"New York Is Drowning In Bribes And Corruption"

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Submitted by Miachel Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Public corruption, based on all the evidence, appears rampant. And the ranks of those convicted in office have swelled to absolutely unacceptable levels. State Senators as well as State Assemblymen; elected officials as well as party leaders; city council members as well as town mayors; Democrats as well as Republicans.

- Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (the district that has failed to rein in the serial crimes by Wall Street’s biggest firms)


It’s no surprise to me that New York is exceedingly corrupt. It’s a huge city, with a ton of wealth and massive income inequality. That’s basically the primary breeding ground for wide-scale corruption. However, it also comes as no surprise to me that the situation has gotten a lot worse in recent years. After all, NYC is the headquarters of some of the largest financial institutions in the world. As such, some of the worst actors in the recent financial collapse call the city home. The whole world watched as these criminals and shysters not only evaded criminal charges, but were also rewarded trillions of dollars of public support for their efforts.

The example was set. Crime pays, and now the entire city seems to be following their lead.

Pam Martens has written and excellent article about corruption within New York’s legal system. Some excerpts from Counter Punch are below:

The insidious greed and public looting that Wall Street has nurtured to an art form in New York City is metastasizing like a virulent tumor strain throughout the state, fraying the social fabric and crushing people caught in its grip like bugs.


On Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013, Seema Kalia was scheduled to give testimony before the first public hearing of the New York State Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.  But according to Michelle Duffy, a spokesperson for the Commission, when Kalia’s name was called that evening, there was no response.


Kalia could not respond because she was abruptly arrested in the foyer of a courtroom on the very morning she was set to give testimony, ostensibly for contacting her ex husband, a portfolio manager on Wall Street, seeking back support payments. Kalia is being charged with violating a court order barring her from contact with her husband because she is alleged to have thrown one of his own men’s shoes at him in 2012 – a device characterized by the District Attorney’s office as a “weapon.” Typically, a misdemeanor charge of this nature would not result in jail time.


In Kalia’s case, however, she has been jailed at Rikers Island since September 17 and when she went before a Judge on October 4, she was sent back to jail for another 33 days after she declined to plead guilty to attempting to do bodily harm with a “weapon.” Her bond was doubled from $7,500 to $15,000. The earliest she might be released is November 7, her next court date.


When it came time for the general public to testify about public corruption, it wasn’t legislative leaders the witnesses railed against, it was corrupt judges. Multiple witnesses testified to having real estate property stolen through corrupt court proceedings. One witness, Dale Javino, said he was cheated out of his life savings in bankruptcy court and what happened to him “is like what happens in Nazi Germany…”


Janice Schacter, a retired attorney, said that the Thomas Street location of the New York State Supreme Court “is pay to play; orders are not enforced, laws are not applied, domestic violence is treated with derision and conflicts of interest are ignored. Deference and preferential treatment are given to wealthy spouses and lawyers of prestigious firms.” Schacter also testified that the judge involved in her case attempted to censor her contact with the press by threatening to send her to jail at Rikers Island for 20 days. She said she was still having nightmares about it.


The one thing that sets the two apart is that Seema Kalia is behind bars in Rikers Island over a misdemeanor charge which is incorrectly listed as a Class D Felony at the New York City Department of Correction inmate lookup web site. I provided the correct information to the Department of Correction, showing that the shoe-throwing incident had previously been reduced to a misdemeanor by the District Attorney’s office, and asking if someone might have provided phony documents to incarcerate Ms. Kalia. A response was promised by my deadline. None was forthcoming.


In 2007, New York State Supreme Court Judge Gerald P. Garson was convicted of accepting bribes from divorce attorney Paul Siminovsky. During an eight-month investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, a video camera secretly placed in Garson’s chambers captured Siminovsky plying Garson with expensive cigars and cash. In court proceedings, Siminovsky testified that he entertained the judge with drinks and meals in exchange for favorable courtroom treatment. Siminovsky pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail.


After years of appeals, Garson, who had heard over 1,100 divorce cases, served only 2 ½ years in prison before being paroled on December 23, 2009. His maximum term could have been as much as 15 years at the time of sentencing but he received a sentence of 3 to 10 years. His early release set off protests with signs saying “Crime Pays In New York City” and “Justice for Sale.”


