Broome Republican Chairman Pleads Guilty To Promoting Gambling

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 20, 2007 at 7:14 PM EDT

Anthony Capozzi admits he was wrong for having a Super Bowl pool.

Of course, they happen all the time, but Capozzi says he promoted this pool, generating tens of thousands of dollars.

In Broome County court Friday, Capozzi pleaded guilty to promoting gambling, a felony.

And he says he now plans on stepping down as head of the county Republican party.

"I was made aware of my situation, I fully cooperated with the Da's office and others involved, which led me to plead guilty, I'm just very sorry and learned my lesson and would like to put it behind me," says Capozzi.

Capozzi was sentenced to conditional discharge and a five thousand dollar fine.

But he won't face jail time.

Capozzi says he never should have promoted the football pool, which generated 20 thousand dollars.

Now Capozzi says he'll step down as Republican Party chairman.

"For obvious reasons, I'll be resigning in the near future, the blemish on my record shouldn't reflect on the party, it's best I step aside and let someone else take over," says Capozzi.

Capozzi won't comment on what happened to the 20 thousand dollars from the pool.

The district attorney's office says by law, it can't prosecute people who only placed bets.

Capozzi's charge is part of a larger, year-long investigation illegal gambling in the area.

But the DA's office won't comment on who else might have to face charges.

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