Eric Stevenson Tag All blog entries tagged as Eric Stevenson http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:16:26 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Judge: Wiretapped Legislators' Names Can Be Revealed http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/05/07/huntley-indictment-shows-sky-is-falling-for-numerous-legislators- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/05/07/huntley-indictment-shows-sky-is-falling-for-numerous-legislators- A judge has ruled that the names of eight people who spoke on wiretaps with former state Sen. Shirley Huntley can be made public tomorrow.

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Huntley, who pleaded guilty to funnelling tens of thousands of dollars in public money to a bogus charity that she operated, wore a wire for federal prosecutors for several months last year.

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What makes Huntley's case so interesting is that prosecutors are arguing that the names should not be released because doing so could compromise ongoing investigations. Six of the eight people Huntley spoke to while wearing a wire are elected officials.

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Judge Jack Weinstein wrote in his ruling that he isn't worried that revealing these names will ruin any cases.

"Every legislator who has conversed with this defendant will necessarily assume that he or she wasrecorded under the supervision of the FBI," he wrote. "There will be no surprises to the potentially accused by the revelations of their names. Interference with ongoing investigations will be of almost no significance."

Weinstein also wrote off concerns that revealing the names could taint elected officials before they are convicted of any crime.

"The argument that some may avoid lending their talents to public life in order to avoid its slurs has slight weight," he continued. "Since this country’s beginning, when Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, and others began developing the art of American politics, anyone who entered the arena of government has understood that his or her good name may be unfairly sullied. Yet, the honor and excitement of serving the public has not inhibited our best people from entering the fray of politics."

Earlier this week, Sen. John Sampson was indicted on embezzelment charges and faces 120 years in prison. Sen. Malcolm Smith was arrested in a corruption scheme to bribe his way onto the Republican ticket for NYC mayor in early April. Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested for taking bribes for legislation only a few days later. Assemblyman Vito Lopez is being investigated for numerous accusations of sexual harassment. And Assemblyman William Boyland faces fresh charges in what seems to be a neverending line of indictments for the troubled legislator.

Come tomorrow we could get a better idea of who is going to soon join the list of legally troubled leigslators.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Tue, 07 May 2013 21:08:12 +0000
Assemblyman Claims He Has Cooperated On Corruption Cases For Years http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/assemblyman-claims-he-has-cooperated-on-corruption-cases-for-years http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/assemblyman-claims-he-has-cooperated-on-corruption-cases-for-years Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro says he has been cooperating with federal and county prosecutors on public corruption cases for years.

Castro, a Democrat, announced today in a statement that he would be resigning from the Assembly after one of those cases was made public just hours ago with the arrest of fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson on federal charges that he accepted bribes.

Castro said in his statement that he had agreed to cooperate with the Bronx district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York "in conjunction with various investigations aimed at rooting out public corruption." He said he began to cooperate with the Bronx district attorney's office in 2009 following an indictment on a civil matter. Castro was elected in 2008.

Stevenson, also a Democrat from the Bronx, was arrested this morning on federal charges that he accepted bribes. Stevenson's lawyer told The Times he is still reviewing the charges against his client and "would have no comment until he had done so."

The federal complaint against Stevenson refers to an "Assemblyman 1," which news reports have identified as Castro.

The Bronx district attorney's office and federal prosecutors declined to comment.

Castro, who was elected in 2008, was a key figure in the push to pass the state DREAM Act that would have helped immigrants who are not legal residents to pay for college.

Here is Castro's full statement:

Today I announce that I am resigning my seat in the New York State Assembly, effective Monday, April 8, 2013.

On July 31, 2009, I was indicted by a Bronx County Grand Jury for committing perjury in a 2008 civil matter, held prior to my election to the Assembly. I appreciate the seriousness of my misconduct.

Thereafter, I agreed to cooperate with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and, later, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, in conjunction with various investigations aimed at rooting out public corruption. As one result of this cooperation, among other things, this morning a complaint was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charging Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and four others with various federal crimes. I continue to cooperate with State and Federal authorities in this prosecution and in other investigations.

I am very proud of my accomplishments and the many benefits that I have secured on behalf of my district over the last four years. These include helping thousands of constituents to apply for U.S. citizenship on a no-fee basis, and providing educational programs focusing on the Citizenship & Naturalization Exam; obtaining funding for technology purchases and initiatives for the schools in my district; sponsoring events for senior centers and youth programs in my district and beyond; and securing additional low cost housing units in the area. Most of all, I take pride in how our diverse population has united to transcend racial and ethnic differences and work together.

My district is comprised of hard working and honest people, devoted to their families and to their community. I deeply regret my misconduct while campaigning before I was elected to office. It is my sincere hope that my constituents remember me most for the good I have done as their representative, rather than for the poor example I set as a candidate.

Because of the sensitive nature of ongoing prosecutions and investigations, I must direct all further inquiries to my attorney, Michael C. Farkas, Esq.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:14:53 +0000
Silver Encourages Stevenson to Resign [Statement] http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/silver-encourages-stevenson-to-resign-statement http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/silver-encourages-stevenson-to-resign-statement

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is calling on recently indicted Assemblyman Eric Stevenson to resign. Silver just issued this statement:

Assemblyman Stevenson's alleged actions as outlined by the federal charges against him are a clear violation of the public trust and cannot be tolerated. I believe that given the evidence that has been presented, he should seriously consider whether he can continue to maintain the public trust. I am encouraging him to resign.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:04:13 +0000
Another Day, Another Indictment http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/another-day-another-indictment- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/04/another-day-another-indictment- Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested this morning on charges he drafted legislation in exchange for cash.

The arrest comes only 48 hours after Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith was arrested and indicted in a scheme to use bribes to secure the Republican line for mayor. City Councilman Dan Halloran and Republican party officials were also arrested in the corruption case.

But it doesn't end there. Stevenson's arrest came about through a deal with a so-far unamed Bronx Assemblyman who faced felony charges and ratted out Stevenson in exchange for not being prosecuted. However, said Bronx Assemblyman will have to resign from office.

Expect plenty more news on this throughout the day.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:47:57 +0000