De Blasio counsel cuts ties with Sampson, Cablevision

Zachary Carter. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)
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The city's incoming corporation counsel is severing ties with his current clients and employers as he prepares to take over the city's Law Department.

Zachary Carter formally announced he will no longer represent state Sen. John Sampson in a Jan. 7 letter to Judge Dora Irizarry.

Carter's firm, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, will continue to represent Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat who has been indicted on charges he embezzled more than $400,000 from mortgage accounts he supervised, to help fund an unsuccessful run for district attorney.

Carter had been listed as counsel for Sampson in court papers as recently as last month, a few weeks before he was tapped by Bill de Blasio to serve as the city's top attorney.

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Sampson has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include allegations he used a mole in the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn in an effort to obtain the witness list in a case against a real estate broker with whom he was friendly, so he could "take them out."

Sampson remains in office, and a status conference in the case is scheduled for Feb. 4.

Carter, a former U.S. attorney in New York's Eastern District, will assume his new role on Feb. 1.

He told Capital he will also resign his seat on the Cablevision board.

De Blasio had protested Cablevision during his primary campaign last year, siding with the corporation's workers in a labor dispute.

"I'm resigning from both my public company boards," Carter said.

He will step down as a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies' board of directors on Jan. 17.

Carter also represented the Rev. Al Sharpton in his tax fraud case.

--Additional reporting by Jimmy Vielkind