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New York - De Blasio And Cuomo Being Scrutinized By Bharara In Ever-Widening Corruption Probe

Published on: April 13, 2016 11:47 AM
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FILE - Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference in New York November 10, 2015.  ReutersFILE - Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference in New York November 10, 2015.  Reuters

New York - The list of those under the microscope for possible corruption continues to grow as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara vowed that his office is conducting full scale investigations at all levels of city and state government.

Delivering the keynote address at an annual event held by Common Cause New York in Manhattan on Tuesday, Bharara, the man who took down former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, warned that his office will follow the trail of corruption no matter where it may lead, as reported by The Daily News.

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“Executive offices in government are far from immune from the creeping show-me-the-money culture that has been pervading New York for some time now,” said Bharara.

As previously reported on VIN News, Bharara already has Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fundraising efforts in the crosshairs.  de Blasio announced last week that he would return all donations made by both Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, two members of the mayor’s inaugural committee who are at the center of an FBI probe involving high ranking NYPD officials.  City Councilman Mark Levine announced Tuesday that he was also returning $5,500 in donations that he received from Rechnitz and his wife, both his contituents, in order to avoid “any hint of impropriety and out of an abundance of caution.”

A story in today’s Wall Street Journal noted that Bharara is taking a closer look at whether favors may have been granted to those who contributed to the mayor’s Campaign for One New York fund and is also examining the change in classification awarded to a Lower East Side health care facility by a member of the de Blasio administration. 

Lifting deed restrictions that had been in place for years on the Rivington House property ultimately paved the way for the new owner, Allure Group, to flip the property to a real estate development home, netting a profit of $72 million just months later.  J

Jacob Landau, the Allure executive who worked with the city to have Rivington House’s deed restrictions removed, had donated $4,950 to the mayor’s election campaign, the maximum allowable donation.  A spokesperson for the mayor said that Landau’s donation has been returned.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has also come under scrutiny, with Bharara reportedly looking into economic development spending in Buffalo.

In his address yesterday, Bharara made a television-style reference to his office’s ongoing investigation, advising the public to “stay tuned” for further developments.  Bharara took aim at Cuomo and the Moreland Commission, the governor’s short lived and often criticized corruption probe.

“What we’ve gotten is a lot of reruns and, dare I say it, premature cancellations,” said Bharara pausing for a strategically timed beat before adding, “Yes, that’s a reference to the Moreland Commission. Which didn’t run for even one full season.”


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 Apr 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

the name is Joel Landau and he is Satmar. Someone must go to jail for kicking out poor AIDS patients out into the street, so much for a "progressive" mayor when he gets a kick back.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 12:42 PM Mayer Says:

Don't be crazy, the Mayor wouldn't have let Landau make $72mn for a measly $4,950 donation. And of course no-one would suggest that anything else changed hands ...........

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 02:39 PM Anonymous Says:

If the mayor has to give back all the shady money he has taken in over the years he will be in the red quite quickly. If Preet goes back to the BP days he will have a field day. Question is who takes over once he is kicked out. Can't be worse

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 02:42 PM caution Says:

It would be very foolish to rush to judgement no matter what the news reports.
we have to be dan lkaf zchus, that is our obligation as frum Jews.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 03:03 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If the mayor has to give back all the shady money he has taken in over the years he will be in the red quite quickly. If Preet goes back to the BP days he will have a field day. Question is who takes over once he is kicked out. Can't be worse

it would be Tish James per the charter a toieva woman of color. I hope Preet does go back to those days as justice must prevail.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 06:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Peet's been on Coumo's heels since before he nabbed shelly. He has nothing on him. Coumo is a smart politican.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 07:49 PM Chaim Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Peet's been on Coumo's heels since before he nabbed shelly. He has nothing on him. Coumo is a smart politican.

I attended the Shelly trial, Preet may have got a guilty verdict but it's far from over.
From attending the trial I can say first hand that the prosecution's case was extremely weak and all based on theory. The most embarrassing part was when Dr. Taub testified that there was no official exchange of favors. I believe it will beh' be reveresed on appeal.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 10:13 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Peet's been on Coumo's heels since before he nabbed shelly. He has nothing on him. Coumo is a smart politican.

Cuomo has accepted too much get from our developers. Preet knows it all.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 09:38 AM RocklandRes Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Peet's been on Coumo's heels since before he nabbed shelly. He has nothing on him. Coumo is a smart politican.

English as a second language?

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