PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia city councilman Rick Mariano has been transferred to a halfway house after serving four years in prison for bribery.

Mariano, former councilman for the 7th District, is out of federal prison after serving four years of a 6½-year sentence for taking bribes while in office.

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His first phone call was to a longtime friend, US Congressman Bob Brady (far right in phot0):

“He’s doing good.  He sounds like a real changed man.  No excuses, he made a mistake.  He knows he made a mistake.  And he wants to get on with his life and hopes to be a productive person in society.”

Brady says he spoke frequently with Mariano while the former councilman was in prison and they often talked politics.

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But Brady insists that Mariano has no desire to get back into politics, and simply hopes to find work as an electrician, his former occupation.

For now, Mariano is at a halfway house in the city’s Juniata section.

Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau Chief Mike Dunn.

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