Empire of Corruption

The Story

With the start of the corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s aide and close associate Joe Percoco, New Yorkers are prepared to hear another tawdry tale of payoffs and favors. For decades, New York has led the country in political scandals and malfeasance. Will the state and city ever enact real reform – or will voters finally grow weary of electing ethically-challenged politicians?  


The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Home Sweet Home: A Brooklyn assemblywoman received tens of thousands of dollars in city funding to run a nonprofit group out of her home, and allegedly stole thousands more in funding intended for Superstorm Sandy victims. Read more.

  2. Them Too: New York State has paid out $10 million to settle sexual-harassment charges brought against legislators and state officials. Read more.

  3. Sticky: Mayor de Blasio escaped prosecution for his pay-to-play operations, but the case against him still appears strong. Read more.

“Virtually all of the claimed improvements to New York ethics laws over the years, including the pension law, are a hodgepodge of marginal, technical and insignificant rules that would have only a meager impact on regulating conduct of public and political officials.”

Ben Gershman, Pace University Law School

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Spitzer's Next Target By William J. Stern (January 28, 2004)

“New York’s attorney general takes a first step toward attacking political corruption.”

And in other news...

“Vito Mustaciuolo, an official at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will replace Michael Kelly in an acting capacity as general manager of NYCHA, City Hall announced.”