By Gary Tilzer
To save money and transportation costs New York should open up jail in the basement City Hall and the Capital Building in Albany
1. The Council Slush Fund The Council's slush fund has become a seemingly bottomless well of corruption. In 2008, questions from the Manhattan U.S. attorney led to the discovery that the Council squirreled away money for groups that never existed. *** The DN says Seabrook's indictment should bring an end to the Council's "slush-fund budgeting."
Dozens of Council Members do what Seabrook did. Chief among Seabrook's opportunities for alleged thievery was the Council's so-called discretionary money, a vast pool of funds that members dole out to favored groups with virtually no effective oversight so jobs can be given to family members and friends. Let alone it value for the councilmember reelection. True News has been the only media outlet covering the council slush fund for the past year True New Council Slush Fund
Councilman Serving Time Manhattan City Councilman Miguel Martinez admits he stole tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars
a. Maria del Carmen Arroyo says her sister and nephew had left the nonprofit by the time the group was given the money. Bronx City Council member Maria Del Carmen Arroyo has a unique way to get taxpayer support for her family.
b. In her penultimate year as a member of the New York City Council, Maria Baez has found herself the subject of media scrutiny. News stories regarding poor attendance at Council meetings, enormous cell phone bills and a check to a non-existent organization, have left Baez with a tarnished public image.
c. Leroy Comrie, who represents southeast Queens, has co-sponsored $115,000 in member items for a nonprofit that lists his wife, Marcia Moxam Comrie, as an unpaid vice president.
f. From the article "Slush pols look after their own" Helen Foster
Reform Design to Fail Quinn and the Council enacted new regulations to ensure proper use of the money. That didn't work, now, did it? As Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said yesterday, the reforms "have effectively vetted out conflicts and companies not worthy of city funds. But as today's indictment shows, there were other ways to fly this money under the radar."
2. Seabrook Latest to Fall Councilman Charged With Money Laundering *** A free pass to thievery: Seabrook case proves Council slush funds must go *** Councilman ripped off 'hole' lotta dough: feds *** FDNY minority hiring was $moke screen *** Bagel, borrow & 'steal' for pol *** Seabrook's mistress, also possibly a shady situation *** Bronx City Council member Larry Seabrook's go-to guy was longtime powerbroker Stanley Schlein ***What Happens to Professor Seabrook? 4. The Love Gov?
Joe Sexton, The Times’s Metropolitan Editor, said: “Obviously we are not responsible for what other news organizations are reporting. It’s not coming from The Times.”
The NYT Scandal about the Scandal In Albany, a Rumor of a Rumor Catches Fire * Gov aide takes Times to task Rips rumor story *Paterson: Reported Speculations Were "Orchestrated"** Paterson Aide Calls For Inquiry Into New York Times True News Had the NYT Scandal Story First The NYT Vs. Paterson: It's Personal: Sex Media and Politics Metastasize
5. The Mayor DA probes Mike's 'slippery' poll $$ *** Frank MacKay and John Haggerty were subpoenaed From True News Organized Crime Politics Ballot Lines for Sale *** Councilman Dan Halloran, who ran on the GOP and Independence lines last year, said he was "not aware" of any of the poll watchers supposedly paid with the $750,000.
6. The Governor Paterson is being investigated by federal prosecutors over how he awarded the contract for slot machines at Aqueduct. (WPIX) *** Governor Paterson Being Investigated for Non-Salacious Things New York Magazine
7. Education Since 2005, auditors from the state comptroller have found almost $1 billion in fraud in school districts. (TU)