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N.Y. Assemblyman who resigned to run again

June 2, 2004 at 9:22 AM

ALBANY, N.Y., June 2 (UPI) -- A New York State Assembly member who resigned after pleading guilty to falsely billing the state for travel expense says he will seek re-election.

Roger Green, D-Brooklyn, said he would run again for the seat he has held in the New York State Assembly for more than 20 years, The New York Times reported. Green resigned from the Assembly Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to billing the state for false travel expense.

But the letter of resignation stated that Green was resigning "for the remainder of this term." The Times said Green wrote that the resignation would allow Green to "reconnect with my constituents" as he prepared to seek re-election.

Green was convinced to resign by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, who said Green had been the subject of an ethics committee secret report that recommended sanctions against the assemblyman.

Green has admitted to billing taxpayers for trips between Brooklyn and Albany that he did not pay for.

Green is the second state legislator member to resign during the current session. State Sen. Guy Velella, R-Bronx, stepped down after pleading guilty to felony bribery-related charges.

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