The members of the Sweden Town Council get to skate through their jobs for a while longer.
The New York Attorney General’s Office has declined to investigate the many conflicts of interest on the Town Council. The Attorney General’s Office has bigger fish to fry
For example, last year, former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for corruption. In the same investigation, Sen. John Sampson (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx) were arrested on corruption charges, as was former Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D-Bronx).Then there's the 2013 case of Republicans accepting bribes to nominate a Democrat as the Republican candidate for Mayor of New York City.
The FBI caught three Republicans - City Council member Daniel J. Halloran III , and two Republican leaders, Vincent Tabone (Queens) and Joseph J. Savino Bronx accepting bribes from State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, a Democrat.
Smith wanted to buy the Republican nomination for mayor of New York City.
Halloran, the deal maker, told an FBI undercover agent that Savino, the Bronx Republican chairman, wanted $25,000, “In an envelope,” for his support. According to the FBI, Savino eventually settled for $15,000.
Halloran also told the same FBI undercover agent that Tabone, vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party, wanted $50,000, with half up front before he'd give his support to Smith.
With high profile cases like those happening all over New York State, maybe it isn’t surprising that the Attorney General had the following response to a complaint filed about the Town of Sweden’s corrupt town court, fuzzy accounting, and rampant nepotism.
State of New York
Office of the Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
Public Integrity Bureau.
March 27, 2014
On behalf of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, I thank you for the information you provided to our office dated March 4, 2014
The Public Integrity Bureau has carefully reviewed your correspondence and has determined that your complaint does not warrant action by this office at this time.
Please be advised that this Office does not provide legal opinions nor represent individuals. If you believe that you may have an individual claim, you may wish to consult a private attorney. Your local bar association provide attorney referrals. Please note: The complaint you filed with this Office has no effect on any statute of limitations filing deadlines that might apply to your claim. By filing a complaint with this Office, you have not initiated a lawsuit or a proceeding, nor has this Office initiated a lawsuit or a proceeding on your behalf.
Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.
Very truly yours,
Public Integrity Bureau
But patience is a virtue. Everything comes to those who wait.
In February, CNN reported that Hampton, Florida, is the most corrupt town in America. But after its corruption became national news, the people of Hampton, Florida finally did something to clean up the town government.
The residents of Hampton rolled up their sleeves and started to turn their city around.
In four short weeks,
- Every elected official, who was in office when the scandal broke, has resigned from office.
- A special election has been set for September to elect a whole new set of officials.
- Cleaned up their accounting practices, so people can understand how much revenue is raised and how it is actually spent.
If Hampton, Florida can clean up its act then so can the Town of Sweden. All it takes is people who are determined to make things better.