Assemblyman Stevenson Found Guilty on Corruption Charges

Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson has been convicted on federal corruption charges, a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed this evening.

Mr. Stevenson was convicted on four counts stemming from charges that he drafted legislation and performed official government services in exchange for more than $20,000 in cash bribes–the latest in a long string of corruption arrests hitting the state’s lawmakers. Continue reading “Assemblyman Stevenson Found Guilty on Corruption Charges”

U.S. Attorney Targets Convicted Pols’ Pension Payments

Larry Seabrook (Photo: New York City Council)
Larry Seabrook (Photo: New York City Council)

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is going after the pensions of four ex-pols convicted on corruption-related charges, his office announced this morning.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has filed paperwork seeking orders to force former City Councilmen Larry Seabrook and Miguel Martinez to forfeit their pension payments to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars owed on their corruption charges. Continue reading “U.S. Attorney Targets Convicted Pols’ Pension Payments”

Assemblyman William Boyland Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. outside of court today.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. outside of court today.

Though he was reportedly expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges today, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. instead pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial date for December or possibly January. Continue reading “Assemblyman William Boyland Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges”

LL Cool J Hosts Event With Indicted State Senator in Queens

LL Cool J and Malcolm Smith.
LL Cool J and State Senator Malcolm Smith.

State Senator Malcolm Smith may be facing federal corruption charges, but LL Cool J is cool with it.

The ’90s heartthrob, rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles returned to his childhood neighborhood in southeast Queens yesterday to co-host a basketball tournament with the indicted pol, who recently pleaded not-guilty to federal corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating an elaborate scheme to get himself elected mayor.

“The beauty about the American system is that you’re innocent ’til proven guilty,” the rapper told Politicker as he greeted excited fans at the annual basketball event when asked about the scandal.

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U.S. Attorney Says New Yorkers ‘Can Expect More’ Corruption Cases

Preet Bharara announcing the arrest of State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. (Photo: Getty)
Preet Bharara announcing the arrest of State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. (Photo: Getty)

The string of corruption arrests in New York State is far from over, according to the man who has issued many of the indictments.

In a rare televised interview with Capital Tonight, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said even more public corruption cases can be expected to emerge due to the “pervasive” nature of the problem in the state.

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Indicted Assemblyman Will Lose Minority Caucus Executive Post

Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Eric Stevenson. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Indicted Assemblyman Eric Stevenson will today lose his executive post with the Assembly’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus, multiple sources told Politicker.

Mr. Stevenson, arrested in April for allegedly accepting $20,000 in bribes to steer legislation, is not seeking re-election as second vice president of the caucus. He must submit a letter of resignation to officially quit the caucus altogether, however.

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