Even when a political ghetto thug like former disgraced Councilman Ruben Wills is found guilty on 5 counts of corruption there are still people in this majorly fucked up community who side with him and others who offer bullshit “prayers”. WHAT THE FUCK, the man, who was a complete do nothing local elected official and wasted our tax dollars for a term and a half and then was found guilty on five corruption charges still has residents like Erica Ford of LifeCamp siding with him and then going off on some bullshit tangent:
“As a constituent and as someone who goes through this process, the process is barbaric. When we look at the criminal justice system, there are hundreds of thousands of black men and women inside of these prisons not for the crimes they’ve committed, but because they are black men and women.”
I mean WHAT THE FUCK does that have to do with this disgraceful local elected politician. I mean Ford, what the fuck are you yammering about.
Then we have life time political hacks like Senator Leroy Comrie (another fucking do nothing) who said:
I am disappointed and saddened by the outcome of the trial. Ruben has massive potential and has served effectively as a member of the New York City Council. My prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
Disappointed by the outcome, why the fuck aren’t you disappointed in your asshole colleague, who fucked over his constituents. AND why are you disappointed, he is a fucking CROOK and a do-nothing councilman who only made 50% of council meetings, so how the fuck did he serve “effectively” and how the fuck did this dead beat dad behind on child support, who had an unlicensed home improvement business and assaulted another politician have “massive potential”. What a complete and utter asshole Comrie is.
Christ even when someone is found guilty, betrayed his trust, and fucked over the constituents who he was to serve, folks in this ghetto community still stick up for him and make excuses and this is why Jamaica continues to be a fucked ghetto with a poor quality of life and why communities of color, especially African-American communities are fucked up.
At least Senator James Sanders Jr, did not fall into this fucking bullshit stating “People’s faith in their elected officials has been shaken again”. He did not make excuses for this clown, he did not play the race card, which is what Erica Ford was attempting to do.
AND shove all this bullshit prayers that black communities love to do and solves absolutely nothing
My prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time”, said Senator Leroy Comrie.
Like this fuck had 4th stage lung cancer.
HE IS A FUCKING CROOK, who wasted tax payers money and betrayed their trust and did absolutely NOTHING his whole time in office.
I am afraid there is no hope for Jamaica, not as long as this bullshit ghetto mentality thrives and does not hold people accountable for their actions and behavior.
And by the way Erica, how is your working to stop gun and gang violence on city streets working out, because since there have been over 10 killings this year alone and countless shootings, I would say not too fucking well. Maybe you need to focus on THAT as opposed to sticking up for corrupt elected officials.
At least there are still some people in the community with common sense and tired of all the bullshit.
Following three years of delays, a two-week trial and two days of deliberation last week, a jury found Councilman Ruben Wills guilty of a total of five counts in his corruption trial after he used taxpayer money for personal use. According to the charges, the councilman had stolen more than $30,000 in money by funneling it through a nonprofit group he created and used it to purchase clothes, fast food and, in one case, an expensive handbag.
“Ruben Wills’ crimes were a shameful violation of the public trust,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said following the verdict. “New Yorkers deserved better.”
Wills’ Southeast Queens council district has been under a cloud since the councilman was first indicted. He lost authority of the distribution of funds in his district as a result of the case being built against him. What’s more important is that this has gone on for years. Wills was reelected in 2013 while a criminal investigation was hovering over him.
The Southeast Queens community has lost too many elected officials to convictions for misdeeds and misappropriation. It’s important for young people to be able to look up to elected officials and see them as examples of leadership and integrity. It’s a shame they’ve had to see so many elected officials go to jail. This year’s council race to fill his seat is one of the most important elections that Southeast Queens has faced in many years.
As voters, we should send a message to City Hall and the children of the community that we need to have someone representing us who is a stellar example and is committed to working for the people, not themselves. We should expect no less from those who represent us, from the city and state to the federal level.
From Queens Press:
Councilman Ruben Wills was found guilty of corruption charges last Thursday. Supporters, including LifeCamp founder Erica Ford (right), said that they were disappointed by the verdict. Photo by Trone Dowd
BY TRONE DOWD
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), the Southeast Queens representative caught up in a web of controversy due to allegations that he used $30,000 of taxpayer money for personal use, was found guilty on five criminal counts last Thursday.
The jury made its decision after two days of deliberation, concluding the three-year case that the New York State Attorney General had built against the politician.
