He represented one of the poorest districts in the city, and now he will go down in history as a do-nothing crook.
On Thursday, William Boyland Jr., representing Brownsville, parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant and other neighborhoods, was found guilty on 21 counts of bribery, mail fraud and extortion in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Now, the disgraced assemblyman is facing up to 30 years in jail.
He played hooky from public duties, went years at a time without introducing a single bill and, when he did bother to show up, devoted himself mainly to Facebook games, wrote The Daily News.
And he was still breaking laws while on trial: Despite the suspensions of his license, registration and auto insurance, investigators videotaped him driving around the city.
“I have a concern about Mr. Boyland claiming to be one place when he is actually in another,” U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes said before revoking his $100,000 bail.
Elected by way of a special election, Boyland, 43, has become a poster child for why hand-picking officials by party bosses has become the poorest of poor executive decisions.
Boyland’s father, who preceded him in the Assembly, initially exploited the procedure to gift the seat to his son.
If Gov. Cuomo sets more special elections, New York State will get more William Boylands, the paper wrote.
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