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Former deputy county exec, a one-time assemblyman, pleads not guilty to obstruction charges

Richard “Rob” Walker, former chief deputy to then {Nassau} County Executive Ed Mangano, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI agents. He was released on $200,000 surety bond, for which he and his wife put up their Hicksville home.

According to court papers, the case against Walker, 43, centers around a $5,000 payment made to him in Indiana at a University of Notre Dame football game by an unnamed contractor in 2014, and Walker’s attempts to conceal the payment from investigators. The government contends that Walker attempted to “obstruct and impede” a federal grand jury investigation, and lied to the FBI about receiving the $5,000 from the unnamed individual.

Walker, a Republican from Hicksville, represented the 15th Assembly District, which includes East Meadow, from 2005 to 2009. Before that, he was a full-time employee in the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department from 1998 to 2005. He is also the son of Rose Marie Walker, a Republican county legislator and former Oyster Bay councilwoman.

The former state assemblyman surrendered his passport to the court after his indictment and was asked to surrender all weapons in his possession to a local police precinct. Walker must ask permission from the court’s pretrial services division if he wants to leave the New York area.

Read more: http://liherald.com/stories/former-deputy-county-exec-assemblyman-indicted,100431
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 04:11 AM (0 replies)

Senate Democrats' gun-violence agenda rejected by GOP

ALBANY — The state Senate's Democratic Conference fell short in an attempt Wednesday to force a vote in their chamber on a series of gun-safety bills intended to augment the 2013 SAFE Act.

"The madness has got to stop. We need action, and we need it now," Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said at a press conference outside the Senate chamber on Wednesday morning. "Stopping gun violence should not be a partisan issue."

Stewart-Cousins and 20 members of her conference subsequently entered the Senate chamber and began pushing their legislation on the floor in a series of what are known as hostile amendments - attaching their legislation to an unrelated bill on organ donations.

But when the Democrats asked for a vote by a show of hands, however, they fell short — even with eight votes of support from members of the Independent Democratic Conference — as Republicans in control of the chamber declined to support the measures. Some Republican senators left the chamber prior to voting. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who often conferences with the Republicans and provides their crucial 32nd vote, opted not to attend the vote.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Senate-Dems-force-vote-on-gun-safety-measures-12716634.php

Death threat prompts security for Albany-based judge

ALBANY — Police are guarding the home of one of the region's most prominent judges after he received a death threat that authorities deem genuine.

Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed Wednesday that it was responding to "what we believe to be a credible threat" against state Supreme Court Judge Thomas Breslin.

"All appropriate security measures are being taken by local, state and federal law enforcement as we continue to investigate that threat," Chalfen said.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple confirmed the heightened police presence in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood is aimed at protecting a judge's home.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Death-threat-prompts-security-for-Albany-based-12716627.php

Democratic Super PAC spends big on Pennsylvania special election

A Democratic Super PAC is making a major, last-minute investment in a special House election in Pennsylvania, a sign of some party officials’ growing belief that Democrats might pull off a shock upset in the heart of Donald Trump country.

Patriot Majority PAC on Wednesday will begin airing TV ads in the southwest Pennsylvania district, part of a $250,000 buy that also includes digital media. The ads will run for the final two weeks before the March 13 election.

It is the second Democratic organization to start running ads this week on behalf of Democratic nominee Conor Lamb, joining the party-aligned group End Citizens United.

Patriot’s TV ads will run on cable and broadcast, attacking GOP nominee Rick Saccone over hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded perks he used while a state lawmaker. It equates the money it said Saccone used — $435,000 — to seven years’ worth of paychecks for the average resident in the 18th Congressional District, or the equivalent to three homes.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article202467419.html
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