Head of NYC commission resigns amid controversy over Velella's early release

The chairman of the NYC Conditional Release Commission resigned Wednesday amid controversy over former state Senator Guy Velella's early release from Rikers Island.

Raul Russi submitted his resignation to Mayor Bloomberg Tuesday. In a statement, he said Velella's release had nothing to do with politics.

Velella, who served for 18 years as a state senator representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, was sentenced in June to one year in jail after pleading guilty to bribery charges.

Meantime, Mayor Bloomberg announced that Daniel Richman, a Fordham professor and former federal prosecutor, would be taking over for Russi. The city is still investigating the commission and Velella's release.

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