Michael R. Sisak, WNYT NewsChannel 13

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Past articles by Michael:

U-Haul hits, injures several pedestrians on NYC sidewalk

Authorities say a man drove a U-Haul truck onto a sidewalk, striking and injuring several pedestrians in New York City on Monday. → Read More

Trump Organization fined $1.6 million for tax fraud

Donald Trump’s company has been fined $1.6 million as punishment for a scheme in which some of his executives dodged personal income taxes on lavish job perks. The fine imposed Friday was the only penalty a judge could impose on the Trump Organization. The company was convicted of 17 tax crimes, including conspiracy and falsifying business records. The amount imposed by Judge Juan Manuel Merchan… → Read More

Trump's tax returns released after long fight with Congress

Democrats in Congress have released thousands of pages of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The documents provide the most detailed picture to date of his finances over a six-year period, including his time in the White House, when he fought to keep the information private in a break with decades of precedent. The material shows how Trump used the tax code to lower his tax obligations… → Read More

Trump Organization convicted in executive tax dodge scheme

Donald Trump’s company has been convicted of tax fraud for a scheme by top executives to avoid paying personal income taxes on perks such as apartments and luxury cars. As punishment, the Trump Organization could be fined up to $1.6 million. The guilty verdict Tuesday day came on the second day of deliberations in the only criminal trial to arise from the Manhattan district attorney’s three-year… → Read More

NY attorney general, a thorn in Trump's side, seeks 2nd term

New York Attorney General Letitia James, one of former President Donald Trump's chief legal nemeses, is hoping to win a second term Tuesday. → Read More

Cuomo’s return: Ex-gov launches podcast, laments downfall

Fourteen months after resigning in a sexual harassment scandal, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to elbow his way back into the public eye. The Democrat is launching a podcast and a political action committee in what could be the first steps toward a comeback bid for political office. The first episode of the podcast launches Thursday. Cuomo isn't following the usual playbook for… → Read More

Trump accused of vast fraud in suit by NY attorney general

New York’s attorney general has sued former President Donald Trump and his company, alleging business fraud involving some of their most prized assets, including properties in Manhattan, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state court in New York. It is the culmination of the Democrat’s three-year civil investigation of Trump and the Trump… → Read More

Steve Bannon surrenders in NY court in wall donor case

Donald Trump's longtime ally Steve Bannon surrendered to authorities in New York court on Thursday. He's expected to face charges that he duped donors who gave money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. An earlier federal prosecution on similar charges ended before trial when Trump pardoned Bannon. In that case, Bannon was accused of pocketing more than $1 million. Bannon has called the… → Read More

Trump Organization CFO pleads guilty in tax evasion case

A top executive at former President Donald Trump’s family business has pleaded guilty to evading taxes. The deal could potentially make him a star witness against the company at a trial this fall. Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg admitted at a court hearing Thursday that he dodged taxes on lavish fringe benefits he got from the company. Weisselberg is the only person to face criminal… → Read More

Trump says he's testifying Wednesday in NY investigation

Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the New York attorney general's office to be questioned under oath in New York’s long-running civil investigation into his dealings as a real estate mogul. The New York civil investigation is being led by Attorney General Letitia James and involves allegations that Trump’s company misstated the value of prized assets and misled lenders and tax… → Read More

Trump arrives for testimony in New York investigation

Donald Trump was being questioned under oath Wednesday in the New York attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his business dealings, as a flurry of legal activity surrounds the former president. → Read More

Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit, allowing NY probe to go on

"The fact that (James') public statements reflect personal and/or political animus toward (Trump) is not, in and of itself, sufficient," Sannes wrote. James heralded Friday's ruling as a "big victory" over a "frivolous" lawsuit. Sannes' decision came a day after a New York appeals court ruled that Trump must answer questions under oath in James' probe, upholding a lower-court ruling requiring… → Read More

Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe

Message seeking comment were left with lawyers for the Trumps and with James' office. The Trumps could still appeal the ruling to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals. James, a Democrat, has said her investigation has uncovered evidence Trump's company, the Trump Organization, used "fraudulent or misleading" valuations of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers to get loans and tax… → Read More

Trump appeals New York contempt ruling, $10K per day fine

In a statement Wednesday, James said Engoron's order was clear on Trump being in contempt of court. "We've seen this playbook before, and it has never stopped our investigation of Mr. Trump and his organization," James said. "This time is no different." In another subpoena fight, Trump is challenging Engoron's Feb. 17 ruling requiring that he answer questions under oath. James has said that the… → Read More

Police hunt gunman who wounded 10 in Brooklyn subway attack

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell called the posts "concerning" and officials tightened security for Adams, who was already isolating following a positive COVID-19 test Sunday. Adams said Wednesday that investigators were zeroed in on finding James. "We are going to continue to close the loop around him and bring him in, and continue the investigation into this horrific act against innocent… → Read More

At least 5 people shot at New York subway station

At least 11 people were being treated at two local hospitals. "My subway door opened into calamity. It was smoke and blood and people screaming," eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS, saying he saw a gigantic billow of smoke pouring out of the N train once the door opened. A bystander video shows people lying on the subway platform amid what appeared to be small puddles of blood,… → Read More

Manhattan DA: Trump criminal investigation is continuing

The Democrat's affirmation of the investigation was part of a double dose of bad legal news for Trump on Thursday. It came shortly after the New York attorney general's office asked a judge to hold Trump in contempt and fine him $10,000 per day for not meeting a March 31 deadline to turn over documents in a parallel civil investigation. Trump is appealing a subpoena for his testimony in that… → Read More

New York AG asks appeals court to enforce Trump subpoena

Trump's lawyers argued in appeal papers filed March 21 that the lower court judge, Arthur Engoron, failed to properly weigh constitutional and ethical concerns about James' investigation. In its response, James' office rejected the Trumps' arguments that the attorney general, a Democrat, had a political vendetta against Trump, a Republican, or that requiring the Trumps to testify under oath… → Read More

Trump appeals ruling forcing him to testify in NY probe

A message seeking comment was left with James' office. In a statement on Friday, as lawyers for the Trumps were preparing their appeal, the attorney general signaled she was ready for a long fight to get them to testify. "Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump were ordered by the court to comply with our lawful investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization's financial… → Read More

Trump must testify in New York investigation, judge rules

A judge has ruled former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in a New York investigation into his business practices. → Read More