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The Wall of Shame

New York politics is a cesspool of corruption. In recent years, a variety of criminal and ethical lapses--including the misuse of public office for financial gain, sexual misconduct, drug and alcohol-related misbehavior, and even acts of violence--have been committed by elected officials in New York, including state legislators, statewide officials, and Members of Congress. It is not enough for New Yorkers to rely on prosecutors to address these systemic problems. It is also not enough for legislative leaders to police the actions of elected officials, although such policing is welcome. Instead, voters must take responsibility for this state of affairs, and must insist that those we elect to positions of authority uphold high standards of behavior and morality. While New Yorkers believe in second chances, certain actions simply disqualify men and women from elected office. Enough is enough.

To highlight the enormity of New York’s problems with official misconduct, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has created the Wall of Shame--a list of various criminal or unethical acts committed by (or alleged to have been committed by) New York’s elected officials since the year 2000. The Wall of Shame includes statewide officials, Members of Congress, and Members of the New York State Legislature, and is updated periodically. If you believe that the Wall of Shame is incomplete or inaccurate, or if you have additional information that you believe we should include, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Statewide Officials


Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D)

(pleaded guilty in 2006 to defrauding the government; was permanently barred from elected office; pleaded guilty to felony corruption in 2010; was sentenced to prison in 2011)

Former Gov. David Paterson (D)

(fined for lying under oath about accepting free Yankees tickets)

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D)

(caught in prostitution sting; resigned in disgrace)

Members of Congress


Former Rep. Vito Fossella (R)

(declined to run for re-election in 2008 following DUI arrest and public disclosure of extramarital affair and illegitimate child; sentenced to jail for DUI)

Former Rep. Eric Massa (D)

(resigned from Congress in 2010 following the commencement of a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against a male staffer)

Former Rep. Michael Grimm (R)

(physically threatened a news reporter in January 2014; indicted in April 2014 for alleged fraud, tax evasion, and perjury; won re-election in November 2014; pleaded guilty to a felony tax charge; resigned from Congress in January 2015; sentenced to eight months in prison)

Former Rep. Charles Rangel (D)

(censured by the House of Representatives in 2010 for multiple violations of House ethics rules)

Former Rep. Christopher Lee (R)

(resigned in 2011 after soliciting women other than his wife through an online dating site)

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D)

(resigned in 2011 following a sexting scandal after initially denying wrongdoing)

State Senators


Former Sen. Pedro Espada (D)

(left office in 2010; convicted of embezzlement in 2012; sentenced to five years in prison)

Former Sen. Vincent Leibell (R)

(resigned and pleaded guilty to felony bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice charges in 2010; sentenced to 21 months in federal prison)

Sen. Kevin Parker (D)

(charged with assaulting a traffic agent in 2005; ordered to undergo anger management counseling; convicted of criminal mischief in 2010 in connection with an attack on a photographer; sentenced to probation in 2011)

Former Sen. Ada Smith (D)

(convicted of failing to observe a security checkpoint in 2004; convicted of misdemeanor harassment in 2006 following a coffee attack on a staff member; punished by Senate Democratic leadership for “a pattern of inappropriate, unprofessional and often abusive behavior”; defeated in a Democratic primary by Shirley Huntley in 2006)

Former Sen. Efrain Gonzalez (D)

(left office following 2008 elections; pleaded guilty to fraud and corruption in 2009; sentenced to federal prison in 2010)

Former Sen. Tom Libous (R)

(indicted in July 2014 on a charge of making false statements to the FBI; convicted in July 2015; sentenced to six months of house arrest, two years of probation and a $50,000 fine)

Former Sen. John Sabini (D)

(left office in 2008 following guilty plea to DWAI; now serves as Chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board)

Former Sen. Malcolm Smith (D)

(pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges arising out of an alleged scheme to obtain the Republican mayoral nomination through bribery; granted mistrial in June 2014; lost Democratic Senate primary in September 2014; found guilty on all charges in February 2015; sentenced to seven years in prison)

Former Sen. Shirley Huntley (D)

(left office in 2012; pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in 2013; sentenced to prison)

Former Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D)

(convicted of a misdemeanor assault in 2009 following a domestic dispute in which his girlfriend’s face was cut with glass; expelled from the State Senate in 2010; pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2012; sentenced to two years in prison)

Former Sen. John Sampson (D)

(indicted for obstruction of justice in 2013; convicted in July 2015; sentenced to five years in prison)

Former Sen. Nicholas Spano (R)

(after leaving office, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2012 and received prison time)

Former Sen. Carl Kruger (D)

(resigned and pleaded guilty to corruption in 2011; sentenced to seven years in federal prison)

