Thursday, June 23, 2011

Road to City Hall

Common Council Races:

Prediction  Common Council 8-1 Democratic Majority

Ward 1- Matt Dunn (D,Indy) vs. Al Teetsel (R, C)

I see Matt Dunn pulling out a win, it's by no means a lock, Teetsel has an enrolment advantage but Dunn is a bright young lawyer that I think has a lot to offer. I wish Dunn the best and think he is involved for the right reasons. Gallo will probably carry Ward One and his coat tails can help carry Dunn into office. (Sottile carried the Republican Ward One both times he ran for Mayor as did T.R.)

Ward 2- Tom Hoffay (D, WFP) vs. Seth Allen (R, Indy, C)

Tom Hoffay has an edge but Seth Allen seems to be well liked. The pike plan and the proposed traffic Circe on Albany Ave. have enough people in a huff to make this a very competitive race.

Ward 3- Charlie Landi (D) vs. Horwitz (R, Indy, C)

I don't know Alderman Landi's opponents first name, he is the son of Ian Horwitz who is a great guy and a friend. I am supporting Charlie Landi and I think Alderman Landi will probably win pretty easily but both people running are decent people.

Ward 4 -Shirley Whitlock (D)

Shirley Whitlock will have no problem fending off her Republican opponent, whoever it is. Shirley is an Alderman that speaks her mind and is not afraid to ruffle some feathers. Whitlock is a good and effective voice for the people of Ward 4.

Ward 5 -Nick Woerner (D, Indy) v. Bill Carrey (D) v. Craig Johnson (R, C)

Nick Woerner will win this race.

The primary will be Nick Woerner vs. Bill Carey, the Democratic party does not have an endorsed candidate, the woman who was nominated to run was forced to step aside for personal reasons. DiBella and company found Bill Carey to run. Carey is the brother in law of Peter Loughran, which is more than enough of a reason for me to support Woerner. Nick knows the drill, he is going to out work and out manoeuvre Carrey every step of the process and easily win the primary. Craig Johnson, the Republican does not really have a chance against either Woerner or Carrey, the primary is the election.

Ward 6- Elisa Ball (D, Indy)

Elisa Ball is to my knowledge running unopposed, and will easily be elected n November even if the GOP finds a last minute candidate. Elisa is smart, bubbly and not afraid to work, she will be an absolute asset to the Kingston Common council.

Ward 7- Jody Edinger (D), Mary Mills (D), Curtis Dankleman (R)

This race is wide open, Bill Reynolds is retiring after 18 years of dedicated service to the Ward. Jody Edinger and Mary Mills (I think is her name) will be seeking the Democratic line to face Republican Curtis Dankleman. Jody should have an edge to win the race, he is a local realtor, he has a lot of support from elected officials, including Elliott Auerbach and is very well liked in the ward. If Jody does not run, I think Ms. Mills would be a great asset to the council but it could go either way.  While Ward 7 has been Democratic for 18 years, my Uncle Tony Crespino represented the Ward as a Republican for the same amount of's a toss up.

Ward 8- Robert Senor (D, Indy) vs. Chuck Polocco (R)

Alderman Senor is a lock, from what I hear Mr. Polocco is a paper candidate and running as a favor to the party. Bob is a good Alderman and will cruise to another term.

Ward 9 -Halwick (D, WFP) vs.Simick (D) vs. Brown (R, C)

Mark Halwick is running and has a good shot of winning a seat on the council this time, Hlawick came up short on his first bid losing to Hayes Clement. Halwick faces a primary against Simick who will be tough to beat. I give a slight edge to Simick but think Halwick can pull out a victory. Ward 9 is 3:1 Democratic so whoever wins the primary will easily beat Downtown Debbie Brown who is running on the Republican line.


Anonymous said...

Blabes, I thought it would be funny to recap the little play that is going on a few posts down. It was very funny stuff:

Can you imagine a call between the two of them on January 6, 2012

Hayes: hello

Ann Marie: Hayes, No one has seen you since your state of the city. Tom is in youur office playing mayor, no one is watching the clerk's office becasue of it. Kirby is sniffin around about your first 50 day plan what do I say?

Hayes: Loveeey, relax, Im sippin on some fine red wine and playing some tennis with Mayor Bloomberg's cheif of staff. Tell Hoffay to write up the 50 day plan and you sign it and send it out. I'll be back on Thursday.

Ann Marie: ok, Hayes.

Hayes: Anne Marie, did Steve start work yet today?

Anne Marie: Yes, Hayes, Mr. Aaron was in bright and early in the economic development office, preparing a new senior plan in Kingston.

Hayes: cool beans. Hav you given thought ton some positions to be filled?

Anne Marie:

Well Frank Cardinale wants to be head of the Kingston Housing Authority. Steve Aaron has someone in mind for assesor, we need to get back to him.

