Last week, a Nassau County jury indicted former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto for corruption along with two former town commissioners. Venditto has been a powerful Republican leader until he stepped down after federal prosecutors charged him and County Executive Edward Mangano for taking bribes.

Meanwhile, Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills is on trial for stealing $30,000 in taxpayer dollars. His defense: he didn’t keep receipts and was careless but didn’t use the money inappropriately. Too bad prosecutors have receipts from Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and Home Depot. He also paid for his campaign with the money.

Erie County State Senator Rob Ortt (R) is in better shape, though. A judge dismissed the charges that he subverted campaign finance law, since Ortt didn’t personally sign or file the reports. However, a spokesperson for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared that the ruling didn’t change the fact that Ortt’s wife, Meghan, was paid for a no-show job.

Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

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  1. […] Eric Schneiderman, who has made pursuing corruption a priority. He recently faced a defeat in the trial of GOP Sen. Rob Ortt but there are obviously plenty of other corrupt pols to prosecute. In a statement celebrating the […]


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