2001-06-23 / Front Page

DA Issues Local Subpoenas, Stabile Asks for State Probe

By Howard Schwach

Just as District Attorney Richard Brown has reportedly begun to issue subpoenas to people involved with the growing probe of City Councilman Al Stabile, the two-term councilman has called for State Attorney General Elliott Spitzer to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the allegations against him, allegations that he calls a "political lynching."

Although Brown’s office continues to say that it cannot confirm or deny the reports, it is clear that his office has subpoenaed a number of people and their records, including Jerry Schiano, a Ozone Park landscaper whose company reportedly fenced in a property leased to the Ozone-Howard Little League by the City of New York.

Stabile headed the little league and acted as its treasurer until his resignation for "health and personal reasons" last month.

"They said that they were doing an investigation," Schiano told reporters. "I gave them all of my records pertaining to the work I did that the little league owes me for."

Schiano said that he did more than $60 thousand worth of work, fencing in the property that the city leased to the little league for $1 a year. He says that he was never paid, but that Stabile proposed an plan that would transfer the land to Schiano’s company to use as a parking lot. Part of the proceeds from the parking lot would then reportedly go to the little league.

There are other allegations against Stabile as well, including reports that he used campaign funds to pay for the catering hall and the flowers for his daughter’s wedding.

Bruce Baron, Stabile’s lawyer issued a statement on Wednesday, calling for the special prosecutor to look into all of the allegations.

Baron said that "an independent would be able to stop this political lynching before it destroys a man’s life, family and well-earned fine reputation."

He said that the prosecutor could then "suffocate the origin of the rumor and innuendo."

At press time, there was no work from Spitzer’s office on whether he would comply with Stabile’s request.

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