According to a report by Citizens Union in February, 17 state legislators either left office or lost their seat due to ethical and criminal issues between 1999 and 2010.
Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, resigned amid a teary plea deal yesterday on corruption charges. He faces 9 to 11 years in prison.
If you’re keeping score at home, here’s the list of troubled state legislators who left office amid legal woes since 2000 (Eliot Spitzer and Alan Hevesi are not included):
–– 2011: Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn: Pleaded guilty to bribery charges for collecting about $1 million in payments from businesses that had dealings with the state.
–– 2010: Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx: Lost primary last September following corruption investigation and other ethical issues. Was later indicted on various corruption charges by the Attorney General and federal prosecutors.
— 2010: Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson, Putnam County: Resigned before end of Senate term and pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. Didn’t seek re-election in 2010 and won election as Putnam County executive, but didn’t take office. Serving 21 months in prison.
— 2009: Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, D-Queens: Resigned from the Assembly after federal indictment. Pleaded guilty to single count of theft of honest services for taking bribes. Died in prison.
— 2008: Sen. John Sabini, D-Queens: Appointed head of State Racing and Wagering Board after pleading guilty to DWI earlier that year.
— 2008: Assemblywoman Diane Gordon, D-Bronx: Found guilty of taking bribes; tried to steer city- owned land to a private developer in exchange for a house.
— 2008: Sen. Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, Rensselaer County: Former powerful majority leader retired from Senate amid pending federal investigation for corruption. Was indicted on eight charges and was found guilty of two after trial. Conviction was vacated; prosecutors are seeking new trial.
— 2008: Sen. Efrain Gonzalez, D-Bronx: Was indicted on federal mail fraud and lost election as result of federal investigation; he later pleaded guilty to two charges of mail fraud and two charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
— 2008: Assemblyman Michael Cole, R-Alden, Erie County: Lost primary after being censured by Assembly and stripped of committee posts due to his spending the night in the apartment of an Albany intern.
— 2006: Assemblywoman Ada Smith, D-Queens: Lost primary election after being found guilty of harassment; accused of throwing coffee in a staff member’s face. Was censured by Senate minority leader for “a pattern of inappropriate, unprofessional and often abusive behavior.”
— 2006: Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, D-Queens: Resigned amidst corruption indictment; pleaded guilty to racketeering after being arrested on charges of embezzling more than $2 million in state and labor funds.
— 2005: Assemblyman Ryan Karben, D-Monsey, Rockland County: Resigned from Assembly amid charges of improper fraternization with interns.
— 2005: Assemblyman Clarence Norman, D-Brooklyn: Found guilty on three felony counts, including intentionally soliciting illegal campaign contributions, stealing $5,000 donated to his reelection, and falsifying business records. Got one to three years in prison for judicial extortion scheme.
— 2004: Sen. Guy Velella, R-Bronx: Resigned Senate after pleading guilty to bribery. He received a one-year sentence and spent 182 days in jail. Died in January.
— 2004: Assemblyman Roger Green, D-Brooklyn: Pleaded guilty to two counts of petty larceny and one count of filing a false instrument (false billing of Assembly travel expenses). Ran for re- election and won. In 2006, he unsuccessfully ran for Congress.
— 2003: Assemblywoman Gloria Davis, D-Bronx: Resigned after pleading guilty to taking bribes.
— 2000: Assemblyman Jerry Johnson, R-Nunda, Livingston County: Pleaded guilty to second degree attempted burglary; felony charge required resignation from office.