Crooked ex-pol Efrain Gonzalez Jr. was slapped with a seven-year prison term today by a judge who slammed him for failing to show any remorse for the "venal acts" of looting two charities in a pork-barrel corruption scheme.
Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley III rejected defense arguments that the former Bronx Democratic state senator deserved the same sort of leniency shown onetime Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, who got just two years for peddling his influence through a private consulting firm.
"You deprived your constituents of the scarce resources that could be allocated to help those in need," said the judge, who also ordered Gonzalez to forfeit nearly $738,000 netted by his five-year scam.
The portly 62-year-old -- who blew the cash on luxuries including an upstate vacation home and an apartment in the Dominican Republic -- rolled his eyes after being made to stand up and accept his punishment.
In a brief statement, the disgraced ex-lawmaker said only: "Your Honor, I want to take this opportunity to apologize to my family, my friends and my communities. Thank you."
Afterward, Gonzalez -- who in February blamed his former attorney for making him plead guilty -- refused to speak to reporters in English, but insisted in Spanish that he wanted a trial to prove his innocence.
"We Hispanics, we have to unite. It's not fair what they're doing to us. I feel like an illegal immigrant," he said, according to a Spanish-speaking observer.
Prosecutor Michael Levy argued in court for up to 14 years in the slammer for Gonzales, saying he "continues to deny that he has done anything wrong," and wanted a "Senatorial discount" for his crimes.