The man who has overseen some of the worst abuses of power in New York Government, Sheldon Silver, is actually “stunned” to hear of the latest corruption allegations coming out of Albany.
The newly revealed criminal investigation involves the husband of Silver’s chief-of-staff, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, and an elaborate money-laundering scheme.
To summarize, internal investigations have revealed instances of “misconduct” and “irregularities.”
Rest assured however, that the man who has paid off multiple victims of sexual harassment over the years, turning the Assembly into the “most sexually abusive workplace in the nation”, the man who has watched multiple Democrat members of his Assembly arrested on corruption charges, Sheldon Silver, is “stunned” by these new revelations.
Via the New York Post:
The man under investigation is William Rapfogel, who was fired last week as executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. The organization relies for a good chunk of its money on government grants, much of which has been provided by Silver and his allies via member items. Oh, did we mention that Rapfogel is married to Silver’s chief of staff?
Rapfogel allegedly engaged in a money-laundering scam in which Met funds were used to buy insurance policies from Century Coverage at inflated prices. The allegation is that the excess amounts were either kicked back to Rapfogel or channeled by insurance officials into political contributions.
Met Council said only that an internal probe uncovered unspecified “financial irregularities and misconduct.” Rapfogel, who has not disputed the allegations, has apologized for “the mistakes I have made.” He also vowed to “make amends.”
Over the years, Rapfogel used his political connections to build Met Council into a social-service empire. The council has received $16.5 million in state funds and another $10 million from the City Council since 2009. Those contacts go well beyond Shelly Silver, who says he was “stunned” by the news; Met Council’s annual legislative breakfast is a must-attend for local elected officials.
But as one Albany insider yesterday told The Post: “Shelly has driven a lot of resources to that agency.” Which is why this goes beyond simple guilt by association.
Simply stunning that a close associate of Sheldon Silver would be involved in something so corrupt.
To quote the guy from Short Circuit, “I am standing here beside myself.”