DOC has two mujeres running Rikers

If Mayor Bill de Blasio paid more attention to what’s happening in New York City instead of jetting off to faraway places, he would have noticed that there are two well-respected women running the city Department of Correction. Bochincheros are saying that it might even help the mayor with the search to replace Joseph Ponte, the ex-correction commissioner who resigned in May after he admitted to driving more than 18,500 out-of-state miles on the city’s dime, mostly to his home in Maine. It appears that this is the first time the department is being led by two women. More importantly, the buzz is that they’re doing well and can handle the politics around Rikers Island.

One of them is Cynthia Brann, who was hired as deputy commissioner of quality assurance and integrity in August 2015. A senior insider bochinchero described Brann as “a competent, knowledgeable and seasoned person.” Then there’s Hazel Jennings, who was appointed bureau chief of facility operations in February 2016. B&B was told that, like Brann, Jennings is also “highly knowledgeable, no-nonsense and effective.” According to another bochinchero, “They’re already holding people accountable.”

The buzz is that the current circumstances allow for a promotion from within. “The mayor shouldn’t make the same mistake again,” one bochinchero said. “He can’t bring in a person with expertise in running a prison. Rikers is a jail. We’re a holding pen.” Other bochincheros agreed that this is a recurring problem. “Whoever de Blasio recruits from the outside will take about a year to figure out how the department and Rikers work,” one said. Sounds reasonable. Pero, there may need to be some clarity with Brann’s role in the Ponte scandal.

RELATED: Glenn Martin: The next DOC commissioner should be an outsider

Astorino and Sliwa, no mas amigos

Not too many people can blame Rob Astorino for being pissed off at Curtis Sliwa. (Everybody hates Curtis in New York City.) After all, the Westchester County executive is considered the founding member of the state Reform Party. So, one would think that even after the court battle for control of the party – which was won by Sliwa and Frank Morano – they might endorse Astorino for re-election as a way to kiss and make up. Not in Sliwa’s world. The Reform Party has instead endorsed state Sen. George Latimer – a Democrat – over Astorino. Sources told B&B that Astorino is fuming. “You’ve destroyed a 20-year friendship,” Astorino told Sliwa in a heated exchange between the former amigos. For his part, Sliwa, in his capacity as party chairman, told Astorino, “You’ve strayed away, Rob. You’re no longer a reformer.” Besides the current feud, the problem for Astorino is that if he wins his re-election, he’d want the Reform Party’s backing to run for governor in 2018. The thinking here is that the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo is up for grabs, and the Reform Party might want to back another horse. This may be a vergogna, or shame in Italian, but it’s good bochinche. And I’m sure Cuomo is smiling.

What’s in a ??

A knowledgeable insider political bochinchero told B&B, “Of the six candidates running for Brooklyn DA, only Vincent Gentile has obtained a Chinese name (on the ballot),” referring to the practice of New York City politicians choosing a Chinese name for elections, as mandated by federal law.

Gentile, a term-limited city councilman representing Bay Ridge, is running against a field of candidates that includes acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Patricia Gatling, Ama Dwimoh, Anne Swern and Marc Fliedner – all of whom have worked as prosecutors in the Brooklyn DA’s office.

Even though the other wannabes have never run for office, the bochinchero points out, “They really need to get on the stick, or else nobody in Sunset Park (the third Chinatown) will know which Chinese names correspond with which candidates on Election Day.” That would be the Tuesday, Sept. 12, Democratic primary in this Year of the Rooster on the Chinese calendar. By the way, 2016 was the Year of the Monkey and 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. Given the results of last year’s presidential election, interpret that as you will.

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.