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Suspended commissioner in court

June 6, 2005

Albany-- Suspended city commissioner Henry Mathis will be in court today as his extortion trial gets underway. Mathis was originally indicted in December by a federal grand jury on two felony counts of extortion.

Two additional counts were brought against the embattled ward two commissioner in April. He was initially charged with threatening the alcohol license of an Albany businessman. Two more businesses came forward saying they too were targeted by the city commissioner.

Prosecutors say they have audio and video recordings of Mathis' meeting with the first businessman. They have also filed a motion asking the judge to prevent the defense from asking how those recordings were made.

Prosecutors also claim to have a pair of cancelled checks that Dora Wilson gave Mathis; she had a contract with the city for garbage collection but is currently in prison on drug charges.