Here is an excerpt from the testimony provided by corrupt Department of Buildings employee, Ron Lantanzio detailed in The People of the State of New York v. Barry Cox, October 1999, Judge E. Torres, Prosecutor Cort, and Indictment # 63112000.
Looks like Mr. Ognibene has some serious explaining to do.
For your reading pleasure….
Lantanzio / Direct / People
THE COURT: All right, deemed marked in evidence, cooperation agreement.
Q. What crimes did you - - did you eventually plead guilty to any crime?
Q. What crimes did you plead guilty to?
A. Bribery of a City councilman and staff and also tampering with physical evidence.
Q. What was the illegal conduct in which you engaged underlying your plea of guilty to bribery? Did you plea guilty to bribery in the third degree?
Q. What was your conduct; what was the illegal conduct in which you engaged underlying your plea of guilty to bribery in the third degree?
A. I had given a councilman and his staff a number of gifts. I upgraded a trip for him to Hawaii. I gave members of his staff a trip to Florida and to Vermont. I bought them fishing poles and golf clubs. I paid for numerous lunches and I did a number of fundraisers for them in hopes that they would in turn reciprocate by helping me with certain business issues I might have in terms in getting things through the city for my clients.
Q. What councilman was this?
A. Tom Ognibene
THE COURT: Spell that.
THE WITNESS: I believe it's O G N I B E N N E
MR. CORT: I think there's only - - if I can just say - - there's only one N, it's not N N E
THE COURT: OGNIBENE
THE PATRIOTS: How do you spell Corruption?
A. O G N I B E N E