If one needs the ultimate proof that New York cannot heal itself, consider the amount of the bail bond that was set prior to sentencing after Judge Garson was convicted of accepting bribes while seated as a New York State Supreme Court Judge. His bond was set at $15,000.  That’s the amount set in Seema Kalia’s case for a misdemeanor charge stemming from throwing a man’s shoe.

A $15,000 bond for a woman throwing a shoe at her Wall Street ex-husband, and a $15,000 bond for a state Supreme Court judge for accepting bribes. That pretty much sums it up.

Good thing Mayor Bloomberg is focused on arresting Banksy when the city’s legal system has become one giant cesspool of fraud and corruption.

Full article here.


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hedgeless_horseman's picture



The botherhood is $trong between lawyers (judges are lawyers).

TeamDepends's picture

The botherhood......  Dang, can't possibly top that....

The Juggernaut's picture

Its no surprise this corruption happened.  Its all because the People let it happen; plain and simple.  People will find out about this and will still do nothing.  What will it take for the People to take action?  What will it take for the People to kick these politicians and CEOs to the street?  These people in power will not punch you in the face or break in your house.  They are more sublte.  They will steal your wealth, steal your rights and keep you as their modern-day-serf.


"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."  - US Declaration of Independance

Future Jim's picture

It's no problem this I know

for Obama told me so

all of us to him belong

we are weak, but he is strong

yes ... Barack loves me

yes ... Barack loves me

yes ... Barack loves me

the TV tells me so

GetZeeGold's picture



New York is set to get a real life Soviet Russia supporter communist Mayor.


Does this mean America is going to be at war with New York City? If you live there.....you might want to consider trying to escape while you still can.

Those walls can go up overnight. Just ask an oldtimer from Berlin.

DaveyJones's picture

The only thing more corrupt than NYC is the USAtty 

SWRichmond's picture


But force, or a declared design of force, upon the person of another, where there is no common superior on earth to appeal to for relief, is the state of war: and it is the want of such an appeal gives a man the right of war even against an aggressor, tho' he be in society and a fellow subject. Thus a thief, whom I cannot harm, but by appeal to the law, for having stolen all that I am worth, I may kill, when he sets on me to rob me but of my horse or coat; because the law, which was made for my preservation, where it cannot interpose to secure my life from present force, which, if lost, is capable of no reparation, permits me my own defence, and the right of war, a liberty to kill the aggressor, because the aggressor allows not time to appeal to our common judge, nor the decision of the law, for remedy in a case where the mischief may be irreparable. Want of a common judge with authority, puts all men in a state of nature: force without right, upon a man's person, makes a state of war, both where there is, and is not, a common judge.

If "society", or "government", cannot discharge its most basic duty, then it is null and void.  We run barefoot where angels fear to tread.  So be it.

monad's picture

Diplomacy is war in slow motion. Hillary Clinton

kill switch's picture

The only thing more corrupt than NYC is the USAtty /Chicago   I say... Home of the Pres


boogerbently's picture

That's WHY they got into office. Why else would someone spend tens of millions of dollars for a job that pays $100K/year ?

tvdog's picture

Everybody knows, but they don't yet realize that everybody else knows. The press and media continue to pretend that everything is fine, and those who see the rot are fools or nutcases. It's temporary.

Xibalba's picture

Sounds fit for Congress to me

Son of Loki's picture
"___________ [fill in your city's name here] Is Drowning In Bribes And Corruption"
Oracle 911's picture

Better question is:

Which city don't drowning on corruption?

Element's picture

Washington DC

Did you really not know that?

GetZeeGold's picture



DC.....when stenographers attack all hell is gonna break loose!

Element's picture

Just remind them there are Gestetners and photocopiers now, and give them a new ink ribbon. It separates the stenographers from the typists - divide and conquer - works every time.

Chandos's picture


"___________ [fill in your city's name here] Is Drowning In Bribes And Corruption"


Let's put this to the test: "Montreal is drowning in bribes and corruption"....well I'll be! It works!

Nice find Son! ;)

max2205's picture

Where Big Gulps are only allowed in hotel rooms

TeamDepends's picture

If, and only if, you have a permit.  Silly flatlander.

max2205's picture

Spitzer would have cum all over this

Manthong's picture

Is that a wad of cash under your dress, judge, or are you just happy to see me?

Seahorse's picture

'The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws'.

- Tacitus

thethirdcoast's picture

That's right. I'd throw cops in the mix too.


Anyone that still thinks we have a Justice system needs to go sit in a few sessions at their nearest courthouse. There, you will learn about the "Just-Us" system that includes judges, lawyers, and police, but will never, EVER include you or any other member of the public.

