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Manhattan Project: Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. Retires

by Chris Chichester on 09/06/17

Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. is first elected on November 5, 1974.   On this historic day Congressman Hugh Carey defeats Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson 57.22%—41.94% to begin the transition to his brilliant two-term tenure as the 51st governor.   The Albany of Governor Carey is today a relic.

Perry B. Duryea, Jr. is the speaker.   Warren M. Anderson is the majority leaderLouis J. Lefkowitz is the attorney general.  Arthur Levitt, Sr. is the state comptroller.  Erastus Corning is mayor of Albany.  Frank Duci is mayor of Schenectady.  Samuel S. Stratton is in a 17th of his 30 years in the House of Representatives. His new colleague, at 25 years and 9 months, is Thomas J. Downey and the youngest member.

Farrell's first month in Albany includes the January 9, 1975 State of the State address in which Governor Carey forcefully declared the beginning of his era:

"Now the times of plenty, the days of wine and roses are over."

The Albany of 1975 is one year from the completion of the Empire State Plaza.  From "Nelson Rockefeller's Big Ideas" in The New York Times by Mark Byrnes on March 17, 2017:

"But over an unglamorous but active neighborhood and not exactly embraced by Albany's mayor, the $2 billion Empire State Plaza already represented outdated modernist planning ideas by the time it opened in 1976, three years after Rockefeller had left office."

Mandy by Barry Manilow is No. 1 song.  The Towering Inferno is the No. 1 film. Centennial by James Michener is No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list.  All in the Family is the No. 1 television show.  USC is No. 1 in the final UPI coaches poll.  King Faisal is the TIME cover on January 6.  The Altair 8800 Microcomputer is the Popular Electronics cover.

UPI is United Press International.  At its peak it featured 6,000 employees and 5,000 subscribers, which included 1,000 newspapers.  In the age of the Internet a wire service is irrelevant.  The obituary for UPI is written 25+ years ago.

According to "U.P.I.: Look Back in Sorrow" by James D. Atwater in The New York Times on December 24, 1989:

"AT this point, the struggle over U.P.I. turned into a free-for-all. There were firings and rehirings; suits and countersuits; fights with unions and fights with lenders. There were 'Downholds,' the legendary U.P.I. edicts, flashed over the wire, that announced that the company was tightening, if that was possible, the squeeze on spending. Creditors demanded their money. Mr. Ruhe and Mr. Geissler put U.P.I. into debt and, reluctantly, went into bankruptcy in 1984."

Bankruptcy is a perfect definition for Farrell. He has not posted to his "Press Releases" section since January 24, 2012.  5+ years ago.  2,050 days and nights. Where have you been, Denny?  In hibernation?  In couples counseling? At an American Association of Retired Persons conference?  Dominating a shuffleboard in Florida?

From Farrell's pathetic official site on May 3, 2017:

"On Sunday April 23 I joined several hundred of our friends and neighbors, marching in protest of Washington's treatment of immigrants and new Americans.  As you know, under the new administration, the power of the federal government has been used not only to go after and deport people who commit crimes while in this country without papers, but also law-abiding members of communities who simply happen to have been born someplace else."

Without papers.  Farrell lives in a delusional Nineteen Eighty-Four universe with such absurd language.  He must initiate a conversation with my former boss Congressman Lamar S. Smith of San Antonio, Texas.  He served as the chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. LS will inform him that these illegal aliens possess paperwork. Fraudulent documents such as driver's licenses and Social Security cards.

These individuals are lawbreakers.  These individuals assaulted the sovereignty of the United States.  These individuals possess contempt for the legal process followed by millions of immigrants since Ellis Island opened in 1892. Its destination includes my grandparents from Ireland and Yugoslavia.

Farrell is such a extremist that he finds criminal illegal aliens an acceptable presence in our Empire State.  He is stunningly dismissive of the disturbing, undeniable evidence.  I am here to educate you, Denny.

From "Crimes By Illegal Aliens, Not Legal Immigrants, Are The Real Problem" by Hans von Spakovsky in The Hill on April 4, 2017:

"The first report found that criminal aliens, both legal and illegal, make up 27 percent of all federal prisoners.  Yet non-citizens are only about nine percent of the nation's adult population.  Thus, judging by the numbers in federal prisons alone, non-citizens commit federal crimes at three times the rate of citizens.

"The findings in the second report are even more disturbing. It reviewed the criminal histories of 55,322 aliens in federal or state prisons and local jails who 'entered the country illegally.'  Those illegal aliens were arrested 459,614 times, an average of 8.3 arrests per illegal alien, and committed almost 700,000 offenses, an average of roughly 12.7 offenses per illegal alien."

Assemblydunce Farrell endorses this disgusting criminal rampage.  55,322 aliens in prison is greater than the population of Binghamton.  By 8,326.  Would you want to live in the same neighborhood or apartment complex as a criminal alien?   Your answer, left-liberals, is: No. 

From the New York Post:

TOP DEM DENNY, 72, TO HAVE LOVE CHILD

By Fredric U. Dicker

January 12, 2005
| 5:00 a.m.

ALBANY
New York Democratic Party Chairman Herman "Denny" Farrell, a 72-year-old grandfather, has fathered an out-of-wedlock "love child" whose birth is imminent.

