Editorial board at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle opine on the scandals that rocked Albany in 2013 and offer suggestions.
“[H]onor and integrity have remained in shockingly short supply. Just this year, aside from the Lopez and Gabryszak fiascoes, two state senators were charged with corruption, two Assembly members were charged with soliciting and/or accepting bribes, and another assemblyman resigned after pleading guilty to perjury.
This Class of ’13 is but the latest in a long list of fallen lawmakers,including a former comptroller and a former governor. No wonder so many in New York have for so long been fed up with Albany.
State leaders, from Cuomo down, must commit themselves to making the rooting out of this unseemly corruption a 2014 resolution. Should they again fail, voters must make a resolution of their own: to hold accountable at the voting booth not only the wrongdoers, but those who aid and abet their behavior from the state’s halls of power.”