Hayes: Anne Maire, I have to go, my appletinis are here. Forward my calls to Buso and I will see on Friday.

Ann Marie: Ok, Mayor.

Hayes: wait Anne Marie are you still there?

Ann Marie: yes

Hayes: I was in Gracy mansion today and someone thought I was Chelsey Grammmer hahahahahaha

Ann Marie: hahaha wow, that's funny. I'll tell Hoffay.

Hayes: Yeah, I like it here. I'm thinking about buying a fork lift and moving Kingston into the city to bring in economice development and so I can be close to home of course. see ya Thursday Anne Marie, the ice cubes are melting.

Anonymous said...

the future Hayes part 2:

Feb 15,2012

Hayes, Hoffay, Anne Marie, and Steve Aaron in the main office 4pm. Council meeting about to start.

Aaron is in back of room with his hands at his fingertips plotting to himself.

Hayes discusses issues with Tom and Ann Marie:

Hayes: I should just pack this up go work for my rich father and move back the George, these people are killing me.

Hoffay: Oh, Hayes, it's fine I have it under control

Hayes: Don't give me that out of control shit and stop sending pictures from my twitter account.

Anne Marie: Can you give another one of my relatives a job?

Hayes: (IGNORING Dibella, grits his teeth, Tommmmy, can you get Majority Leader Senor down here, I got to talk some sense in to that hick. When are these Kingston hicks gunna learn I am better and smarter than they are?

Hoffay: I know Mayor, I will call Bobby. By the way can I use your credit card, I have some expenses.

Hayes: urggh how much this time, Tommy?

Ann Marie: Can you two settle up later, we gotta get my relative a job.

Hayes: You two are both too much, I am going back to the city and doing some pilates and listening to music for smart people, like Mozart.

Hoffay: Oh Hayes, you are soo wonderful.

Hayes: Tom just take my visa, you have an $800 limit. Ann Marie, I am sorry but I just can't give another one of your relatives a job, I will be recalled. Just relax and do your job, madam Comptroller.

Steve Aaron: All of you leave I need to talk to the mayor.

to be continued.

Anonymous said...

Hayes part 3:

Hayes: Steve I have told you putting 4 units of senior housing in the bell tower, just won't work. I don't want to have to deal with this and Senor is here. We will talk this weekend in the Hamptons.

Majority Leader Senor enters:

Senor: Hey Hayes

Hayes: put down one of those plastic seat covers and have a seat. That seat is made of genuine giraffe skin.

Senor: Really, I always wanted a pet giraffe

Hayes: Now listen Bob, I think we are having a failure of communication here. Let's get one thing straight, I am new fresh and change and just damn awesome. I could of been Mayor of any city and I picked this dump town to try and save. Why did the council not pass my bill to make Tennis the official city sport?

Senor: well Haye

Clement: SHUT UP, I urinate 24 karat gold, I am what matters in this city. Got it?

phone ringing

Clement: Sit tight, Bob. Actually can you change the light bulb in my restroom, I have to take this call.

Senor exits

Hayes: Buso, you there.

Buso: yeah just returning your call boss.

Hayes: What are we doing about taking down that awful memorial of T.R. in the main hallway?

Buso: The public will be pretty upset

Hayes: They will be greatful, did you tell them in it's place a bust is being put up of me holding my first tennis racket at the US Open with one of thos Williams sisters? It's 7 feet of pure silver gold.

Buso: whatever you say boss, where should I put the memorial?

Hayes: put it over the trash down at dpw, one of the two employees in that department will take care of it. How dare his brother think he could beat me. My daddy is rich and I am special. Did I tell you, I was mistaken for Chelsey Grammer last week?

Buso: Really?

Hayes: I have more money and less personality than Chelsey but I think it impressed Mayor Bloomberg and our cricket group.

Enters Government Affairs Czar Frank Dart

Frank: (in a voice that would shatter glass) Hayyyes, we need to get you upstairs. The budget committee has some questions.

Hayes: They have questions, what do I know about budgets. The only numbers I know are Anna Kornacova's tennis stats and how much money I have in my account after Hoffay is through with it. (Which is still a lot, I'm rich Frankie)

Frank: Well what should I say?

Hayes: Tell them I am going tanning and heading to see Mayor Bloomberg to get some development in this city. I gotta get out of here, you people are making me depressed. I need a mimosa.

Anonymous said...

The Hayes Show part 5

Hayes and Hoffay at Rotary park

April 5th, 2012

Hayes: ah, Tommy, you went over your limit, I got a 3,000 Visa bill, what did you spend it on?

Hoffay: I needed a new suit

Hayes: 3,000 for a suit? That's half what I pay and my suits are made out of organic silk worms from figi.

Hoffay: and I needed a watch..

Hayes: 3k for a suit and a watch.

