May 06, 2013 — Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.
According to the federal compliant, Senator Sampson is accused of embezzling $440,000 in funds that he was entrusted to care for as a court appointed referee on four foreclosed Brooklyn properties. Go to full article
The Occupy Albany encampment in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Rensselaer, NY, Nov 16, 2011 — About a dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters were back in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's financial district early this morning, talking and trying to stay awake. A judge ruled yesterday that the protesters could return to the park but could not set up camp, or sleep there.
They sat on the park's marble benches, occasionally chanting. About 30 police officers were looking on.
A new poll finds many New Yorkers are supportive of the Occupy movement, and a majority believes they should be allowed to remain in the parks 24 hours a day.
Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't agree. He's directed state police to arrest demonstrators in Albany.
Protesters have camped out at the city's Academy Park since October 21st. Since this past weekend, dozens have been arrested for crossing into adjacent state-run Lafayette Park. Demonstrators say they will keep challenging the curfew until the arrests stop. That's set up a three-way showdown between protesters, the governor, and the local prosecutor.
And now, the governor is being asked to appoint a special prosecutor to follow through with those arrests. Go to full article
Occupy Albany protestor in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Rensselaer, NY, Nov 16, 2011 — New York's police commissioner Tuesday defended how officers handled themselves in the mass eviction early that morning, from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park.
Ray Kelly says the police arrested about 200 people in the sweep, including dozens who tried to resist eviction by linking arms in a tight circle at the center of the park. Arrests also included one city councilman and several journalists.
Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers are supportive of the Occupy movement, and a majority believe that they should be allowed to remain in the parks 24 hours a day. Go to full article