Senator Guy Velella resigns from seat in the state Legislature

Senator Guy Velella (R-Bronx) resigned Friday from his seat in the state Legislature. Velella served the Bronx as well as parts of Westchester County.

Velella's resignation comes following reports that under an agreement he plans to plead guilty to federal bribery charges and spend one year in jail in exchange for charges against his father, Vincent, being dropped. Both are charged with taking more than $100,000 in kickbacks for the awarding of state contracts and housing subsidies.

A guilty plea would also put an end to Velella's 32-year political career. By resigning from the state Senate prior to entering his guilty plea, Velella protects his state pension due to him for his years of service in the state Legislature.

Velella also serves as the chairman of the state Senate Republican Campaign Committee and is Bronx GOP chairman.

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