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Malcolm Smith kicked out of Independent Democratic Conference

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:16 pm | Updated: 11:22 pm, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been kicked out of a small coalition of breakaway Senate Democrats who first joined forces a few years ago to break away from then-Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

The Saratogan and Syracuse.com are reporting that Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) has booted Smith from the Independent Democratic Conference.

Klein, leader of the group that has a power-sharing agreement with Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) stripped Smith of his leadership position, committee memberships and accompanying bonus pay shortly after the Queens senator’s arrest on federal corruption charges on April 2.

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) also was among the five others arrested in an alleged scheme by which Smith was attempting to buy his way to the Republican ballot for mayor.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Halloran took $45,000 in bribes either directly related to Smith or offshoots of the original alleged scheme.

Former Queens County Republican Vice Chairman Vince Tabone and former Bronx GOP Chairman Joseph Savino were forced to resign following their arrests.

Smith and Halloran remain in office, though Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) has stripped Halloran of most of his powers, including the ability to dole out discretionary funds to community organizations.

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