Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 06:36:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 “No public official should be afraid to do their job:” Detroit man convicted of threatening Nessel, Whitmer https://dawnforgovernor.org/no-public-official-should-be-afraid-to-do-their-job-detroit-man-convicted-of-threatening-nessel-whitmer/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 20:30:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/no-public-official-should-be-afraid-to-do-their-job-detroit-man-convicted-of-threatening-nessel-whitmer/ Threats against public officials shouldn’t be “just part of the job,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in response to the conviction of a Detroit man who threatened to kill her. Robert Tesh has been charged with threatening terrorism after threatening to kill Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year. Tesh pleaded guilty but was mentally […]]]>

Threats against public officials shouldn’t be “just part of the job,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in response to the conviction of a Detroit man who threatened to kill her.

Robert Tesh has been charged with threatening terrorism after threatening to kill Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year. Tesh pleaded guilty but was mentally ill in August. He was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Court to five years probation and must pay $ 1,898 in costs.

In her statement, Nessel acknowledged that as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer she had heard countless victim impact statements. However, writing his own gave him a new perspective.

“Although I had hoped I was not in this position myself, their words take on new meaning as I write to you today,” she said.

Nessel went on to describe how Tesh’s threats changed his family dynamic. Nessel’s wife and her two teenage sons were terrified of being in their own home and grew anxious whenever they saw an unknown car pass by, she said.

“My son would go to bed at night, fearing that it would be the night that Mr. Tesh or someone else was threatening to assassinate us,” she said.

In April 2020, Tesh sent “credible threats” to kill the governor and attorney general to an acquaintance via a social media messenger. His arrest a month later was around the time hundreds of protesters converged on the State Capitol against Whitmer and his stay-at-home orders were enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Nessel said she regularly receives death threats. She condemned the “deluge” of threats that hit public officials last year.

“No public official should be afraid to do their job,” she said. “I have always supported the public’s right to disagree and voice that disagreement, it is our First Amendment right as Americans. But when this disagreement crosses the line of a threat of politically motivated violence, it must be continued. “

Nessel went on to say that these threats keep candidates for public office statewide away. Last month, the Kent County health director reported that he was nearly kicked off the road by a citizen who opposed mask warrants and that a president of the Grand Haven school board resigned for harassment from parents.

“Violent threats against public officials erode the very foundations of our democracy – attacking the independence of public officials on both sides of the aisle as well as those in non-partisan positions – by instilling terror of acts of aggression,” Nessel said. “Democracies die when elected officials are intimidated into submitting. “

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Vaccine threats against public official in Oregon lead to arrest on federal charges, FBI says https://dawnforgovernor.org/vaccine-threats-against-public-official-in-oregon-lead-to-arrest-on-federal-charges-fbi-says/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:08:11 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/vaccine-threats-against-public-official-in-oregon-lead-to-arrest-on-federal-charges-fbi-says/ Kale Williams / Oregonlive.com / (TNS) A 64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after the FBI said he threatened an unnamed Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, court documents show. The FBI was informed late last month of a series of threatening messages sent to the official via email and voicemail, according to court […]]]>

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A 64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after the FBI said he threatened an unnamed Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, court documents show.

The FBI was informed late last month of a series of threatening messages sent to the official via email and voicemail, according to court documents.

Officers arrested David Scott Ryder on Wednesday for interstate transmission of a threat and stalking, the FBI said.

“Threats of any kind against a public official are not acceptable in this country,” Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said in a statement. The FBI and the US attorney’s office declined to say which official was the subject of the threats.

Among the messages, according to the probable cause affidavit naming Ryder:

“All the people who won’t get your FALSE (expletive) vaccine are the same people you’ll see hanged in a public place for crimes against America. Resign today !!! “Ryder reportedly wrote in an August 19 email to the manager. In another email three days later, Ryder said he wanted to” put my (expletive) hands around your neck SCUM !!! ”the complaint alleges.

Ten days later, according to the government, Ryder wrote: “(yes, that’s a (expletive) threat)” and “Resign today to avoid ***”.

The web form used to submit the messages required users to enter credentials and the emails were sent using the name “David Ryden” and an address registered at Ryder in Albany, according to the complaint.

