Shaya Lichtenstein’s Secret Recordings

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Shaya Lichtenstein secretly recorded some 70,000 conversations, including many with cops. Singing like a Chazzan

 

A crooked gun broker secretly made thousands of recordings of conversations with corrupt NYPD cops, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The revelation likely will send shock waves through the department.
In a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court, prosecutors said Alex (Shaya) Lichtenstein secretly recorded some 70,000 conversations, including many with cops.
In November, Lichtenstein pleaded guilty to bribing NYPD officers to obtain pistol licenses.
Lichtenstein saved the conversations to an e-mail account, “many of them contemporaneous memorialization of dealings of questionable legality with members of the NYPD,” according to the letter written by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Bell.
“During our initial review of those recordings, we learned that some of these calls implicated at least one of the defendants in this case.”
The feds said they also got “material” from the phones of Jeremy Reichberg, a Brooklyn businessman who is accused of doling out gifts to senior cops, including trips to the Super Bowl, Brazil and China, sources said.
That material was not described in any more specifics.
Lichtenstein pleaded guilty on Nov. 10 to offering a cop $6,000 in exchange for an expedited gun permit.
“I had a good and friendly relationship with New York City police officers. During these years, I gave police officers in the Licensing Division things of value, including money, knowing that by giving them those things, the officers would do me favors, including expediting gun license applications,” Lichtenstein, 45, said.
Sgt. David Villanueva is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for helping speed up weapons permits.
Police Officer Richard Ochetal, formerly of the gun licensing unit, pleaded guilty to charges relating to the probe — and is cooperating with cops, the feds said in June.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant were also arrested for allegedly acting as “cops on call” for Reichberg and another wealthy de Blasio donor, Jona Rechnitz.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-gun-broker-secretly-recorded-corrupt-nypd-cops-article-1.2956091

Brooklyn gun broker secretly recorded conversations with corrupt NYPD cops

66th Precinct – What’s the Going Rate for a Corrupt Cop?

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Lt. Michael Andreano Joins the Ranks of those Alleged to be in Bed with the Epidemic of Corruption within the Ultra Orthodox Community of Borough Park and Beyond…

 

NYPD lieutenant stripped of badge, gun over ties to bribery scheme

http://nypost.com/2016/10/24/nypd-lieutenant-stripped-of-badge-gun-over-ties-to-bribery-scheme/

A high-ranking Brooklyn cop has been stripped of his badge and gun over ties to a key figure in an alleged $1 million NYPD bribery scheme, The Post has learned.

Lt. Michael Andreano of the 66th Precinct in Boro Park was put on desk duty as part of the wide-ranging corruption probe that has already resulted in pending charges against three NYPD bosses, sources said.

Andreano is suspected of having improper dealings with Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of the Boro Park “Shomrim” patrol who in April was busted on bribery and conspiracy charges involving pistol permits, sources said.

“This guy was tight with Shaya and would go out of his way to accommodate him,” a source said.

Andreano served as a community-affairs sergeant in the 66th Precinct before getting promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and transferred to the 60 Precinct in West Brighton.

He was transferred back to the 66th after “a month or two,” sources said, and put in charge of Special Operations there.

Andreano’s return was announced at a Community Council meeting in September 2015, according to the KensingtonBK blog.

Lichtenstein was allegedly recorded offering a whistleblowing cop $6,000 a pop to “expedite” approval of pistol permits for members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.

During that conversation, Lichtenstein used a calculator to show that 150 permits would be worth $900,000, according to the feds.

He also allegedly bragged that he had already scored 150 permits for clients who paid him up to $18,000 each for the service but said he had lost his connection in the NYPD’s License Division.

Earlier this month, a prosecutor revealed there had been “continuous discussions” for Lichtenstein to strike a plea deal, and a judge gave both sides until Nov. 3 to come to terms or proceed with the case.

The cop who secretly recorded Lichtenstein, former License Division member David Ochetal, secretly pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with authorities after admitting that he had accepted “lunch money” from Lichtenstein.

To read the article in its entirety click here.

