Halloran’s Council Opponents Weigh In On Corruption Charges

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Trials/Hearings

Amid the chaos surrounding New York City Councilman Dan Halloran’s alleged involvement in a corruption and bribery scheme with state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two city GOP operatives, Halloran has to defend his Council seat from one of a slew of Democratic opponents. Two of them, former Cuomo administration employee Austin Shafran and urban planner Paul Graziano, put out statements about Halloran’s troubles. “These are serious and disturbing charges from the FBI which need to be prosecuted to the fullest… [More]

Bharara Indicates Carlucci Not Involved In Smith Corruption Scandal [UPDATED]

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Government Operations, Latest, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

At a press conference announcing federal corruption charges against Democratic state Senator Malcom Smith and New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara indicated that while the investigation is still ongoing, there is no evidence that state Sen. David Carlucci is in any way involved, as an earlier report had discussed. The criminal complaint says that Smith had been speaking to an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer. Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and… [More]

Judge Allows New Documentation In NYU Expansion Hearing

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Trials/Hearings

A lawsuit challenging the expansion of New York University received a boost yesterday when a judge agreed to review further documents that opponents say shows that the land the university plans to build on is designated park land and therefore requires the approval of the state Legislature before the expansion moves forward. As part of NYU’s plans to grow its campus, the city has designated several parcels of land on the blocks between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street, and between… [More]

DA Hynes Pushes Prisoner Re-entry, Not Worried About Re-election

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Heard Around Town, Latest, Public Safety, Trials/Hearings

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes made the rounds on the floor of the Assembly on Tuesday promoting legislation that would expand his prisoner re-entry program. Hynes wants $1.5 million to make the program, which currently serves 1,000 individuals, available to 3,000, and legislators suggested expanding it beyond New York City. “We may try a regional approach, in Erie County, Onondaga County, and three other places and see how successful it is,” Hynes said. The DA is facing a spirited primary… [More]

Quinn Calls For Early Voting at BOE Hearing

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made an appearance Wednesday morning at a City Council oversight hearing on the New York City Board of Elections’ haphazard  performance on Election Day, and called for major reforms to the voting system, including early voting to reduce the confusion and long lines that many voters experienced in November. The hearing was the sixth of its kind that the Council has held in regard to the Board of Elections since 2010 and came after a… [More]

Vito Lopez’s Game of Musical Chairs

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Heard Around Town, News, Trials/Hearings

One of Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s closest confidants, Christiana Fisher, his campaign treasurer, pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to federal investigators. She won’t receive her sentence until April 2013, but Lopez is already planning his next political moves. He alerted supporters that his next term in the Assembly could be his last and privately told colleagues he was interested in running for City Council after Councilwoman Diana Reyna is term-limited out next year. If Lopez jumps into a council race, that could set off a musical chairs-like switch of offices throughout… [More]

Bronx Assembly Candidate Finally Gets Day In Court

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Maxi Rivera finally had his day in court. Rivera’s attorney disputed his election defeat to Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo based on charges that she was illegally electioneering at polling stations and Board of Elections workers were telling voters in the 84th Assembly district who to vote for. After an Appellate Court hearing Tuesday afternoon, Rivera’s attorney, Don Dunn, was confident the judges would rule favorably and send his case to the Bronx Supreme Court later this week. “Three [yes votes from the judges] is a… [More]