Democrat Councilman From New York Busted For Ripping Off $30,000 In Taxpayer Money

NYC Councilman Ruben Wills Arrested – Yew York Post

Do-nothing Queens Councilman Ruben Wills stole more than $30,000 in taxpayer money – and used some of the cash for department-store shopping sprees that included the purchase of a Louis Vuitton handbag, authorities charged Wednesday.

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Wills, 42, was arrested on charges including fraud, theft and falsifying records as part of a scheme to fund a lavish lifestyle by pocketing money meant for causes such as childhood weight loss.

“[He’s] taking money that’s supposed to help kids who are suffering from obesity and all of the medical problems that arise out of that and using it to buy things at Macy’s and Nordstrom’s,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

“This is about as low as you can get.”

Wills, who has missed more than a fourth of all City Council meetings since taking office after a special election in 2010, allegedly siphoned about $19,000 in pork-barrel funds arranged by his former boss, state Sen. Shirley Huntley, for whom he served as chief-of-staff.

Wills also scammed $11,500 in matching funds from the city Campaign Finance Board by submitting a phony invoice tied to his failed 2009 race for the council, authorities said.

Schneiderman said the Democrat pulled off the “very calculating scheme” through a nonprofit he founded, NY 4 Life.

The charity supposedly helps single mothers and needy kids but was actually used to “defraud New York taxpayers while lining the councilman’s own pockets,” Schneiderman said.

Although Huntley, now imprisoned herself for corruption, obtained funding for Wills for four separate programs, Wills only followed through on a luncheon that cost $14,000.

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While he lived high on the hog, he failed to execute an “obesity initiative” for which he received funding, Schneiderman said.

Wills refused to cooperate with the probe by Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, invoking the Fifth Amendment.

At Wills’ arraignment in Queens Supreme Court, he pleaded not guilty to a dozen counts. The top charge carries up to seven years in prison. He was released without bail and defiantly proclaimed his innocence.

“I am not resigning on charges. This is America, people. We are presumed innocent before we are proven guilty,” Wills said.

“But because I know what I am, where I come from and the color I am, it doesn’t really work like that with you guys.”

Wills also boasted that, “I have full support from my district, and I have full support across the City Council.” But council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito immediately booted him from the chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Drug Abuse.

In 2011, Wills pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for stealing a fan and lights from a former contracting client 15 years earlier.

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Democrat Councilman Arrested For DUI (Video)

Dem Councilman Arrested For DUI – Washington Free Beacon

Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores was arrested for driving while drunk Wednesday night after police found him trying to free his van from a snowbank and appeared drunk.

Councilman Flores was put into custody after failing a field sobriety test.

The arresting officers filmed the entire ordeal and The Chronicle-Telegram was able to obtain copies of the tapes and has the rest of the story:

Kovach wrote in his report that Flores had difficulty following a pen with his eyes and had difficulty with a walk-and-turn test. When Kovach asked Flores to stand on one leg and count, something he had to explain several times, Flores nearly fell to the ground, and the officer had to reach out and grab him, the video shows.

Kovach then puts Flores in the back of his patrol car and takes him to Lorain City Jail, where he handcuffs Flores before taking him inside.

A second video shows Flores and two other officers standing inside the jail, and Flores appears to burp. One of the officers comments that it smelled of vodka, but Flores corrects him, telling police that he had been drinking Christmas ale.

Flores refused to take a breath test to determine how much he had to drink and was booked into the jail.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during an appearance Thursday in Lorain Municipal Court.

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The Food-Nazis Are At It Again

New York Introduces The Un-Happy Meal – National Review

This afternoon, New York City councilman Leroy Comrie announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in children’s meals. New Yorkers must be thrilled that their council members are spending time on toys when the City’s unemployment rate hasn’t budged from nearly 9 percent since November. I suppose Comrie simply doesn’t trust parents in his district to make good decisions about what their children are eating. He obviously believes government needs to step in.

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These regulations are nothing new. New York already bans trans-fats, and in 2008 the city began requiring fast-food restaurants to post calorie information. The city only targeted fast food; those super fancy restaurants where they serve bone marrow and foie gras (basically pure animal fat) were exempt from the regulation (rich people must be better at determining when they can eat a high-fat meal).

Other cities have instituted similar regulations. San Francisco famously banned Happy Meal toys last year. Philadelphia requires posted calorie information, and, in a move that smacks of racism, the Los Angeles City Council actually barred new construction of fast-food restaurants – but only in neighborhoods where the residents are primarily African-American and Latino. Nice.

There is, of course, no evidence that any of these regulations changes the way Americans eat. But this hasn’t stopped Comrie’s campaign against toys – which he calls “predatory marketing techniques.” Not even condemnation from the Left’s favorite news source, The Daily Show, which mocked the San Francisco Happy Meal ban, has stopped the introduction of these measures.

I guess it’s going to take some outraged parents to finally call off the food police.

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