Former Sen. Dean Skelos (R)

(arrested by federal authorities in May 2015 and charged with conspiracy, extortion, and solicitation of bribes and gratuities; resigned from the position of Senate Majority Leader on May 11, 2015; convicted on December 11, 2015; sentenced to five years in prison; conviction is on appeal)

Former Sen. Marc Panepinto (D)

(pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election law misconduct in 2001)

State Assemblymembers


Former Asm. William Boyland, Jr. (D)

(acquitted of federal corruption charges in 2011; pleaded not guilty to new federal corruption charges in 2013; convicted of federal corruption charges in March 2014; automatically removed from Assembly seat due to felony conviction; sentenced to 14 years in federal prison)

Former Asm. Gloria Davis (D)

(resigned in 2003 and pleaded guilty to bribery; was sentenced to 90 days in jail)

Former Asm. Sam Hoyt (D)

(barred from having interns work in his office following an Assembly Ethics Committee finding that he had had an “inappropriate personal relationship” with an intern in 2003)

Former Asm. Micah Kellner (D)

(censured and stripped of a committee chairship in 2013 following accusations of sexual harassment; again censured in 2014 for inappropriate conduct toward staff; left office voluntarily)

Former Asm. Adam Clayton Powell IV (D)

(convicted of DWAI in 2010)

Former Asm. Anthony Seminerio (D)

(resigned in 2009; pleaded guilty to fraud; died in prison in 2011)

Former Asm. Angela Wozniak (C)

(admonished by the Assembly in 2016 for retaliating against a staff member with whom she had previously engaged in a consensual sexual relationship)

Former Asm. Karim Camara (D)

(pleaded guilty to DWAI in 2008; arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing and a disorderly conduct violation in July 2015, but charges were dropped)

Former Asm. Dennis Gabryszak (D)

(resigned in 2014 following multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct)

Former Asm. Jerry Johnson (R)

(resigned in 2000 following a plea of guilty to a felony charge of second-degree attempted burglary)

Former Asm. Vito Lopez (D)

(punished for multiple substantiated allegations of sexual harassment; resigned his office in 2013)

Asm. Diane Richardson (D)

(charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with alleged abuse of her pre-teen son)

Asm. Robert Rodriguez (D)

(arrested for DWI in 2013)

Former Asm. Sheldon Silver (D)

(arrested in January 2015 for honest services mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, extortion under color of law, and extortion conspiracy in connection with alleged bribes and kickbacks; stepped down as Assembly Speaker on February 2, 2015; indicted by a federal grand jury on February 19, 2015; found guilty on all charges in November 2015; sentenced to 12 years in prison; conviction is on appeal)

Former Asm. Nelson Castro (D)

(resigned and pleaded guilty to making false statements in 2013 after having acted as an undercover informant; sentenced to probation and community service)

Former Asm. Roger Green (D)

(pleaded guilty and resigned in 2004 to billing the state for fraudulent travel expenses; ran for re-election later the same year and won)

Former Asm. Ryan Karben (D)

(resigned in 2006 following a reported internal investigation into sexual harassment of male staffers)

Former Asm. Brian McLaughlin (D)

(resigned following racketeering charges in 2006; pleaded guilty in 2008; sentenced to 10 years in prison)

Former Asm. Gabriela Rosa (D)

(resigned in June 2014 after pleading guilty to lying about a sham marriage in an immigration proceeding and pleading guilty to underreporting spousal assets in a bankruptcy matter; sentenced to prison)

Former Asm. Eric Stevenson (D)

(convicted in 2013 of federal bribery, fraud and extortion charges; automatically removed from Assembly seat due to felony conviction; sentenced to three years in prison)

Former Asm. Mike Cole (R)

(censured by the Assembly in 2007 for violation of anti-fraternization policy regarding interns; lost Republican primary in 2008)

Former Asm. Diane Gordon (D)

(convicted of felony bribery charges in 2008 and was automatically expelled from the Assembly; was sentenced to two to six years in prison)

Former Asm. Steve Katz (R)

(charged with marijuana possession in 2013; the charge was to be dropped upon completion of community service)

Former Asm. Clarence Norman (D)

(convicted of soliciting illegal campaign contributions in 2005; automatically removed from Assembly seat due to felony conviction; later convicted of other charges; served prison time)

Former Asm. William Scarborough (D)

(pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false travel vouchers; pleaded guilty to state charges of felony grand larceny after unlawfully using campaign funds for personal expenses; resigned from office in May 2015; sentenced to a year and a month in federal prison)

Former Asm. Guy Velella (R)

(resigned in 2004 and pleaded guilty to a felony bribery charge; served prison time)

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