On August 23, Ryder left a 90-second voicemail message threatening to kill any police officer who might come “to see me,” according to court documents.

The FBI filed an emergency disclosure request with Verizon and located its location near the address provided with the emails, prosecutors said. At around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, FBI agents served a search warrant at Ryder’s home, where he was taken into custody.

Several weapons – three rifles and a handgun – as well as “hundreds” of cartridges were discovered on the property, according to court documents.

Ryder read his rights to Miranda, but admitted to sending the messages, an FBI agent wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

“Ryder said he was so angry and these messages were his outlet,” the agent wrote, adding that Ryder had said he would never hurt anyone.

Ryder appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Eugene and was released pending further legal proceedings, the FBI said.


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Vaccine threats against Oregon public official led to arrest of Albany man on federal charges, FBI says https://dawnforgovernor.org/vaccine-threats-against-oregon-public-official-led-to-arrest-of-albany-man-on-federal-charges-fbi-says/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/vaccine-threats-against-oregon-public-official-led-to-arrest-of-albany-man-on-federal-charges-fbi-says/ 64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after FBI says he threatened anonymous Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to court documents. The FBI was informed late last month of a series of threat messages sent to the official via email and voicemail, according to court documents. Officers arrested David Scott Ryder on Wednesday […]]]>

64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after FBI says he threatened anonymous Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to court documents.

The FBI was informed late last month of a series of threat messages sent to the official via email and voicemail, according to court documents.

Officers arrested David Scott Ryder on Wednesday for interstate transmission of a threat and stalking, the FBI said.

“Threats of any kind against a public official are not acceptable in this country,” Kieran Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said in a statement. The FBI and the US attorney’s office declined to say which official was the subject of the threats.

Among the messages, according to the probable cause affidavit naming Ryder:

“All the people who won’t get your FALSE (expletive) vaccine are the same people you’ll see hanged in a public place for crimes against America. Resign today !!! “Ryder reportedly wrote in an August 19 email to the manager. In another email three days later, Ryder said he wanted to put his” hands around you. neck SCUM !!! “ the complaint alleges.

Ten days later, according to the government, Ryder wrote: “(yes, that’s a (expletive) threat)” and “Resign today to avoid ***”.

The web form used to send the messages required users to identify themselves information and emails were sent using the name “David Ryder” and a registered address at Ryder in Albany, indicates the complaint.

On August 23, Ryder left a 90-second voicemail message threatening to kill any police officer who might visit him, court documents show.

The FBI filed an emergency disclosure request with Verizon and located its location near the address provided with the emails, prosecutors said. At around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, FBI agents served a search warrant at Ryder’s home, where he was taken into custody.

Several weapons – three rifles and a handgun – as well as “hundreds” of cartridges were discovered on the property, according to court documents.

Ryder read his rights to Miranda, but admitted to sending the messages, an FBI agent wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

“Ryder said he was so angry and these messages were his outlet,” the agent wrote, adding that Ryder had said he would never hurt anyone.

Ryder appeared before an American investigating judge to Eugene and was released pending further legal proceedings, the FBI said.

– Kale Williams; kwilliams@oregonian.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale


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WESTCHESTER COUNTY PARKS COMMISSIONER KATHY O’CONNOR RECEIVES OUTSTANDING OFFICIAL AWARD FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION (NACPRO) https://dawnforgovernor.org/westchester-county-parks-commissioner-kathy-oconnor-receives-outstanding-official-award-from-national-association-of-county-park-and-recreation-association-nacpro/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 19:59:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/westchester-county-parks-commissioner-kathy-oconnor-receives-outstanding-official-award-from-national-association-of-county-park-and-recreation-association-nacpro/ The National Association of County Park and Recreation Association (NACPRO) has presented Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor with her 2021 Outstanding Public Servant Award. This award is presented to an appointed, elected or appointed federal, state or local official, including commissioners or board members, who have made a significant contribution to the benefit of […]]]>

The National Association of County Park and Recreation Association (NACPRO) has presented Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor with her 2021 Outstanding Public Servant Award.

This award is presented to an appointed, elected or appointed federal, state or local official, including commissioners or board members, who have made a significant contribution to the benefit of NACPRO member agencies and demonstrated ” exemplary leadership in the field of parks and recreation.

