From the NY Post:
Disgraced former Liberal Party boss Ray Harding pleaded guilty this morning to accepting more than $800,000 in kickbacks for political favors to former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.
Harding's plea to one felony count under the state's general business law and one misdemeanor reportedly came after the onetime political powerbroker agreed to cooperate in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's sweeping investigation into abuse under Hevesi's watch of the state's massive public pension fund.
Harding had in April been charged with three felony counts under the state's far-reaching Martin Act securities law. He was quietly whisked into a Manhattan courtroom to make his plea before New York Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone.
The judge said the deal allows him to later withdraw the felony charge if Harding cooperates fully, according to Bloomberg News.