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The campaign finance disclosures, however, of current Rockland County Family Court Judge, Sherri Eisenpress, Friends of Sherri Eisenpress, and the transactions connected to her 2011 campaign for that office is by far the most intriguing. Between July and December of 2011, Friends of Sherri Eisenpress received two $5,000.00 donations, twenty-five $4,000.00 donations, one for $3,500.00 and one for $3,000.00; a total of $116,500.00. Eighteen of those donations came from seventeen individuals totaling $70,500.00 and eleven came from ten business entities for $46,000.00.”
An FBI informant at the center of a political corruption probe that brought down the former state Senate majority leader says he helped elect Rockland Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress by using her money to bankroll an illegal campaign finance scheme and by bribing a public official, an investigation by The Journal News found.
The cooperator, Orthodox Jewish developer Moses Stern, never mentioned Eisenpress by name when he testified about the scheme at the 2014 corruption trial of ex-New York City Councilman Dan Halloran. But, in recent weeks, two independent sources confirmed to The Journal News/lohud that Stern was referring to her.
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Stern claimed the key to the scheme was creating fake donors to give the appearance that Eisenpress, a virtual unknown seeking her first term on the bench, had broader community support than she actually did. To create the bogus donors, Stern gave her money to individuals who funneled it back into the campaign, he testified.
Through others, the judge has denied any knowledge of Stern’s scheme and no one has ever been charged with a crime stemming from the allegations.
“The matter was investigated and we found no evidence of criminality,” said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
Howard Reiss, who was Eisenpress’ campaign treasurer and former law partner, dismissed the allegations, saying her ethics are “above reproach.” To his knowledge, he said, all campaign finance reports were filed truthfully and accurately.
“He (Stern) didn’t set up anything using Sherri’s money. That’s nonsense,” Reiss said. “How would we know what Mark Stern did? I have no idea what you’re talking about, nor does that make any sense to me.”
When a reporter read Stern’s testimony and told Reiss the scheme was detailed in Stern’s cooperation agreement, Reiss said, “I don’t care what Mr. Stern may have said or what you may be reading from a transcript, but I don’t believe it.”
Please read the Lohud article from its original source:
The hooker at the center of the NYPD corruption scandal has revealed to The Post how she engaged in mile-high group sex with two cops and three other men during a wild private-plane trip to Las Vegas.
Gabi Grecko donned a skimpy flight attendant outfit to service now-disgraced NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant, since-fired Detective Michael Milici and the others while flying over the American heartland in February 2013, she claims.
She was hired by a pair of businessmen to entertain Grant in exchange for official favors, according to a federal corruption case filed against him this week.
Grecko, 27, told The Post she performed oral sex on each man in the cabin — sometimes simultaneously having sex with more than one of them.
“I was doing it while they were in their seats,” Grecko recalled.
“It was me on top the whole time. Front, behind, side. They all seemed really comfortable to take their pants off in front of each other and laugh about it. It’s like they’d done this before.”
Grant’s co-defendant, Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg, directed the sexcapades, shouting out instructions and providing running commentary, she said.
Grecko called herself “Candi” and briefly tried playing the part of a flight attendant before getting down to business once the plane took off from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport.
“I was supposed to be a sexy stewardess. I’d ask: ‘Tea or coffee?’ ” she said.
“They all wanted me, I guess, and not the tea or coffee.”
Grecko initially thought the in-flight entertainment would be limited to “sitting on people’s laps and drinking with them.”
“I didn’t think it would be as extreme as it was, but then because I obviously couldn’t get off the plane, I had to do what they were telling me,” she said. “More than one would try to get my attention at once. They were really creepy and very rude and offensive.”
Grant kept shouting, “Ma’am, I need service over here!” she said.
And they were a bit picky.
“One of them told me that I wasn’t giving a good b- - -job,” Grecko added.
To read the entire story, click here.
Grecko’s tale expands on allegations in the criminal complaint unsealed Monday that Grant and Milici joined the Mile High Club during the “first-class plus” flight.
It also expands on other allegations in the complaint against Grant, Reichberg and NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, who is not alleged to have been on the flight.
The feds say Reichberg and a cooperating witness — identified by sources as his pal Jona Rechnitz, a Manhattan real estate investor — invited Grant to join them in Sin City from Feb. 2 through Feb. 4, 2013, for Super Bowl XLVII.
