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Queens parks missed out on $730K: Liu

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices on December 15, 2011 | No Comments

A city watchdog issued a report last week saying that concession businesses in Queens parks could have raked in an additional $728,358 over the last three years if it were not for the city Parks Department mishandling of the contracts. City Comptroller John Liu’s report cited mishandling of 51 contracts for operating restaurants, food carts, [...]

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Alan Hevesi denied early release

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Comptroller, City Offices, Governor, State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on December 8, 2011 | No Comments

In a 2-1 decision, disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was denied his first shot at parole last week and will remain in an upstate prison, where he is serving time for corruption, for at least one more year. Hevesi, who was sentenced to one year to four years in prison in April for taking [...]

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Liu gives back donations

Posted by Joe Anuta and Howard Koplowitz in City Comptroller, City Offices on December 1, 2011 | No Comments

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu, facing heat over his 2013 mayoral campaign finances, returned more than $20,000 in donations last week amid federal investigations. George Arzt, a spokesman for Liu’s campaign, said the comptroller returned “in excess of $20,000” in campaign contributions, but declined to identify which donors’ funds were given back. “It will be [...]

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Thompson visits NE Queens Multicultural Democratic Club

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, City Offices, District 22 on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

As city Comptroller John Liu’s political future hangs ?in limbo amid a fund-raising scandal surrounding his 2013 mayoral campaign, Bill Thompson met with the Northeast Queens Multicultural Democratic Club in Flushing Sunday to discuss his campaign for the mayoral election. State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), a member of the club who was not acting in [...]

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Liu probe shocks Flushing

Posted by Joe Anuta and Howard Koplowitz in City Comptroller, City Offices on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

The Flushing community is stunned by the news that City Comptroller John Liu, who rose through the political ranks in the bustling Queens neighborhood, has been ensnared in a federal investigation into his campaign finances. Last week a fund-raiser for the mayoral hopeful was arrested on federal wire fraud charges for allegedly funneling $16,000 to [...]

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Convicted ex-comptroller cleans up in prison

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Offices, State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on November 10, 2011 | No Comments

Disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi is collecting a six-figure pension while he serves time in a state prison on corruption charges. Hevesi, also an ex-state assemblyman and city comptroller from Forest Hills, was sentenced to one to four years in prison in April for accepting about $1 million in gifts, including trips to Israel [...]