Saturday, October 27, 2012

Corruption Pols


New York College Of Criminal Politicians (Albany Watch)
The list of troubled New York state lawmakers continues to grow, with former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith charged Tuesday as part of a bribery and extortion scheme to get on the Republican ballot line for the New York City mayoral race.*  A Gallery of Rogues in Albany (NYT)  *Newsday Showed Bosses Demanding Cash for Jobs, Including Judgeships, Years Ago – Just as Now(Brooklyn Ron)

Albany Upset With Molinaro Not Because He Is A Corrupt Lobbyist, But Because He Called Lady Gaga A Slut

Molinaro appointment sinks over Lady Gaga ‘slut’ remark(NYP) Lady Gaga got her revenge. Gov. Cuomo’s appointment of Staten Island conservative, anti-Gaga basher James Molinaro to CUNY’s Board of Trustees got torpedoed by the state Senate ­Friday night. Among Molinaro’s Senate-confirmation woes: calling Gaga a “slut,” which rankled women’s-rights advocates, sources said. The former Staten Island borough president’s views on cutting funding for unwed teen moms also drew fire from liberals. Molinaro has joined the Pitta Bishop Del Giorno and Giblin LLC government relations and consulting firm, a company with strong ties to the Island. * City Hall's new 'in' crowd of lobbyists | Crain's New York ...

To the Winner Lobbyists Goes the Spoils (City Council)
Since the 2013 elections Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin has picked up of 70 clients to lobby for. 51 clients to lobby the city council, 17 to lobby the office of the mayor

Another big winner of 2013 made a similar argument. Jon Del Giorno, sitting in his firm's 28th-floor conference room a few blocks from City Hall, downplayed the notion that his closeness with Ms. Mark-Viverito will help his firm, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, which has hovered near the bottom of, or just out of, the top-10 list.  Pitta Bishop has done Ms. Mark-Viverito's election-law compliance since 2005, and last year Mr. Del Giorno quarterbacked her uphill speaker bid. In a clever and unprecedented move, the firm set up a 2017 campaign account for an unspecified office with the state Board of Elections, which allowed Ms. Mark-Viverito to raise $100,000 and hire a full staff for her run, despite needing just 26 votes from council colleagues to win. More than $21,000 of the money reportedly came from Pitta Bishop's long roster of business and labor clients, and gave Ms. Mark-Viverito an edge over her rivals. Common Cause New York said the new speaker was "exploiting" the state's lax campaign-finance system.

The Speakers Lobbyists Cash In
Lobby for the City Council Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,: MedReview, Inc.Meadows Office Supply Co., Inc.National Lighthouse MuseumSimon Wiesenthal Center, Inc.,  Knickerbocker Plaza LLC,  Local 420 AFSCME AFL-CIO,  Vera Institute of Justice, Inc.,   Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees & Bartenders Union Local 6, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council AFL-CIO,   Detectives Endowment Association Police Department, City of New York Inc.,  Lakeside Manor Home For Adults Inc.,   Community Health Center of Richmond, Inc,,  Grasmere and Cameron Lakes Bluebelt Conservancy, Inc.,  Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 1 of the United AssociationNew York State Conference of IUOE,  Richmond Uni Home Care, Inc.,  Adco Electrical Corp,  BIO-REFERENCE LABORATORIES, INC.,   New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Assoc. of NYC, Inc. Health Benefits Fund,  LOCAL 372 NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES,  UNITE HEREMagnaCare Administrative Services, LLC,  District Council No. 4, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, A.T.U.-Division 1181-1061 AFL-CIOOFFICE &PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION LOCAL 153International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 9RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTERBJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14BBrooklyn Legal Services Corporation A,  Glenwood Management Corp.,  LOCAL UNION NO. 94-94A-94B, I.U.O.E., AFL-CIO,  NYSARC, INC., NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER,    New York Black Operator's Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.,    UNIFORMED SANITATIONMEN'S ASS'N LOCAL 831 - I.B.T,   Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York, Inc.,  East Side Alliance Against Overdevelopment, Inc.,   Urgent-MD Hewlett Management LLC , SOSH Architects, P.A.,, Lobby for the City Council and office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  New York Wheel LLC, WellPoint, Inc.Pier A Battery Park Associates, LLCGarage Employees Local Union No. 272Staten Island Marine Development, LLCThe Francis SchoolChef's Choice Cash & Carry Food Distributor, Inc.,  THE WITKOFF GROUP LLC,  Il Commandatore Restaurant Inc.RJ LEE GROUP, INC.Cameron Club of Staten island, Inc.Milrose Consultants, Inc.Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Inc,  UNIFORMED FIRE ALARM DISPATCHERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. , Lobby for the office of the mayor Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin,:  Gardeners/Growers/Landscapers Association of New York, Inc.Council of School Supervisors and Administrators,  SOSH Architects, P.A.

