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You Paid for It: Standing By Smith
ALBANY -- It's been a month since federal authorities accused State Senator Malcolm Smith of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral race. But despite little support from his colleagues at the Capitol, CBS6 discovered many taxpayers in Smith's district are standing by him.
Capitol Correspondent Pat Bailey visited Smith's district in Queens. One voter who has met Smith believes the allegations are false.
"I defended him, I defended him saying he didn't do it and there are two sides to every story, and then there is the truth. He is an honest man."
Federal officials claim Smith led two livesl an honest one in Albany as a Senator and another behind the scenes, paying off federal agents. The US Attorney's office claims Smith gave Republican officials in the city money in exchange to get his name on the New York City mayor's ballot.
The charges were enough to get Smith kicked out of the Independent Democratic Conference. And when asked if she thought Smith should resign, Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told us yes.
"As I have said when you face this level of serious accusations I don't know how it is possible to serve your constituency the way they need to be served."
Smith has pleaded not guilty.