News12: Ex-state Sen. Vincent Leibell begins prison sentence

(07/13/11) YONKERS – Disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Leibell is spending his first night in a Pennsylvania prison tonight.

The once-powerful Republican from Putnam County will serve 21 months on a federal corruption conviction.

Ron Clarke, of Brewster, says he’s still shaking his head over the demise of Leibell’s career.

“I was shocked that a man of his character, that people loved, was capable of that kind of deceit,” Clarke says.

Leibell pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges last December. An investigation revealed that Leibell extorted money from lawyers at local nonprofit groups that he controlled.

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Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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