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    (Reuters) - A high-ranking Democratic New York State senator was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trying to buy a place on the Republican ticket in the city's next mayoral race, an effort that prosecutors said was part of a wide-ranging bribery scandal and reflected pervasive corruption in New York politics.


    Five other politicians, three Republicans and two Democrats, were also arrested and charged with collectively accepting more than $100,000 in bribes in meetings in parked cars, hotel rooms and state offices, according to court papers.




    Authorities described the scheme - potentially one of the biggest political scandals to hit New York in years - as an attempt to game the city's first wide-open mayoral election in more than a decade. New York will choose a new mayor in November, before Michael Bloomberg's third term wraps up at year's end.+

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    The FBI stage-managed the sale of Spring Valley-owned land to snare the village's mayor and deputy mayor in a far-reaching corruption and bribery scandal that exposed a Democratic state senator's desperate bid to get his name on the Republican ticket in the race for mayor of New York City, authorities said Tuesday.


    Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Desmaret were arrested Tuesday morning by FBI agents and charged with mail fraud for their alleged role in approving the sale of the land that was to be used for a community center. They each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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    Via The Daily Mail:



    New York City Councilman Dan Halloran may be a suspect in a bribery plot to fix the upcoming mayoral election, but he also happens to be a pagan prince and leader of a heathen tribe.



    Halloran, a Republican representing Queens, was arrested this week along with State Senator Malcolm Smith and charged with seeking to bribe GOP state officials to allow Smith to run on the GOP ticket in a bid to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.



    The political scandal involving the two lawmakers put Halloran back in the limelight, reminding the public that the councilman converted in the 1980s from Catholicism to a pre-Christian Germanic religion called Theodism in which worshipers wear medieval clothes, make sacrifices to multiple gods and hold spear-throwing contests.
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