First, let’s raise a cup to those this year who met the lofty standards of George Washington Plunkitt, the turn-of-the-last-century Tammany leader with a world view that he neatly summed up this way: “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.
 A Perp Walk of Outstanding New York Politicians(NYT)

In 2009 True News Wrote: The Albany Political Wall of Silence: Not One Pol Expresses Outrage, McLaughlin Goes to Jail

Albany's Political Wall of Silence Continues
Espada, Seminerio, Kruger, Monserrate, Huntley, Boyland, Norman, Lopez

Judge Sullivan Outrage At McLaughlin Accomplished Nothing
Judge Sullivan said. “This is a day of failure for everyone.” "Brian M. McLaughlin" the federal judge continued “You had every opportunity, and you used those opportunities and squandered them for your own benefit on a monumental scale.” The Judge slammed the former Democratic assemblyman for what the judge called a "brazen and perversely creative" theft scheme that funded a lavish lifestyle including three mistresses. Sullivan said the onetime labor leader -- who admitted stealing from taxpayers, political contributors, union members and even his local Little League -- preyed on more victims than the judge had ever before seen. A group of union leaders, family and friends submitted letters to Judge Sullivan for consideration during sentencing. The submissions come from people as wide-ranging as McLaughlin's Alcholics Anonymous sponsor to State Senator Padavan.

Comptroller Says Boyland Put In Fake Travel Reimbursements
Pol ‘pad’ to the bone(NYP) Embattled state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., already the target of a federal corruption prosecution, allegedly falsified documents to reel in more than $67,000 in phony travel reimbursements, according to a bombshell report. The state Comptroller’s Office concluded that Boyland, who will go on trial to face federal bribery charges this year, lied about being in Albany on more than 600 claims to collect lodging, food and mileage reimbursements.* In 2012, Boyland low on per diem list(TU)
The Growing List of Member Items Piggy Pols Convicted
It’s no surprise, of course, that lawmakers consider this issue critical: The cash is used as taxpayer-funded bribes, handed out to local groups to buy friends and votes. While such perversity is technically legal — and, until three years ago, funded to the tune of $200 million a year — lawmakers have managed to find ways to use it for illegal purposes as well. The names of ex-pols like Hiram Monserrate, Carl Kruger and Pedro Espada — all of whom were convicted of diverting taxpayer funds for their own benefit — leap to mind. And just this week, ex-City Councilman Larry Seabrook drew a five-year sentence for similar hanky-panky at the local level.

Lipsky Kruger Reunited in Jail

Lipsky lands in posh prison—with pol he bribed (CrainsNY) First, lobbyist Richard Lipsky received a mere three-month sentence for paying up to $200,000 in bribes to ex-state Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn. Now, Mr. Lipsky will get to spend his short stint in the cushiest federal prison in New York—which happens to be Mr. Kruger’s new home

The Pay to Play  Secret Life of the State Senate GOP #2
Libous's Property Records Highlight Gap(WSJ) Thomas Libous is best known as an Albany power broker, but the state Senate deputy majority leader's financial disclosure report offers a glimpse of a lesser-known role: Florida landlord. State Sen. Thomas Libous declined to provide street names of several rental properties he owns in Florida in his state disclosure reports, an apparent violation of ethics laws. Senator Thomas Libous Is Subject of Ethics Inquiry - The inquiry involves claims made from the witness stand in a Yonkers corruption trial,  Mangone, a felon, said Libous had asked him to give Libous' son Matthew a position in Mangone's law firm about six years ago. He said that a senator would help the law firm get some business. Mangone testified that Libous wanted his son to be paid $150,000 and be provided a car, which the firm did. Mangone said the firm received $50,000 from a business called Hiffa and Matthew Libous was in charge of the Hiffa account. Jimmy Vielkind takes a look at the second career of Carl Paladino as thorn in the side of Dean Skelos.* Tom Libous failed to provide the addresses of Florida rental properties he owns, in violation of the state campaign finance laws. 