Over the past year, O’Connor’s leadership has not only benefited the park system, but the Westchester County community as well. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, O’Connor worked with local and state officials to transform the Westchester County Center and Glen Island respectively into a field hospital and one of the first driving test sites of the country. At the same time, she began to respond to the community’s need for mourning and, together with the Westchester County administration, developed a memorial dedicated to COVID-19 victims, “Ribbons of Remembrance,” located at Lenoir Preserve. in Yonkers and built by park workers.

During this time, the need for recreational outlets became increasingly essential and O’Connor mobilized staff and responded to the demand. She and the staff have worked hard to keep the summer months as normal as possible by opening the pools and beaches and summer camps for children to be safe. Working with the Recreation Department, O’Connor reworked the popular Screenings Under the Stars program into a cinematic drive-thru experience and Bicycle Sundays was extended until early fall. In winter, she worked closely with the Westchester Parks Foundation to reinvent Westchester County’s tradition of Westchester’s Winter Wonderland as a driving light show at Kensico Dam Plaza.

Westchester County Director George Latimer said: “Commissioner O’Connor has done an outstanding job during the pandemic leading his staff through the unpredictable and keeping parks and recreation areas open and safe for residents of Westchester. This award is well deserved and I am proud of his hard work, dedication and commitment to our beautiful county park system.

The virtual awards presentation, produced by Metro Parks in Nashville, can be viewed here.


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Utah Supreme Court sides with local reporter investigating former public servant https://dawnforgovernor.org/utah-supreme-court-sides-with-local-reporter-investigating-former-public-servant/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/utah-supreme-court-sides-with-local-reporter-investigating-former-public-servant/ The Utah Supreme Court said a former public servant lacked the legal capacity to try to block the release of public documents related to allegations of misconduct against him. (Jordan Allred, Deseret News) SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an investigative reporter trying to gather more information on […]]]>

The Utah Supreme Court said a former public servant lacked the legal capacity to try to block the release of public documents related to allegations of misconduct against him. (Jordan Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an investigative reporter trying to gather more information on the misconduct allegations against a former public servant who raised confidentiality concerns while seeking to block the publication of police records and other documents.

Judges’ opinion on Thursday has the effect of allowing veteran Utah journalist Cathy McKitrick to gain access to the records more than three years after she first asked police for them from Ogden.

Despite the delay, McKitrick and his lawyers say the ruling is a freedom of information victory that will help more journalists access similar information faster in the future.

“For me that’s a clear victory,” said McKitrick, who retired from the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden in 2018, but continues to report for the Utah Investigative Journalism Project and other outlets. Had the State High Court gone the other way, she said, “that would have fundamentally – in my opinion – gutted our GRAMA law, where any elected public official could claim the right. privacy and have records withheld. “

McKitrick referred to the Government Records Access and Management Act of Utah. She had been investigating accusations that former Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson, who went on to oversee the state’s agriculture department, used county equipment to work on his own dairy farm, among other allegations.

Prosecutors for neighboring Davis County reviewed the case and declined to press charges against him. Gibson’s attorney Peter Stirba said prosecutors had not found “sufficient evidence” behind the allegations and that the publication of files would invade his privacy. Such information “can seriously damage someone’s reputation, simply on the basis of a series of unsubstantiated and unsubstantiated allegations,” he said.

But McKitrick wanted to see for herself the kind of information investigators were gathering. His initial request for records was transferred from the police department to an independent panel of records and to the 2nd Ogden District Court, where a judge ruled Gibson could appeal the panel’s decision allowing McKitrick to obtain the records. files. The Supreme Court disagreed, saying that under these circumstances only the person requesting the documents and “political subdivisions” like cities and counties can do so.


The gist of the decision (of the Utah Supreme Court) is that just because you’re involved in a public record doesn’t mean you can sue to prevent its publication if the government is determined to release it.

–David Reymann, lawyer


“He really couldn’t argue the issue because the Supreme Court ruled he had no standing,” Stirba said of his client. “He couldn’t even get up to hit the ball because he couldn’t get up at plate, that’s what the Supreme Court basically said.”

The reporter and her lawyers had a different takeout.

