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by Chris Chichester on 09/27/13

What did Judy Rapfogel know, and when did she know it? Rapfogel is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's chief of staff.
Yes, I am channeling former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. 
From  The Washington Post: WATERGATE AT 40:
During his three-term tenure as Tennessee's first popularly-elected Republican  senator, Howard H. Baker Jr. acted as Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. During the committee's proceedings, Baker asked: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?"
From the Times Union's Capitol Confidential:
Complaint: Rapfogel pocketed over $1 million
Posted on September 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm by Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol bureau in Eric Schneiderman, Tom DiNapoli
State prosecutors charged the head of a large social service organization with pocketing over $1 million in kickbacks from inflated insurance contracts and arranging for political contributions from employees of the insurance company.
William Rapfogel was charged with seven felony counts, including fraud and grand larceny, in a criminal complaint unsealed this morning. Prosecutors say Rapfogel inflated the Met Council’s insurance contracts by a total of of [sic] $5 million since Rapfogel became CEO of the organization in the early 1990s, over $1 million of which he kept for himself. Investigators said they recovered $400,000 in cash from the defendant.
Rapfogel arranged for employees of the insurer, Century Coverage Corporation, to make political contributions in ways that would curry favor to the Met Council and help it secure social service grants. According to the criminal complaint, the donations were split and capped at small amounts to maximize public matching funds used in New York City elections. Over the years, Republicans and benefits [sic] elected to city and state offices benefited.
Fix those typos, Jimmy. What a joke of a paper.  A Pulitzer Prize for Public Service isn't coming to 645 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, New York 12211 any time soon. 
Seven felonies is disgusting criminal behavior. $1 million is big-time graft.
I find it impossible to believe that Judy Rapfogel remained unaware of her husband's scheming.  Since William Rapfogel pocketed a cool $1 million. Maybe he parked the money in an offshore bank account she could not access. But I doubt that scenario.  
If the Rapfogels were having American Beauty-type dinner conversations perhaps Judy was blissfully unaware of William's kickbacks. 
{"How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me on the same day that you lose your job!"}
William Rapfogel had a crony kick-back job and that is a problem.  
I am sick and tired of stories that highlight the unethical behavior of power players in our state capital. People who use access to our state legislators for personal gain. 
"Prosecutors say Rapfogel inflated the Met Council’s insurance contracts by a total  of of [sic] $5 million since Rapfogel became CEO of the organization in the early 1990s, over $1 million of which he kept for himself."
I want to know what this man bought with that money.  A 6,000 square foot mansion? A cigarette boat?  A Rolex Oyster Perpetual? A William Fioravanti Bespoke suit?  Gloria Stuart's Heart of the Ocean Diamond? A Pez Dispenser?
Where are you on this situation Speaker Silver? I'll break it to you: Wiggling your hips won't make the Rapfogel mess go away. 


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