There’s a lot going on. The state legislative session–thankfully–has ended. Now everyone can go and campaign so we really have something to write about. Bring it on Auden Grogins versus State Rep. Bullet Bob Keeley.
John from Black Rock has raised a question about the Democratic convention coming up in a couple of weeks to endorse candidates for state assembly districts. Does Auden have the votes for the endorsement? If she does, it’s razor thin. The August primary is just three months away. Lydia Martinez is challenging State Rep. Andres Ayala on the East Side and there’s the 130th State Assembly seat being vacated by Felipe Reinoso. Waiting to hear official word from Sly Salcedo if he’s jumping into that.
Chuck “Slick Willie” Willinger, the unindicted co-conspirator in the Joe Ganim corruption case, seems to be holding up okay testifying as a defendant against developer Alex Conroy’s claim that Willinger helped his cousin Al Lenoci Sr. torpedo Conroy’s dreams for Steelpointe. Chuck, who harvested millions of dollars handling the legal work for the city on Steelpointe, testified that he never shared any inside information with his cousin who also happened to be his largest private-sector client. Egad! The government spent a lot of time trying to nail Chuck. He survived it. He may also survive this civil suit. We didn’t call him Slick Willie for nothing.
The Din Din Award
And the poster responsible for hitting OIB’s 50,000-pageview mark is … Tom Kelly. Claps and cheers. My techie guru who monitors the traffic to OIB explained that TK, that venerable verbal flamethrower from Black Rock, slipped in ahead of Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez by a hair. This was about the time Joel was unleashing his rant against Sly Salcedo. That’s what I love about Joel–he’s an equal-opportunity editorial slasher.
That means TK gets to chow down with Mo and me and receive a signed copy of my book Chased. (Just received a new shipment of books so if any OIB readers are interested in purchasing Chased, the life of mob infiltrator Billy Chase, don’t go to Amazon–-it’s too expensive there-–contact me and you get the special price.) TK, of course, could always invite Joel as his guest. The wry side of me was hoping Joel Hater won just so he could invite Joel. Forget the food, bring on the knives and forks.
Press Release From ACORN
ACORN Demands WaMu “Come Clean,” Stop Foreclosing on Families
On Thursday, May 8, Bridgeport ACORN members will join ACORN chapters across the country staging protests in 20 cities against Washington Mutual, demanding the company stop foreclosures and “come clean” with the number of foreclosures it has filed and its failure to work with borrowers seeking loan modifications.
WHO: ACORN members and Customers of Washington Mutual
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2008
WHERE: 161 Boston Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
TIME: 4:15 PM
“ACORN wants WaMu to stop foreclosures, come clean on its foreclosure record and work with housing counselors to find solutions to keep families in their homes,” said ACORN Glorestine Thomas.
WaMu, the fifth-largest servicer of residential mortgages with enormous portfolios in California and Florida, has refused to provide data on loan servicing to the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group, a group of attorneys general and state banking regulators working with servicers of subprime loans to find ways to prevent unnecessary foreclosures. Other servicers have provided this information and have been assisting homeowners in getting loan modifications.
ACORN is demanding WaMu:
. Stop foreclosing on owner-occupied homes for the next six months
. Agree to modify all delinquent loans to affordable fixed loans
. Provide data on how the company is servicing loans — how many have been modified into affordable loans.
. Dedicate personnel to working with HUD-certified non-profits to achieve foreclosure avoidance solutions.
ACORN is the nation’s leading organization fighting foreclosures and finding workable solutions for families facing foreclosure. For more information on how to avoid foreclosure, contact ACORN at 1-866-67-ACORN or visit www.acorn.org.