Can Albany Be Reformed?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

David Paterson (flickr)

There were more developments this week in the bribery and corruption probe that brought down State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran. And this most recent scandal is just the latest in a line of arrests, resignations, and revelations about New York politicians. Former Governor David Paterson discusses the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it.

(helpful chart courtesy of Buzzfeed)


Governor David A. Paterson

Comments [18]


Brian, During the interview, you implied that if one is a Republican, then one is a racist. I am very surprised at you. And I don't think that I will renew my membership this year.

Apr. 13 2013 08:53 PM

and silver must go!!

Apr. 11 2013 11:07 AM

@ Noach: You think WS engages in reckless gambling as a consequence of corporate culture? I would think it's more a case of skirting regulation(and yeah some outright corruption)? If it wasn't a gamble, it would almost certainly be rigged. I guess I'm not as down on WS as most.

Apr. 11 2013 10:53 AM

Legal corruption is indeed more insidious.

Case in point: The daily reckless gambling on Wall Street is perfectly legal, yet may be responsible for more destruction and misery -- on a global scale-- than few, if any, acts, individuals or entities that don't enjoy the blessing of the law.

Financial terrorism.

Apr. 11 2013 10:33 AM
Janice from Little Falls

Brian, did you seriously just equate "conservative" with "racist" in that question? I expect more from you.

Apr. 11 2013 10:29 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Campaign finance reform, at the state and federal level, is the one thing that can save our democracy. Without it, we're sunk.

Almost every problem in the news today can be traced back to the way we finance campaigns (private and, especially, corporate donations). Try this game: next time you hear a story in the news, follow the money and see if you can trace it back to lobbying and other means of financing campaigns. For example, hard to get good gun control laws? It's the lobbying power of the NRA and gun industry that's a huge part of the problem.

Try it. And then call your state and federal legislators and demand campaign finance reform.

Apr. 11 2013 10:26 AM
Orla from NYS

Doh, my delayed reaction: geTaylor, you said it best! :)

Apr. 11 2013 10:24 AM
Orla from NYC

Why is Paterson on as an arbiter of corruption when he was run from office for his own corrupt practices (attempting to hush an alleged sexual abuse victim)?

Apr. 11 2013 10:21 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Most cops, teachers, firefighters don't make $80,000 or have access to "discretionary funds" and we don't expect them to be corrupt.

Nobody puts a gun to these people's head to run for office and "serve the public" for their entire adult lives. If it's too little money, don't run.

Apr. 11 2013 10:21 AM
john from office

Mr. Paterson sounds better now then ever when he was in office.

He is correct, the best and the brightest dont want to be in the public eye like you are in politics.

Ed, stop being ONE ISSUE ED. Abortion is a social good.

Apr. 11 2013 10:19 AM


Let's put an immediate end to the idea of an Anthony Weiner mayoral candidacy. Weiner is a reprobate, a pervert, and a degenerate. He's morally unfit to hold public office ever again. Just because Republicans give a pass to lowlifes like David Vitter and Mark Sanford doesn't mean Democrats have to lower their standards.

Apr. 11 2013 10:14 AM

@ Ed from Larchmont, 8:19 a.m.:

Any culture that sanctions abortion-on-demand is morally and ethically corrupt. But the type of corruption under discussion here is another matter and anti-abortion politicians are by no means immune from it.

(Although I do wonder how much of a role those who derive financial gain from abortion play in influencing relevant legislation.)

Apr. 11 2013 10:13 AM

Hell yeah. Albany can indeed be reformed, BUT part of that reformation involes NYS residents being proactive instead of sitting on our fat a--es pointing fingers.

Apr. 11 2013 10:13 AM

What on the schedule for next week - Adam Lanza on violence in America?!

Apr. 11 2013 10:09 AM
Roy from Queens

@Ed From Larchmont: Please grow up.

Apr. 11 2013 10:08 AM
Not Chuzzlewit

"Former Governor David Paterson discusses the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it."

Uh...shouldn't the former Governor start with discussing his _own_ corruption?!

It's a wonder he was able to finish his term!

Brian better ask him this!

Apr. 11 2013 10:02 AM

There will be no reform in albany if we have a weak mayor.
Just say no to quitters and hypocrites.

tell us more, i don't see the connection...

Apr. 11 2013 09:17 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Albany is corrupt because it supports abortion- now more than ever. As long as it does so, it will be corrupt.

Apr. 11 2013 08:19 AM

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