Who is the mystery state lawmaker in a federal bribery case?

October 12, 2018 06:48 PM

On Friday, News10NBC asked a direct question to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York. 

News10NBC is trying to uncover the mystery state lawmaker in the middle of a bribery case. 

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The only person arrested is local state Assemblyman Joe Errigo. But in the official complaint against him, there is an another state politician who was originally targeted to get the pay-offs. 

News10NBC went to Buffalo to ask the U.S. Attorney a direct question: "Who is Member A?" 

"I can't answer that question," James Kennedy said.

U.S. Attorney Kennedy says he can't answer it because the name is not published in the criminal complaint. The complaint only says "Member A." 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "The concern is that Member A is up for re-election in November. So should voters, or do they, have the right to know who it is?" 
Kennedy: "Well, we obviously are conducting our investigation with all clarity in terms of trying to move it along as quickly as we can." 

Brean: "But right now you cannot say who that lawmaker is?"

Kennedy: "I cannot say that, no." 

The only person they will mention is Assemblyman Errigo. 

He's accused of taking money in exchange for sponsoring a bill that would affect a "pending development project."

News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke caught up with his lawyer. 
News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke: "Who do you believe is Member A?"

Joe Damelio, defense attorney: "I couldn't tell you at this point. There's a lot of speculation about who it could be and the phone calls we've received over the last couple of days are saying the same thing: Who is Member A? Who is the lobbyist? "

In the criminal complaint, it says the original scheme was devised by three people: a bribe payer, a lobbyist and Member A.

It says Member A would help get a bill sponsored by Errigo through a "specific committee." 

The bill was put into the Transportation Committee. The transportation chair is Rochester Assemblyman David Gantt. 

On Friday, we got Assemblyman Gantt on the phone and asked him if he is Member A. 

He said, "The fact is, I don't know about it. I was not there. I'm going to continue to live my life, legal and above board."

Brean: "The charging document says the FBI has video of the payer and lobbyist exchanging money. So why haven't they been arrested yet?"

Kennedy: "Well, again, the investigation is ongoing as I've indicated and when and if we feel it's appropriate to file charges we will do so."

The next time Assemblyman Errigo is in front of a judge is just before Thanksgiving. 


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