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The Jon Kaiman for Congress Watch, February 2, 2016 – By George J. Marlin

February 2, 2016

In September 2013, Jon Kaiman resigned as North Hempstead Supervisor and accepted two appointments from Governor Cuomo. They were Chairman of the Board of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority and Special Adviser to Governor Cuomo on Long Island Superstorm Sandy Relief, a post that pays $153 thousand annually.

After Mr. Kaiman took up his new positions, his campaign committee, “Friends of Jon Kaiman,” lumbered on and made required filings with the N.Y. Board of Elections.

According to Board of Election filings, since Kaiman went to work as a state employee he continued to fundraise and there were numerous disbursements from “Friends of Kaiman” including (but not limited to):

1-18-14     Costco                                                        $548.12
1-19-14     Westbury Liquors                                   $394.08
1-19-14     Waldbaum’s                                              $199.99
10-1-15     Costco                                                   $1,500.00
10-5-15     Westbury Liquors                                  $238.80
10-8-15     Mineola Card & Smoke Shop              $383.41
10-13-15   Party City                                               $313.39
10-15-15   Great Neck Wine                                    $148.71
10-16-15   Great Neck Wine                                    $169.36
10-19-15   Westbury Liquors                                  $385.40
10-19-15   Triple Crown Sports Memorabilia   $1,000.00
10-20-15   P. Schneider Design Consultants     $2,305.00
10-26-15   Associated Supermarkets                   $108.99
10-26-15   Westbury Liquors                                 $164.97
10-26-15   Costco                                                       $574.59
10-27-15   Associated Supermarkets                 $181.72
10-29-15   Colbeh Restaurant                               $626.00
12-21-15   Costco                                                       $845.50

“Friends of Kaiman” disclosed in Board of Election filings that these expenditures were for “fundraising” purposes.


Mr. Kaiman: Did you alert your employer, Governor Cuomo, or any of his staff members, “Friends of Kaiman” were holding political fundraisers?

Mr. Kaiman: Since you were not a declared candidate for office in 2014 or 2015, what was the purpose of the fundraisers? Was your mentor and friend, Gerard Terry, a guest?

Mr. Kaiman: How much money was raised at the fundraisers? If none, (as it appears) were the alleged fundraisers merely parties paid for by “Friends of Kaiman”? Where were the fundraisers or parties held? Were they held in your home?

Mr. Kaiman: Were purchases made by you for the fundraisers made during state government working hours? (Fifteen of these purchases were made on work days.)

Mr. Kaiman: Did you comply with Governor Cuomo’s executive order concerning political activity restrictions of state employees?

Mr. Kaiman: If your salary as Special Advisor on Long Island Superstorm Sandy Relief is funded in whole or part by Federal dollars, you are subject to Hatch Act rules which prohibit certain political activities. If you are covered, did you comply with Hatch Act rules and regulations concerning political activity?

This installment of The Jon Kaiman for Congress Watch has focused principally on the food and beverage expenditures of the campaign committee (as well as one payment to a concern which generally sells signs and bumper stickers). A thorough review of “Friends of Kaiman” expenses is being performed.

Stay tuned….

The Jon Kaiman for Congress Watch – By George J. Marlin

January 26, 2016

On Sunday, January 24, 2016, Jon Kaiman announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District. In a telephone interview—likely impromptu—with Newsday, he said: “I’m all in. I’m announcing now, declaring my candidacy and in coming days, I will open a committee and separate from my state job and NIFA.”

While announcing one’s candidacy over the phone to a reporter in the aftermath of a record-breaking snowstorm is bizarre, (ordinarily, such things happen with a podium in front of you and some supporters behind you) nevertheless, Kaiman’s announcement he will resign from his state posts is a good thing for the residents of Nassau County. As NIFA chairman, Kaiman turned the position from that of a fiscal watchdog to a deficit-enabling insider lap-dog. His self-proclaimed wage deal with the public employee unions has been a disaster. It has driven the County deeper into the red to the tune of $70 million annually.

Resigning as Governor Cuomo’s Long Island Hurricane Sandy recovery czar, is also good news. Since no one knows what Kaiman was doing to earn the $153,000 the post paid annually, no one will miss him and it will save over-burdened taxpayers money.

In the coming weeks, The Jon Kaiman for Congress Watch will inform voters about Kaiman’s record as a public servant.

As for today, here’s a question concerned citizens and other interested parties might ask Mr. Kaiman:

Recently, North Hempstead Democratic Chairman Gerard Terry revealed that he owed “some one million plus dollars” in federal and state back taxes. Terry, an attorney, blamed his failure to pay his taxes “more on personality than profession.”

Although Mr. Terry has been a mentor/sponsor of your political career and gave welcoming remarks at your last swearing-in ceremony as North Hempstead Supervisor in 2012 (and others before that), in light of Terry’s disclosure, will you publicly demand that he resign his party post and refuse to accept any contributions or other assistance from him to your Congressional campaign?

Stay tuned….