Thursday, December 14, 2006

New York's Culture of Corruption

New York State Senator and chairman of the Senate Democratic Conference, Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (D-Bronx) has been accused of stealing more than $423,000 from state money to pay for rent, gifts, and even Yankee tickets. Mr. Gonzalez even funneled some of the money to help renovate his mother-in-law's home in the Dominican Republic (how sweet) and $9,000 of the money went to a cigar distribution company (that Mr. Gonzalez owns) to design and print cigar bands.

If you live outside of New York, why should you care?

The charges unsealed yesterday replace an indictment against Mr. Gonzalez unsealed in August charging him with mail fraud by taking money from the Bronx nonprofit, the Pathways for Youth.
Pathways' stated intent was to improve the welfare of young people and was formerly known as the Boys' Athletic League. The federal government is a large source of its funding.
In short, he stole your tax dollars that were intended for little leaguers to pay for home renovations in the Dominican Republic. Brian McLaughlin (D-Queens) is also accused of stealing bundles of money from the little league and is facing 500 years in jail.

The story has a bit of irony since he first came to office after his predecessor was convicted of making false statements on a bank loan application.

With the addition of Efrain Gonzalez Jr. to the list of corrupt politicians from NYC, that brings the total to 9 or 11% of New York City's 80-member delegation to Albany that have been charged with crimes over the past 3 years.

(Source - NY Sun)