Former Bronx Assembly Member Eric Stevenson was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after his conviction earlier this year for accepting $22,000 in bribes. The sentence was less than prosecutors asked for, but more than Stevenson's attorney requested. Stevenson will have to surrender by Sept. 2. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, brought the charges. Prosecutors also contend that Stevenson didn't live in the legislative district he represented. His district, the 79th, is among 10 seats in the Assembly that are now vacant. Two seats are also empty in the Senate. The race to fill Stevenson's old Assembly seat is heating up as the summer approaches.
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