Federal authorities arrested Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. for the second time this year yesterday on charges that he took bribes to pay lawyers defending him against old bribe charges.
Boyland sought more than $250,000 in bribes in exchange for his promise to secure local development projects, authorities said yesterday.
The accusations come only weeks after Boyland was acquitted by a Manhattan federal jury this month in a crooked health-care kickback scheme.
In one exchange, recorded by an undercover fed posing as a developer, Boyland practically begs his new “partner” for a quarter-million dollars to help pay the lawyers defending him in the Manhattan case.
“I have legal fees for this thing,” Boyland tells the agent in a June 7 meeting. “I have to hire a good attorney.”