Former city councilor Ruben Wills is considering a return to politics after his 2017 fraud and theft conviction was overturned.
“The fact that I was again felt really good,” Wills said in a recent interview with PIX11. News.
Born in South Jamaican homes in NYCHA, Wills grew up to be the city councilor representing Southeast Queens.
“There have been a lot of bills passed, synthetic marijuana legislation, we were dealing with that in 2011,” Wills said.
Just as Wills was growing in Town Hall, in 2014 his world fell apart. The legislator has been arrested.
Then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wills used $ 30,000 in public funds to fund designer shopping sprees.
“The facts speak for themselves,” Schneiderman said at the time. “I think stealing money that is supposed to be used to help poor children and families is pretty despicable.”
Wills was still a serving advisor when he was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to up to 6 years in state prison.
Much of his sentence was spent at the Marcy Correctional Facility. Wills said he learned firsthand about the agony of solitary confinement.
After two years in prison, Wills returned to Queens in 2019, determined to clear his name. Last September, an appeals court overturned his conviction in 2017, ruling that Wills had been deprived of his right to present witnesses of his choosing.
Wills still believes, “I was absolutely a political target.”
He’s taking the …
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