Republican Rob Astorino, challenger to Governor Cuomo, went to the State Legislative Building in Albany and immediately identified it as a “cesspool of corruption.”
Via the Troy Record:
“I firmly believe New York under Governor Cuomo is losing and we’re losing badly,” Astorino said.
He pointed to the loss of 400,000 residents who have moved to other states and the fact that New York has the highest taxes in the nation. “We’re losing because this building is a cesspool of corruption and that’s got to stop,” Astorino declared during a press conference in the Legislative Office Building, where the offices of Senate and Assembly members are located.
Astorino said the culture of Albany politics is so bad he would not permit his daughter to work in the Legislature.
Why would anyone not want their daughters to work in the Legislature? How about multiple instances of overt sexual harassment? Harassment so prevalent that one reporter called the Capitol “the most sexually abusive workplace in the nation.”
A local college professor has even floated a proposal to start a Museum of Corruption in Albany, that would ask for bribes as opposed to admission fees and allow visitors to wear a wire and trick their friends into admitting a crime. Just like the real lawmakers in New York.
Astorino then went on to explain his solution to weed out corruption in the Senate and Assembly – term limits. He cited Sheldon Silver as an example of a corrupt politician who has been allowed to flourish for 21 years of service, which have culminated in multiple secret payoffs to Assemblyman who have sexually harassed women in the workplace.