Jimmy Meng

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Jimmy Meng
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 22nd district
In office
2004–2006
Preceded by Barry Grodenchik
Succeeded by Ellen Young
Personal details
Born 1944 (age 73–74)
Shandong, China
Political party Democratic
Children 3

Jimmy Meng (simplified Chinese: 广; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Mèng Guǎngruì, born 1944) is a former New York State Assemblyman representing the 22nd Assembly District, which includes Flushing and College Point in Queens, New York.

Jimmy Meng's ancestral home was in Shandong Province, China. He is the second generation after his father moved to Taiwan due to Communist Party taking over Mainland China. After moved to U.S, he began his business with timber and he was a very successful business man since he built up his own "timber empire". After years of business activity, he became the president of the Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA). Because of his success in business, and the power of the FCBA presidency, he made a lot of friends in business and politics.[1]

In 2004, Meng became the first Asian American to be elected to the New York State Legislature. He ran on Democratic, Independence, and Conservative tickets, beating out Republican candidate Meilin Tan, Working Families candidate Barry Grodenchik, and Green candidate Evergreen Chou.[2][3]

However, the New York Post reported that Meng cheated on the election by using "ghost voter" to create the 500 vote difference between his challenger and him. The New York Post claimed that Jimmy use his power in the FCBA to make fake factories, medicine stores, car stores to make ghost votes. But, in an interview with Sing Tao Daily (a Chinese newspaper), Meng countered that the New York Post used fake news to bring shame on him.[4]

Meng served only one term, having decided against running for re-election in 2006 following the scandal regarding election irregularities in his first campaign. His campaign manager was his daughter Grace Meng, and his Chief of Staff was Sandra Ung.

Meng claimed that he decided not to run for reelection because of his health situation. In his last interview he talked about several things. First of all he invited his successor, Ellen Young to use his old office. He summarized his two years as "hard," saying that "everyday feel like ready for tests." He said that the New York Legislature does not have a seat for Asian for a hundred year, and that American politicians lack minority languages, cultures and traditions. When he was pushing the Chinese New Year General Holiday bill, even some of his American friends did not understood the importance of this bill. He expressed his wishes that more Asian Americans and other minorities run for election to be politicians.[5]

He was succeeded by another Asian American, Ellen Young. In turn, Young lost the September 9, 2008 Democratic primary to Grace Meng.[6]

Meng was arrested on federal bribery charges on July 25, 2012.[7] He had allegedly promised to help a defendant bribe Manhattan prosecutors in exchange for a $80,000 cash bribe concealed in a fruit basket.[8] On November 14, 2012, he pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud for soliciting the $80,000 in cash and falsely claiming that he would use the money to bribe prosecutors in the New York County District Attorney's Office in Manhattan to obtain a reduced sentence. The government's investigation uncovered no evidence that Meng actually contacted anyone in the District Attorney's Office on the state court defendant's behalf, but instead planned to keep the bribe money for himself.[9][10]

On March 12, 2013, Meng was sentenced to a month in jail, a fine of $30,000, three months of house arrest, and 750 hours of community service for his role in the bribery scheme.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://baike.baidu.com/item/孟广瑞/12585448?fr=aladdin
  2. ^ "First Asian American in the NY State Assembly", ChinaDaily, 05-11-2004. Retrieved on 16-02-2007
  3. ^ "NYS Board of Elections - 2004 Assembly General Election Results" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 4 November 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "华侨华人". chinaqw.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "因健康原因不再竞选连任 孟广瑞不轻言退出政坛". chinaqw.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Noah C. Zuss, "Meng Beats Young in Primary for Flushing Seat." "Southeast Queens Press," Sept. 12-18, 2008, p. 11.
  7. ^ ""Former Assemblymember Jimmy Meng, Father Of Grace Meng, Arrested On Bribary [sic] Charge"". Queens Gazette. The Service Advertising Group. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Rubenfeld, Samuel (25 July 2012). "Former Assemblyman Arrested in Fruit Basket Bribery Case". wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Former Queens Assemblyman Jimmy Meng Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud". fbi.gov. Federal Bureau of Investigation. November 14, 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Anuta, Joe (November 14, 2012). "Jimmy Meng pleads guilty in wire fraud case". timesledger.com. Times Ledger (Queens, N.Y.). Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Jimmy Meng receives one month sentence for attempting to fix criminal case". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Nir, Sarah Maslin (March 12, 2013). "Ex-Queens Assemblyman Sentenced in Bribery Case". New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
Preceded by
Barry Grodenchik
New York State Assembly, 22nd District
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Ellen Young