Former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is at the top of a list of politicians arrested today in a federal probe of corruption in New York politics. The AP reported Smith’s 6:30 came at this morning.
Our Albany correspondent, Karen DeWitt is chasing the story as it develops, and we’ll have her report in the morning.
This afternoon, The Albany Times Union reported US Attorney Preet Bharara detailed…
an elaborate chart detailing the alleged vectors of money and favors — with, he noted, “Malcolm in the middle” — quoted from many of these statements before calling the case yet another sign of “the public corruption crisis in New York.”
“That’s politics, that’s politics, it’s all about how much. Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that, all like that. And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else. You can’t do anything without the f—ing money.”
And here’s the New York Times story: Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot