The Center for Public Integrity has some depressing news about state legislature’s around the country: “Only three states score higher than D+ in State Integrity Investigation; 11 flunk Trouble in America’s statehouses: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest.”
Since State Integrity’s first go-round, at least 12 states have seen their legislative leaders or top cabinet-level officials charged, convicted or resign as a result of ethics or corruption-related scandal. Five house or assembly leaders have fallen. No state has outdone New York, where 14 lawmakers have left office since the beginning of 2012 due to ethical or criminal issues, according to a count by Citizens Union, an advocacy group. That does not include the former leaders of both the Assembly and the Senate, who were charged in unrelated corruption schemes earlier this year but remain in office.
New York is not remarkable, however, in at least one regard: Only one of those 14 lawmakers has been sanctioned by the state’s ethics commission.
My emphasis added.
The same report details: New York gets D- grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation
Beset by corruption, backroom deals and voter scorn, New York received a score of 61, a D-, placing it in a tie for 30th place nationwide in the State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. That’s little change from 2012, when the project was first carried out and the state earned a D.
If one is happy with this state of affairs, you have your choice of Albany representatives in the 13th Congressional district to select to move to Washington. If you are not, Mike Gallagher wants your vote.