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  Federal grand jury probes real estate and nonprofit deals for Malcolm Smith, other Queens pols
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MediaNewspaper - New York Daily News
News DateMonday, April 5, 2010 02:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFederal grand jury probes real estate and nonprofit deals for Malcolm Smith, other Queens pols

BY Kenneth Lovett, Barbara Ross and Greg B. Smith

Friday, April 2nd 2010, 4:00 AM

A federal grand jury is zeroing in on some of Queens' most powerful political figures - including Senate President Malcolm Smith - the Daily News has learned.

Sources said the feds are investigating whether the Queens pols used a web of nonprofit groups to benefit themselves, their families and their friends.

The raft of documents the Manhattan-based panel wants involve:

- The Merrick Academy charter school - a source of campaign funds and patronage for Smith.

- A lavish home built for Rep. Gregory Meeks in Jamaica.

- A four-family house owned by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

One subpoena revealed for the first time that prosecutors are looking at the housing and social service empire built by the Rev. Floyd Flake - Meeks' predecessor in Congress and political mentor to Smith and Meeks.
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