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After a tough opening day loss on the road against Wisconsin on Nov. 8, the Red Storm returned home and walloped Wagner 73-57 in their first Queens-based contest of the season on Nov. 15.
Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison led the way for the Johnnies offensively as he scored a game-high 25 points, a solid follow-up of his 27-point outburst against Wisconsin.
The new look St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team kicked off their highly anticipated hoops season last Friday, losing to the Wisconsin Badgers 86-75.
While the loss might not sit well in the stomachs of the currently unranked Johnnies, there were many positive signs to come out of the defeat; signs that the Red Storm may live up to the hype of being arguably the most talented team in the Big East.
The Big East conference has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years as it has seen many members, such as Syracuse University, Boston College, the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, bolt for the greener TV and licensing grass of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Last year, the Big East, which has been home to St. John’s University since the league’s formation in 1979, underwent its biggest reorganization as the seven Catholic universities without football teams — St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and DePaul — broke away from the nonsectarian schools that do, such as Louisville, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut. The football schools are now in a conference called simply The American, while the basketball-only colleges retain the Big East name. The new Big East added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to make it a 10-team league.
The recent spate of arrests and criminal investigations involving public officials has ensnared a high percentage of minorities in the state Legislature, leading some in the community to ask if black and Hispanic lawmakers are being targeted.
State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) decided last week that the question of conspiracy or corruption was far better-suited for an open, frank and free-wheeling debate before nearly 200 people at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica.
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.
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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.”
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.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment on Wednesday on the names, contained in a sentencing letter connected to Huntley’s case, or U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein’s order to unseal the letter.
Powerful state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) allegedly contacted an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn in an effort to identify potential witnesses in a mortgage fraud investigation, and to determine if Sampson himself was being investigated.
A nine-count indictment of Sampson unsealed on Monday alleges the senator told an associate who was a defendant in the case that if witnesses could be identified, Sampson could arrange to “take them out.”
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.
You would have thought David Wright personally affronted some of the New York sportswriters for incurring a rib cage injury while he was playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The gist of the grousing was that Wright should have made his employer, the New York Mets, his primary concern, instead of chasing the glory that comes with being part of an American all-star team in an international competition that is the baby of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Of course these same media types were relishing how Wright was called Captain America by his USA teammates when he appeared to be completely healthy. Talk about pathetic front-running.
St. John’s University men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin jokingly calls himself the “Kindergarten Cop” over the lack of juniors and seniors on his team. But if he can keep his troops healthy and intact for a year or two, then the Red Storm should return to the NCAA Tournament — better known today as March Madness.
Red Storm fans will have to be patient, however, because it probably won’t be this year, based on Sunday’s 63-47 loss against their old Big East nemesis, the Pittsburgh Panthers, at Madison Square Garden.
Edul Ahmad, a real estate broker with ties to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud in Brooklyn Federal Court on Oct. 10.
Ahmad was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York with using straw buyers to defraud banks out of millions. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, the top count on a 10-count indictment.
Edul Ahmad, a real estate broker with ties to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan) had little trouble fending off her three challengers in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, garnering slightly less than 58 percent of the vote in the race for the new 7th Congressional District, which includes Woodhaven and parts of Maspeth.
The 10-term congresswoman landed 57.5 percent of the vote, while Councilman Erik Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) received 31.8 percent, Manhattan economist Dan O’Connor garnered 8 percent, and Sunset Park district leader George Martinez won 2.6 percent of the ballots.
When Woodhaven Democrats head to the polls for the primary on June 26, they will not be able to cast their ballot for a candidate from their neck of the woods —but the three individuals running for the 7th Congressional District said they will focus on their Queens constituents, no matter how small a sliver of their area the borough constitutes.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), who already represents a small portion of Woodhaven; Councilman Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Manhattan economist Dan O’Connor are vying to represent the 7th CD, which was recently redrawn during the state’s redistricting process to include such communities as parts of Maspeth, Chinatown and Williamsburg.
The state’s largest public employees’ union has struck back against Albany legislators in the wake of new pension rules adopted last week, and Senate Democrats— who left the chamber long before a vote was taken — are examining options of their own.
The so-called Tier VI plan, championed by Gov. Cuomo, will reduce some benefits and increase costs for future hires. All current employees will keep their current benefits. He said it will save the state and municipalities $80 billion over the next 30 years.
The Council of Senior Centers and Services today issued a list of what it said are the senior centers the city Department for the Aging will close if the state cuts $25 million from what is known as Title XX funding. The council said that somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 seniors citywide would be affected. Gov. Cuomo says the state faces a fiscal crisis that requires actual cuts in spending and services to keep New York solvent.
State Senator-elect and current Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) has been appointed to serve as the brains behind Democratic state Senate campaigns, the party announced last week.
Many residents of New York have long held a cynical view of how business is done in the state capital.
Watching the train wreck that passes for state government in New York is like watching sleazy reality TV — just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any more outrageous, they inevitably do.
Albert Baldeo, center right, head of the south Queens-based United Communities Alliance, was honored by political leaders including Gov. David Paterson, second from left, Tuesday night at the organization’s gala celebration.
The proposal to build a gaming and entertainment facility at Aqueduct Race Track is still awaiting a final government approval.