Corruption Grows in Brooklyn

Fresh off reports that Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez was caught on tape “browbeating” elderly voters into supporting his candidate, comes news that Lopez is being investigated by the feds.

To varying degrees, several of the people said, the three inquiries are examining the sprawling social services organization controlled by Mr. Lopez, who in the 1970s and ’80s built the prototype of the modern big-city political machine.

The organization, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, is expected to receive about $75 million in city funds this year. It is largely through the group that Mr. Lopez’s Brooklyn Democratic machine has been able to generate thousands of votes and armies of volunteers.

So far no one is commenting about this case on the record, but stay tuned, this could get very interesting!