Former Queens Councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty Tuesday for his role in a bribery scheme to get Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith on the GOP ticket in last year’s mayoral race.
During the White Plains federal corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, jurors on Wednesday heard a secretly-taped recording of former City Councilman Daniel Halloran telling an undercover agent that Republicans should get at least half of the city’s top appointments, according to a published report.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith secretly agreed with undercover federal agents that fellow politicians could be persuaded through certain incentives to help him attain his political goals, The New York Times reported following courtroom testimony on Monday.
Opening statements began in the corruption trial against state Sen. Malcolm Smith Wednesday who is accused of trying to bribe his way onto the Republican ballot for New York City mayor.
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Clyde Vanel launched his campaign against State Senator Malcolm Smith in January, and on Wednesday Vanel called for the incumbent to step down.
State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.
State Senator Malcolm Smith is running for re-election and fighting to keep his seat from current challengers Clyde Vanel and Munir Avery.
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.
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 [...]