Yesterday, disgraced New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted on all corruption charges filed against him by the feds. So, finally, Boss Silver may go to jail. But if you’re excited for real reform to come out of his conviction, you might want to slow your roll.
The New York Times today sounded hopeful – saying Silver’s conviction offers an opportunity for a new direction and Albany pols may embrace it. You can almost hear visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.
I’m more with Jimmy Vielkind of Politico: Don’t expect reform to follow Silver’s sentencing next year, you’ll be disappointed. Picture perfect ethics bills will be advanced in the legislature; they’ll go absolutely nowhere. Because Silver’s brand of corruption has seeped into of Albany’s cracks – and it’s going nowhere.