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The Bobster
08-26-2016, 12:30 PM

Disgraced ex-head of corrections union gets to go to Disney
By Lia Eustachewich
August 26, 2016 | 2:39pm

Norman Seabrook outside his home in June. Photo: Tomas E. Gaston

He’s getting out of Dodge — and going to Disney World.

Disgraced former city corrections officers union chief Norman Seabrook has gotten the green light to take a family trip to the Orlando, Fla., theme park while facing corruption charges in an alleged kickback scandal.

Manhattan federal Judge Andrew Carter signed off on Seabrook’s week-long jaunt on Wednesday, according to court records.

Seabrook has been free on $250,000 bond and prohibited from traveling outside New York and New Jersey without the court’s permission since his arrest in June.

Seabrook and his wife will stay from Saturday to Sept. 4 at Disney’s Saratoga Resort & Spa, a Victorian-style getaway that boasts lakeside views and is just a boat trip away from Disney Springs.

Rooms there start at $330 a night, according to the resort’s website.

Prosecutors did not object to the trip, the filing says.

Seabrook was indicted last month on charges he siphoned $20 million from the Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association to invest in hedge fund Platinum Partners.

Platinum co-founder Murray Huberfeld was also charged with allegedly paying $60,000 in kickbacks to Seabrook in exchange for the investment.

The Bobster
08-28-2017, 06:30 PM

Union must foot Normal Seabrook’s legal bills: judge
By Kaja Whitehouse
August 28, 2017 | 6:06pm

Members of the city’s prison-guard union will have to foot the bill for their disgraced ex-president’s legal costs during his upcoming corruption trial — at least for now, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Monday.

Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association members must live with their board’s controversial decision to force members to front the costs for ex-President Norman Seabrook amid his federal bribery charges,.

The ruling, by Judge Paul Oetken, is a blow to COBA members already suffering over Seabrook’s failed $20 million investment in a struggling hedge fund, which resulted in double-digit cuts to some of their benefits.

Seabrook was arrested last year and charged with accepting $60,000 in kickbacks in exchange for the $20 million investment in the now-defunct hedge fund.

He has denied any wrongdoing and is scheduled to go on trial in October.

COBA members — some of whom have sued to claw back the $20 million — asked Judge Oetken in May to force Seabrook to reimburse the union for any union funds he has spent on his defense thus far and to block him from using any more of their money to defend himself.

But the judge said the board’s move to front Seabrook the dough is legal under federal laws governing labor unions.

If Seabrook is found guilty, he would have to pay back the funds. But members worry that they would never see that happen.

Seabrook’s lawyer, Paul Shechtman, didn’t return a request for comment.