(A retired FBI Special Agent, Gary DiLaura was legendary in his heyday for personally chasing and collaring bank robbers. He investigated terrorists and government officials for corruption. He writes regularly about issues of national security from his law enforcement perspective. His opinions are his own.)
I hope you’re following FOX news on Trump allegations about Obama wiretapping him before the election. To determine the truth, Trump needs to launch an investigation by a team of older FBI agents led by a dedicated Republican US Attorney with a special Grand Jury to investigate these allegations along with possible other acts of treason, espionage, sabotage, and violations of the Hobbs Act against the United States by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and etc.
The team must pull all wiretaps issued during a specific time period. They should be looking for insiders to flip. They are there; they must be found and flipped! Obama has, without a doubt, a very good ‘Black Ops Team’ [a covert operation team]. Who are they? Who contacts them? They need to be found.
To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz.
The five are:
The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount of unitemized spending of any state senator on his campaign’s Board of Elections filings (about $150,o00). The Moreland Commission was disbanded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. No charges were filed.
The US Attorney, Southern District of New York, headed by Preet Bharara subpoenaed Moreland records in 2014. A grand jury convened to investigate Maziarz’s campaign account. Witnesses were called. No charges were filed.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau started investigating in 2014. The investigation, seemingly dormant for years, has been suddenly reactivated. A grand jury convened following Maziarz treasurer, Laureen Jacobs, in response to a civil suit, filing an amended report explaining unitemized expenditures, on Feb. 6, 2017. The State investigation may be targeting Maziarz for possible violation of elections law through possible use of campaign funds donated to him which he in turn may have donated without full disclosure to the campaigns of other GOP candidates.
Niagara County DA.; 2015-2017. On an entirely different and arguably more serious track than the state, the county sought evidence that Maziarz senate staffers, Marcus Hall and Alicia Colatarci-Reimann and his treasurer, Jacobs, stole money from Maziarz campaign fund and that is why it was filed as unitemized. The investigation, commenced under former DA Michael Violante, was halted by the election of Caroline Wojtaszek as DA, based on a conflict of interest; she is married to longtime Maziarz ally, Henry Wojtaszek.
Erie County DA, 2017. The Niagara County DA transferred the case to Erie County DA, Michael Flynn in February 2017. It is reported that Erie County DA may await results of the Attorney General’s investigation despite the investigation being on an entirely different track (grand larceny of staff) than the state (election law).
To date, perhaps as much as $5 million in taxpayer money has been spent to investigate what appears to be no more than $151,000 in unitemized campaign funds.
There are also private costs to targets or potential targets of the investigation.
Alfonso ‘Big Al’ Cutaia had a sudden change of lifestyle after he was arrested for sexually molesting a 10 year old girl about a year ago. He was biker. His moniker was ‘Thunder. Everyone called him ‘Big Al.”
Earlier this month, Judge Matt Murphy sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison after a jury of six men and six women found him guilty of abusing the little girl for three years, from the time she was seven,
Ahead of Big Al is a steel, razor wire, and a concrete house.
Mayor Dyster was hosting a diversity training session when he heard one of the Hispanic attendees use the word “manana”. Dyster asked him to explain what “manana” meant.
He was told that the term means “Maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Perhaps next week, next month, next year. Who cares?”
Somebody then asked the Mayor if he knew if there was an English equivalent word for “manana”, to which he replied, “No, I don’t think so. In Niagara Falls we don’t have a word to describe that degree of urgency.”
It will be a long time, maybe never, before Alfonso ‘Big Al’ Cutaia rides again.
Formerly of North Tonawanda, Lockport, Pendleton, Wheatfield, Wilson, and, recently Niagara County jail, Big Al, 41, was sentenced to 25 years to life for sexually abusing a child.
There was a spate of pictures posted on Facebook now deleted – of Cutaia, in his leather vest, back patch, pins and his “Thunder” moniker patch, sometimes with children seated behind him on his bike at big bikers’ events. He rode his bike as if he owned the road and it would never end.
It appears that Niagara Falls Councilmember Kristen Grandinetti may have spoken too soon at Tuesday’s council meeting when she told opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a “world class lodge” on Goat Island that the governor had backed off the proposal he unveiled last month at one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst.
Opponents of the Goat Island lodge plan applauded after Grandinetti said she had received a text message from a Cuomo aide that more locations and proposals will be offered, adding “this tells us they were listening to us,” a reference to the strong opposition the controversial proposal had generated from residents and elected officials across the region.
The Niagara Parks Commission is looking for local bands to perform in their Coca-Cola Concert Series 2017 as part of this summer’s Canada and Ontario 150 celebrations.
The concerts will begin on the July 1 holiday, then run Monday through Friday until August 31.
Bonus concerts will be held from September 1 through to September 10, to coincide with Niagara Parks’ Sound and Light show. The NPC Coca-Cola Concert series takes place annually on Queen Victoria Park Stage. This free concert allows both visitors and residents to enjoy live entertainment by the Falls, followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
How did we get from Wardel Davis dying after a drug war-related altercation with the Buffalo Police to protesters shouting “black lives matter”?
No one has come forward with evidence that Mr. Davis died because the police decided to kill him because they think that black lives do not matter. Rather, the death appears to be accidental with the medical examiner awaiting results of toxicology tests.
The slogan “black lives matter” is problematic. It seeks, obliquely, to blame white racism for the actions of government employees, the police, technically bureaucrats, usually hired by Democratic municipalities, executing policies often popular with the black community such as drug prohibition.
Seven planets have been discovered orbiting a ‘dwarf’ star named ‘Trappist-1’ which is about 40 light years [235 trillion miles] from Earth.
The findings appeared this week in the journal Nature.
Telescopes on the ground, in space, and scheduled to launch next year, should be able to study the atmosphere and determine if any planet can support life.
Trappist-1 is eight percent of the size of our sun and, at a temperature of 4,150 degrees Fahrenheit, 10,000 degrees cooler.
All seven planets are close to the star, which means they orbit quickly – between 1.5 days to 12.35 days. Scientists think the surfaces of the fourth, fifth and six planets might be at the right temperature to have water, one of the essential conditions for life.
Senior Wishes, WNY’s only program dedicated to enriching the lives of deserving seniors by granting meaningful wishes, is continually on the lookout for more seniors to assist.
Senior Wishes’ first wish was granted in March 2014, and since then the organization has been recognizing WNY’s seniors in increasing numbers with the support of community members and corporate sponsors. The non-profit was created by the United Church Home Society with a mission to foster respect and appreciation for seniors through wish fulfillment.
According to Wendy Miller Backman, Senior Wishes Executive Director, “Senior Wishes was created to recognize that our aging seniors still have things they want to do, places they want to go, or people they want to see. We transform those dreams into a reality.”