bike docks all over the capital city of global finance. No wonder Mayor Bloomberg mixed up the word “Citibike” with the word “Citibank” several times, and told reporters: “That is very good for Citibank’s business…” Plus  the bank gets a free workforce of about 42,000 daily riders huffing and puffing and spreading the glorious “Citi” logo all over town. Not bad!

But, hey…maybe there’s another approach. Maybe we, the people  of New York, should give back to Citibank the money they’ve spent on the bikes—and then tax  them for the same amount. Or for more. The city belongs to all of us, doesn’t it? So shouldn’t we democratically  decide how to use our own valuable public resources? I think we should. And the bank’s directors will sleep better at night. Paying the tax will be one way of giving back some of the money they’ve stolen from us over the years. It’s a win-win situation!

Let’s take the idea one step further. We can hold a wide-open design contest for a new emblem for the bikes. The winning design, of course, will be the one that’s most popular with the public. Then we can paint over the Citibank bikes with the new emblem. The people’s choice. The Populist  choice!

A bike-share is a great idea. So we mustn’t give it away to some gang of crooked bankers. Let’s not let the Godfathers of Finance take us for a ride ever again.

Go to KannForCouncil2013.WordPress.com for more information, and contact Jerry Kann at KannForCouncil2013@gmail.com  to hear more about this and other issues facing New York.

And don’t forget to vote JERRY KANN,  Populist Party candidate for New York City Council in District 22, Astoria, on Tuesday, November 5th.

Paid for by Kann for Council 2013.

I am not the woman from New Mexico

Just to clarify, if there’s any confusion out there…

If you look for me on Facebook, you may find a woman (yes) with my name who lives in (get this) Roswell, New Mexico. Her photo is of the Creature from the Black Lagoon (that’s an old horror movie from the ’50s). And her Facebook page seems to be mixed up with mine. Very strange. Here’s what the hit looks like:

Jerry Kann | Facebook

Jerry Kann is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Jerry Kann and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the 

 
Note that my name’s spelled correctly up top, but not in the URL (where it’s spelled “Kahn”). I didn’t put that out there. Obviously *some*body did. Maybe the Facebook administrators are just incompetent and can’t spell. I don’t know.

I have no idea how this happened. I frankly don’t understand anything about Facebook, and I’m not sure I want to. It’s all right. I want to start up a movement here in the neighborhood, returning to face-to-face communication. I’ve said in all my campaigns that, if elected, I would report to the community once a month at least. See my article, “How Elected Community Councils Can Make New York City Government More Democratic and More Responsive,” toward the bottom of the scroll of this blog. At those Community Council meetings, people would relate to each other face-to-face, like human beings, not via Facebook or any other electronic “platform” (whatever that is). I think it would be more productive. And more fun.