Sunday, September 14, 2008

News: End Two-Ton's fun

Assemblyman Tony Seminerio of Queens matched a big mouth with outsized greed to become the poster boy for ethics reform in Albany.

Tony on the take

The FBI tapes that caught Seminerio selling his office demonstrate why the Legislature must enact a sweeping financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest statute. Tony's Law, if you will. Speaker Sheldon Silver said late Thursday that the Assembly will begin discussing reforms.

The recordings must also prompt Silver to strip Seminerio immediately of seniority privileges and legislative chairmanships.

There is no need to wait for conviction. The case against Seminerio is open and shut, in his own crude words.

Unquestionably, Seminerio has brought the Legislature into disrepute. He needs to be cut loose, and lawmakers must grapple with their own responsibility for enabling Tony the Taker to peddle his influence for 10 grand a month.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's time for term limits in Albany. For the Assemlby and the Senate.

Anonymous said...

The NYS Assembly is filled with liars, cheats, crooks, and lazy good-for-nothings. Term limits please!

Anonymous said...

Ditto for the State Senate.

Anonymous said...

Albany is a cesspool of corruption, dump ALL incumbents.

Anonymous said...

Term Limits are the perfect solution.

Serf's Out said...

After all those years Serf was praising Seminerio and visa versa now the chickens will come home to roost.
Look at the people around Serf:
Seminerio, Gallagher, Ognibene, McLaughlin, DeFronzo, Bruno... more to come.