Former radio talk show host, political reporter and OpEd writer Errol Louis has slammed Southeast Queens elected officials.
First up was NYS Senator Malcolm Smith whose corruption trial ended this week in a mistrial. A new trial will not resume until next year, well after the election cycle.
Errol also takes aim at Councilman Ruben Wills for his involvement in the misappropriation of funds from a nonprofit organization he founded. Wills was the former chief of staff to former NYS Senator Shirley Huntley who recently returned from prison after serving 10 months of her 366 day sentence. Errol also calls into question Assembly Member Viviann Cook, who although not being charged with any crime and has forcefully denied in any wrongdoing, admits to steering funds into Huntley’s nonprofit organization. He points to a statement from former Senator Huntley that “funds would be directed to PIN…and together we used PINs funds for personal shopping” which seems to implicate Assembly Member Cook.
Assemblyman William Scarborough and Representative Gregory Meeks both get some ink from the reporter as well. Scarborough for the recently uncovered improper expense reporting and Meeks for an ancient real estate deal that went unreported and whose probe was subsequently dropped by the House Ethnics Committee.
Most importantly, Errol goes a step further by challenging voters to be wiser in their choices. A particularly pointed and provocative statement in an election year when all NYS Legislature seats are up for grabs. He also discourages falling into the old pattern of naming the group cited as part of a conspiracy against Black officials. Errol saw similar efforts against their political White counterparts with no hint of a conspiracy.
The Congressional primary for New York is June 24th. The primary for the NYS Legislature is September 9th.