Giuliani’s Christmas proclamation


Rudy Giuliani spent part of his Christmas Eve in Harlem, reading to children, handing out presents and, once again, proclaiming himself in good health.

“I’m perfectly healthy. I don’t have cancer,� Giuliani told reporters after reading “A Visit From St. Nicholas� to more than a dozen children at Hale House, a residence for needy children.

According to an Associated Press account, more journalists than children crammed into the tiny room.

Giuliani was briefly hospitalized last week in St. Louis after suffering what he called a severe headache. After canceling some some events last week, he was back campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend.

For his visit to Hale House, Giuliani wore red socks and a red Christmas tie adorned with stockings. He paused frequently during his reading to ask questions and point to large colorful pictures of Santa and his reindeer. At one point, he even sounded off with a: “Ho, ho, ho.”

Giuliani has read the Christmas story — better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas� — to children at the Hale House for 14 years. He promised that if he’s elected president, he would still return to read the Clement Clarke Moore classic.

Meanwhlile, the New York Times, in “a story”: today points out that things have not been going so well lately for Giuliani.


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  1. Ex-Head of Hale House Is Set To Plead Guilty in Theft Case
    Published: July 2, 2002
    The former president of Hale House and her husband are expected to plead guilty tomorrow to felony charges stemming from the accusations that they stole more than $1 million from the once-celebrated Harlem children’s shelter, people involved in the case said yesterday.

    In exchange for pleas to one felony count each, prosecutors agreed not to seek a prison sentence against Dr. Lorraine E. Hale, 75, a co-founder of Hale House, and her husband, Jesse L. DeVore, 70.

    After a long investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office, Dr. Hale and Mr. DeVore were indicted in February and accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to a personal bank account, forging checks and creating fictitious board members. The charges carry sentences of 5 to 15 years.

    According to the indictment, some of the stolen money was used for improvements on the couple’s Westchester home. Hundreds of thousands of dollars more were also used to prop up Mr. DeVore’s struggling theatrical production company, to buy artwork and to pay for the college tuition of Dr. Hale’s nephew, David Hale, the indictment said.

    After the indictment was unsealed, the attorney general, Eliot L. Spitzer, said that in light of Dr. Hale’s age, she was likely to be treated leniently in court. Mr. Spitzer, who said his primary goal was to seek restitution for Hale House, also filed a civil suit in February against the couple, seeking the recovery of more than $1 million. As part of the plea arrangement, they have agreed to provide the government with a statement of their net worth.

    Mr. Spitzer’s office had no comment yesterday.

    Dr. Hale, who founded Hale House with her mother, Clara, in 1969, to care for the children of drug-addicted mothers, was forced to resign in May 2001, after The Daily News and other newspapers raised questions about the financial management of the charity. Her lawyers have said she deserves gentle treatment because her health is failing.

    No such claim has been made about her husband’s health, and one investigator who has direct knowledge of the Hale case said Mr. Spitzer may face criticism for sparing Mr. DeVore a prison sentence.

    A report prepared by Kroll Associates, a corporate investigation company hired by Hale House after the allegations surfaced, said that Hale House employees reported overhearing Mr. DeVore, the charity’s publicity director, refer to the children at the shelter as ”cash cows.”

    Ho, ho, ho!

  2. promised if elected president ?

    rudi should hope for a lenient promised sentence. maybe he can get a work release deal to come back to hale house and read at christmas

    merry christmas rudi !