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CB 7 says grand jury subpoena for information rescinded

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A federal grand jury subpoena seeking information from Community Board 7 (CB 7) was rescinded because the board agreed to comply with requests for information, according to the advisory body.

Another Queens newspaper published a report last week about CB 7 being issued a subpoena on an order issued by the grand jury in the Eastern District of New York on May 29 for records concerning their land use decisions. The request covered a time span of January 2005 to the present, and included minutes from board meetings, Land Use sub-committee meetings, letters, memos, recommendations and other communications from the board Land Use committee to CB 7, among other documents.

“A subpoena was issued requesting meeting records and committee reports,” according to a CB 7 statement on Monday. “In discussions with the city Law Department and the U.S. Attorney, we made it clear we would disclose the issuance of the subpoena to the full board membership.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office subsequently agreed to rescind the subpoena in exchange for full compliance from CB 7 regarding the matter. The documents provided to the grand jury are all available to the public.

CB 7 insisted that the investigation related to the rescinded subpoena does not center on the board or any of its members.

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