NY Lawmaker Arrested in Campaign Bribery Plot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York state lawmaker and several other politicians have been arrested, in an alleged plot to pay bribes to get the lawmaker into the race for mayor of New York City.

Federal authorities say Democratic state Sen. Malcom Smith tried to pay off some New York City Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a Republican.

GOP City Councilman Dan Halloran and four other political figures were also charged -- including the Republican Party chairman in the Bronx, and the vice chairman in Queens.

According to a criminal complaint, Smith met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer, and agreed to bribe leaders of Republican county committees around New York City in an attempt to run for mayor as a Republican, even though he's a registered Democrat.

The complaint says in exchange for payments from the developer to the Republican officials, Smith agreed to use his power as senator to help obtain state money for a road project in Spring Valley outside New York -- a project he believed would benefit the undercover agent's company.

The mayor and deputy mayor of Spring Valley are also charged.

Smith says in a statement that he will be vindicated.

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