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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dan Garodnick vs. Microbeads


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nyc-lawmaker-proposes-statewide-ban-microbeads-article-1.2379304?cid=bitly

Dear Dan,

Thank you for taking up the important battle against microbeads.

Please don't forget us here in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. We are dying in a manner of speaking. And certainly Affordable Housing is on life support.

Yours sincerely,

STR

P.S. - I think the current photo of you in the News, showcasing your serious and concerned look, is much more impressive than others of the same type I have seen, as impacting as those photos were. Definitely use this photo for promoting yourself to the voters for a higher office than the one you have already.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a very serious - albeit unsexy- environmental problem that needs a champion. You go Dan.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Cuomo's Circle of Corruption

EVICTIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH ARE CREATING RAMPANT EVICTIONS BUT TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS ARE THE ROOT CAUSE.
A ROOT CAUSE NURTURED BY NY POLITICIANS LACKING COURAGE AND INTELLECT TO CALL IT AS IT IS AND CORRECT THE TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS CAUSING INEQUALITY.

"With the number of homeless people at an all-time high of 60,000, it is obvious that years of trickle-down economics and catering to the international wealthy has created a greater chasm between the wealthy and New York's working class."


https://indypendent.org/2015/06/05/andrew-cuomos-circle-corruption

Anonymous said...

"Andrew Cuomo's Circle of Corruption"

A CRISIS STATE OF CAPITAL FLIGHT


ALBANY IS CREATING A BUSINESS MODEL OF CAPITAL FLIGHT. THAT IS WHY SCHNEIDERMAN'S ETHICS REFORMS ARE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT BARELY ENOUGH TO GET NEEDED RESULTS:

"To state it bluntly, Albany is a cesspool of corruption that can only be eradicated with thoroughgoing and radical change. New Yorkers can expect to hear more stories uncovering the deep and intractable criminality on which their so-called representatives have built their own power and fortunes for quite some time.

The city rests not primarily on its local or regional economy, but on the world economy in which New York's business elite is a major player. Thus, the dependency of city officials on its business leaders goes far beyond campaign contributions.





As labor writer and author Kim Moody explained in his From Welfare State to Real Estate: Regime Change in New York City, 1974 to Present:

The city rests not primarily on its local or regional economy, but on the world economy in which New York's business elite is a major player. Thus, the dependency of city officials on its business leaders goes far beyond campaign contributions. There is the power to take its export-created income, capital and jobs elsewhere either in whole through relocation or in part through outsourcing...[affecting the priorities] of the city's tax policies and practices."

https://indypendent.org/2015/06/05/andrew-cuomos-circle-corruption

Anonymous said...

"Andrew Cuomo's Circle of Corruption"

CUOMO'S KOWTOWING TO ONE PERCENTERS

BLOOMBERG DROOLING OVER CHINESE, RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS AND MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA CORRUPT LEADERS AS THE NEW NYC SOCIETY RID OF MIDDLE CLASS CREATES A FALSE ILLUSION OF A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX BY REDEFINING QUALITY OF LIFE AS CASINOS AND TRUMP GOLF COURSE PLAYGROUNDS FOR THE WEALTHY. NEW YORK CITY BECOMES THE NEW MACAU (PLAGUED BY DIRTY MONEY, CORRUPTION, WORLD'S WORSE GLOBAL CRIMES MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUG / GUN RUNNING).

ALBANY / CUOMO WANTS US TO FOCUS ON DOMESTIC GUNS FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH AND DRUGS FROM MEXICO SO WE DON'T SEE THEIR BIGGER MONEY-MAKING SCHEMES, GLOBAL ARMS DEALERS LIVING IN NYC TOWERS AND MAJOR EXPORTED HEROIN FROM CANADA.

LONDON FACES SAME PROBLEMS AS PCVST / NYC BECAUSE THE CUOMOS AND BLOOMBERGS ARE COURTING AND KOWTOWING TO THE WEALTHY GLOBAL

global city competition (aka immature childish play at expense of adult leadership)

"In recent years, there has been an ongoing competition in the financial press about which city is the premiere global metropolis. Mayors of London and New York City have boasted that their respective cities had the largest financial output in the world."

https://indypendent.org/2015/06/05/andrew-cuomos-circle-corruption

Anonymous said...

