Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport), a member of the Suffolk County Assembly, resigned from his position as the leader of the Democratic majority in Congress the day after he was there. Accused of exchanging pills for sex..
Physician Spencer was also chairman of the county council’s health committee and was removed from his role in the panel’s heroin and opiate epidemic advisory panel.
Rob Caralco (D-Pathchogue), Chairman of the Suffolk County Council, said: ). “My colleagues and I continue to focus on keeping people doing business. Democratic caucuses will be convened to elect new majority leaders in the future and will chair the new health committee. Will be elected soon. “
Authorities arrested Spencer on Tuesday after the prosecutor said Spencer had agreed to exchange two prescription painkillers for sex from a masked investigator disguised as a sex worker. He was acquitted on two felony drug charges. Investigation is ongoing.
Republican Suffolk chairman Jesse Garcia called on Spencer to resign, but Democratic leaders couldn’t demand his resignation.
He is not the only lawmaker to file a proceeding pending in a criminal court.Suffolk legislator Rudy Thunderman (R-Mastic) was arrested for perjury in 2019. He has been acquitted and will return to court next month. In that case, Garcia defended Republicans and said lawmakers should not resign.