Tag Archive: scandal

Jan 23 2012

Congressman Furious With The New York Post

If I were two faced, why would I wear this one?

Meeks blames a deluge of negative press on two Post reporters, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent. He alleges that the New York Post only writes negative stories, but he doesn’t know why these two are “after him.”

In the interview, Meeks links a lack of journalistic integrity to  an agreement the Post has with a group called NRPC [National Legal and Policy Center].

Meeks stands by his record and points out that the community he represents does too.

City and State:The very first sentence out of embattled Queens Congressman Greg Meeks’ mouth during an interview yesterday was a New Year’s resolution.

“This is going to be the year that the New York Post stops spreading these things about me,” Meeks said.

Meeks had just come from a meeting with the secretary general of the United Nations. And before that, he attended a State of the State address by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Queens. But as he sipped tea in the posh lounge of the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue, it was clearly the Post that was on his mind.

That’s understandable. Open up the paper many Sundays, and there’s some sort of negative article about the Queens congressman – usually followed the next day by an editorial. The tabloid has hit Meeks for his ties to indicted real estate tycoon Ed Ahmad; ties to a troubled charity he founded; the AEG scandal; his outstanding water bill; campaign cash used to fix a car; and much, much more. Its coverage has sparked subpoenas and investigations.

Our interview wasn’t scheduled to be about anything in particular. I asked Meeks about the details of the various scandals and the proposed convention center out in southeast Queens.  But all the really interesting answers seemed to come when Meeks talked about the Post. What follows is an edited transcript:

For full Article: http://www.cityandstateny.com/congressman-greg-meeks-declares-war-york-post/

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Oct 11 2011

Controversial Ex-Pol Is Ready For Another Round…In Long Island!

Where Are They Now? Ann-Margaret Carrozza

AMC is the former State Assembly Member for Queens AD 26 (Bayside). She’s an elder law attorney and she lives in Glen Head, Long Island. Rumor has it she’s mulling a run for Assembly…and get this: where she actually lives this time in posh Nassau.

AMC did not run for reelection in 2010 amidst a residency scandal, and her exit opened up the books for now state Assembly Member Ed Braunstein who has a fake Twitter feed in his likeness of nearly 400 followers.

Ann-Margaret Carrozza is rumored to be making another run for Assembly... In Nassau County

Ed even kept AMC’s staff on board and took her old office. You know, in the name of reform. But I digress. What will AMC do now? Hmmm she was Deputy Whip, and never made a peep in Albany, so I presume she left on good terms with the powers that be.

I wonder was this part of a larger, long-term, calculated plan of Democratic strategy? You decide.

Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2011/10/ex-pol-is-back-for-another-round/

Oct 11 2011

Meet The Most Corrupt Politician, possibly ever.

Queens Politics names ex-Assembly Member Brian McLaughlin, the reigning Champ as the most corrupt politician of the year, possibly the decade.

In an email, a reader asks who is the most corrupt local politician to ever be elected? That’s easy. Brian McLaughlin.  Find out what happened when Brian met Tony Seminerio in prison, the man be befriended by wearing a wire in exchange for leniency.

It’s eight more years in a federal penitentiary for disgraced ex-Assembly Member Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing), whose name is a euphemism for corruption, looting, payoffs and bribery in Queens political circles – and was known to bed high-profile elected officials and campaign operatives.

McLaughlin, who was a former labor leader and seven term legislator is generally perceived as lower than wife-beater Hiram Monseratte, and definitely lower than elected officials who allegedly don’t reside in the districts they represent. Find out why.

That’s some intro! What does one have to do to win the Queens Politics 2011 Malfeasance award? Become the biggest crook  in the history of local politics.

While Brian McLaughlin has been rotting away in Butner Federal prison for the past two years (8 more to go), his memory lives on in the annals of Queens Political history. This is the kind of guy that would steal your wallet then help you look for it.

Who did Brian McLaughlin STEAL From? The real question is whom didn’t Brian steal from?

