City Council Scandal

Friday, February 12, 2010

Former state legislator and current City Councilman Larry Seabrook was indicted on 13 corruption charges earlier this week. Gerson Borrero, columnist at El Diario La Prensa and, and David Yassky, former city councilman of the 33rd District, discuss Seabrook's indictment and what it reveals about the structures of local government.


Gerson Borrero and David Yassky

Comments [11]

CT from Manhattan

I agree with Borrerro that most NYers (including myself) probably suspect that at least half of our city council is crooked. Yassky's got his head in the clouds if he doesn't see how jaded the public has become (and that we're jaded for damn good reasons!)

Feb. 12 2010 03:27 PM
Amy from Manhattan

What exactly does Borrero think is the difference btwn. "sale" & "purchase"? They're the same thing!

On the other hand, he seems to think there's some kind of contradiction btwn. Quinn's saying that there's been some improvement & that more improvement is still needed--as if the 1st statement means she's claiming that everything's perfect now. Just because *something's* been done doesn't mean it's all taken care of now & there's no need to take any more action against corruption. But Borrero talks as if Quinn is trying to have it both ways.

Feb. 12 2010 11:38 AM
John from Staten Island

We need someone like the late reporter Jack Newfield to report more on this topic.

Feb. 12 2010 11:32 AM

Borrero's observations are refreshing. He cuts through the mealy-mouthed statements of Yassky and his ilk. The very notion that the majority of City Council members are trying hard to do the right thing for the people of this city is laughable. Borrero is correct: their primary activity is laying their "grubby hands on the people's money."

Feb. 12 2010 11:31 AM
John from Staten Island

I don't see much in the way of checks and balances as the funding for nonprofits as Mr. Yassky states. I like Mr. Borrero's suggestions.

Feb. 12 2010 11:24 AM

How naive is this journalist?! why does he think local community groups will be less political? His idea of commissioners' power is unrealistic, too.

He's a real drama queen. ANd bigoted, too, I think.

Feb. 12 2010 11:23 AM
rtg from williamsburg, brooklyn

last time i checked, when yassky was a councilman, always running for re-election he gave $$ to local groups. total hypocrisy. now that he is over being a councilman, this is a bad thing!

Feb. 12 2010 11:23 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Christine Quinn absolutely was at the heart of the "member items" kickback scheme, and she has gotten off without any negative consequences at all.

Feb. 12 2010 11:17 AM
john from office

As an hispanic, of Domincan descent, I want better leaders for my community, not criminals. I don't care about New Jersy.
Unfortunatly, we cannot afford the poor leadership, look at Detroit, DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, Black cities, ruined by bad leadership. Just because whites do it, does not excuse bad behavior. The southern Christain leadership Council, founded by MLK, is undergoing a ruinous period because of bad, corrupt leadership. We cannot afford these criminal leaders. As long as hispanics and blacks are lead by criminals, like Sharpton, Seabrook, or martinez, we will not advance.

Feb. 12 2010 10:48 AM
akena in ny

The stench, John from some orifice, is the one emanating from your feculent mind. All I have to to to put a quietus to your biased comment is to mention the indictment of 44 elected officials from New Jersey for corruption. Most of them were white. There have been scores of other such examples. Corruption and bad governance are not the provenance of "minorities". We all suffer from it whoever is doing it. To make this about race makes your own stinking racism ooze out.

Feb. 12 2010 08:48 AM
john from office

This, like the arrest of martinez, is an example of the poor quality of the leadership in the minority comunity. Seabrook will fall back on his race to shield himself from prosecution. I suspect that quality leaders, remain outside of politics because of the stench.

Feb. 12 2010 07:46 AM

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