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  • NJ state of affairs Menendez wooed married gal: source

    06/23/2013 12:39:52 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 6/23/2013 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Sen. Robert Menendez wooed a married newspaper publisher, taking the attractive brunette on a romantic getaway to the Caribbean, a tipster alleges. The New Jersey Dem and Cecilia Reynolds jetted to Puerto Rico, where they stayed at the isolated beach retreat of the island’s then-governor, Anibal Acevedo Vila. In a photo provided by the anonymous informant, Reynolds is sitting naked on a beach and suggestively smiling at the camera. In another set of pictures, they take turns posing against the same sunset backdrop. The happy couple, dressed in shorts, also appeared to tour a national park and pose for a...
  • Former Puerto Rico Governor in Legal Hot Water....Again

    01/07/2009 7:17:30 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 520+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | January 7, 2009 | Melissa Correa Velázquez
    Former Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and former Governor's Office Secretary Aníbal José Torres are two of the targets of an investigation federal authorities are conducting related to alleged payments made by developer and PFZ [Properties, Inc.] owner Joel Katz involving the Costa Serena project, sources told EL VOCERO. According to the sources, the case is before a grand jury. Katz is said to have paid "thousands of dollars" in installments during the negotiation process for the buying and selling of the land. The sources maintain that Katz and other witnesses have appeared before the grand jury. Katz was the person...
  • Federally-Indicted Puerto Rico Governor Addresses the Island, Maintains His Innocence

    10/28/2008 9:30:46 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 267+ views
    (English-language translation) SAN JUAN - Eight days before the elections, Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá made a televised address on Monday in which he spoke about the federal indictments against him, which he described as "injurious", and asked the people to make their own judgement. "These accusations against me are false, injurious, and I am not going to tolerate them. Perhaps those who believe the most important thing in life is money may ignore things such as these, but not me," the Governor said in a calm and serene tone. The Chief Executive emphasized that, among the 24 indictments the U.S....
  • Puerto Rico Governor Will Sign Bill Freezing Legislators' Salaries

    06/13/2008 7:13:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies · 53+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 13, 2008 | Ivonne Y. Rosario
    (Abridged English-language translation) Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá said yesterday that he will sign the bills approved by the Legislature freezing salary increases for representatives and senators. Although he indicated that the initiative is insufficient, the acknowledged that, at least, it involves freezing increases. "If I receive the bill, I will logically sign it, but the legislative reform the island expects and which all the candidates of the Popular Democratic Party are committed to is much more profound," the Governor clarified. The approved measures suspend automatic salary and per diem increases for legislators for four years, but they do not address...
  • [Indicted] Puerto Rico Governor Seeks to "Develop" the Commonwealth

    05/20/2008 7:35:31 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 78+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | May 20, 2008 | Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez
    (English-language translation) To Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Puerto Ricans under the current Commonwealth [status] have to limit themselves to giving the United States "generic consent" over matters that concern the island. To his understanding, a sovereign Commonwealth would turn these instances of consent into specifics and would delimit the relationship between both countries. That is how he explained the proposed "sovereign Commonwealth" his Popular Democratic Party (PPD) now defends more insistently. "With U.S. citizenship as a link, we can clearly determine what is the people's power and not what we have had until now, which is a generic consent," the...
  • [With Michelle in Tow, Indicted] Puerto Rico Governor Urges Support for Obama

    05/16/2008 7:24:51 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 87+ views
    (English-language translation) CAGUAS- Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá pointed out yesterday that a vote for Barack Obama represents a unique opportunity for Puerto Rico to participate in an open, non-prejudiced deliberation process to decide its future through a constitutional convention or a plebiscite. Acevedo made the statement after a tour of the Caguas Botanical Garden with [Obama's] wife Michelle and Mayor William Miranda Marín. The Governor maintained that voting for Obama also means economic development for Puerto Rico since he understands the Puerto Ricans' reality. He stressed that Obama understands the Puerto Ricans' traditions, culture, language, and own identity. "Barack Obama...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor: Probe by Island's Legislature "Politically Motivated"

