Michael Armstrong

  • 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

    March 19, 2010

    Sauced Court Cop Pops Paddy's Day Gat Shot

    ​St. Patrick's Day in New York City always yields at least one stellar story of someone who shouldn't be drunk, being drunk, and partaking in some typically dumb, drunk noise that they really shouldn't, that somehow involves their authority. Which often yields the revelation that people taxpay ... 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

    January 9, 2009

    Kelly Gets His Report Card

    The stars have aligned, the seas have parted, somewhere in the desert a bush burns, and the Mayor's Commission to Combat Police Corruption has actually issued a report.    It was only the second report put out in three years by an agency that our old friend Rudy Giuliani created in 19 ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2006

    Beat on the Brat

    How to program your baby's musical tastes and pretend to not be trying

  • NYC Life

    August 8, 2006

    Freeze Frame on a Bad Cop

    Still stuck in prison for three decades: the once famous, now forgotten, Bill Phillips

  • News

    February 11, 2003

    New York Dodgers

    Report and Hearing Mean More Status Quo