“The gist of detention is that just because you are involved in a public file does not mean you can take legal action to prevent its publication if the government is determined to release it,” the lawyer said. David Reymann, a member of the legal team who represented McKitrick at no cost. “That’s really at the heart of this case: whether the court was going to allow people to block embarrassing cases during years of litigation.”

He said the answer is no. Reymann expects other journalists like McKitrick to be able to point to opinion now and get the information they seek more quickly.

But that doesn’t mean it will be easy. McKitrick noted that the process can be long and difficult in other ways for journalists seeking information that government officials do not wish to disclose.

“It’s a fight,” McKitrick said. But the move is reassuring because it means the media won’t have to worry so much about covering the cost of protracted legal battles waged by people at the misconduct investigation center.

“At the moment, I don’t know too many journalists or media that have a lot of money,” she said.

Gibson resigned from the post of state in 2020 to run for Congress and lost. A state audit released later in the year concluded that he improperly used a state car for personal travel in Bear Lake, among other issues. Gibson did not return a message requesting comment.

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SC mother accused of threatening to shoot public official https://dawnforgovernor.org/sc-mother-accused-of-threatening-to-shoot-public-official/ Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/sc-mother-accused-of-threatening-to-shoot-public-official/ handcuffs image Greenville, South Carolina A Greenville woman was recorded talking to her detained son on the phone at the Greenville County Detention Center. Now she is accused of threatening to shoot an employee of the 13th Judicial Circuit and members of her family. Reva Louise Shealy, 64, told her son, who was in jail […]]]>

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A Greenville woman was recorded talking to her detained son on the phone at the Greenville County Detention Center.

Now she is accused of threatening to shoot an employee of the 13th Judicial Circuit and members of her family.

Reva Louise Shealy, 64, told her son, who was in jail and accused of his girlfriend’s death in 2018, that she would go to the employee’s home and shoot him, according to warrants issued by the State Law Enforcement Division, which investigated the Case.

Shealy said she would also find out who their family members were, according to the warrant.

Then she said she would kill herself, investigators said. She said she wanted to stop the prosecution from going forward.

Telephone conversations in prison are said to have taken place from January 1, 2020 to August 5, 2021.

The name of the threatened employee was blacked out in the warrant.

The son, Rockford Lewis, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a weapons charge Monday in General Sessions Court.

His charges stem from the shooting death of Rebecca Haenning, 38, who died on August 7, 2018, at the home shown in court records as the home address of Shealy and Lewis.

Haenning was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital at 1:23 a.m. that day. The shooting took place an hour earlier.

The Greenville News reported at the time that Lewis called 911 and said his girlfriend had committed suicide.

“We had a fight and she got out in my car,” he told the dispatcher. “I thought she was picking up my cell phone cord and she grabbed my gun and shot herself.”

The Greenville News reported that Lewis was heard on the 911 call saying, “Baby, please live.”

Shealy was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond on Tuesday.

Lewis, who was also being held in prison on Tuesday, was sentenced Monday to 15 years for manslaughter and five years for firearms.

He had not yet been placed in the custody of the State Department of Corrections.


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New York Power Authority Chairman Receives American Public Power Association Public Agent Award https://dawnforgovernor.org/new-york-power-authority-chairman-receives-american-public-power-association-public-agent-award/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/new-york-power-authority-chairman-receives-american-public-power-association-public-agent-award/ Submitted Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:45 PM John R. Koelmel, Chairman of the Board of the New York Power Authority, received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award from the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes locally elected officials or elected officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association. A […]]]>

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John R. Koelmel, Chairman of the Board of the New York Power Authority, received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award from the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes locally elected officials or elected officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.

A press release noted: “Koelmel enabled NYPA to achieve significant operational achievements in 2020 as the Power Authority responded to the safety and health needs of employees and customers throughout the COVID pandemic- 19. NYPA’s board of directors has taken a critical step, led by Koelmel, in approving a program to aid its economic development clients, waiving applicable increases in energy tariffs and demand. In coordination with the APPA, Koelmel also authorized the deployment of the NYPA in Puerto Rico to help restore power after an earthquake in January 2020. ”

In addition, Koelmel and NYPA advocate the adoption of new technologies to improve customer service. In December, thanks to NYPA’s electric mobility programs, the Power Authority completed the northeast’s largest public electric vehicle fast-charging station at JFK International Airport.

NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, “President Koelmel is a steadfast and guiding force at the helm of the New York Power Authority, passionately driving the vision of a New State. York is thriving and resilient powered by clean energy. Deeply concerned with the mission and future of public power, he provides sound advice and guidance to the leaders of the Power Authority on our state-wide operations, always putting the people of the city first. New York State. In a difficult 2020, his guidance and support has been paramount in dealing with the pandemic while remaining focused on achieving the Power Authority’s long-term goals. “


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Rapper Kodak Black secretly recorded Florida official’s apology, then released it for the world to see https://dawnforgovernor.org/rapper-kodak-black-secretly-recorded-florida-officials-apology-then-released-it-for-the-world-to-see/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/rapper-kodak-black-secretly-recorded-florida-officials-apology-then-released-it-for-the-world-to-see/ FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Renowned rapper Kodak Black caused a stir this week when he secretly recorded a public official apologizing to him over the phone. Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen called the rapper on Monday to apologize for opposing a proclamation honoring Black’s charitable work. Bogen said he was reacting to Black’s high-profile run-ins […]]]>

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Renowned rapper Kodak Black caused a stir this week when he secretly recorded a public official apologizing to him over the phone.

Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen called the rapper on Monday to apologize for opposing a proclamation honoring Black’s charitable work. Bogen said he was reacting to Black’s high-profile run-ins with the law and didn’t realize the good he had done.

What Bogen didn’t know was that Black would tape the conversation and then post a 3 minute and 40 second video to his 10.5 million Instagram followers.

It is illegal in Florida to record someone without their permission, although it is not clear where Black was at the time. Raised in Pompano Beach, he received the proclamation on Friday as he visited Broward County for his birthday.

Although Black is on probation in a sexual assault case, it seems unlikely that he will be prosecuted for the recording. The Broward state attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

The video was deleted from Instagram on Tuesday after receiving half a million views. Black’s attorney did not respond to questions about why the video was deleted.

Some of the rapper’s Instagram followers mocked Bogen’s apology before the video was taken down.

“plzzz mr Kodak, I’m srry,” wrote one.

“Bruh looks scared [as expletive]”Wrote another referring to Bogen.

Commissioner Dale Holness issued the proclamation, which lists several of Black’s contributions. They include paying the school fees for the three children of two FBI agents killed in a raid on Sunrise; funeral expenses for a South Carolina police officer; and $ 100,000 to Nova Southeastern University Law School in memory of Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland High School shooting in 2018.

But Black’s criminal record sparked Bogen’s initial opposition.

Black, real name Bill K. Kapri, is on probation after pleading guilty in April to assault and battery in a sexual assault case in which he was accused of assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel room in Carolina from South. He was sentenced to 10 years suspended prison sentence and 18 months probation.

Black had already served half of a three-year federal sentence for falsifying information on a document used to purchase guns at a Miami gun shop. President Donald Trump commuted his sentence from 73 last-minute pardons granted at midnight on the last day of Trump’s presidency.

Black was arrested in May 2019 just before performing at the Rolling Loud Festival at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Bogen told Black he did not do his good deeds when he spoke out against the proclamation after questions from a South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter.

“I love it when people are doing good for the community,” Bogen said on the call with Black and his attorney, Bradford Cohen. “It’s about moving forward.

Commissioners agreed on Tuesday that they did not want the whole affair to happen again. Now, commissioners can present letters of recognition and appreciation, but only the county mayor can issue a proclamation.


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President renews complaints against atheist public official https://dawnforgovernor.org/president-renews-complaints-against-atheist-public-official/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/president-renews-complaints-against-atheist-public-official/ Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie. By RASHAD ROLLE Principal journalist of the Tribune rrolle@tribunemedia.net HOUSE Chairman Halston Moultrie said yesterday he had ‘problems’ with the atheist beliefs of Finance Secretary Marlon Johnson as he doubled down on his criticism of the senior official by saying he had insulted Parliament and disrespectful to the office […]]]>

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HOUSE Chairman Halston Moultrie said yesterday he had ‘problems’ with the atheist beliefs of Finance Secretary Marlon Johnson as he doubled down on his criticism of the senior official by saying he had insulted Parliament and disrespectful to the office of the president.

