Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Name That Party: The Larry Seabrook Edition

The NY Daily News reports on a laundry list of criminal and ethical lapses for New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook but somehow misses his party affiliation. He's now facing federal charges in a 66-page indictment:
The endless schemes to line his pockets were detailed in a stunning 66-page federal indictment that charged nothing - not even a cheap snack purchased near City Hall - was beyond Seabrook's greedy grasp.

Seabrook funneled city money to shaky Bronx non-profits where his girlfriend and relatives were paid more than $500,000 between 2002 and 2009, prosecutors charged.

The three-term councilman also shook down a Bronx businessman for $50,000 in return for landing a boiler contract at the new Yankee Stadium - and used the money to pay parking fines and credit card bills.

A 13-count indictment charged Seabrook abused his position to benefit his wife, his girlfriend, his family - and himself.

In one of the most telling details, Seabrook purchased a bagel sandwich and diet soda for $7 near City Hall.

He then doctored the receipt to make the bill total $177, and collected the funds from the North East Bronx Community Democratic Club, the indictment charged. In all, Seabrook was charged with siphoning $44,000 in bogus expenses from the club.
Seabrook has been a staple in New York City politics for decades. He was a State Assemblyman, State Senator, and now works in the New York City Council. I can't possibly imagine what his students at John Jay College for Criminal Justice must think:
Seabrook is currently an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and holds a B.A. Degree in History and Urban Studies from John Jay College, an M.A. Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Long Island University and a J.D. Degree from CUNY Law School in Queens.
No word from the college on his continued employment and affiliation with the college.

The indictment is here.

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