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    Politics, corruption and sports

    It's not just at the major league level:

    http://www.pressconnects.com/story/n...ourt/25806405/

    The owner of the local AA franchise didn't want the possible sale of the franchise to a group who would move it to become public knowledge. Why? Because he didn't want the sale to impact the re-election of our local State Senator, who is under indictment in a federal racketeering probe involving him getting his son a job with a downstate law firm, and funneling state business to the same law firm.

    Ya just can't make this stuff up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    It's not just at the major league level:

    http://www.pressconnects.com/story/n...ourt/25806405/

    The owner of the local AA franchise didn't want the possible sale of the franchise to a group who would move it to become public knowledge. Why? Because he didn't want the sale to impact the re-election of our local State Senator, who is under indictment in a federal racketeering probe involving him getting his son a job with a downstate law firm, and funneling state business to the same law firm.

    Ya just can't make this stuff up.
    Wow, convoluted, anyone? The Senator is under indictment - when is the election? Isn;t anyone [planning on running against him! Surely in all of you area, there's gotta be someone not actively part of a criminal investigation who might want the job!
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    The election was last November, the Primary was in September, at the end of baseball season (for AA). The owner of the AA team was heavily invested in the re-election of the sitting Senator, hence his reluctance to have any news of a possible sale of the team to out of state owners announced during primary season.
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    As an addendum, as the edit isn't working properly on this computter, the Senator's son was convicted, and while the Senator is still in office (he handily won re-election) his home computer and his wife's home computer were recently seized by the FBI when they raided his home.

    How did he win re-election? Frankly, his opponent was a loon, and the good Senator has been in office so long he's a major power-broker in Albany.
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    Oh, a state senator in NY...that explains a lot. Albany is such a hive of scum and villainy...
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    I've never seen a more wretched hive of scum and villainy....

    Oh, wait, sorry, wrong movie.

    On the upside, it looks like Skelos is going down with his buddies as well.
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    http://www.pressconnects.com/story/n...ment/26128451/

    NEW YORK – The New York Times says New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made money by selling an apartment that his mother had bought with embezzled money.

    The report in Tuesday's Times says Heastie held onto the Bronx apartment even though a judge had told him to sell it.

    Heastie's mother, Helene, pleaded guilty in 1999 to writing checks to herself from a nonprofit agency where she had worked.



    It just gets better all the time. LOL

    The only thing we're missing is a sitting Senator putting bribe money in her brassiere.

    Oops, wait, sorry, wrong state.
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    What a bunch!

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    AAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another Albany pol bites the dust...

    Or was he ever IN Albany?

    http://www.syracuse.com/politics/ind...l#incart_river

    New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough confirmed on Wednesday that he's resigning as part of a plea agreement.

    The Queens Democrat admitted that he lied about being in Albany when he wasn't, according to the Associated Press. He's scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of theft and wire fraud related to $40,000 in travel expense claims from 2009 to 2012.

    "I did in fact claim to be in Albany at times when I was not there or I would claim to have stayed longer than I actually did," Scarborough said in a statement. "As a result I will be stepping down from the job that I love, and I will face whatever sanctions the court imposes at the proper time."
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    I wish no ill physical health on anyone, and I am not going to bring Sen. Libous's health into this, He is evidently now terminally ill from cancer, and won't be in the headlines in New York much longer. However...

    There's a push from some to reduce his son's sentence because his father is ill, and there are motions in the wind to ease the prosecution and trial Sen. Libous faces in July. Sorry, but there's no leniency in the system for the "regular" folks in those cases either.
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    Does the FIFA storyline qualify for this thread?

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    As a casual sports fan, I love to watch the World Cup games/tournaments

    And as the same fan, I really don't care about the commish, owners or sponsors....But, my head is spinning with the re-election of the head of the organization.

    Hey, corruption isn't just an American thing?
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    My initial reaction to the FIFA story was simple: "With everything going o in D.C., the Attorney General of the US is prosecuting THIS?" Someone needed a new shiny toy to distract the public.

    If they're going after FIFA for bribes, the USOC shouldn't be far behind, though none of it has any real relevance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    My initial reaction to the FIFA story was simple: "With everything going o in D.C., the Attorney General of the US is prosecuting THIS?" Someone needed a new shiny toy to distract the public.

    If they're going after FIFA for bribes, the USOC shouldn't be far behind, though none of it has any real relevance.
    Like minds?

    This was a AG 'pet project' from the get-go and a perfect deflection from the stuff happening at home.

    The AG and Feebs will go after some entity that really has nothing to do with them, yet politicians flying under the radar are left alone?

    I guess when you are waiting to be installed into a job, it's better not to rattle the cages of the people who will approve your employment?
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    And Sen. Libous is ..well...soon to no longer be a Senator.

    http://www.pressconnects.com/story/n...ilty/30531301/
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