Already indicted on federal corruption charges, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced Wednesday he would not seek a second term in the wake of new allegations that he had affairs with both a former intern and former deputy chief of staff?. Although an initial hearing was deferred Wednesday, Halloran will be the subject of a [...]
Two Queens lawmakers, the former vice chairman of the borough’s Republican Party and three co-defendants pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday before learning that their next day in court is nearly three months away. An April 18 indictment handed up by a grand jury accused state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman [...]
Nearly two weeks after he was accused of trying to bribe his way into Gracie Mansion as a Republican, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) returned to Albany Monday and was kicked out of the Independent Democratic Conference. Smith, who joined the IDC in December in a controversial move that wrested power from Senate Democrats, was [...]
One week after federal authorities announced they had uncovered two suspected bribery plots in Queens and the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative initiative designed to give the state’s 62 district attorneys more power to prosecute corruption cases. “Preventing public corruption is essential to ensuring that government works and can effectively keep the public’s [...]
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vince Tabone were arrested Tuesday and charged with a mayoral bribery scheme so outlandish it left many in the borough scratching their heads. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara outlined the charges, contained in a criminal complaint, at a Tuesday news conference [...]
The increasingly bitter campaign for the northeast Queens state Assembly seat came to an end Tuesday night with Democrat Ed Braunstein’s victory over his Republican challenger Vince Tabone.