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Smith says plots behind arrests of black Queens politicians; promises names at retrial

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:08 pm

State Sen. Malcolm Smith said last Thursday he will name names of those plotting to ruin him and other African-American officials in Southeast Queens via the criminal justice system when his retrial on federal corruption charges begins in January.

Smith was given a few minutes to discuss his legal situation at the start of a candidate forum at Majority Baptist Church in Jamaica. The forum also featured his primary opponents, Queens Village attorney Munir Avery and former Councilman Leroy Comrie.

He said the charges were motivated by racism.

“I was an African-American man with ambitions to run for mayor,” he said. “ ... You will see my innocence is exactly what I say. You will find out who is behind the attacks on all the African-American leadership in this city. That will come out as well.”

Smith was one of six people charged — three black and three white — in 2013 in connection with allegations that he tried to bribe his way onto the Republican ballot for last year’s mayoral race.

Former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran was convicted last month and will be sentenced later this year. Former Bronx County Republican Chairman Joseph Savino and former Spring Valley, NY, Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin’s trial date has not been set.

Smith and Vincent Tabone, formerly the No. 2 official in the Queens Republican Party, were granted a mistrial in June.

“Because prosecutors withheld 3,000 hours of recorded conversations,” Smith said. “You can figure that one out yourselves.”

Speaking later about what he believes is a serious effort to gentrify Queens at the expense of current homeowners, Smith told voters not to believe media accounts of the last 16 months.

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1 comment:

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 6:54 pm on Fri, Aug 15, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 121

    WOW, I want whatever drugs Senator Smith is taking. I meant talk about a distortion of reality!

    Amazing, Smith, who each and every day takes himself to lower depths, has really hit rock bottom with this latest BS of his. Really, his crooked shenanigans were actually some bizarre conspiracy plot to overthrow black political leaders in Southeast Queens in order to then stage a mass gentrification and displace black people. Yes, I do want those drugs.

    Every time this idiot opens his mouth, he just shows what a complete idiot he is as well as the whole Jamaica good ol’ boys club which include, useless Comrie, who is running against him. Also in the running is the one sane voice of reason and some much needed fresh blood in this community, attorney Munir Avery. Unfortunately Bernadette Semple is no longer on the ballot and Clyde Vanel took a hike awhile back (which I am sure Comrie and his cronies had something to do with that).

    But getting back to numero uno idiot, Smith. Even if Jamaica begins to experience gentrification, it is not like Jamaica is this wonderful place to live in, a middle to upper middle class black area, with nice homes, manicured lawns, clean, garbage free, low crime area with a wonderful downtown area that has fancy retail stores and great sit-down restaurants and great bars and lounges. With the exception of a few areas (Addisleigh Park, parts of St. Albans, parts of Springfield Gardens and Laurelton and Cambria Heights) Jamaica is a total mess. First it has a horrendous garbage problem all over that me, Pamela and others have been documenting for several years. Poor zoning has caused nice one family homes to be torn down to put up crappy low-class third world apartment buildings run by slumlords and filled with low-class slobs. Then there is the high crime rate, gangs, drug dealing, shootings on a regular basis, many which have resulted in the deaths of both the criminals and innocents. Add to that the slew of illegal apartments, illegal curb cuts, illegal parking, a major noise issue especially with backyard outdoor speakers, a crappy dirty downtown area that is filled with low-rent retail and crap food places, dirty parks with garbage all over and let’s not forget all the garbage strewn vacant lots and abandoned houses littered all over the place. Then there is that big big mess called South Jamaica, a major disaster. Talk about a place that needs gentrification to help it rise above all this crap, it now seems that gentrification is the only thing to help Jamaica.

    His comment about “look what happened to Harlem”. Like what Smith, make it better, Harlem is now a great place to live, with a vibrant restaurant and bar night life, nice stores popping up and property values rising. Before what took place in Harlem, that community was on it’s last leg, a community with run-down and abandoned brownstones, high crime, shootings, drug dealing and other poor quality of life issues. So according to Smith, Harlem should have stayed down on the bottom, just like where Jamaica is now.

    Smith, Comrie, Meeks, Wills, Cook and all the other useless leaders past and present had the opportunity to help improve Jamaica and each and every one of them instead choose to do some shady dealings to benefit themselves, misuse of funds, steal, cheat or worse DO NOTHING.

    So Smith, shove your BS conspiracy theory. All you are trying to do is save your own corrupt and useless behind. In other words, it is just the usual Jamaica politics.