Ex-NYC housing official from Scarsdale admits to $100K bribe
A Scarsdale man who served as a supervisor with New York City's affordable housing department admitted Tuesday to soliciting bribes in exchange for awarding contracts, the U.S. attorney's office announced.
Luis Adorno, 48, solicited and received a $100,000 bribe from a general contractor in exchange for deals with the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, according to a news release. Adorno was employed by the agency in various capacities from 1990 through April, and was approached in late 2007 or early 2008 by a government witness and an unnamed contractor who asked Adorno for help in securing contracts, according to an unsealed FBI complaint.
His guilty plea accompanied that of Michael Provenzano, 49, of Massapequa, the department's director of construction services, who admitted to receiving annual bribes of $10,000 over several years in exchange for tipping off a contractor by providing him with city inspection reports. This allowed the contractor to avoid penalties for wage violations, the release said.
The two men and three real estate developers were arrested in June by federal and city authorities.
Adorno and Provenzano agreed to forfeit $100,000 and $30,000, respectively, as part of their guilty plea, and they each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the release said.
Adorno's attorney, Joseph R. DeMatteo, said his client expressed remorse in court Tuesday over his actions.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is the largest municipal developer of affordable housing in the nation, according to the agency's website. The department has provided more than $8.7 billion in city projects since 1987.