ON FRONTPAGE: Read about the crimes committed by New York State officials. Here at POLITICAL AVENUE we show you the truth: Public corruption has become all too commonplace and has eroded the public trust and confidence, since ONE out of every eleven legislators to leave office since 1999 has done so under the cloud of ethical or criminal violations, and multiple sitting officials are facing jail-time on public corruption charges.
Senator Malcolm Smith.
In April 2013, federal prosecutors charged Mr. Smith, 58 years old, with trying to buy entry onto the city’s mayoral ballot by orchestrating bribes to Republican leaders.
As a Democrat throughout his political career, Mr. Smith explored the possibility of running for mayor in 2013 on the Republican line. To be eligible for the nomination without party membership, Mr. Smith needed a special waiver from leaders of three of the city’s five county-level Republican organizations. Such waivers aren’t uncommon in New York City politics. As an example, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped his Republican affiliation in 2007, and then secured permission from party leaders to run for re-election on the GOP line in 2009.
On February 5, 2015 Mr. Smith was convicted in federal court of all the corruption charges he faced, including bribery and extortion,
On the first of July,, 2015 The former New York state Senator Malcolm Smith was sentenced to 7 years in prison. He self-surrendered to the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The penitentiary is a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum security prison camp. The white collar criminals like Smith are usually assigned to the lower-security facilities within the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
The New York state Senator Malcolm Smith are now known as inmate 68381-054.
Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran told an undercover federal agent secretly recording him that he had helped secure approvals for Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith to run for mayor as a Republican. If Mr. Smith had been elected mayor, Mr. Halloran expected to be appointed as a Deputy Police Commissioner or a deputy mayor,
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Halloran was convicted of taking bribes, orchestrating payoffs and participating in the 'Smith for Mayor' scheme. Among the crimes he was convicted for was for example, when he took $15.000 dollars in bribes for a $ 80.000 New York city payout to a non-profit organization among others. Halloran sat on the Fire & Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Land Use (including Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses sub-committee), Public Housing, and Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services committees.
Halloran, who wanted to be Deputy Mayor or Deputy Police Commissioner was instead sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The jury also convicted Vincent Tabone, 48, former vice chairman of the Queens County Republican Party, in connection with the conspiracy. Mr. Tabone was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
Charged in 2013 with allegedly embezzling funds entrusted to him as a court-appointed referee of foreclosed properties.
Senator (and former Majority and Minority Leader) John Sampson was recently indicted in federal court on charges related to his alleged embezzlement of $440,000
from escrow accounts he supervised as a court-appointed attorney referee.
Pleaded guilty in 2013 in connection with an embezzlement scheme in which she stole funds from the non-profit she established.
Huntley admit she embezzled more than $80,000 from the Parents Information Network, an education nonprofit she controls. Her daughter, Pamela Corley, heads the group.
Huntley secured the legislative member-item funding for the Parent Workshop in 2008, the year after she was elected to the state senate. In 2011, Huntley’s niece, Lynn Smith, who worked as the group’s treasurer, and another person were arrested on charges they kept the $29,950 in state funding for themselves.
The state charges against Huntley accused her of trying to throw off investigators by faking business records and tampering with evidence to make it look like work was done by Parent Workshop to justify the state grant.
Prior to her state arrest, The News reported Huntley was slapped with subpoenas from Schneiderman’s office as investigators sought records from the two nonprofits.
Days before she was arrested, Huntley told The News she was “not concerned” about Schneiderman’s investigation into the nonprofit :
“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” she said then.
First you might need to know what assemblymember is:
= A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose.
Like "an assembly of scholars and poets".
Assemblymember Nelson Castro.
Castro’s legal woes began in 2008 when he was busted by Bronx prosecutors on perjury charges [lying in court]. He eventually became a government witness and a mole as part of a non-prosecution cooperation agreement.
Pleaded guilty in 2013 to perjury and making false statements to law enforcement agents.
Mr. Castro’s cooperation was apparently valuable enough, so that prosecutors kept from the public the fact that he had been indicted, allowing him twice to successfully run for re-election, in 2010 and 2012.
That fact disturbed some in his district, like Francisco Santos, 45, a mover, who said that the revelation that Mr. Castro was an informer had made him re-evaluate his assemblyman. “He’s supposed to be helping the community, but I think he was too busy doing the wire thing,” Mr. Santos said. He added, “I feel like he wasn’t doing his job for four years because you don’t have time to be in the Assembly if you’re going around trying to get indictments on other people.”
