Randy M. Mastro

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    NYU's Expansion Plan Challenged in Court Today

    We wrote in last week's cover story about the brewing faculty rebellion at NYU driven in part by the school's ambitious plans to expand its footprint in Greenwich Village. But the fight against the 2031 plan, as it's known, extends beyond the no-confidence vote scheduled for next month. It's also be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Bernie Kerik, the Lost Son, Finds a New Home

    ​Bernie Kerik titled his best-selling 2001 autobiography "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice" and you have to admit he has lived up to this creed, if not exactly the way he intended. The ex-police commissioner, having lost his way on the path to law enforcement stardom, awoke this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Working Families Party Staten Island Lawsuit Settled: Sources

    ​So much for the sensational scandal we were promised by former Giuliani deputy Randy Mastro in his blockbuster lawsuit against the campaign of rookie Staten Island councilwoman Debi Rose (pictured) and her Working Families Party allies. A settlement will be announced in court tomorrow, source ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 19, 2010

    Rudy Giuliani and Bernie Kerik: The Final Chapter

    After Kerik's guilty plea, more secrets slip out

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Working Families Party Trial Starts; Debi Rose Treasurer Disavows Finance Affidavit

    The suit brought by Randy Mastro and others against Data and Field Services, accusing DFS of providing (and Staten Island councimember Debi Rose, pictured, of accepting) in-kind contributions to Working Families Party in the form of discounted campaign work, went to trial yesterday in Staten Island ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 12, 2010

    Gunning for the Working Families Party

    Landlords, lawyers fire at will

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    De Blasio, Others Subpoenaed on WFP; "ACORNing" Suspected

    Remember when Randy Mastro and some Staten Island voters sued because they said Data and Field Services had willfully undercharged Working Families Party candidate Debi Rose, and thereby injured the voters' rights? WFP's now getting more heat of a similar nature. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Post: Staten Island DA Does "Preliminary" Probe of Working Families Party, Debi Rose Campaign

    As previously noted, the feds have sent subpoenas to local politicians in furtherance of their investigation of the Working Families Party and Data and Field Services, who have been accused of financial improprieties in the last election. (Councilmember-elect Brad Lander just revealed that he got o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Debi Rose Campaign Joins Us in Accusing Mitchell Of Actually Running

    Remember when we said that the Randy Mastro suit against the Working Families Party, charging they gave the Debi Rose campaign improper favors via Data and Field Services undercharges, might precipitate an attempt to revive the campaign of Ken Mitchell? Mitchell was defeated by Rose in the Democrati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Anti-WFP Suit Charges Debi Rose Didn't Pay Enough for Services (or At Least Not Fast Enough) [Updated]

    (Update: Dan Levitan of WFP has something to say about the "discounts," below the fold.) We've mentioned Data and Field Services, the election support outfit that was criticized by the Campaign Finance Board for giving discounts -- essentially in-kind contributions -- to Working Families Party candi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Court Rejects Appeal of Term Limits Case; Bloomberg Still In

    Another term limits extension challenge has been defeated: Yesterday the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to intervene in a suit against Mayor Bloomberg's third term shenanigans. This was an appeal of a lower court ruling against the suit earlier this month. As Elizabeth Dwoskin reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Justice Denies: Feds won't stop Bloomie's term limits coup

    Yesterday afternoon, the Justice Department shot down one of the last legal challenges to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's controversial term limits extension. In a fifty-page appeal, lawmakers and civil rights groups had asked the federal government last month to consider the term limits extension a violatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    U.S. Attorney General "Has No Objection" to Term Limits Overturn

    More bad news for Bloomberg-stoppers: the Justice Department has issued a letter to the city's corporation counsel, saying AG Eric Holder has no objection to the city council's overturn of term limits. The review was necessitated by the Voting Rights Act. The letter, signed by Justice's voting secti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    3rd Time's The Charm? Siegel and Mastro Ask the Feds to Restore Term Limits

