Republican Assemblyman Joe Errigo, of Conesus, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 11, by U.S. attorneys on charges that he accepted a bribe and wire fraud. The criminal complaint says Errigo accepted $10,500, from a developer lobbyist to introduce legislation that would have benefited a developer. Errigo represents the 133rd district which is in Livingston, and parts of Steuben and Monroe County.
The legislation introduced on March 27 did not pass. It would have reduced the extent of local control over a pending development project in the Rochester area, and give the state the ability to review the project with the Department of Transportation. There were several documented texts and meetings with the lobbyist. When questioned in May, Errigo admitted to the FBI that he had accepted the money it was reported.
Errigo appeared in federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and was released on his own recognizance. If convicted, he could be sentenced as much as 20 years.