Brian McLaughlin

  • News

    July 17, 2013

    Political Corruption Boils Over in Albany

    Machine pols and reformers alike are ensnared

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Robert 'Sandy' Vietze, Guy Who Peed on Girl During JetBlue Flight, Was an Olympic Hopeful

    ​Robert "Sandy" Vietze, the drunk 18-year-old who drank eight alcoholic beverages and then relieved himself on the leg of an 11-year-old girl on the worst flight ever (someone later vomited, in an unrelated incident), has been found to have been a top alpine skier and on the developmental team ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Queens Pol Tony Seminerio, 75, Dies in a Federal Pen

    ​Former Queens assemblyman Tony Seminerio died today in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina where he was serving out the six-year fraud sentence he received in February. Seminerio, 75, had long been in poor health. Prior to his sentencing by federal Judge Naomi Buchwald for taking hund ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 22, 2010
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    October 8, 2010

    Alan Hevesi's Cheating Heart

    ​Of all the crooked pols we have seen standing in the dock in recent years admitting to felonies on the public purse, it would be hard to find a more unlikely catch than Alan Hevesi. Most scamsters emit some whiff of deceit. For Hevesi's fellow former assemblyman from Queens, Tony Seminerio, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Vito Lopez Can't Catch a Break: Three Investigations for a Man Battling the Big C

    ​The timing couldn't be worse for top Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez. Last week, he quietly let friends know that he's had a recurrence of the cancer that's been in remission since the mid '90s. He'll be undergoing heavy chemotherapy over the next few weeks. Today comes a Times story stating tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    City Union Chief Jack Ahern's Luxury Ride Eyed by Labor Council

    ​When labor leaders travel in stretch limousines it sends something of a mixed message. So when Jack Ahern, current chief of the city's powerful Central Labor Council, showed up in one at the St. Patrick's Day parade in March, a few jaws dropped. Last week, the jaws fell again when Ahern doub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Corrupt Queens Pol Tony Seminerio Sentenced to Six Years

    Former Queens state assemblyman Tony Seminerio was sentenced today to six years in prison for running a bribery and extortion scheme for more than a decade. Seminerio, who represented the 38th District in southwest Queens for three decades, pled guilty in June to soliciting for himself as much as h ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Seminerio: 'What the fuck does it mean that we're elected officials? It doesn't mean shit.'

    Yesterday's federal court hearing on the pending sentencing of ex-Queens assemblyman Anthony Seminerio produced many wonderful insights into the business of politics as well as potential problems for a host of political figures whose names popped up on tapes introduced as evidence by the Manhattan U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Snyder Attack Ads Cost Her a Backer

    Leslie Crocker Snyder's no-holds-barred attack ads on rival Cy Vance Jr. for serving as attorney for "murderers, mobsters and white collar criminals" are backfiring - at least among some lawyers. Snyder lost one of her most prominent backers this afternoon when veteran defense lawyer Michael F. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Top City Labor Leader Agrees to Stay Clear of Teamsters

    ​One of the city's most powerful union leaders has agreed to a divorce settlement with his own union in a deal to settle charges that he gave preferential treatment to an employer. Gary La Barbera, the current president of the city's Building and Construction Trades Council and a top sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Samaroo Sues Paterson to Stop Special Election for Queens Seat

    ​The special assembly election Governor Paterson announced, then rescinded, in Queens is on again -- at least for the moment. "Although there were concerns raised about last week's announcement," says the Governor, "after a comprehensive review of the issues at stake, I have determined that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Times Outs Bloomy's Fickle Outrage Meter

    ​It looks like Mike Bloomberg's burst of outrage over Plaxico Burress's concealed gun bust is paying off. The former Giant's wide receiver is now facing three and a half years in prison if convicted on criminal weapons possession charges. But as the Times's ever-adroit Clyde Haberman points o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    The last Chico mural for New York. Thanks, EV Grieve. What a week. Everyone was pissed at us. Williamsburgers didn't appreciate being called dorks for trying to silence ice cream trucks. Horace Mann students got mad when we suggested they were faking swine flu to get out of school. Allison Benedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Judge to Brian McLaughlin: Ten Years Should Do It

    Ex-city labor leader and Queens assemblyman Brian McLaughlin was hit with a ten-year prison term this afternoon for a $2 million spree of thievery in which he looted union, campaign, and state funds, and shook down contractors for bribes. (Background here and here.) McLaughlin, 57, who led the city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    City Electric Big Jolted in Bribe Rap

    It took a while, but federal prosecutors have finally zapped veteran electrical contractor Santo Petrocelli, whose company had a decades-long hold on lucrative city street lighting contracts. How lucrative? Say about $400 million over the past 15 years. Petrocelli, 74, is charged with taking brib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Seminerio Pays Legal Bills with Campaign Funds

    Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, indicted in September for extreme patronage, has been paying his legal bills with campaign money, reports the New York Daily News. But don't get too excited -- it's perfectly legal, or so his campaign treasurer tells the News and the sputtering response of a NYP ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 17, 2008

    Veteran Pol Tony Seminerio and Bribe-Taking in Albany

    Bribes and blatant nepotism in the senate. What else is new?

