Alright, special elections might be a little premature, but can any elected official in Queens stay out of hot water? While nobody has been charged with doing anything wrong, per se, but news came down last week that three sitting Queens politicians and a former congressman from the borough are being investigated by a federal grand jury.
Pol Position isn't always proud of its past - we've done some things that we would like to take back - but trust us when we say that none of our transgressions would interest a federal grand jury (we hope).
So while Borough President Helen Marshall, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and former congressman Reverend Floyd Flake maybe didn't do anything wrong, is it really a good thing for the borough that these four very powerful figures in Queens have caught the attention of the federal government?
The past few years the elected officials in Queens have really tried to take the crown of crooked-est in the city. Sure, in the grand scheme of things there are far more honest and upstanding citizens among the electeds in the borough than dishonest ones, but when they screw up, they screw up bad.
Over the past few years, Queens politicians have been forced from office because of assault, sexual assault, embezzlement, and taking bribes, to name a few of our favorites. The special election to fill their vacated seats is becoming the norm in Queens.
What is this, the Bronx?
When Clarence Norman – the former head of the Kings County Democratic Party - was sent to jail, it looked like Crooklyn was going to be the poster borough for shady politics, but since then the borough has kept its nose squeaky clean, at least as far as what is out there in the public.
The latest brewing scandal in Queens involves a charter school, 930 units of affordable housing, a lavish home for Meeks, and a two-family home owned by Marshall and her husband that was converted into a four family home in 2008. The allegation is that the politicians used a network of non-profits to funnel public money that would in turn benefit their friends and family.
Again, at this point it's just an investigation, but we seen our fair share of Queens elected officials either being found guilty or pleading guilty recently, so nothing would shock us anymore.
We can't wait to find out who comes under scrutiny next!