Earlier, Mr. Castro met with two businessmen who had enlisted his help in their efforts to open an adult day care center in the borough. One of the men handed Mr. Castro three manila envelopes stuffed with $12,000 in cash and explained, according to a criminal complaint, “Consider this a contribution.”
Unbeknown to the men, Mr. Castro was recording the conversation. Since 2009, just nine months after he was elected to the Assembly, he had led a double life: simultaneously representing the West Bronx in the Legislature, and informing on his colleagues to state and federal prosecutors investigating public corruption.
On Thursday, Mr. Castro abruptly said he would resign under a deal to avoid prosecution himself, after the United States attorney in Manhattan announced that his cooperation had led to bribery charges against Assemblyman Eric A. Stevenson, a fellow Democrat
Now to his car habits:
Assemblyman Nelson Castro owes more than $8,600 in unpaid parking tickets - but unlike the New Yorkers he represents, his car will never get towed.
New York city gives politicians this advantage:
-No matter how many tickets they get, their official cars never get hauled off to the pound
Regular New Yorkers who rack up $350 or more in unpaid tickets risk seeing city marshals haul off their cars, but a city marshals' source said the agency can't tow cars with "official" plates - including state legislators, City Council members and government agencies.
If a marshal searches the database for Nelson Castro's NYA153 plate, a two-word message pops up on the screen: "Not towable."
The city Finance Department quietly has been extending the remarkable favor to politicians for more than 20 years now.
The even more remarkable explanation to this:
-Because their business is "official." And yours is not.
A federal judge cut disgraced former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro a break, saying he’s sparing the politician-turned-informant from prison because of his “historic” work as a government mole...
Ex-con former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro has been discussing running for his old seat, sources say.
“He said he’s running for the Assembly and he asked for my support,” said one Bronx political leader.
Castro, 44, got into trouble only seven months into his first term when prosecutors charged him in July 2009 with perjury for lying to the Board of Elections.
Assemblymember William Boyland.
Charged in 2013 with alleged solicitation of bribes and per diem fraud.
Assemblymember Eric Stevenson.
Charged in 2013 for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for official acts.
Prosecutors claim the embattled poiticianl illegally pocketed more than $22,000 in cash and campaign contributions – including the $12,000 payment from Igor Belyansky and Rostislav Belyansky, who allegedly bribed Stevenson to obtain favors and legislation helpful to their Bronx adult day care centers. Both Belyanskys pleaded guilty in September. Five counts of conspiracy and bribery in the alleged scheme to help four co-defendants open adult day-care centers and pass legislation to protect them from competition.
Senator Pedro Espada.
Convicted in 2012 of charges relating to his theft from a non-profit he controlled that received state and federal funding.
Senator Joseph Bruno.
Indicted in 2012 for allegedly taking bribes and kickbacks.
Senator Hiram Monserrate.
Pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2012
in connection with his misappropriation of New York City Council discretionary funds to a non-profit he controlled.
Senator Carl Kruger.
Mr. Kruger, who was elected to the State Senate in 1994 and rose to become the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had been accused by the authorities of accepting more than $1 million in bribes from two hospital executives, a prominent lobbyist and a health care consultant. In return, he agreed to take official action to benefit them or their clients, prosecutors said.Prosecutors had asked the judge, Jed S. Rakoff of Federal District Court, to impose a prison sentence of 9 to 11 ¼ years, as recommended under the advisory federal guidelines. The judge issued the lesser sentence to Mr. Kruger, citing his “many good deeds.” But he made it clear that such credit was outweighed by the fact that Mr. Kruger had entered into “extensive, long-lasting, substantial bribery schemes that frankly were like daggers in the heart of honest government.”
Carl Kruger - the former New York State Senator pleaded guilty in 2011, and was sentenced to 7 Years in federal prison.
Senator Vincent Leibell.
Pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstructing a federal grand jury investigation into whether he extorted money, and failure to file the money he received from the extortion on his income tax returns.
Assemblymember Anthony Seminerio.
pleaded guilty in 2009 to honest services fraud in connection with his use of his “consulting firm” to solicit and receive payments from client organizations and subsequently lobby other legislators and agency heads to take positions favorable to his clients
Senator Efrain Gonzalez.
pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy and mail fraud charges in connection with his directing of discretionary funds to non-profits he controlled.
Assemblymember Diane Gordon.
convicted in 2008 in connection with a bribery scheme in which she solicited a free home in exchange for taking official actions.
