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Staten Island man arrested for attempting to bribe city employee to lease Mill Basin Wharf

A Staten Island man was arrested Thursday for allegedly bribing an employee of the city’s economy-boosting arm to fast-track his approval to lease the Mill Basin Wharf. 

“Bribery and gift-giving are not the ways to do business with the City of New York. Today’s arrest demonstrates that City employees are one of our most valuable tools to combat corruption,” mentioned City Department of Investigations Commissioner Margaret Garnett. “This investigation underscores the value and importance of New York City’s mandate that City employees must report corruption.”

In July 2020, Bachir Bourabah reportedly provided an employee of the Economic Development Corporation a ship and house at his dock if the city had been to grant his lease of the dock on a shorter timetable than the standard bidding course of, which might take months.

Since city workers are prohibited from accepting items or money for performing their job duties, the EDC employee instantly reported the violation to the city’s Department of Investigation — nevertheless it wasn’t the one time feds say Bourabah took his shot.

After allegedly making a second provide that July, the 60-year-old defendant phoned the EDC for the third time in November, however as a substitute of an company rep, Bourabah allegedly advised an undercover city investigator, “I’ll get you a boat, and I’ll take you fishing, and I’ll … I’ll take good care of you.”

The EDC has been working in partnership with DockNYC — which operates 11 waterfront websites, together with the Mill Basin Wharf — to enhance their utilization of the southern Brooklyn marina.

Bourabah was arrested on April 1, and is dealing with one felony bribery cost — punishable by up to seven years in court docket — in addition to three misdemeanor counts, every punishable by up to one-year imprisonment.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, with Bourabah set to seem subsequent earlier than the court docket on May 3. 

“I commend the City employee who was allegedly offered this bribe for his integrity in immediately coming forward and reporting it to DOI,” mentioned Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “The defendant in this case allegedly tried to corrupt the process by which City contracts are awarded and we will now seek to hold him accountable.” 

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