FBI Arrests Officials in Alleged ‘Show Me the Money’ Plot to Rig Election for NYC Mayor

A New York state senator and a city councilman from Queens were arrested today in what federal officials say was an illegal scheme to rig this year’s election for mayor of New York City.

The FBI arrested both state Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran for their roles in an a alleged bribery scheme to get Smith, a top Democrat, placed on the mayoral ballot as a Republican. The New York Post reports:

“Today’s charges demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government. The complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself, ” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
“As alleged, Senator Malcolm Smith tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion - Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes. . . .
As agents took Smith and Halloran into custody, the feds raided the homes of Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino and Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, who were arrested on charges of wire fraud and bribery. They allegedly agreed to take bribes to get Smith on the ballot.

(Via Memeorandum.)