In the meantime, the federal case against Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. winds its way through the courts. It is a long, tortuous process that will likely not be resolved prior to next year’s election season.
Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. has been quiet since the bombshell revelation of allegations that he had been working as a consultant for Brookdale Hospital while simultaneously using his legislative position to advocate for the hospital complex. Duly elected by the voters of the 55th Assembly District, Boylands current term expires in 2012. Despite public calls for him to resign, there are no signs he will do so. The Assemblyman’s sister, former NYC Councilwoman Tracy Boyland, has privately eluded that Boyland, Jr. will retain his seat.
There has been no official statement from the Assemblyman to date.Challengers have already begun to emerge intent upon unseating Boyland, who is perceived as wounded and vulnerable.Royston Antoine (Uncle Roy) has declared his intent to run against Boyland in 2012. With a small group of supporters, Uncle Roy has conducted two post-complaint protests near Boyland’s district office calling for him to resign.Talk to Uncle Roy about Boyland and you can almost see the steam spouting from his ears. Uncle Roy’s challenge to Boyland in 2010 was thwarted when his petitions were challenged. To this day, Uncle Roy contests that challenge. The problem? Uncle Roy claims the legal name of the person challenging Uncle Roy’s signatures was not the same name on the court challenge. Where the mistake was made and whether the petition challenge should have been allowed to proceed was not decided to Uncle Roy’s satisfaction prior to the 2010 primary date.Former 55th AD Female District Leader Alicka Samuels (2002-2004) says she will not directly challenge Boyland, but “if the seat becomes open, [she] would run.”Samuels lost her seat in 2004 to Lisa Kenner “the same year Tracy ran for Congress.” She ran for City Council in 2005 against Frank Boyland and Darlene Mealy, who ultimately won the seat. Samuels has deep roots in the district, having grown up surrounded by politics. Her father was County Committeeman and was friends with Thomas Boyland. Samuels rules out a direct challenge to Boyland because she has “known the Boylands all my life. I worked with the Boylands.” So far, Tony Herbert is the only potential candidate to file a committee to run for State Assembly. Herbert has grassroots support in certain circles throughout the city, and is known to advocate for unsung crime victims, particularlywomen and girls. Despite this support, Herbert’s numerous campaigns for various elected offices have not been met with success. Herbert dropped his challenge to Assemblyman Boyland in 2010 when his petitions were challenged. There is much intrigue surrounding who offered support for Herbert’s challenge. Rumor has it that Councilwomen Darlene Mealy secretly solicited several challengers toBoyland, but wanted deny-ability with both the Boyland and Towns camps. There are others who have been tentatively named as potential challengers. Reggie Bowman, Danny Goodine, Christopher Legree, Latrice Walker and Reverend Hatter all have their base of support. It is unclear if any will mount achallenge.
In the meantime, the federal case against Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. winds its way through the courts. It is a long, tortuous process that will likely not be resolved prior to next year’s election season. Locally, there is a persistent rumor that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office is conducting its own investigation into goings-on in the 55th AD and waswaiting to make its announcement out of deference to the feds. This is highly unusual, since the Brooklyn DA’s Office is known for containing leaks. When contacted about a possible investigation of its own, a spokesperson for the DA said he “can’t confirm.”