Spano sentencing on tax charges delayed

Ex-State Sen. Nicholas Spano, R-Westchester, works at his Ex-State Sen. Nicholas Spano, R-Westchester, works at his desk on the New York State Senate floor in this file photo. (April 20, 2005) Photo Credit: AP

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The sentencing of former Yonkers Republican state Sen. Nicholas Spano - who admitted to cheating on his taxes - has been put off by a week to June 18.

The Republican power broker pleaded guilty Feb. 10 in U.S. District Court in White Plains to tax evasion and faces up to 18 months in prison. His sentencing by Judge Cathy Seibel had been scheduled for June 11 but has now been postponed.

The sentencing was shuffled to accommodate Seibel's schedule, said Kerry Lawrence, a White Plains lawyer who joined Spano's defense team in April.

Spano, 58, spent 28 years in the state legislature, becoming one of the most powerful lawmakers in Albany along the way. He was defeated in 2006 by Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins and joined an Albany lobbying firm after that.

He pleaded guilty on the eve of the federal public corruption trial of one of his proteges, former Yonkers Republican Party leader Zehy Jereis. Another of Spano's former proteges, lawyer Anthony Mangone, pleaded guilty in November to tax and corruption charges and testified against Jereis at the trial.

Jereis and former Yonkers Democratic Councilwoman Sandy Annabi were convicted of corruption charges. Annabi continues to deny the charges.

Spano admitted that between 2000 and 2008 he did not report more than $45,000 in rent payments and a commission on a real estate deal as income.

Federal prosecutors also accused Spano of falsely claiming $180,000 in deductions so he wouldn't have to pay taxes on money he received as a consultant for an insurance company while he was in office.

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