Senate Staffer and Others Garner Community Support in Recent Charges by NY State Attorney General

Southeast Queens Clergy Group to Rally in Support of Four Falsely Charged with Fraud by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Claiming Hostile Environment Against African Americans and People of Color in Politics
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Jan. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- Today, members of the Clergy United for Community Empowerment (CUCE) announced their efforts to rally at the upcoming hearing of a New York State Senate staffer and three others, the latest to be charged in a string of member item probes being conducted by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“Our Community has been under attack for some time now, but to implicate people who have committed their professional careers to serve our community is unacceptable”, said Bishop Charles Norris, Sr., President of CUCE.  “It is very important that we come together and let the Attorney General know we will not stand by and allow his office to criminalize these people.”

Senate staffer Patricia Savage; Lynn H. Smith, attorney; Roger Scotland, former President of the Southern Queens Park Association and David Gantt, New York City Housing Employee were indicted in December 2011 after being brought up on charges alleging the illegal use of a local not-for-profit organization to funnel state funding.  The four have declared their innocence and plan to fight the charges in court.

“I am truly shocked at the criminal accusations being brought against the four individuals who serve the Southeast Queens community.  This does not appear to be a criminal case and I believe that the state government should do more to help not-for-profits rather than make attempts at prosecuting individuals who try to build up the community”, said the Reverend Dr. David L. Kelley II, pastor of the Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY.  “I am the pastor to Patricia Savage and Lynn H. Smith and they have my spiritual backing one hundred percent as do Roger Scotland and David Gantt.  I encourage the community to join the clergy in supporting these four individuals”.

A bus of supporters will travel to the Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola, NY on February 1, 2012 to show support for the four individuals.  Bishop Norris added, “We have received an outpouring of support and hope the court will recognize that a grave injustice has been done.”

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