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MALONE - A Malone man who sought to be his party’s Congressional candidate in 2009 has been arrested and charged with dealing crack cocaine in New York City, according to Malone Village Police Chief Christopher Premo.

Rudolph Johnson, 64, was charged on Jan. 25 with one count each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, Mr. Premo said. New York Police Department (NYPD) officials refused to release any information about the case without a written Freedom of Information Law request.

Mr. Premo said Johnson was arrested by officers from the NYPD’s 28th Precinct, which according to the department’s website covers a portion of Harlem just north of Central Park. It spans from 110th Street to West 127th Street on its north-south axis and Fifth Avenue to Morningside Avenue on its east-west axis. Bobby Womack sang about the neighborhood, which at the time was in the grip of a severe heroin epidemic, in the 1972 hit “Across 110th Street.”

Mr. Johnson has made several ventures into politics, including an unsuccessful effort to bethe Democrat’s candidate for the 23rd Congressional District. He was on the ballot for the 114th ssembly District seat in 2010 but lost hat election to Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. In addition to his political forays, Mr. Johnson also managed the Malone Dufort Airport for a period of time in the mid-1990s. While there, he started an air show, but it was scrapped after a pilot died in a crash during a performance. He also worked as a Cooperative Extension agent in Franklin County.

Local attorney Brian Stewart, who according to Project Vote Smart made one of the larger donations to Johnson’s 2009 Congressional bid, was shocked to learn of the allegations.

“He’s an outstanding citizen,” Mr. Stewart said.

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