Mr. Espada will face up to 43 years in prison, in addition to “forfeiture, fines, and restitution in excess of $2 million 
Pedro Espada pleads guilty to more corruption charges(ABC) * Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. pleads guily to tax fraud(NYP) * Disgraced ex-pol Pedro Espada and his son to plead guilty(NYDN) * Pedro Espada pleads guilty to tax fraud (Newsweek) * Espada Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud(WSJ) * Espada to Plead Guilty to Remaining Charges After Being Convicted of Theft(NYT) * Pedro Espada Jr. faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty today.* Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., arriving at Brooklyn Federal Court on October 12th, 2012, where he pleaded guilty to corruption charges. * Former Sen. Pedro Espada Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud(WCBS)

Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and son set to cop plea in nonprofit scam(NYP) Disgraced ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and his son are scheduled to plead guilty today in Brooklyn federal court after reaching a deal with prosecutors over charges they looted more than $500,000 from the Bronx health-care nonprofit they founded, sources said. * Cuomo Reacts To Espada’s Guilty Plea In The Most Burn-Worthy Way Possible(NYO)

The plea deal would resolve Espada’s and Pedro Gautier Espada’s pending retrial in Brooklyn federal court for which they stand accused of swindling the Soundview Healthcare Network to fund a lavish lifestyle, as well as a Manhattan federal court case in which they are accused of failing to pay taxes on that money. Espada to Plead Guilty to Remaining Charges After Being Convicted of Theft(NYT) * Disgraced ex-pol Pedro Espada and his son to plead guilty (NYDN) * nPedro Espada expected to plea guilty on more corruption(WABC) * Espada, Son Expected To Plead Guilty In Deal With Feds(NY1) * Upper East Side Straphangers Think Trash Can Removal Is Complete Garbage 

Espada Law
File the Campaign Finance Report or Face A Year in Jail
Some Albany Pols Not Think It Takes Threats of Jail Time to Make Their Fellow Legislatures to Follow the Rules
‘Espada’s Law’ takes aim at all piggy pols (NYP) Add poster boy to disgraced ex-state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s résumé. A new bill, dubbed “Espada’s Law,” would make it a crime for any pol to repeatedly fail to file required campaign-contribution and expense reports, as was the case with Espada. The “Three Strikes and You’re in Jail” bill, would turn a politician’s repeated failure to file into a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.  It’s now a civil offense. The crime would apply to any pol who fails on three occasions to disclose reports of campaign donations and expenses after receiving a 30-day warning that the filing is late. The New York Public Interest Research Group found that more than 2,300 active campaign committees in New York controlling $31 million have failed to file timely reports. * Pols defend their per diem spending (Queens Chroncile) * Report: Albany Pols Float "Espada's Law"(NY1)

From Seminerio To Kruger It Seems That Look Health Care Money As A Cash Cow Not As A Way to Help the Sick
The inspector general overseeing the municipal hospital system conceded there are about 400 open investigations, some dating back to 2003. [David Seifman]

Judge Pedro Your Game Playing is Over
Judge hits Pedro ‘ploy’(NYP)A judge yesterday branded crooked ex-pol Pedro Espada Jr. “a great gamesman” after the former state senator said he had been “misrepresented” by his lawyer and demanded the return of $100,000 in legal fees. Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley III set a hearing today into Espada’s claims against defense lawyer Daniel Hochheiser, which Pauley called a “ploy” to avoid a Nov. 5 tax trial tied to Espada’s looting of his nonprofit medical clinic. * Espada’s Lawyer Tries, and Fails, to Quit Tax Evasion Case(NYT) An attorney for convicted former state Sen. Pedro Espada told a judge he could not represent his client on a tax evasion case because of an argument over a payment dispute, but the judge denied his request * Split! Judge grants lawyer's request to drop Espada Jr. in pending tax evasion case(NYP) * Judge rejects lawyer Daniel Hochheiser's bid to dump disgraced former state Sen. Espada(NYP)

Bruno seeks dismissal of charges - Times Union

William Boyland (Photo: Facebook)William Boyland Jr.’s Trial Set for Next July (NYO)You’re going to have Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. to kick around a while longer. Last year, Mr. Boyland was charged with soliciting bribes in order to pay his legal bills in an otherwise unrelated bribery case, but jury selection for this second trial won’t begin until July 15th, a federal judge ruled today.

