City Council members question validity of former senator's early release

City Council members held a hearing Monday to look into the commission that authorized former state Senator Guy Velella's early release from Rikers Island.

Velella served 18 years as a state senator serving the Bronx and Westchester.

Velella, who pleaded guilty in May to bribery charges, served only three months of his one-year prison sentence. City Council members say the New York City Conditional Release Commission acted illegally by granting Velella's release and the early release of two others related to his case. Panel members from the commission and the chairman have all resigned amid the controversy over the early release.

The new chairman of the commission, who was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg last week, said he is not taking a position on the matter just yet. He added what happens down the road regarding Velella can't be answered yet.

The Manhattan district attorney is also looking into Velella's release.

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