Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. convicted on bribery charges

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Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., was convicted on Thursday for soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents.
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Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., was convicted on Thursday for soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Prosecutors argued Boyland, 43, tried to secure more than $250,000 in bribes from the agents posing as developers looking for help with a real estate project.

The jury convicted the Brooklyn Democrat after about four hours on a lll 21 counts of bribery, extortion and mail fraud. He faces up to 30 years behind bars.

Boyland, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in September, might also automatically lose his seat in the Assembly — losing a seat that has been in his family since his uncle first won it in 1977.

At least approximately $7,000 of the attempted bribe was to allegedly pay off attorney fees from earlier corruption charges of which he was acquitted in 2011.

The agents also recorded their interactions with the lawmaker, including the encounter in an Atlantic City hotel room in which he asked for the bribe.

“I got a middle guy by the way … I gotta stay clean … I got a bag man,” Boyland told the officers. “I stopped talking on the phone a while ago.”

Boyland is the son of former Assemblyman William “Frank” Boyland, Sr., who prosecutors argued stepped in as an intermediary during the illegal dealings at one point, receiving a $3,000 check from one of the agents. The elder Boyland was not charged.

The Boyland legacy extends beyond the Assembly. Tracey Boyland, Boyland Jr.’s sister, also served on the New York City Council until she was term-limited out in 2005.

Before his conviction, Boyland Jr. was serving his fourth term in Albany. He represented the Ocean Hill, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn.

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