State senator's ties to two groups probed
ALBANY (AP) -- State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is investigating two state-funded educational groups and their ties to State Sen. Shirley Huntley, whose daughter is chairwoman of one. The former president of the other now is on the State Senate staff.
The groups had been funded with grants arranged by lawmakers, all omitted from the current state budget in an attempt to trim the deficit. State agencies that award such grants, called member items, provide little oversight of performance.
Huntley, a Queens Democrat and former community school board president, said Thursday she won't talk publicly about the investigation yet.
The attorney general's office declined to comment on the investigation and whether Schneiderman was looking at other lawmakers' grants for possible fraud or conflicts of interest.
State Education Department records show that, from 1996 to 2008, one of the groups, Parent Information Network Inc. in Queens, received $401,500 to advise parents on how to navigate New York City schools. It lists Huntley's daughter Pamala Corley as chairwoman.
Ex-mayor sentenced for domestic violence
WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The former mayor of one of New York's major suburbs was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation on domestic violence charges and was told to stay away permanently from his wife.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci criticized former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley for continuing to claim he was the victim.
"You attempted to assault your wife and then you intimidated her," the judge said.
Bradley declined to comment but his wife, Fumiko Bradley, issued a statement.
"Many women suffer silently," Fumiko Bradley wrote. "I was married to a powerful politician and was afraid what would happen to my children and me if I broke the silence. I want this case to show that there is justice and hope for anybody to be free from violence."
Bradley, 49, was convicted in December and resigned last month after barely a year in office. His wife alleged that he slammed a door on her fingers and threw hot tea at her. He was convicted of attempted assault, harassment and contempt.
Shrink-wrap prank leads to firing of 4
YORKTOWN (AP) -- A school district north of New York City says it has fired four employees and suspended a fifth for wrapping a co-worker in shrink wrap and then photographing and videotaping the incident.
Assistant Superintendent Tom Cole told the Journal News that the Yorktown School Board had terminated a maintenance mechanic, two cleaners and a cleaner-groundskeeper March 7. He said their supervisor was suspended without pay.
Yorktown police said they received a report March 2 from the parents of a district employee that co-workers had tied him up and photographed him in the maintenance shop for several minutes during school hours.
Police said at least one photo was posted on Facebook.
The Journal reported that the fired workers said the co-worker was in on the joke.