Embattled White Plains Mayor Resigns

Adam Bradley was convicted on domestic violence charges in December

Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 6:04 PM EDT
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Embattled White Plains Mayor Resigns

Adam Bradley

The mayor of White Plains, who was convicted last year of domestic violence charges, resigned from office on Friday afternoon.

Adam Bradley he said he was stepping down immediately.

Alluding to his recent conviction, Bradley said in a statement:  "It is no secret that, recently, the sad storms in my personal life have sometimes dominated news headlines and distracted attention away from what I believe are the most pressing policy issues facing our city."

He had faced pressure to step down since his February 2010 arrest for assaulting his wife during an argument.  He had been in office for just two months at the time.  He is also facing an ethics probe.

Bradley, who is awaiting sentencing, said he can no longer allow his personal life to distract work at City Hall. 

Still maintaining his innocence, Bradley said his resignation "should not be construed as anything more than an opportunity to focus my time and energies on exonerating my name and reputation."

In December, Bradley was convicted of five misdemeanor charges of assault and harassment, but moments after the verdict was read, he told reporters that he had no intention of leaving office.

"I am not stepping down, because I have a lot of work to do for the city of White Plains....I am going to continue to do it. This will be reversed," he said last year.

During his trial, his wife Fukimo Bradley, said she called police on him after he twice slammed a door on her fingers and said she resisted calling police after earlier incidents because she didn't want to hurt his career.
 
The Bradleys are in the midst of a divorce. 

His sentencing is scheduled for March. He faces up to one year in jail, but because he has no prior record, the district attorney’s office said Bradley could end up getting probation or be ordered to take anger management classes.

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