Dem leader considers retiring from politics to be county clerk | New York Post

Harlem Assemblyman and Manhattan Democratic Party leader Keith Wright is considering retiring from politics — to take a plum job as the $174,000-a-year borough county clerk, The Post has learned.

Previously, Assembly Members Audrey Pheffer and Luis Diaz left elected office to become County Clerks of Queens and The Bronx, respectively.

http://nypost.com/2014/10/17/dem-leader-considers-retiring-from-politics-to-be-county-clerk/

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Broken Windows/Future of Public Safety Forum hosted by the Manhattan Institute

Join me at this breakfast event in which Commissioner Bratton, DA Vance, Richard Aborn and I are participants on October 16 from 8am-10am w/ the Manhattan Institute. Errol Louis will moderate our discussion.

INVITES YOU TO A BREAKFAST FORUM DISCUSSION
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST AT 8:00 AM
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 8:30 AM

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TWENTY YEARS OF BROKEN WINDOWS POLICING: WHAT’S AHEAD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY IN NEW YORK CITY?

From the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, New York City was the poster child for urban decay and disorder. But in 1994 things began to change and New York experienced what is perhaps the most dramatic turnaround in American urban history. A new approach to public safety—“Broken Windows” policing—implemented by then newly-appointed New York City Transit Police Chief, Bill Bratton, and championed by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought order to a chaotic subway system, and eventually, across the city’s five boroughs. This approach to public safety, famously articulated in the March 1982 issue of the Atlantic by Manhattan Institute senior fellow George Kelling and the late James Q. Wilson, made New York City the safest big city in America.

Today, the merits of broken windows policing are coming under fire. Please join us on October 16 for a hard hitting conversation about the future of public safety in New York.

William Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department
Cyrus Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney
Richard Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission
Michael Benjamin, Former New York State Assemblyman and Contributing Columnist, New York Post

MODERATOR: Errol Louis, Host, Inside City Hall, NY1

To RSVP, please call 646-839-3373 or click here.

If you accept and find you are unable to attend, please be sure to let us know.

Michael Benjamin
http://CorruptionCrusher.com/

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Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

Originally posted on BLACK WESTCHESTER:

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis pleaded guilty today to two counts of tax evasion and faces up to two years in federal prison when he’s sentenced in January, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced.

Davis, 76, admitted that he failed to file personal income taxes in 2011, when he earned $106,743 in adjusted gross income. But he never filed returns for that year, despite seeking a six-month extension, court records say.

Davis’ lawyer said following the plea that it would not impact Davis’ ability to continue to serve as mayor. Officials at the Mount Vernon Corporation Counsel’s office declined to comment on on the case.

While the charges call for up to two years in prison, a letter filed in the case by the U.S. Attorney’s office contemplates a sentencing range of zero to six months, based on Davis’ acceptance of responsibility and lack of criminal history, plus a fine of…

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Mt. Vernon Councilman Thomas Speaks Up on Mayor Davis Guilty Plea Deal with Feds

Originally posted on BLACK WESTCHESTER:

MT. VERNON, NY (October 14, 2014) – Following confirmation that Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis pled guilty to two federal crimes earlier today, Councilman Rich Thomas issued the following statement:

“The news is very disappointing that Mayor Davis, by his own admission, is guilty of two federal crimes pertaining to his personal income taxes. It is a very troubling breach of the public trust and the people of Mount Vernon deserve better,” said Councilman Thomas.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of tax evasion and faces up to two years in federal prison when he’s sentenced in January, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced.

Councilman Thomas has been a constant political adversary of Mayor Davis and avid  supporters he surrounds hinself with, over the pass few month on everything from what he calls The Memorial Mistake, referring to the ongoing Memorial Field renovations to an accounting…

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Mount Vernon mayor pleads guilty to tax evasion, faces 2 years in prison | Politics on the HudsonPolitics on the Hudson

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis pleaded guilty today to two counts of tax evasion and faces up to two years in federal prison when he’s sentenced in January, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2014/10/14/mount-vernon-mayor-pleads-guilty-to-tax-evasion-faces-2-years-in-prison/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Disgraced Ex-Assemblywoman Sentenced To Prison For Citizenship Fraud | Newsday

Disgraced ex-state legislator Gabriela Rosa was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Friday for using a sham marriage to illegally get citizenship and for bankruptcy fraud.

Rosa is second state legislator to be tossed out of office due to fraudulently getting into elected office. Former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro committed perjury in an election law proceeding against his candidacy ion 2008. He was caught agreed to wear a wire in a five year investigation and sting involving corrupt state legislator. Ms. Rosa declined a government offer to become a confidential informant in a new federal investigation of political corruption.

