After a three-month standoff, Assemb. William Boyland on Friday got Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes to restore what she took away in December -- his right to a taxpayer-funded lawyer for his bribery and extortion conspiracy case.

Boyland was given a free lawyer when he was charged in Brooklyn in November, 2011. But a year later, Townes ordered him to hire his own lawyer -- citing his Assembly salary, a house, and rent payments he received. But since then, Boyland had appeared repeatedly in court on his own, saying the legal retainers were too high and his finances were eroding.

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In February, the state Comptroller suspended Boyland's right to receive "per diem" payments for time spent in Albany representing his Brooklyn legislative district because he had failed to pay back $67,000 in improper past charges. On Friday, citing monthly costs that now include $675 for travel, $665 for lodging and $250 for meals among other changed circumstances, Townes relented and restored his right to a court-paid lawyer.

On Thursday, Boyland's chief of staff Ryan Hermon pleaded guilty and implicated Boyland in bribery and extortion schemes. No trial date has been docketed yet for Boyland.