Marty Connor Is Gunning for Bloomie

The New York Daily News reports that former NYS Senator Martin “Marty” Connor (SD-25) is “poring over” Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign finance report in an attempt to find something to “use against” him in this year’s election.  Marty tells the paper he hasn’t found anything… yet.

NY Daily News: Connor has a big axe to grind with the mayor, whose support of Dan Squadron (along with a little help his friends sent to the WFP on Squadron’s behalf) helped the Brooklyn Democrat oust Connor in last year’s primary. But while Connor admits he has his sights trained on the mayor, he also insists his motives are pure.

“I want to see a Democratic mayor,” the former Senate minority leader said. “I think the mayor has used his money to dominate this city, and I don’t agree with that.”

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  • nabeguy

    Vengeance is mine! Let’s have a seance and see what we can do to resurrect Marty’s career. Is that the ghost of Mario Procaccino rattling those chains?

  • Claude Scales

    Nabeguy: Your comment reminded me of one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons: two men in suits are walking down Fifth Avenue; in the distance, King Kong is hanging off the mast of the Empire State Building, swatting down airplanes. One of the men is saying, “That does it! I’m voting for Procaccino.”

  • nate

    Are you guys older than God or what? You’re trading quips about a 1960’s pol? Geez! no wonder I often find myself scratching my head at some of the comments here. This is a blog for Larry King contemporaries.

  • nabeguy

    Nice googling, Nate. I’m amazed that you were able to pull your finger out of your ass long enough to scratch your head. It’s called history…learn from it or die by it.

  • Claude Scales

    Nate: Yeah, you’ve hit geriatric gulch on this post. I won’t speak for nabeguy, but I’m old enough to remember Angela Lansbury as an ingenue.

    Have no fear, though. Younger cohorts are represented by Homer & Mrs. Fink, qfwfq, Sarah, et al. And even younger voices are sought.

  • nabeguy

    Sorry for going off on you Nate. Claude’s right… all voices are welcome here. But please don’t try to banish the raspier ones to the gulch that he mentions.
    BTW, I’m 52. Hardly older than God, but a lot older than most of the business’s on Montague Street. Or Clark Street. Or Atlantic Avenue. Okay, maybe you’ve got a point.

  • bornhere

    Wow, nate — Nothing of historical/political importance or allusional value happened before 1980 or so? Isn’t it better that people can invoke the past yet still stay current? And now I must commune with Meade Esposito….

  • Poppa Fink

    nabeguy; As the world’s oldest living human, I appreciate your bringing back my memorable encounter with Mario Procacino……when I worked with the Lindsay administration (who?) we inherited Mario’s old Limo. When we rode in it, we had to keep the windows open and put our heads out the window to keep from being asphyxiated by the horrible stench of cigar smoke. Both Mario and his driver were heavy cigar smokers…and never inhaled….
    I still have a vivid picture in my mind of a jovial Mario in his famous ‘pool table green’ suit with a monster sized cigar in his mouth. Thanks for the memory…..

  • my2cents

    Things haven’t been the same around here since Prohibition ended.

  • Poppa Fink

    My 2cents….Prohibition? Please..Don’t get me started!!

  • ABC

    is marty still parking illegally on pierrepont, or did they make him turn in his senate plates?

  • PJL

    Speaking of Prohibition:

    Governor Paterson has proposed to allow the sale of wine in food stores throughout New York State.

    A recent statewide poll shows that more than 70 percent of all New Yorkers support the idea of selling wine in food stores. The availability of wine in food stores provides greater convenience to consumers. It also supports the $1 billion a year wine and grape growing industry in New York, which, in turn, employs thousands of New Yorkers. This proposal will provide $105 million this year to the state’s revenue fund – obviously important in this difficult budget year – and more than $150 million over a two year period. And, all of this will happen without significant impact to the liquor stores throughout the state.

    This year — more than ever — it is time for wine.

  • ABC

    PJL, I don’t know anything about this issue, but there was an interesting op-ed piece in the Times by a wine store owner (or son of?) last month. He didn’t think agree with you that it wouldn’t happen without significant impact to his business.

  • Adam

    thank you brooklyn heights blog for the obligatory anti-Bloomberg story, you’re as reliable as fox news was to our current president!

  • Claude Scales

    Adam: what anti-Bloomberg story? The top post just says that ex-Sen. Connor has a beef with Bloomberg because the Mayor backed his opponent in the primary last year, but that Connor hasn’t found anything derogatory yet. It doesn’t say we support Connor’s effort, or that we think he’s likely to find anything that can be used against the Mayor.

  • DAB

    Marty’s to Bloomberg’s left, while Procaccino was to the right of both Lindsay and Marchi.

    I assume the Daily News was being sarcastic when it said wanting a Democratic Mayor is a pure motive, but I wholeheartedly agree, as with the sentiment of the effect of Bloomberg’s money (don’t we all feel great that mayor eyeshade cut taxes on the rich and had the city spend money subsidizing commercial real estate that could have gone to affordable housing right about now). Besides, wasn’t the Squadron campaign pretty much Chuck Schumer wanting his ghostwriter to take out a rival from the 90s?

  • T.K. Small

    ABC, I am reasonably certain thatConnor turned in his NYS Senate plates. Within the past week I parked right behind what looked like his Jeep and noted the different plates.

  • my2cents

    TK, did the new plates read FK MIKE?

  • BklynLifer

    DAB – The Squadron campaign was about someone who wants to REPRESENT the people of the 25th Senate District defeating a lazy arrogant hack who was completely out of touch with his constituents. It was also about Marty’s (and Joan Millman’s) duplicity in turning over Bklyn Bridge Park to luxury condo developers — why else would Squadron have gotten 66% of the vote in Brownstone Bklyn?

  • Adam

    My apologies Claude, I used something called sarcasm in that post. Sarcasm is defined as “a form of irony that is bitter or cutting, being intended to taunt its target.” I was making fun of how this blog claims to not take sides on political issues but has shown to act differently in their selection of stories/editing. Clearly I made a mistake in choosing this story to place my sarcasm, sorry!

  • Qfwfq

    Adam, actually, and I’m embarrassed to admit this, but you’ve stumbled upon a secret about us: a hidden, seething animosity towards Bloomberg. It’s a long and tangled history, but it really started when he refused to accept our challenge to a friendly game of bocce. While we now find bocce a bit boring, this “diss” still stings.


  • Claude Scales

    Adam, the Doug Piranha of the internet.

  • Rick

    When will this hack learn to give it up? Nobody cares about him or what he has to say. He was disliked by his constituents just as much as he was by his staff.

    What’s even more interesting is that he stated in another article that he would consider running for his old seat. Perhaps this clown is trying to keep himself fresh in the minds of the constituents who have been so eager to forget about him and his arrogance.

    With Eric Ulrich (R) occupying Addabbo’s old seat it will always be a reminder to everyone that Marty was the one responsible for having Frank Gulluscio (D), a former aide to Joe Addabbo knocked off the ballot.