Panel that sprung Velella early under scrutiny from city leaders

(10/06/04) MORRIS PARK Some city leaders say they will be looking a little closer at the panel that set former state Senator Guy Velella free from prison earlier than expected.

Velella, sentenced to serve one year for accepting bribes, was released from prison after three months. Some local leaders are now investigating the workings of the small group that ruled on Velellas early release. They say the actions were legal, but there seems to be no checks and balances to the procedures. Governor George Pataki also chimed in on the panels decision by saying we want to have equal justice for people.

Velella continues to collect his $80,000 per year state pension. A state senator has apparently proposed a bill that would eliminate pensions for elected officials convicted of felonies related to public service.

Related stories: Former state Senator Guy Velella released from jail earlySenator Guy Velella resigns from seat in the state Legislature Former state Senator Velella pleads guilty in bribery probe Former state Senator Guy Velella sentenced to one year in jail

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