Future Top Cop – In Bed with the Borough Park Corrupt – Community Board 12

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Community Board 12, Yidel Perlstein… Bringing our Old Friends Back to the Forefront…

 

Community leader boasted about snagging favor from future top cop

http://nypost.com/2016/10/24/nypd-lieutenant-stripped-of-badge-gun-over-ties-to-bribery-scheme/

A Borough Park community leader bragged on a taped phone call how he pulled some strings to get future top cop James O’Neill to transfer a friendly lieutenant back to the neighborhood, The Post has learned.

Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein wanted Michael Andreano returned to Borough Park’s 66th Precinct from the 60th in Brighton Beach, where the cop had been shipped following his promotion.

Perlstein, speaking in Yiddish, describes in the secretly recorded conversation how he approached NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers at a September 2015 breakfast meeting in Williamsburg and asked that Andreano be moved.

Perlstein claims that he offered Powers dinner at a local kosher steakhouse to grease the wheels for the personnel move, with Powers then talking to O’Neill, who was the NYPD’s chief of department at the time and happened to be at the meeting.

“I told Powers, ‘I will take you out to The Loft for supper,’ ” Perlstein says on the recording.

“So I told Powers, go over to O’Neill, to tell him to make an exception, to have Andreano back. So Powers and others went over to O’Neill and made the request to O’Neill and O’Neill said, ‘No problem, permission granted,’ with a big smile on his face.

“And [Andreano] was already the next day at work,” he adds.

The phone call was taped by a community activist who shared an excerpt with The Post. New York law permits people to secretly record conversations in which they take part.

Captains-union President Roy Richter said the commanding officer of the 66th put in a request to retain Andreano as soon as he was promoted — though he did not return until after the September meeting.

On Monday, The Post exclusively reported that Andreano had been stripped of his badge and gun over his ties to Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of Borough Park’s “Shomrim” safety patrol.

Lichtenstein was busted by the feds in April on charges he offered nearly $1 million in bribes to score pistol permits from the NYPD’s License Division for clients who paid him up to $18,000 a pop.

Andreano’s transfer back to the 66th was highly unusual, because protocol dictates that cops get moved following a promotion to avoid animosity from former colleagues and to prevent corruption, a high-ranking NYPD official said.

To read the NYPost article in its entirety click here.

Hikind, Greenfield – Boro Park… Lesser of Two Evils

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David Greenfield: Insights

City Councilman Greenfield is the powerful Land Use Chairman with significant control over zoning and zoning restrictions in New York. In our opinion, he already parlays the Mayor’s disingenuous ‘Manditory Inclusionary Housing’ aka MIH- for his developer pals with dire rezoning freedoms.

Greenfield was appointed by deBlasio’s City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Mayor’s right-hand-person with regard to real estate and enabling real estate developers to circumvent zoning restrictions.

In our view, Greenfield  has helped to leverage the phony justifications  in MIH to up-zone heretofore protected neighborhoods into monster buildings with non-contextual height intruding on many communities and certainly not providing for equally distributed low-income housing.   

These tear-downs of smaller homes and human-scaled properties are the biggest impetus for so-called gentrification but in reality the wholesale displacement of entire neighborhoods, stores closing, national chains wiping out Mom and Pop stores and destruction of services (like Rivington).

Now Greenfield wants more…a spin-off Kiryas Joel in Brooklyn’s future? 

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Hikind, Greenfield Battle For Political Control Of Boro Park

http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/hikind-greenfield-battle-political-control-boro-park/

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What is the Return on An Investment in a Trip to The Holy Land?

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FROM THE TWITTER ACCOUNT OF THE NYPD 66TH PRECINCT… 

Why would community board 12 pay for the 66 precinct commanding officer to visit israel? What’s the quid pro quo?NYPD 66th Precinct

 

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NYPD 66th Precinct – Verified account ‏@NYPD66Pct

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Asking a Crook to Tell you if you are Crooked, the Irony

 

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COMMUNITY BOARD 12 AND THE 66TH PRECINCT – A “DRIVING” TEAM!

