State Senator James Sanders, who won his seat in the state legislature shortly after the incumbent there was accused of stealing thousands of dollars in state money, is hosting an event entitled "Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?"(2)
Here's the speech delivered this morning by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District, Preet Bharara, who brought national attention to the "rampant" corruption in New York politics by announcing complaints against a number of local legislators and operatives.
Josh Margolin, who helped write the book about the pervasiveness of public corruption in New Jersey and has had several front-page scoops since joining the New York Post's City Hall bureau from the Star Ledger in late 2010, has been hired away by ABC News.(1)
Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning denied one part of a report that he was considering unseating Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and sought to refocus the media's attention on electoral corruption in New York City.(3)
Government can be doing "the people's business and there still can be a lot of corruption," said political consultant Jerry Skurnik. "They're not mutually exclusive."
This week, he did eclipse the governor and the president, in terms of search engine traffic in New York, according to GoogleTrends.(1)
New York has a problem with political corruption, and no part of the local firmament is blameless when it comes to tolerating, if not actively creating, the circumstances that enable it.(1)
For the second time in three days, a member of the New York State legislature was arrested on bribery and corruption charges.(1)
On the steps of City Hall this afternoon, State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. lamented the corruption allegations that led to the arrests this week of his longtime colleague in the Senate, Malcolm Smith, and an assemblyman from Diaz's home borough of the Bronx, Eric Stevenson.
Why the arrest of Malcolm Smith is problematic for Andrew Cuomo. [Josh Benson]
The scene in White Plains, where Smith et al went before a judge. [Reid Pillifant]
Almost everyone featured State Senator Malcolm Smith as the main culprit trying to scheme his way into the New York City mayor's race. But it's Smith's role in the State Senate that apparently gave other newspapers around the state to write about the mostly New York City-based scandal.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn today said the allegations against State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran "an outrageous abdication of the public's trust," but declined to outline what steps she thought might prevent this sort of thing in the future.
It isn't great for Andrew Cuomo, today's arrest of Malcolm Smith for an alleged bribery scheme.(1)