Hoffay: Let's talk about the budget

Hayes: I wanna relax, this hobby of being Mayor is growing tired. Why didn't the British finish the job, who would want anything to do with Kingston.

Hoffay: Now, Mayor, you don't mean that.

Hayes: Get me a match and some lighter fluid, (Hayes smiles, as he sips his appletini and puffs on a funny ciggarette).

Hoffay: It could be worse

Hayes: Yes, I could be playing polo right now and selling curb your enthusiasm to the Saudi Prince for HBO.

Hoffay: Well at least you have a good city clerk, I have done great things to that office.

Hayes: urgh (Hayes shrugs in disgust) I am going to feed the ducks, can you wash the mud off my alligator shoes.

Hoffay: Of course Mayor.

Hayes: I am just so much better than all of you guys Tom, I am of a higher class.

Hoffay: Anne Marie was telling me you got mistaken for Chelsea Grammer last week?

Hayes: hehe yes, I was playing criket with Bloomberg, Christie Quinn and Dean Skelos at Gracie Mansion, when one of the help, DiBlasio something thought I looked like Fraiser. Oh gosh, what a chuckle we had.

(Hayes ties his sweater around his neck and gets a shoe shine, while pouring a fresh appletini and admiring the ducks)

Hayes: Tom, remind me to call Buso, I want to tear down the Carnagie Library and build a duck pond, and have it surrounded by a moat.

Hoffay: You can't tear down that building, it's historic

Hayes: (Gritting his teeth) But I want a duck pond, I wanted one since when I was a kid and the maid would draw me a bath with my rubber ducks.

Hoffay:We don't even own the property.

Hayes: Call the school system, get the assemblyman on the phone and lets get ready to tear down a library. These Kingstonians can't read. Tom, if you want to continue to use my Visa and Amex card you will get me that duck pond.

Hoffay: What about your mastercard?

to be continued.

Anonymous said...

Hayes show Part 5

April 20, 2012

Hayes calls a meeting about operation Duck Pond. Hoffay, Dart, Aaron and Edwin Ford in attendence.


I have called this meeting becasue I want to move forward on putting in this duck pond at the carnagie library.

I made up a memorializing resolution for the council to adopt. (Im good at those memorializing resolutions)

Here it goes:

Whereas : Hayes Clement wants a duck pond to fufill his childhood dream of being able to walk outside his office and feed the ducks

Whereas: Hayes Clement recognizes that Kingstonians can't read.

Be it resolved the Kingston Common council supports the approval of the state to sell the Carnagie Library to Kingston, so it can be demolished and turned into a duck pond for Mayor Clement.

Be it further resolved: Hayes Clement is great, wonderful and here to save our city becasue we are too dumb.

Edwin Ford (passes out and is rushed to the hospital)

Dart: (in a voice that would shatter glass) Hey I got by all these years without reading a book.

Hoffay: Hayes, this will not sit well with a lot of people.

Aaron: I agree, I think we can make 50 units of senior housing out of that library and have a little duck pond.

Hayes: (stomping his feet) No I want a duck pond.

Hoffay: ok, boss.

Hayes: That's better, it's time for my mani-pedi

enters Kevin Quilty

Hayes: Kevin can you do my pedicure first, my feet are killing me.

Kevin: I didn't know this was part of the job of community development.

Hayes: umm, (gritting his teeth) how am I supposed to bring in jobs to this area if I have blemishes on my toes?? Don't even get me started on my finger nails.

Kevin goes to work on Hayes big left toe.

Kevin: Is that a bunion, Hayes?

Hayes: A what?? No, it is not! (Hayes pulls out a nice bottle of Johnny Walker blue and turns on Mozart)

Hayes: Buso, can you do my nails, I have a 3pm doctors appointment in the city

Buso: Yes, Mayor. It's 2 pm you know.

Hayes: Yes, I have my private helicopter landing at Kingston hospital to take me outta here.

Hoffay: Where to tonight?

Hayes: A small dinner at Nobu with Bloomy and some rich people, nothing you would understand. You are all dismissed, I need to meditate and I'm feeling crazy maybe I will throw on some Johann Sabastian Bach.

Hoffay: You are so smart and such a rebel, Mayor.

Hayes: Im taking all my credit cards with me Tommy, so relax. Will be back in a week.

10:45 PM

Anonymous said...

NEW Hayes Clement Part 6:

Hayes: I am very proud to announce that Karen Clark Aden will serve as Kingston's asssesor.

Kirby: Wait, so ahhh, you know, you got a ah a ah ah individual that sells taky clothes as the city assesor?

Karen: Don't forget all the over priced Chachkies

Hugh Reynolds: sorry Karen, Can you put a hat on, ur hair is blinding me

Hayes: Yeah really, if your gunna be in my administration you need to follow the dress code: Blonde hair and blue eyes.

