Another day, another corrupt New York Democrat facing prison.
The state Legislature suffered another black eye when a Queens assemblyman was arrested Wednesday following an investigation of his daily expense claims by the state controller and attorney general.
Democrat William Scarborough, who was first elected in 1994, was scheduled to be arraigned in an Albany courtroom Wednesday morning.
Scarborough, 68, acknowledged in March that investigators had raided his home in Jamaica, Queens, his offices and a hotel room, seeking information about whether he abused his reimbursement claims for travel costs.
Scarborough has routinely been among the Legislature’s leaders in putting in for the expenses, obtaining reimbursements of $28,438 in 2013 and $33,986 in 2012.
The day of the raid, Scarborough told investigators they “had information that I had abused the voucher system” — that he was in Albany on a day he taught a course at Brooklyn College.
But Scarborough said he acted “in accordance with the law.”
“What I would do is I would teach the course, I would go home, pack my bags and I would come up to Albany, leaving New York at about 9:30 at night,” he said in March.
“The Assembly regulations say that if I spend the night in Albany on that day ….I am entitled to claim that day as having been there,” he said.
“I don’t know the universe of what they have, but of the ones that they presented to me, I think they are refutable.”
To no surprise a number of news outlets conveniently omit his party affiliation.