Malcolm Smith tried to buy election in alleged $200K bribery scheme | New York Post


The NY Post reports on Day 1 of disgraced ex-state senator Malcolm Smith’s federal corruption trial in White Plains. Read key excerpts below:

“To get on the GOP line in the 2013 mayoral race, Smith — once one of the state’s top Democrats — needed the support of three of the five borough Republican committees. Queens was allegedly secured through Tabone and The Bronx through former Bronx GOP Chairman Joseph “Jay” Savino.Carbone called Tabone one of the men who “held the keys to that ballot” and alleged the political operative was ready to give his up for a “fistful of cash.

”Smith, the feds say, turned to Moses Stern — a crooked Rockland County developer turned federal witness — and an undercover federal agent for money and help pulling off the botched scheme. In turn, Smith allegedly promised them $500,000 in transportation funds for a project in Spring Valley, NY.
Read the entire story here: http://nypost.com/2015/01/07/malcolm-smith-tried-to-buy-election-in-alleged-200k-bribery-scheme/

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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