Today’s Election Day, and here in Erie County they’re predicting low voter turnout. And that’s why today’s front pages are all about Albany corruption.
Chickens are coming home to roost for disgraced former Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and the Skelos Crime Family. News stories are dropping like Chinese water torture on the dirty pols, as the reporters who ignored their corruption for decades suddenly find the conscience to call them out for ripping off New Yorkers every single day.
Today, as you decide if you’ll vote, I urge you to read New York Magazine’s story on how Governor Andrew Cuomo manipulated the Moreland Commission on corruption. There, you’ll read about his cynical attempts to derail their inquiry, even as he was preparing for his own re-election. And, of course, as US Attorney Preet Bharara cracks it open, the Governor's vaunted Buffalo Billion takes central stage:
Buffalo is a long way from Bharara’s office in lower Manhattan. But as the trials of Silver and Skelos provide a high-stakes test of the prosecutor’s Albany crusade, the new investigation is a reminder of just how far Preet Bharara is willing to roam to show Andrew Cuomo what he thinks the rules of state government should be.
Here’s the truth: If you don’t vote, you’ll get more corruption. And I don’t want to hear you complain about it.