Microbeads all end up in the ocean. I'm glad someone's doing something about it.

Anonymous said...

Preet says political donations are evidence of a corrupt politicians "state of mind in choosing to engage in a bribery and extortion scheme"

http://nypost.com/2015/10/01/prosecutors-want-to-use-developers-political-donations-as-evidence-in-silver-trial/

Prosecutors want to use developer’s political donations as evidence in Silver trial

"Federal prosecutors argue they should be able to introduce a real-estate developer’s political contributions as evidence in Sheldon Silver’s public corruption trial because the money reveals “Silver’s state of mind in choosing to engage in a bribery and extortion scheme,” new court papers state.

Lawyers for the ex-Assembly Speaker want the contributions made by Glenwood Management barred from Silver’s trial because they are “irrelevant” and “prejudicial,” their recent court papers state.

But federal prosecutors fired back Wednesday.

“Developer-1’s political contributions certainly are relevant to this case,” read the government papers, which don’t mention Glenwood by name.

“They are highly probative of Silver’s state of mind in choosing to engage in a bribery and extortion scheme involving Developer-1, and they are highly probative of Developer-1’s state of mind in agreeing to make extortion payments to Silver.”

Silver faces charges he pocketed at least $700,000 in kickbacks for steering and another real-estate developer to law firms that then gave him a cut of the fees, court papers state.

Glenwood is the state’s biggest political donor, giving more than $10 million to candidates and political committees since 2005, including $200,000 to Silver.

Silver’s lawyers also want to block prosecutors from offering evidence of the arrests and convictions of other legislators, but prosecutors wrote Wednesday that all they want to introduce at trial is “particular recordings where Silver himself claims that his conduct is appropriate in comparison to other indicted legislators.”

Silver’s trial is set to begin November 2."

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Preet should take a close look at Dan and his Brookfield-Moelis-Paul Weiss political benefactors betraying his 20,000 neighbors/constituents in the scandal he stage manages going down at PCVST.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we ban plastic beads of any size in our skin care and mouth care products? What kind of sick twisted mind at these companies thought it is a good idea to manufacture this harmful garbage?

Anonymous said...

Actually, microbeads are very bad for the health of the oceans, lakes and rivers. It's good to hear Dan is doing something useful for a change and not pandering to REBNY and Cuomo. I stopped purchasing products containing microbeads some time ago after reading about the hazards they create to fish and the ecology. The damn things are in almost every body wash and facial wash, except for brands like Burt's Bees, etc., that don't put shit into their products.

Anonymous said...

Putting plastic in toothpaste is sickening.

Anonymous said...

Why put plastic in face scrubs and toothpaste in the first place?
Adding this to the ban.
Ban
Home Depot,
Crest P&G,
LOREAL,
Aveeno,
Biore,
Neutrogena,
Olay P&G

Anonymous said...

Dan is such a twit.

Anonymous said...

Well, I agree with him. Microbeads are a threat to the environment and our health and shouldn't be allowed to be disposed of in the water. However, championing this issue doesn't redeem Dan for his mishandling of other constituent issues.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>It's a very serious - albeit unsexy- environmental problem that needs a champion. You go Dan.<<

I don't think folks are getting the point of the post, so let me explain. Yes, it's very good that Dan is in the battle against microbeads (an easy and ultimately winning battle, I may add), but he should not forget the more challenging battle of retaining affordable housing in this community, a battle, result-wise, that he has been a disaster on. And I don't discount his self-serving use of the microbead battle as one more notch on his CV list. But isn't this the same guy who went "green" in the flyers/bulletins he sent out to his constituents to later drop that and use highly glossy and expensive paper to tout his "accomplishments," including using a ridiculously expensive large size fold-out to proclaim Vanderbilt One? In other words, I smell phony.

Anonymous said...

The New York Attorney General proposed this ban almost two years ago. Where was Dan two years ago or before that? Microbeads are a very big problem that needs to be solved. The headline grabbing leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. Just pass the ban then PR the ban, not the politician proposing it. The ban will speak for itself and the politician's record with the result of getting the ban will speak for itself. I am over their self-promoting too STR. Over it. Over them.

Two years of headlines already.
I will celebrate the result, the ban, with the politicians, and will hold my applause until then.

No result, No applause.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/02/12/new-york-microbead-ban/

Anonymous said...

