WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee recommended today that Rep. Mario Biaggi, a 10-term Bronx Democrat convicted of accepting illegal gratuities, be expelled from Congress for violating its rules of conduct.
Biaggi, 70, once the most-decorated policeman on the New York City force, could become the first congressman since 1980 and only the second since the Civil War to be drummed out of the House. The committee's recommendation must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the House to become effective. Biaggi was sentenced in November to 2 1/2 years in prison and fined $500,000. He is free pending appeal.