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Alan Hochberg

Alan Hochberg (born September 12, 1941) is an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life

Hochberg was born on September 12, 1941, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated A.A.S. from New York City Community College and B.B.A. from the University of Miami. Then he worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Justice. He graduated LL.B. from New York Law School,[1] and was admitted to the bar in 1967. He was an Assistant D.A. of Bronx County, and entered politics as a Democrat. He married Faye Kronstadt, and they had two sons.

On February 17, 1970, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Robert Abrams as Bronx Borough President.[2] Hochberg was re-elected several times and remained in the Assembly until 1976, sitting in the 178th, 179th, 180th and 181st New York State Legislatures. In June 1973, he ran in the Democratic primary for Borough President of the Bronx but was defeated by the incumbent Abrams.[3]

In February 1976, Hochberg was indicted for official misconduct. It was alleged that Hochberg offered a $20,000-a-year job in the State Legislature to Charles Rosen, the leader of the Co-op City rent strike, in exchange for Rosen's withdrawal from the Democratic primary election for Hochberg's Assembly seat, scheduled to happen later that year.[4] On February 25, he was arraigned in the New York Supreme Court.[5] On April 30, Hochberg moved for a dismissal of the charges,[6] but four of the five counts of the indictment were upheld by Justice William Crangle on July 7.[7] On November 2, Hochberg was re-elected to the Assembly. On December 15, he was convicted of the attempt to fraudulently and wrongfully affecting the results of a primary election (under the Penal and the Election Law), of corrupt use of position or authority (under the Election Law), and of unlawful fees and payments (under the Public Officers Law), the latter two crimes being felonies.[8] He did not take his seat in the 182nd New York State Legislature. On January 26, 1977, he was sentenced to one year in prison and thus lost his Assembly seat.[9] On April 5, 1977, he was disbarred by the Appellate Division.[10] On April 13, 1978, Hochberg's appeal was rejected by the Appellate Division.[11]

Later he moved to Westchester County, and became active in the Scarsdale Jewish congregation.[12]

References

  1. ^ New York Red Book (1973; pg. 197)
  2. ^ Democrats Win Elections in Bronx and Queens in the New York Times on February 18, 1970 (subscription required)
  3. ^ 3 Borough Chiefs Capture Races for Renomination in the New York Times on June 5, 1973 (subscription required)
  4. ^ Bronx Legislator Reports He Is Indicted in Bribe Bid in the New York Times on February 25, 1976 (subscription required)
  5. ^ Assemblyman Arraigned On Bronx Bribery Charge in the New York Times on February 26, 1976 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Hochberg Seeks Dismissal of Election-Law Bribery Indictment in the New York Times on May 1, 1976 (subscription required)
  7. ^ Justice Upholds Four Counts In Indictment of Hochberg in the New York Times on July 8, 1976 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Bronx Assemblyman Is Guilty on 3 Counts In Corruption Case in the New York Times on December 16, 1976 (subscription required)
  9. ^ Hochberg, Assemblyman, Is Given One Year in Jail in Bribery Case in the New York Times on January 27, 1977 (subscription required)
  10. ^ "MATTER ALAN HOCHBERG (04/05/77)" at Find a Case
  11. ^ (62 A.D.2d 239 (N.Y. App. Div. 1978)PEOPLE v. HOCHBERG at Casetext.com
  12. ^ Honoring Alan Hochberg upon the occasion of his retirement after 21 years of distinguished service to Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (New York State Senate resolution, adopted May 27, 2009)
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Abrams
New York State Assembly
81st District

1970–1977
Succeeded by
Elliot Engel
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