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Friday, August 27, 2010

[NY] White Plains Mayor Bradley update: His 2nd domestic violence arrest, an ethics probe, and tentative court date

...It seemed a majority of residents had already soured on [White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley] following his two arrests on domestic violence charges this year, and found themselves even more appalled by Tuesday's news that the city Ethics Board was investigating Bradley... ..The mayor remains free without bail and has refused calls from Democratic Common Council members to resign... Mayor Adam Bradley is scheduled to go to trial in October on domestic violence charges... Fumiko Bradley announced [in March] that she does not want her husband prosecuted and will not cooperate. But the district attorney's office is pursuing the case...

Previous Post:
[NY] News: Mayor Adam Bradley "declined to give a statement to detectives" on wife abuse charge - ...[White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley] turned himself in to White Plains police and was charged with assaulting his wife... Police Department officials would not explain why they allowed the Mayor's Office to take the lead in handling the media on the case... Bradley declined to give a statement to detectives...

August:

MAYOR'S ETHICS PROBE GETS OUTSIDE ATTORNEY
The Journal News, LoHud.com
By Ben Rubin
August 27, 2010
[Excerpts] WHITE PLAINS — The Common Council approved an outside attorney Thursday to take on a city Ethics Board investigation into Mayor Adam Bradley.... The Ethics Board is investigating Bradley, involving what he said was his "temporary tenancy" at 19 Hall Ave., a new six-unit apartment building. Soon after Bradley moved into the location, city documents show that the mayor helped his new landlord, Katonah developer Walter Gabriele, in city business... In his first year in office, Bradley has been arrested twice on domestic violence charges, was asked to step down by a majority of the Common Council and is now embroiled in the ethics investigation... [Full article here]

OUTSIDE ATTORNEY SELECTED IN WHITE PLAINS ETHICS PROBE INTO MAYOR
The Journal News, LoHud.com
By Ben Rubin
August 26, 2010
[Excerpt] ...[White Plains Mayor Adam] Bradley ended up at 19 Hall Ave. after a county court ordered he stay away from his wife, following his arrests. He first moved in with his parents, then moved into 19 Hall Ave. around mid-June. Bradley's trial for nine misdemeanor and violation charges was tentatively scheduled for Oct. 20 to 22. [Full article here]

WHITE PLAINS RESIDENTS 'DISGUSTED' WITH MAYOR BRADLEY
The Journal News, LoHud.com
By Ben Rubin bfrubin@lohud.com
August 19, 2010
[Excerpts] While sitting on a bench outside City Hall on Wednesday, city resident Lucille Conklin harshly chided Mayor Adam Bradley's actions after an ethics investigation against him became public. "I would just say that I'm disappointed and disgusted with the lack of integrity and principles"... It seemed a majority of residents had already soured on the mayor following his two arrests on domestic violence charges this year, and found themselves even more appalled by Tuesday's news that the city Ethics Board was investigating Bradley. While the details of the probe remain confidential, the mayor said he was being investigated regarding his "temporary tenancy and the possibility that the owner of the property is doing business with the city." He said he would cooperate with the ethics investigation and expects to have his name cleared when all the facts are reviewed... The Ethics Board filed the initial complaint July 20 and found probable cause Friday. Next week, the Common Council is expected to hire an outside attorney to advise the Ethics Board in its probe...Louis Bruno, co-president of the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations, said the mayor's problems had hurt the city and its reputation. "I think that somewhere along the line, there has to be an attempt to recall him," he said. [Full article here]

From July:

TENTATIVE TRIAL DATE SET IN MAYOR ADAM BRADLEY'S DOMESTIC ABUSE CASE
The Journal News, LoHud.com
By Rebecca Baker
July 22, 2010
[Excerpts] Mayor Adam Bradley is scheduled to go to trial in October on domestic violence charges involving his wife, Fumiko. Westchester County Judge Susan Capeci "penciled in" tentative trial dates of Oct. 20 through Oct. 22 during the mayor's brief court appearance this morning. The date will be finalized at a Sept. 23 pre-trial hearing. In court papers, Fumiko Bradley described a relationship of escalating emotional and verbal abuse, with a handful of instances of physical violence against her. The mayor has denied abusing his wife and said he would be vindicated at trial. Bradley is facing six misdemeanor charges that include assault, witness tampering and criminal contempt, and three violations... White Plains City Councilman David Buchwald said he was unhappy with the time Bradley's case was taking... "The city of White Plains would've been better served had the mayor not sought to delay the legal proceedings when the prosecution said it was ready for trial in April"...The mayor remains free without bail and has refused calls from Democratic Common Council members to resign... Bradley was first charged on Feb. 28 after his wife accused him of banging her fingers in a door during a Sunday morning argument. He faced more charges soon after, partly stemming from his allegedly throwing hot tea at her on Jan. 11. Then, on April 8, he was charged with criminal contempt, harassment and witness tampering for allegedly berating his wife and pressuring her to drop the case on several occasions. Fumiko Bradley told authorities that her husband entered her bedroom one night in March, woke her up and began yelling, "You did it, you lied, it's your fault." When she asked him to stop, Bradley reportedly replied, "See, you're crazy, you're emotional." During another confrontation, Bradley is accused of screaming at his wife and suggesting that she kill herself. Kane Machinaga, the mother of Fumiko Bradley, gave a statement to the Westchester District Attorney's Office on April 5, saying that three days earlier she heard Bradley yelling at her daughter and found him cornering her in the bathroom, refusing to let her leave — an act prosecutors say violated a court order barring him from harassing his wife. Machinaga also told the prosecutors that her daughter complained of being beaten by Bradley and that he forced her out of a car and made her walk "a long way" back to their house. Machinaga has returned to Japan but may return to testify against her son-in-law. [Full article here]

From April:

WHITE PLAINS MAYOR FACES NEW DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE CHARGES
New York Post, AP
By JIM FITZGERALD
April 2, 2010
[Excerpts] Prosecutors added new domestic-violence charges yesterday to the case against White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, alleging that he threw a cup of hot tea at his wife. Bradley had previously been charged with deliberately closing a door on his wife's hand. Bradley's lawyer, Luis Andrew Penichet, insisted the mayor is innocent. He said he refused to listen to an offer of a plea bargain yesterday that was conditioned on Bradley taking domestic-violence classes. "If you're innocent, there's no need for domestic-violence classes," the lawyer said... In her signed statement that day, she also alleged that on Jan. 11, after she made him some tea, "He got so mad at me that he threw the hot tea at me. If I wasn't wearing an apron and a sweater, I probably would have gotten badly burned." Fumiko Bradley announced last month that she does not want her husband prosecuted and will not cooperate. But the district attorney's office is pursuing the case... [Full article here]
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