WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Six politicians including New York State Senator Malcolm Smith have pleaded not guilty in a case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a spot on New York City's mayoral ballot.
They all remain free on bail following their court appearance Tuesday in suburban White Plains.
Senator Smith, a Democrat, is accused of scheming to bribe county Republican leaders for the GOP line on this year's mayoral ballot.
The indictment says New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran, a Republican, was in on the plot. And it says two party leaders accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes.
A prosecutor says the six politicians indicted have been asked to
provide 150-gigabyte hard drives to hold the mountain of evidence
The prosecutor said in court Tuesday that the hard
drive is needed so the government can share audio and video recordings
and other evidence before a trial begins.
In a separate scheme, the mayor and deputy mayor of suburban Spring Valley are accused of taking bribes to approve a real estate project.
The case has spawned several proposals to fight corruption in New York.
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