A mistrial has been declared in a corruption case involving the former head of the city's correction officers' union.
Norman Seabrook was facing charges of fraud and conspiracy.
He was accused of steering $20 million of union money into a risky hedge fund and taking a $60,000 kickback in return.
He faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Jurors had told the judge earlier this week that they were deadlocked.
Speaking outside of the courtroom Thursday afternoon, Seabrook was asked if he had a message for the members of his union.
"Keep the faith, stick with me, because the injustices that continue to plague the New York City Department of Correction, and others that are sitting there are doing absolutely nothing to help them," he said.
The case largely rested on the testimony of star witness Jona Rechnitz, the alleged middleman in the scheme, who said he stuffed the $60,000 in cash into a Ferragamo handbag, and handed it to Seabrook in his SUV.
Seabrook's attorney argued the handbag contained only cigars.
Rechnitz was also a top donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio and made headlines during the trial by describing how political contributions won him special access to the mayor and favors from City Hall, which the mayor denied.
Rechnitz, however, described a long history of fraud and deception, which defense attorneys used to try to dismiss his credibility as a witness.
Seabrook was the head of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association for more than 20 years.
He had hoped to reassume power if cleared of charges, but union leaders voted last week to remove him.
Seabrook supporters said the move violated union bylaws.