New York - Who's Next: U.S. Attorney Sets Sights On Assembly Speaker Heastie
New York - The list of high profile officials being probed by federal investigators continues to grow ever longer, with Assembly speaker Carl Heastie being the latest name mentioned in connection with the ongoing investigation.
According to the New York Post, a former official of the Bronx Democratic party was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury with all records relevant to Heastie, who served as the Bronx Democratic party chair for seven years before being appointed to replace
Sheldon Silver after his indictment in February 2015.
Ischia Bravo, a former executive director for the Bronx Democratic County Committee, refused to confirm or deny that she had received a subpoena from an Albany grand jury but gave the impression that she had been in touch with investigators.
“I think they were just unaware that I was not there anymore so I no longer have records or have retained records,” said Bravo.
Heastie’s spokesperson, Michael Whyland, said that the speaker had not been advised of any investigation, but Heastie’s spending had apparently been under investigation by Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission. While the commission was shut down by Cuomo in April 2014, all of its files had been turned over to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who warned in January that although the commission itself had been cleared of any wrongdoing, his office’s investigations were far from over, as reported by Capital New York.
“We continue to have active investigations related to substantive inquiries that were being conducted by the Moreland Commission at the time of its closure,” said Bharara.
According to public records, Heastie’s campaign financed repairs to his personal car as well as entertainment at nightclubs and bars. The speaker’s latest financial statements show that in 2014 he owed up to $70,000 on two credit cards as well as up to $20,000 to Lending Club for debt consolidation.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment on the matter.
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