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
For most of the country, news of the involvement of Barack Obama's recently named car czar in an alleged pay-to-play scandal has merely been surprising.
For New York's Democratic fund-raisers and bundlers, it was the day their rarified world fell off its axis.
"We are stunned," Read More
Former assemblyman Michael Cohen left his seat in 2005 and was replaced by the son of then-state comptroller Alan Hevesi, whose office’s alleged role in facilitating the job-swap now figures into an investigation into an alleged pay-to-play scheme.
Cohen was not a target in the indictment announced this morning by Read More
In a conference call with reporters, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that aides to former state comptroller Alan Hevesi used the state pension fund to pay off a political leader who helped get Hevesi’s son into office.
“[New York Liberal Party leader] Ray Harding was dispatched to help clear a seat in Read More
Maybe Ray Harding, boss of the state Liberal Party, has persuaded himself that Rudolph Giuliani hired a college dropout named Russell Harding for an important position in city government because the then Mayor believed that young Russell was the person most qualified for the job. The rest of us are free to believe otherwise.
Mr. Read More
Not long ago, Raymond Harding–head of the influential Liberal Party and a key confidant of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani–reached out to an old friend who happens to be the top political adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harold Ickes Mr. Harding wanted to reassure Mr. Ickes that a rumor making the rounds in New York’s political circles Read More
This could be the moment when Rudolph Giuliani’s crudeness
overwhelms his craftiness-a peril that arises at some point in the career of
every successful demagogue. By staging a bogus and potentially costly
controversy over a single provocative canvas at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, he
has quite likely solved one of the most difficult problems Read More