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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.

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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