De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit”

Eliot Spitzer Collects 27,000 Petition Signatures for Comptroller’s Race

Eliot Spitzer gleefully displays a page of his petition signatures.
Eliot Spitzer gleefully displays signatures.

Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer managed to collect a whopping 27,000 petition signatures in the four days since he announced his last-minute, comeback bid for city comptroller.

A beaming Mr. Spitzer, joined by staffers, arrived at the Board of Elections headquarters in Lower Manhattan shortly after 10:30 p.m. carting four large boxes of signed petitions–which he gleefully displayed to the throngs of waiting press.

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Shirley Huntley Gets a Year in Jail for Embezzlement Scheme

Shirley Huntley. (Photo: WIkimedia)
Shirley Huntley. (Photo: WIkimedia)

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley, who pleaded guilty in February to falsifying evidence and attempting to cover up her embezzle efforts, was sentenced in court today to a year and a day in jail. In addition, she will have to pay $87,700 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“The crux of this case has always been the defendant Shirley Huntley’s greed and self-interest,” United States Attorney Loretta Lynch announced in a statement. “Promising to provide much needed assistance to the parents of New York City public schoolchildren, … Shirley Huntley violated the public trust and betrayed her constituents by stealing public funds for her own benefit.”

Ms. Lynch added, “Today’s sentence should send a clear message: we will bring to justice those who corrupt the system of laws upon which our community relies.”

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Ongoing Investigations Revealed Against More New York Lawmakers [Updated]

Albany. (Photo: Wikimedia)
Albany. (Photo: Wikimedia)

This afternoon, courts released a sentencing document for State Senator Shirley Huntley, detailing her cooperation with federal authorities in the wake of her arrest in a bribery scheme. After a slew of corruption scandals have rocked New York State politics in recent weeks, including several of Ms. Huntley’s Albany colleagues, particular attention was placed on the names of officials and staffers caught in Ms. Huntley’s wiretaps. There are nine names on the list.

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Court Blocks ‘Administrative Leviathan’ Soda Cup Rule, Mayor Vows to Appeal

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Earlier today, the state Supreme Court blocked New York City’s controversial attempt to ban large cups for sugary drinks in restaurants and other food establishments. The ruling, which you can view below, blasted the ban as “arbitrary and capricious,” ultimately creating “an administrative Leviathan.” The rules were scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.

“It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some but not all food establishments in the City, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds and the loopholes inherent in the Rule, including but not limited to no limitations on re-fills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the Rule,” Judge Milton Tingling ruled.

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The Case Against John Liu’s Campaign Begins

photo 15 The Case Against John Lius Campaign Begins
Jenny Hou leaving the courthouse this evening.

This afternoon, just as comptroller and likely 2013 mayoral candidate John Liu appeared alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference discussing the post-Sandy state of the city’s finances, legal arguments got underway this afternoon in the trial of his supporter Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan and his young campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou, who are being accused of participating in a conspiracy to direct illegal contributions to Mr. Liu’s war chest. In the courtroom today, Judge Richard Sullivan rejected four pre-trial motions requested by Mr. Pan and Ms. Hou’s attorneys and ordered the trial to begin as scheduled February 4.  Continue reading “The Case Against John Liu’s Campaign Begins”