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      NY senator and five politicians accused of building "corridor of corruption"

      New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a New York City councilman and four other politicians are facing charges in a public corruption probe.

      The FBI says Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested early Tuesday at their homes.

      U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says in a statement that Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race.

      Bharara says Smith "drew up the game plan" and Halloran found party chairmen who were open to receiving bribes.

      He says the six officials "built a corridor of corruption" from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and Albany.

      Also charged are: Bronx County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret.

      The prosecutor says charges in the case include bribery, extortion, and wire and mail fraud.

      Representatives for the politicians did not immediately respond to comment requests.