Assemblyman resigning as colleague is indicted

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ALBANY, N.Y. – A Bronx assemblyman says he is resigning from office on the same day a colleague has been indicted in a federal bribery case that cites an unnamed lawmaker as an undercover witness also facing charges.
    
Spokesman Michael Whyland says Assemblyman Nelson Castro told Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday he is resigning.
   
Federal prosecutors say Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, another Bronx Democrat, was arrested in a bribery investigation that led another unnamed assemblyman charged with crimes to cooperate with the understanding that he would resign his position with the arrests of Stevenson and four other defendants.
    
Silver released a statement Thursday encouraging Stevenson to resign, as well:

“Assemblyman Stevenson's alleged actions as outlined by the federal charges
against him are a clear violation of the public trust and cannot be tolerated. I
believe that given the evidence that has been presented, he should seriously
consider whether he can continue to maintain the public trust. I am encouraging
him to resign.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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