deja vu all over again
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. just can’t catch a break.
Mr. Boyland, who was previously charged with soliciting bribes to pay his legal bills in an unrelated corruption trial, was indicted again last March for wire fraud charges stemming from alleged abuse of per diem requests. And he was just charged yet again today.
keep paying his salary
You’re going to have Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. to kick around a while longer.
Last year, Mr. Boyland was charged with soliciting bribes in order to pay his legal bills in an otherwise unrelated bribery case, but jury selection for this second trial won’t begin until July 15th, a federal judge ruled today.
It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.
However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting races happening. From “Who Gets Arrested for Raping a Grandmother?” to “Assemblywoman Caught Up in Sex Scandal with Two Young Men,” there’s been no shortage of nasty drama and mud slinging as voters head to the polls.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s running and why it might matter who wins. The list below focuses on Democratic races because the few Republican primaries in this staunchly blue city tend to have clear favorites or are taking place in such Democratic territory that the victor is reasonably likely to be irrelevant.
the boyland bunch
As Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. battles his second set of corruption charges, the pool of candidates circling his seat continues to grow.
The latest two prospective candidates to file campaign committees for the seat, Royston Antoine and Bilal Malik, are both candidates who unsuccessfully campaigned against Mr. Boyland in 2008 as well.
During the course of reporting this week’s cover story on William Boyland Jr., I spent over a month attempting to speak to the allegedly corrupt Assemblyman including sending emails, Facebook messages, multiple calls to his work number and personal cell phone and visits to his office in Albany, his district office in Brownsville and his home in Bedford Stuyvesant. I finally met Mr. Boyland last Saturday night in the lobby of the Hotel Albany where he was on hand for the annual New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus association weekend.
Upon seeing Mr. Boyland, who was handing his young son money to spend in the hotel gift shop, I immediately walked over, whipped out my audio recorder and introduced myself.
“I know who you are, you stopped by my house,” Assemblyman Boyland responded.
Mr. Boyland declined to discuss the pair of corruption trials against him, the bullets fired at his car last August, or the, at last count, 41 lawsuits filed against him by the State Board of Elections for his failure to file required campaign finance disclosures.
“You have a card or something? I’m not going to do any comment now. I’ll reach out when you get home OK?”
Even though I already left a card for Mr. Boyland on my visit to his house, I gave him another one. He never called.
Mr. Boyland didn’t have much to say to me, but his father, William Boyland Sr., who’s better known as Frank, was far more forthcoming.
The past 12 months have not been good for assemblyman William Boyland Jr. In March, he was arrested on federal corruption charges. In July, it was reported he was playing computer games when he should have been in session in Albany. In August, his GMC Yukon was shot at as he drove through his neighborhood of Brownsville—though this last event seems to have been random.
There was moment of hope when Mr. Boyland was acquitted in November. But no sooner had he settled back into life as a free man—nearly three weeks later—than FBI agents arrived at his home, and he was arrested on a second set of corruption charges. According to the indictment, the bureau had him on tape, soliciting bribes.
(He declined to be interviewed.)
Should he be convicted of the charges against him, Mr. Boyland will be the last of a nearly-40-year-long Brooklyn political dynasty.
Embattled Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. hasn’t made required financial disclosures for any of his three active political campaign committees in a year-and-a-half. The State Board of Elections has sued Assemblyman Boyland multiple times for his failure to reveal campaign contributions and expenditures resulting in 41 judgments against his three committees and at least $22,586.50 in damages, none of which have been paid.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. is currently facing a second round of federal bribery charges, but The Politicker has learned he’s also in hot water with the state Board of Elections because he hasn’t filed required financial disclosures for any of his three active campaign committees in more than a year. A spokesman for the board told us Assemblyman Boyland has already been sued by the Board of Elections multiple times and he may face another lawsuit soon.
The Village Voice has a snarky list of powerless New Yorkers, featuring multiple elected officials.
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Lew Fidler makes his first State Senate campaign speech.
Embattled Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. unveiled a new maxim on his personal Facebook page as he and his chief of staff face a new round of bribery charges. Over the weekend, Assemblyman Boyland Jr. replaced his profile picture on the site with a note reading: “I am too positive to be doubtful. Too Optimistic to be fearful. And too determined to be defeated.”