Senator Arrested in NYC Mayor Bribery Scandal

    April 2, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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New York state Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested today in connection with an alleged bribery scandal involving Smith gaining ballot listing for New York City’s Republican mayoral primary.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Smith and five other politicians were arrested on charges of bribery, extortion, and fraud. The other arrested individuals include New York City Council Member for Queens Dan Halloran; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Bronx Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Spring Valley, New York Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy mayor Joseph Desmaret. Smith is a democrat and a state senator for New York’s 14th district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Smith and Halloran are accused of arranging $40,000 in bribes to have Smith’s name appear on the Republican primary ballot for the New York City mayoral race in 2013. Halloran is also accused of having received nearly $25,000 to steer city council discretionary funding to a company named by his briber, who was an undercover FBI agent.

“Today’s charges demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for Manhattan. “The complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself. As alleged, Senator Malcolm Smith tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion – Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes. After the string of public corruption scandals that we have brought to light, many may rightly resign themselves to the sad truth that perhaps the most powerful special interest in politics is self-interest. We will continue pursuing and punishing every corrupt official we find, but the public corruption crisis in New York is more than a prosecutor’s problem.”

  • http://Yahoo pat weston

    Why doesn’t this surprise me? That’s a rhetorical question~~no answer required.

  • http://break.com Asian

    Blacks naturally are violent, lie & less educated!

    • http://yahoo Frank

      Yes indeed! ! But,what about the Asians, with their Triads, and the Opium trade, and the hackers? ? ? So don’t be naive.

      • barrack

        Blacks are the most corrupt, dangerous, and dull.

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  • http://yahoo Frank

    No! ! They don’t have time to pass important Bills before Congress, but they do have time to be in the pockets of their sugar daddies, their lobbyist, or someone else. . .Bunch of prostitutes! ! !

  • David Sparks

    People talk of criminals…What’s the point we are all criminals.Not black men, not white men, not asians, all men are criminals. We have turned the constitution into a comic book,laughing jokeing, and making fun of our friends…The real point is jeaously, bad attitudes….

  • bobm

    Damn, I was hoping it was Pelose, Reid, Boxer.or Feinstein. Malcolm Smith is an honest person compared to the aformentioned.

  • James

    This was not the type of partisan politics I was hoping for, however it does show that the democrats and republicans can work together.

  • Aryton Senna

    All BLACK??

  • DB

    So whats new about voter fraud & the Republicans??

    • Danny

      Hey, DB read past the first paragraph.

      • RICK

        he’s a democrat ya goofball………read the whole thing

  • Gary

    President Truman said one time” Show me a politician leaving Washington a millionaire and I will show you a crook”.

  • kulman

    Republican/ Democrat black white what’s the difference in the end we all get screwed time to change this!!!!

  • http://yahoo b mc garrett

    profile them all.

  • http://yahoo James Monley

    When He is named it’s odd the initial “D” isn’t present beside His name for party affiliation. That’s OK many know the reason already.

  • brian smith

    typical, several republicans found in bribery scandal and the only picture is of a african american. I guess, Joseph Sevino in african american so his picture can’t be included along with the others. I know what comes next, were not racist just jounalist.

  • AR PRO

    They need to get rid of the trash in NYC, start at the bottom of the pile with bloomturd and work your way up…