A city judge essentially sentenced Joseph Sdao -- a corrupt former project manager for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, who defrauded the city out of more than $30,000 -- to a 12-weekend timeout yesterday. Judge Martin Marcus of Bronx County Supreme Court sentenced Sdao, 69, of ... More >>
We are in the midst of a "week of action", a term dubbed by a collective of housing activists--you know, those singing protestors we've written about for the past few months--and homeowners facing foreclosure, and it has been action-packed indeed. On Monday, about 40 people from diverse backgrounds ... More >>
On Monday, 24 singing protestors were arrested for interrupting a foreclosure sale inside Bronx Supreme Court. While 23 of them were released after a few hours, a 56-year-old unemployed woman named Madeline Nelson was held for over 24 hours...and she has no idea why.
If last Friday's People's Bailout turned out to be anti-climatic, the singing protestors--made up of activists from groups such as Occupied Wall Street, Organizing For Occupation, Judson Memorial Church, Union Theological Seminary, and Occupied Faith--got their fair share of action yesterday at the ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Graham Rayman takes a second look at the case of Alan Newton. Newton was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project in 2006 for the 1984 rape and slashing of a woman in the Bronx, and has since become an example of the organization's success. But what has gone ... More >>
They hailed Alan Newton's exoneration—without mentioning his other case of attempted rape
Twana Rose, a former secretary of a Bronx tenants' association who was named to the Voice's Ten Worst Tenants list earlier this month, was sentenced today in Bronx Supreme Court to between 1.5 and three years in prison. Rose, along with her mother, Arlether Middleton, who served as the tenants' ... More >>
Last week, one of the tenants named on our 'Ten Worst Tenants' -- our cover story from last week -- was sentenced to five years' probation at the Bronx Supreme Court. Arlether Middleton, a day-care provider who abused her role as tenants' association president to steal thousands of dollars fr ... More >>
Nearly half the candidates running for city judgeships in this year's general election on November 2 are unqualified to run, the New York City Bar Association said yesterday. Of the 34 candidates running in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, 15 are unqualified by the Bar's reckoning ... More >>
courtesy David VarenneBy Valerie Vande Panne Previously, we wrote about the city's plan to redo the Bronx's Pelham Parkway, including adding guardrails that would require killing at least 80 of the century-old trees lining the road. Last week, the trees -- represented by the Pelham Parkway P ... More >>
Ten foreclosed Bronx buildings formerly owned by "Ten Worst Landlords" firm Milbank Real Estate scored a rare victory in court today. A Bronx Supreme Court judge has ruled that a financial services company responsible for the buildings cough up $2.5 million dollars for emergency repairs. The ... More >>
Rapper Remy Ma's shooting victim is borrowing legal strategies from suits against pedophile priests to press her multimillion-dollar claim against the femcee's label, Universal Music Group. It's the label's fault, so the argument goes. Remy Ma is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence at Rik ... More >>
On the heels of the Voice's "10 Worst Landlords" series, tenants in 10 foreclosed buildings in the Bronx run into the ground by dishonoree Milbank Real Estate are going to court with a new strategy that directly targets Wall Street. Backed up by local pols, they're asking a judge today to force mor ... More >>
Frank Palazzolo, a member of the Voice's "Ten Worst Landlords" list, has lost a long-running court battle with tenant activists. Back in 2003, Palazzolo took activists to court for organizing tenant meetings in his buildings, some of which are the most poorly maintained in the Bronx. The Northwest ... More >>
The half ton of recycled confetti provided to buildings lining the Canyon of Heroes in downtown Manhattan for the Yankees' victory parade yesterday turned out not to be enough for some people to show their enthusiasm. Medical records, financial statements, pay stubs, law firm invoices and cou ... More >>
Two days before Independence Day weekend, Mayor Mike Bloomberg commemorated the July Fourth holiday by proudly annoucing a law enforcement success: so far this year, the city had confiscated 1,000 cases of illegal fireworks, and arrested 55 people who had possessed or trafficked them. In making ... More >>
The abusive prank caller to Port Authority cops? One of their colleagues.
A 9/11 anti-terror law turns out to be handy against small-time hoods
Rev. Louis Gigante, kin to the Genovese crime family, slips from hero to slumlord
'Sometimes they don't open the windows and let the walls breathe'
While rooting the Yankees to a new home, Democratic political fixer Stanley Schlein failed his other clients
How Guy's guys (and gals) plead his case
GOP judge tried to shut down the Velella probe. Quid pro quo not always wrong, he said.
Al Sharpton Privately Accused Robert Johnson of... "Throwing the Diallo Case"
Bullet-riddled record of Bronx cop facing trial for murder of Irish immigrant