Malcom Smith

New York News
6:01 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Six NY Pols Being Arraigned On Corruption Charges

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Six politicians are up for arraignment in a case that alleges a plot to buy a line on New York City's mayoral ballot.

Defense lawyers say that not-guilty pleas are expected from all six today.

The case has spawned several proposals to fight corruption in New York.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, is accused of scheming to bribe county Republican leaders for the GOP line on this year's mayoral ballot.

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Hudson Valley News
8:55 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Lalor says legislative leadership that tolerated corruption must go

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ALBANY – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill) said the governor’s proposed legislation to get tough on public corruption is only a first step.

Lalor said the second step “has to be clearing the legislature of leadership that has tolerated corruption,” and that should start at the top of the Assembly with Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver stepping down.

The freshman lawmaker said there should be term limits on the legislature and those in its leadership positions.

Lalor also called for the end to member items.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cuomo proposes empowering DA's to help fight political corruption

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New York Governor Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.

The bills would make it easier for the state’s DA’s to prosecute cases of bribery, and politicians and others  involved in bribery schemes. It would also create a new crime of failure to report bribery. Anyone who does not blow the whistle if they discover potential corruption could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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New York News
7:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plot

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A federal prosecutor says a Democratic state lawmaker wanted to pay GOP bosses to let him run for mayor of New York City as a Republican, which is easier in a city crowded with Democratic politicians.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Tuesday's arrest of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran and four others was part of a "Show me the money" political culture.

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New York News
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests

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A New York City councilman has been stripped of his power to direct money for his district and a state senator has been removed from his leadership role after their arrests in a federal corruption case.

City Councilman Dan Halloran was stripped of his committee assignments and money-allocating authority Tuesday evening.

Earlier Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith was removed from his committee assignments and leadership post in the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. It forms a majority coalition with Senate Republicans.

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