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    Brian McLaughlin's Booze Excuse

    Scandal-scarred ex-city labor leader Brian McLaughlin, the former Queens Assemblyman who has admitted to stealing $2 million from everyone from the local little league to electrical contractors, is finally talking about his misdeeds. The culprit, he tells Newsday’s Dan Janison, was that old devil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Assemblywoman Diane Gordon Convicted; Faces 10 Years in Big House

    The latest casualty in New York's ongoing political crime wave is Brooklyn assemblywoman Diane Gordon who was found guilty today in State Supreme Court of taking bribes. Gordon, 57 and a Democrat, was convicted of having tried to steer city-owned land to a private developer who agreed to deliver h ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2008

    A Month of Albany Scandals is New York's March Badness

    Among the contenders: a Brooklyn pol hooked on a dream house

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008
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    March 1, 2007

    A tanned McLaughlin back in court

    Sporting a fresh Florida tan, scandal-scarred labor big Brian McLaughlin was in federal court this morning to ask for more time to sift through evidence gathered during the government's years-long investigation of him. McLaughlin, the former Queens assemblyman who doubled as powerful president ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2007

    Labor Big McLaughlin Gets New Court Date

    Brian McLaughlin, the scandal-scarred ex-city labor chief charged with stealing more than $2 million, was in federal court this morning asking a judge for more time to examine a "mountain" of documentary evidence that federal prosecutors say they will use against him. Looking leaner and grayer than ... More >>

  • News

    December 19, 2006
  • News

    December 12, 2006

    The Sinner Within

    How Brian McLaughlin betrayed the labor movement and conned us all

  • News

    December 12, 2006

    In the Wake

    McLaughlin scandal casts doubt on labor council's future

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2006

    Labor Big Takes a Walk

    Embattled city union big Brian McLaughlin is out as president of the city's powerful Central Labor Council - at least for the next six months. McLaughlin, an electrical workers' union official and Queens state assemblyman who has been battling a criminal probe of city contracts, has agreed ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    August 15, 2006
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006

    Race Card Thrown in Queens Contests

    Challenging the validity of an opponent's ballot petitions might be a time-tested ritual of New York City politics, but folks still take umbrage when a rival tries to knock them off the ballot. Such is the case in the 25th assembly district in Queens, where a slate of South Asian candidates is accus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2006

    Labor's Love Lost

    New York has never lacked for labor racketeers, both convicted and alleged, but one name not previously found on either list is Central Labor Council president and Queens Democratic assemblyman Brian McLaughlin. Thursday's raids on McLaughlin's union and political offices, part of a joint city and ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2006

    Labor's Love Lost

    City's top union official said to have feathered his nest

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2005

    Labor Bigs Hit NYU

    Striking NYU grad assistants and backers rally on Friday (Photo: Holly Northrop/ In a show of labor unity, an array of the nation's most powerful union leaders-representing both sides of the split that divided organized labor this summer-rallied in support of striking New York Universi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    Labor's Beef with Bush

    In the brave new world of outsourcing, you get to train your own replacement worker

  • News

    June 8, 2004

    New York's Real Poorest

    Cops and teachers cry poverty, but it's minority day care workers who feel the pinch

  • News

    July 29, 2003

    Billy's Boondoggle

    The Comptroller's Payroll Becomes a Political Playground

  • News

    June 10, 2003

    Breasts and Balls

    Pandering Pols Seek Cancer Pension for Firefighters With Either

  • News

    February 18, 2003

    Labor's 'No' to War

    A New Generation of Leaders Makes a Different Choice

  • NYC Life

    October 8, 2002
  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Dreaming Green

    Stanley Aronowitz Wants to Build a Progressive Party—Crack by Crack

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Labor in Mourning

    Seven Months Later, Unions Raise the 9-11 Flag

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Outer-Borough Battler

    A Labor Leader Challenges His Own

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Miller Time

    How Internecine Minority Politics Picked the Speaker

  • News

    November 20, 2001

    Labor’s Election Day Flop

    The Union Coalition That Wasn’t

  • News

    January 18, 2000
  • News

    March 30, 1999

    A Wounded Mayor

    Diallo Deconstructs Rudy's Racial Rule

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