The Central Labor Council just suspended the remainder of Brian McLaughlin’s paid leave of absence, which was worth about $90,000, one source said.
Looks like labor leaders aren’t waiting for a verdict.
Here is a statement from the CLC’s executive committee, whose 32 members voted unanimously to cut its financial ties to McLaughlin:
“After careful Read More
Right now, the Democratic Caucus of the City Council – all but four members of the Council – is meeting in the members lounge. No doubt term limits will be on the agenda. (It’s the air conditioning issue of the Council. You hear it buzzing in the background all the time, and when it stops, Read More
Republicans everywhere are on the defensive about Iraq, a development that is bound to have a big impact on the GOP incumbents fighting for survival here in New York.
Eliot Spitzer and John Faso favor very, very different approaches to tax policy.
Alan Hevesi leads his opponent, and continues Read More
Someone who read the 186-page indictment [pdf] of Brian McLaughlin points out that at least two City Council candidates benefited from one of McLaughlin’s schemes:
McLaughlin described a plan to use $2,000 from the SLA account to compensate J Division members who would make $250 contributions, in the names of their wives, Read More
If you don’t have time to read the 186-page indictment [pdf] against former Assemblyman and labor leader Brian McLaughlin, here are some highlights from the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York:
McLaughlin “allegedly required certain J Division
members to make monthly payments Read More
This is a little awkward.
Morshed Alam, who is running for the assembly in Brian McLaughlin’s Queens district against Rory Lancman, sent out <a href="href="literature noting that he was endorsed by Council Member Leroy Comrie.
That’s fine, except for the fact that Comrie says it never happened. Here’s what he says Read More
Somebody at the Manhattan Institute (where they can’t decide whether they love labor unions or trial lawyers more) will appreciate this:
The Staten Island affiliate of the New York State Trials Lawyers Association, along with the state AFL-CIO, is hosting a “Trial Lawyer/Labor Breakfast” on Friday.
Guest of honor: Brian M. McLaughlin.
And, Read More
I was kind of waiting for the Voice’s Tom Robbins to weigh in with a definitive explanation what Central Labor Council chief Brian McLaughlin is actually accused of. He does that and throws in a mafia-ties bonus in this must-read online dispatch.
Here’s his explanation of why McLaughlin would have been part of Read More
A lot got written today about the alleged bid-rigging scheme that led to raids on Brian McLaughlin’s offices yesterday, none of it getting far past the Channel 4 report.
But there’s still a basic, unanswered question: What was Brian’s role supposed to be? Bid-rigging is a time-honored scheme doesn’t require the participation of anybody other Read More
Channel 4′s very well-sourced Jonathan Dienst(the same guy who had last fall’s terror warning story) laid out the story behind the Central Labor Council raid just now, which appears to have focused on Council president Brian McLaughlin and a set of electrical contractors who — Diesnt reports — allegedly conspired with him to Read More