The politically prominent Farrell, chairman of the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee and head of the Manhattan Democratic Committee, issued a statement last night revealing the upcoming birth after The Post had questioned him about it.

"In early February I will be blessed with the birth of my third child," Farrell said in a statement.

"Along with my partner of many years, I've been looking forward to this for a number of years and we are overjoyed about welcoming our third child into the world. This will be a very happy event and my family and I hope our privacy will be respected."

Farrell would not identify the woman.

An adviser to a Democratic official said the mother of Farrell's child is a 38-year-old Manhattan resident active in Democratic political campaigns.


Excuse me, Ladykiller Denny, but I hope you sang Mandy to your 38-year-old girlfriend given the 34-year age difference:

Yesterday's A Dream
I Face The Morning
Cryin' On A Breeze
THE PAIN IS CALLING
On Mandy

A 72-year-old in production of a child has impulse-control issues.  When the child graduates high school Assemblyman Farrell is 90.  If he survives to 90.  Boys requires fathers.  Especially in the critical 18+ years of early adulthood when decisions are a constant challenge given the consequences.  I guarantee that you, Denny, can expect: The Pain Is Calling.

When Assemblyman Farrell took office in January, 1975 New York accounted for 41 electors in the Electoral College. Today: 29.  It is an astonishing, radical decline.

From "U.S. Census Estimate: New York Sees Population Decline" in Newsday on December 20, 2016 by Olivia Winslow:

"An estimated 191,367 people left New York for other states between July 2016 and July 2016 -- a loss that was not overcome by an influx of 118,478 people immigrating to New York from other countries."

The enormous exit of 191,367 people is in motion as Denny Farrell is ensconced in Albany.  As he orchestrates his fundraising, enjoys the night life, placates the special interests and commands his office staff at the Legislative Office Building/Massage Parlor.

From "Empire of Excess" in City Journal by E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro in Winter, 2010:

"Thanks to the interplay of federal and state tax rules, Albany's share of all income taxes paid by New York's wealthiest residents has actually been rising since the 1970s."

From "N.Y.'s Suffocating Tax Burden" by Arthur Laffer in the Daily News on November 17, 2014:

"As a result of New York's poor policy choices, the state has experienced the largest net outmigration of income in the nation. IRS date contained in my new book 'An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of the States' show that from tax filing years 1993 to 2010, New York State has seen a net outflow of more than $67 billion in annual income to other states and a net loss of more than a million taxpayers over the same period."

From the New York Post:

Lawmakers using ‘per-diem’ payments to pay off their homes

By Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein March 7, 2015 | 10:46pm

State lawmakers are paying off their Albany homes with the help of taxpayers, The Post has found.

The legislators who last year collected the most in “per diem” payments — $172 a day meant to reimburse them for housing and food costs when they’re in session — were state senators and Assembly members who own property around the state capital.

The taxpayer-funded checks, sometimes enough to cover a yearly mortgage, essentially pay politicians for sleeping in their own beds.

Among those receiving fat per-diem checks last year were six senators and two Assembly members with Albany-area property, including one whose condo is around the corner from the Capitol building.


Topping the list was Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr., a Harlem Democrat who raked in $21,632 in per-diem payments last year — and owns a $147,000 town house less than a mile from the Assembly chamber, state records show.

And:

But Farrell collected per diems that amounted to about $1,800 per month — triple the typical monthly mortgage payment for a house like his. For example, a buyer putting 20 percent down on a $147,000 house, and taking a 30-year loan with a fixed rate of 5 percent, would pay about $628 a month to the bank.

Farrell is consumed by pure greed in his exploitation of the per diem.  He is an unrelenting, unapologetic, unrivaled disgrace. Where are you Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli? Invisible? Your office is charged with investigation and prevention of such abuse.   I'll attempt to understand your audits for the Village of Painted Post and Town of Schagticoke as you ignore the fleecing of taxpayers in the Assembly chamber.

The lede from "Top State Officials Salute Denny Farrell At Manhattan Park Renaming" in the Times Union by Matthew Hamilton on September 5, 2017:

"A roster of who's who in state politics heaped praise on longtime Assemblyman Herman 'Denny' Farrell on Tuesday as Riverbank state park in Manhattan was named in his honor, marking the 85-year-old's retirement."

Governor Andrew Cuomo:

"My father once said 'Denny is a giant in a world of little people.'"

More from the calculating, tactical governor:

"This is a man who in the world of politics where everything is expediency and everybody's calculating and everybody's tactical, this is a man who stands up and acts out of principle, consequences be damned."

Speaker Carl E. Heastie [D—Mel Funn]:

"When I had the opportunity to become Bronx Democratic County chair [sic], another place where I tried to emulate what Denny had done, he had become a big champion for the promotion of women and people of color to be elected to the bench."

Do you pay attention, Carl? As "what Denny had done" is absolutely nothing.  Speaker Heastie first took office on January 1, 2001.  For 15+ years he works alongside the Manhattan Project.  Yet the language he summons for a 40+ year career is to applaud a "big champion" for Affirmative Action/quota mindset in judicial elections.  What a joke.

Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell represents the devastating decline and fall of New York.   He is confirmation that we must retire the politics of personal apathy and elevate the character of the elected official. It is such content of our character which finally begins the transformation from our epic collapse and constructs a capital city defined by integrity, excellence and dedication.

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