Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bruno Sentenced, Well, It's Pending at Any Rate

For those not familiar with NY politics, Bruno was on trial for depriving his constituents of their "intangible rights to honest services." In other words, for being a corrupt pol, nothing too surprising coming from the NY state legislature. This being an extremely vague statute however, he is so far allowed to stay out of jail pending a review of that particular law by the Supreme Court. We'll see what happens.

I think NY badly needs some reform of its legislature and a decent threat of punishment for its corrupt pols. There seems to be some movement in this direction but I remain skeptical it will ultimately result in anything. A good first step would be a better method for redistricting, the current method sounds a bit corrupt. About the only thing that seems bipartisan in the Albany legislature seems to be criminality. We've got Bruno, Monserrate, and Espada off the top of my head, all of which are less than stellar examples of the public's choice. We'll see what happens after the next election.

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