Forest City Politics Money Corruption Real Estate - High Class Pimps - Sheldon Silver Bruce Ratner

Submitted by JohnDoe on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:32.

 

Sheldon Silver, caught with his hands in the cookie jar

January 23, 2015

Sheldon Silver leaving the United States Court House in Lower Manhattan after being arraigned on corruption charges on Thursday. Credit: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Today’s NY Times has extensive coverage on the arrest of Sheldon Silver, a powerful Democratic Party politician who like so many of his ilk going back to the days of Tammany Hall exchanged political favors for big cash bribes.  Of course, the American way has always been about corruption rather than democracy and freedom.
 

 

Basically Silver made millions of dollars for making connections between those in the business world and politics. In other words, he was a high-class pimp.
 
 
Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York Assembly, exploited his position as one of the most powerful politicians in the state to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, federal authorities said on Thursday as they announced his arrest on a sweeping series of corruption charges.
For years, Mr. Silver has earned a lucrative income outside government, asserting that he was a simple personal injury lawyer who represented ordinary people. But federal prosecutors said his purported law practice was a fiction, one he created to mask about $4 million in payoffs that he carefully and stealthily engineered for over a decade.

 

Silver worked out a deal with another shady law firm run by Jay Arthur Goldberg. Silver steered real estate developers to Goldberg in exchange for a cut of the fees. The Times names Glenwood Management as one of two real estate firms buying Silver’s favors and I’ll bet that Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises will be revealed as the other.

 

louisproyect.org/2015/01/23/sheldon-silver-caught-with-his-hands-in-the-cookie-jar/

 

 

 Silver’s arrest a 2nd strike for N.Y. Orthodox power brokers

 

 For New York Jews, the arrest marked the second time in less than 18 months that one of the state’s most visible and well-connected Orthodox Jews was taken into custody on corruption charges.

In fact, the two figures are deeply connected.
The first, William Rapfogel, the longtime CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was arrested in September 2013 for involvement in a kickbacks scheme. He pleaded guilty to helping fleece more than $9 million from the charity, including $1 million that he pocketed himself, and was sentenced last July to 3 ½ years in prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution.
Rapfogel’s wife, Judy Rapfogel, is Silver’s chief of staff. After her husband’s arrest, Judy Rapfogel claimed she had no knowledge of her husband’s criminal malfeasance, and she remained on Silver’s staff.
Rapfogel’s eldest son, Michael Rapfogel, works for real estate developer Bruce Ratner, who has been on the receiving end of numerous favorable decisions by the Public Authorities Control Board, over which Silver has significant control. In 2006, Silver’s intervention helped secure a lucrative tax break for Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, even though that tax break actually was being phased out, The New York Times reported.
The criminal complaint filed this week against Silver by the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Silver was “on retainer to a mammoth real estate developer” while his office was passing legislation affecting that developer’s business, meeting with lobbyists paid for by the developer and “deliberately keeping secret from the public any information about this lucrative side-deal, in violation of the law.” The complaint does not identify the real estate developer by name.

www.jta.org/2015/01/22/news-opinion/united-states/silvers-arrest-a-2nd-strike-for-n-y-orthodox-power-brokers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Land Bank - CON Artists among many in NEO

 

Sobol Jordan made over $300,000 as director of an agency meant to help low-income families get assistance w/daycare and other needs (Centers for Families and Children) ...does this not look familiar?:

" William Rapfogel, the longtime CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was arrested in September 2013 for involvement in a kickbacks scheme. He pleaded guilty to helping fleece more than $9 million from the charity, including $1 million that he pocketed himself, and was sentenced last July to 3 ½ years in prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution. "

 

Some people have no shame.

http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2014/12/armond_budish_names_local_nonprofit_ceo_as_chief_of_staff_for_cuyahoga_county_administration.html

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SEE  Plain Dealer - 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/01/cuyahoga_county_demo_bond_stra.html#incart_river

 

Comments by Garry Kanter: 

The PD Editorial Board's unflagging love for all that Jim Rokakis, his "institute", and his Land Bank pals put forth continues to harm this region.

Borrowing $50 MILLION - which with interest will cost at least $100 MILLION to pay back - in order demolish homes is an expensive, risky, unproven gambit.

Why can't the banks and agencies that own these homes pay the back taxes and the demo costs?

You can rest assured that once again, taxpayer and property owner wealth will transfer to The Powers That Be and leave many residents out in the cold.

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Everyone goes along with the schemes - because federal monies are an endless cash cow!  Look how many fake non-profits have been generated in Northeast Ohio - with top administrators raking in $300,000+  Priceless!  

 

"Middleton, it noted, earned $221,742 in 2002 alone — over $88,000 more than her counterparts made on average nationwide."

Other fake non-profits besides Western Reserve Land Conservancy - where top administrators haul in big bucks and can hire their feckless friends to become rich, too:

  • CEOs for Cities -CEO Lee Fisher 2012 Salary $206,667
  • Centers for Families and Children-CEO 2012 Sharon Sobol-Jordan (over $300,000 - not reported in 990)
  • Council of Economic Opportunities of Greater Cleveland- CEO 2013 Jacqueline Middleton $159.559
  • Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio- CEO 2012 Peggy Zone $123,817
  • Fund for Our Economic Future - CEO Bradley Whitehead 2012 Salary $392,672
  • LAND Studio - Executive Director Ann Zoller 2013 $120,661 Managing Director Greg Peckham $109,207
  • OhioGuidestone -CEO Richard Frank 2012 $289,084
  • Vibrant NEO - aka Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium -Executive Director Hunter Morrison 2012 $109,160

 

..the list goes on....and on... (work in progress)  what DO THESE people DO??

Ed FitzGerald joined the team as announced yesterday!!

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/04/ed_fitzgerald_resurfaces_to_fo.html

 

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