Stop And Frisk Debate Gets Heated At City Council Hearing

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, News & Features, Public Safety, Trials/Hearings

A New York City Council hearing yesterday on the Community Safety Act, a package of reforms to the city’s police department, was marked by polarizing viewpoints, passionate grandstanding and at times a notable lack of decorum. Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., the chair of the Public Safety Committee, had the first word in the debate, calling the legislation one of the most “irresponsible bills to ever be presented to the City Council.” The Community Safety Act is made up of four… [More]

Joe Bruno Talks Legal Situation, Roy McDonald, Cuomo With Fred Dicker

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Daily, Government Operations, Latest, News, News & Features, Trials/Hearings

Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who was indicted in May on charges that he took $440,000 in payments disguised as consulting fees from an Albany businessman, is maintaining his innocence in the case, noting that he has already been exonerated from any wrongdoing by the United States Supreme Court and that his prior conviction was overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. “[The US Attorney's office has] seen fit to indict me and re-indict me… [More]

Jimmy Meng Plea Deal Could Be in the Works

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An order filed in federal court on Monday in the U.S. Attorney’s case against congressional candidate Grace Meng‘s father Jimmy Meng shows a joint request of the prosecution and defense to exclude the time from Aug. 30 to Sept. 30 in “computing the time within which an information or indictment must be filed.” The document, an order of excludable delay, cites the reason for the delay as “they are engaged in plea negotiations, which they believe are likely to result… [More]

Edible Arraignments! Grace Meng’s Father Arrested For Alleged Fruit Basket Bribery [UPDATED]

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

Former Queens Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting $80,000 in cash from a court defendant and promising to use the money to bribe Manhattan prosecutors between December 2011 and July 2012, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s office announced this afternoon. Federal investigators found the ex-legislator did not contact anyone in the district attorney’s office and planned to keep the bribe money for himself. This morning, Meng was arrested after a cooperating witness (CW)… [More]

Could Indictment of Bronx Nonprofit Manager Jeopardize State Economic Grants?

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Blog, Economic Development, Housing, Trials/Hearings

A Bronx nonprofit organization that received $375,000 in regional economic development grants from the Cuomo administration last year is being scrutinized after one its managers was indicted for bribery this week. Satnarine Seebachan oversaw contract bidding for Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation, a nonprofit that provides housing and other services. The U.S. attorney’s office alleges that between 2006 and 2010, he took bribes from contractors seeking lucrative federal grants to do home repairs. BSRC’s $375,000 award from the state Regional Economic… [More]