Fossella Waives Court Hearing

Posted May 9, 2008 at 1:36pm

Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) will not have to appear in an Alexandria, Va., court on Monday to answer charges stemming from his drunken driving arrest last week because his attorney has already waived his right for a preliminary hearing and scheduled a trial date, a court official said Friday. Fossella’s trial has been set for June 26. The Congressman was arrested in Alexandria shortly after midnight on May 1 and charged with driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was found to be 0.17, more than twice the legal level for motorists. But the drunken driving arrest was just the tip of the misery iceberg for Fossella: On Thursday, following several days of revelations and speculation in the New York media, he confessed that he had had a long-term affair, and had fathered a child, with a retired Air Force officer. With Democrats targeting his Staten Island-Brooklyn seat, Fossella has not spoken publicly about his political future. But most political professionals in Washington, D.C., and New York assume his Congressional career is over. — Josh Kurtz