Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. faces fresh corruption charges just weeks after he was acquitted in a similar case, but he said Tuesday that he doesn't plan to step down from his post. NY1’s Josh Robin filed the following report.
It was a familiar walk out of the courthouse for William Boyland Jr. Tuesday, but it was a victorious march last time.
In a twist, it was Boyland fighting those old charges that allegedly led to some of the new ones, which can land him in prison for 30 years.
Federal prosecutors allege that Boyland proposed some real estate opportunities to a pair of would-be developers when he was short on legal funds last April.
He offered up a lucrative deal in an Atlantic City hotel, allegedly for the right price. Unbeknownst to Boyland, the developers were agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and they were recording it all.
According to the complaint, the first FBI agent said, “What'll get you over the next kinda legal payment you have to make to keep them moving forward on your team?”
Boyland said “Two-fifty,” and the second FBI agent clarified, “250?” Boyland responded, “Yeah.”
The U.S. attorney claims that's $250,000.
"On behalf of Mr. Boyland, I'll just simply state that we're sorry to have to be here again. However, we will be vigorously defending this case. For that, it's very early and we'll know more soon in the future," said Michael Bachrach, Boyland’s attorney.
Despite his junior rank in the state legislature, Boyland insisted he had pull with various government agencies to pave development deals. After one tour, for instance, he boasted "everything we've seen, I’m in control of."
"You know, I’m the politician. I’m the guy who can make that move over on this end, so we know the folks that can pull the sort of triggers we're looking for," said Boyland according to the complaint.
Another alleged pay-to-play scheme had a government informant posing as a carnival operator looking for zoning support.
Yet another scheme prompted an agent to allegedly give Boyland $7,000 in cash.
To that, Boyland flashed the thumbs up sign, attesting to his political power in sealing a deal.
But Boyland was cautious to a point. He is allegedly recorded preferring a “bag man” to handle the money and a desire to stay off the phones.
The assemblyman said he doesn’t plan on stepping down.