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Court appearance for State Sen. Smith accused of trying to rig NYC mayoral race
WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A Democratic state lawmaker has been formally indicted for plotting to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot as a Republican.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith and five other politicians are named in the indictment, which echoes a criminal complaint issued April 2.
It says Smith schemed, with the help of City Councilman Daniel Halloran, to bribe GOP party leaders. It says two party leaders, Joseph Savino and Vincent Tabone, accepted cash bribes in exchange for agreeing to help.
In addition, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret are accused of taking money and property in a related scheme.
Calls to defense lawyers were not immediately returned. Lawyers for Smith and Halloran have previously denied the charges, as has Jasmin.
Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.