- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Several news agencies are reporting that the FBI arrested a Democrat state senator and a Republican New York City councilman Tuesday who are among a half-dozen people charged with trying to rig the 2013 mayoral race.

State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith and City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran were among among a handful of people facing charges, according to The New York Times. The New York Daily News reported that the men conspired to buy Mr. Smith a spot on the Republican ballot.

According to The Daily News Report: “Agents were also rounding up four suspects, including Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino and Queens GOP vice chairman Vincent Tabone. …

“Candidates need the backing of three of the five borough party leaders to get access to a coveted ballot line. Smith’s name was circulated as a potential candidate, but he never actually jumped into the race.

Halloran, a Republican council member from Queens, is charged with acting as liaison in arranging the bribes, which were to be hidden in consultant contracts, sources said. At least some of the payments were made, they said.”