AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING MY RECENT ARREST & DIRTY POLITICS

FROM ALBERT BALDEO, CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE

The recent arrest and misdemeanor charges brought by Dr. Robby Mahadeo, his wife Rachel Itwaru, his campaign manager Vishnu Mahadeo and his employee Sunil Harcharan against me are false, vindictive, fraudulent, malicious, wicked and trumped up. Not only have they indulged in "dirty politics," but the District Attorney should prosecute them for perjury and for filing false, concocted police complaints. I have no prior arrests, yet I was grabbed from my family and clients, exploited and humiliated with no evidence of any wrongdoing on my part.

I have several alibi witnesses. During the time of these bogus charges, I was present in the precincts of the Rochdale Village Corporation auditorium, representing Rodney Reid, an expelled Rochdale Village board member, at the same time I allegedly pointed a gun at the Mahadeos. Hundreds of Rochdale cooperators, and elected representatives, including State Senator Aida Smith and Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, would be able to substantiate my presence at Reid’s disciplinary hearing. But what concerns most of you, and rightly so, is that my efforts to assist the Rochdale Cooperators over their burdensome 12% carrying charge increase, deteriorating quality of life issues, frequent blackouts, and lack of financial accountability have resulted in a conspiracy by the powers that be, to "remove me from the affairs of Rochdale Village and to continue our gravy train coming, at all costs" into the slammer!

Both "political tools-" Robby and Vishnu Mahadeo, currently face criminal charges for stalking, grand larceny, menacing and harassment, based on several confrontations with me. Many of you have condemned their precinct shopping to one outside our district, and the subsequent police action taken. My arrest was a frame up, concocted by my political rivals in the form of a vicious retaliatory complaint from the Mahadeos, which the police should have investigated before initiating any action against me. These charges were brought against me to force me to drop my complaints against the Mahadeos, and for me to drop out of this race.

Several of you have pinpointed serious holes in the Mahadeos’ story, emphasizing that I could not be in two places at the same time. Many of you saw and spoke to me at the Rochdale Village that evening, representing Reid. The police took the word of political enemies to arrest an innocent father, spouse, lawyer, mentor and upstanding citizen. They should have looked for corroborative evidence from credible witnesses, interviewed my alibi witnesses, instead of accepting the incredulous allegations of a bitter rival Robby Mahadeo, who was challenged by my campaign, and struck off the ballot by the Board of Elections, and his campaign manager Vishnu Mahadeo, who has a history of attacking, harassing and bullying others.

We have the greatest justice system in the world, and I know that I will be aquitted of these ridiculous charges. I DEMAND A TRIAL IMMEDIATELY! I DARE THE MAHADEOS TO COMMIT PERJURY! THIS EVIL SHALL NOT STAND. However, our present criminal justice system is far from perfect. This experience gave a first-hand look inside the system, and many of our citizens, especially young people, are charged with petty crimes unfairly, and incarcerated wrongfully. The police cannot turn us or our children into criminals because they have a “quota” system to fulfill, or because they are too lazy or too busy to investigate. Nor should they be used as political weapons against us in our quest for a better standard of life. The paperwork is too slow and conditions are inhumane. During my incarceration, not only did I advise fellow residents pro bono, but many brothers related their experiences to me, and hate crimes, racial profiling, police harassment, stereotyping and brutality will be seriously looked into under my watch if I am elected.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT! TOGETHER, WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STRUGGLE, AND, TOGETHER, WE SHALL OVERCOME!

ALBERT BALDEO, ATTORNEY AT LAW & CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE

 
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