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Ex-Bronx GOP boss pleads guilty in corruption case

November 12, 2013
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The former Republican Party chairman in the Bronx has pleaded guilty to corruption charges, admitting to accepting a bribe to let a Democratic state senator run for New York City mayor as a Republican.

Joseph Savino entered the plea to three public corruption counts Tuesday in federal court in White Plains. Savino admitted participating in the plot between November 2012 and April 2013 to aid state Sen. Malcolm Smith in getting on this year's mayoral ballot. Because he is a Democrat, Smith needed three Republican leaders' permission.

According to court papers, Savino accepted $15,000 from an undercover FBI agent last Feb. 1 at a Manhattan restaurant. As part of the plea, he must forfeit the money.

Savino faces up to 30 years in prison at a Feb. 25 sentencing.

 
 

 

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