Posted at: 06/02/2012 6:21 PM
| Updated at: 06/02/2012 11:54 PM
By: Dan Levy
ALBANY - Former Albany County Executive Jim Coyne said Sunday he's ready for a political comeback and he's determined to win a seat in the 109th State Assembly District, to replace his high school and college classmate Jack McEneny.
Coyne is a political figure with plenty of name recognition, although many people would argue some of the recognition is for all the wrong reasons.
The 68-year old democrat served 16 years as Albany County executive. He also served four years in a federal prison after his conviction on corruption charges.
Coyne is credited with building the Knickerbocker Arena (now the Times Union Center) in downtown Albany, but ironically, his biggest accomplishment led to his downfall.
Coyne was charged with taking a $30,000 bribe from the architect of the civic center. Coyne insists it was a loan and maintains his innocence to this day.
He says his record of overall accomplishment, including cutting home heating sales taxes and property taxes, along with other creative ideas warrants strong consideration for him to become a state assemblyman.
Frank Commisso, Jr. Patricia Fahy, Christopher Higgins, William McCarthy and Margarita Perez have already announced their candidacies.