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Green, Mark

^In mid-2002, D.A. Joe Hynes of Brooklyn opens a criminal investigation of whether "Green for Mayor" campaign funds had been used to finance the printing of those cartoon flyers in Brooklyn—and whether I knew. After two grand juries call campaign staff and vendors over the span of four years, I’ve had quite enough. To my lawyer Richard Emery, I insist on voluntarily meeting with Hynes’s assistant district attorneys to explain under oath that I had no prior knowledge of this that incident and that they should either charge me or clear me. The next day, they release a public statement: "Mark Green had no knowledge of these events, and when he learned of them, he repeatedly denounced the distribution of this literature and sought to find out who had engaged in it."

^State Senator Carl Kruger is now under indictment for bribery and money laundering.

^The Independence Party endorsed Bloomberg in the election. He got 50,000 votes on that line, or 14,000 more than his 36,000 vote margin of victory. Shortly after the election, New York Sun reporter Ben Smith reported that the mayor contributed $50,000 to Lenora Fulani’s organization, the All Star Players; Gothamist later disclosed that he gave a total of $1.7 million to the party or her organization through 2008.

^People still come over to me on the street and say, “I voted for you four times!” meaning the first primary, the second primary, the runoff, and the general election. That probably never happened before and, hopefully, never will again. And three people have thanked me for saving their lives. How? “I was so excited to help you that morning,” explained one, “that I worked a subway stop in my neighborhood and delayed getting to my office by 8:30 at the 102nd floor of the first World Trade Center… ”

Mark Green is the former Public Advocate for New York City and the author/editor of 22 books, including the best-selling Book on Bush (2004) and Who Runs Congress? (1972). He is currently the host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin."

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