John Liu ‘Stunned’ By Arrest of His Campaign Treasurer

 John Liu Stunned By Arrest of His Campaign Treasurer
Jenny Hou at John Liu's campaign office in 2009. (Photo: Facebook)

Comptroller and potential mayoral candidate John Liu released a statement this afternoon expressing his surprise at the arrest of his campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou.

“I am stunned by this news about Jenny Hou.  These accusations against her are uncharacteristic and unexpected.  Jenny is a smart, hardworking person who I hope will be treated fairly,” Mr. Liu said.  Continue reading “John Liu ‘Stunned’ By Arrest of His Campaign Treasurer”

More On The Congressional Run Of Sylvia Kinard, Ex-Wife of Bill Thompson

p31100921 More On The Congressional Run Of Sylvia Kinard, Ex Wife of Bill ThompsonYesterday we wrote about how Sylvia Kinard, the ex-wife of former Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson, is running for Congress in Brooklyn against incumbent Rep. Yvette Clark. 

According to two sources, a lot of the push for Ms. Kinard comes from members of the district’s Jewish community who have been unsatisfied with Ms. Clark, citing her opposition to resolution that condemned the Goldstone Report–a United Nations-sponsored investigation that found human rights violations on the part of Israel during the Gaza War–and her criticism of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

“It’s numerous things,” said one district source. “They believe she hasn’t been around.” Continue reading “More On The Congressional Run Of Sylvia Kinard, Ex-Wife of Bill Thompson”

Charges Against John Liu’s Campaign Treasurer Heavily Rely on Instant Message Chats :(

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Jenny Hou standing in front of a MoneyGram sign. (Photo: Facebook)

Earlier today, New York City Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer, Jenny Hou, was arrested by federal authorities and charged, among other things, with helping orchestrate a fundraising scheme to boost Mr. Liu’s mayoral campaign.

While the complaint against Ms. Hou involve interviews and emails, they also, somewhat amusingly, frequently quote her instant message chats. Thus phrases like “YUP!!!” and “THANK YOU!!!!! I’ll make you out a ck [check] today” appear throughout the otherwise bland document.

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Catholic Bishops Denounce Assembly Bill Making It Easier for Sexual Abuse Victims to Sue

albany2 Catholic Bishops Denounce Assembly Bill Making It Easier for Sexual Abuse Victims to SueThe Catholic Conference, which lobbies lawmakers on behalf of Catholic bishops in New York State denounced a bill pushed by Maspeth Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that would make it easier for sexual abuse victims to sue their accusers.

The bill would temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of children, and Ms. Markey has been pushing it for years. The Catholic Conference says carves out public schools, which have been a frequent site of abuse in recent years.  Continue reading “Catholic Bishops Denounce Assembly Bill Making It Easier for Sexual Abuse Victims to Sue”

Meet John Liu’s Arrested Treasurer, Jenny Hou

 Meet John Lius Arrested Treasurer, Jenny Hou
Jenny Hou with John Liu greeting supporters in the background at a 2009 event in Flushing. (Photo: Facebook)

Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old treasurer of John Liu’s mayoral campaign was arrested on fraud charges this morning for allegedly  “participating in a scheme that used ‘straw donors’ to funnel to the campaign” with “large, illegal contributions that were well above the individual limit.” Her Facebook page indicates Ms. Hou is a native of Beijing who lives in Flushing and has studied at Rutgers. Ms. Hou is the second person arrested in conjunction with the investigation into Mr. Liu’s fundraising.  Continue reading “Meet John Liu’s Arrested Treasurer, Jenny Hou”

John Liu’s Campaign Treasurer Arrested

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John Liu (Photo: Facebook)

New York City Comptroller John Liu, who is campaigning for Mayor in 2013, saw his campaign treasurer Jenny Hou arrested this morning on fraud charges by the FBI and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The charges represent the latest legal blow for Mr. Liu’s campaign. One of his chief fundraisers was arrested last November for orchestrating an illegal fundraising scheme.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Ms. Hou “is accused of participating in a scheme that used ‘straw donors’ to funnel to the Campaign large, illegal contributions that were well above the individual limit … with the intent to fraudulently increase the amount of matching funds provided.”

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Hey Pols: Tony Avella Doesn’t Want to Hear Your Speech

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Senator Avella (Photo: Facebook)

Queens State Senator Tony Avella, often known to speak his mind, wrote a letter to the editor of his local Patch publication highly critical of the “new fad we are witnessing is the multitude of ‘State of the State’ and ‘State of the City’ addresses.”

“I am writing to voice my disdain with what I see as a new fad being used as a self-promotional tool amongst politicians who, quite often, are seeking higher office throughout this city and state,” Mr. Avella began, explaining while he has “no problem with the governor, mayors and heads of municipalities” giving addresses, he is concerned with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, and the various Borough Presidents all needing to give speeches of their own.

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