Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced the return of 13 antiquities valued at approximately $500,000 to the people of Thailand during a repatriation ceremony attended by Thai Ambassador to the United States, Manasvi Srisodapol and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge Erik Rosenblatt.
“Over the last decade we’ve learned from those with lived experience, and from our own experience on the ground: criminally prosecuting prostitution does not make us safer, and too often, achieves the opposite result by further marginalizing vulnerable New Yorkers,” said District Attorney Vance.
Statement by Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. On Conviction of Derek Chauvin, Systemic Racism, and Peaceful Protest
"For millions of Americans, this trial awakened fresh feelings of heartbreak, horror, and outrage that they experienced upon first watching video of Mr. Floyd’s senseless and brutal murder."
“Crimes of culture involving looted and stolen religious relics, such as the nearly two dozen Buddhist statues being repatriated today to the people of Afghanistan, not only tear at the societal fabric of nations but also deprive millions of believers worldwide of the earliest sacred symbols of their faith,” said District Attorney Vance.
“As alleged, Mr. Blotnick repeatedly took advantage of a system intended to provide lifelines to small businesses and their employees during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said District Attorney Vance. “At a time when nearly 3,000 businesses were forced to close their doors across New York City, Mr. Blotnick diverted millions in vital PPP funds for his own personal gain."
New York City and the village of Harlem lost a community pillar this past week with the passing of real estate pioneer Eugene Webb.