Maybe it was one of Norman Seabrook’s last chances to play the role of the big-time labor leader before he is sentenced to federal prison.
The disgraced former leader of of the city Correction officers’ union and some friends pulled up to a Bronx bar Friday night in a new, white Jeep SUV.
They went inside with foot-long subs and other food for a fundraiser Seabrook advertised with pictures of NBA players Charles Oakley and Jason Williams, and boxer Sean Nasiff.
None of the athletes showed up in the early hours of the event, held at Jay’s Tavern and Beer Garden, where about 25 of Seabrook’s friends gathered in a well-kept patio in back.
There was no charge — but Seabrook hoped those attending would contribute money for his defense.
“My family and I have been through a terrible ordeal,” Seabrook said. “We believe that justice will prevail, and these are just friends and supporters that have come for their respect.”
“I have to pay legal fees, and this helps,” he added.
In August, Seabrook’s son-in-law set up a GoFundMe page that he hoped would raise $100,000. As of Friday night, the page had raised $17,560 of that goal.
“I get calls from people in support of me,” Seabrook said. “I get a lot of support from the clergy that is heartfelt.”
Seabrook was convicted in August of fraud and conspiracy charges for accepting a $60,000 kickback in exchange for sinking $20 million of his members’ money into a particular investment fund.