Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

senate2.jpg Senator Malcolm Smith speaks at a press conference.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot. Also charged are: Bronx County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. Buzzfeed's editor in chief Ben Smith discusses the charges and implications.

Smith, Malcolm Et Al. Complaint (Signed)


Ben Smith

Comments [29]

DTorres from Manhattan

Politicians, bribes and corruption.
I'm shocked! I'm shocked that we have dirty politicians.

Apr. 02 2013 09:30 PM
dlm from Brooklyn

Smith's causal attitude toward corruption is part of the problem. Yes it is rampant and will continue to be so - aided by that attitude. The public expects reporters to bring this type of thing out into the light. When reporters find corruption ho-hum and barely newsworthy it will only flourish.

Apr. 02 2013 03:55 PM

It looks bad. As bad as the many plows driving around after the blizzard looked with the plow in the upraised, useless position. Perhaps you didn't see that in Manhattan or Canarsie. I personally saw it in Bayside and North Flushing.

Apr. 02 2013 03:11 PM

It looks bad. As bad as the many plows driving around after the blizzard looked with the plow in the upraised, useless position. Perhaps you didn't see that in Manhattan or Canarsie. I personally saw it in Bayside and North Flushing.

Apr. 02 2013 03:10 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Calls'em from Today, in NYC: Halloran is NOT a former cop. He was once a cadet, but never a police officer.

Apr. 02 2013 02:17 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Calls'em from Today -- Let the GOP spin begin!

Apr. 02 2013 12:19 PM
Calls'em from Today, in NYC

These guys (Smith & Halloran) are two of the most dedicated public servants in NY. Why would they have to bribe people to do this, when it would benefit everyone involved and would especially benefit the people of NYC.

I smell a rat and a set up. Dan Halloran is a former cop and assistant DA and I doubt he would be involved any illegal activity. There are many people who are very jealous of both of these men. The NY Dems lose a pol every month or two to arrest for corruption or beating up their wives or girlfriends and we hardly hear a peep about it from the liberal media in NY. The history of the Democrat Party from Tammany Hall on to the Meade Esposito days to today - was and is corruption and association with organized crime. A side note is that NYC had the first gun control laws that were specifically passed to help the criminal gang members avoid being shot by law abiding people & business owners who were merely defending themselves.

At least three of the many Dems currently running for mayor have very shady connections - campaign financing problems and misappropriation of Gov’t funds - in the past. I urge everyone to reserve judgment on this matter and also consider the life time of good works by both Smith and Halloran. In fact Halloran is one of the few Council members to put his discretionary budget up to a vote by the voters of his district.

I hope that the media will start covering every scandal, and name the political parties that those corrupt pols belong to – 99% of the time it’s Democrats. This is the first with Repubs in decades, as opposed to generations of Democrat Party corruption like Mr. Meng, whose stories barely get covered and then when penalties are issued, slaps on the wrist are given out. Part of the new shame of our cities is the fact that almost no one in the media does any digging anymore. They just report what their political bosses tell them to cover. It’s a sad day, all around.

Apr. 02 2013 12:11 PM

@oscar from ny:

Did you ever see a final report from the U.S. Attorney's Office or the NYC Dept. of Investigation on "Queen Quinn's" confession?

Apr. 02 2013 12:08 PM
Renter from East Village

I have to laugh over how these investigators used the identities of real estate developers to sting corrupt politicians. The real estate sector as cash cows for politicians is so accepted that it was the best bait to use.
Lets get corporate money out of housing policy. Go to the rally on Wednesday to get corporate money out of NY state politics- especially basic human needs like housing and health care.

Apr. 02 2013 12:07 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Amen Antonio - Preet's balls tend to shrivel up, when it comes to Wall Street.

Apr. 02 2013 12:02 PM
Peter from Manhattan

And what do you call what Bloomberg did to get his third term? I guess the difference is that Bloomberg was working with billions.

Apr. 02 2013 12:02 PM

Yeah - business as usual

Apr. 02 2013 12:01 PM
antonio from baySide

OK Bat-Bharara, go save gotham and go after wallSt...

Apr. 02 2013 11:59 AM
Mike from Tribeca

We're all Wilson Pakula's now?

