In late August, Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley called a emergency 11am press conference at her home in Jamaica, Queens. There, she announced to the crowd that she would be arrested the following Monday by authorities for embezzlement charges regarding a non-profit education group she start ... More >>
This has to go down as the Most Vengeful Bagel Ever.A few months ago, former Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook, whom Tom Robbins once called a "serial fraudster," was taken to court on an assortment of embezzlement charges. Throughout his tenure, he had siphoned nearly one million dollars worth i ... More >>
In December, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced his plans to partner with Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island.
The new campus is part of Bloomberg's Applied Sciences NYC initiative ... More >>
The latest round of two-years-out mayoral polls shouldn't be taken too seriously: They mostly track name recognition (so there's no need to lose sleep fretting about Mayor Markowitz), and in any case the preferences of the city at large don't have much to do with those of Democratic primary v ... More >>
Tom DiNapoli is too nice a guy.
The state comptroller apparently can't say no to anyone who wants to meet with him, though he has a mixed record when it comes to delivering what his bellringers want.
I've been reading half a foot of DiNapoli's appointment schedules from 2007 to now an ... More >>
Arnie Cooper investigates a murder: his aunt's, at the hand of his uncle. A hell of a story.
City schools are policed by School Safety Agents, who are poorly trained and prone to use excessive force on kids for such crimes as doodling. Nat Hentoff has been covering this scandal for a while, ... More >>
Authorities have been looking long and hard at Bronx councilmember Larry Seabrook for a while now. Back in 2008 the city denied $887K funds to his proposed Bronx African-American Chamber of Commerce, the offices of which abutted Seabrook's campaign office; the Times later reported the Feds we ... More >>
Here's the indictment of councilmember Larry Seabrook presaged in press reports this morning. In the 13 counts with which Seabrook is hit, it is alleged he took -- on his own behalf, and that of relatives, cronies, his girlfriend, and his wife -- money for services not rendered and reimbursement for ... More >>
The State Senate just voted 53-8 to expel Hiram Monserrate immediately. Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr., Martin Malave Dilan, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada Jr., Kevin Parker, John Sampson, and Monserrate himself were the only no votes; Thomas Morahan was excused.
Monserrate gave the final vote and t ... More >>
The city's campaign finance laws and matching fund program allow the public to see into a candidate's war chest as if it were made of glass. But as the unfolding story of the blurred line between the non-profit Working Families Party and the for-profit Data and Fields Services shows, those me ... More >>
On Third Avenue.
Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>
Proving that it is always too early to predict who should win the Bronx Schemer of the Week Award, the Times today produces a strong bid for City Councilman Larry Seabrook.The veteran pol, reports Ray Rivera and Russ Buettner, somehow managed to parlay a nondescript, one-story office building on Whi ... More >>
This lovely little video shows city councilmember Larry Seabrook engaged in colloquy on a Bronx sidewalk with former cop Jerome Rice, who wants Seabrook's well-worn council seat. It begins with Rice's questions about closed community centers, and rises to loud and repetitive accusations of "sellou ... More >>