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The former CEO of a defunct Briarwood-based credit union has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for accepting bribes related to loans and advertising.

Alan Kaufman, 62, the former head of Melrose Credit Union, was convicted of two counts of bribery of a financial institution officer back in April. He was sentenced Sept. 29 by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, according to a press release from the office of Audrey Strauss, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

With the exception of New York, no American city has been immortalized in song as much as New Orleans. A key reason is the number of great musicians who came from the Crescent City, including arguably its most famous musician, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, who spent his early professional years there before relocating to Queens. Another factor is New Orleans’ incredible charm.

It has been 23 years since I was last in New Orleans and the city has more skyscrapers than I remember, which is a testament to its recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.