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Former Assemblyman Stevenson sentenced to prison

NEW YORK - Former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to three years in prison, for taking more than $20,000 in bribes from four businessmen in exchange for Stevenson’s official acts, including drafting, proposing, and agreeing to enact legislation that favored the bribers’ business interests. Specifically, the four businessmen, who sought to operate and construct adult day care centers in the Bronx, paid Stevenson to sponsor and introduce legislation that would declare a three-year moratorium on the construction of adult day care centers in New York City, but from which their current centers would be exempted, in effect giving the businessmen a monopoly in adult day care centers in the area.

 “In shameless pursuit of profit, Eric Stevenson took bribes and put his own personal interests before those of his constituents. Now instead of serving the public he will be serving time behind prison walls,” said United States Attorney Preet Bharara,  

Stevenson has served as a member of the New York State Assembly since 2011 representing District 79, which includes various neighborhoods in the Bronx. 

In addition to prison, Stevenson was sentenced to two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $22,000 in forfeiture and a $400 special assessment fee.