AGREE

Preet should take a close look at Dan and his Brookfield-Moelis-Paul Weiss political benefactors betraying his 20,000 neighbors/constituents in the scandal he stage manages going down at PCVST.

and
AGREE
Anonymous said...

Well, I agree with him. Microbeads are a threat to the environment and our health and shouldn't be allowed to be disposed of in the water. However, championing this issue doesn't redeem Dan for his mishandling of other constituent issues.

October 1, 2015 at 2:08 PM


Piggybacking on Gillibrand and Schneiderman and the entire NY Assembly this late in the game feigning to care sure smells phony. Schneiderman heavy handed tweeting about Dan doesn't help Dan's cause. Trying too hard to look like an environmentalist. Something smells like a cover up diversion stink bomb.

Anonymous said...


We have been working to end microbeads since before 2013


"Products that are made to be thrown away using a material designed to last forever really have no place in the 21st century," he said."

There is an APP for your kids to scan products before they buy them to make sure there is no plastic in the product and that the products they buy use natural scrubbers like almond, crushed apricot seeds, sea salt, coffee.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/great-lakes-microbeads_n_4178363.html


"Products that are made to be thrown away using a material designed to last forever really have no place in the 21st century," he said."

They aren't just waiting for slow-moving legislative bodies to act. In less than a year, several major companies have agreed to stop using microbeads in their products. Unilever (including Dove, Pond's and other brands) committed to phasing out microbeads globally by 2015. Johnson & Johnson (which includes Neutrogena and Aveeno) has begun to phase out microbeads and is not developing new products containing them. The Body Shop, L’Oreal, Colgate-Palmolive and others have all agreed to phase out microbeads in the coming years, according to the 5 Gyres Institute.

There are natural exfoliating alternatives, already used in some products, like sea salt or crushed apricot seeds.

5 Gyres is also a partner in the "Beat the Microbead" campaign, a project of the Plastic Soup Foundation and Stichting De Noordzee of the Netherlands, which produced an APP that lets consumers scan the barcode of a product to see whether it contains plastics.

"This is the chance to employ the precautionary principle," Eriksen said. "If we suspect harm, why wait?"

Rather than solely present their findings, 5 Gyres has let their research steer advocacy. They're pursuing legislation in Great Lakes states that would prevent the use of microbeads in consumer products."

The rest of the article is at the link as are 71 glorious photos of the Great Lakes which are being destroyed by microbeads as are the oceans. Enjoy the Great Lakes photos!

Anonymous said...

Not wishing to be hall monitor, just a comment that can't help notice the tirades against Cuomo no matter what the topic of the thread. Do you STR see the connection and am I missing it? I appreciate your blog work.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Yeah, Cuomo is very popular among some!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>The New York Attorney General proposed this ban almost two years ago. Where was Dan two years ago or before that? Microbeads are a very big problem that needs to be solved. The headline grabbing leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. Just pass the ban then PR the ban, not the politician proposing it. The ban will speak for itself and the politician's record with the result of getting the ban will speak for itself. I am over their self-promoting too STR. Over it. Over them.<<

Yeah, this is mainly self-promotion at this point. I'm on Dan's email list, so I got notified via email. And then there is the Daily News article, with that wonderful photo of Dan.

Several politicians are looking to replace de Blasio. Stringer is one, and Garodnick may be another, so both are jumping at any chance to get into the headlines. Stringer and Garodnick may be a tag team, though, with both advancing through mutual help higher up in politics. I just want to see them save affording housing in the city at this point.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is what the above commenter is referring to but I do see the correlation between this post and the article on Cuomo Corruption.

STR said

Please don't forget us here in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. We are dying in a manner of speaking. And certainly Affordable Housing is on life support.


"We are dying" because of what Cuomo is doing in Albany for Rebny. Why not pay as much attention to both, microbeads and dying Stuy Town? Isn't that the point of the post?

As far as microbeads, the companies making plastic beads in their products should be shut down because they know it is harmful and only did it because it is the cheaper way for them. Pure greed

As far as Cuomo killing NYC communities, he is a vindictive, walking anger management problem. I would not have anything to do with his "type of people", dishonest, control-freaks. No amount of money can hide his insecure low-class self.

Anonymous said...

