From the NY Post:
Consider: Since 2000, five Assembly members and four senators (not including Spano) have been convicted of felonies — felonies! — ranging from receiving bribes and embezzlement to outright theft. Another five have been convicted of misdemeanors. Three former senators and one current assemblyman face pending corruption charges.
It’s hard to believe that Silver, speaker since 1994, and his colleagues could be so oblivious to the crime wave surrounding them. The looting of member-item grants funneled to nonprofits has gone on for years and has been reported on extensively.
So here’s a proposition for Silver: If the Assembly and Senate can go five years without having a single member convicted, he gets his raise. Conversely, every time a legislator or ex-legislator is convicted of a crime related to his office, all legislative salaries get cut.
Taxpayers no doubt would save a lot of money under this formula.