    05/02/2008 7:12:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies · 19+ views
    (English-language translation) (AP) - To Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, the so-called Total Committee established by the House of Representatives to review the accusations against him are additional evidence of the political persecution he has denounced. "This Total Committee is the most recent evidence the island has to confirm of what the island already knows, that this investigation of myself and the Popular [Democratic] Party is all politically motivated since its origin," [Acevedo] said yesterday during a press conference. The Popular Democratic Party (PPD) has constantly maintained that the 19 charges against the Governor over alleged election-law violations hurt him politically...
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Federal Indictment: Trial Set for February 2009

    05/02/2008 6:34:57 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 80+ views
    (English-language translation) (AP) - The very complex case against Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and 12 associates involving alleged federal crimes consists of approximately 600 boxes' worth of evidence, U.S. Attorney María Domínguez revealed yesterday. "That is a lot of discovery of evidence, it will take a lot of time to analyze it, and I will give the defense a fair opportunity to prepare," said Paul J. Barbadoro, New Hampshire Judge assigned to the case after all the judges in San Juan recused themselves. As if to relieve the tension behind this case which has caused uncertainty and political strain in...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor Now Demands “Sovereignty” for the Island (“Wag-the-Dog” Scenario)

    04/28/2008 11:00:35 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 45 replies · 48+ views
    (English-language translation) Puerto Rico is sending a message that it wants to break its relationship with the United States. That was the first reaction from Puerto Rican Congressman José Serrano following Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá’s speech during the [pro-Commonwealth] Popular Democratic Party (PPD) general assembly he convened to announce his political future after being indicted by federal authorities on March 27, and whose [run for a second term] was ratified viva voce by 4,027 delegates, becoming the first candidate to the governorship to be indicted on criminal charges. As Serrano told Notiuno during his first interview, “….he will be taken...
  • Puerto Rico News Radio Station Requests (and is Refused) Live Coverage of Indicted Governor's Trial

    04/10/2008 1:39:21 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 35+ views
    (English-language translation) All indicates that Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá is not pleased at all with the idea of giving the people of Puerto Rico the chance to listen to all that transpires during his upcoming federal trial. After Chief Justice of the Federal Court José A. Fusté refused [the Noti Uno] 630 [news radio station's] request to broadcast the trial live, the Chief Executive yesterday let the ideal moment pass when he could have told the citizens and the federal authorities that he has nothing to hide, that he has no fear of having the people who elected him to...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor: Clinton's Fundraising Activities Resemble His Own

    04/09/2008 6:42:11 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 15+ views
    (English-language translation) (AP) - Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá established yesterday a resemblance between his political campaign's fundraising activities, which are being investigated by U.S. authorities, and those held by former President Bill Clinton in the island this past weekend. Clinton raised and took cash collected by his wife Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign. According to the media, the amount raised may reach $350,000. "The reality of Puerto Rican, American, and world politics, and that of democracies, is that, whether we like it or not, raising funds is necessary...I have discharged my responsibility while campaigning and always with care so as...
  • Are Efforts Underway to Intimidate Critics of the Indicted Governor of Puerto Rico?

    04/03/2008 7:08:50 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 118+ views
    (English-language translation) The Popular Democratic Party (PPD) filed a complaint today with the Office of Government Ethics (OEG) against Comptroller Manuel Díaz Saldaña for allegedly using his position to benefit the New Progressive Party (PNP). PPD Elections Commissioner Gerardo Cruz explained that the complaint is for allegedly violating two articles of the [Government Ethics] Law and pointed out that he hopes that, once the OEG investigates the case, it is referred to the Former Justices Panel of the [Office of] the Special Independent Prosecutor (FEI), since the violation of one of the articles costitutes a grave offense. The PPD's complaint...
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Federal Indictment: More Arrests May Be on the Way