VIP Padro
Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. still believes he’s a VIP, and he’s stuck with an attorney who doesn’t want to represent him.
Lawyer disses Espada, who still thinks he’s ‘VIP’ (NYP) * Judge Tells Espada and Lawyer They Are Stuck With Each Other(NYT) * Lawyer can't ditch Pedro Espada: judge(NYDN)

Joe Still Trying to Stay Out of Jail
Attorneys for former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno asked a federal judge to dismiss bribery charges against him, arguing that the theory behind an indictment is “fatally flawed,” the Times Union reports: * Bruno Lawyers Move To Dismiss Case(YNN)

More on New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office investigating Assemblyman William Boyland and other legislators' travel reimbursements. [Erik Kriss]

Diaz case gets special prosecutor(NYP) Damaris Diaz, whose brother, Ruben Diaz, Jr. is the Bronx borough president, was busted recently on aggravated harassment charges for allegedly keying her boyfriend’s car.
At a pretrial hearing this week, Johnson brought in a prosecutor from Manhattan to handle the case against Damaris, 43, an NYPD sergeant, because of a potential conflict of interest.


The Congressman Grimm Rabbi Problem
Rabbi Linked to Campaign Inquiry Is Questioned in Israeli Bribe Case (NYT) Yoshiyahu Pinto, who is a figure in the federal inquiry into the campaign finances of Representative Michael G. Grimm, has been put under house arrest in Israel in a bribery and money-laundering investigation there.

‘Bagel’ pol kept up $chmear campaign (NYP) A bill for a $177 bagel isn’t the only outrageous expense claimed by former City Councilman Larry Seabrook. The Bronx Democrat — whose doctored bagel receipt was part of a federal corruption case that ended with his conviction in July — plopped down $4,004 in taxpayer money on three new computers as he was facing trial, according to council spending records obtained by The Post. Seabrook also plunked down $400 on professional photography services.City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's office approved some of the $4,004 in taxpayer expenses requested by then-indicted councilman Larry Seabrook, who bought new computers and hired a progressional photographer. [Sally Goldenberg]

Were is the Outrage? Not 1 Editorials Against the Member Item System Seabrook Used As A Piggy Bank

‘Bagel’ pol to get loxed up: Mere 5 yrs. for Seabrook in $cam (NYP) Bagel-loving, crooked ex-Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook got lightly toasted yesterday by a judge who cut him a break for a brazen fraud scheme involving more than $1 million in taxpayer money.Manhattan federal Judge Deborah Batts ordered the Bronx Democrat to serve five years in the slammer, rejecting recommendations from the feds that Seabrook get locked up for at least seven-plus years.Former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook, a fixture in state politics for nearly three decades, was sentenced to five years in a federal prison for using his office to steer taxpayer money to ventures he controlled and staffed with family and friends.* Ex-Lawmaker Gets 5 Years in Corruption(NYT) * Ex-Council Member Is Sentenced to 5 Years(WSJ) * Former City Councilman Gets Five Years In Fraud Case(NY1) * Larry Seabrook sentenced to five years for misappropriation(NYDN) * One editorial board cheers the sentencing of former councilman Larry Seabrook. [Daily News]

Seabrook's Bagel Was Lightly Toasted by Judge Batts
Judge Batts blasted Seabrook — who got booted from the City Council after his conviction last year — for “his sense of entitlement, arrogance, nepotism and greed” in funneling public funds to shady nonprofits that employed his then-mistress, family members and friends. But while citing only “minimal reason” for leniency, (She rejected the recommended 7 year sentence for 5) Batts said Seabrook still deserved “some consideration” for his history of public service, which also includes stints in the state Assembly and Senate. She also declined to slap Seabrook with a fine, and ordered restitution of just $619,000-plus, of which about $418,000 is to be forfeited in the form of any cash, property or possessions he owns. Prosecutors had sought to hold Seabrook accountable for more than $1.1 million, which they said represented a “conservative analysis” of how much he had scammed.

