Larry Seabrook

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Larry Seabrook
Larry Seabrook 2009.jpg
Seabrook in 2009
Member of the New York City Council from the 12th District
In office
January 2002 – July 26, 2012
Preceded by Lawrence Warden
Constituency Edenwald, Co-Op City, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Baychester
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence New York City, New York, USA
Alma mater John Jay College B.A.
Long Island University M.A.
CUNY Law School J.D.
Website NYC Council: District 12

Larry B. Seabrook is a former New York City Councilman from District 12 in New York City which covers the Co-op City, Williamsbridge, Wakefield, Edenwald, Baychester, and Eastchester sections of the Northeast Bronx, from 2002 until 2012. A Democrat from Co-op City in the Bronx, he has held several elected offices: With his election to the city council in 2001, became the first African-American politician to hold office in three separate legislative branches of government, both on municipal and statewide levels.

In 2010, Seabrook was indicted by the federal government on corruption charges. He was convicted on nine felony counts on July 26, 2012,[1] subsequently removed from the city council, and is serving five years in prison.[2]

Career[edit]

Larry Seabrook was first elected to office in 1984, winning a seat in the New York State Assembly. Seabrook's district in the Bronx was heavily African-American. Seabrook defeated the 10-year Italian incumbent Vincent Marchiselli in the Democratic primary. (In many legislative districts in New York City, winning the Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the general election since the Republican Party is so weak at the local level.) Seabrook served in the Assembly for 11 years.

In February 1996, Seabrook moved up to the New York State Senate, winning a special election to fill the unexpired term of State Senator Joseph Galiber, who died. Seabrook was re-elected in November 1996 and then in 1998.

In 1996 and 1998, Seabrook considered challenging Congressman Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary, but backed out both times. After it was redrawn after the 1990 Census, Engel's district became heavily Hispanic and African-American.

In 2000, Seabrook gave up his seat in the State Senate and finally challenged Engel, who fell out of favor with the Bronx Democratic Party organization. In a bitter campaign, Engel defeated Seabrook in the Democratic primary.

In 2001, Seabrook was elected to the New York City Council. Seabrook was re-elected to the Council in 2005 and in 2009 (after the term-limts law was amended).

In 2010, Seabrook was indicted by the federal government on corruption charges. He was convicted on nine felony counts on July 26, 2012,[3] subsequently removed from the city council, and is serving five years in prison.

Professional highlights and education[edit]

2012 conviction[edit]

On February 9, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Seabrook on 13 counts of money laundering, extortion, and fraud.[4] Seabrook pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released after posting $500,000 bail.[5] Seabrook was convicted on nine charges in July 2012.[6]

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Vincent Marchiselli
New York State Assembly, 82nd District
1985–1992
Succeeded by
Stephen B. Kaufman
Preceded by
Mike Spano
New York State Assembly, 83rd District
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Samuel Bea
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Joseph Galiber
New York State Senate, 33rd District
1996–2000
Succeeded by
Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Political offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Warden
New York City Council, 12th District
2002–2012
Succeeded by
Andy King