Top New York Political Scandals of 2011

From Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal to numerous arrests of Albany lawmakers to former Gov. Jon Corzine's resignation from his securities firm, 2011 was no slow year for political scandals in the tri-state. Here's a look back at the highlights.

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Republican Rep. Christopher Lee resigned his seat representing New York's 26th district in February after it was revealed he sent emails and a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.
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Anthony Weiner, then a Democratic congressman and likely candidate for mayor, admitted on June 6 to having numerous sexual relationships online while married, but vowed to stay in office. He made the admission after days of lying to the media about a misfired Twitter photo of his groin, claiming his account was hacked.
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Weiner resigned on June 16, saying he could not continue in office amid the intense controversy. His pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, did not attend the announcement.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then-head of the International Monetary Fund and a likely French presidential candidate, was arrested May 14 after a Manhattan hotel maid alleged he sexually attacked her. He claimed the encounter was consensual.
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Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF chief days later.
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After numerous problems with the case, including prosecutors saying the maid had credibility issues, the charges were dropped in August and DSK was freed. For a timeline of the case, go here.
Republican operative John Haggerty, left, was found guilty in October of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mayor Bloomberg, right. The mayor and some of his aides testified at the trial, during which prosecutors said Haggerty conned the billionaire mayor into giving the Independence Party $1.1 million for poll-monitoring, and then pocketed most of the money. Haggerty was sentenced to up to four months in prison in December.
Stephen Goldsmith stepped down Aug. 4 after just 14 months as deputy mayor to Mayor Bloomberg. At the time, City Hall said he was leaving for other opportunities, but the following month it was revealed that he resigned just days after a domestic violence incident with his wife that led to his arrest. Bloomberg was criticized for not disclosing the information at the time.
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Another Bloomberg deputy, Robert Steel, was cornered by the Daily News at his Greenwich, Conn. home in September. The newspaper disclosed that Steel maintains a Manhattan apartment but doesn't live there, nor do his wife or dogs. "Where would you rather live if you were a dog?" he told a reporter when discovered in Connecticut. "I'd rather live here."
The mayor of Washington Township, N.J., apologized after a piece of inscribed granite that was part of a 9/11 memorial was found to have the names of lawmakers, not victims. "If I offended anyone, I apologize," said Mayor Samir Elbassiouny. The marker was removed.
Democratic State Sen. Carl Kruger was accused in March of numerous federal corruption charges for taking $1 million in bribes from associates and lobbyists since 2006. He pleaded guilty in December and resigned from his post. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said "we are still up to our eyeballs with corruption" in Albany.
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Democratic State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was acquitted on federal corruption charges in November, but then re-arrested on new bribery and extortion charges just weeks later. Authorities said he was soliciting money to help pay legal bills from his earlier case. His attorney did not comment outside court.
Federal authorities began investigating John Liu's campaign fundraising. One report in October found inconsistencies like donors who did not exist, and Liu's bundler was arrested in November for allegedly using straw donors.
Former New Jersey Gov. John Corzine resigned as CEO of his embattled securities firm, MF Global, which is being investigated by the SEC. Federal authorities also are investigating amid reports the firm made "substantial transfers" of customer money.
Former State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, serving a six-year sentence after being found guilty of extortion, died in January in federal prison. He had been sentenced in February 2010 for accepting bribes and extorting business.
Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi, a Democrat, was sentenced in March to up to four years in prison for his role in an influence-peddling scheme at the state's pension fund. Hevesi left office in 2006 after a separate misconduct scandal.
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