In one day, the state of New York showed the world why its constituents only laugh to stop themselves from crying.

Bronx City Council Member Larry Seabrook turned himself over to federal authorities on Tuesday after being indicted on a litany of charges that center on corruption, money laundering and kickbacks to his immediate and extended family members. It’s been chronicled in a 66-page federal indictment, which was made available to the public earlier this week.

According to the indictment, Seabrook funneled state money through non-profits, where his girlfriend and relatives “worked” and were paid over $500,000 each between 2002 and 2009.

Seabrook is also accused of strong-arming the New York Yankees into allowing him to award a boiler sub-contract to the company he wanted and demanded a premium of $13,000 for the privilege, which he received. After picking the boiler company of his choosing, Seabrook, according to the indictment, strong-armed them too for payments between July 2006 and April 2009, which were eventually laundered into the North East Bronx Community Democratic Club.

Money laundering, extortion and dipping into the City Council’s discretionary funds (“slush fund”): All signs point to Seabrook spending most of the upcoming months in court and possibly years behind bars. Marquez Claxton, a retired detective and former City Council candidate, feels that Seabrook should do one thing that would finally benefit his constituents in the Bronx.

“These are very serious and significant charges that he’s been indicted for,” said Claxton. “It deals with issues of integrity. The people deserve a representative who doesn’t have this cloud over his head. That’s why it’s important for Seabrook to realize that it’s best that he step down. The people will not be served effectively.”

Speaking of public officials not serving the people effectively, State Senator Hiram Monserrate of Queens finally met his fate in Albany on the same Tuesday. The State Senate voted 53-8 to give Monserrate the boot, citing his highly publicized misdemeanor assault conviction, where he was caught on a surveillance camera dragging his girlfriend from his apartment complex in Queens. The eight no votes came from Monserrate, John Sampson, Kevin Parker, Pedro Espada Jr., Carl Kruger, Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr. and Martin Malave Dilan.

Monserrate made allusions to fighting the vote via a legal appeal, saying that he was denied due process by Albany and the Senate had no right to expel him because of the skeletons in other public officials’ closets. He said he was “at the mercy of certain colleagues with unfortunate political agendas.” According to Claxton, the State Senate can throw out one of its own without appeal if and only if they’re convicted of a felony.

“Make no mistake about it, this is a sad day for the Senate,” said State Senator Eric Schneiderman in an e-mailed statement. “The expulsion of a senator is a rare action that ought to be considered only in the most egregious of circumstances, but I believe the conduct of Senator Monserrate–his disregard for the law and for the safety of others–meets that standard.”

“Senator Monserrate has not been honest about the events that led to his arrest and conviction, and, to this day, refuses to accept responsibility for his criminal conduct,” said Schneiderman.

Monserrate lashed out at his fellow senators before the vote, saying that it was “the height of arrogance for someone who has never pulled the lever in my community, never saw the narcotic sales on Roosevelt Avenue…to think they have more power than the constituents.” The now former state senator insists that it should be up to his constituents to decide his fate and not his peers. But Schneiderman feels that Monserrate’s actions against a female couldn’t be ignored.

“It is clear that the Senate cannot turn a blind eye to an act of domestic violence,” Schneiderman declared. “Senator Monserrate’s abusive and unlawful conduct damages the integrity of the New York State Senate and demonstrates a lack of fitness to serve in this body. Due process was followed; justice was served.”

While these two men are gone, the city and state citizens might be too far-gone to see a light at the end of the political tunnel.