Assemblyman Boyland's chief of staff arrested

(AP) - Federal authorities have charged a New Yorkstate lawmaker's chief of staff with helping her boss collectbribes. Ryan Herman was arrested on Thursday. She was released on$100,000 bail after a brief appearance in federal court inBrooklyn. The arrest comes two days after Assemblyman William Boyland wascharged with soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes from acarnival promoter and two FBI agents pretending to be corruptbusinessmen. The Democrat was released on $100,000 bail withoutentering a plea. A criminal complaint filed Thursday alleges that Herman wascaught on tape demanding under-the-table payments from the promoterand undercover agents in exchange for the assemblyman's help ingetting permits carnivals and closing shady real estate deals. Herman and her attorney declined to comment.Assemblyman Boyland facing new corruption chargesBribery trial of BK assemblyman in hands of a jury

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