Indicted Senator Wants Primary First, Then Trial

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -

A Queens senator indicted for plotting to buy a Republican spot on New York City’s mayoral ballot last year wants to put off a trial until after his re-election. State Senator Malcolm Smith asked a judge Friday to wait until this year’s primary date is set, either in June or September, then schedule the trial so he could run “unfettered.” The prosecutor said voters would be better served with a verdict before the election. The judge told both sides to submit written arguments.