    After losing their federal lawsuit challenging the City Council's right to overturn term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, advocates are turning to the federal government. Last month veteran civil rights attorney (and current candidate for public advocate) Norman Siegel, along with the corporate law fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Rudy Redux? Giuliani "Now More Than Ever," Says Mastro

    With Governor Paterson at a low ebb and Kirsten Gillibrand's future popularity under the manipulation of New York's Democratic elite (and others) uncertain, some noise is being made for the return of Rudolph Giuliani. Randy Mastro, Giuliani's former deputy mayor and close aide, told the Observer, "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Term Limits Court Case Begins, Paperwork Missing

    One of the court cases over the Bloomberg third term bid that was approved by the city council in October got underway yesterday in Brooklyn, where attorney and former Giuliani chief of staff Randy Mastro told a judge the city council vote that overturned two referenda was "unconstitutional and ille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Albany Ready to Referendum Bloomberg's Term-Limits Plan

    Newly-empowered Albany Democrats are learning a new respect for term limits. State Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Malcolm Smith has already said he'd welcome a bill requiring a referendum on Bloomberg's term-limits reversal. Now Senator Kevin Parker is saying he'll introduce such a bill next week ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2008

    We Come to Bury Rudy

    The evil that men do lives after their mayoral stints—and even 9/11

  • News

    September 11, 2007

    Boys on da Bus

    Crime-fighter Giuliani somehow skipped the mobsters infesting your kids' school buses

  • News

    June 19, 2007

    No Wafer for Rudy

    Giuliani campaigns as a Catholic, but he's on the outs with God

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Singer to East Village: Don't Blame Me

    You have to hand it to developer Gregg Singer. Last week he took out a full-page ad on the back of The Villager blaming local politicians for the looming "eyesore" of P.S. 64. "Old P.S. 64 stands as an eyesore in your neighborhood because of inaction on the part of your representatives," begin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2006

    Rudy's Bank Balance

    One thing you have to say about Mayor Giuliani: He liked really big sandwiches. (City archives) Word that Rudolph W. Giuliani's PAC is raising money tonight led Power Plays to the former hizzoner's filings with the Federal Election Commission, which reveal that as of April 30, Rudy's Solutions Amer ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2006

    Love It or Level It

    The saga of old P.S. 64 is a real education

  • News

    March 29, 2005

    Win One for the Gyppers

    With a strong push from city hall, MTA moves the ball for the Jets

  • News

    March 1, 2005

    Favorite Sons

    Bloomberg ally Molinari pushed mob-tainted pals for city contracts

  • News

    December 14, 2004

    Bernie Kerik's Bad Company

    Another Giuliani aide went to bat for troubled construction firm

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Rabbi Bunco

    An Ally of Senators and Mayors Is Charged With Fraud

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Bloomy’s New Crew Sends a Message

    The New Mayor Adds—and Subtracts—at City Hall

  • News

    June 12, 2001

    Inside Edge

    The Councilman and the Crooked Building Consultant

  • News

    April 3, 2001

    Academic Outrage

    Under Reform Guise, Giuliani Turns CUNY Into Patronage Mill

  • News

    March 13, 2001

    Hevesi Versus McCall

    Two Comptrollers Take Wildly Divergent Positions on Rudy’s Fiscal Follies

  • News

    February 6, 2001

    Ergonomics Rules

    Employers Are Counting on Bush to Overturn Regs

  • News

    May 2, 2000

    Waxing Poetic

    Political Prognostications Abound in Giuliani Camp

  • News

    October 26, 1999

    The Five Percent Solution

    Fraction of Voters to Decide on Rudy's Referendum

  • News

    October 26, 1999

    How Not to Revise a City Charter

    A Guide to Subverting the Process of Democracy

  • News

    December 1, 1998

    Repro Man

    Did a Park Avenue doc defraud insurers by playing Robin Hood to infertility patients?

  • News

    July 7, 1998

    Hormone Imbalance

    Rudy needs a woman