A small group of Queens officials quietly schmoozed with disgraced ex-Comptroller Alan Hevesi last night, reuniting with him for a “welcome home” dinner after he was jailed for his role in a massive pay-to-play scandal.
Mr. Hevesi, a power broker who was close to the Queens County Democratic organization before he admitted to receiving $1 million in kickbacks while investing the state’s pension fund, dined with State Senator Toby Stavisky, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and former Queens Borough President Claire Schulman at a local diner in Rego Park.
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The state’s former comptroller, Alan Hevesi, was sentened today to one to four years in prison.
Hevesi pleaded guilty to trading access to the state’s pension fund in exchange for favors and campaign cash. His lawyer pleaded for leniency, citing Hevesi’s long record of public service, and declining Read More
“I would say the walls are closing in on Mr. Hevesi,” Columbia University law professor John Coffee told Bloomberg News yesterday, citing the recent plea deals for some of the intermediary players in the pension fund’s pay-to-play scandal. That could mean they’re now cooperating witnesses on a case that goes all the way Read More
ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo has a proposal to tighten up ethics enforcement in the wake of the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno: just let him do it.
“You can go create another bureaucracy, and if it was a truly independent bureaucracy, I would support it,” Cuomo said on a conference call, Read More
ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo just announced the latest in his ongoing probe of the state comptroller’s office: a guilty plea from a California-based private equity manager made in connection with what Cuomo called “an old-fashioned, ‘pay off of state officials’ case.”
“This is effectively bribery of state officials. And not just one, but a number Read More
ALBANY—Two more people have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Andrew Cuomo's investigation into "pay-to-play" at the state pension fund.
Under agreements announced in court today, former Liberal Party chairman Ray Harding pleaded guilty to a felony as well as a misdemeanor, with the understanding that Cuomo's prosecutors could recommend the felony conviction Read More
ALBANY—Many of the investments named in a pay-to-play scandal under Alan Hevesi's tenure as comptroller made money for the state's pension fund, according to a chart just released by current comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Since the scandal broke earlier this year–it resulted in the indictments of two of Hevesi's top aides and Read More