Last week, Assemblyman William Scarborough (D- Queens) acknowledged that he will resign his seat and plead guilty to corruption charges. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1994.
He said that he will admit to federal charges relating to submitting $40,000 worth of fraudulent travel vouchers over the course of four years, and to state charges that he used $38,000 from his political campaign account for personal expenses and then tried to conceal the withdrawals by not reporting them to the state Board of Elections.
It’s unfortunate that some elected officials in Albany seem intent on using their office to further their own interests, rather than the interests of the taxpayers they serve. We hope that the ethics reforms that were enacted as part of this year’s state budget will help bring an end to this behavior.