Karen: Sorry Hayes

Hayes: So we have held this press conf today to inform Kingston that we are moving forward in making Kingston city goverment full of snubs, elitists and unqualified individuals, we are confident that this appointment demonstrats just that.

Karen: My first act as assesor will be to look at Birchwood Village, for too long we have felt that property has been over assesed.

Kirby: yeah, um, ah, ah, soo does Aaron own that property

(Karen takes off her hat and blinds everyone with her bright orange hair, in an effort to change the subject)

Hayes: Free Appletinis for everyone, clapping for Buso

(Buso enters dressed as a little cabana boy, starts pouring appletinis)

Reynolds: I'll take three

Hayes: Thanks everyone for comming, tomorrow stay tuned we will release our ethics panel and name our new fire chief.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy - Elisa Ball's husband is the city judge, and she's going to be on the council? Isn't there some type of conflict? That is really sad that the republicans can't find anyone to oppose her. Ron Polacco should realize he doesn't have a prayer in the primary against Cahill and Turco-Levin, and run as alderman again and win. Does Polacco really think he can beat his fellow Republicans and then go on to beat either Democrat (Clement or Gallo)? I guess that's confidence.

Anonymous said...

Blaber, now there are some posts you should reject! They weren't funny the fist time and are less so this time.

As for the Council races. Woerner, Halwick and Dunn will not win. Otherwise you are correct.

Woerner may know how to campaign but his reputation is so tarnished that no amount of polish will fix it. He will get crushed like he did in Ulster.

Halwick will lose the primary.

Dunn will not beat Father Time Teetsel.

Anonymous said...

First of Blaber, Nate Horowitz will beat the old incumbents butt! He is young and vigorous. Not old and crotchity.

Second. Ward 9 There are a lot of NOP's and some conservative Dems who swing more republican especially with a dysfunctional democratic administration currently in place. They would like to distance themselves. Halwick is young and untested so he most likely will be beat but you can't count out party loyalty coming to his defense.

Jeremy Blaber said...

I have nothing against Nate, I don't know him, I am supporting Charlie but I wish Nate all the best. I think he comes from a great family.

Anonymous said...

You are discounting the potential effect the term limit issue may have. In the very unscientific poll that was done and just from talking to people, it is quite clear that the voters want them in a big way. Yet most of these incumbent alderman came out against them. I am not voting for my sitting alderman on that issue alone. The system was not set up to have these people sit in these positions for 10-20 years. The council gets stale and they end up voting on laws involving cats and yard sales instead of trying to improve the city.

Anonymous said...

OMG Jeremy, those conversations were hysterical.


Jeremy Blaber said...

730: Where is the conflict? Larry Ball is not the special city court Judge, he is the full time Judge and was elected by the people in the city off Kingston.

Elisa will not be voting on anything that will directly effect her husband, nor is her husband appointed by the Mayor, so I really do not see any conflict.

Elisa is hard working and will do a good job in my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

ward 4 republican fraser sprague

Anonymous said...

I love that picture of former Mayor T.R. Gallo, is that the memorial that Hayes is going to have one of the two dpw employees hang up at the garage hehe. Whoever is writting that stuff should work for SNL.

Anonymous said...

Re: Elisa Ball and Judge Larry Ball conflict of interest

Two different branches of Government. The court is governed by the State, not the city. They actually have very little interaction, if any.

Re: Common Council

Ms. Ball is a bright, articulate woman who will serve the ward well. She beats Pollaco this time anyway.

Nate Horowitz has a chance against Landi. People want new faces once in awhile as Landi has already found out. For that reason, Dunn will have a chance against Albert Teetsel.

Woerner will not win, he has like a truck load of baggage and some of that baggage has turned against him. From what I am hearing, with the exception of a very few people, no one wants anything at all to do with him.

Re: Common Council overall

Do not under estimate the anti good old boy sentiment that is out there, witness Clement and Turco-Levin. Same old names and faces, people are tired of looking at them.

Re: Phoney phone conversations.

They are really pretty juvenile, maybe one would be funny. But like most juvenile humor, a little goes a very long way.

Anonymous said...

Blaber, your opinion is not humble.

Anonymous said...

Judge Ball is the elected not appointed city judge.His allegiance is to the law.This tactic of conflict of interest to discredit the judge and Elisa is low level politics.She will be an excellent alderman.He is an excellent duly elected judge.The ability to lie and pretend to be ignorant is not an admirable trait.

Anonymous said...

This is the best blog comment I have read in 3 years. To bad the author can't get the credit for it. It is truly amazing. Obviously someone on the inside. Truer words have never been spoken. Great job!

Anonymous said...

8:09,I agree 7:05 is able to summarize and articulate the issue well.Perhaps he will continue to expose and elucidate.