NY Sheriff Candidate Stooge for Jihadi Cult?

Matthew T. Ryan as mayor of Binghamton, NY (center, trench coat) (Photo: Chuck Haupt/Getty Images)

Is a candidate for sheriff in New York state a stooge for Muslims of America, a Jihadi cult also known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra?

Former Binghamton, NY mayor, Matthew T. Ryan, is running for sheriff in a locale known as a Muslims of America (MOA) area. Ryan represented MOA member Ramadan Abdullah, who was charged and sentenced after a major weapons bust last May.

Following the verdict, Ryan contended Abdullah was unfairly treated, stating, “This would not have gone where this went if his name was not Ramadan Abdullah and what that portrayed to police at the time.”

Abdullah was found with 16 weapons and 10,000 rounds of ammunition when Johnson City police became involved after he was found shoplifting more ammunition.

As mayor of Binghamton, Ryan spoke at MOA’s interfaith front United Muslim Christian Forum. Its now-defunct website spouted blatant anti-Semitism and its interfaith efforts were based on using anti-Semitism to sway Christians to its side.

According to an article published by the Islamic Post, Ryan’s office has a had an extensive history to the MOA community.  “The Mayor’s office has a long history of service to the community that has included enthusiastic support for interfaith organizations such as the United Muslim Christian Forum, and has supported UMCF events for over four years.”

Other past speakers at the forum included radical imam Dr. Ali Mazrui, director of Binghamton University’s Institute of Global Cultural Studies, who previously preached that the U.S. “empire” is a threat to Islam and Muslims must retaliate politically, economically and violently.

(When Mazrui died in 2014, he was mourned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two organizations that purport themselves as “moderates” but were identified by the U.S. Justice Department as Muslim Brotherhood entities. Their statements at the time pointed to Mazrui’s deep involvement in both organizations.)

In 2011, Ryan Mauro, Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and founder of Fuqra Files, attended a United Muslim Christian Forum event and wrote about the experience.

Muslims of America has received major media attention recently, as UFC superstar Conor McGregor called out his opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, both for having been a member of MOA and being a U.S. government informant inside of it.

Ryan, who has no law enforcement experience, previously worked in the Broome County public defender’s Office for 15 years. He was not able to seek re-election as mayor due to term limits.

Ryan Mauro

Professor Ryan Mauro is the National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community. Clarion Project films have been seen by over 50 million people. Mauro is a frequent contributor to Clarion’s dynamic website ClarionProject.org, providing insightful analysis of the latest news around the global on this subject. The site is viewed by over 250,000 visitors per month.