Informant Assemblyman May Run for Old Seat


Nelson Castro, who resigned his Bronx Assembly seat last month after admitting to having worked as an undercover informant against his fellow legislators, is considering running for his old office, the New York Post reported.

“To be honest, I’m really considering it. I’m discussing it with my family,” Castro, a Democrat, said. “As I walk down my district people greet me and ask me to come back. That’s what has encouraged me to even consider a second run.”

As part of a plea deal with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Castro wore a wire while conducting everyday dealings with colleagues after he was secretly indicted in 2009 on perjury charges. His cooperation led to the arrest of fellow Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in April.

If Castro continues his cooperation, which he said he intends to, his case will be dismissed, removing any obstacles to his running.

State Democratic Party co-chair Keith Wright said he was surprised to hear Castro wanted to run for anything.

“What would he run for?” Wright asked. “New York’s best informant?”