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.
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.
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.
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.