Gristina was allegedly caught on wiretaps and surveillance videos as part of a five-year investigation by the District Attorney's Public Corruption Unit, which probes the conduct of law enforcement and other officials and whether they have been protecting Gristina's alleged activities.
Gristina has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr and various rescue animals, including pot bellied pigs.
"We are just a great family ... and my wife means everything to me," Gorr told the New York Daily News as he exited his wife's hearing today. "I feel heartbroken."
Gristina was previously married to Dario Gristina, who is a candidate for New York State Assembly.
Her next court date is scheduled for May 3.