Ex-Sen. Nicholas Spano Unexpectedly Freed From Prison

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Former State Sen. Nicholas Spano, seen here with attorney Richard Levitt in front of the U.S. Courthouse in White Plains, was released from prison Tuesday. Photo Credit: Redmond Zmudzien

YONKERS, N.Y. – Nicholas Spano, the former state senator and Westchester power broker from Yonkers, was unexpectedly released from prison Tuesday morning.

Spano, 59, brother of Yonkers mayor Mike Spano, was expected to serve one year and a day at a minimum-security satellite prison camp of the Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, Pa, after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

Instead, Spano was released Tuesday after serving less than eight months in custody, according to prison records. He is now bound for a halfway house in the Bronx, where he will begin preparing for a return to society.

In February, the disgraced senator pleaded guilty to charges of filing fraudulent tax returns. He admitted failing to report more than $50,000 in taxes he owed on commissions and rental income.

Spano served over three decades in the state Senate, representing the 35th District, which covers Yonkers, Greenburgh and its villages, Mount Pleasant and Pleasantville.

His last successful election, in 2004, dragged on for months in a bruising battle with Andrea Stewart-Cousins. When that election count was finally settled, Spano won by 18 votes. Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) defeated him in the next go-round.

Spano, who also served as chairman of the Westchester Republican Committee, is the oldest of 16 children from a large family of politicians. His father, Leonard, was the Westchester County clerk. (Former County Executive Andy Spano is not a relative.)

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