Archive for January 11th, 2005

11th January

First Published in The New York Sun, January 11, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Allies of mayoral hopeful Fernando Ferrer, the former president of the Bronx, are privately sweating over a federal probe that involves a number of his closest Bronx supporters.The investigation is thought to involve as many as nine public officials and Democratic Party functionaries. Fourteen subpoenas were issued back in August.

At the center of the investigation is state Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr., a veteran lawmaker known more for his deal making and fund-raising prowess than for his legislative skill. Mr. Gonzalez has incorporated a web of nonprofit groups, funded in part through money he raised ostensibly for his campaigns. At least one of these, the West Bronx Neighborhood Association, seemed to rack up quite a bit in questionable expenses. (more…)