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Urging Vigilance, a Buoyant Bharara Champions “Facts, Not Falsehoods”

Urging Vigilance, a Buoyant Bharara Champions “Facts, Not Falsehoods”

BY RAINER TURIM | More than 900 people packed the Cooper Union’s Great Hall downtown on April 6 to hear Preet Bharara, the recently axed US attorney for the Southern District of New York. But that crowd figure was in dispute — well, not really, but Bharara couldn’t help but take a poke at the […]

Political Scandals In Perspective

Political Scandals In Perspective

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It may not be surprising that the sentencing of a convicted ex-State Assembly speaker went down this week with little public fanfare — what with a federal criminal probe underway into possible bid-rigging on public contracts by a former top aide and longtime intimate of Governor Andrew Cuomo and a criminal […]

JHL Nursing Home Critics Allege City, State Conflicts of Interest

JHL Nursing Home Critics Allege City, State Conflicts of Interest

BY JACKSON CHEN | With Mayor Bill de Blasio having offered his administration’s legal support in favor of a 20-story nursing home project, some Upper West Side residents are raising new ethical questions about the proposed West 97th Street development. Next door to an elementary school and several senior housing complexes, the project site has faced […]

In Sheldon Silver’s Wake

In Sheldon Silver’s Wake

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | This week’s conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on seven counts of public corruption — in steering public funds to a university research center on asbestos-related lung disease and in guaranteeing real estate interests tax breaks, all in return for roughly $4 million in personal enrichment — should be a […]