    04/02/2008 7:07:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 10 replies · 81+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | April 2, 2008 | Beatriz de la Torre
    (English-language translation) While officials with the Popular Democratic Party admit to the growing rumors pointing at new arrests in the corruption case against Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Comptroller Manuel Díaz Saldaña confirmed to EL VOCERO that at least 30 other persons linked to the Governor, including several close relatives, are still the target of the U.S. Department of Justice investigation. "When you add up all the people (who are made reference to in the March 24 indictment), it comes to more than 40. It's not for me to say whether or not there will be more indictments. That's up to...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor's Party to Establish $2 Million Legal Defense Fund

    03/31/2008 10:06:06 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 232+ views
    (English-language translation) At least $2 million is what the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) needs to defray the legal-defense costs for Governor [and PPD Chairman] Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and other party officials who are facing federal charges. PPD Executive Director Aníbal José Torres said that, at this moment, the Governor's attorney Thomas Green's fees total over $400,000. This amount is the approximate sum of the work done when the federal grand jury was investigating the alleged irregularities committed during Acevedo's 2004 gubernatorial campaign. Torres indicated that, with the charges pressed last Thursday, the legal defense Green (a former district attorney specializing...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor: Federal Charges Are "Lies and Falsehoods"

    03/27/2008 6:42:21 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 436+ views
    El Nuevo Día (Spanish-language article) ^ | March 27, 2008 | Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
    Earlier this evening, Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá addressed the island on today's 19 indictments against him from the local U.S. Attorney's office. Acevedo is charged with several crimes, among these violation of federal campaign-financing laws, tax evasion, and filing false tax returns. The translated text of the Governor's speech follows: "These are hard and difficult times for the people of Puerto Rico. Our economy needs attention. I know your daily struggle with the increase in the cost of living and a slow economy that is affected by the increase in the price of oil and the recession in...
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Indictment: The Philadelphia Connection

    03/27/2008 1:31:05 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies · 584+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 27, 2008 | John Shiffman
    PR governor, four Philadelphians charged By John Shiffman Inquirer Staff Writer Puerto Rico's governor and four Philadelphians, including prominent fund-raiser Robert M. Feldman, were charged this morning in San Juan with federal campaign-finance related crimes. The investigation of Gov. Anibal Acevedo-Vila, a Democrat who faces re-election this year, was triggered by the FBI's Philadelphia City Hall corruption probe in 2003. The governor was charged with conspiracy to violate federal campaign laws, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and filing a false tax return. In a statement issued this morning, Acevedo-Vila proclaimed his innocence and said the indictment was politically...
  • Holy Week Message from the Puerto Rico House Speaker To the Governor: "Resign!"

    03/17/2008 7:17:06 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 182+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | March 17, 2008 | Mara D. Resto Vélez
    (English-language translation) Taking advantage of the beginning of Holy Week, [Puerto Rico] House of Representatives Speaker José Aponte recommended that Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá evaluate his journey during these days of spirituality and resign his position "for the good of Puerto Rico." Aponte maintained that the main reason behind this request is that the Chief Executive has not worked on the island's economy, at the same time pointing out that Acevedo "has demonstrated his inability to administer the government of Puerto Rico", since "he has been working on everything based on public relations and political strategies." [Aponte's] statements come one...
  • At Constitution Day Celebration in Puerto Rico, Governor Attacks the Pro-Statehood Opposition

    07/26/2006 7:00:43 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 469+ views
    (English-language translation) DORADO — The Puerto Rican Constitution protects the [freedoms] of speech and assembly. However, some of the thousands who celebrated it in Dorado did not seem to understand this precept as they threw bottles and eggs at a small group of pro-independence theater artists who were criticizing the use of public funds for this official observance and several members of the Statehood Youth who also protested in a building adjacent to the public square. The youth, who demanded "statehood now", as well as the six members of the "Papel Machete" theater troupe, had to be removed from the...
  • UPDATE - The Governor of Puerto Rico: A Sharp-Dressed Man to the Tune of $30,000

