NYC commission panelists resign just one day after chairman leaves job

Three panel members from the NYC Conditional Release Commission resigned Thursday just one day after the commission's chairman left the job.

The resignations come on the heels of a controversy over the early release of former state Senator Guy Velella. Velella, who served for 18 years as a state senator representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, was supposed to serve one year in prison after pleading guilty to bribery charges. Instead he was released from Rikers Island after serving three months.

Mayor Bloomberg said the commission used bad judgment in releasing Velella. He believes the commission is not needed and is asking Albany to look into the matter.

The mayor said he plans to replace the panelists.

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