State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s corruption trial declared a mistrial


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Judge Kenneth M. Karas declared a mistrial Tuesday in the corruption trial against state Sen. Malcolm Smith, reports said.

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Sen. Malcolm Smith’s lawyer wants federal corruption trial delayed


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State Senator Malcolm Smith wants his federal corruption trial delayed, as he runs for re-election and awaits a judge’s decision to dismiss some charges, his lawyer said. He and former Councilmember Dan Halloran will return to court Feb. 28.

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Clyde Vanel latest to enter race for Malcolm Smith’s Senate seat


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The race for State Senator Malcolm Smith’s seat is widening with new contender Clyde Vanel. He joins attorney Munir Avery to try and snag the Senate seat from Smith, who was arrested last April for corruption charges.

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Attorney Munir Avery to run for State Senator Malcolm Smith’s seat


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Munir Avery announced he will be the first challenger for State Senator Malcolm Smith’s seat in the 2014 election. “I was born and raised in Queens Village, and I want to continue to serve my community. I want to bring the services to my community,” said the attorney. Smith, who was indicted in April for […]

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State Senator Malcolm Smith, LL Cool J to hold Queens Jump and Ball Tournament


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Despite his political troubles embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith will team up with rapper and actor LL Cool J again to present the 9th annual Jump and Ball Tournament. The event, which features basketball games and double-dutch tournaments, will be free to register and participate in, and will take place at Daniel O’Connell Park in Saint […]

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Malcolm Smith back to work following bribery arrest


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Photo courtesy of the Office of State Senator Malcolm Smith

State Senator Malcolm Smith is back to work following his arrest earlier this month on corruption charges. “We’re serving the people just as we usually do,” said a Smith spokesperson. “We’ve been helping them as we always have.” On Tuesday, April 2, Smith was arrested along with Councilmember Dan Halloran for allegedly trying to rig […]

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Eyes on possible Malcolm Smith replacement


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The charges against State Senator Malcolm Smith already have the political world swirling with rumors on a potential replacement if the embattled legislator is found guilty. Councilmember Leroy Comrie and Jason Hilliard, chief of staff for Congressmember Gregory Meeks, were both reported to be eyeing the spot. But Comrie, a candidate for borough president, said […]

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UPDATE: State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran arrested in alleged plot to rig mayor’s race


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Two Queens politicians were among six officials arrested by the FBI Tuesday for conspiring to rig the mayoral election, authorities said. State Senator Malcolm Smith allegedly bribed county GOP leaders to let him run for mayor as a Republican, according to the Southern District U.S. Attorney and FBI. Councilmember Dan Halloran is accused of setting […]

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Malcolm Smith denies Republican run for mayor


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Conflicting reports have come out about a Democrat state senator considering a run for mayor next year as a Republican. The New York Post reported on Wednesday, August 1, that State Senator Malcolm Smith, who was the majority leader when the party held the senate, was in talks with the state Republican party about running […]

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