Insiders find that the "crux" of all corruption lies in in the "private efforts of lawmakers on influencing the executive branch on awarding state contracts".
- It's Dodge City without Wyatt Earp (By TOM ROBBINS, NY Post) Former Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was in Brooklyn federal court this month, looking trim and sharp in a black suit. A onetime amateur boxer, Espada was there for a status conference on his federal indictment on charges that he and his son embezzled more than half a million dollars from his Bronx health care clinics. “I’m feeling great,” he announced outside the courtroom. “Never better.”
- Analysis: Insiders see patterns in ethical mess (Associated Press, Wall Street Journal) In the last two years, a dozen elected and appointed state officials have been convicted or accused in crimes. Nine were elected to office. That doesn't include former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was swept into office in 2006 by New Yorkers clamoring for reform. He resigned in 2008 after he was named in a prostitution investigation.