The City Update On Joe Brady, Ex NYS Legislative Staff, Re Felony Charges
George Jospeh of The City reported that the 2020 sexual assault felony charges against Joseph Brady, the Watervliet resident and former legislative director of recently defeated Assemblymember Peter Abbatte of Brooklyn, have been downgraded to misdemeanors. The remaining charges include sex abuse in the second degree and “unlawful imprisonment” for allegedly displaying a gun when the teenage victim and her boyfriend attempted to flee his home, during which drugs were involved. The police are continuing their investigation for additional perpetrators of a homicide by a motorcycle gang that Brady help leads. Abbate speculated whether the reduced deal may be in exchange for Brady’s cooperation into a criminal investigation of gang violence. Brady and his brother had been paid by a local police union to do a study opposing a bill to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels even though he worked for the committee handling the issue. Albany DA David Soares refused to talk to George Joseph about the case. Mr. Joseph reviewed the case with Mark Dunlea of Hudson Mohawk Magazine.