Archive for October 4th, 2004

4th October
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, October 4, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

The effort by state Senate Republicans to hold onto the seat occupied by Guy Velella for nearly two decades has hit a brick wall.The GOP thought it had found in Democratic Assemblyman Steve Kaufman a modern day La Guardia ready to forge a victorious “fusion” effort. But come Primary Day, politicos and consultants up and down the Hudson were wiping egg off of their faces.

The Republican cause is complicated by the early release of Velella from Rikers Island,where he was serving the sentence resulting from his conviction on influence-peddling charges.Velella was sentenced to a year and was expected to serve eight or nine months. His departure from jail after little more than three months has caused a scandal.  (more…)