Former Bronx Republican Chairman Pleads Guilty In Bribery Linked To Spring Valley Officials

Jay Savino, the former chairman of the Bronx Republican Party and a resident of Rockland County pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three Federal charges of bribery, conspiracy, and wire fraud after he was linked to a corruption scandal that involved Senator Malcolm Smith of the Bronx, New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran, former Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin, and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. Savino was accused of accepting $15,000 in exchange for promising to help Senator Smith run for New York City Mayor, after an undercover investigation into Smith provided proof of bribery. Jasmin and Desmaret were arrested and charged with bribery for buying votes in exchange of supporting a Kosher catering service to be built on village property and both have pleaded not guilty to these charges. Savino, a resident of Clarkstown, is facing a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and will appear in court on February 24, 2014.

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