Also on the trip was Grant’s friend Milici, referred to in court papers as “Detective-1,” an unidentified male “associate” of Rechnitz’s and Grecko, whom the feds call “Prostitute-1.”
The four identified men are all married with children.
Reichberg and Rechnitz arranged for Grecko “to come on the private jet and spend the weekend with the group in Las Vegas,” the Manhattan federal court complaint says.
Law enforcement agents who interviewed Grecko “confirmed, among other things, that [she] was engaged to accompany the persons on the trip and that Grant and others took advantage of her services during the trip,” the complaint says.
Rechnitz footed the $59,000 bill for the jet and scored comped rooms for the cops and paid for their meals, the complaint says.
Grant shared his room with Grecko, according to the feds.
Rechnitz wasn’t reimbursed, but the feds say Grant performed “numerous official acts” for him and Reichberg, including “regularly” providing them with police escorts.
Grecko said the group stayed at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Most of the men shared a huge duplex penthouse suite, equipped with a hot tub on its terrace, while Grant and Grecko shared a smaller penthouse, she said.
The group watched the Super Bowl in a private section of a large party room in the hotel, where they were joined by a bevy of local hookers, Grecko said.
Everyone binged on champagne and catered food, and Grecko said the men bet heavily on the San Francisco 49ers — who lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.
The group then returned to the large penthouse for a late-night orgy with other hookers, who got naked and hopped into the hot tub, Grecko said.
In addition to seeking out investments that will offer superior returns for its clients, a couple things that hedge fund Platinum Partners has been up to lately are:
1. Complying with a subpoena it received from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and
2. Dealing with a separate “wide-ranging corruption investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York”
So what it probably didn’t reaaaaally need today was to have the Feds show up to headquarters with a search warrant, but when it rains…
That probe resulted in the arrest on June 8 of longtime Platinum associate Murray Huberfeld for allegedly orchestrating a bribe to a union leader in exchange for an investment in Platinum. Huberfeld, through his attorney, has disputed the charges. Platinum was not named as a defendant in the related case.
Platinum remains in business with more than $1 billion under management. But the firm recently informed investors that it was likely to slowly wind down its largest hedge fund offering, Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage, and is considering doing the same for its other large strategy, Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities.
“Going forward, the plan contemplated for PPVA will be for it to operate as a close ended fund, whereby the fund will be closed to new subscriptions, and proceeds of the monetization of any of our investments will be used to either support other current investments in the portfolio or distributed to stakeholders,” Nordlicht wrote in a note to investors on June 15 seen by Reuters.
He added that the unwinding would be done gradually to avoid a “fire sale” of investments.
Founded in 2003, Platinum has racked up profits that few in the hedge fund industry can match. But its strategy of lending to troubled companies carries risks that have turned off many large investors, according to a Reuters investigation earlier this year.
(For Reuters’ Special Report on Platinum, click here – here)
Yesterday we reported on Blaise Gomez, the attempts to silence her and the threats she received. It should not be any secret why we value anonymity. In largely unprecedented action in the United States, given our notion of free speech and our disdain for censorship, a petition showed up on Change.Org. The petition is predicated on the desire to end the secrecy by demanding that Journalists be permitted their 1st Amendment rights to report on a community, something the suppression of the people within the community clearly does not foster. The Scientologists appear to prevent their community [cult] from similar reporting. Do we see a pattern here?
We are supporting the petition and hope our readership will it and support the efforts, which we are told come from within the community. The drafters are looking for 500 signatures. We would like to see 10,000.
We make one final comment, a point raised by one of our readers. To those journalists who may or may not benefit from this petition, including Blaize Gomez, we ask that if you have a Facebook Page or a Twitter account or other form of social media, you moderate the comments. The sheer hatred and anti-Semitism, not to be mistaken for anything but hatred and loathsome bigotry diminishes the message you are trying to convey. Admittedly, Ms. Gomez’s FB page is loaded with vile comments aimed at Jews; and it is difficult to respect a journalist who allows that to happen. We suggest that while you are signing the petition, comment to her page leting Ms. Gomez know her message, like those of many others, gets lost in the hatred, anti-Semitism and bigotry that is permitted or perhaps not prevented on her pages.
We have posted on the video that circulated of what we view as a child being molested by his teacher, Rabbi Moshe Hersh Klein and the denials by the community and by the parents at one least on of the children in the video.