The NYT Rightly Blasts Another Governement Sweetheart Deal With the Banks But Nothing About Seabrook Light Sentence?
Another Slap on the Wrist(NYT Ed) A new deal on foreclosure abuses does more for banks than for borrowers

The Sentencing Sounded Like Seabook Was Running For Reelection . . . Dysfunctional Political Morality
Where is the Press Demanding An End to Member Items?  Where is Seabrook Fellow Councilmembers Including Speaker Quinn Condemning His Stealing?  
Judge’s break saves this piggy’s bacon(Peyser, NYP) Throughout the loony sentencing hearing, Seabrook held onto the delusional belief that he was doing good work for the very people from whom he stole. “I also want to talk about 30 years of service to a community,’’ said Seabrook, who has also served in the Assembly and state Senate.“I actually love the Northeast Bronx,’’ he said, “Giving them a lift up so they will lift up . . . Giving these young people an opportunity to go to college . . . Incarcerated individuals being given opportunities . . .“I come as a proud man and I stand up to my beliefs. I will continue to fight for giving service to people.’’ It was too much.  Make him stop!

Should plea deal worry Meeks?(Queens Crap)
From the Times Ledger:

A real estate agent with questionable ties to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding financial institutions in order to obtain mortgages for homes in southeast Queens.  Edul Ahmad, who entered a guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court to conspiring to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.There was speculation that prosecutors prodded Ahmad to give up information about $40,000 he gave to Meeks in 2007, which was being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. Meeks failed to report the money on his 2007, 2008 or 2009 financial disclosure statements, according to an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation, which found he took out a home equity loan in 2010 to repay Ahmad $59,650 in order to appear the money was a loan with interest.

associate, Edul Ahmad, pleads guilty to fraud  * Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress(

Machine pols and reformers alike are ensnared

If the Late Assembly Anthony Seminerio Was Not to Fat for Prison Why Was Fat Ray Harding?

 The Feds vs. U.S. Justice System

Both have problems with special interests escaping justice, but with the feds it the Wall Street barron's with the state in the city it the politically connected.  That why Harding who sold the Liberal Party nomination to Hevesi and others stayed out of jail.  In New York buying elections is not a crime. New York's Corrupt Political Parties (True News) * The Working Families Party’s for-profit firm, Data and Field Services, is resisting a judge’s order to sever ties with the party by firing its executive director and moving its offices. NYP says for  For pols, crime pays

Just a slap on wrist for Hevesi pal in pension scandal(NYDN)It's a disgrace that ex-Liberal Party boss Harding got no jail time in Hevesi pension-fund scandal (NYDN Ed) *   Daly: Obesity factors into pol's sentencing in Hevesi scandal(NYDN)


New York's Connected Harding: Pay and Fine and Don't Go To Jail 

The Real Pension Scandal 
The public has not been told what role Wall Street and the politically connected well paid managers played in bankrupting NY's Pension. A real trial could have answered that question.  Instead the corrupt pension barons get off by paying a fine.  In Steve Rattner case he did not even have to plead guilty. Liberal party leader Harding who sold his party line to Hevesi for pension payoff walks with a fine.  Hevesi pal Harding avoids jail despite role in pay-to-play pension scandal (NYDN)


The Ruling Class Walks

Liberal Party Line for Sale No Penality 

The Rich and Connect Rip Off Pension Funds Pay A Fine ( A Business Expense) and Walk Away

Ray Harding gets wrist-slap in pay-to-play pension scandal * Pension data for teachers and school administrators is now on-line.


