(NEWSER– The president of New York's state senate and a New York City councilman, along with a handful of others, have been arrested amid reports of a plot to fix the city's mayoral race. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat who is the first black state senate president, was reportedly mulling a run for mayor as a Republican; he paid councilman Dan Halloran to get him face time with GOP leaders to help him get on the ballot, an insider tells the New York Times.

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