New York State Assemblyman Charged With Taking Bribe

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Republican New York state Assemblyman Joseph Errigo was charged Wednesday with taking a bribe to introduce legislation that would have helped a developer.

Errigo appeared briefly in U.S. District Court on counts of bribery and fraud. The judge released him without imposing bail.

The 79-year-old Errigo is accused of accepting at least $5,500 to introduce a bill in the Assembly in March that would have reduced local control over a Rochester-area project by allowing the state Department of Transportation to review it and weigh in.

The legislation did not pass.

Errigo did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

He told FBI agents in May that he accepted the money and that it was a mistake, according to a criminal complaint.

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