Insiders Paterson and Harding Get Away With Facing the Music This Week

New York's Protected Connected Class Grows

Former Gov. Paterson in the clear over World Series tickets rap(NYDN) Former Gov. David Paterson will not be prosecuted for lying about taking free World Series tickets from the Yankees while in office, the Daily News has learned.  Albany County District Attorney David Soares sent a letter Wednesday telling Paterson's lawyer his office will not pursue perjury charges. * Report: Paterson Won't Face Perjury Charges (NY1)


Quadrangle Settles with Cuomo, Trashes Rattner; Global Fined Too

 Global received a total of approximately $1.3 million for facilitating public pension fund investments in private equity funds managed by Intermedia Advisors, LLC and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Global
has agreed to pay a total of $2 million to New York State.



  Kevin McCabe partnered with Hank Morris in Purpose LLC (“Purpose”), a company that was not a broker-dealer.  Through Purpose, Morris and McCabe facilitated an investment in the GKM Fund rom the CRF in 2004, with an additional allocation in 2006.  McCabe’s share of the fees amounted to approximately $477,000.  McCabe has agreed to pay New York State a total of $715,000.  GKM paid Morris and his partner, Kevin McCabe, to arrange $800 million in capital commitments from the CRF to GKM’s captive fund-of-funds (“the GKM Fund”).  The CRF has terminated GKM as the general partner of the GKM Fund.  Under its agreement with the Attorney General’s Office, GKM has agreed to relinquish all interest it had as general partner of the GKM Fund, including but not limited to paid-in
capital, the right to carried interest, and unpaid management fees. This interest, which has been valued at approximately $1.6 million, will now go to the CRF.


Cuomo slaps fine, ban on Pat Lynch firm | The Business Review


            MARTY’S RAP SHEET: Last year, after pleading guilty to accepting money the state for driving expenses he hadn’t incurred, Assemblyman Roger Green claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had committed a similar crime 20 years ago without being forced out of the state legislature, as Green was.
            Was Green exaggerating? The New Yorker recently published a description of Markowitz’s crime that made it seem like an honest mistake trumped up to something more as payback for his challenging the political establishment. Here’s what the magazine wrote:
            “He first ran for Borough President in 1985, against the incumbent, Howard Golden…That bid for office resulted in Markowitz’s being charged with failing to disclose a campaign contribution from a local businessman: he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, paid a nearly eight-thousand-dollar fine [actually $7,500], and performed seventy-five hours of community service.”
            That didn’t seem to be the equivalent of Green’s stealing from taxpayers. (Of course, Green says he mistakenly thought he was entitled to the money.) But The New Yorker made Markowitz’s mistake seem much more innocuous than it really was, according to Maurice Gumbs, a political opponent of Markowitz who followed the Markowitz money trail.
            Markowitz’s plea agreement, negotiated with Liz Holtzman, the Brooklyn district attorney at the time, winnowed multiple felony counts down to just the one misdemeanor, Gumbs recalled. Markowitz had been indicted for taking four-figure campaign contributions from a credit union and reporting them as if they’d come from elsewhere, Gumbs said.
            Gumbs went to Albany to examine Markowitz’s campaign disclosures, tracked down some of the addresses from which the contributions originated and found them to be empty lots and abandoned buildings. So did the Village Voice, which wrote a couple of scathing articles.
            It also seems probable that the charges can’t be chalked up as a consequence of Markowitz’s 1985 campaign for borough president, as The New Yorker put it. More likely they came to light during a federal investigation of the credit union, called HYFIN (Help Your Friend In Need). HYFIN’s treasurer was Edmund Lee, a longtime buddy of Markowitz.
            Lee made a bunch of contributions to Markowitz’s campaign apparently using credit union funds, but attributed them to various businesses and people. Though Markowitz didn’t know them from a hole in the wall (which some of the businesses literally were), he never questioned them.
            This approach is known as “hear no evil, see no evil.”
            For his part, Markowitz insists the magazine’s description was accurate. His chief of staff, Greg Atkins, wrote in an e-mail message, “The New Yorker got it right; he made a mistake in failing to disclose the true source of some contributions raised for his campaign. However, as was made clear at the time, he did not personally benefit, nor abuse his public office in any way. Beyond that, he had absolutely no knowledge of anything other than what he accepted as his responsibility and the D.A. concurred.”
            Holtzman, now in private practice, told us she can’t recall the details of the case. But she called Gumbs’s claim that she went easy on Markowitz because of political pressure “preposterous.”


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