Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mack Subject of Possible Indictment?

In September and under pressure of a report prepared by the New York State’s Attorney General Andrew Cuomo David S. Mack had to resign from his post with the New York State Police. On September 9, 2009 The New York Times reported that Mr. Cuomo found “that a previous superintendent, James W. McMahon, had been pressured to appoint David S. Mack, a real estate developer and Pataki fund-raiser, to the uniformed post of deputy superintendent, though Mr. Mack had no law enforcement experience. Mr. Mack went on to appear at official functions in a full dress uniform, angering rank-and-file troopers.

So what now? Sources in Albany and close to the State Police say that David Mack is suspected of having used his influence on behalf of friends to “manipulate” official investigations and, in one case, stop or derail an investigation by The New State Insurance Department into a questionable insurance business run by Kenneth D. Yellin. Yellin has worked with MassMutual Life among others. It is believed New York State is reviewing an investment in which Yellin may have worked on credit insurance to enhance investments. Mack is well known for his influence on the Nassau Police Department. Rumors from inside that department are that he has in the past intervened on behalf of friends, some of whom were suspected of drug use far beyond just casual. Having spent much money on police causes locally, he remains influential in Nassau County.

On Septmber 11, 2009 the Times reported also: “Republican fund-raiser and real estate executive who repeatedly took the Fifth Amendment during a state investigation of political interference at the State Police said on Friday that he would resign from his seats on the boards of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The executive, David S. Mack, had refused to cooperate with investigators from the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo during Mr. Cuomo’s ongoing investigation of the police agency.”

So what is Mack hiding? Sources close to the New York Attorney General say that Mack may have abused his power to award contracts to cronies while also serving on the board of the MTA. He served as Vice Chairman for Procurements. Under investigation, according to sources, is that Mack used his influence to award a $735,000.00 contract to Conti of New York, LLC at a board meeting on April 29, 2009. This is a subsidiary of the Conti Group which has been linked to organized crime in the past. http://www.silive.com/southshore/index.ssf/2009/07/cleanup_of_staten_islands_broo.html

Another area that is also under review is to what extent Mack has used contact with the Securities and Exchange commission of initiate investigations of companies disliked by him. He may also have been able to stop an investigation into Mack Cali Realty Corporation and The Apollo REIT run by family members.

What will happen next is not certain yet. According to some contacts in Albany the New York State Police is now reviewing all actions taken by Mack. What’s more, some sources say that Mack may become subject of an indictment before the end of the year for influence peddling and corruption.

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