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Curses! And the Melissa Mark Viverto

Media "Hit Jobs" Just Keep On Coming!

 

Note: As predicted here, the media "hit jobs" on the candidacy of Melissa Mark Viverito for NYC Council Speaker are already intensifying. The latest, which appears in the city's two major tabloids, takes seriously an outrageous accusation by a political rival that Marek Viverito put a curse on her! She is taking Mark Viverto to court claiming that she conspired with the Museo del Barrio to have a mural painted on her building in the image of a butchered chicken to fu fu her!

 

To be sure, this story is worthy of publication as a tongue-in-cheek example of the politically absurd, but as the two articles below illustrate, the Daily News and the New York Post wrote this up as a serious story! It would appear that writers Barbara Ross, Corky Siemaszko and Julia Marsh would have viewed the 1987 movie, The Believers, starring Martin Sheen, as a documentary rather than the racist anti-Puerto Rican picture it was (Jimmy Smits gets killed in it).

 

In addition, they seamlessly weave in the implication that Mark Viverito received a subsidized city loan illegally when, as we explained earlier today, this was not the case! So a false accusation is added to the ridiculous charge of "Caribbean voodoo" to discredit Mark Viverito's candidacy for Speaker. This has got to be major breach of journalistic ethics. Maybe the New York Press Club has some sort of ethics committee that can look into this. Hey, maybe the Latino community should write to their President, Larry Seary, about this at seary@nypressclub.org?

 

Both the New York Post and the Daily News owe not only Melissa Mark Viverito, but the whole Puerto Rican and Caribbean population of this city an apology for this disgusting stereotyping and partisan political reporting. As I keep saying, �Esta gente estan del carajo!

 

---Angelo Falc�n

 

CONTENTS

* "Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council speaker hopeful, accused of putting curse on rival's house" By Barbara Ross And Corky Siemaszko,

New York Daily News (January 4, 2014)

* "Loser pol: Rival put a Caribbean hex on me" By Julia Marsh, New York Post (January 4, 2014) 

 

Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council speaker hopeful, accused of putting curse on rival's house

Gwen Goodwin, a former primary opponent, is suing the Manhattan city councilwoman for $1 million, alleging she got a mural bearing the image of a butchered bird - which she says is a hex in Caribbean culture - on the side of Goodwin's East Harlem building.

By Barbara Ross And Corky Siemaszko | bross@nydailynews.com

New York Daily News (January 4, 2014) 

 

The mural seen Friday on the side of 152 E. 100th St. in East Harlem, where Gwen Goodwin lives. Goodwin, a former primary opponent of NYC Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, is suing her for 1 million, claiming the mural was intended to cause Goodwin emotional stress.

 

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A decapitated chicken is coming home to roost for wanna-be City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

 

A former primary opponent is suing the Manhattan city councilwoman for $1 million claiming she had a threatening mural bearing the image of the butchered bird painted on the side of her East Harlem building.

 

"In the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat," Gwen Goodwin charged in court papers. "As a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African Americans, respectively."

 

City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, a City Council hopeful, is being sued for $1 million by a former primary rival who accuses her of having a curse painted on her building.

 

Goodwin, who ran unsuccessfully against the East Harlem Democrat in 2009, claims the mural, which wrapped around the exterior wall of her fifth-floor apartment, was unveiled Sept. 1 - less than two weeks before the primary.

 

"Upon information and belief," Goodwin claims Mark-Viverito raided her campaign coffers - and used matched funds, as well - to fund "The Walls Speak" by artist Don Rimx.

 

But Goodwin said Mark-Viverito's mural wasn't aimed at winning votes.

 

Gwen Goodwin told the Daily News her rival funneled campaign and discretionary funds to the El Museo del Barrio, which in turn paid for the mural.

 

"The intentional purpose of the subject mural was to inflict emotional distress on the Plaintiff," the papers state.

 

Goodwin, who also claims Mark-Viverito's people stole a campaign banner that had been hanging on her building, told the Daily News her rival funneled campaign and discretionary funds to the El Museo del Barrio, which in turn paid for the mural.

 

"Somebody who acts like this doesn't seem fitting to be City Council speaker, the second most important position in the city," she said. "She is not the progressive that everyone thinks she is. She's part of the 1 percent."

 

The "1 percent" remark was a reference to a Daily News report on Friday that revealed Mark-Viverito has amassed a $1.5 million fortune, much of it in real estate.

 

A Mark-Viverito spokesman dismissed Goodwin's suit as "desperate and ridiculous allegations by a failed political opponent."

 

They are "false, absurd and a waste of the court's precious time," added the spokesman, Eric Koch. "It's sad but expected that Melissa's opponents are resorting to these kinds of tactics."

 

A spokesman for the museum could not be reached to comment on what locals have dubbed "Chickengate." But records show former El Museo del Barrio executive director Melissa Margarita Aguilar gave the Mark-Viverito campaign a $100 contribution.

 

Loser pol: 

Rival put a Caribbean hex on me

By Julia Marsh

New York Post (January 4, 2014) 

 

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A rival of Melissa Mark-Viverito filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the front-runner for City Council speaker - claiming she put a Caribbean hex on her while the two were running for the same council seat, in the form of a black-magic mural on her building.

 

Gwen Goodwin, 52, who spectacularly lost the Democratic primary to Mark-Viverito in September, says her nemesis targeted her East 100th Street building as the canvas for a five-story image of a bodiless rooster atop wooden poles.

 

The head is just below the window of the apartment where Goodwin has lived since 1997.

 

Mark-Viverito is expect�ed to be voted in as the next City Council speaker on Thursday.

 

"According to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African-Americans," Good�win alleges in a Manhattan Supreme Court suit she filed Friday.

 

Many New York Puerto Ricans practice a hybrid religion called Santeria, which is based on Catholicism but includes voodoo-like ceremonies and animal sacrifices. East Harlem even boasts a specialty shop dedicated to the religion called Justo Botanica, at East 104th Street and Lexington Avenue.

 

Mark-Viverito was the head of an urban-art campaign launched last summer called Los Muros Hablan ("the walls speak"). The effort celebrates Latino culture by painting murals on walls across the five boroughs.

 

She partnered with Goodwin's landlord, Eastside Managers Associates, for the East Harlem project, which was dedicated on Sept. 1.

 

But Goodwin claims her rival's motives were pure evil.

 

"This is supposed to be a professional politician who came and graffitied the side of my building," Goodwin told The Post.

 

"I really felt that people needed to understand who they were giving power to as the next most powerful person behind the mayor of New York City," she said.

 

Mark-Viverito has also faced criticism for taking taxpayer subsidies meant for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers for an interest-free mortgage, even though her net worth is estimated at more than $1.5 million.

 

Goodwin said she endured "emotional distress" from the alleged spell that distracted her from running a winning campaign.

 

"This intimated me and caused me fear. I'm a Christian. I don't believe outside my religion, but strange things were happening," Goodwin claimed.

 

She said that she suddenly got a blood clot in her foot and that a close friend began "acting crazy" right after the mural went up.

 

The landlord did not return calls for comment.

 

Eric Koch, a spokesman for the councilwoman, blasted the suit.

 

"These desperate and �ridiculous allegations by a failed political opponent of Melissa are false, absurd and a waste of the court's precious time. It's sad but expected that Melissa's �opponents are resorting to these kinds of tactics," Koch said.