Headline of the Day: “New York proposes new laws against public corruption”

Posted by: ST on April 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

And the story, via Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed three new laws on Tuesday aimed at stopping government corruption, after federal prosecutors brought two criminal cases against elected officials in the state last week.

Decrying a culture of political corruption in New York and describing the two recent cases as “especially brazen and arrogant behavior,” Cuomo promised to introduce the so-called Public Trust Act to the state legislature.

The act would create laws to punish bribery, scheming to corrupt the government, and failure to report corruption, he told a joint news conference with several chief prosecutors from the New York City area. It would also increase penalties for violations of existing laws.

New York state has gained a special reputation for political corruption.

Since 1999, 20 state legislators in New York have been ousted because of criminal or ethical issues, according to the good government group Citizens Union. The New York Public Interest Research Group found that, since 2007, state senators have been more likely to be arrested than to lose their seats in a general election.

“There have been too many incidents for too many years,” Cuomo said. “They paint a truly ugly picture of our political landscape.”

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, brought the two cases last week. Cuomo thanked him, adding that he wanted to empower the state’s 62 district attorneys to more easily prosecute public corruption.

As attorney general, before becoming governor, Cuomo sometimes passed corruption cases over to federal authorities because the U.S. laws were more stringent, he said.

Under the Public Trust Act, anyone convicted of a felony would be permanently barred from holding elected or civil office, serving as a lobbyist or doing business with the state.

Ummm, this may seem like an obvious question – but if  these proposed “corruption laws” in NY are really as strong as the article describes them, and they pass, wouldn’t that mean very few NY politicos would be left in office in the aftermath?

Just wonderin’ – and thinking this might not be such a bad thing, especially for corrupt cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, DC ….

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10 Responses to “Headline of the Day: “New York proposes new laws against public corruption””


  1. Phineas says:

    Kind of reminds me with the problem with proposed gun laws: the people they’re aimed at, those predisposed to breaking the law, will not be impressed with new statutes. They just look for ways not to get caught breaking these laws, too.

    What’s really needed is for the public not to tolerate politicians like this anymore. But cynical resignation to “that’s just the way it is” is a hard habit to break.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Ever notice a good many of the officeholders at the state and federal levels are attorneys by trade? Some have even been disbarred, like the current WH occupants.

  3. Nate says:

    What bothers me is that the Governor actually had to propose ‘new’ laws to combat government corruption; you mean they didn’t already have laws against that kind of thing?

  4. you need a law for that? was corruption legal?

  5. DanB says:

    But if they are already getting caught and removed and/or prosecuted, why do they need another law? Shouln’t everything that needs to be illegal have already been outlawed after 237 years?

  6. mikeh420 says:

    He’s trying to draw attention away from his 7 round magazine failure. Could also be in competition with Bloomerberg on who can be the stupidest politician in the Empire State.

  7. @mikeh429–I was thinking pretty much the same thing. If they really want to get into a pissing contest, each could pass a law banning the other.

  8. Carlos says:

    What about the definition of “politician” doesn’t Cuomo understand? Especially “New York politician?”

    Now, it could be that he realizes that the existing penalties for violation of ethics/corruption laws are too lax; or that judges are rarely (if ever) penalized for slapping convicted politicians on the wrist instead of taking them off the streets; or that, especially in certain areas/precincts one’s corruption history doesn’t matter to the voting populace.

    But, whatever, you can bet your neighbor’s farm whatever is voted on and passed will present a minimal threat to such as Cuomo or Bloomingidiot.

    First thing I’d like to see on the list of “corruption crimes”? A lifetime sentence for attempting to disregard the Constitution of the United States, with such legislation as gun control laws and encouragement of violation of privacy laws (snitch laws that effectively make your neighbors government agents).

  9. Tango says:

    Oh good! More political grandstanding. Just what NY needs. Riiiiiiiiiiight!

  10. Ryan says:

    Solution: ban politicians.

    At the very least, ban high capacity politicians — limit the number of days they can spend in office to 10.