Law & Order
Councilman Larry Seabrook, who was convicted last July on 9 counts of wire and fraud charges, was sentenced in federal court today to 5 years in prison. Upon his conviction, Mr. Seabrook was immediately expelled from the legislative chamber.
“Councilman Larry Seabrook sacrificed the public trust on the altar of greed,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
Former Councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of corruption earlier today, and pursuant to the rules governing the City Council, he was instantly removed from office. Just moments ago, Mayor Michael Bloomerg declared the special election’s date to replace Mr. Seabrook will coincide with the 2012 general election on November 6th — but that doesn’t mean candidates aren’t already stepping up.
Andy King, a former labor organizer with 1199SEIU, told us he definitely plans to run in this upcoming special election. Mr. King performed strongly running against Mr. Seabrook in 2009, taking in over 30% of the vote to the incumbent’s 55%, which, combined with his connections to labor, may make him one of the frontrunners for the seat.
The Quiet Man
Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook, who ended up in a deadlocked jury last December as he was facing 12 charges, was retried and found guilty on 9 of those charges earlier today, which reportedly include bribery, money laundering and fraud.
“Councilman Larry Seabrook abused the power of his office to influence public contracts and to fund his own corrupt friends and family plan,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said, according to the New York Post.
Federal prosecutors are preparing to retry Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook in June on charges of bribery, money laundering and fraud after a mistrial in December. In the meantime, Mr. Seabrook doesn’t want to talk about the case against him.
“Oh, I’m not going to talk about that,” he told The Politicker after Comptroller and likely 2013 mayoral candidate John Liu’s State of the City address at City College today.
However, our conversation with Mr. Seabrook didn’t end there.
Law & Order
Despite being under federal indictment for stealing member item funds, Larry Seabrook was still given $350,000 to dole out by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
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Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook is breathing a bit easier after the government’s first attempt to prosecute him in corruption charges resulted in a mistrial. “There’s a tremendous amount of relief, but the most important thing is being able to go back to the district and do the work that I’ve been doing for 30 years in terms of serving the constituents,” Councilman Seabrook said in an interview on NY1′s “Inside City Hall” last night.
Councilman Seabrook, who’s accused of taking $40,000 in donations in exchange for favors, forging expense receipts and funneling more than $1 million to a network of non-profit companies he controlled that employed his family members and associates, defended his work by comparing himself to Governor Andrew Cuomo and JFK. “I think it was a president named John Kennedy and he hired his brother named Robert Kennedy. I think there was a governor named Mario Cuomo and there was a son that ran his campaign and also ran the non-profit. I think he’s the governor now,” Councilman Seabrook said.
A judge declared a mistrial in the corruption case Councilman Larry Seabrook.
Governor Cuomo denied trying to strong arm State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez’ scandal scarred Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council is due for a big payout from the state.
Governor Cuomo is headed to Los Angeles where Hollywood A-Listers are hosting his first out-of-state fundraiser to thank him for legalizing same sex marriage.
Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was denied parole and will spend another year behind bars for his role in a pay-to-play pension fund corruption scandal.
Speaking of comptrollers, advisors for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer reportedly hope he’ll take advantage of John Liu’s troubles and run for comptroller rather than entering the tougher mayoral race.