Community Board 12, in advance of the driving season, has “teamed up with” the 66th Precinct to check drivers’ licenses and advise if drivers are in good standing. We can’t fault the idea. Only a really good set of crooks would know how to keep people driving a straight line.

We just can’t help commenting on the irony. It seems absurd to be asking the guys who regularly drive Shomrim vehicles to private endeavors, who have been known to issue gun licenses for cash, who have endeavored to protect their own from criminal prosecution, to make certain that your license is clean.

For a fee we wonder if they will scrub the license clean. Wait… is that legal?

We certainly suggest advising them when you will be away (as they are giving tips on protecting your property. Will they protect your home for a fee too?

Did we mention that Mendy Israel was once a member of CB 12? Probably not… that’s next.

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Boro Park: Community Board 12 Hosts License Check Drive In Anticipation of Summer Driving Season –

Every summer, during peak driving season, when people are travelling upstate or to resorts and vacation spots, we hear of instances where people were arrested for driving while having a suspended license. Most of the times that this occurs, the situation is a misunderstanding or a completely innocent mistake that could’ve easily been avoided. For instance, it happens when someone forgets to answer a traffic ticket or they thought that it’s being handled by a lawyer and it somehow got lost in the shuffle without them ever being aware of it. –
To help prevent this from happening, Community Board 12 has teamed up with the 66th Precinct to provide license checks to anybody that wants. It’s simple. Just come in to the Community Board office at 5910 13th Avenue on Monday between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, hand your license to an officer, they check it and let you know if it’s in good standing or you need to correct something. This way you can avoid all the embarrassment and heartache that come along with being arrested on the street, let alone, all the travel plans that are now potentially ruined. –

Taj Patterson sues City, Others should consider following suit

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EXCLUSIVE: Gay, black man who claimed he was attacked by Jewish security patrol gang sues city

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/exclusive-gay-black-man-brutally-attacked-sues-city-article-1.2689940

 

The far-too-cozy relationship between the NYPD, city officials, and Jewish safety patrols in Brooklyn led to the beating of a gay, black man in Williamsburg, an explosive new lawsuit to be filed in federal court Monday alleges.

Taj Patterson of Fort Greene, was walking down Flushing Ave. in Williamsburg in December 2013 when he was set upon by a gang of men linked to the Shomrim, a volunteer Orthodox Jewish security patrol. He was left battered, and lost eyesight in one eye.

In aftermath, as the Daily News first reported, cops with the 90th Precinct prematurely closed the case despite having four witnesses to the assault — delaying the investigation for 48 crucial hours.

In the lawsuit, obtained by the Daily News, lawyers for Patterson claim that the city and the NYPD created an atmosphere where the security patrols not only got official recognition and money, but could act with impunity.

Two men plead guilty to lesser charges in bias beating

Shomrim members made calls to the 90th Precinct in an effort to influence the Patterson investigation, the lawsuit claims.

Had the cops acted more quickly, it’s possible that more suspects could have been identified, the lawsuit alleges. Instead, evidence quickly disappeared. Some witnesses recanted their testimony, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit draws a direct line from the Patterson assault through the ongoing corruption scandal involving police officials doing favors for Jewish businessmen in exchange for gifts to this relationship between the NYPD and the security patrols.

“The City’s policies have essentially created a private police force with special connections to the NYPD, funded and outfitted by the City, without any supervision of that force,” the lawsuit alleges.

Trio accused of beating gay black man likely to avoid prison

The city is liable for Patterson’s injuries, the lawsuit argues, because it has created policies under which unconstitutional practices regularly take place, and that culminated in Patterson’s beating.

“The City’s deliberate indifference caused Plaintiff’s injuries,” the lawsuit alleges.

Along with the city, a cop and two sergeants from the 90th Precinct are named as defendants along with the Williamsburg Safety Patrol and a related organization known as the Shmira Volunteer Patrol Corp., and the five men arrested for the Patterson attack.

One of the sergeants named in the lawsuit, Ivan Furda, was docked 10 vacation days by the NYPD for prematurely closing the case.

 

To read the article in its entirety click here.