You Paid For It: Charged with perjury, turned informant
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT
Two Bronx Assemblymen had their political careers take a hit last month.
Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro was forced to resign, as part of a plea deal, after the US Attorney’s Office says he helped them catch his colleague, Eric Stevenson, accepting a bribe. Castro was wearing a wire, in Albany, during the past four years he served.
In trouble himself after pleading guilty to perjury in a separate matter Castro was said to have cut a deal with the US Attorney’s office that would grant him immunity from going to jail. Part of the deal forced him to resign.
Meanwhile Eric Stevenson, D-Bronx, is said to have taken $22,000 in cash in exchange for fast tracking the opening of an adult day care center.
Current members of the assembly told Capitol Correspondent Pat Bailey it is “ a little troubling” knowing one of their colleagues worked under cover for the feds while still collecting a paycheck and voting on legislation.
“People don't vote for individuals to go to the Senate and Assembly to be informants they go there to be there to stand up for them legislatively, develop legislation and to be their voices,” said Assemblyman Jim Tedisico, R-Glenville. “This individual was not a voice for the people he was a voice for law enforcement.”