Apr. 02 2013 11:56 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

Tony from Canarsie--I bet that there are still people who "remember" that the union sabotaged the snow clean-up.

Apr. 02 2013 11:55 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

And Malcolm Smith came within inches of being senate leader two years ago. Thank you Pedro Espada, for stopping such a travesty.

Apr. 02 2013 11:52 AM
Robert from NYC

Really, he has others he can go after? He can start in Mott Haven, man, solid corruption, City, State, and Federal. Check it out.

Apr. 02 2013 11:50 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Kudos to Preet for telling it like it is.

Apr. 02 2013 11:50 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Paraphrasing "Casablanca," I'm shocked, shocked that there's shocking going on here!

Apr. 02 2013 11:49 AM
Robert from NYC

Can this be an April Fools Day joke one day late?

Apr. 02 2013 11:49 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Malcolm Smith surely had it coming. He got it twisted along time ago.

Apr. 02 2013 11:48 AM
Robert from NYC

NO! Really? Corruption in NYC politics. Takes my breath away just to think about it. These are gang wars, politicians v organized crime, who can get the most out of us. I think the politicians win in this one man. Really? Rs as well as Ds? Nooooo, c'mon.

Apr. 02 2013 11:47 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Lenore from Manhattan -- thanks for the info on Halloran. I couldn't quite place the name. The notorious episode of Halloran, the Post and the phantom union saboteurs reeked of Murdoch.

Apr. 02 2013 11:42 AM
Leo from Queens

Sheldon is correct. NY State and NYC are under the control of 2 political mafias with no transparency or accountability. I do not condone these actions nor support the sale of an office.

But there is a double standard here when you have others with money which buy off many groups in order to silence them so they can buy themselves an office - Bloomberg bought himself the mayor's office for 3 terms which has had a significant financial return to him and his company yet no one thinks there is something wrong about this.

or the use of the NYPD to intimidate political opponents or rough up and intimidate members of the media trying to point out problems and abuses in government by both the Guliani and Bloomberg administrations.

Apr. 02 2013 11:27 AM
oscar from ny

Doesn't surprise me, this current mayor also bribed everyone into four more years, his rethoric are lues and assumptions, he wants to get credit for reducing crime but doesn't he know that crime is down un most of the us, ppl have grown and changed, no more wu-tang clan or mobbs running the streets, it use to be cool not anymore, besides turning commissioner Kelly into his himmler and making everyone believe ny is syria...he hasn't really done jack..ppl will give more credit to that Dominican guy who won the lottery, he should run for office.
I support Mrs Christine Quiin because she has a new perspective and is with the times with this new generation wich inclines to be gay,..what can ppl do but just come out..besides she's a leo and I know she's a go getter and feed this state plenty, also that's why she's so loud, nut she needs a good monetary advicer like Mr Bernanki so her plans can go accordenly.

Apr. 02 2013 11:25 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

NYS is under the control of a two-party kleptocracy, replete with career politicians and nefarious party bosses, where everything from judge-ships to senate seats are bought and sold with brown bags of cash and favors.

Is it surprising that another round of politicians will probably leave Albany in hand-cuffs? Not to me.

Apr. 02 2013 10:55 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Thank heaven - some good old fashioned corruption that is just about money ... and disappears for awhile with the appropriate arrests. That, at least, we can all understand, as it has existed for millennia going back to the ancient Greeks.
Much worse is the stealth debasement of our political system and our national unity by Barry Obama using divisiveness, ethnic/racial/class warfare, guilt, and bogus labels like "fairness". This will infect our system for generations with no ability to cleanse it with jail terms. Obama will cause much more lasting damage than the usual political crooks.

Apr. 02 2013 10:33 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

If I recall correctly, it was Halloran who a couple of years ago charged that members of the Sanitation Union had deliberately sabotaged the blizzard cleanup that went so badly. This was given a great deal of media play, including in the Post, of course. Then they had to do an investigation and found there was nothing to his charges.

Same guy? He was described at the time as a bit of a provocative pol.

Please ask if this is the same guy.

Apr. 02 2013 10:17 AM

HEY get rid of county chairs too

Apr. 02 2013 10:11 AM

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