power stripped

NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests

Apr 3, 2013
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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.