Frank Sparaco, dressed ‘dapper as a Don‘ appeared in court yesterday apparently unrepentent and unresigned to leaving his position as a county legislator.
Having made a very good plea deal using an expensive law firm in Westchester he appeared in court for his sentencing with representation by a local and lesser lawyer who seemed to believe that Judge Gerber would undo what he had done.
According to the Journal News, sentencing for Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco was set for Thursday, April 16. In November, Sparaco was charged with more than dozen felony counts connected to the false filing of forged political petitions.
Sparaco’s troubles with the District Attorney began when he stepped over a critical legal line associated with the collection of petitions for positions to be voted on during a Rockland County Republican Party Committee election. An article published in Rockland Voice outlined numerous forgery and fraud activities allegedly being perpetrated by Sparaco according to senior members of the Rockland County Republican Party.
It is believed that the Rockland Voice article written by Michael Hull was taken to the District Attorney by several senior Republicans who had observed the alleged illegal actions reported by Hull. Sparaco was subsquently arrested in November 2014 by District Attorney Zugibe and dismissed from his second patronage job given to him by his apparent mentor, Clarkstown Highway Superintendent, Wayne Ballard who participated in the scheme with Sparaco but was not arrested.
As the Journal News reported: Sparaco pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanor charges of filing false election petitions. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of furnishing false information by renting a room at his Valley Cottage home to his cousins to unlawfully register them to vote in Clarkstown. The plea deal required Sparaco to resign his elected office one day before his sentencing, serve county jail time over eight weekends and get three years probation.
But Sparaco didn’t submit his resignation letter to the Rockland County Legislature. He hired a new attorney, Kevin Conway, of Spring Valley, and fired Peter Tilem, a White Plains attorney who negotiated the plea deal with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. Clarkstown Justice Howard Gerber, who was displeased by the fact that Sparaco changed his lawyer just before his sentencing, repeatedly asked Conway why Sparaco hasn’t resigned. He wanted to know whether Conway advised Sparaco not to resign. After a 50-minute conference with Sparaco’s attorneys, however, Gerber officially accepted Conway as Sparaco’s new lawyer and ordered Sparaco to resign from his elected post by Wednesday — one day before his new sentencing date on April 23.
During his run for state Assembly against Kenneth Zebrowski, Sparaco had received campaign contributions from reputed organized crime figures who were friends of his biological father, convicted killer Frank “Blue Eyes” Sparaco. He denied any connection with organized crime.
After his arrest for his present malfeasances the Rockland Voice suggested that Sparaco should ‘wise-up’ and ‘sing‘ given there was not going to be much of a future for him as a ‘wise-guy‘ in Rockland County Politics.
With Sparaco, however, it seems ‘pink‘ is the new ‘puerile‘. If he doesn’t wise-up soon orange may be a permanent color in his future. Judge Gerber has given him his final ‘gift card‘. He should take it and get out of the ‘sewer‘ of troubles he is now in and watch from the safety of the local jail the troubles some of his former colleagues may shortly be heading into.
Read the complete Journal News story.