July 16, 2008 |
A woman who lied to adopt 11 disabled children, whom authorities say she abused while she collected more than $1 million in subsidies, was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said Judith Leekin, 63, engaged in "a heartless, dangerous, money-driven scheme" as she defrauded social service agencies in New York City and New York state. Leekin pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud in May. Berman ordered her to serve 10 years and 10 months, nearly three years more than she agreed to in a plea deal.
April 11, 2008 |
They say all big decisions in this town get made by three men in a room: the governor, Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader. Perhaps that's why New York state's top judge -- fed up with lawmakers' stalled efforts to increase judicial salaries -- has decided to take aim at the trio and sue them. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Judith S.
March 29, 2008 |
Prosecutors considered trying to indict Eliot Spitzer for official misconduct for his role in the so-called Choppergate affair but decided not to after the former New York governor resigned in a prostitution scandal, according to a report released Friday by Albany Dist. Atty. David Soares. The highly anticipated report was an about-face from one Soares' office released in September clearing Spitzer of any wrongdoing.
March 27, 2008 |
Owning or selling brightly colored guns may soon be illegal in Nassau County because the painted weapons could pass as toys, police and county officials said Wednesday. Officials in neighboring Suffolk County are considering a similar ban. The proposal in Nassau County was spurred by a Wisconsin company's introduction last week of a line of bright gun paints called the "Bloomberg Collection," which taunts New York City Mayor Michael R.
February 18, 2008 |
New York regulators are eager to consider splitting Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.'s core bond insurance businesses to protect municipal credit ratings against costly downgrades and stem troubles in the debt markets. FGIC said last week that it wanted to organize a new domestic financial guarantee insurer to "provide support for public finance obligations previously insured by FGIC." State Insurance Supt.
January 29, 2008 |
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A long-time state archivist was accused Monday of stealing hundreds of historic artifacts and documents from the New York State Library, including two Davy Crockett Almanacs, and selling some on EBay. Daniel Lorello, 54, an archives and records management specialist in the state Education Department since 1979, was arraigned Monday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and scheme to defraud.
January 23, 2008 |
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain raised more than $1 million Tuesday on rival Rudolph W. Giuliani's turf and picked up the endorsement of the former New York mayor's longtime nemesis. Former Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) switched his allegiance in the presidential race from former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who abandoned his bid Tuesday, to McCain. D'Amato has long been at odds with Giuliani.
December 12, 2007 |
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo said he had settled his investigation of a student loan consolidation company that paid fees to colleges and sports departments to help it market directly to students. Cuomo said Student Financial Services Inc. of Clearwater, Fla., had contracts with 63 colleges, 57 of which are NCAA Division I schools, under which it used the schools' colors, mascots and team names to peddle loans.
December 10, 2007 |
A bottle of 81-year-old Scotch sold for $54,000 at New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition. An anonymous collector bought the pricey potable Saturday at Christie's sale of wines and spirits. The bottle was distilled at Macallan in Scotland in 1926, bottled in 1986 and rebottled in 2002. Prohibition ended in 1933, but New York state did not allow auctions of spirits until this year.
December 6, 2007 |
Apparently, when it comes to holiday symbols, size does matter. At least it did to some folks in Long Beach, who were none too happy with the elfin Christmas tree planted next to a 20-foot-high menorah at Kennedy Plaza in front of City Hall. They called, they sent letters, they testified at a public hearing. Long Beach resident Rick Hoffman put it this way: "What's up with the giant menorah and the Charlie Brown Christmas tree?" he asked.