Public corruption next on Editorial Spotlight


On April 2, state Sen. and New York City mayoral hopeful Malcolm Smith, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and village Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, a New York City councilman and two city GOP powerbrokers were swept into federal court; a 28-page indictment traces a twisted trail of bribes, kickbacks and other nefarious deeds that stretches from Albany, through the Rockland County village and around New York City’s boroughs.

Two days later, another indictment was announced, this time against Bronx state Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, in a probe facilitated by another Assembly member from the Bronx, Nelson Castro, who began cooperating with authorities after his own 2009 perjury indictment.

When will the next indictment drop, and add more shame — and names — to New York’s long, abysmal record of public corruption scandals? What will it take to clean up New York politics? At 11 a.m. Wednesday, an Editorial Spotlight discussion will address New York’s culture of corruption, and what role reforms — and the voters — can play to turn the tide.

Panelists include:

    — New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, D-Ossining.
    — Richard Brodsky, a former Democratic member of the Assembly who represented Greenburgh.
    — Bennett L. Gershman, Pace Law school professor and a former prosecutor in Manhattan.
    — Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union of New York, a nonpartisan government watchdog.
    — E.J. McMahon, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Empire Center for NYS Policy.

To view the session and join the live chat, go to; to make a comment in advance, reach us via Twitter @lohudopinion, or email us at

Above: Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said ‘I will defend myself vigorously’ against bribery charges on April 3 at Spring Valley Village Hall. (Ricky Flores/The Journal News>


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  1. Good Morning “WATSON” it seems that your campaign for Governor & it’s message has scared Andrew “Cesare” Cuomo he to is now “Saying” Shelly Silver must GO,

    We welcome him to the CLUB & where is Brian Kolb hiding again under his desk in his fancy office and so scared to say a word because he could lose it.

    Folks since 2006 with the re-election of Alan Hevesi we have been saying that Albany is a cesspool of Political & Moral Corruption.

    It has taken 7 years and now everyone is waking up to that fact.

    More indictments will come by “The Feds” & many more heads will roll.

    In the end “WATSON” will be sitting on the 2nd floor of the Capital and New York will once again be the “Empire” State it once was.

    Join the “WATSON REVOLUTION” and become part of the movement to end Political & Moral Corruption that has taken hold in New York

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    On Twitter @vjmachiavelli

  2. The president of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank in Cleveland, Ohio is in charge of protecting county property from the foreclosure crisis. He receives a six figure salary.

    He targets others for delinquent property taxes and actively seeks to foreclose on property for taxes. He passed legislation to sell tax liens and to speed up the foreclosure process.

    He also hides his own property behind the guise of LLCs and fails to pay his OWN property taxes- for YEARS. His salary is paid by the collection of delinquent property taxes.

    The president also works to condemn and demolish property. His OWN property is vacant, vandalized and looks like a war zone. Doors and windows wide open and unsecured.

    The land bank is supposed to save us from ‘flippers’, yet the land bank GIVES taxpayer property to flippers.

    The land bank is not supposed to give or sell property to those that owe delinquent property taxes. The land bank gave property to a man that owes our county $10,000 in delinquent property taxes. Within two hours of receiving the property, the man sold the property for a $60,000 profit. He still has NOT paid his taxes.

    MILLIONS of dollars in waste, fraud, scams, conflict of interest, etc….

    Please read the following links for more details.