Wills was found guilty of one count of a scheme to defraud in the first degree, two counts of grand larceny in the third degree and two counts of filing a false instrument in the first degree. He was acquitted on a single charge for filing false business records.
According to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, state law requires that the councilman will be automatically expelled from the New York City Council. Wills faces a maximum of seven years in prison.
“Ruben Wills’ crimes were a shameful violation of the public trust. Now, after a conviction by a jury of his peers, Ruben Wills will face the consequences,” Schneiderman said. “Ruben Wills stole taxpayer dollars to buy fancy purses and clothes for himself and his friends. New Yorkers deserved better. Today’s conviction is another important step in our efforts to clean up New York politics and give voters the representation they deserve.”
In a conversation with the PRESS of Southeast Queens shortly after the jury’s decision, Wills said that he was “disappointed in the verdict.”
“I’m innocent,” he said. “We’re going to appeal on this and win. I think there are a lot of constitutional violations that happened.”
Wills pointed to that fact that many of his witnesses, including state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), were dismissed by Queens County Judge Ira Margulis before they could testify before the jury.
Wills’ attorney, Kevin O’Donnell, told the PRESS of Southeast Queens that he is confident in the ability to appeal the decision.
“We’re devastated,” O’Donnell said. “Having got to know Ruben and his constituency, his character. This is a tough one to swallow. I thought with the circumstantial evidence charge that it would be clear that there was another explanation of innocence. I wish the jury had looked at the charge a little deeper.”
State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) said in a statement shortly after the verdict that it was a “sad day for the community.”
“People’s faith in their elected officials has been shaken again,” Sanders said. “Never has there been a greater need for good, clean leadership. The election to fill this seat has become all the more important in light of this conviction. I hope the community will be able to put their trust in someone who can lead them forward with strength and dignity.”
Wills’ colleague and, arguably, biggest critic in the city council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, had a more stinging response to Thursday’s decision.
“Ruben Wills betrayed the trust of all New Yorkers when he abused his position in the state senate to steal thousands of dollars from the hardworking taxpayers of New York for his own selfish gain,” Mark-Viverito said. “Serving in elected office requires honesty and integrity and today’s conviction makes clear that Ruben Wills is unfit to be a member of the city council. We thank Attorney General Schneiderman for his diligence in investigating and trying this case and the jury for their service in bringing justice to New Yorkers.”
In Southeast Queens, not everyone was pleased with the decision. Erica Ford—founder of the LifeCamp civic group in Southeast Queens, which works to stop gun and gang violence on city streets—was vocal about the decision.
“As a constituent and as someone who goes through this process, the process is barbaric,” Ford said. “When we look at the criminal justice system, there are hundreds of thousands of black men and women inside of these prisons not for the crimes they’ve committed, but because they are black men and women.”
She mentioned that she wanted to see justice in other cases unrelated to Wills, including the killings of Sean Bell and Tamir Rice. She added that the justice system has historically not been fair to black and brown people.
Comrie said that he was “disappointed and saddened by the outcome of the trial.”
“Ruben has massive potential and has served effectively as a member of the New York City Council,” Comrie said. “My prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
The PRESS of Southeast Queens reached out to the office of U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) for comment on the decision, but did not receive a response in time for print. In May, Meeks said that he would support Wills’ bid for re-election as there was no evidence to doubt the councilman’s ability to serve his constituents.
On the campaign trail, one of the candidates looking to replace Wills in November said that he was sad to see the results of Wills’ trial.
“I first met Council Member Ruben Wills in 2010,” community activist and 28th Council District candidate Richard David said. “He has always been respectful, caring and highly personable with a great sense of humor.”
David said that he had worked with the councilman’s office on projects in the past through numerous city agencies and admired his ability to get things done for his constituents.
“Mr. Wills was driven by his desire to transform our district in the way he transformed his own life,” David said. “Mr. Wills was brought up in South Jamaica Houses and rose from humble beginnings to become a leader in our district. His story is one of hope and hard work. Yesterday’s verdict can never take this inspiration away or hinder the dreams of other young people with aspirations to better our community.”
David asked that people not remember Thursday’s jury decision, but instead Wills’ “humble beginnings and all that he sought to do for the community.”
“My prayers are with Mr. Wills, his family and his staff,” David said.
Wills’s trial had been a long time in the making. After more than three years of delays, the trial finally kicked off on July 5. The councilman could face further legal troubles, including a pending trial for his alleged failure to disclose certain aspects of his finances to the Campaign Finance Board.
Sentencing is currently scheduled for Aug. 10.