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De Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz slams judge for alleged conflict

De Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz slams judge for alleged conflict
The judge overseeing a case involving bribery of the former head of the correction officer’s union faces a second accusation of conflict of interest — this time from a Mayor de Blasio donor involved in the scheme.

“Rechnitz was not associated with Platinum Partners, and there is no suggestion that he had any relationship with Kaplan.My relationship with Kaplan does not present a ground for disqualifying me from hearing and deciding the issue,” Hellerstein wrote.[More New York] ‘Highly damaging’: Girl Scouts accuse Boy Scouts of poaching their membership in latest filing of two-year legal battle p “The question is whether this Court, based on its close, quasi-familial relationship with Kaplan, could fairly evaluate the arguments Mr.He also testified that in 2014 he gave $60,000 in a Ferragamo bag to former Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook in exchange for a $20 million investment of union money in the Platinum Partners hedge fund.

The hedge funder thought of the judge “like a father” and sought his advice before deciding to plead guilty and cooperate with a federal investigation into the downfall of the hedge fund, according to court filings.Alvin Hellerstein is pictured in New York City.

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