New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox called on a pair of New York City GOP officials to resign Wednesday after they were caught in the middle of a high-profile bribery scheme surrounding the city’s mayoral race.
Bronx GOP Chairman Joseph Savino and Queens Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone were charged Tuesday with conspiracy and wire fraud for allegedly accepting $80,000 in paid and promised bribes from Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat who was seeking the Republican line on the mayoral ballot.
In a statement Tuesday, called the charges “deeply concerning.” On Wednesday, he upped the ante.
Here’s Cox’s statement:
“In light of the criminal charges revealed yesterday by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, I call upon Bronx County Chairman Jay Savino and Queens County Vice-Chairman Vincent Tabone to resign from all of their party offices, effective immediately.
“As elected officers of the Republican Party, Chairman Savino and Vice-Chairman Tabone were entrusted to act in the best interest of the people of the city and state of New York. They have violated that interest and must resign.”
Savino, meanwhile, has already been dropped as a tax attorney for the town of Clarkstown, Rockland County.