State Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, neither denied nor confirmed Wednesday that he has spent some time at the U.S. District Courthouse in White Plains earlier this week.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has offices in the courthouse. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s prosecutors also brought corruption charges against state Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, several New York City Republican party officials, and Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, both Democrats.
Smith and Carlucci are both members of an independent Democratic group that has a cooperative agreement with the Republicans, giving the GOP control of the Senate.
Prosecutors say Carlucci is not a target of the bribery investigation, spearheaded by cooperative witness Moses “Mark” Stern providing bribes while working for the FBI and Rockland District Attorney’s Office. Rockland DA Thomas Zugibe issued a statement after the arrests that Carlucci did nothing wrong. An FBI agent referenced in a nearly 30-page criminal complaint that Stern had approached Carlucci as part of the sting operation.
Carlucci does know Smith, whose desire for the GOP nod for mayor led Stern to provide bride money to GOP political leaders and a City Council member, prosecutors say. And Stern also provided $10,500 to Desmaret for his vote in support of a fictitious catering hall on village property and 50 percent ownership in the business for Jasmin, prosecutors contend.
“In this ongoing investigation the district attorney clearly stated I was involved in no wrongdoing whatsoever,” Carlucci said Wednesday, repeating that theme several times.
When asked about going to the federal courthouse in White Plains and speaking with federal officials, Carlucci said several times, “This is an ongoing investigation I want to be respectful of. I am going to cooperative and help them in any way.”
He then referred any questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Herbert Hadad, the office’s spokesman in White Plains, said the office declined comment.
Barring a federal indictment, Jasmin, Desmaret, Smith and the New York City officials are scheduled to appear in court on April 23.