Other states have plenty of corruption, but it’s hard to beat New York when it comes to sheer volume. The criminal complaint Monday against Dean Skelos, the state Senate majority leader, and his son Adam came just three months after charges were brought against Sheldon Silver, then the Assembly Speaker. Having the top leaders in both chambers face criminal charges in the same session is an unparalleled achievement, but Skelos is now the fifth straight Senate majority leader in Albany to face them.
New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival. So far, Senate Republicans are standing by Skelos, but if they decide to make a change, they probably won’t turn to Thomas Libous, the chamber’s Number Two leader. He faces trial this summer on charges of lying to the FBI, while his son faces sentencing later this month on similar charges. All told, more than two dozen members of the New York state legislature have been indicted or resigned in disgrace over the past five years. “Albany for a long time has had a culture of self-interest, where private gains are woven in with public policy,” says Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause in New York.
Sheriff Andy Cuomo always claims he rode into town and cleaned things up, but the truth is, Albany remains a cesspool of corruption, with legislators being carted out pretty regularly on corruption charges and the governor himself paying lip service to ethics reform even as he sucks up record amounts of campaign cash.
That Cuomo so far refuses to return the million dollars in campaign donations he received from the real estate company at the center of both the Silver and Skelos arrests tells you all you have need to know about how serious Cuomo takes ethics reform.
That cash, btw, was part of a campaign kitty that helped Cuomo dispense with his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino pretty handily.
That's what happens when you have $40 million to spend on a campaign when your opponent only has $5 million.
In order to clean up Albany, the DA must take out Cuomo. He is more corrupt than Skelos and Silver combined. Since the corruption is coordinated and at a high level, the RICO statute should and must be used to make thisn history lesson stick. Otherwise, the corruption will persist in Albany.ReplyDelete
Gee, to think that Spitzer was taken out over a little pay to nooky. That is peanuts compared to Cuomo and company.ReplyDelete
What is Preet waiting for?
Spitzer was taken out because he was going after the bankers. You know, the ones that caused the housing bubble. They paid a private eye to follow him around until they caught him with his pants down. Then they blew that out of the water as if anyone should care who he was screwing. It was to direct the attention off the bankers and to silence him.Delete
We are the champions. We are the champions. We are the champions of the world. And we keep on stealing to the end.ReplyDelete
Because we are the champions of the world.
Andrew Prince Cuomo
Andrew Quid Pro Quomo...he cannot give back the money because promises were made.ReplyDelete
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