By Joe Anuta
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) are now expected to enter pleas Tuesday following their indictment in connection with a wide-ranging bribery scheme.
The indictment was handed up by a grand jury in White Plains federal court yesterday and charged the two lawmakers, along with former Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vince Tabone, with a scheme to bribe Smith’s way onto the mayoral ticket. If convicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, the two lawmakers face up to 45 years behind bars, while Tabone faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.
Smith has been booted from the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate, while Halloran, according to his spokesman, has been working out of his Whitestone office. Tabone has resigned from his party position, was dropped from the mayoral campaign of John Catsimatidis and has been suspended without pay as legal counsel to the billionaire’s company Red Apple Group.
The trio had been out on bail following their arrest April 2.
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