Kevin Gervasio, a man who once won the primary for Rensselaer County Legislature in the City of Troy, was arrested for the 52nd time earlier this week. He was caught in a sting, charged with felony promoting prostitution.
Via the Record:
A town man with 51 total arrests and 17 convictions was arrested for promoting prostitution.
Kevin Gervasio, 28, of 41 Clifton St. was charged Tuesday with felony promoting prostitution. Sandi Stott, 22, of 500 Northern Blvd. in Albany, was charged with prostitution.
Police received several complaints from residents in the Clifton Street neighborhood for possible prostitution activities. Officer Michael Dilbone then opened an investigation which led to the website backpage.com where ads were being placed for female escorts.
A joint investigation with the New York State Police CNET Capital was conducted and an ad on backpage stating “Stephie $120 for a half-hour and $220 for an hour” was answered.
An arrangement with the investigators and “Stephie” was made to meet at 22 Clifton St. to engage in sexual conduct for $100. Once the agreement was made at the house, police and CNET moved in and made the two arrests.
Both Gervasio and Stott were arraigned in front of Justice David Fusco in Waterford Town Court.
Gervasio was run on the Working Families Party line for Rensselaer County Legislature in 2009, and actually won the primary. Problem being, he never knew he ran in the first place. His placement on the line was part of a scheme concocted by former Republican Bob Mirch, who would frequently run shadow candidates to steal away the WFP line from Democrats. The tactic was legal, but highly unethical, and would eventually be cited as a reason that Democrats would cross the legal threshold and commit flat-out voter fraud in upstate New York. Four Democrats would eventually be sentenced to varying punishments based on their role in the voter fraud scandal, while other still cut favorable deals to avoid jail time.
Gervasio is a true gem. Despite having admitted to dozens of crimes when his name was on the ballot, he still received 184 votes in the general election.
Here he is talking about how his victory in the WFP primary was a farce, and that if he were elected it “would be like electing a murderer for office.”
In 2010, his arrest was a family affair, having been charged alongside his mother with grand larceny and possession of stolen property for scamming elderly people.