UPDATE: D.A.: Carlucci Not Linked to Corruption Scandal

Undercover FBI agents had meeting with state senator, but they could not get him to support illicit project in Spring Valley.

Prosecutors involved in the political corruption scandal that broke on Tuesday say the one person who upheld his duties and responsibilities as others were arranging bribes and an illicit land deal was state Sen. David Carlucci.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Carlucci, a New City Democrat whose district includes Spring Valley, had no role in alleged corruption activities that led to the arrest of six elected officials and political leaders — including the mayor of Spring Valley.

Zugibe said that FBI agents posing as real estate developers went to Carlucci about a supposed project in Spring Valley, but that Carlucci did not provide any support for the bogus project.

"When approached by the undercover FBI agent, Senator Carlucci acted appropriately, and in a manner one would expect from an elected official carrying out his or her sworn duties," Zugibe said. "During the course of this investigation, Senator Carlucci was clearly acting in the best interest of the public and the people he serves."

Zugibe said that when Carlucci was approached to help support the proposal in Spring Valley, he asked for detailed information about the project. Zugibe said that at the time, Carlucci was surprised that the "developers" did not have back up information that he usually sees from constituents seeking support for the project.

"In a sense, he passed the honesty test," Zugibe said. "As made eminently clear by United States Attorney Preet Bharara and confirmed by my office, Senator Carlucci was not involved in any wrongdoing whatsoever. Unfortunately,  as a result of a reference in the Federal corruption indictment of six public officials and public figures, questions have been raised about the potential involvement of Senator Carlucci."

Carlucci's spokesperson Jason Elan commented on the district attorney's statement.

"Senator Carlucci has always acted with the utmost professionalism and integrity to the office he serves throughout his entire career," said Elan. "The senator was in no way involved in this investigation. It is our office policy we don't comment on any ongoing investigation."

The federal investigation, however, has led to allegations that state Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, promised to provide $500,000 for a road that would support the illicit Spring Valley project as part of a bribery deal that would get him the Republican endorsement in a New York City primary for mayor.

