Assemblyman William Boyland Found Guilty on All Charges

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house  yesterday.

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. has been convicted on federal corruption charges today, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. 

Mr. Boyland was convicted on all 21 counts accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official.  Continue reading “Assemblyman William Boyland Found Guilty on All Charges”

Jury Reshuffling Delays Boyland Jr. Verdict

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.

Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.

The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an alternate juror who sat in on the trial will serve as a replacement.

Judge Sandra Townes told Mr. Boyland and federal prosecutors that since the alternate juror did not deliberate with the jury today, the jury must begin the deliberation process “anew” tomorrow. It’s not clear when a verdict in the case will ultimately handed down. 

Mr. Boyland has been charged with 21 crimes accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. If convicted, the assemblyman faces up to 30 years behind bars.

Mr. Boyland, hounded by reporters as he left a federal court house today in downtown Brooklyn, declined to comment. 

William Boyland Jr. Indicted Yet Again

William Boyland. (Photo: Facebook)
William Boyland. (Photo: Facebook)

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.

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William Boyland Jr.’s Trial Set for Next July

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William Boyland (Photo: Facebook)

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.

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There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?

state senate map cover Theres a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?
A map of New York City’s State Senate districts.

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. Continue reading “There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?”

Even More Candidates Angle for Boyland Jr. Seat

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William Boyland (Photo: Facebook)

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.

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My Weekend With The Boylands

 My Weekend With The Boylands
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. and his father, Frank, together in 2005. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

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. Continue reading “My Weekend With The Boylands”