Speaker ‘Will Take Approproate Action’ Against Arrested Staffer

Preston Niblack. (Photo: Facebook)
Preston Niblack. (Photo: Facebook)

A spokesman for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the speaker will take unspecified “appropriate action” against the council’s longtime finance director, who was reportedly charged yesterday with felony assault.

Preston Niblack was set to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court last night on charges of alleged second-degree felony assault “after cops found his partner bludgeoned by a statue and picture frame in his Upper West Side apartment” Tuesday morning, according to the Daily News. Continue reading “Speaker ‘Will Take Approproate Action’ Against Arrested Staffer”

Bill de Blasio Among Those Arrested at Hospital Protest

Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)
Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)

Mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was arrested this morning while protesting the potential closure of two Brooklyn hospitals–Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

Mr. de Blasio, along with other protesters, refused to leave the sidewalk outside the SUNY Chancellor’s Office on West 42nd Street, chanting “Hell no! We won’t go!” as police circled in.

“Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you’re united to #SaveLICH,” Mr. de Blasio’s campaign tweeted, along with a grainy photo of his arrest around 11 a.m.

Prior to even crossing the street, where the protestors blocked the entryway to the building, Mr. de Blasio was hardly coy about his efforts to get arrested. When City Comptroller John Liu, another mayoral hopeful also in attendance at the protest, said “I heard you’re going to get cuffed today,” Mr. de Blasio merely smiled.

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Mayor’s Future Grandkid’s Father Was Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Ramiro Quintana, via the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The father of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s future grandchild was arrested earlier this year for allegedly boating under the influence in Florida, according to police and court records first reported by a South Florida gossip site.

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John Catsimatidis Spending Big on Billboards, Lip Balm and Candy

John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday. (Photo: twitter/JCats2013)
John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday evening. (Photo: Twitter/JCats2013)

All of the major mayoral candidates have been spending cash at a relative steady clip; but no other candidate has managed to do so as fast as billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis. The self-financed Republican has spent a whopping $880,000 since he entered the race, including $615,332 in bills over the past two months.

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Díaz Sr. Suggests Sampson’s Arrest Part of Plot to Disenfranchise Minority Voters

John Sampson (Photo: Facebook)
John Sampson (Photo: Facebook)

Outspoken State Senator Rubén Díaz, Sr. is out with another one of his “What You Should Know” missives, this one addressing the recent spate of New York legislators being arrested, a list that State Senator John Sampson joined yesterday. And Mr. Díaz, in a roundabout way, very strongly suggests there’s a racial component to federal prosecutors’ targets.

“The only thing we do know that is new in these times in New York State, is the Black and Hispanic politicians are the ones being wired and sent out to root out corruption among Black and Hispanic officials,” he said in a statement dismissing alarmist rhetoric to describe the Empire State’s corruption controversies. “I would hate to think that as Black and Hispanic leaders who are elected to represent our communities, that we would be targeted to weed out corruption only in our backyards, and that we would be held to a higher standard than the non-Black and Hispanic leaders.”

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U.S. Attorney Slams John Sampson’s ‘Extreme Examples of Political Hubris’

Senator Sampson's alleged scheme. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Senator Sampson’s alleged scheme. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

State Sen. John Sampson will be arraigned Monday afternoon in federal court for his alleged involvement in a brazen embezzlement scheme, involving an elaborate cover-up and an attempt to use stolen cash to fund his campaign for Brooklyn District Attorney, investigators revealed Monday.

According to prosecutors and an indictment unsealed this morning in federal court, Mr. Sampson abused his position as an attorney supervising foreclosed properties for years and allegedly embezzled approximately $440,000 between 1998 and 2008 from escrow accounts he was charged with watching over. He then tried to use some of that money, they charged, to fund his own campaign to become Brooklyn’s top prosecutor. Further, Mr. Sampson allegedly engaged in an extensive scheme to try to hide the his illegal conduct, threatening witnesses and reaching into the U.S. Attorney’s Office to try to tamper with evidence.

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John Sampson to FBI: ‘Not Everything I Told You Was False’

John Sampson. (Photo: Facebook)
John Sampson. (Photo: Facebook)

The U.S. Attorney’s office is holding a press conference any moment now to detail the charges against State Senator John Sampson, who was arrested this morning for his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme. Specifically, Mr. Sampson is charged with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements.

One particularly interesting moment in the indictment, which can be viewed below, is when FBI agents approached Mr. Sampson at the end of July to ask about the alleged criminal schemes. According to the complaint, “At the conclusion of the interview, agents advised the defendant John Sampson that he had lied to federal agents, which constituted a federal crime. After being asked whether he wished to revise his statement, Sampson stated, ‘Not everything I told you was false.'”

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