Democratic Conference Drops Member Accused Of Corruption
The Independent Democratic Conference in New York's Senate has dropped one of its five members after he was charged in a federal corruption case.
Meanwhile, a poll shows more New Yorkers than ever see corruption as a "very serious" problem.
IDC leader Jeff Klein says Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens was dropped from the conference that shares Senate control.
Klein says Wednesday that the IDC removed Smith without talking to him even though Smith hasn't been convicted of a crime.
Smith was charged in federal corruption cases involving state legislators announced two weeks ago.
A new Quinnipiac University poll finds 48 percent of New Yorkers see corruption as "very serious."
The poll questioned 1,404 voters from last Tuesday through Sunday.
It has a margin of error of 2.6 percent.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Watertown, NY
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