The embarrassing corruption scandals that took down a state senator and two assemblymen may finally lead to ethics changes. Sources told CBS 2 on Monday the Legislature is expected to make it easier for local lawmen to root out public corruption.
“Watch your backs.” That is the warning from federal prosecutors to crooked New York politicians, after another one was arrested.
There were three distinct parts to this public corruption and bribery scandal, but in all three money flowed freely and, at times, city and state funds — your tax dollars — paid the freight.
The Queens Democrat admitted to tampering with evidence and falsifying evidence in an effort to obstruct the investigation into a grant she sponsored for a nonprofit organization, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
The 61-year-old former Bronx councilman told the judge that he remained a “proud man” but was prepared for whatever sentence she would deliver.
It’s almost to the point that the easiest way to spot a corrupt politician is to see who’s winning in Chicago.
A veteran politician was convicted Thursday on nine of 12 counts in a corruption case accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant for community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.
“I’ve always thought that corruption is worse than somebody walking in with a gun and holding up a store. Corruption takes, basically without the gun, takes away from everyone,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.
A defiant and emotional Donovan strongly denied that he had any knowledge of money trading hands in exchange for legislation as alleged by federal authorities who arrested the one-time finance director of his congressional campaign.
There was an unusual plea for leniency Thursday from a former Brooklyn senator being sentenced on corruption charges. Carl Kruger said he may have taken bribes, but he’s not as corrupt as other Albany politicians. The judge, as it turned out, didn’t agree.
Louis Manzo, a former state lawmaker, is a free man after a bruising legal battle to clear his name, an effort that cost him his home, his job and $150,000 in legal fees.
Zachary Parker, 20, has admitted to stealing $10,000 worth of equipment from a Long Island high school. Taxpayers also learned that the veteran officers involved in the investigation will collect their severance pay even if convicted.
Manzo initially faced counts of extortion conspiracy, but those charges were dismissed after a federal appeals court ruled Manzo had been improperly charged under rules meant for public officials.
Former State Assemblyman Louis Manzo is accused of violating federal travel rules, committing mail fraud and failing to report federal offenses by others.
Robert Aquino, the former chief executive of Parkway Hospital in Queens, admitted to taking part in a bribery scheme that involved former State Senator Carl Kruger.