Expected to appear in federal court this afternoon to plead guilty
According to a report on lohud.com, the website of The Journal News, Republican Vincent Leibell, long the most powerful politician in Putnam County and a fixture in Albany government for 28 years, will not take office Jan. 1 as Putnam County executive, the chairman of the Putnam County Legislature said this morning.
Vincent Tamagna, the Republican chairman of the nine-member Legislature, would not say why Leibell would not take the oath in a month’s time but said he is working now on a transition government that will involve appointing an executive officer. Tamagna said he favors keeping County Executive Robert Bondi on for another year.
News 12 reports that Leibell was expected to appear in federal court this afternoon to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, but that did not occur. The Daily News is reporting Leibell is being charged with felony bribery and money laundering in connection with the construction of his home in Patterson.
The charges against Leibell are also reportedly linked to Anthony Mangone, a politically connected Hawthorne attorney who pleaded guilty Monday in the bribery case involving former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi.
Leibell is expected to turn himself in sometime in the next few days, but it’s unknown when he will enter his guilty plea. Sources tell News 12 that as part of his plea deal, Leibell will receive a two-year prison term.