President Moultrie – who has never identified Mr Johnson directly – has apparently targeted the executive’s decision to resume a parliamentary lunch program without his knowledge and with Mr Johnson’s assertion in private that the the cost of a new Hansard to the House of Assembly was too high.

He raised the issue earlier this week, but did so again yesterday after East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest, former finance minister, began his contribution to the budget debate by defending Mr Johnson.

President Moultrie interrupted Mr Turnquest after the MP accused him of having “unfortunately inadvertently” misled the House when he “berated the acting financial secretary”.

Denying targeting an official, President Moultrie said, “I certainly don’t think everything I said was wrong because I just reported the facts. These facts have not changed. They remain the same so I don’t want you in your approach to attribute anything to me in your efforts to protect… any member who may be a public servant. The remarks that I have made with regard to the person to whom I have addressed, I have reflected on these remarks before making them and I support them. I don’t see them as an attack on a public servant.

“He has publicly expressed his beliefs. I have problems with these beliefs because they are incompatible with mine and I expressed my point of view regarding these beliefs and I am convinced that when I sat down and met the person, he m ‘presented information as president and head of the legislative branch. He was disrespectful because he did not first have the courtesy to consult the Speaker or anyone else in this Parliament before making decisions that would affect Parliament, and secondly he alleged that the documents presented to him were inflated and I asked him to produce the evidence.

“He has not been able to produce any evidence to support this claim. This assertion offended me because I understood that he was suggesting this information that was sent … we had four quotes, it was approved by the Contracts Board and it was sent to Cabinet and approved by Cabinet, but he had the audacity, in my opinion, to come and sit down in front of the Speaker and suggest that this was overkill.

“I asked him to produce the evidence. He indicated that he was not free to produce the evidence. Now I am a qualified lawyer. You can’t come and convince me and set up a case and refuse to produce the evidence and so I’m part of the special group as regards what happened and what my experience was and I’m not going to allow anyone to suggest that I was unfair to him because I think what he did was insulting and disrespectful to this Parliament and the President.

In response, Mr. Turnquest suggested that the Chairman did not understand his point and should have let him finish his reflection.

“Honorable Member, you have started badly,” replied President Moultrie.

Mr. Turnquest replied: “With all due respect, Mr. President, you have the right to express your opinion and I have the right to express my opinion.”

President Moultrie then said: “And your opinion cannot infringe my rights. ”

The two argued for several minutes, but President Moultrie ultimately refused to let Mr. Turnquest continue. The former minister quickly explained that he had made the decision to cancel the parliamentarians’ lunch last year.

Earlier yesterday, President Moultrie accused unidentified parliamentarians of spreading stories about him on social media sites.

His comment followed a speech by Minister of Public Services Brensil Rolle.

“You raised the issue of social media and in my opinion social media is a double-edged sword,” he said. “As you said, things you might have done and a lot of things you might not have done can show up on social media, but we, as the honorable members of this place, must maintain the norm and making sure we’re not the initiators of some of those things we see and hear on social media. Because I am aware and information has come to me that some of the media stories that I have received and some that have been broadcast about me have been initiated by some of you and some stories that have been broadcast on other members of this place have been initiated internally and it is shameful, in my opinion, that a member of this House engages in such activities.

“I don’t want to name anyone but trust me I was about to do so many times but I don’t think it would be in the best interest of this institution or the members who have been identified with me.


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Entrepreneurs plead guilty to bribing San Francisco public official https://dawnforgovernor.org/entrepreneurs-plead-guilty-to-bribing-san-francisco-public-official/ Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/entrepreneurs-plead-guilty-to-bribing-san-francisco-public-official/ Alan Varela and William Gilmartin III appeared in federal court on May 27 and each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds and the U.S. special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Craig Fair. Gilmartin further agreed in its plea agreement to cooperate with […]]]>

Alan Varela and William Gilmartin III appeared in federal court on May 27 and each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds and the U.S. special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Craig Fair. Gilmartin further agreed in its plea agreement to cooperate with federal investigators in its investigation into corruption at San Francisco City Hall.

