Seabrook Skates – Editorial

Seabrook skates

Last Updated:3:52 AM, December 10, 2011

Posted:10:50 PM, December 9, 2011

The endlessly fascinating federal corruption trial of Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook ended in a mistrial — the second straight embarrassing setback for US Attorney Preet Bharara.

The prosecutor saw Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. skate on bribery charges last month. Boyland, of course, was promptly re-arrested on additional bribery counts just weeks later.

As for Seabrook, the jury deadlocked on 12 counts, including charges that the councilman received “illegal gratuities” from contractors at the new Yankee Stadium.

Indeed, boiler-company owner Leon Eastmondadmittedto paying Seabrook $40,000 between 2006-2009, but said these were normal donations for “help [Seabrook] gave the community.”

And, what sort of “help”?

Well, Yankee exec Lonn Trost testified that he hired Eastmond’s company for $13,000 above the lowest bid to fulfill a minority-owned firm quota that was crafted out of a “community-benefits agreement” that the Yankees were practically forced into with local “leaders” — including Seabrook — if the stadium was to be built.

Besides contracts, the Yankee CBA required the team to shell out nearly $1 million a year in cash, equipment and game tickets to local groups and businesses.

CBAs are a tool for local politicians forever seeking to gain access to public and private cash that they can then use asde factoslush funds.

Similarly, prosecutors also accused Seabrook of steering more than $1.5 million in taxpayer funds to various nonprofits he controlled.

Bharara has already announced that he plans to retry Seabrook.

We wish him well, but he’s going to have to do a better job of convincing New York juries of the guilt of the corrupt politicians in their midst.

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About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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