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Top N.Y. lawmaker arrested in alleged corruption scheme

Accused of trying to buy way onto ballot for mayor

NEW YORK — A top New York state lawmaker was arrested early Tuesday in what federal prosecutors said was his central role in a brazen series of bribery and corruption schemes, including an attempt to buy a spot on the ballot in this year’s race for New York City mayor.

In outlining the charges against state Senator Malcolm A. Smith, as well as five other politicians and Republican Party leaders, US Attorney Preet Bharara said the case was but the latest evidence that corruption in New York is ‘‘pervasive.’’

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