“San Francisco entrepreneurs like Alan Varela, William Gilmartin and their ilk are not off the radar of our San Francisco mayoral corruption investigation just because they are not public servants,” Hinds said. “If you bribe a public official and our investigation finds out, you will be brought to justice. Those involved who come to the FBI with what they know about bribes and bribes will be treated differently from those who don’t and get caught.

“The investigation into the city government of San Francisco continues, and we believe there are even more employees and contractors in the city who may have relevant first-hand knowledge of the insidious corruption that is rampant in San Francisco, ”Fair said. “Instead of waiting for the FBI to knock on your door, we encourage others who have knowledge of this corruption to contact us and cooperate with our investigation.”

The guilty pleas follow a federal complaint on September 17, 2020, accusing Varela, 59, of Orinda, Calif., And Gilmartin, 60, of San Mateo, Calif., Of bribing a public official. According to this complaint affidavit, Varela and Gilmartin, respectively president and vice-president of the civil engineering and construction company of the bay area ProVen Management, offered gifts and benefits to Mohammed Nuru, then director of the Department of San Francisco Public Works (DPW), in exchange for inside information about an upcoming lucrative San Francisco public contract. Varela and Gilmartin were the seventh and eighth defendants indicted in the federal investigation into corruption at San Francisco City Hall which, to date, has indicted a dozen defendants.

Varela’s plea deal sets out these complaint allegations. Varela admitted in his plea agreement that from 2013 to January 28, 2020 (the day of Nuru’s arrest), he conspired with his co-accused Gilmartin; Balmore Hernandez, CEO of a San Francisco-based construction company known as AzulWorks, which previously pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the FBI; and others to pay bribes and kickbacks in Nuru. Nuru’s position as Director of DPW has enabled him to exert influence over public contracts, permits and construction projects in San Francisco, as well as other municipal departments and private companies requiring DPW contracts. . Bribes and kickbacks in Nuru were intended to influence his conduct in official actions. The valuables that Varela and his co-conspirators provided to Nuru included cash, equipment for the Nuru ranch, free meals and entertainment, and the prospect of a portion of the proceeds of expected awards. city ​​contracts.

Varela further admitted that he and his co-conspirators focused on securing a DPW contract and related lease from the Port of San Francisco to operate an asphalt recycling plant and concrete batching plant on the lands of the Port of San Francisco. According to Varela’s plea deal, Nuru agreed, in exchange for money and other valuables, to use his official position to select the offer of Varela and his co-conspirators. Nuru began sending the first drafts of San Francisco’s RFP for the asphalt recycling plant project along with other inside information to Varela and his co-conspirators to better position them for their bid. is selected. Nuru also met regularly with Gilmartin and Hernandez to discuss plans for expensive restaurant dinners, still paid for by Gilmartin.

Under Varela’s plea deal, Gilmartin arranged to compensate Nuru by asking a limited company to award a $ 100,000 contract to Balmore Hernandez. The proceeds of this contract were to pay Nuru, and Hernandez used the proceeds for the benefit of Nuru. After the Co-Conspirators’ offer was selected in September 2015, Nuru continued to meet with Varela and the Co-Conspirators, and provide additional inside information, on all meals paid for by Gilmartin which ultimately totaled approximately $ 20,000. At one point during the discussions, Nuru requested a tractor for his ranch. Varela admitted that in February 2019, he coordinated with Gilmartin and Hernandez to deliver the tractor to Nuru.

In January 2020, while asphalt recycling plant agreements with DPW and the Port of San Francisco were still being finalized, Nuru was shut down.

Gilmartin also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest service wire fraud. The terms of his plea agreement require Gilmartin to cooperate with the ongoing investigation and return the assets acquired as a result of his illegal conduct. The criminal conduct admitted by Gilmartin was presented to the court in a separate room which is filed under seal and currently inaccessible to the public.

Varela and Gilmartin both pleaded guilty before US District Judge William H. Orrick. Judge Orrick has set Varela’s sentencing hearing for September 16, 2021. Gilmartin’s next hearing date is a status conference set for December 2, 2021.

Varela and Gilmartin each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit honest service wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 or at most double the gross gain or double the gross loss. However, any sentence following a conviction would only be imposed by the court after reviewing the United States sentencing guidelines and federal sentencing law.

The prosecution is being handled by the Corporate Fraud Strike Force of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and is the result of an investigation by the FBI.


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