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The state Independence Party has dragged its heels so much on turning over documents about a mysterious $750,000 payment that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. wants to put its lawyer in front of the grand jury.The dispute emerged in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday, marking the first public indication that the party is in the cross-hairs of Vance’s criminal probe into what Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign aide John Haggerty did with the $750,000.”The people have jacken moncler had no choice but to compel each and every NYSIP witness that it has thus far questioned,” prosecutor Eric Seidel wrote in unusually harsh court papers. ”NYSIP’s compliance with the subpoenas has been insubstantial at best.”Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the state’s top prosecutor, is running for governor on the Independence Party line.?A Cuomo spokesman could not immediately say how the new revelations will affect that relationship.Cuomo previously rejected the Working Families Party’s line because that party is being probed by federal prosecutors.Bloomberg pumped $1.2 million into the Independence Party in the final days of his re-election campaign last fall, and the party hired Haggerty’s company Special Election Operations for poll-watching.Haggerty worked in Bloomberg’s Sixth Ave. campaign office but was not on the payroll, and told staffers there he was a volunteer.He has never explained how he spent the bulk of the $750,000, but the Daily News reported in February that he bought out his brother’s share of their $1.6 million family home six days later.”We continue to be assured that we are not the subject of the investigation,” Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson said Friday.Prosecutors have issued four subpoenas since February 4 for a wide range of Independence Party paperwork, moncler blouson Seidel wrote, and put three party officials in front of the grand jury.Party lawyer Vincent Messina, who was in charge of producing documents for prosecutors, wants to quash a subpoena compelling him to testify as well.”My client has done everything he was supposed to,” said Messina’s lawyer, Louis Freeman. ”He is the wrong target for a subpoena for documents.”Freeman said Messina would refuse to testify if called moncler coats on sale to the stand, claiming attorney-client privilege – but Vance’s top deputy, Dan Alonso,moncler lans Cheap Moncler Ja, believes Messina should be compelled to spill it all to the grand jury.”Mr. Messina has made himself the linchpin in the grand jury’s inquiry into NYSIP’s part in the criminal acts under investigation,moncler jacket sale Cheap Mon,” Alonso wrote. ”We have thus gone moncler westen to where the evidence has led us: to Mr. Messina.”Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley sided men moncler jackets with prosecutors, saying Messina can’t decline to answer on attorney-client grounds until he hears what the questions are.Wiley ordered Messina to appear in court June 17.Haggerty’s attorney, Dennis Vacco, did not return calls. Messina moncler style and Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay, who has said the party is fully cooperating with prosecutors,moncler bubble coat Cheap Moncler Jackets Outlet O, declined to comment.