Political operative Steve Pigeon, 58, has pleaded guilty to bribery.
The former Erie County Democratic Chairman was accused of bribing former State Supreme Court justice John A. Michalek. His plea was entered in State Supreme Court on Friday morning.
He was scheduled to go on trial next month.
“As we detailed, Steve Pigeon orchestrated a brazen, multiyear scheme to bribe a sitting judge – demonstrating flagrant contempt for the rule of law and the interests of New Yorkers. Now, he’s being brought to justice,” Attorney General Barbara Underwood said.
Underwood’s office says that Pigeon and Michalek exchanged emails and texts about benefits between February 2012 and April 2015.
Earlier this year, it was ruled that email evidence in the case against Steve Pigeon would not be thrown out.
It was later announced that Pigeon’s appeal of the order was denied.
Although his attorneys argued that the email evidence was not properly obtained, the judge in this case did not agree.
Pigeon was allowed to remain free on $10,000 bail. He faces up to one year in prison when sentenced on December 21.