NEW YORK (AP) — A Bronx businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, saying he paid a New York state assemblyman $10,000 to help along the construction of a day care center.
The plea was entered Monday in federal court in Manhattan. Igor Belyansky (behl-LAHN'-skee) said he paid Assemblyman Eric Stevenson the money in cash to get his help at clearing construction hurdles and blocking competition for the Bronx day care center.
Federal Judge William Pauley III accepted the plea. The plea deal with the government called for a recommended sentence of 2½ to 3 years in prison. Otherwise, he could face up to 25 years.
Pauley set sentencing for Jan. 24. Stevenson has pleaded not guilty in the case to accepting bribes in exchange for official acts.