Preet Bharara’s office will move aggressively to complete the Moreland Commission’s “important and unfinished work” investigating New York political corruption, he said.
The special commission appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate political corruption in New York is quietly winding down this week.
Mack, 48, had fought to remain in office until his sentencing in May while also seeking to have his conviction thrown out. He was convicted Feb. 7 of bribery, fraud and extortion in a sting operation involving a bogus land development deal.
Sampson is accused of lying to the FBI about getting a staff member to take action that would benefit a local liquor store. He was a secret partner in the Brooklyn liquor store, according to prosecutors.
Stevenson faces up to 55 years in prison when he’s sentenced.
New York’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption pointedly critiqued the agency at a Manhattan hearing.
The panel confirmed Tuesday it has broadened its investigation to powerful Democrats after it was accused of focusing on Republicans and their allies.
A New York state assemblyman charged in a corruption case has backed out of a scheduled guilty plea.
The last comprehensive revision of the criminal law in New York State was 1965.
Stripping politicians convicted of corruption of their pensions is not easy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, but initiatives are in place to change that.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a new state commission Tuesday night that recent corruption in New York state politics infects state and local officials of both major parties, and has reached intolerable proportions.
The committee, established under New York’s anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions.
The once-influential politician was convicted previously in a separate case alleging he looted more than $500,000 from taxpayer-subsidized health clinics in the Bronx.
The 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency after she pleaded guilty to embezzling money.
Malcolm Smith of Queens and John Sampson of Brooklyn, two of those recorded, have already been charged with crimes including bribery and embezzlement, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.