A city councilman has appeared in a Manhattan court to face misdemeanor charges that date back to 1996.
His attorney says Councilman Ruben Wills came forward as soon as he learned about long-outstanding warrants. He says Wills wants to resolve the issue quickly.
The Daily News first reported on the case Sunday.
It says Wills was arrested in 1996 after a contracting-services dispute with a Chinatown store. His lawyer says the amount owed by Wills remains in question.
The News says Wills also has an outstanding warrant from 2000 on charges he operated an unlicensed home improvement business in Nassau County.
The Queens Democrat was elected last fall after the death of Councilman Thomas White Jr.