Malcolm Smith

Former Democratic New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, who briefly served as Majority Leader, will spend seven years in prison for a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election. Smith was sentenced Wednesday in White Plains.

2/6/15 Panel

Feb 6, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

Topics include Ukraine, SONY Fallout, Brian Williams, Cuomo on Reform, Jordan ISIS, Metro North, Heastie Assembly Speaker, Malcolm Smith.

Former state Sen. Malcolm Smith has been convicted of scheming to bribe his way onto the ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral election.

6/18/14 Panel

Jun 18, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Ray Graf and Legislative Director of NYPIRG, Blair Horner.

Topics include:
Benghazi Capture
Malcolm Smith Mistrial
Iraq Update
GM Hearing

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Hillary Clinton on U.S. relations with Iran and a mistrial for Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith.

Eight more names of lawmakers  and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted ex- Senator Shirley Huntley to make public the names of  her colleagues that she secretly recorded.  WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.

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In his first major address since last week’s corruption scandals in Albany involving the arrests of state Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and several other political leaders on both sides of the aisle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new ethics reform package in New York City Tuesday afternoon.

Cuomo’s proposal will empower district attorneys across the state to pursue public corruption cases.

Times Union

Could last week’s arrest of New York State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City revive a somewhat dormant investigation of possible wrongdoing in the awarding several years ago of a license to operate a racino at the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens? Several years back when Smith and several other Democrats had control of the senate, a bidding process was underway for the racino, a process that led to accusations of pay-to play by the Inspector General Joseph Frisch.

Just two days after State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City was charged with bribery, another state lawmaker is facing the same charge in an un-related case.

Two days after a New York state Senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state Assemblyman has been accused of accepting  payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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Government reform groups say New York’s politicians need to enact public financing of campaigns, one day after a State Senator was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe his way  onto the ballot for the New York City mayor’s race.   

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Yesterday’s events in New York will surely go down as yet another marker in the state’s history of political corruption as six officials, including former New York State Senate Majority Leader, State Senator Malcolm Smith, are now facing federal charges.

Today we want your take on the so-called culture of corruption that seems to pervade many areas of public service and elected office. Does power corrupt those who have it? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

4/3/13 - Panel

Apr 3, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and Associate Editor of The Times Union – Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:

  • State Senator Malcolm Smith corruption case
  • Gun Control Reform, President Obama is in CO today, CT next week
  • Gallup Poll shows The Capital Region is among the least religious regions in the nation
  • China Smog Linked to 1.2 Million Premature Deaths

New York state Senator Malcolm Smith, a former Senate Majority Leader, has been arrested and indicted in a far reaching bribery and corruption scandal.

The corruption case against Senator Malcolm Smith spans village, county, state and New York City governments,  as well as both major political parties.

Smith, a Democrat who was leader of the state Senate in 2009 until taken out in a coup attempt, was seeking the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York City.

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith is among six people arrested for allegedly trying to rig the Republican race for mayor of New York City. Smith, from Queens, and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, were arrested by the F.B.I. this morning.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli have commented on the stunning arrest of fellow Democrat New York State Senator Malcolm Smith Tuesday morning. In a statement, Smith says he will be vindicated of charges that he plotted to rig the New York City mayoral race in a case that includes extortion and wire and mail fraud charges.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a New York City councilman and four other politicians are facing charges in a public corruption probe.