March 27, 2014
State lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate are coming under scrutiny from the FBI. The State Capitol offices of an Assemblyman were raided, and a State Senator gave a tour of her home property in an attempt to debunk accusations from federal investigators that she engaged in an illegal land deal.
Assemblyman William Scarborough's offices were raided by the FBI over allegations that he overcharged for travel, lodging and meal reimbursements paid to lawmakers when they gather in Albany for weekly sessions. Scarborough says he's innocent.
Meanwhile, state senator Kathy Marchione denies published reports that she's under scrutiny from the FBI over a land deal where she purchased a 3-acre buffer zone around her Saratoga County house from a developer who is also a campaign contributer. Marchione invited the media to tour her property.
"It was absolutely a simple land transaction. There was no preferential treatment that certainly I'm aware of," said Marchione.
She says her dealings with the developer have always been above board. Neither lawmaker has been charged with any wrongdoing.