You Paid For It: Lawmaker re-elected following arrests
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:22 PM EDT
ALBANY -- Despite being arrested for allegedly taking bribes, on two separate occasions, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr, D-Brooklyn, was voted back into his assembly seat with 95% of the vote last November.
Boyland Jr., who had one of his charges dropped had a five way primary last September. Boyland Jr. received over 14,000 votes in the primary, the next closest challenger got 650. In the November general election Boyland Jr., received 95% of the total vote.
One of Boyland Jr's primary opponents was Tony Herbert who said he was planning on running against the incumbent even before he was arrested twice.
"I think our community is in trouble," Herbert said of his decision to run.
On the reason why he thought Boyland Jr. was so successful Herbert said the Boyland name is a legacy in the Brooklyn district he represents. The assemblyman's district office is on Thomas S. Boyland Street, named after William Boyland Jr's uncle who also served the assembly. William Boyland Sr. was also an assemblyman.
"It shows the electorate over the years has voted on name recognition only," said Herbert.
During two days in Brooklyn CBS Capitol Correspondent Pat Bailey tried several times to enter Boyland Jr's district office but he was not let in. A staff member told him Boyland Jr was not in that particular day.
William Boyland Jr. is scheduled to be in court later this summer on the second bribery charge.
Aside from the bribery charge Boyland Jr. was also ordered to pay back $67,000 to the state for per diems he put in for, during his time in Albany, but did not properly receive, according to the state Comptroller.