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AG investigating NY power broker with ties to Silver

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2012

State Attorney Eric Schneiderman announced Monday he’s investigating William Rapfogel, who has been called one of New York’s most influential, behind-the-scenes figures.

Rapfogel has long led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which relies in part on state and city dollars. He is also the husband of Judy Rapfogel, longtime chief of staff to state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

Monday morning, the council issued a statement saying it had terminated Rapfogel after it became “aware of .?.?. financial irregularities and apparent misconduct in connection with the organization’s insurance policies.”

Shortly thereafter, Schneiderman’s office confirmed a criminal investigation is underway.

 “This matter is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Comptroller as part of Operation Integrity,” Schneiderman spokesman Damien LaVera said in an email.

Operation Integrity is a joint initiative by Schneiderman and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to root out corruption involving taxpayer money.

Rapfogel couldn’t be reached immediately to comment.


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