Arrested: Independent Democrat Malcolm Smith, Republicans Dan Halloran, Jay Savino and Vince Tabone

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The details of the alleged bribery and corruption scheme that led the F.B.I. to the arrest of at least four New York City politicians and political operatives are still murky.

The PostNBC New York and the Times have a first wave of details about the arrests of "independent Democratic" state senator Malcolm Smith, Republican city councilman Dan Halloran and Republican operative Vince Tabone, all of Queens, and Bronx Republican county chairman Jay Savino.

Halloran was allegedly trying to help Smith, who is not registered as a Republican, find a way onto the mayoral ballot as a Republican through use of bribes.

The legal and political fallout from this sweeping federal probe, which also includes political figures in Westchester, will take weeks, if not months, to sort out.

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Smith's mayoral prospects were never that serious (notwithstanding the seriousness with which the Post wrote about his theoretical entry into the race back when Smith first pursued the idea and, more remarkably, today).

But he is one of a handful of Democrats who formed a power-sharing coalition with Republicans in Albany, and, significantly, is the only non-white senator in that coalition. Smith saw a marked increase in Senate-related benefits after he made the switch.

If his seat is vacated, it could easily be won by a Democrat who would actually stay with with the Democratic conference. Candidates could include the term-limited councilman Leroy Comrie, who is struggling to raise money for a borough presidency race.

Tabone is a Republican operative on the payroll of mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, although it's unclear how integral a role he was playing on that campaign.

Halloran, a former police officer, has endorsed mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, who was talking about law-and-order issues just yesterday in front of City Hall.

The F.B.I. will be providing more details about the alleged scheme shortly.

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"I’m sure the truth will come out once I have an opportunity to find out what’s going on." — Dan Halloran

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