State Senator John Sabini of Jackson Heights, Queens just released a statement (on basically busiest day of the political calendar!) announcing he pleaded guilty to “driving while impaired” and paid a $300 fine.
Sabini was arrested for the incident last year, and it’s only fueled the prospect that Sabini could face a difficult primary rematch from the term-limited City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, who almost unseated him in 2006.
Liz has more here.
Today, I entered a plea of guilty to driving while impaired, a traffic violation, accepting full personal responsibility for the events that led to my arrest in Albany. As a condition of my court agreement, I have paid a fine of $300 (plus court costs) as well as attend educational classes.
I take the matter against me very seriously, and am extremely grateful to have this settled. I would like to offer a sincere apology to my constituents, the Albany Court, and the many loyal friends, colleagues and family members for any burdens this may have caused.
As a legislator for sixteen years who has always strived to make the right choices, I have learned from this incident and will continue working hard to maintain the confidence and integrity of my role in the State Senate. I have always been proud and honored to serve my constituents, the State of New York and the great borough of Queens, and on their behalf will continue to support and talk about the issues that matter the most to them.