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Daily Archives: July 28th, 2010

Michael Forde.

Ex-carpenters union bigshot Michael Forde measured twice and cut himself a plea deal today.

The crooked labor leader — who got a hug from  mayor Bloomberg after endorsing his re-election last year — agreed to serve at least nine years behind bars for a racketeering scheme that stretches back to 1994.

The former head of the powerful carpenters District Council admitted selling out his membership by pocketing bribes to let contractors hire illegal aliens off the books.

Reading from a written statement in Manhattan federal court, Forde further admitted lying under oath during a 2009 deposition at which he denied knowledge of the shady scheme.  read more from Bruce Golding Ny Post