Savino pleaded guilty to taking a $15,000 bribe from an undercover agent in exchange for agreeing to help Democrat Malcolm Smith obtain the approval of three Republican County Chairmen, so as to compete in the 2013 GOP mayoral primary without switching his party designation — former Bronx Leader to be sentenced in 2014 and faces thirty (30) years in a Federal lockup
According to Daily News sources, Jay Savino, the former Bronx Republican Chairman, appeared in a Federal Court in White Plains make his plea of guilty as part of a cooperation deal with authorities (See “Former Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges” by Celeste Katz. 11/12/13, Daily News/ Daily Politics [http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/11/former-bronx-gop-chairman-jay-savino-pleads-guilty-to-corruption-charges]). In essence Savino admitted that he and others were part of an illegal conspiracy to deprive the NYC GOP and its members of the honest services of its County Chairmen by devising and executing a scheme to subvert the processes of the New York City Republican Party. As part of the scheme, Savino admitted that he had taken a bribe in exchange for a promise to deliver a Wilson-Pakula certificate permitting a Democratic New York State Senator to run as a Republican for Mayor of the City of New York.
The overall scandal caused by the charges of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud made against Jay Savino and others led to many political consequences in 2013 and going forward. One of those consequences of charges involving Savino, as well as other cases of political corruption, was Governor Cuomo’s empaneling of the Moreland Commission, which has brought on a confrontation between the Governor and the NYS Legislature. Another consequence has been a wholesale upheaval inside the NYC GOP.
In Brooklyn that has taken the form of an intra-party fight between two main factions of the Brooklyn GOP. That fight having been kicked off by a letter from State Senator Martin Golden that attacked Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton for his suspected involvement with the conspirators named in the Federal criminal charges. Although subsequently such attacks connected to the conspiracy of Jay Savino and others proved to have been unfounded, the Republican intra-party conflict in Brooklyn has since taken on a life of its own and morphed into other attacks and counterattacks, with various claims, innuendoes and insults flying in all directions.
The scandal involving the Bronx GOP chairman and others contributed to an atmosphere that poisoned the entire 2013 election cycle. Many have maintained that it was one of the major factors in causing the entire GOP ticket to suffer brutal loses throughout the City of New York — although it does not explain why it all seemed worse in Brooklyn than most of the rest of the city. After all, the Brooklyn GOP should have been little touched by the scandal.