NEW YORK — The day after the head of the nation’s largest municipal jail guard union was arrested on federal corruption charges, a union source said Thursday Norman Seabrook has been replaced.
Seabrook, who was the president of the New York City Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association since 1995, is no longer president and has been replaced by Elias Husamudeen, according to a union source.
The union released a statement Thursday indirectly acknowledging the change of leadership.
“We are saddened and concerned by these allegations, but would point out that Mr. Seabrook is innocent of these charges until proven otherwise and we look forward to him having his day in court. But let’s be clear, the current leadership of COBA will remain focused on protecting the women and men in uniform who risk their lives working in our jails every day. Our officers face an increase in gang violence, an increase in encounters with the mentally ill that they are inadequately trained for, and an increase in overtime that is pushing them to the brink. These issues are too important to allow for distractions.”
Seabrook was arrested at his Bronx home Wednesday morning. Murray Huberfeld of Platinum Partners was also detained.
The former president agreed to “direct transfers of millions of dollars” in union retiree benefit and operating funds to the hedge fund, according to a 17-page indictment released Wednesday.
Seabrook was allegedly paid an initial kickback of $60,000 in cash by an intermediary used by Huberfeld, and in 2014 he is accused of directing some $20 million in union money to Platinum, the Associated Press reports.
PIX11’s Dan Mannarino contributed to this report.