Browsing: corruption

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When developers proposed a 22-story development at 1501 Voorhies Avenue, the community balked at the sheer scale of the project. After sitting silent for five years and a change in ownership, new plans have been filed for a whopping 30-story residential development. Muss Development and AvalonBay submitted the plans to the Department of Buildings yesterday outlining a…

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State Senator John Sampson had just scant hours to celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s primary elections before a former top aide and Democratic consultant was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiring with the pol to defraud the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out of $100,000. Melvin Lowe, 52, was found guilty by a federal jury of…

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First phony lawyers, now phony dentists. Authorities arrested four people for pretending to be dentists and practicing on patients out of two Sheepshead Bay area clinics. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed felony charges against Konstantin Shtrambrand, Ilya Zolotar, Sergey Tolokolnikov and Hakob Gahnapetyan for practicing dentistry without a license. They face up to four years…

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State Senator John Sampson is well on his way to reelection after besting three primary opponents last night despite multiple criminal indictments for corruption. Sampson garnered 7,218 votes, or 54.17 percent of those cast – nearly double that of his closest rival, union organizer Dell Smitherman, who pulled in 3,981, or 29.88 percent of the…

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Another allegation has surfaced against indicted State Senator John Sampson, with a former top aide admitting to federal prosecutors that he swiped $100,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and forked most of it over to a senator believed to be Sampson. The Post reports: Melvin Lowe admitted during confidential meetings with prosecutors that he defrauded the…

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More than 90 percent of embattled State Senator John Sampson’s donations for the last filing period came from one man: George Fortunato, a reputed Gambino crime family associate. Fortunato gave the pol $10,500 last month. The next largest contribution was $500 from a lobbyist. According to the New York Post, Fortunato is considered a “dormant”…

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State Senator John Sampson, facing three primary challengers and multiple federal corruption charges, has the backing of Brooklyn’s top Democrat even as his reelection chances look bleak. The influential chair of the Kings County Democratic Committee, Frank Seddio, says that the organization is not formally backing the embattled pol. Seddio, however, is also a district leader in Sampson’s…

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Muss Development, the developer that built and manages Brighton Beach’s Oceana Condominium complex, has snapped up a sprawling 87,500-square-foot development site on Sheepshead Bay Road that was previously slated to become a mall – and they’ve announced plans to make it fully residential. The deal was done in two parts, with Muss teaming up with AvalonBay Communities…

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