Ex-Smithtown official admits to taking bribes
Smithtown?s former top building inspector pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to taking bribes and faces two years behind bars as part of his plea agreement.
Longtime inspector Robert Bonerba told the court he signed false permits to help four local contractors get their building projects approved. In exchange, the contractors gave him thousands of dollars in cash, a new fireplace and $4,000 worth of carpet inside his Nesconset home.
?He used his position of authority to enrich himself at the expense of the taxpayer and I think it's absolutely wrong,? says Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Bonerba?s guilty plea was a result of a long-term investigation of corruption in Smithtown. However, Spota emphasized the probe doesn?t end with him.
?We're looking into certain developers, their relationship with certain town officials and whether they are receiving favorable treatment,? Spota says.
The district attorney says he considered a longer prison term but took into account Bonerba?s health problems. Smithtown Town Supervisor Pat Vecchio said he had no comment on Bonerba's guilty plea.