NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A former New York state assemblyman who is cooperating with federal authorities in a bribery case pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the state perjury case that initially ensnared him.
The indictment unsealed Wednesday in the Bronx against Nelson Castro alleges he lied under oath during a civil proceeding concerning his eligibility for placement on the ballot in a primary election for the 86th Assembly District in 2008.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, both state and federal prosecutors were using Castro as a mole in Albany. He wore a wire and helped snare Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. Stevenson’s been charged in a bribe-for-legislation scandal.
Cornell reported that prosecutors made a choice when they caught and indicted Castro for committing perjury. They apparently saw value in allowing him to stay out of jail and remain in Albany, Cornell reported.