Albany Corruption

Cuomo calls on state to curb corruption in Public Trust Act

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on April 12, 2013 | No Comments

One week after federal authorities announced they had uncovered two suspected bribery plots in Queens and the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative initiative designed to give the state’s 62 district attorneys more power to prosecute corruption cases. “Preventing public corruption is essential to ensuring that government works and can effectively keep the public’s [...]

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Ackerman doubled staff salaries in ’12

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on April 12, 2013 | No Comments

Bayside’s departing congressman left office with a generous farewell for his staffers: nearly doubling their pay. Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman handed out hefty bonuses to his staff members at the end of last year just as he was preparing to leave office, making way for his successor, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), according to financial [...]

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Halloran holds on as staff shrinks

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on April 12, 2013 | No Comments

Funding for community-based projects in northeast Queens is in limbo after City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested in a bribery scandal last week and charged with plotting to misuse money meant for neighborhood groups. For months, Halloran has been meeting with northeast Queens residents to assemble a list of initiatives the community could vote [...]

Malcolm Smith

Bribery plot exposed

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on April 5, 2013 | No Comments

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vince Tabone were arrested Tuesday and charged with a mayoral bribery scheme so outlandish it left many in the borough scratching their heads. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara outlined the charges, contained in a criminal complaint, at a Tuesday news conference [...]

Malcolm Smith

Smith has ambitious history

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on April 5, 2013 | No Comments

In the wake of state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s (D-Hollis) bribery scandal, Independent Democratic Conference leader Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) stripped the embattled lawmaker of his committee assignments and leadership position within the state’s coalition government and in a final blow suggested Smith step down from the perch from which he had long coveted positions of [...]

Daniel Halloran III

Halloran under pressure to reduce personal debt

Posted by Steve Mosco in Uncategorized on April 5, 2013 | No Comments

As federal agents led outspoken City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) out of his home in handcuffs early Tuesday, he reportedly remarked that he “had no idea” why he was being arrested. But soon enough everyone, including Halloran, would learn why the government came calling so early in the morning. The councilman was charged in a [...]