We posted on the FBI raids of the Yeshiva.
We are now presenting to you excerpts from an article from the New York Times from May 17, 2016.
“KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — In a place where young boys spend their days hunched over volumes of Torah and Talmud, delving into timeless stories and precepts in an ancient singsong, the scene was incongruous.
Dozens of agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and county law enforcement officers — more than 50 by the count of officials in this Hasidic village about 50 miles northwest of Manhattan — converged on a four-story brick yeshiva here on Thursday, some armed with guns, others carrying crowbars, as helicopters whirred overhead. According to parents of children at the school, the authorities took away boxes filled with computers, office files and security-camera videos.
“They scared all the kids,” said Yoel Weiss, whose three sons, Moishe, 12, Shloime, 8, and Pinchas, 7, attend the yeshiva that was targeted, United Talmudical Academy of Kiryas Joel. “They made a big commotion.””
April 23, 2016
““I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place,” Sugarman wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
The four commissioners — two Democrats and two Republicans — first received the complaint about the mayor’s fundraising efforts in October 2014 and voted unanimously on Jan. 11 to make a criminal referral to the Manhattan DA’s office.
“There is considerable evidence in this case that New York City mayor William de Blasio organized a team dedicated to getting a sufficient number of Democratic New York State senators elected in 2014 to achieve a Democratic majority in the senate. The evidence indicates that de Blasio established a structure, both within and outside City Hall, and entered into an agreement with powerful unions… and political consultants… to raise and spend money to influence senate races,” wrote Sugarman, who was nominated to the post by Gov. Cuomo.
“The evidence demonstrates that the de Blasio team coordinated its fundraising activities with and intentionally solicited contributions for these candidates … in order to evade contribution limits and to disguise the true names of the contributors, conduct which may violate [two election laws],” she wrote.
One of those alleged violations is a felony.
‘I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place.’
– Risa Sugerman, Board of Elections chief investigator
The memo targets de Blasio, his legislative director Emma Wolfe; Ross Offinger, de Blasio’s campaign finance director and treasurer of his political advocacy roup Campaign for One; former Hotel and Trade union official Josh Gold; Jason Goldman of the UFT; and political consultants Neal Kwatra, BerlinRose, AKPD Message Media and Hilltop Public Solutions.
It calls them “Team de Blasio,” and says the nearly $1 million they solicited from big unions and fat-cat donors were steered to the Putnam County and the Ulster County Democratic committees, and then redirected to three candidates: Justin Wagner, Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk.
New York’s campaign finance law bars donations of more than $10,300 to a senatorial candidate. But contributors can donate as much as $103,000 to county committees which can then transfer unlimited amounts to individual candidates.
“Based on the evidence that these transfers were pre-arranged, reasonable cause exists to believe that all the contributions were made to the county committees simply as straw donors. Therefore, they should be considered contributions to the candidates and subjected to the candidate’s contribution limits,” the memo charges.”
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““Thousands of documents were produced,” Sugarman wrote. “Review of the documents revealed evidence of campaigns that were coordinated at every level and down to minute detail.”
The coordinated fundraising effort started, she said, with de Blasio, who Sugarman noted also had created the Campaign for One New York to serve as an “independent spending” organization to support his priorities.
“The entire (Senate) fundraising and campaign operation was run from City Hall by de Blasio staff in coordination with unions and Campaign For One New York officers and political consultants,” Sugarman wrote.
The effort also included Emma Wolfe, the mayor’s director of intergovernmental affairs, Offinger and Josh Gold, who at the time was political director for the New York Hotel Trades Council and campaign manager for Campaign for One New York, the report says.
Others said to be on the team included Jason Goldman, the United Federation of Teachers assistant director legislation and political action, Neal Kwatra, founder of Metropolitan Public Strategies who was consulting for the state party, and the political consulting firms of BerlinRosen, AKPD Messaging and Media, and Hilltop Public Solutions.
UFT spokeswoman Alison Gendar said the union “will always fully cooperate with any state or federal inquiry if and when one is made.”
The documents reviewed by Sugarman and her team revealed a pattern of coordination between Team de Blasio, the candidates, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and the Putnam County and Ulster County Democratic committees.
“Candidates were aware of the pattern of money transfers, the expected arrival of funds, and the necessity of transferring funds out to consultants in a timely manner,” Sugarman wrote.”