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Feds Announce Bribery Charges Against Bronx Assemblymen

He took about $20,000 in bribes for agreeing to enact legislation to aid his co-defendants' businesses, including an adult day care...

Eric Stevenson. Photo credit: WSJ

Eric Stevenson. Photo credit: WSJ

NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) -- The speaker of the New York State assembly has called for the resignation of an assemblyman arrested on bribery charges.

Sheldon Silver said he is encouraging Democratic Assemblyman Eric Stevenson to resign as the second scandal in a week touched the state's legislature Thursday. A federal prosecutor told a news conference that the arrest of Stevenson and a state senator in a separate bribery scandal two days earlier shows that political corruption in the state "is indeed rampant."

Stevenson was arrested along with four businessmen he is accused of helping gain a business edge through legislation he sponsored. Prosecutors say another assemblyman charged with crimes has cooperated and would resign Thursday. Silver's spokesman said Assemblyman Nelson Castro, another Bronx Democrat, resigned Thursday.

It was unclear who will represent Stevenson in federal court in Manhattan.

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