Stevenson boasted that half of Albany would be in jail if they got caught

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Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, D-Bronx, seemed to know plenty about previous scandals that brought down other Albany politicians. But it allegedly didn’t stop him from engaging his own bribery scheme.

According to the complaint filed today by federal prosecutors, Stevenson took about $20,000 in exchange for helping developers seek an adult day-care that the businessmen were hoping to build in the Bronx.

As part of the scam, Stevenson was pushing a one-house bill in the Assembly that would have put a three-year moratorium on new adult day care centers in the city, which ostensibly would have helped Stevenson’s alleged cohorts.

The bill probably had no chance of passing both houses of the Legislature and getting signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but Stevenson told an informant, “I’m telling you, it’s done. It’s no problem.”

And he talked on wiretaps about the prison time that other lawmakers faced for Albany misdeeds, including former Comptroller Alan Hevesi who served nearly 20 months in prison and was released late last year in a pay-to-play scandal.

“Bottom line … if half of the people up here in Albany was ever caught for what they do … they … would probably be in the same place” as Hevesi, the complaint says.

Stevenson, among the other lawmakers he mentioned, said “Look at this guy,” in reference to indicted former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, Rensselaer County. He “got off on appeal and never went back.”

Another assemblyman is set to resign as early as today in the case after he agreed to work with prosecutors after also allegedly accepting about $12,000 in bribes. The New York Times and other media reports have identified him as Assemblyman Nelson Castro, D-Bronx.

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  1. Poor Shelly Silver he was just basking in the glorie of all those at the Fair Campaign event last night with all the Progressive Liberals attacking the Koch Brothers, Republicans, Rich People, Speaker after speaker were saying how wonderful it is to have all these Progressive Democ”RATS” in charge & we need to elect more & more.

    Well Today we are ONE RESIGNED & The Other is being INDICTED with Much more to come.

    Yes I am sure there will be a Conservative Republican to, but for now it is the Progressives term to be Indicted & resign.

    Vito Look at the deal Castro cut, do you have anything to give “THE FEDS” & get a great deal like Castro & I am sure he gave them a lot more.

    It was very nice of “THE FEDS” to wait until they past the budget.

    VJ Machiavelli
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  2. Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the off-budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Coumo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal and pay-to-play politics. He has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act.. He can’t make a decision, either way with respect to fracking. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country and has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is being termed the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we can eat and drink. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation,” see the study by George Mason’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center found.