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.
The House Ethics Committee today concluded its investigation into Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) for failure to disclose a loan on his financial disclosure reports. The panel found no evidence that the cash constituted an impermissible gift and it will impose no penalties or sanctions on the lawmaker.
Edul Ahmad, a real estate broker with ties to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
This year’s honorees are Estela Divino, Mary Sheehan-Lohne, and Carol O’Dette. “They have all soldiered on in the tradition of Rose Kryzak, making major contributions of service and caring for older adults,” said Robert F. Salant, Flushing House director of community relations.“The legacy of Rose Kryzak shall not be forgotten, and that’s why each year since her passing, we bestow these awards in her name,” Salant said.
Estela B. Divino, LCSW, has served as director of social services at Regal Heights Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Jackson Heights, from 2000 to present. She oversees the social work department of a 280-bed nursing facility, providing long-term care to older adults, short-term rehabilitation for post-surgical residents, hospice and palliative care, and special services for dementia and Alzheimer’s, plus adult day healthcare for Asian and Latino populations.
Years after U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Long Island) first spent much time in Queens, newly drawn congressional maps are sending him back to his childhood roots.
“I spent every Sunday of my youth in Queens,” Israel, who is running for re-election in a district that will now include parts of northeast Queens, said during a sit-down interview with the Chronicle on Thursday. “My grandparents lived in Flushing. I feel I have Queens in my blood.”
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is hoping to bring jobs back to the community and the nation with a new bill that provides an incentive for U.S. companies to keep their money here and puts a percentage of it into a fund that would be used to create infrastructure employment.
The legislation, titled the Putting America Back to Work Act 2011, was introduced earlier this month, preceding President Obama’s American Jobs Act, a comprehensive plan that provides tax cuts and incentives to small businesses among other steps to get the economy moving again.
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A group of city residents led by the Middle Village-based Juniper Park Civic Association called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) to resign during a protest outside his Forest Hills office on Sunday. A band of Weiner supporters started a counter protest a little later, and people on both sides of the issue exchanged words about the sexually charged controversy surrounding the congressman.
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The next president of the United States hadn’t been picked yet, but efforts were already under way last April to prepare for the inauguration.
Albert Baldeo, a lawyer from South Ozone Park, has announced he is running for the City Council seat now held by the controversial Allan Jennings.