Ex-Irvington mayor indicted for bribery, misconduct
Former Irvington Mayor Michael Steele was indicted for bribery and misconduct Thursday.
Attorney General Anne Milgram says Steele took at least $120,000 in kickbacks for rigging contracts while serving as Irvington's business administrator. The alleged kickbacks took place between 2003 and 2007 in two separate rigging schemes.
According to Milgram, the stolen funds were taken from the schoolchildren of Irvington.
"The money was supposed to go to children for security cameras, for janitorial supplies and go fundamentally to the heart of where money needs to be spent so children can learn," she says.
Steele, 52, stepped down in April from his position as business administrator for the school district. He was elected to a four-year term as mayor in 1990.
He could face a mandatory five-year prison sentence if convicted.
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