NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that a Democratic state senator tried to bribe his way into a shot at the Republican nomination for New York City mayor are reverberating through the mayor's race and state government.
Good-government advocates held press conferences at City Hall and the state Capitol Wednesday.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, city Councilman Daniel Halloran, two city Republican Party officials and two suburban officials were arrested Tuesday in a multi-pronged probe.
The allegations have created political quicksand for Republicans as the mayor's race heats up. Another aspect of the case has some Democratic candidates squaring off about a years-old City Council spending scandal.
In Albany, the investigation is reviving concerns about corruption after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to rout it out.
Through their lawyers, Smith and Halloran deny the allegations.