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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Donald Manes had been a man in a hurry.
The Queens prosecutor was 31 in 1965 when he became the youngest person ever elected to the City Council until then. In 1971 he won a special election to became the youngest Queens borough president in history.
A spate of recent laser incidents targeting aircraft and pilots are increasing in frequency in the New York area. In the same period year–to-date, reports of lasers directed at aircraft are up 17 percent. Injuries involving the same laser incidents have also increased. Lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew.
Failed terrorist living in Jamaica gets 30 years for bomb plot
Prevailing Wage Law ruled invalid by court
There has recently been a great deal of heated discussion about the two bills that comprise the Community Safety Act (Introductions 1079 and 1080), which the New York City Council passed in late June. New Yorkers have been receiving some false information on these bills, so I think the time has come to calm down and look at the facts.
Intro. 1080 does not prevent police officers from using stop and frisk. Police profiling based on race and other categories is already unlawful, based on a 2004 bill signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Yet under both current law and Intro. 1080, police officers can include race, gender, age and other relevant information when pursuing criminal suspects.
While Intro. 1080 does not eliminate or alter stop and frisk, it does address bias-based profiling. This has become an epidemic over the past decade, all because of Mayor Bloomberg’s insistence that officers conduct an increasing number of quota-driven stops. Every day I hear unsettling storie
s of local residents, law-abiding taxpayers, being stopped on the street in their own neighborhoods for no apparent reason. Stops increased by a jarring 700 percent from 2002 to 2011 without a corresponding drop in gun violence. Intro. 1080 will not prevent police officers from stopping people, but it does reiterate that officers must have a law enforcement basis for a stop.
It has been suggested that Intro. 1080 opens the door to frivolous lawsuits, but when other states enacted similar laws, the numbers of lawsuits did not significantly increase. Additionally, plaintiffs could not seek monetary damages under the bill, nor could they sue individual officers. Instead, if policies are discriminatory or ineffective, individuals can sue to have those policies changed. By prompting the abandonment of wasteful practices, Intro. 1080 will actually save the city millions of dollars.
Finally, Intro. 1079 simply allows the Department of Investigation to have oversight of the Police Department. Almost all city agencies have inspectors general, as do federal departments like the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Those agencies are not held back by inspectors general, and the NYPD will not be either.
I have enormous respect for the work of the NYPD, and I would never vote for a law that would put New Yorkers in harm’s way or allow crime levels to increase. On the contrary, I supported these bills because I believe they will make our city safer for all residents.
If changing demographics and the longer elapsed time since the era of John Gotti and Jimmy Burke meant Ozone Park was losing its notoriety as a mob epicenter, the arrival of men in FBI shirts and the sound of jackhammers under a blue tent in a driveway may serve to jog the memory.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation popped up Monday at the home of Catherine Burke, daughter of mobster Jimmy Burke, at 81-48 102 Road in Ozone Park and have been working on the site all week.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation popped up Monday at the home of Catherine Burke, daughter of mobster Jimmy Burke, at 81-48 102 Rd. in Ozone Park and were still working on the site today.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) dropped out of the race for Queens borough president last Friday.
The move follows the Queens County Democratic Organization’s endorsement 11 days earlier of Melinda Katz, a former city councilwoman and state assemblywoman, for the job.
According to the charges filed by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the immigrant, Kuldip Ramkhellawan, met Maraj at her South Richmond Hill office on Aug. 20, and Maraj represented to him that she was an immigration attorney. It is alleged that during the meeting, Ramkhellawan gave the defendant $2,000 in cash, two passport photos of himself and his genuine Trinidadian passport in exchange for helping him obtain a legitimate Social Security card and a legitimate permanent resident card or “green card.”
Maraj then allegedly met Ramkhellawan in Queens on Aug. 23, and brought him to 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan, where Ramkhellawan had his fingerprints taken at the NYPD’s Public Inquiry Office, which processes applicants for Certificates of Conduct (formerly known as a Good Conduct Certificate), which are criminal history searches within the environs of New York City, indicating whether an applicant has a criminal history.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) quit the race for Queens borough president on Friday.
The move follows by 11 days the Queens County Democratic Organization's endorsement of Melinda Katz, a former city councilwoman, for the job.
If published reports are right, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and seven others were taped in former Sen. Shirley Huntley’s home either at the request of the FBI, or at Huntley’s recommendation to the bureau.
In an interview following Huntley’s sentencing to prison last week, Peralta said he is at a loss to explain why either would consider him a possible target for a corruption probe.
The New York Post is reporting that former State Senator Shirley Huntley has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison in federal court in Brooklyn on a corruption-related charge.
Huntley, 74, pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud in connection with the embezzlement of nearly $88,000 from a phony nonprofit organization.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), who agreed to wear a wire for the FBI in 2012 as state and federal prosecutors closed in on her, is scheduled to be sentenced today on a wire-fraud charge in federal court in Brooklyn.
The disgraced former senator provided “evidence useful to law enforcement” during conversations she had with three elected officials while wearing an FBI wire in July and August of 2012, all after she was cornered by the bureau and federal prosecutors for her role in siphoning money from “a bogus nonprofit.”
City Comptroller John Liu continues to run for mayor as if confident he can overcome the embarrassment of a campaign finance scandal that could send one of his top former aides and a contributor to prison for decades.
How much impact the case will have is an open question. But according to two political science experts in Queens, the Liu campaign faces multiple challenges arising from the convictions last week of Jia “Jenny” Hou, his former treasurer, and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, a fundraising “bundler,” who secured donations from other parties that then went to the campaign.
The names of six Democratic state Senators and a city councilman from Southeast Queens were among those contained Wednesday on a list of people who had their conversations with then-state Senator Shirley Huntley recorded by an FBI listening device in 2012.
Those on the list engaged in recorded conversations with Huntley in 2012.
Powerful state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning ahead of the unsealing of a nine-count federal indictment charging him with embezzlement, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI agents.
Sampson, an attorney, allegedly took the money to finance a run for Brooklyn District Attorney.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) wore a wire and gave at least partial cooperation to federal prosecutors after FBI agents confronted her with the results of court-approved wiretaps of her cell phone in 2012.
Huntley, 74, is expected to be sentenced on May 9 in federal court for her guilty plea in February to wire fraud. The charge was connected with her admission to embezzling nearly $88,000 from a bogus nonprofit organization.
The former treasurer of City Comptroller John Liu's campaign for mayor and one of his fundraisers were convicted of attempted fraud and other federal charges yesterday for their roles in accepting illegal contributions and attempting to rip off the taxpayers of New York City.
Jia "Jenny" Hou and Xing Wu "Oliver" Pan were each found guilty of playing a role in taking campaign contributions from straw donors — people whose names were entered as contributors even though someone else had provided the money — and could each face decades in prison.
A high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family who literally got away with murder for decades has finally been found guilty of that crime and others and could go to prison for life.
Bartolomeo Vernace, 64, variously known as “Bobby Glasses,” “Pepe” and “John Canova,” was found guilty on April 17 of a racketeering conspiracy that included his participation in the 1981 murder of two Queens bar owners — killings sparked by a spilled drink.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others were formally indicted last Thursday in the alleged bribery and extortion scheme for which they were arrested April 2.
They all pleaded not guilty in federal court in upstate White Plains on Tuesday.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others were formally indicted Thursday in the alleged bribery and extortion scheme for which they were arrested April 2.
One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was shot dead by police last night and the other may be holed up in a home that the authorities have surrounded, according to media reports, as the situation changes minute by minute.
The sprawling corruption probe that ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) featured a guest appearance by a little known pot of cash used to pay for roads and bridges.