Influence, Corruption, and Misconduct: Albany's Lesson for America

February was not a kind month to New York State politicians.Last week, only a few days after declaring his candidacy, New York Gov. David Paterson announced that he would not run for reelection. Why the sudden change? It came to light that one of Paterson's top aides was accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend in New York City, and that members of the Governor's State Police security detail urged her to avoid pressing charges. The night before the woman was to appear in court to seek a restraining order against the aide, Gov. Paterson himself called to "chat." She failed to appear in court the next day. Paterson is now under pressure to resign.Also in February, State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was expelled from the Senate after a criminal conviction resulting from an incident in which he cut his girlfriend's face with broken glass in an allegedly drunken rage. Monserrate was originally charged with felony assault but convicted on a misdemeanor. Monserrate actually had the...(Read Full Article)