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Yes Virginia (NYP) There is Corruption in Albany
The NYP Editorial Board continues to be clueless that the public already gets it that Albany is corrupt. The problem is New York's Afghanistan style election system designed by the leaders of Tammany Hall to keep the permanent government incumbents in power has never been reformed. As the past election proved, most city voters have just given up on changing New York's thug government and don't vote. Today the Post said " Has there ever been a more revealing clinic on public corruption than the ongoing trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno? None comes to mind."A window on the swamp. What about yesterday's NYP Nearly half of Albany's pols have 2nd jobs. Not to mention wives, children or other family members on the government payroll or working for those funded by government. None of these elected officals are flipping fries at McDonalds. There working at jobs they got by using their elective office as the pleas of Brian Mclaughlin and Tony Seminario and trial of Bruno prove. There has been no reaction in the legislature, and the News writes that "the pols' silent acquiesence is yet another reason why New Yorkers must throw the bums out next fall." Update Marist Poll Voters Want Change in Albany…Senate and Assembly Approval Ratings Low Seventy-one percent of those polled said major changes are necessary at the state Capitol, while 11 percent don't believe state government can be fixed at all
Jobless New York Teflon' Pols We just gone through a mayoral campaign with almost no talk of what to do about New Yorkers losing their jobs. We now have the highest unemployment in the city in 25 years without a single pol coming up with a solution to the growing problem. Now the city is cutting jobs out of media and public sight City Hall Budget Maneuver Quietly Encourages Job Cuts
McDonalds No: Pay to Play Institutionalized Extortion in Albany Today's NYP says Nearly half of Albany's pols have 2nd jobs. Not to mention wives, children or other family members on the government payroll or working for those funded by government. None of these people are flipping fries at McDonalds. There working at jobs they got by using their elective office as the pleas of Brian Mclaughlin and Tony Seminario and trial of Bruno prove. "Former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno allegedly pitched a friend Jared Abbruzzese on a $30,000-a-month consultant job because he saw Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver making big bucks as a lawyer -- and he too wanted in on the side-gig action. "He started talking about Sheldon Silver and how Sheldon Silver was getting paid 40, 50, 60 thousand a month from the trial lawyers association," Abbruzzese, whose relationship with Bruno kicked off a far-flung FBI probe, said on the stand Pal says Bruno wanted his own 'Shel game', Clients really do Shel out $$ , Joe Bruno golf outing with Cablevision's Jim Dolan may have derailed West Side Stadium plan
Memo to NYT: Albany Has Already Been Convicted Brian M. McLaughlin Ex-Labor Leader Is Sentenced to 10 Years for Racketeering (NYT) * Anthony S. Seminerio Queens Assemblyman Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case Today's NYT could be considered by some in Albany who constantly escape the law to be double jeopardy How Albany Works Is Also on Trial * Bruno pal up for questions on pay
No Albany Corruption Investigation Ever? We now have the Monserrate investigation, but where is is the investigation of how a couple of Assemblyman were about to loot a hospital and almost everything else they touched? What about the bid rigging? Court hears of ex-pol Seminerio's shakedowns a hospital, Ex-Assemblyman McLaughlin Gets 10 Years for Racketeering - NYTimes.comThe Only Agent of Change in NY FBI It not the Goo Goos, Pols, Editorial Boards or the reformers. In the last years alone the FBI put half of the leaders in the state in jail or out of office. Now they have turned there attention to the political activist party have has taken over the city Working Families Party Documents Subpoenaed * Working Families Party Documents Subpoenaed The press continued their role as corruption enablers by not asking the two new citywide elected officials and councilmemebers their opinion of the FBI actions against the party that elected them. * US Attorney Subpoenas Working Families Party, and Bill de Blasio Too * Liu Gets the Working Families Party | The New York Observer * Working Families » WFP Announces NYC Endorsements * More recently, the party has come under scrutiny for allegedly floating city campaign rules on spending and reporting requirements. Will de Blasio subpoenas be the nail in the coffin that finally kills the Public Advocate position?
*** What Does it Take to Get Kicked Out Of Albany? Corruption? No The last time legislators were expelled by their peers, five members of the Assembly were booted after being accused of being Socialists nearly 90 years ago. (NYT) , When the Assembly Expelled Socialists for Disloyalty Senator Monserrate Must Go (NYT Ed) *