Buffalo, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Governor Andrew Cuomo said he hopes Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith cooperates fully with the investigation into an alleged plot to rig the New York City Mayor's race.
Cuomo visited the University of Buffalo to speak about the recently passed state budget. He took time to address the arrest of Sen. Smith and New York City councilman Dan Holloran.
"The allegations are very serious," said Cuomo. "I was the Attorney General. I spent more time working on political reform and political corruption and probably any Attorney General in modern political history," he said.
Cuomo called the allegations troubling and said he hopes the investigation is thorough and speedy.
Speaking about the federal investigation at news conference in New York City, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Sen. Smith, a Democrat, tried to pay off some of New York City's Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a GOP candidate.
"Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes," said Bharara.
Also arrested in the probe were Bronx Republican Chairman Jay Savino, Queens GOP Vice Chair Vincent Tabone, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Desmaret
Smith was a former State Senate Majority Leader.
The US Attorney alleges Halloran, a wealthy real estate developer and an associate paid the bribes to get Smith on the GOP primary ballot and in return, Smith would help steer state funds towards a road project in Spring Valley that would benefit the developer.
The real estate developer was actually an undercover FBI agent.