Read the Newsday story here.

Michael Benjamin is a columnist and blogger as well as a former state legislator who represented the 79 AD, 2003-2010.

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Former Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa Faces Sentencing, Seeks Probation with Support of Electeds | Gotham Gazette

Yesterday, Gotham Gazette reported on the various sentencing memoranda and support letters filed in the federal case against disgraced ex-assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa (a Dominican immigrant).

According to the Gotham Gazette report:

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’ssentencing memorandum, however, blasts Rosa’s letter and recommends that Cote sentence Rosa within the guidelines.

A "decade-long scheme to obtain immigration benefits to which she was not entitled are not the acts of a ‘naïve’ person – they are the acts of someone who is calculating and willing to break the rules to advance her own interests," the memorandum reads.

Rosa "shows disrespect to those who pursue [the American] dream through lawful means," the memorandum continues. "Her decision to seek elective office for which she only qualified as a result of criminal conduct…represents an act of hubris warranting sanction."

http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5364-former-assembly-member-gabriela-rosa-faces-sentencing-seeks-probation-with-support-of-electeds

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New York needs Preet Bharara to stay as US attorney and keep fighting corruption | New York Post

OP-ED/Michael Benjamin, @SquarePegDem: NY needs Preet Bharara to stay as US attorney and keep fighting corruption (http://t.co/FheVc3GjsE)

Preet Bharara remains New York’s best and only hope for uprooting corruption in politics and business. Yet he’s being touted as a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder.

At the recent Crain’s breakfast, Bharara joked that he’d asked his mother to stop calling newspapers and floating his name to replace Holder.Don’t go, Preet — New York needs you.

A century ago, another reform-minded, corruption-fighting New York crusader was trundled off to Washington, DC by the political bosses whose livelihoods he threatened.

In 1900, Albany powerbrokers arranged for immensely popular first-term Gov. Theodore Roose­velt to win the Republican nomination for Vice President.

Today, the heirs of those Albany bosses are probably working overtime to engineer Bharara’s rise from US Attorney for the Southern District of New York to US Attorney General. The Post has already reported that GOP senators are disposed to approve Bharara, should President Obama nominate him.

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There is no good reason for New Yorkers to permit our era’s Teddy Roosevelt to be trundled off to Washington, DC before he “dissolves the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics.”

Don’t let the Albany bosses win.

http://nypost.com/2014/10/02/new-york-needs-preet-bharara-to-stay-as-us-attorney-and-keep-fighting-corruption/

Michael Benjamin is a columnist and blogger as well as a former state legislator who represented the 79 AD, 2003-2010.

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Assemblyman William Scarborough arrested & charged in state and federal court

Not good! Assemblyman Bill Scarborough indicted 2X: 23-count state indictment/11-count federal indictment.

Early on Wednesday the NYPost reported that “Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough was hit Wednesday morning with a 23-count indictment charging him with using campaign funds for personal expenses, authorities said.Scarborough, a Democrat first elected in 1994 to represent the 29th Assembly District in southeast Queens, was arrested following a joint probe by the offices of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.”

“He pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of grand larceny and filing false campaign documents in Albany Supreme Court.”
http://nypost.com/2014/10/01/assemblyman-william-scarborough-arrested/

Late on Wednesday, Scarborough was hit with a second indictment, this time in federal court.

The NY Times reported that “Assemblyman William Scarborough, a Democrat, was arrested and accused of stealing at least $40,000 from New York State’s reimbursement system, as well as misusing campaign money.” http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/02/nyregion/assemblyman-from-queens-is-arrested.html?emc=eta1&_r=0&referrer=

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Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo fails to disclose campaign filings – NY Daily News

Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is a scofflaw, says the man who wants to replace her in Albany, and the state Board of Elections supports his contention.Angel Molina, a Democrat running on the Republican line in November’s general election in the 84th Assembly District, wants Arroyo investigated for failing to report campaign contributions and expenditures during 2014’s election cycle.The nondisclosure is a violation of state election laws that often results in heavy fines, but little else.“This is someone who knows the rules, who makes laws,” Molina said. “It smacks of how a lawmaker can have disregard for the law and expect others to follow.”Arroyo has not updated her campaign filings since January 2013, according to the state Board of Elections website, and that report was filed two months late.

To read more, click on link below:

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/arroyo-fails-disclose-campaign-filings-article-1.1951644

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