Albany Corruption Continues

Monday, May 06, 2013

sampson.jpg Senator John Sampson

Brooklyn Senator John Sampson (D) was taken into custody by the FBI early today, and is expected to appear in court this afternoon. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the widening corruption scandal rocking New York, and reviews Gov. Cuomo's proposals to combat corruption on the state level.


Read the Indictment Against John Sampson


Ken Lovett

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Now that Sampson has been busted for corruption will the Feds follow up on the biggest crime of his career: The fixing of the confirmation hearings that installed Jonathan Lippman the Chief Judge of New York?

As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sampson presided over the hearings which were illegal in fraudulent in every respect. Only supporters of Judge Lippman were invited to speak, and opponents of Lippman who testified were harassed, intimidated and ultimately ignored.

Watch Sampson trying to silence testimony against Lippman:

See the whole story at:

May. 06 2013 08:29 PM
NYGOP from Manhattan

Join the Fair Elections campaign now at It's long overdue!

May. 06 2013 06:35 PM
Dan from brooklyn

These are some of the folks that passed ill-conceived and unconstitutional gun legislation in the middle of the night without the required three day review. Anybody mention that crime?

May. 06 2013 06:02 PM

I applaud the effort to expose government corruption at any level. Go WNYC!

On another note, would it kill Brian to mention "Democrat" while introducing a story on a corrupt state senator? Thre are many corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle. I think giving listeners all the facts would be beneficial.

May. 06 2013 11:10 AM

I forgot to add: And there was nary a word to be heard-- from either Mr. Lehrer or his guest-- about Patterson's OWN extensive embroilment in scandal during his term.

In case anyone doesn't remember, at the height of the scandals, few people thought Patterson could even complete his term. How he did so remains a wonder to me.

May. 06 2013 11:00 AM

Too bad we no longer have someone at the helm who could lead by sterling personal example, like former Gov. David Patterson...

(For those who may have missed the April 11th Brian Lehrer show when,
"Former Governor David Paterson discusses [discussed] the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it."

No, folks, I kid you not:

May. 06 2013 10:55 AM

mr lovett
they don’t have to learn sign language, they have to stop plotting crimes. i’d like to know who said that?

May. 06 2013 10:52 AM

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