    07/06/2006 6:45:05 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 471+ views
    (English-language translation) New Progressive Party (PNP) Electoral Commissioner Thomas Rivera Schatz asked the State Elections Commission (CEE) yesterday to conduct an investigation on the suits the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) paid for Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, based on federal statutes that prohibit [such action]. The argument is included in a document submitted yesterday to CEE President Ramón Gómez Colón in "reply to a contesting of the investigation request by the PPD Electoral Commissioner". The nine-page document quotes newspaper articles that appeared following the revelation that the PPD spent almost $41,000 in suits for Acevedo and the acknowledgement of such by...
  • FBI Summons Puerto Rico Governor's Former Campaign Treasurer - II

    06/30/2006 8:03:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 426+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 30, 2006 | Melissa Correa Velázquez
    (English-language translation) Ramón "Moncho" Velasco, former campaign treasurer for [Governor] Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, stated in a press release that he has cooperated with federal authorities regarding the Grand Jury's investigation of donations the former Resident Commissioner's campaign committee received in 2002. "I am neither hiding nor missing. As always, I have been working in my profession every day. Concerning the U.S. Attorney's office investigation of the Honorable Aníbal Acevedo Vilá's Resident Commisioner campaign finances, the only comment we have is that there has been full cooperation with that investigation, since we have absolutely nothing to hide or fear," Velasco affirmed...
  • FBI Summons Puerto Rico Governor's Former Campaign Treasurer

    06/29/2006 7:06:15 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies · 427+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 29, 2006 | Melissa Correa Velázquez
    (English-language translation) Ramón "Moncho" Velasco, former campaign treasurer for [Governor] Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, was summoned to FBI offices today in relation to the Grand Jury's investigation into donations the former Resident Commissioner's campaign committee received in 2002, sources to EL VOCERO confirmed. EL VOCERO sources point out that the federal authorities are investigating how much the Governor knew and his participation in [the collection of] donations for his political campaign. Since the federal investigation into the Acevedo campaign's collection of electoral funds became public, Popular Democratic Party officials have said that they do not know Velasco's whereabouts. Federal Elections Commission...
  • Feds Investigating Puerto Rico Governor's Past Campaign Dealings

    06/22/2006 7:20:51 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 1,155+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 22, 2006 | Dennise Y. Pérez
    (English-language translation) Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service interviewed Popular Democratic Party (PPD) Executive Director Aníbal José Torres yesterday and submitted two information requests to the State Elections Commission (CEE) related to the investigation [a] Grand Jury is conducting on Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá’s 2000 campaign. EL VOCERO learned that the Federal Grand Jury’s information requirements were signed by U.S. Attorney María Domínguez and give the PPD a July 15 deadline to produce the documentation. In the case of the information requirements to the CEE, all documents from the PPD’s political action committees...
  • Philadelphia ties in probe of Puerto Rico race

    06/22/2006 6:32:47 AM PDT · by cll · 3 replies · 720+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/22/2006 | Carrie Budoff, John Shiffman and Mark Fazlollah
    FBI agents are focusing on campaign contributions solicited by two Philadelphia fund-raisers as part of their corruption investigation into Puerto Rico's governor, sources said. Authorities suspect that tens of thousands of dollars in checks to Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vilá's campaign fund were "straw contributions" - donations made in the names of Philadelphia-area secretaries, administrators, and one office worker's mother - to avoid finance limits. Some of the checks under scrutiny were raised by dentist Candido Negron and his business partner, Robert Feldman, once a top Democratic fund-raiser who is still a focus of the City Hall pay-to-play probe here. In...
  • The Governor of Puerto Rico: A Sharp-Dressed Man at the Tune of $30,000

    06/21/2006 2:24:16 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 517+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | June 21, 2006 | Dennise Y. Pérez
    (English-language translation) Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá admitted yesterday that the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) [which he chairs] paid over $30,000 in custom-made suits for him and justified the fact that payments were made mostly in cash, thus saying that it is not illegal. Reports from radio station NotiUno provided evidence that Acevedo paid the Euromodas store in Plaza las Américas [Mall] $27,255.75 in custom-made suits. They also showed the invoices as evidence that payment was made in cash, with the exception of a few minor purchases that did not exceed $3,400. The price of the suits started at $2,000 each,...
  • Puerto Rico Government Shutdown: End is in Sight

