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Huntley group charged with grand larceny

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Attorney General, District 10, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on December 15, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) went on the defensive last week after state prosecutors indicted four of her associates, including her niece, as part of an investigation into state money that went into a nonprofit that the senator created. Although state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli have not charged Huntley, [...]

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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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Jax Hts’ pre-recession economy grew three times that of city

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, District 34, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli painted a mostly positive portrait of Jackson Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods’ economy on a visit to the community last week, saying small businesses owned by immigrants bring in much money and the area has enormous potential growth. “The economic future of northwestern Queens is a bright one,” DiNapoli said. The [...]

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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 [...]

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Avella bill would give state say in large land deals

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Attorney General, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on October 20, 2011 | No Comments

Inspired by the controversial sale of Creedmoor land to the Indian Cultural and Community Center, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) penned legislation that would require the state attorney general and state comptroller to review and approve all land sales worth $100,000 and higher to private companies. The state Dormitory Authority sold a 4 1/2-acre parcel [...]

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$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

Posted by Philip Newman in State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. “The MTA is in a very difficult position as it struggles to hold together a strained operating budget while proposing the largest borrowing program in its history to fund capital projects,” DiNapoli said. In [...]