News Coverage on Ethics
The Many Faces of State Political Scandals
The arrest of State Senator Malcolm A. Smith on Tuesday is the latest in a string of misconduct cases involving New York State elected officials that have solidified Albany’s reputation as an ethical cesspool. Over the past seven years, 31 state officeholders have been convicted of a crime, censured or otherwise accused of wrongdoing, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group. The following are some of them:
William F. Boyland Jr.
Charged with numerousfederal bribery counts, including soliciting bribes to pay for lawyers representing him in a bribery case.
Joseph L. Bruno
Charged with taking bribes and kickbacks disguised as consulting payments from an Albany businessman.
Censured after sleeping at the home of a 21-year-old female intern after a night of heavy drinking.
Pedro Espada Jr.
Convicted of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from his nonprofit health care network.
Efraín González Jr.
Sentenced on charges of using hundreds of thousands of dollars from nonprofit groupsto pay for personal expenses.
Diane M. Gordon
Sentenced on charges ofhelping a developer acquire city-owned land in exchange for building her a house in a gated community in Queens.
Alan G. Hevesi
Served a prison sentence for his role in a sprawling scandal involving the state’s pension fund.
Had an affair with an intern, was later not permitted to have interns.
Shirley L. Huntley
Pleaded guilty to stealing state grants and falsifying evidence.
Stephen M. Katz
Charged with unlawfulpossession of marijuana after he was stopped for speeding.
Accepted more than half a million dollars in bribes from private businessmen.
Vito J. Lopez
Accused of sexually harassing two women who worked in his district office.
Brian M. McLaughlin
Sentenced on racketeering charges that included using embezzlement, fraud and bribes to take money from taxpayers, labor unions and contractors.
Sentenced to two years in prison for misusing city money to pay for a Senate campaign.
Kevin S. Parker
Convicted of two counts of criminal mischief fordamaging a camera belonging to a photographer for the New York Post.
Anthony S. Seminerio
Died in prison while serving a sentence for influence peddling.
Ada L. Smith
Convicted of speeding through a security checkpoint and of harassing an aide who said the senator had thrown coffee at her.
Nicholas A. Spano
Sentenced on charges of tax evasion.
Resigned over an alleged liaison with a prostitute.