What's the Matter With Albany?

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Fixing the political culture has been a perennial cause, including when Andrew Cuomo ran for governor two and a half years ago. But last week's twin corruption charges, and the revelation that a sitting legislator was a government informant for years, has restoked the sense that there's plenty left to clean up. Gov. Cuomo complained this week that the quality of public servants in New York is not up to par.

So, what is the deal up there? Is there more graft, unseemly behavior, and backroom dealings in the state capital, or does it just feel that way? WNYC's Anna Sale looks at some of the structural roots of Albany's culture, how the governor wants to change it, and why some have lost faith that Cuomo is up to the job.

Click on the audio link to listen to Anna Sale's discussion with host Richard Hake.