Totally random fact of the day: A reader pointed out to me this morning that former Assemblyman Bran McLaughlin is doing time in Butner Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in North Carolina, the same prison as Bernie Madoff.
UPDATE: Former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio is there Read More
Can Judge Richard Sullivan flip Bernie Madoff’s right hand man? Or has he flipped already?
No one, including Judge Sullivan, is quite sure what’s going on with Frank DiPascali, a 33-year veteran of Madoff Securities who called himself C.F.O. and supposedly executed the firm’s trades.
In August, Judge Sullivan denied bail to Mr. Read More
ALBANY—The other day I wrote about the late State Senator Ron Stafford's campaign account, and how nearly $60,000 of it has been spent since his death in 2005.
It turns out there are lots of pots of campaign money out there, just sitting, some being spent, controlled by elected officials who have left Read More
Austin Shafran is leaving Hank Sheinkopf’s office to become a spokesman for Malcolm Smith, the embattled leader of the Senate Democratic conference, according to two people with knowledge of the move.
While at Sheinkopf’s office, Shafran was working on the Democratic transition, and has been accompanying Malcolm Smith at numerous events.
Here’s Village Voice investigative reporter Wayne Barrett in City Hall today, saying that Christine Quinn shouldn’t necessarily be held responsible for the City Council’s recent troubles.
Barrett, who is pretty familiar with the murky side of New York City politics, argues that legislative leaders aren’t normally held accountable when legislators misuse money.
“No Read More
Here are a couple of events that got left off our list yesterday.
A new political club in Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s district – which used to be represented by Brian McLaughlin before he was implicated in a contract-rigging scandal – is having its first meeting tonight in Fresh Read More
This year's Labor Day parade has been cancelled, according to The Chief.
The head of the Central Labor Council, Ed Ott, is quoted as saying the group felt it best "to remain focused on our organizational priorities and review the various observances of our Labor Day events as we consider how Read More
Writing about the other scandal of the day, Blair Horner thinks the indictment of labor-leader and Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin “should be an indictment of Albany’s political culture. A culture that is far more interested in maintaining a clearly ethically challenged status quo than working for change.”
George Pataki is going Read More
Greg Smith had an interesting story the other day about one of the City Council members who got campaign funds funneled to him by indicted labor leader, Brian McLaughlin.
According to the massive indictment [pdf] against McLaughlin, here’s how the plan worked: McLauglin got his friends and their wives to send $250 Read More
This may not be as exciting as the 186-page indictment of labor leader Brian McLaughlin, but the Ethics Commission report on Alan Hevesi’s chauffeur scandal is worth a read.
From the report’s conclusion:
“Given the clear directive in the Advisory Opinion, Mr. Hevesi was not entitled to substitute his Read More