Michael E. Reiburn
He was born Michael E. Reitzenberg on September 12, 1893, in New York City. He graduated from Eastern District High School (Brooklyn) in 1911; and from Syracuse University College of Law in 1915. While in school, he won many debating prizes. Later he was President of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He began the practice of law in Syracuse, but later moved to Washington Heights, Manhattan. He practiced law in New York City, and changed his last name to Reiburn.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 22nd D.) in 1921 and 1922. In 1921, the Citizens Union endorsed Reiburn for re-election, saying that he was "a member of promise and capacity with good record of votes."
He was a member of the New York State Senate (20th D.) from 1923 to 1926, sitting in the 146th, 147th, 148th and 149th New York State Legislatures; and was Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Industries from 1923 to 1924.
In 1935, Reiburn was disbarred by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division for unethical practices. He was found guilty of "the conversion of money obtained from others by false representations of large profits to be made from the purchase of real property about to be acquired for public purposes."
In December 1937, he and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury for using the mails to swindle three widows out of about $10,000. A few days later, he was convicted of theft, and was sentenced by Judge Allen of the New York City Court of General Sessions to a term of eighteen months to three years in Sing Sing state prison.
- HONORS FOR REIZENBERG (sic); Brooklyn Man Chosen for Syracuse Debating Team in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on April 20, 1915
- American Jewish Committee Annual Report (1918; pg. 320)
- CITIZEN UNION GIVES LINE ON CANDIDATES in NYT on October 26, 1921
- REIBURN'S CASE ON TRIAL in the Syracuse Journal, of Syracuse, New York, on May 12, 1927
- REIBURN CLEARED IN COURT; Magistrate Dismisses Larceny Charge Against Ex-State Senator in NYT on July 30, 1927
- APPELLATE COURT PUNISHES LAWYERS; M. E. Reiburn, Once a State Senator, in Group Disbarred for Unethical Practices in NYT on November 16, 1935
- Year Book (Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1936; pg. 169)
- EX-LAWYER IN MAIL CASE; Reiburn Accused With 3 Others of Victimizing Widows in NYT on December 10, 1937 (subscription required)
- EX-SENATOR REIBURN CONVICTED OF THEFT; Disbarred Tammany Lawyer Is Found Guilty on Old Charge in NYT on December 15, 1937 (subscription required)
- REIBURN IS SENTENCED; Ex-Legislator Gets Sing Sing Term for Defrauding Law Client in NYT on December 29, 1937 (subscription required)
- REIBURN HELD AS GAMBLER; Ex-Senator Accused of Bookmaking in Brooklyn in NYT on July 19, 1939 (subscription required)
- JURY CONVICTS TWO OF FRAUD in the News-Chronicle, of Pawling, New York, on July 24, 1941
- EX-STATE SENATOR JAILED; Reiburn Gets 5 Years and His Associate Similar Term in NYT on July 25, 1941 (subscription required)
- Michael Reiburn at Creastleaf
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