Attorney General Schneiderman is pushing Dan Garodnick for Mayor? I guess Dan knows where the Attorney General's skeletons are buried. Dan drove this community into the ground while letting developers dig it up.

Anonymous said...

October 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM "I just want to see them save affording housing in the city at this point."

Us too. We think that is the point of the Cuomo comments and are glad that articles like that are bringing it out into the open more and more. Corrupt Albany and NYC City Council have been operating with no transparency for too long.



"Preet should take a close look at Dan and his Brookfield-Moelis-Paul Weiss political benefactors betraying his 20,000 neighbors/constituents in the scandal he stage manages going down at PCVST.

October 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM"

TOTALLY AGREE but Eric Schneiderman will block Preet if he hasn't already.

Anonymous said...


Eric Schneiderman just lost all credibility.

Anonymous said...

Cuomo is the #1 reason affordable housing and rent stabilization is crumbling.
The rest of them do what Cuomo tells them to do but in their own way
Schneiderman loves headlines
Schumer loves any type of cameras
Garodnick loves photo op rallies
Stringer loves parades
They all love REBNY Galas

I would like to see the end of plastic in these products but Schneiderman has been milking this headline for a long time now. By now I would think he could have lined up 10 or 12 headlining environmental efforts and put an end to microbeads already. These guys are really good at bullying people but when it comes to businesses they move slowly and put bandaids on bullet wounds.
NO PLASTIC IN SKIN CARE AND MOUTH CARE. PERIOD.

What is this bullshit with only banning a certain size bead? 4:12PM Thank you for the above article:

"Products that are made to be thrown away using a material designed to last forever really have no place in the 21st century," he said."

Anonymous said...

In what back room deal was it brokered that Dan gets to capitalize on headlines banning microbeads?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't vote for Garodnick (or Stringer) for dog catcher, let alone mayor!

Anonymous said...

"As far as Cuomo killing NYC communities, he is a vindictive, walking anger management problem. I would not have anything to do with his "type of people", dishonest, control-freaks. No amount of money can hide his insecure low-class self."

And those are just his good points!

Anonymous said...

Dan is a microbead.

Dan failed us. He betrayed us. His own community. That will surely keep him out of the Mayor's office so he can't hurt the whole city.

His dream of the Mayor's office may be why he is courting business, betraying people, but all their financial backing will never speak louder than him failing us.

There is no possible way they could have done all they did to this community and property without Dan. Every time he tried to point the finger at the special servicer we had to laugh.

Dan has nowhere to point the finger but at himself.

Anonymous said...

I think the point is that the way Cuomo runs Albany is causing the loss of affordable housing in New York City. The post kind of has two topics that are both very important. Frankly Cuomo could have banned microbeads already if he weren't so busy destroying rent stabilization.

Anonymous said...

Eric Schneiderman has not done anything for PCVST to give him credibility in the first place. No credibility.

Anonymous said...


Preet should take a close look at Dan and his Brookfield-Moelis-Paul Weiss political benefactors betraying his 20,000 neighbors/constituents in the scandal he stage manages going down at PCVST.

October 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM

YUP

Anonymous said...

Nice catch on the Post. Preet keeps in the extortion and bribery and it goes to the heart of Cuomo's statement the other day about how every one does it and has been for 100 years to a reporter.

Preet is getting closer and closer, setting precedent. Won't happen soon enough as far as I am concerned. Cuomo and Dan are the reason we have Towers. Public outrage kind of called them out on it. Cuomo and Dan (and Quinn) are the reason we have Stuy Town dorms and they (and their lawyers Dobkins Collins) are the reason we are paying State required NYU campus security installations.

Anonymous said...

The Cuomo article explains Cuomo's war on NYC and attacks in the press on Mayor De Blasio. Cuomo is afraid of communities taking and getting their power back.

Anonymous said...

DITTO TO BOTH COMMENTS

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't vote for Garodnick (or Stringer) for dog catcher, let alone mayor!

October 1, 2015 at 6:59 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As far as Cuomo killing NYC communities, he is a vindictive, walking anger management problem. I would not have anything to do with his "type of people", dishonest, control-freaks. No amount of money can hide his insecure low-class self."

And those are just his good points!

October 1, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Anonymous said...

Cahill said it best

Cahill accused Schneiderman of being "scared" to act independently.

