April 30, 2002

The party of honor and integrity strikes (out) again!

Bronx state Sen. Guy Velella has been indicted on bribery charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and could be arrested as soon as tomorrow, The Post has learned.

Velella, the Bronx County Republican chairman and one of the most powerful GOP leaders in the state Legislature, had been named in a sealed indictment just handed down by a Manhattan grand jury, a knowledgeable source said. The source said details of Velella's surrender on corruption charges to the DA's office would be worked out today.

Two other sources, including an official of Gov. Pataki's administration, said Velella had privately confided his indictment to friends in recent days. "He told me an indictment is imminent," said a well-known figure at the Capitol.

Wonder how this is gonna be blamed on one of the Clintons!