NY State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith, Others Charged In Plot To Buy Spot On Mayoral Ballot

Source: William K. Rashbaum and Marc Santora / The New York Times

A top New York State lawmaker was arrested early Tuesday for what federal prosecutors said was his central role in a brazen series of bribery and corruption schemes, including an attempt to buy a spot on the ballot in this year’s race for New York City mayor.

In outlining the charges against the lawmaker, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, as well as five other politicians and Republican Party leaders, United States Attorney Preet Bharara said the case was but the latest evidence that corruption in New York was “pervasive.”

“Every New Yorker should be disheartened and dismayed by the sad state of affairs in this great state,” Mr. Bharara said.

Mr. Smith, a Queens Democrat who rose to become the first black president of the State Senate, was accused of conspiring with City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran III, a Queens Republican, to get his name on the ballot for mayor as a Republican, which would require approval of a majority of the party’s leadership in the city.

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