The former mayor of one of New York's major suburbs was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation on domestic violence charges and was told to stay away permanently from his wife.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci criticized former White Plains mayor Adam Bradley for continuing to claim _ as he had at trial _ that he was the real victim in the case.
"You attempted to assault your wife and then you intimidated her," the judge said. Prosecutors called for jail time, but she said she was taking into account his clean record.
Bradley, who says he will appeal, declined the judge's invitation to speak before sentencing and ignored reporters outside the courthouse afterward. But his wife, Fumiko Bradley, issued a statement read by prosecutors.
"Many women suffer silently," Fumiko Bradley wrote. "I was married to a powerful politician and was afraid what would happen to my children and me if I broke the silence. I want this case to show that there is justice and hope for anybody to be free from violence."
Bradley, 49, was convicted in December and resigned last month after barely a year in office. When he was elected in 2009, the Democratic former state assemblyman was considered a politician on the rise.
His wife alleged that he slammed a door on her fingers and threw hot tea at her. He was convicted of attempted assault, harassment and contempt. The contempt conviction, for ignoring an order of protection, brought the sentence of three years' probation. He was also sentenced to a concurrent year of probation for attempted assault. His harassment convictions will be discharged if he stays out of trouble for a year.
The judge also imposed a permanent order of protection for Fumiko Bradley. Custody of the Bradleys' two young daughters is likely to be settled as part of their pending divorce.
Fumiko Bradley's lawyer, Neal Comer, said the order was "something every victim in a domestic violence case wants and should have."
Bradley, a Democrat, took office in January 2010 as mayor of White Plains, a major office and retail center 22 miles north of Manhattan that has about 60,000 residents. He was in just his second month as mayor, and was considered a politician on the rise, when he was arrested on his wife's complaint.
The mayor resisted calls for his resignation before and even after his conviction.
But on Feb. 18, at a hastily called news conference at the start of a weekend, Bradley said he had to spend more time on his appeal than a mayor can afford.
"I can no longer allow the circumstances of my personal life to be a distraction" from the city's needs, Bradley said.
His wife testified in court that he commonly harassed her, in addition to the door-slamming and tea-throwing incidents. She claimed he told her the criminal case would cost him his career and she should admit herself to a mental hospital to cast doubt on her allegations.
The mayor said his wife was making up the charges. He said it was she who regularly punched, pushed and berated him.
"I never responded physically to my wife's assaults, ever," he said.
Comer was asked how Fumiko Bradley, 38, felt about the mayor's resignation.
"I don't think she brought the mayor down." he said. "The mayor brought himself down."