Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 10, 2013

GLYNN: Hard to believe 'NY Works'

Niagara Gazette — By now most New York residents interested in their state government must be convinced they're living in two worlds. 

One that promotes the Empire State with the lofty claim that "New York Works," a current taxpayer-funded public relations drive shaped by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his executive team. It's about revitalizing the state's economy, with the focus on helping business owners, creating job opportunities and investing in higher education.

The other, a sphere of rampant corruption in their government.

An astute observer of the Capitol Hill scene has counted at least 30 state lawmakers having a brush with the law in the last decade. Admittedly, some were as routine as driving while intoxicated. On a higher level though, three of the last four majority leaders were indicted. That's a sad commentary on the quality of leadership at the Capitol.

It's difficult to put much trust in Gov. Cuomo's plan to clean up Albany. In fact, his State of the State message rings hollow in light of the shameful and deceptive actions in the Legislature.

Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau chief for the New York Daily News, quipped that the practice of people wearing hidden tape recorders on Capitol Hill — a sneaky way to get inside information or damning evidence — is so widespread that a reporter should probably stop a source and say, "Pardon me, sir, but could you rewind that thing in your pocket because I'd like to use that last statement as a quote."

If you think for a fleeting moment that the governor and state lawmakers have ended "dysfunction" in our government, consider just a sampling of recent developments:

• Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, and former president of the State Senate, arrested after trying to bribe New York City Republicans to get him a spot on their party's ballot in the mayoral primary. People familiar with Big Apple politics agree that Smith had absolutely no chance to win and now he faces 45 years in prison.

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