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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sampson Defends 'Legal' Leak in Aqueduct Deal

Dem defends 'legal' leak in the Aqueduct
The New York Post By BRENDAN SCOTT in Albany and CARL CAMPANILE in NY - June 19, 2010

State Senate Democratic leader John Sampson yesterday insisted he did nothing wrong by leaking two Senate documents to the lobbyist for the politically connected firm that wound up winning the contract to run video slots at Aqueduct Racetrack. "The documentation that was given to Mr. [Carl] Andrews was documentation that was not private, not confidential," Sampson said. "I know what private and confidential documents are. I know what insider information is. I don't engage in anything like that," he said. Sampson gave the memos dated Sept. 30 and Nov. 12 to Brooklyn political chum Carl Andrews, who was the lobbyist for the Aqueduct Entertainment Group at the time. Sampson and Andrews had once served together in the Senate representing adjacent Brooklyn districts. Andrews was also once an aide to Gov. Paterson. The documents provided a Senate analysis of the bids submitted by six firms -- including AEG and its rivals. Rival bidders said they had not seen the memos that Sampson gave Andrews. In a rare and lengthy interview with Albany reporters yesterday, Sampson confirmed The Post's exclusive report that he gave the documents to Andrews -- but insisted it was not a breach. Sampson said he first voluntarily disclosed giving the Senate memos to Andrews in testimony to the state Inspector General's Office, which is investigating accusations of favoritism and bid-rigging surrounding the 30-year, multibillion-dollar award to AEG. After an outcry, Paterson's office killed the AEG deal. Sampson said he did not provide the memos to other interested bidders. He said he only gave the documents to Andrews after the two had a heated exchange over the Aqueduct bidding. He said he told Andrews that the Senate "was not considering" AEG because its initial bid ranked poorly in providing revenue to the state. Andrews disagreed. Sampson said he replied: "I said, 'You know. I'll prove my point to you.' . . . I said, 'Here's our analysis.' I said, 'Here's a copy if you want it. You can have it. It's not gospel.' " The Senate analysis contained what would appear to be sensitive information. It noted, for example, that the Lottery Division concluded that four of the bidders at the time -- Steve Wynn, Delaware North, SL Green/Hard Rock and Penn National Gaming -- cleared background checks and could obtain a gaming license. The Sept. 30 memo also noted that the Lottery Division had determined that two of AEG's key backers were "not licensable." Sampson insisted that giving the memos to Andrews did not give AEG the leg up. AEG investors included influential Queens preacher and former Rep. Floyd Flake and rap mogul Jay-Z. But the investigators with the IG's Office and other bidders have disagreed -- saying AEG's revised submission moved it from the bottom of state evaluations to the top. Sampson said he favored Wynn's "excellent" bid before the Las Vegas casino mogul backed out. But rival bidders said they did not buy Sampson's explanation -- noting that it was an open secret early on that the Senate leadership was behind AEG because of Flake's ties to Senate President Malcolm Smith.


holding nose said...

Nice excuse, John. But this still smells to high heaven.

Anonymous said...

So if Sampson were an Attorney representing the People of the State of New York.. which DR's would he have violated? Client Confidences, Conflicts, Self-dealing?

but none to worry as a Senator there are no Ethical Considerations made...

be Confident.. in that he sits on the Judicial and Fed Committees as a Senator ..

secrets 4 sale, and undue influence... are the name of that game..

Give it up..for the People of the State of New York..

Anonymous said...

no, a good source says sampson is still investigating all the complaints he received during the judiciary hearings last year, he must be, he hasn't said he isn't, so he must be says the source. but of course no hearings since sept of 2009 and sampson has come out publicly asking for a special prosecutor or anything or federal oversight or even any changes in the state judiciary. but sure, he must be investigating for sure. probably got all his investigating done during the 7th inning stretch at the Yankee game after grabbing some more lawyer cash that he doesn't disclose.

Anonymous said...

Sapson is an attorney that is representing Sampsons own check book. Sampson held those hearings so he could get more money and be hired as a lobbyist. Sampson will not tell how much money they pay him because. Sampson does notr work for the people in his district. Sampson does not work for New Yorkers. Sampson works for Sampson. They should not re-elect Sampson and let him be a lobrist full time. If Sampson was not able to sell his vote to that law firm they would not need him. Sampson is for sale to the highest buidder.

Anonymous said...

I think Sampson is all 'couped out' on this one. Funny that he schedules 4 hearings and after the 3rd he secures a job with a big law firm and the 4th never happened.

The bids were SEALED, if that doesn't make it confidential then I don't know what does.

These guys are so stupid that they didn't even bother to submit a very high bid etc., get the contract and then scheme their way out of it with their political influence.

Forget about anything coming out of the hearings, it ain't gonna happen. What did happen is that Sampson got a high paying job with a law firm and that was what the plan was all the time.

Did anyone ever believe that Sampson had the 'right stuff' to see this thru? My, gosh, the first hearing was so important that Sampson was the only senator there for most of the hearing..

Anonymous said...

Sen Sampson has been bought and paid for plain and simple! After all he has to look out for himself and his family the same way the rest of the whores in Albany do! Screw the taxpayers!

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