In a brief press conference outside the Manhattan courthouse this afternoon, District Attorney Cyrus Vance said his office would continue to pursue the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in the face of newly-reported doubts about the credibility of the accuser.
“Today’s proceedings did not dismiss the indictment or any of the charges against the defendant,” he said today, after a judge released Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance this morning.
Mayor Bloomberg is requesting a $600 million refund from the company overseeing the CityTime project.
Citing criminal charges levied against at least two employees of Science Applications International Corporation, Bloomberg said the company’s oversight of the project were “extremely troubling and raise questions about SAIC’s corporate responsibility and internal controls.”
In the Department of Investigation’s report, City Councilman Dan Halloran is quoted telling one sanitation worker who may have knowledge of a worker slowdown, that “if you don’t want to talk, I will find a disgruntled worker who is ready to retire who is.”
The quote undermines the credibility of how Halloran, a Republican from northeast Queens, came across insider information about sanitation workers who, out of anger with City Hall, intentionally botched the December 2010 snow removal.
The Daily News had a story this morning alleging “at least three Council members had tickets fixed after they phoned friends at the NYPD.”
When asked about it at an unrelated press conference in Queens, Mayor Bloomberg said: “It is wrong,” and, “the cops shouldn’t do it.”
“It’s really disgraceful if an elected official asked them to do it,” he said.
Bloomberg said he discussed the ticket-fixing scandal during his weekly meeting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday. The matter is being investigated by the Bronx District Attorney.
Here’s a roundup of chatter about the A.G.’s probe of three major banks, and how their mortgage-backed securities may have contributed to the epic financial meltdown that we’re not entirely out of yet.
Schneiderman’s investigation is being heralded on the left as meaningful intervention by a regulator who is going after an industry that brought the country to the brink of disaster and got, in return, a taxpayer bailout. Politically, it’s a continuation of the tradition of making the New York attorney general a key watchdog of Wall Street — something first started by Eliot Spitzer.
Eliot Spitzer: “I bet there will be bombshells awaiting us.”
New York Times: “At long last, there is a serious investigation into the mortgage mess.”
Dylan Ratigan: “Promising move. Instead of waiting for federal, state and civil suites to shake out, Schneiderman is going it solo…If we wait to see if the attorney general, [Eric] Holder, files charges we may all die and roll over.”