2006-09-01 / Community

Ada Smith Found Guilty Of Harassment Charge

State Senator Must Undergo Anger Management Course
By Howard Schwach

State Senator Ada Smith
State Senator Ada Smith State Senator Ada Smith, who represents a portion of Broad Channel, will soon be forced to undergo an anger management course and pay a fine after being found guilty in an Albany courtroom for harassing a former aid by throwing a scalding cup of coffee at her and pulling her hair.

Smith, who is often called "The Wild Woman of Albany," by the media and by Albany officials, was found guilty on August 25 in a non-jury trial before Albany City Court Judge William Carter and sentenced to a pay all of the medical costs not covered by the former aid's medical insurance and a $250 fine in addition to the anger management course.

According to reports, Smith was not happy with the decision.

"She was disappointed and she was physically ill from [the decision]," Smith's lawyer, James Long, told reporters in Albany. "She was expecting the worst and hoping for the best. She got lightheaded and had to sit down to regain her composure."

In March, Smith was charged by Jennifer Jackson, a former aid, of verbally abusing her and then tossing a cup of hot coffee at her.

Jackson reportedly told Albany's Capital News 9 that she was satisfied with the judge's decision.

"Hopefully, this will be a new beginning for [a woman] who has a problem in dealing with people," Jackson reportedly said.

During her time in office, Smith has had several run-ins with the law as well as a number of well-publicized abuse problems with staff members.

She was convicted in 2004 of disobeying the orders of a State Trooper as she failed to stop at a security checkpoint at a parking garage nearby the capital, allegedly running over the trooper's foot.

Earlier, she was accused of biting a New York City Police Officer after she was involved in a minor automobile accident in Brooklyn. Police sources say that she had to be subdued with Mace to keep her from attacking other police officers called to the scene.

In yet another incident, Smith was accused of attacking an aid with a meat cleaver.

Smith had told reporters before her sentencing that she would not undergo the mandated anger management course, but there was no indication at press time as to whether or not she would carry out that threat.

Calls to Smith's office for comment went unreturned.

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Senator Ada Smith should not be allowed to remain in office. She obviously has a major problem dealing with authority. She should be stopped in her tracks before someone gets seriously injured.

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