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Top aide to Brooklyn Assemblyman arrested for sexual assault, bomb-making material found in home

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/26/2020 Denis Slattery
a man looking at the camera: Joseph P. Brady, age 40 © Provided by New York Daily News Joseph P. Brady, age 40

ALBANY — The longtime legislative director for Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph Abbate was busted for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl and could face additional charges for explosives found in his upstate home.

Joseph Brady, 40, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman Saturday after her 16-year-old boyfriend, who was staying with Brady in his Watervliet home near Albany, was sent to buy drugs from a nearby motel, the Albany Times Union first reported.

When the two tried to leave, Brady allegedly confronted them with a gun in an alley.

Brady was charged with felony sexual abuse as well as unlawfully dealing with a child, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Abbate, who represents parts of Bensonhurst and Borough Park, said he fired Brady as soon as he heard of the arrest.

“Upon hearing the news yesterday, Joseph Brady’s position in my office has been terminated, effective immediately," the 71-year-old lawmaker said in a statement. "This disturbing news is a shock and has completely broken the trust I had in my staff member. This behavior is inexcusable and he should be held accountable.”

Watervliet Police said State Troopers and FBI assisted in a search of Brady’s home late Saturday. No firearm was recovered, but cops did find drugs and potentially bomb-making materials, the Times Union reported, noting that Brady has ties to a motorcycle gang affiliated with the Hells Angels.

Brady made more than $112,000 last year, according to public records.


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