Cleaning up Albany takes time, which Cuomo may have

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The Associated Press' veteran Albany reporter, Michael Gormley, has a pessimistic view of anybody's chances of truly fixing Albany.

"Here, corruption arrests prompt press releases, new laws, new ethics boards, re-election of incumbents on cleanup Albany platforms — and more corruption," he wrote.

Among the potential measures not being proposed seriously by anyone are term limits — which I noted last week would be among the most popular means of addressing the problem — and rescinding pensions for officials found guilty of corruption.

Andrew Cuomo, who had been talking a lot about having changed the culture in Albany, and is promising once again to take on corruption, may be there for a while longer, particularly if a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy keeps him out of the running in 2016.

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That will give reporters more time to examine his record. It will also, maybe, give Cuomo enough time to find out whether it really is possible to do something about Albany corruption beyond creating new ethics boards and issuing press releases.

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