Assemblyman Stevenson Disputes New York Magazine Account

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Daily, Latest, Trials/Hearings

Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson read the New York Magazine feature about ex-Assemblyman Nelson Castro’s work with federal agents that led to his indictment–and Stevenson didn’t like it. “The parts about me are inaccurate, particularly the parts about promising to get legislation passed in the same year it is introduced,” he said. “Any legislator here can tell you it’s ludicrous to say something like that. Even the governor can’t guarantee legislation without getting the Speaker and the Senate leaders on the… [More]

New York City Aims to Help Youths Getting Out of Detention

Written by Mylique Sutton on . Posted in Daily, Education, Public Safety, Trials/Hearings, Uncategorized

New York City government is trying to help young adults who are getting out of jail or detention. But according to Amy Berglio, a staff attorney for the School Justice Project, there are still obstacles that make it difficult to get youths back in school–and she hopes that the process became less painful. “We see time and time again students who are wrongfully prevented or dissuaded from attending school after returning from detention, placement or jail,” she said at a New… [More]

Does Being a Politician Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Government Operations, Trials/Hearings

“I’m sorry.” Perhaps the most difficult words for anyone to say. And for people in positions of power, an apology can be a rare occurrence. “It’s difficult for men of power to apologize, very difficult,” political consultant George Arzt said. The infrequency of such admissions from elected officials is why it was so striking when Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced last month that he had made a mistake in helping to cover up sexual harassment claims against ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez.… [More]

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Written by Alexis Grenell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Opinion, Trials/Hearings

We repeatedly see policies and proposals put forth with no rational basis aside from personal gain. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara may have exposed some of the more egregious examples of political corruption in the recent round of arrests, but in reality there are other pervasive and subtle forms of self-dealing which are doing long-term damage to the public interest.… [More]

What’s In The Water?

Written by Michael Benjamin on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Opinion, Trials/Hearings

My four terms in the Assembly will now forever be bookended by corruption cases. I was first elected in a special election in 2003, following the arrest and conviction for bribery of my predecessor, Gloria Davis. During my eight years in office, until my retirement from the Legislature in 2010, I did my utmost to remove the stain Davis had left upon the seat by regaining the people’s trust. Sadly, it is clear now that despite my best efforts, I… [More]

Markey Believes Sex Abuse Bill Could Finally Get Traction

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Public Safety, Trials/Hearings

Marge Markey For the past eight years Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has introduced legislation to expand the statute of limitations for victims of sex abuse. The bill, which would allow child sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their abusers, has failed to gain traction previously, but Markey believes a number of high-profile abuse cases in the Catholic Church and the Hasidic community, and an increased lobbying effort, will sway her colleagues and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I really think the governor is open to it,” she said.… [More]

Malcolm Smith: A Man Without a Conference [Updated]

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Government Operations, News, Trials/Hearings

Legislators returned to Albany on Monday  and booted state Sen. Malcolm Smith from the Independent Democratic Conference two weeks after federal agents arrested him on bribery charges. “If [the Democrats] are willing to take him on, if they want to make him a part of their conference, they’re free to do so,” IDC spokesman Eric Soufer said. But the Democrats didn’t seem to want him either. “I don’t foresee that happening,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said at a… [More]

Stevenson’s Tainted Bill Going Nowhere Fast

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Social Services, Trials/Hearings

Eric Stevenson Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was hauled away by the feds last week for taking bribes to write legislation for his constituents. His bill, which he drew up in February, would establish a moratorium on the construction of new adult day care centers. But Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who is chairwoman of the Assembly Aging Committee, said the bill is “certainly not going anywhere.” “We’re never going to bring it up,” she said. “I took a look at it [on Friday]. He didn’t circulate it. The… [More]

Unlucky Guys: Can The IDC Withstand The Malcolm Smith Scandal?

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Daily, Latest, News, News & Features, Trials/Hearings

The IDC State Sen. Malcolm Smith woke up to FBI agents pounding on his door in Queens on Tuesday morning—and his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference woke up to a pounding headache. Federal prosecutors charged Smith with bribing New York City political officials in a quixotic bid to run for mayor on the Republican ballot, the latest in a steady stream of corruption cases flowing out of Albany. The elaborate alleged conspiracy and extortion plot also ensnared Queens Councilman Dan Halloran, two… [More]