Commission on Public Integrity Dismisses Allegations Against Jared Abbruzzese

Commission on Public Integrity Dismisses Allegations Against Jared Abbruzzese

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2010
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                    518-474-4418

ALBANY – The New York State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that it is dismissing, with prejudice, Referrals it had received from the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying regarding Jared Abbruzzese.

The Referrals alleged that while Mr. Abbruzzese was an unpaid member of the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing, he offered unlawful gifts to Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno in the form of free air travel.

This Commission, in a 15-page Decision, has determined that at the time the gifts were given, Mr. Abbruzzese was not a person “required to register” under the Lobbying Act, and therefore, not covered by the ban on gifts from lobbyists. The Commission also concluded that further investigation is unlikely to lead to admissible evidence that Mr. Abbruzzese engaged in lobbying such that his registration with the Lobbying Commission was required.

The Commission decision is available on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/.