    05/11/2006 7:20:44 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 15 replies · 680+ views
    (English-language translation) The anguish of over 90,000 public employees [in Puerto Rico] who have been out on the street for almost two weeks will end on Monday. Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Senate President Kenneth McClintock, and House of Representatives Speaker José Aponte abided yesterday by the recommendations the so-called Consensus Commission presented to them to solve the government’s fiscal crisis. The Commission worked for two days in search of a solution to the island’s fiscal crisis that compromised the government’s operations. “The report recommends that the Government Development Bank (BGF) grant the Department of the Treasury a loan of up...
  • Puerto Rico Government Shutdown: Is the Governor Taking His Cues from Television's "The West Wing"?

    05/05/2006 10:33:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 10 replies · 449+ views
    (English-language translation) In the midst of the fiscal crisis that keeps 95,000 [Puerto Rico] public employees out on the street, several [opposition] New Progressive Party Representatives held a press conference to show the episode of a television series that, in their opinion, demonstrates that Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá is pulling a publicity stunt out of the situation. Representatives Liza Fernández, Albita Rivera, Georgie Navarro, and Rolando Crespo met with the island’s press to watch the episode of an American television series. The reason behind the [press] conference was to demonstrate that the Governor has copied the actions of the series’...
  • Puerto Rico Government Shutdown: Public Employees Tell Governor, House Speaker "You're Fired!"

    05/05/2006 9:56:51 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 614+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | May 5, 2006 | Yamilet Millán Rodríguez
    (English-language translation) [Members of] the United Public Servants of Puerto Rico (SPU) marched to the Governor’s Mansion and the Capitol yesterday to hand Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and House Speaker José Aponte two giant banners with a layoff letter for each which announces that they will have to take leave without pay just as the 95,000 public employees who are unemployed since Monday. The march left Colón Square in Old San Juan towards the Governor’s Mansion, where an SPU delegation including its President Ellie Ortiz and its founder José La Luz were received outside by the Governor’s legal advisor Hugo...
  • Former [Puerto Rico] Governor Says Incumbent Should Resign

    05/04/2006 6:56:57 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 443+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | May 4, 2006 | Maricelis Rivera Santos
    (English-language translation) [Puerto Rico] Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá should resign from office if he is incapable of taking economy measures to avoid the present government crisis, former Governor Carlos Romero Barceló said yesterday, and also asked what became of the $400 million that were not assigned to the Aqueduct & Sewer Authority (AAA). The [opposition] New Progressive Party (PNP) leader declared that the short-term solution to this fiscal year’s deficit problem is a loan with a tax to corporations and organizations with a gross income that exceeds $10 million. In Romero’s judgment, the long-term solution to the economic problem is...
  • The Governor [of Puerto Rico] is Offended

    05/03/2006 1:35:07 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 438+ views
    (English-language translation) The possibility of an agreement to solve the fiscal problem that yesterday kept the [Puerto Rico] government partially shut down for a second consecutive day vanished again in the afternoon when Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá abruptly left a meeting with House of Representatives Speaker José Aponte, alleging that the latter was being disrespectful. The Governor claimed that he decided to leave the meeting because Aponte addressed him in a mocking tone, which the Speaker flatly rejected, accusing him of lying. “At one moment, I told [Aponte] that I was glad that he could smile, because he was really...
  • Death Threats Against the Governor of Puerto Rico Continue

    04/25/2006 7:20:24 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 273+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | April 25, 2006 | Miguel Rivera Puig
    (English-language translation) Threats against the life of [Puerto Rico] Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá do not end. Among the latest, an individual called the Governor's Mansion twice yesterday saying that [Acevedo] had one more day to live, among other threatening and vulgar phrases. Other threats were made on Saturday morning when a woman called attorney Zaidée Acevedo Vilá, a sister of the Governor's, three times saying that she was an FBI official and that the Chief Executive had to leave the Governor's Mansion because [members of] the Macheteros [terrorist group] were going to kidnap him. Both the calls received yesterday at...