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Republican NY Assemblyman Errigo charged with taking bribe

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – Republican New York state Assemblyman Joseph Errigo has been charged with taking a bribe to introduce legislation that would have helped a developer.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy announced the charge against the 79-year-old western New York legislator on Wednesday in Rochester.

A criminal complaint says Errigo accepted $ 5,500 from an unidentified person to introduce a bill in the Assembly. The legislation did not pass.

Errigo appeared in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. He did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Errigo served in the Assembly from 2001 to 2010 and was elected again in 2016 after the incumbent, Bill Nojay, committed suicide while facing a federal wire fraud charge.

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