The US Attorney’s Office is held press conference in Rochester Wednesday afternoon to discuss charges filed against Assemblyman Errigo.
The U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. announced that New York State Assemblyman Joseph Errigo was charged by criminal complaint with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and honest services wire fraud.
According to the report the investigation began after receiving information regarding an unusually close relationship between a member of the New York State Assembly, a member other than Errigo and a lobbyist. Errigo was suggested to be utilized to introduce the legislation so the Bill could not be traced to the NYS Assembly member. The purpose of the bribe was to induce the NYS Assembly member to introduce certain legislation.
The Bill that was at issue was A1227 and involved reducing the extent of local control over a pending development project in the Rochester area, an giving the state the ability to review the development project with the New York State Department of Transportation.
The relationship between them lasted from September of 2017 to April of 2018. In total the bribe payer paid at least $10,500 to Errigo and the lobbyist to assign a bill number to the proposed bill and introduce legislation and begin the process of obtaining passage of a State Law. Errigo accepted a total of $5,500.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assembly Candidate Marjorie Byrnes says, “Bribery and public corruption are exactly why I support term limits for all elected officials. Our Founding Fathers intended for a citizen legislature where real people serve the public for a limited amount of time before returning to their farms or other business interests. I pledge to serve no more than three, two-year terms. We don’t need politicians collecting envelopes full of cash, but people that seek the state’s best interests.The criminal complaint indicates that Mr. Errigo admitted to accepting a bribe and that he knew it was wrong. Based upon this admission, Mr. Errigo should immediately resign his seat.”