Former Sen. Nick Spano released from prison — again

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From The Journal News’ Jorge Fitz-Gibbon:

Disgraced former state Sen. Nick Spano is out of federal prison — again.

Spano was home Tuesday after being released from a Brooklyn detention facility, two months after he was thrown behind bars for holding a celebratory family lunch and doing an interview with Journal News columnist Phil Reisman while transferring from a federal prison to a Bronx halfway house.

This time Spano and his family kept mum to avoid angering federal prison officials again.

“He’s at home,” said Jim Cavanaugh, a close associate who works for Spano’s lobbying firm, Empire Strategic Planning. “He’s very glad to be able to reconnect with his family and his friends. He has no comment. He’s not going to be speaking to the press.”

Spano was sentenced to one year and one day in prison last year after pleading guilty to a federal tax-evasion charge. Once one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, Spano, a Yonkers Republican, admitted that he failed to pay more than $53,000 in federal and state taxes by not reporting income, including a $45,000 commission he received on a real estate deal and rental income from a Yonkers building he owned.

Expected to serve about 10 months, he began serving his term last July at the Schuylkill prison camp in Minersville, Pa., and was later scheduled to be released on May 22, one day shy of his 60th birthday.

On Feb. 26, federal prison officials released him from the Minersville facility and ordered him to report to a halfway house in the Bronx to finish serving out his term. However, Spano was quickly back behind bars, taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Read Fitz-Gibbon’s full story here.

(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

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