Has Ms. Crowley ever heard the saying, “you shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house”?
It appears that the first shots have been fired and the battle for the 30th Council District has officially started. This is going to be fun to watch.
In the upcoming special election it is imperative that we elect a qualified effective leader for our district. More importantly, this is an opportunity to bring back dignity and respect to the 30th Council District. With this is mind we wanted to bring to your attention some disturbing facts about former Councilman Tom Ognibene who wants your support in the upcoming election.
- In 2001, Ognibene was under investigation for his relationship with corrupt buildings consultant, Ronald Lattanzio.
- The Village Voice article, Inside Edge June 12, 2001 reported that wire taped conversations revealed that Ognibene was part of the “culture” of corruption surrounding the Department of Buildings.
- In exchange for Ognibene's assistance and political influence to help Lattanzio, the former councilman received numerous gifts, including campaign contributions and "other services." The NY Times articles, Vacation Offers For Councilman Are Scrutinized June 13, 2001, Councilman Denies Improperly Helping Building Consultant June 20th, 2001 and Councilman Got Gifts, Says Witness In Trial June 22nd 2001 all detail the corrupt relationships and the gifts provided in return of Ognibene’s influence.
- Tom Ognibene abused his position to obtain lucrative city jobs for family members.
- Ognibene was denied a judgeship because of his alleged illegal behavior.
- It was reported that Ognibene was involved in questionable business dealings executed at Christ the King that included the sale of pornographic memorabilia.
- Tom Ognibene and “friends” use Christ the King resources and equipment for personal use and individual financial gains.
- It is alleged that Ognibene was instrumental in getting a civic leader's wife a job in Governor Pataki's NYC office and in exchange the civic leader allegedly returned the favor and gave Ognibene an all expenses paid vacation.
- Tom Ognibene did not get the support of his own party due to his “questionable” past.
Before casting your vote in the upcoming special election ask yourself a few questions. Do you need an elected official who uses his influence to help corrupt city officials? Do you want an elected official who sells his integrity for a vacation? Do you need an elected official who practices nepotism and political patronage? Do you want an elected official who uses a private school for personal financial gains? Do you need Tom Ognibene representing you?