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NYC lawmakers open probe tied to corruption case

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City Councilman accused of taking bribes in a federal corruption case is now facing an investigation by his colleagues, as well.

The Council's Standards and Ethics Committee voted Tuesday to open an investigation into allegations that Councilman Daniel Halloran accepted payoffs in exchange for promising to allocate a company up to $80,000 in council money for his district.

The charges are part of the federal case. The committee's probe is on hold while it plays out.

Through a lawyer, Halloran has denied those and other allegations.

As for the council's probe, a Halloran spokesman says anything that will help him clear his name and bring out the truth is a good thing.

The Republican has been stripped of his authority to allocate money for his district.