More charges of corruption are hitting the political world in New York.

The Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature, Martin Reid, was arraigned yesterday.  He faces a 41-count indictment amid allegations that he illegally collected unemployment benefits.

He is specifically accused of hiding his $30,000 annual salary while receiving about half of that annually in unemployment.

Although he will remain with the legislature as a member, Reid has stepped down as chairman.

The maximum penalty he could face if convicted is seven years in prison.