The Daily News reports, “More than a few bad apples: Albany politicians are corrupt, Manhattan U.S. Attorney says”
The convictions of two high-ranking New York lawmakers last week shows the sleaze runs deep in Albany.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said there is a “certain percentage” of politicians in Albany who are corrupt, which is underscored by the more than two dozen officials elected in the state who have been arrested or convicted since 2008.
“There’s more than a few bad apples, it’s a bushel of bad apples,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of the good-government group Citizens Union.
Add to that rotten core state Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton), who was found guilty of lying to FBI agents, and state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), who was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation. Libous was the No. 2 Republican in the state Senate.
His longtime boss, state Sen. Dean Skelos, was the majority leader for six years before his indictment in May on corruption charges. Sampson once headed the Democratic Conference when the party was in the majority in the Senate.
It seems like every time you turn around there is someone from Albany being tried, sentenced, or pleading guilty. Reform is necessary.