NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling for the “outright ban of the controversial spending system” after the arrests of several lawmakers.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran and four others were arrested Tuesday in an alleged plot to rig the 2013 New York City mayoral race.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Jason Rivera Fatally Shot, Officer Wilbert Mora Critically Injured Responding To Harlem Domestic Dispute
Federal authorities say Smith, a Democrat, wanted to run as a Republican. According to a criminal complaint, Smith met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer and agreed to bribe leaders of Republican county committees around New York City.
The complaint says in exchange for payments from the developer to the Republican officials, Smith agreed to use his power as senator to help obtain state money for a road project in Spring Valley — a project he believed would benefit the undercover agent’s company.