Brian’s rap sheet is filed in over a dozen volumes but he is most remembered for his theft and embezzlement of  $3.1 million from a Queens Little League including shaking down Local 3 Electricians, and Petrucelli Corp. engineers.

The judge said his crime spree was “mind boggling.”

Brian lived a life of luxury by exploiting children and non-profit organizations.

His catalog of wrongs to the court took a stomach wrenching 45 minutes to complete. With stolen funds, Brian bought his mistress an imported car, and even forced union members to kill rats in his basement, dog sit and hang Christmas lights without pay. See the News Buster article which claims the NYT ‘whitewashed’ the story and left out the “juicy details.”

Brian was a local guy trusted with the public interest and ended up only serving himself and his family.

Betraying Tony Seminerio

What most people didn’t know was who Brian was as a person. According to inside sources, Brian, also an ex-labor leader, was known to speak in a fake Irish brogue to help him fit in with union workers. What a tool! In a story that I will always remember, Brian –who was subsequently outcast by his colleagues after his indictment – betrayed the one guy that tried to be his friend. That friend was ex-Democratic Assembly Member Tony Seminerio.

Seminerio was no angel, but in a gesture of goodwill reached out to his embattled colleague, Brian – the only politico to do so. How did Brian repay Seminerio’s generosity?

Brian cooperated with the authorities by building a relationship of trust with him and ultimately  wearing the wire that got Seminerio indicted. And he did it all with a smile.

What was going through his head? Brian thought he would walk for his cooperation by giving up Seminerio, the one guy that tried to reach out to him, but much to his dismay, my inside sources say Brian was shocked when he was sentenced to 10 years. “But I cooperated!” I’m sure that’s what he thought. Turns out for his cooperation in the investigation of Anthony Seminerio, who was sentenced to 6 years in a million dollar influence-peddling scheme , Brian was spared 5 years off of his sentence.

When Brian and Tony were sentenced, they were both assigned to the Butner Federal Correction Complex. While going to lunch for the first time in prison, Brian ran into Tony – the first time since he sung like a canary in the court room. Tony and Brian, both former teflon dons looked at each other straight in the eye.

Brian almost didn’t recognize Tony in his new digs. There he was in an off-yellow jumpsuit  eating a prison special; bologne in hand. As the story goes, Brian looked up, dropped his lunch tray to the ground, turned tail and ran away as fast as possible. The guards were laughing. This would be the last time they would ever be in the same room together.  Tony died in 2011.

I never met Brian. But I vaguely knew of his son from the neighborhood who was arrested in a prescription drug-selling ring last year. Furthermore Brian helped start the William Jefferson Clinton Democratic Club which he siphoned money  from. Thankfully we have  gotten as far away as possible from Brian’s legacy of malfeasance.

Did McLaughlin pay any of it back?

In August 2011, Celeste Katz reported that Brian has surrendered his $80,000 Mercedes and sold his $652,000 home in Long Island to help pay off the debt.

He was supposed to cough up the $783,000 remaining in his campaign account, and in March 2010 McLaughlin delivered a $457,253 check to prosecutors with the expenditure marked “preliminary order of forfeiture.”

Yet he still has more than $285,000 in the campaign war chest – sitting in a tax-free bond account earning interest, campaign records filed last month show.

McLaughlin’s lawyer, Michael Armstrong, said the ex-assemblyman “has turned over all his forfeited assets to the government and he is not standing in the way of anybody receiving payment.”

According to the Post Brian’s mom, 84, is also a victim of his corrupt deals,

Crooked ex-politician Brian McLaughlin’s mom has added her name to the list of victims in his epic, $3.1 million rip-off scheme.

Court papers filed by Ilene McLaughlin, 82, say she lost $145,000 that the former Queens assemblyman borrowed against his swanky second home on Long Island’s exclusive North Shore.

The widowed granny, who lives in a modest co-op apartment in Flushing, says in her self-filed court documents that she handed over the dough in March 2006 but never got a nickel back.

For his crimes against the neighborhood, Brian McLaughlin is awarded the 2011 Most Crooked Politician Award.

 

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