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State lawmaker among several arrested in alleged bribe-for-ballot scheme

Tuesday - 4/2/2013, 2:40pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York state lawmaker and several other politicians have been arrested, in an alleged plot to pay bribes to get the lawmaker into the race for mayor of New York City.

Federal authorities say Democratic state Sen. Malcom Smith tried to pay off some New York City Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a Republican.

GOP City Councilman Dan Halloran and four other political figures were also charged -- including the Republican Party chairman in the Bronx, and the vice chairman in Queens.

According to a criminal complaint, Smith met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer, and agreed to bribe leaders of Republican county committees around New York City in an attempt to run for mayor as a Republican, even though he's a registered Democrat.

The complaint says in exchange for payments from the developer to the Republican officials, Smith agreed to use his power as senator to help obtain state money for a road project in Spring Valley outside New York -- a project he believed would benefit the undercover agent's company.

The mayor and deputy mayor of Spring Valley are also charged.

Smith says in a statement that he will be vindicated.

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166-c-15-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-"among those charged"-AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports a federal complaint accuses a Democratic state senator of trying to bribe his way into the Republican mayoral nomination. (2 Apr 2013)

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165-v-31-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--A New York state senator has been arrested on charges he tried to rig the New York City mayor's race. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (2 Apr 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Malcolm Smith headshot, as New York State Senator, graphic element on gray (2 Apr 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Dan Halloran headshot, as New York City Councilman, graphic element on gray (2 Apr 2013)

APPHOTO NYRD110: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara uses a chart during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to explain that a New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday along with several other politicians, in an alleged plot to bribe his way into the race for mayor of New York City. Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith tried to pay off some of New York City's Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a GOP candidate, federal prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (2 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO NY113: FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The FBI says Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested early Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in an alleged plot to rig the New York City mayor's race. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement that Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race and Halloran found party chairmen who were open to receiving bribes. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File) (8 Dec 2008)

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APPHOTO NY114: FILE - In this July 24, 2012 file photo, New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran III speaks during a Board of Health public hearing in New York. Halloran and New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith were arrested Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in an alleged plot to rig the New York City mayor's race. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (24 Jul 2012)

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