Rockland DA joins public corruption task force

Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe has joined a task force to tackle corruption among public figures. In recent years, federal prosecutors have repeatedly marched top-level

Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe has joined a task force to tackle corruption among public figures.

Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe has joined a task force to tackle corruption among public figures. (10/5/15)

NEW CITY - Rockland District Attorney Tom Zugibe has joined a task force to tackle corruption among public figures.

In recent years, federal prosecutors have repeatedly marched top-level New York public officials into court on charges of corruption. That's why Zugibe and his office have become part of a federal-state task force investigating corruption in New York government.

Zugibe was also a member of the Moreland Commission, which was supposed to investigate corruption until it was shut down by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The district attorney says that political parties have been institutionalized with rules that allow politicians to legally skirt the law. Zugibe would not talk about any specific pending cases, but did admit that the close relationship between his office and the feds was enhanced by an investigation that started in Spring Valley Village Hall.

The so-called "Corridor of Corruption" case led to the convictions of former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. Former state Sen. Malcolm Smith and several New York City Republican party officials were also involved in the case.

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