U.S. Attorney: New York’s Corruption Cases ‘Feel Like a Scene From Groundhog Day

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara gestures towards a chart featuring Senator Smith in the middle.
Preet Bharara gestures towards his chart with Senator Smith in the center.

“Today is another sad and disappointing day for every New Yorker,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced at his press conference this morning where he unsealed corruption charges against six officials–including State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran–accusing them of accepting bribes to boost Mr. Smith’s mayoral campaign.

“The charges we unsealed today demonstrate once again the ‘show me the money culture’ seems to pervade every level of New York government,” he continued. “The criminal complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany.”

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Brooklyn D.A. Calls for Special Prosecutor for Vito Lopez

vito lopez flickr1 Brooklyn D.A. Calls for Special Prosecutor for Vito Lopez
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Kings County District Attorney Joe Hynes is increasing the pressure on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the once-powerful outgoing chair of the borough’s Democratic Party, by applying for a special prosecutor to investigate sexual  harassment reports against Mr. Lopez. Mr. Hynes said past support from the local Democratic organization “had the potential to create an appearance of impropriety,” and an independent district attorney  could better carry out the investigation.

Mr. Hynes, once a close political ally of Mr. Lopez’s, released the following statement to explain the move: Continue reading “Brooklyn D.A. Calls for Special Prosecutor for Vito Lopez”