Big Corked Boots's picture

"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany. We must be cautious."

Same as it ever was. Google the Black Horse Cavalry.

TheLoveArtist's picture

Those GRANITE Kitchen Counters are expensive man.  They gotta get the extra dough for them from somewhere.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"This is news?"~

Not only is this news, it's not even all of the "news". There is more to the story of Seema.

"Millionaire financier's wife wages online war against top prep school"


Seems like Seema, (sorry, I just had to do it), likes to bark up the wrong trees all over the place. No wonder the judge tossed her ass in the can and is keeping her there. I doubt if throwing shoes at her ex and fucking with the prep school all the judges, lawyers and hedge fund managers in Manhattan send their kids to is the limit of her... indiscretions.What's the old saying about pulling on Superman's cape and pissing into the wind? Oh yeah, don't do it.


Rick64's picture

With all those accusations it's a wonder why the prep school didn't sue her for defamation and slander, unless those accusations are true. ??? So her arrest still points to an abuse of power and very suspicious considering the timing of the arrest.

williambanzai7's picture

Banksy is Bloomberg's partner...

I LUV NY (sark)

joego1's picture

I went there once for  a IEEE convention. Couldn't sleep for two days. One of the worst places on the planet in my opinon.

williambanzai7's picture

You saw the wrong side of town/

Freddie's picture

The right side of town in NYC is JFK airport departures or George Washington bridge exit that leads to I-78 W or I-95 S to get you out of NYC and then out of NJ.

williambanzai7's picture

I've lived in enough towns to know every one of them has a right and wrong side. NYC is no dfferent in this respect.

If you think everyone in NYC is a rat living on Park Avenue, you need to think again.

I can see the wrong side of Hong Kong from my window. There's a big sign that says HSBC and another on that says AIG.

Areas to avoid:


LetThemEatRand's picture

"I can see the wrong side of Hong Kong from my window. There's a big sign that says HSBC and another on that says AIG."

The all seeing eyes from Gatsby?  Do business with me or die.  Fuckers.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Oh, fuck.  The world is going to end

monad's picture

That world is going to end. Don't be connected to it when it goes. World = Ideological System

Troll Magnet's picture

Hate the criminals, not the city. Manhattan is the shit.

Big Corked Boots's picture

The city is defined by the deviants that populate it.

I am a builder there. "Ask me how I know."


cynicalskeptic's picture

NY schools already close for Jewish holidays - and the standard federal and state holidays and countless superintendent's days and confernece days and ......

astounding that they claim to have 180 days of school total - not that most seem to be learning all that much.  ridiculous how many half days are in that total as well.

monad's picture

Dood dood dood, I thawte that wuza west bank. You mean thatsamerica? I defect! I defect!  

To America

Freddie's picture

LOL!  I have some friends who live in North Bloomfukistan which is where Bloomturd lives, which I think you know.

Even though it is a supposedly nicer area you still have bums sleeping on the street, rats everywhere and garbage everywhere.   They have complained and even though the little fascist lives a few blocks away - nothing changes.   At least most of the hipsters are in Williamsburg.

"Southern Tip". LOL!  Aka Battery Park?

williambanzai7's picture


They are scattered all around Manhattan. But these areas are the primary infestations.

The rats don't venture into Battery Park because they don't want to be seen by their colleagues relaxing.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

The Big Apple.  If there was no fruit, there wouldn't be rot.

kito's picture

Actually the hipsters have been priced out of williamsburg for quite some time already. They moved over to bushwick. And nyc is a lot more than Manhattan when looking at the big picture. And most of the big picture is cold, soulless and ugly. Take it from somebody who travels around the city every day.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Billyburg is now the home of trend-chasing Californian RE bust washouts who haven't yet learned the proper lesson in buying low.  The hipster "phenomenon" was centered around  the downtown startup hive itself a derivative of cheap money accessible to the fringes/dropout element of the 1%. They had afforded low salaries for their fresh young creative and technical minions and said minions thus needed cheap 2-stop access to Manhattan, or a sunny-day bike ride across a bridge.  Cheap money is also now erecting tower condos on the East River waterfront from Dumbo all the way to Astoria.  In the sunset shadow of these towers you see the skeleton of the old post-industrial gentrifiers.  The rule of outerborough value correlates with the availibility of mass transit vis a vis subway stops.