U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

New York News
12:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Skelos & Son: Focus Of Federal Probe

A federal grand jury is reportedly taking a hard look at business dealings involving New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son.

Back in January, after the arrest of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges, a New York City television station reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was looking into outside income the Republican head of the state Senate, Long Island’s Dean Skelos, had received, particularly involving the real estate industry.

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Hudson Valley News
4:53 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

No Federal Charges To Be Brought In Fatal Shooting

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Tuesday said his office will not pursue federal criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a college student in Westchester by a police officer who says he shot him in his moving car when he failed to stop.

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New York News
8:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

NY Federal Prosecutor Mocks 3-Men-In-Room

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Saying he's speaking as a citizen, a prosecutor who charged New York's assembly speaker with multiple felonies has called for an end to the state's "three-men-in-a-room" method of governing.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a New York Law School audience Friday he believes power in the state is "unduly concentrated in the hands of just a few men."

Added Bharara: "Some say just three men."

The prosecutor said concentrating power with the governor, the Assembly speaker and the Senate president seemed to feed a culture of corruption that leads to crimes.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Charged in Corruption Scheme

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In the latest arrest to stun Albany, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into FBI custody this morning. He faces federal corruption charges.  Silver’s future in the chamber he has run for two decades is in question.

According to widespread reports, Silver was taken into FBI custody on corruption charges shortly before 8 a.m. after a long-term investigation. According to court documents, The 70-year old Democratic leader is accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks.

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Hudson Valley News
10:40 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery Spree

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A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to seven bank robberies across four states. Two robberies were in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
3:23 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Two Newburgh Gang Members Are Sentenced

Members of a Newburgh street gang have been sentenced for various offenses. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says a former leader of the Newburgh Bloods, Anthony Boykin, was sentenced to life plus 32 years in prison. Bharara says Justin Simmons, who was also with the Newburgh Bloods, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Back in June, a jury convicted the two of charges arising out of their involvement, from 2006 through 2013, in the criminal activities of the Bloods gang, charges that included racketeering conspiracy, crack-cocaine distribution conspiracy, and carrying firearms.

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Hudson Valley News
9:47 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Feds File, Settle Suit Over Wetlands Filled In A Rockland Town

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The U.S. attorney has sued a town in the Hudson Valley over violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Newburgh Gang Leader Is Sentenced

Officials say the founder of a gang in Orange County has been sentenced. 

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Hudson Valley News
6:17 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Former Indian Point Supervisor Is Charged

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A former supervisor at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant has been charged with faking records to hide fuel contamination that was above acceptable limits.

Former chemistry manager Daniel Wilson was charged with fabricating records to conceal a violation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements. NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the allegations concern fuel for Indian Point’s backup emergency diesel generators.

He says the NRC found that the generators would have functioned with the contaminated fuel. Jerry Nappi is a spokesman for Indian Point parent Entergy.

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Hudson Valley News
7:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

U.S. Attorney Makes Demands Of Westchester In Fair Housing Settlement

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
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The U.S. Attorney has fired off a letter threatening action if the Westchester County Executive does not comply with his demands. The letter has to do with an affordable housing agreement, and the county executive has said he is in compliance.

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