Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, the first Asian-American elected to the state Legislature, will serve one month behind bars and pay a $30,000 fine for bribery charges to which he pleaded guilty last year.

Meng, a 69-year-old Queens Democrat, admitted last November that he tried to solicit $80,000 from a businessman under investigation for tax fraud. He was sentenced today in Brooklyn federal court, where he tearfully apologized for the “stupid mistake that I will have to live with for the rest of my life” and said he could not explain his actions.

After he’s released from prison, he’ll serve four months of home detention with an electronic monitoring bracelet and then two years probation during which he must complete 750 hours of community service.
Meng is due to surrender May 3.

Meng was elected to the Assembly in 2004 and served one term before retiring for health reasons. He succeeded by another Asian-American, Ellen Young, who lost the September 2008 primary to Meng’s daughter, Grace Meng.

Grace Meng was elected to Congress last year, and is New York’s first Asian-American member of the House. She was present in the courtroom today.

UPDATE: NY1’s Bobby Cuza, who covered Jimmy Meng’s sentencing, caught up with Grace Meng outside the courtroom and sent the following statement from the congresswoman:

We’re here in support of my father today. He has taken full responsibility for his actions and accepts all the consequences. And our family looks forward to getting on beyond this chapter.”