Former NYC Councilman convicted of bribery

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The U.S. attorney’s office says former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran has been convicted of bribery charges.

Halloran was found guilty Tuesday in a scheme to bribe Republican party leaders so state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, could run for the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.

He was also convicted of taking payoffs from what he thought were developers who wanted him to send city money their way. The men were actually FBI informants.

Halloran admitted taking money but said he earned it for work as a political operative.

The jury deliberated less than two hours.

Smith and former Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone, who went on trial with Halloran last month, were granted a mistrial. They’re expected to be retried in January.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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