Reform in Albany?

Thursday, May 09, 2013

As the wire taps yield more unsavory stories from Albany, Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement and director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, and author of The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics, talks about the chances of reform, but also asks if prosecutors have too much leeway.


Gerald Benjamin

Comments [11]

Sheldon from Brooklyn

I don't think they are - look at Bruno, Kruger, Hevesi - but it wouldn't surprise me that minority politicians are being targeted. All the better reason to keep your nose clean.

What are these people saying: I know that "minority" politicians are being supposedly targeted. I am a "minority" politician but I can't help being a crook, a thief, and a fraud - HAHA. Really?

May. 09 2013 11:02 AM
kikakiki from wall street/harlem

Yes there was specific targeting but if you do wrong, you do wrong. And who else would have talked to her so candidly. I want the spotlight to stay on these people throughout the process up to an including the convictions or proven innocence

May. 09 2013 10:59 AM
joan from Brooklyn

They could save time by indicting them during swearing in ceremonies.

May. 09 2013 10:44 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Two parties + career politicians - term limits = corruption.

May. 09 2013 10:08 AM
Noelle from Brooklyn

When I was listening to this story this morning I noticed that Brian asked for any commonalities among the group, and the reporter noted that they are all people of color. I thought this was a strange thing to mention. If they were all white, I don't think anyone would have described that as a commonality or really anything of consequence.

Still love WNYC and Brian Lehrer - but let's be conscious of these things!

May. 09 2013 10:06 AM
Robert from NYC

What Albany needs is one huge enema. Every single office holder should be flushed out and replaced and this includes Sheldon Silver and his ilk. There is no difference between the Dems and the Reps up there and they are all waste product!! Flush 'em all out then sanitize the fetid odor they leave behind in the halls of the capital building.

May. 09 2013 10:06 AM
oscar from ny

Yes; Albany needs reform. The way we can get there is if everyone calms down and all the politicians running the city get together and start taking notes about what is really going on, why is there so much corruption? We need an accountability of every personnel and revise the work beign done. The evil ones obviously will try to tell you that it's complex that it can't be done but in fact it can be done, haven't you seen how they making the new twin tower? They had many ppl, from the terrorist to the furniture designers to the plumbers in one effective corporation. The first big problem is the rent, if ny wants to be so much like Europe than make a rent cap, stop these mad landlords inflating the prices..this should be illegal and it needs to be reformed. The welfare is good for ppl who don't work but the burden falls on the working ppl who pay outrageous prices for rent...It's like charging ppl money at mass to be seated closer to jesus..doesn't make any wonder bars are popping all over the city...better to drown the pain and problems..smh

May. 09 2013 09:47 AM

reform the voters!!!
How many of these thieves ran unopposed?!
Ax the party bosses and have real primaries and or caucuses

May. 09 2013 09:30 AM
john from office

Ed (the abotion guy)from Larchmont
Ed, there actually are other issues facing the country, not just abortion. Worry about the kids who are out there now, not those never born

May. 09 2013 08:39 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Albany has been trying to pass an even larger abortion bill. How can one expect a government that supports abortion to not be corrupt in other areas? Not possible. It's like expecting the slave states in the 1800s to run otherwise impeccable administrations.

May. 09 2013 07:59 AM
George from Brooklyn

What role does redistricting play in state politics?

May. 09 2013 06:03 AM

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