LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A senator was arrested today in an alleged plot concerning the NYC Mayor race. Democratic state Senator Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran, Joseph Savino of the Bronx, and Vincent Tabone of the Queens were arrested on federal charges this morning. Prosecutors claim the group alleged conspired to bribe a GOP county leader to get Smith on the NYC Mayoral ballot race.
The issue stemmed from the field of Democrat and GOP candidates in the NYC Mayor race. Malcolm Smith wanted to get onto a GOP ballot. But because he was are registered Democrat, he needed approval of three of five republican county chairmen.
Officials claim that Smith used an intermediary to allegedly bribe two of three chairmen to get him on the ballot. Each person was allegedly promised $80,000. The intermediary, however, was an undercover FBI agent. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a news statement today that Smith “tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion.” The charges claim hat Smith came up with the plan and that Halloran “quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes.”
“The complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Smith issued a statement denying the charges. “Malcolm Smith is a dedicated public servant who has served both the state of New York and his constituents in an exemplary fashion,” said his attorney. “He steadfastly denies the allegations that are contained in the complaint.”