"The attorney general's office is not an annex of the governor's office," Cahill said. "It's separately, independently elected official that should be standing up for the interests of New Yorkers, and time and time again we've seen that he refuses or is scared to do that."

That is why the NY AG we elected is not helping us stay in our homes and worse, is helping them get us out of our homes, by any means possible.

I am voting the next AG on the basis they will act independently and use their office for the people and voting for the next Governor who is not an incumbent of any office.

If Zephyr Teachout runs again for Governor, I just decided she has my vote.

Anonymous said...


Here is the non profit who has the app for our kids and is working tirelessly for years to get the plastic out of our products and waterways.
http://www.5gyres.org/microbeads/


Here is a company that wants to keep the plastic in your face wash and toothpaste, by using a loophole in the law replacing microbeads with the plastic used in cigarette butts. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Has a Dirty Secret About Microbeads
Across the country in states like Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon, Johnson & Johnson is working to sabotage microbead bans with a sneaky loophole. By subtly tweaking the definition of a microbead, the loophole would allow companies to replace traditional plastic microbeads with other types of dangerous plastics, like the type
used in cigarette filters

http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/22/johnson-johnson-microbeads/

http://www.5gyres.org/legislation-1



There are links to write to Congress to ban the bead all together.
If Dan wants credibility in his stance, a good start might be to speak out in a big PR blitz calling out Johnson & Johnson using cigarette butt plastic in skin care.

Anonymous said...

"Not wishing to be hall monitor, just a comment that can't help notice the tirades against Cuomo no matter what the topic of the thread. Do you STR see the connection and am I missing it? I appreciate your blog work."

Nah, the regular hall monitor is the sock-puppet karma lady who lurks on the PCVST Tenants fb page. She also lurks on the TA fb page, but usually using only one name.

Anonymous said...

If the blog post is about microbeads, I support the ban.

If the blog post is about affordable housing, I agree Cuomo is the corrupt culprit.

If the blog post is about Dan self-promoting instead of promoting the cause and the people fighting microbeads for years, it is clear the man has no shame. Then again what politician does?

I think the blog post is about all three so that is my two cents on all three.

Anonymous said...

Oh Yuck - posted on Stuyvesant Oval Facebook

Barbara Fliegelman Shaw Simpson
September 8 ·


I came home last nite to black sludge and my sink backed up. Pathetic stuy town tells me it's not an emergency and they can get a plumber here on sept 16. They also told me if it floods I am responsible for the damage!!! They are so messed up. We haven't even turned our water on and it keeps backing up. I have lived here for 32 years and this is so screwed up!!! Management and the serviced wot sucks!!!
#stuyvesanttown — at Stuyvesant Oval.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153178424392825&set=a.10150833069642825.397805.569492824&type=3&theater

Anonymous said...

Now, let's see if Dan goes after Johnson & Johnson who are loopholing the microbead legislation. Wait! Does J&J make political donations?

Anonymous said...

Post it on Yelp people. Tell yelp they're faking reviews by PCST employees.

Anonymous said...

Post the criminality of all this on yelp people, Glass door, Facebook, all social media Nothing changing here as no one has the balls t step up.

Anonymous said...

Email Yelp General Counsel lawyers with consumer complaints about all the fake reviews. Or post an open letter in Town & Village to Laurence Wilson.

Laurence Wilson
Senior Vice President, Legal and User Operations, General Counsel and Secretary
Email LWILSON@YELP.COM


Paralegal
LAURA MEES

LCMEES@YELP.COM

Anonymous said...

The microbead cause has been fighting for years and no at the tail end Dan uses it to get headlines for himself. Cheap political ploy.

Anonymous said...

Go to NYC Campaign Finance website and go to Follow the Money section. Look at the contributions for Garodnick (undeclared) for 2017. Interesting names there throwing their money at the little twerp: Zeckendorf, LeFrak, loads of lawyers and RE people and, strangely enough, Chrystin Latigano, Giuliani's old girlfriend. I wonder why LeFrak is so interested in getting him elected for something?

Anonymous said...

2:09 PM - I checked that site. I saw that Steve Stadmeyer, the former asshole of a manager (who now runs a bar) who was instrumental in having the tree park demolished, donated to Garodnick. I wonder what he expects to get in return?