JLeo April 03, 2013 at 02:54 PM
There is hope yet for our Government....good job Senator!
Meryl April 03, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Thanks Senator Carlucci for being an honest, upstanding, respectable person that represents the constituents. I hope everyone remembers this at election time! Let's keep the honest ones in and get the corrupt ones out.
Mike Hirsch April 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
That's a great idea Joe, but I don't see Carlucci putting his neck on the line for this. Only a politician of rare courage (like Ed Day) would dare take this on.
Marty April 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Kudos to Sen. Carlucci, but what a sad commentary that we (myself included) are compelled to congratulate someone for being honest.
What? April 03, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Zugibe is clearing Carlucci's name. That is as good as it gets. Zugibe knows corruption when he sees it, after all, he was cross endorsed by Savino's good buddy Vinny Reda, after dropping the charges against Reda for a shoplifting that was caught on video tape. Reda's got 100 people lined up to take Savino's place. Until Reda goes, there is no hope for honest government in Rockland.
CR April 03, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I'm not sure what you mean Willie. Could you elucidate?
What? April 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Senator, as you seem to be the only honest man in Albany, please sponsor a bill to end the cross endorsement that leads to this corruption. One candidate, one party, Rockland is becoming a communist state. This is why voter turnout is low. Our fromer Sheriff was endorsed by both parties and our current D.A. was endorsed by both parties. (I am referring to Sheriff Krailik, not Lou Falco, who has so far been an honest man). The party bosses determine the elections and all we can do is rubber stamp their decisions.
willie 6 April 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
HEY CR, i get THANKED all the time and i THANK people all the time. i think Mr. Carlucci deserves to be thanked for NOT GETTING involved in this BS.
BRIAN April 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Michael N. Hull April 03, 2013 at 05:36 PM
As a moderate Republican I admire Carlucci for the principled and moral man that he is. I supported him in his election bid. I place honesty and integrity ahead of party affiliation. The leadership of the Republican Party must be replaced. They do not represent me or numerous others. One leader is gone, two others must go. Here they are standing together on October 26, 2010 - Reda, Sparaco and Savino. The latter were both given appointments in Gromack's administration. Reda was speaking in support of Sparaco’s failed candidacy to the State Assembly attributing the Democrats implied connections of Sparaco to mobsters as having been "planted" to smear Sparaco and his campaign. At the press conference which may be viewed in this video, http://newcity.patch.com/articles/sparaco-assembly-campaign-not-tied-to-organized-crime#video-2655945 stood a less than enthusiastic, somewhat forlorn and uncomfortable-looking Clarkstown Councilman, Frank Borelli, staring obliquely to the left and right and periodically to the heavens and probably wishing he could have been somewhere else. He should have been!
CR April 03, 2013 at 06:04 PM
You get thanked for doing what you're supposed to do? You get thanked for not breaking the law? Usually that's reserved for going above and beyond, not for adhering to basic laws. My point was that the fact people are heaping accolades onto Carlucci for not breaking the law is sad because it's a comment on our societal viewpoint regarding politicians. It's sad that we expect politicians to take the payoff and not do the right thing. That's all I was saying.
Hy Moskowitz April 03, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Isn't anyone else shocked by the tactics used by the FBI? Did you know that your federal government was drawing up plans for fake developments and handing out envelopes of cash? All involved (defendants and prosecutors) are corrupt.
Michael N. Hull April 03, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Once you find out what this guy was doing you charge him and then you step in his shoes and get the others. http://www.vosizneias.com/127356/2013/04/03/rockland-county-ny-monsey-chosid-named-as-key-figure-in-mass-nyc-political-bribery-scandal/feed/atom/
Jerome Spiegelman April 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Never doubted your integrity for a moment. In fact when I saw the news report I never ever imagined any involvement by you
Pat April 03, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Good for you, you are not involved in this scandal, now if only you didn't ramrod Cuomo's agenda's down our throats (by not allowing the people of NY to decide by putting it on a ballot or even allowing a public debate) and vote in favor of the gay marriage law and the latest gun law, I'd like you.
My voice April 03, 2013 at 09:58 PM
David you are probably the last honest politician left
Mike Hull April 03, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Before you all make DC the savior...this gentlemen was a major contributor to DC's campaigns...oh look who it is http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/04/03/informant-owed-citigroup-tens-of-millions/
Tom April 03, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Ok already......did he make a phone call to anyone ?....about the land deal ? Maybe to check out if its good or bad
What? April 03, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Hy Moskpwitz is shocked by the tactics of the FBI. What were they supposed to do? Show up with their credentials pinned to their shirts and say Hi, I`m with the FBI would you like a bribe? What public trough are you feeding at? I am grateful the feds are finally taking a look at Rockland. Things are so bad here, as long as our DA isn't caught taking a cash payoff or wearing a dress, we think he's a hero. What corruption has he uncovered? FBI, PLEASE open a branch office in Rockland. You will never run out of work here.
Loulou April 04, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Great job dave!
Watchdog April 04, 2013 at 01:50 AM
How much did Carlucci ask for from this criminal?
Watchdog April 04, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Not the first time Carlucci received campaign donations from convicted criminals. http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2011/01/26/adler-donations-to-carlucci-raises-eyebrows/
Watchdog April 04, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Carlucci not choosey about whom he receives campaign contributions even if it is tainted money http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2010/10/27/vanderhoef-to-carlucci-return-tainted-state-democratic-party-money/
tom kelty April 04, 2013 at 02:33 AM
good for DC. Bad for the thieves who got caught! Greed, bring you down everytime.
tom kelty April 04, 2013 at 02:42 AM
I would love to know how much was made on the 100% hasidick homes that were built specifically for them on main st in the valley? with movable roof! koacked down all those buildings for revitlizing SV yeah right!
jimmy April 04, 2013 at 08:09 PM
The article stated that Carlucci upheld his duties and responsibilities, that's honorable, but was he gonna report or did he report and illegal activity by the group of thieves.
Frank Heppie April 05, 2013 at 01:49 AM
He didn't report it either.....supposed to! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Why do we congrat a guy for not even fully doing what he is supposed to?
Michael N. Hull April 05, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Jimmy and Frank: When the FBI says that someone is 'clean' it is an understatement. You should read 'squeaky clean'. There are enough criminals involved here without smearing someone who may have gone way beyond what the FBI might have dreamed. Focus on the new arrests that are occurring and the ones still to come. Many of these people now need to make deals to get out of huge jail sentences. Some of them are probably wired. Which would make you wonder why anyone who might be a target would have had breakfast with one individual who was arrested in the initial wave and who is facing 20 years. Stay tuned and focus on the bad guys not on the good ones.
Gus Wynn April 05, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I agree with CR, if this article is not managed PR then Patch is having a sloooow news day. For someone whose colleagues are allegedly dirty, Carlucci should not get accolades for passing up a bribe. We don't know if Carlucci was ever aware of Smith's dealings, but just being in power sharing quintet with Smith made him a suspect of the FBI. And remember, the taxpayer pays for this investigation. I'd like to hear that every member of the state legislature was "tested" this way because the politicians all seem to love STANDARDIZED TESTS.
roncepts May 02, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Those benighted few who would belittle the significance and rarity of our state senator’s virtuous behavior ought to recognize that such qualities have been highly esteemed since the very beginnings of mankind. Consider Diogenes of Sinope, the notorious cynic who lit a candle by daylight and roamed the streets looking for "an honest man." (Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 41) Consider Jeremiah the prophet (Jer 5:1) who lamented: "Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find even one just and honest man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth, and I will pardon it." Consider Genesis (18:26, 32): The Lord said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake." Then…"For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." For passing through the crucible of local corruption and FBI entrapment, Mr. Carlucci deserves the praise he has garnered, and more. --roncepts


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