Court appearance adjourned for former state assemblyman accused of bribery

Updated: February 12, 2020 05:27 PM
Created: February 12, 2020 04:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Former state Assemblyman Joe Errigo's court appearance was adjourned Wednesday due to health reasons.

His attorney filed a motion to postpone for 30 days, saying Errigo recently fell at his home and broke his collarbone.


Errigo pleaded not guilty in February 2019 to four counts including conspiracy, bribery and honest services wire fraud.

Prosecutors say he and local lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy took more than $10,000 to introduce a bill in the Assembly. The legislation would've allowed the state to veto local zoning changes, but it never passed.

In November 2019, a judge ordered Errigo to undergo a mental competency evaluation after concluding he may not understand the proceedings against him. According to court documents filed Feb. 10, the evaluation is not yet complete.

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

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