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Rockland County Republican Lawmaker Claims He Was Offered Bribe

Rockland Official Says He Turned Over Tapes To FBI
Rockland County Republican Committee press conference, July 15, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Rockland County Republican Committee press conference, July 15, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – With several high-profile federal investigations under way, another suburban lawmaker has accused some of his political rivals of bribery.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, even a position for Clarkstown’s highway superintendent is facing a probe.

Republican Rockland County legislator Frank Sparaco says he has video and audio tapes of Clarkstown councilman Frank Borelli and others trying to coerce him with a large raise, job security and a paid vacation in exchange for supporting Dennis Malone, a Democratic candidate for Clarkstown Highway Superintendent.

“My integrity is not for sale,” said Sparaco. “It demonstrates a total disregard for the public trust.”

However, Borelli in a written statement said that the tapes are highly edited and Sparaco is forging a smear campaign against him.

Borelli said he’s come under attack for refusing to back the Republican incumbent in the race.

Sparaco said that he handed eight hours of tapes over to the FBI and met with investigators for three hours back in March.

The feds have no comment.

The mayor of Spring Valley was arrested as part of the Malcolm Smith bribery scandal and in May, federal authorities raided the Ramapo Town Hall.

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