Assemblymember Brian McLaughlin.
Pleaded guilty in 2008 to racketeering and making false statements on a loan application in connection with stealing money from his position as a labor leader and misappropriating state funds by creating fictitious staff positions and filing false reimbursements.
McLAUGHLIN functioned as the highest ranking official of the J Division of Local 3 of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ("IBEW"), which represents electrical workers in New York City. Members of the J Division typically install and maintain street lights and traffic signals in New York City. McLAUGHLIN stole money from a J Division bank account; accepted payments from union contractors; secretly maintained an interest in a company doing business with union employers, using his position as a union official to advance that company's, and thus his own, financial interests; and directed activities of J Division members for his own personal gain and profit. For example, McLAUGHLIN misappropriated over $275,000 dollars from a J Division account that was maintained for the benefit of the J Division and its members. The account was funded largely by deductions from union members' paychecks, as well as by contributions from contractors to support the union. McLAUGHLIN used those funds for his personal benefit. McLAUGHLIN also accepted payments from contractors that employed J Division union members, and also accepted vehicles and other personal benefits.
McLAUGHLIN also served as the President of the New York City Central Labor Council (the "CLC"), a chartered affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, from which he misappropriated approximately $268,000. McLAUGHLIN had the CLC hire one person, who did little or no substantial work, as both a consultant and an employee. That person funneled his pay from CLC back to McLAUGHLIN, who used it to help pay personal expenses.
McLAUGHLIN was also a New York State Assemblyman, representing the 25th Assembly District in Queens, New York, from 1993 through 2006. As an Assemblyman, McLAUGHLIN misappropriated over $32,000 from the State of New York. In particular, McLAUGHLIN created fictitious positions on his legislative staff and pocketed a share of the salary for one of the purported employees. He also submitted false claims for reimbursement of his daily expenses.
Finally, in April 2003,in order to obtain a mortgage on a second residence, McLAUGHLIN submitted a loan application in which he falsely stated that he was renting out his current home at a rent that exceeded the mortgage payments he would be making on the loan he was seeking.
In addition to the prison term, Judge SULLIVAN sentenced McLAUGHLIN to three years of supervised release, ordered that he pay restitution to his victims, and ordered that he forfeit all of the proceeds from his criminal conduct in an amount of over $3 million, which includes his interest in proceeds from the sale of real property, an automobile and campaign committee funds.
So former New York State Assemblyman and Labor Leader Brian McLaughlin got sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Racketeering and False Statement Crimes.
Judge SULLIVAN ordered that McLAUGHLIN will be required to begin serving his sentence by July 21, 2009.
Assemblymember Clarence Norman.
Convicted following jury trials in 2005 for soliciting and receiving illegal campaign contributions, and stealing $5,000 donated to his campaign account and depositing it in his personal account, and then in 2007 of a scheme to extort a judicial candidate in exchange for party support and of soliciting and receiving illegal campaign contributions.
Senator Guy Velella.
Pleaded guilty in 2004 in connection with bribery schemes run through his law firm that took money in exchange for directing state of contracts.
Assemblymember Roger Green.
Pleaded guilty in 2004 to petit larceny and filing a false instrument in connection with submitting false travel expense reports.
Assemblymember Gloria Davis.
Pleaded guilty in 2003 to bribery charges. Earlier this year, a ring of elected local and state-level elected and party offici
Sheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker of the New York Assembly, was in 2016, sentenced to 12 years in prison. In court, Carrie H. Cohen, an assistant United States attorney, had asked that Mr. Silver’s sentence “reflect the massive damage caused to the public by his crimes.”
Mr. Silver was convicted on Nov. 30 of charges that included honest services fraud, money laundering and extortion. Upon his conviction, he forfeited his Assembly seat. Two weeks later, Dean G. Skelos, who as majority leader had been Mr. Silver’s Republican counterpart in the State Senate, was also convicted of corruption. The judge ordered that Mr. Silver forfeit more than $5 million in proceeds from his crimes and pay a $1.75 million fine.
[State of New York example]
Lawmakers’ service is considered “part-time” throughout the year and lawmakers are allowed to earn outside income in addition to their legislative salaries. Legislators’
base salary for their public service is $79,500 per year, significantly higher than the average income for New Yorkers.
In addition, many lawmakers earn stipends for leadership positions, so-called “lulus” –that, as of 2012, can range from $9,000 to $41,500 for committee chairs, ranking members and other leaders.
So it's nice to be on top of others, in a big city as New York.