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”

Challengers Eye Scandal-Plagued Bronx Assemblyman

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

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who is set to go on trial for corruption charges, may have some political problems, too.

The Bronx Democrat is likely to face several challengers this year if he chooses to seek re-election, and some of those candidates are already ramping up their operations, sources said. Continue reading “Challengers Eye Scandal-Plagued Bronx Assemblyman”

Establishment-Backed Victor Pichardo Makes His Case for Nelson Castro’s Seat

Victor Pichardo. (Photo: Pichardo Campaign)
Victor Pichardo. (Photo: Pichardo Campaign)

Nelson Castro and Victor Pichardo have a few things in common. They’re both ambitious, Dominican-American and hand-picked candidates of the Bronx Democratic machine.

But Mr. Pichardo, 28, is hoping to traverse a very different path than Mr. Castro, the fallen former Bronx assemblyman revealed in April to have been a wired-up informant for almost his entire Albany tenure.

Forced to resign his West Bronx seat in April, Mr. Castro has created a rare open race in the borough where the diplomatic Mr. Pichardo, backed by the Bronx Democratic Party and powerful labor unions like the Hotel Trades Council, is poised to win in September. Continue reading “Establishment-Backed Victor Pichardo Makes His Case for Nelson Castro’s Seat”

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.

Continue reading “Indicted Assemblyman Will Lose Minority Caucus Executive Post”

Malcolm Smith No Longer Seems Interested in Mayoral Race

Sen. Malcolm Smith talks to CBS6. (YouTube/CBS6Albany)
Sen. Malcolm Smith talks to CBS6. (YouTube/CBS6Albany)

State Senator Malcolm Smith, who has been accused of trying to bribe his way onto the ballot to run for mayor, has seemingly lost interest in the job.

“Right now I want to continue to do what I’m doing as state senator and try to do the best I can for the constituents that I’m still representing,” the embattled Queens lawmaker said when asked about his mayoral ambitions in a recent interview with CBS6 Albany.

Continue reading “Malcolm Smith No Longer Seems Interested in Mayoral Race”

State Senator Speculates and Debates: ‘Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?’

sanders State Senator Speculates and Debates: Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?
James Sanders last night.

It is a question few in the New York political establishment dare to ask publicly: is the seemingly endless string of indictments and arrests of elected officials a conspiracy against minorities in power?

But there was Queens State Sen. James Sanders Jr., bellowing in a theater with a preacher’s rhythm, more than implying last night that the recent arrests of black elected officials like Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, State Sen. Malcolm Smith and State Sen. John Sampson were not coincidental. Even State Sen. Shirley Huntley, who admitted to stealing funds earmarked for her district’s underprivileged children and was sentenced Thursday for her crimes, could have been linked to a conspiracy, Mr. Sanders said.

Ironically, Mr. Sanders defeated Ms. Huntley last year–after she was indicted–and took her seat in the State Senate.

Continue reading “State Senator Speculates and Debates: ‘Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?’”