Former state assemblyman and lobbyist indicted on federal bribery charges

February 05, 2019 06:36 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A federal grand jury has indicted former State Assemblyman Joe Errigo and local lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy on bribery charges.

Errigo, 79, and Gaddy, 48, are each charged with conspiracy, receiving a bribe concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud, and using a facility in interstate commerce to carry on and facilitate unlawful activity. Gaddy is also charged with agreeing to pay a bribe concerning programs receiving federal funds and offering and paying a bribe concerning programs receiving federal funds. 

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Prosecutors say Errigo and Scott took more a total of $10,500 to introduce a bill that would allow the state to veto local zoning changes. The bill never passed. 

During an investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption involving a large redevelopment project in the City of Rochester, the FBI identified potential corrupt acts by Gaddy, the owner of Excelsior Advocates, and various public officials. Investigators then began looking into the relationship between Gaddy and Errigo. 

The FBI arranged for an individual to meet with Gaddy about paying a bribe to "Member A" -- a member of the Assembly other than Errigo -- in order to introduce legislation. Prosecutors say Gaddy met the individual, who said he represented a "wealthy client" who wanted to stop a development proposal in Monroe County. The individual allegedly offered Gaddy $15,000, to which Gaddy replied, "Yeah ... yeah, no problem."

Gaddy arranged for a meeting between the individual and Errigo at Errigo's office in Pittsford in February of 2018. The individual allegedly gave Errigo $1,500 in cash and $2,500 to Gaddy. In March, the individual gave Errigo and Gaddy each another $2,000. Errigo received another $2,000 in April.

Gaddy was arraigned Monday afternoon. Errigo is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 9 a.m.

If convicted, Errgio and Gaddy face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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