Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Rally against Albany corruption
From Fox 5:
The rallying cry at a protest in Lower Manhattan essentially was that New York politicians are out of control and it's time for a change. It seems like New York's most famous gallery of recent criminals and alleged rogues were or are elected politicians:
* Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace as governor in a prostitution scandal.
* His replacement, Gov. David Paterson is also under investigation.
* Former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno was convicted of corruption.
* Current Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada is under investigation.
* Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was convicted of and resigned for misusing of state funds for a driver for his wife.
* State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend.
So Friday, on the steps of City Hall, reformers, students, and some politicians rallied to clean up the state house in Albany.
Their goal is to get politicians to sign a pledge to be honest. A pledge that objects to lawmakers drawing their own district lines as a way of choosing constituents and voters, calls for closing obsolete public authorities, establishes independent watchdogs, and embraces public disclosure.
So far, 24 of New York's 212 state legislators have signed the bipartisan pledge for change. Reformers hope voters will express their anger at the ballot box.
Though their efforts are not connected to any pending legislation, these civic reformers hope this pledge will spark some change before the Legislature ends this year's session on June 21.