Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, describes bribes made
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, describes bribes made in a public corruption complaint against New York Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, New York, April 4, 2013. Photo by Reuters
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The real estate developer who helped prosecutors crack a wide-ranging corruption case involving six prominent New York politicians is reportedly a key Orthodox power broker in an upstate Jewish community.

Moses Stern, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community in upstate Monsey, was the central figure in the FBI sting that led to the April 2 indictment of New York State Senator Malcolm Smith, New York City Council member Dan Halloran and other officials, according to the website DNAinfo.

The biggest headlines in the bombshell case focused on Smith, who is weighing a run for New York City mayor.

But the Orthodox Jewish community is following the involvement of the mayor of an upstate town with even more interest — and worry that the fallout for the ultra-Orthodox community in Rockland County is just beginning.

Read more at the Forward.