Representative Martin Sandoval, 11th District in New York General Assembly, seemed to favor red-light cameras. We now know why. Representative Sandoval had accepted $250,000 in bribes from red-light camera companies. His wiretapped conversations with company representatives included tidbits such as, “consulting fees” and “go balls to the walls for anything you ask me.” As a result, he entered a guilty plea with sentencing pending, depending upon hi “fully and truthfully” cooperating with federal prosecutors. Translation: Representative Sandoval is throwing the companies and their reps under the bus in exchange for leniency.
Representative Sandoval, soon to be former Representative Sandoval, also faced federal income tax charges. He did not report the bribes as income. On the upside, New York does have quite a few red-light cameras installed. No word yet on their efficacy in stopping red-light runners.