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PostSubject: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:00 pm

New York may be the capitol of the world, but as far as the world's fastest growing sport is concerned, it's in last place. MMA is legal everywhere in North America, except for New York. Standing in the way year after year is New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

As a consequence, amateur fighters are competing in unregulated events with Hep C and HIV, NY is denied the millions that cities reap when the UFC shows up, hundreds of fighters from first timers to Chris Weidman cannot compete in their home state, and more.

Now the New York Times is reporting that Silver is under investigation by the FBI over substantial payments made to Silver, by a small law firm that seeks real estate tax reductions for commercial and residential properties in New York City.

Prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have found that the law firm, Goldberg & Iryami, P.C., has paid Mr. Silver the sums over roughly a decade, but that he did not list that income on his annual financial disclosure forms, as required, the people said.
The prosecutors, from the office of the United States attorney, Preet Bharara, and the F.B.I. agents were seeking to determine precisely what Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, has been doing for the payments, the people said.

Part-time work by legislators has long been a focus of federal investigators because corrupt lawmakers have used payments for ostensible part-time jobs or consulting work to mask political payoffs. It has also been a source of concern among government watchdog groups because of the potential for conflicts of interest.

Mr. Silver, who has wielded enormous influence in Albany for the two decades in which he has served as speaker, is a personal injury lawyer. He is not known to have any expertise in the complex and highly specialized area of the law in which Goldberg & Iryami practices, known as tax certiorari, which involves challenging real estate tax assessments and seeking reductions from municipalities.

Mr. Silver’s income from his private law practice well exceeds his legislative salary, which as speaker totals $121,000. On his most recent financial disclosure form, for 2013, he reported earning more than $650,000 from his outside legal work. But what he does to earn that money has long been shrouded in secrecy.

While Mr. Silver has been the focus of previous federal investigations, none of which resulted in charges, the disclosure that federal authorities are examining payments made to him raises new questions about possible conflicts of interest.

He has long listed the personal injury firm Weitz & Luxenberg on his financial disclosure forms. Still, almost nothing is known about his role at the firm.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/nyregion/us-said-to-investigate-new-york-assembly-speaker-over-pay-from-law-firm.html?smid=tw-bna&_r=2

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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:06 pm

Hopefully they uncover some shady business between him and the Culinary Union during this investigation, kill two birds with one stone.
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:49 pm

This whole MMA in NY has taken crazy long... I honestly figured a year tops, after the big push, and they would be in there. But it is apparently damn near impossible to get anything in that state legit, fuckin backwards ass New York. IDK which is worse NY or Florida, a couple of whack job athletic commissions on the opposing spectrum.

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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:41 pm

politics are stupid.

ny is ass backwards
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:51 pm

I hate telling people I'm from NY because they usually assume I'm just another yuppie from the Big City. But living upstate, I can confirm that NYC is like another universe when compared to the rest of the state, and unfortunately most of the political decisions for the entire state are made by the big shots in that vacuum.
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:59 pm

i live in the city and its crazy.. the politics and bullshit are deep. how far upstate are you trig?
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:03 pm

Glens Falls. Basically, the furthest place north that still resembles a "city" in any way! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:22 pm

lol i was up there to visit saratoga springs not that long ago. nice area.
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:30 pm

Yeah that's where my wife is from. It's a little hipster-ish for my taste, but it's nice I suppose. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Man standing in the way of MMA in NY is under FBI investigation   Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:37 pm

@Triggerman99 wrote:
Hopefully they uncover some shady business between him and the Culinary Union during this investigation, kill two birds with one stone.

This!!!
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