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The Newest Slew Of Corrupt Politicians

Six New York politicians arraigned over corruption charges

The Newest Slew Of Corrupt PoliticiansSix US politicians in the state of New York are up for arraignment in a criminal case that alleges a plot to buy the state’s upcoming mayoral ballot.

All six defendants including Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran are expected to enter “not guilty” pleas at the arraignment scheduled for Tuesday, said defense attorneys on Monday.

Smith and Halloran are accused of bribing Republican politicians into setting up the GOP nomination for the upcoming mayoral race this year.

The indictment quoted Halloran as admitting, “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.”

Republican Party leaders Joseph Savino and Vincent Tabone are also accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars during the scandal.

FBI agents uncovered the plot, with a “cooperating witness” allegedly taking part in a series of clandestine meetings in parked cars, hotel rooms and state offices to discuss bribes and money exchanges.

Court papers indicated that the political figures are charged with collectively taking over USD 100,000 in bribes during the meetings.

According to a poll conducted by Siena College, four out of five New York voters expect more state lawmakers to get arrested in the near future. More than nine out of 10 say corruption in the state legislature is a serious problem.

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