By Carol Tannenhauser
Joseph Bolanos, the long-time president of the West 76th Street Block Association, is under investigation by the FBI for possible involvement in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, News 4 New York reported on Thursday. “Although Bolanos has not been charged, sources familiar with the investigation say charges could come in the coming days,” the report said.
The FBI searched Bolanos’ home on 76th and the home of a family member in Washington Heights, the report said.
Some UWS neighbors expressed shock at the news, calling the 69-year-old Bolanos “the face of the neighborhood,” an advocate for local quality-of-life issues, and a leader of the 7 p.m. salute to frontline healthcare workers. In 2014, he even helped police catch a man suspected of burglaries in the area. Others said Bolanos had “changed in the last few months.”
“Several neighbors claimed [he] boasted of being at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots and took video of the event. Some said he called it a great day on the street, at a local cafe and on social media,” News 4 New York reported.
“’I was walking down the street and I overheard him bragging about having been there and having taken video,’” said neighbor Dennis Regan.
Bolanos has not yet replied to our requests for comments or confirmation. The FBI had no comment on the search, but referred the Rag to a web page that details the Capital Riot investigation, and has a list of people charged. Bolanos was not on the list as of Friday evening.