The Capitol: Boyland Back in Hot Water

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Posts.


On Oct. 28, 2010, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. allegedly collected
a $3,800 bribe from an undercover FBI agent at a fundraiser in
Brooklyn. But state records show Boyland was collecting from the
taxpayers, too – by claiming travel, food and lodging expenses as if he
were on state business in Albany. —

The latest federal charges against Boyland unsealed yesterday, barely
three weeks after he beat an earlier corruption case, shine a spotlight
on what prosecutors claim is a brazen pattern of trading government
actions for cash payments.

But the 29-page complaint also details undercover agents’ secretly
recorded conversations with Boyland in hotels, restaurants and his
district office in New York City – on the same days he was claiming $165
in taxpayer-funded Albany expenses.

Boyland claimed $165 again Nov. 3, 2010, for an overnight stay in
Albany, when the complaint alleges he was actually at a Brooklyn
restaurant, meeting with an undercover agent and a carnival operator who
was secretly working with the FBI.

“We pretty much have a green light here guys,” Boyland allegedly told
them about a crooked deal to get carnival approvals through the city
Parks Department. “We can pretty much do what we need to do here.”

While Assembly members are not required to attend legislative
sessions in order to receive their $165 per day per diems, they are
required to be at least 50 miles from their home district, doing
legislative business, and staying overnight, according to Assembly
rules.

– To read more of Laura Nahmias’ article, head to The Capitol

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