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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Plenty of sunshine. High near 35. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Generally clear. Low 27. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jackson Heights Orchestra concert

The Jackson Heights Orchestra will perform a concert at the Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Suk, Haydn. Soprano soloist Winnie Nieh will be performing with the orchestra, led by Conductor Pat Glunt. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Black ice warnings after 21-car pileup in Brooklyn

Black ice is again expected to be a concern for the morning commute after it contributed to a massive pileup in Brooklyn and shut down a stretch of the Long Island Expressway Tuesday evening. Read more: NBC New York

Preet Bharara goes after pensions of thieving former New York City Council members

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is making good on his promise to go after the pensions of city politicians nailed for corruption. Read more: New York Daily News 

De Blasio to hold open house after inauguration

The inauguration for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be followed by an open house at Gracie Mansion a few days later, the future mayor’s team announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

2 winning tickets in $636M Mega Millions drawing

The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate. Read more: AP

 

City comptroller candidate, ex-madam Kristin Davis arrested for selling prescription drugs


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City comptroller candidate and ex-madam Kristin Davis, who claimed to have provided prostitutes to one of her opponents in the race, former Governor Eliot Spitzer, has been arrested for selling prescription pills.

“As alleged, Kristin Davis sold dangerous and highly addictive prescription pills to a known drug dealer on repeated occasions in exchange for cash,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in this country, resulting in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and this office has a zero-tolerance policy toward anyone who helps to spread this plague at any level.”

Davis, 38, has been charged with four counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

She was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation, according to officials, and sold the prescription pills on four different times in four months to an FBI cooperating witness.

Davis, 38, who spent time in jail for running her prostitution business and is running on the Libertarian ticket, is expected to appear this afternoon in Manhattan federal court.

 

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Hiram Monserrate sentenced to two years in prison


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Former Councilmember and state Senator Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months behind bars on Tuesday for fraudulently using City Council money to fund a run for state office.

Monserrate, who pleaded guilty to the charges in May, was convicted of fraud after misappropriating more than $100,000 in City Council discretionary funding to finance his failed 2006 run for state Senate.

“Hiram Monserrate helped to underwrite his political ambitions with money that was intended to benefit those in need, and he corrupted his office in the process,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

The money was directed to the Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment (LIBRE), a non-profit in his then council district. The discretionary funds, which are drawn from city taxpayer dollars, were used to pay employees of the non-profit to collect signatures, work on his Senate campaign and conduct a voter registration drive.

“Hiram Monserrate was undone by his greed and now will pay the price. He used a nonprofit’s money to serve his own political career rather than his constituency and with today’s prison sentence will forfeit his freedom,” said Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.

In addition to the 24 months in jail, Monserrate must pay a $80,000 fine and serve three additional years of supervised release.

Monserrate, who was elected to the state Senate in 2008 after eight years in the City Council, was expelled from the seat in 2010 after being convicted of domestic assault of his girlfriend. He lost the subsequent special election to state Senator Jose Peralta.