Disgraced Queens politician Malcolm Smith surrendered to prison Friday in rural Pennsylvania after a failed bid to stay out of jail pending appeal of his corruption conviction.
Smith, once a top leader in the state Senate and lifelong Democrat, was convicted of bribing political leaders to back a quixotic mayoral bid as a Republican.
Late Thursday Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas rejected Smith’s request to hold off on surrendering to federal prison while his appeal is under review.
Smith had been given a surrender date of 2 p.m. Friday, and he self-surrendered early Friday to the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., where he’ll be known as inmate 68381-054.
The penitentiary is a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum security prison camp. It was not clear where Smith would be assigned, but white collar criminals like Smith are usually assigned to the lower-security facilities in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.