Two more powerful Albany politicians were convicted this week, the latest sign that federal prosecutors' vow to clean up corruption in New York state's capital continues apace.
And to show that the effort is bipartisan, one was a Democrat, the other a Republican.
On Friday, John Sampson, a Democrat who has represented southeastern Brooklyn for nearly two decades, was found guilty of lying to FBI agents who were investigating him for embezzlement.
There were nine counts against him and he was acquitted of six.
The three felonies a federal jury in Brooklyn nailed him on were of one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements, including lying about a secret stake he held in a liquor store.
After his conviction, this message appeared on his taxpayer-funded government website: "This Senator is currently inactive, and this content is provided to you as an archive." Felony convictions mean immediate expulsion from office.
The verdict showed that the jury agreed that the defendant has an "utter disregard for the rule of law and criminal justice system," acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie said outside court.
Defense Attorney Nathaniel Akerman vowed an appeal. The actual embezzlement charges were tossed and has been the case time and again in corruption trials, the lies are what sank.
Sampson, 50, was Senate Democratic leader from 2009 through 2013.
He and ex-Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) held court in Albany's upper house when the Dems were led them majority in 2009-10.
Smith was convicted on fraud and bribery charges early this year and sentenced to seven years.