Arrested: Independent Democrat Malcolm Smith, Republicans Dan Halloran, Jay Savino and Vince Tabone
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 Post, NBC 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.
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.
"I’m sure the truth will come out once I have an opportunity to find out what’s going on." — Dan Halloran
State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested in an alleged bribery scheme to getRepublican support for Smith's would-be mayoral campaign. [Josh Margolin, Lorena Mongelli and Erin Calabrese]
Bronx Republican county leader Jay Savino and Queens Republican operative Vince Tabone were also arrested. [Jonathan Dienst, Joe Valiquette and Shimon Prokupecz]
State Senator Eric Adams testified in court that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told him the strategy behind stop-and-frisk was to "instill fear" in young black and Latino men that they could be stopped at any time by the police. [Robert Gearty and Ginger Adam Otis]
Kelly said Adams' characterization of the meeting was "absolutely categorically untrue." [Joseph Goldstein]
Among the items left undone in Albany: campaign finance reform, decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and adding speed cameras to New York City. [New York Times]
The new $800,000 ad blitz in support of new campaign reform laws portray Cuomo as an ally of the cause. [Jimmy Vielkind]
The reposting of the Daily News' original Central Park Jogger story was due to a technical glitch. [Tom McGeveran]
"New York City's top demographer says that actually, the city might not gain 1 million people by 2030, as originally expected." [Dana Rubinstein]
Joe Lhota accused Christine Quinn of putting the NYPD in handcuffs. Quinn's spokesman said Lhota doesn't know what he's talking about. [Dana Rubinstein]
Mean girls and Biff Tannen for Quinn. [Azi Paybarah]
Video of Quinn's "paid sick time" press conference, in full. [Azi Paybarah]
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker' show: Post columnist Bob McManus on the New York City mayor's race and 2014 governor's race. [Talk1300] @FUD31 @RLMAC2 #NYC2013
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Times reporter Alan Schwarz talks about a study that shows a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. Plus Maya Angelou discusses her new book. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @AlanSchwarz @DrMayaAngelou
10:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo signs 2013-14 New York State budget at Harriman Hall at the University of Buffalo, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo. @nygovCuomo #NYbudget #NYrising
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at 36-14 28th Street, Queens. @MikeBloomberg
1 p.m. Bloomberg considers nine pieces of legislation at a bill signing ceremony at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
2:30 p.m. Cuomo signs 2013-14 New York State budget in the Lilac Ballroom at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester. @nygovCuomo #NYbudget #NYrising
3 p.m. Bloomberg announces a deal to help cities expand consumer protection and financial empowerment abilities, in the Blue Room at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
7 p.m. Bloomberg attends the Michael Lynch Memorial Dinner, at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, 18th Street and West Side Highway, in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall:" Wise Guys with Eliot Spitzer, Al D'Amato and Carol Bellamy. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @EliotSpitzer @AlDamatoNY
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota "seemed eager to exploit the rift between Ms. Quinn and Mr. Bloomberg over the inspector general issue, which aides to the mayor have done little to play down." [Michael Barbaro]
Yesterday's press conference in front of City Hall was the first time Lhota attacked Quinn. [Erin Durkin]
"Lhota was careful not to criticize the current mayor." [Jill Colvin]
State Senator Daniel Squadron notes he's the only public advocate candidate who doesn't take PAC money, and said he didn't know his fund-raiser was sitting shiva when he called to fire her. [NY1]
The founder of DecideNYC.com said the site's goal is to make " sure that those other sixty races do not get lost in the shadow of the mayoral race." [Ben Max]
City Hall / City Council
State Senator Eric Adams claimed NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly made the "fear" remark about stop-and-frisk during a July 2010 meeting in then-governor David Paterson's office. [Sean Gardiner and Tamer el-Ghobashy]
A lawyer for the city was blocked from reading a quote from Kelly during cross examination, with the judge calling it a back-door way to get Kelly's version of events without having him testify. [Bruce Golding]
State Senator Marty Golden, a Republican, said he was also at the meeting and doesn't recall Kelly making that comment. [Kathleen Horan]
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and his 73-year-old mother are joining the Fair Trade Workers who have been locked out of their jobs at Trade Fair supermarkets across Queens. [Jeanmarie Evelly]
David Koch is donating $100 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest gift the institution has ever received. [Melanie Grayce West]
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is suing New York City over its gun permit laws, saying they are too restrictive. [Ken Lovett]
Connecticut is preparing to pass a package of new gun laws which goes farther than New York's in some areas. [Peter Applebome]
The donor at the center of allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez says he asked for the senator's help on Medicare without breaking the law. [David Voreacos]
Chuck Schumer said he talks to Marco Rubio more than once a day sometimes, and he's impressed with the Florida senator, even though the two men aren't too close. [Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei]