Charges dropped against NYS Senator Rob Ortt

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 19:03:42-04

The indictments against New York State Senator Robert Ortt have been dropped. Judge Peter Lynch dismissed indictments made by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday because of a lack of evidence.

Senator Ortt, who was facing charges for election law violations in connection to political campaign donations, called the judges decision "welcome news." 

"This quick and forthright dismissal exposed Eric Schneiderman for the power hungry, political opportunist he is.", Ortt said in a statement.  "It is my hope that this ruling today will force Mr. Schneiderman to think twice before concocting baseless charges to serve his own radical progressive political agenda again."

Ortt also asked for a personal apology from Mr. Schneiderman. 

Tonight, the Attorney General's office issued the following comment: "We're pleased that a trial date has been set for the corruption charges against Sen. Maziarz. We disagree with the opinion regarding Sen. Ortt and are considering our options. Nothing in today’s opinion changes the fact that Meghan Ortt received money for a politically-connected no-show job. Only in Albany would a Senator argue that receiving money for a politically-connected no-show job isn’t a crime."