Upon hearing that Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction was overturned due to a Supreme Court decision, I went into a state of disbelief. Why? I guess that $4 million in graft isn’t really that serious.
Our governor, as well as all of our state’s politicos, simply feel that the New York state taxpayers can easily cover any shortage due to this corruption, or should I say a legal cash reward, for Silver’s actions according to our great Supreme Court. (I wonder how much they received for this decision.)
In addition, my shock is also demonstrated by the following:
1) Our governor doesn’t believe that any type of ethics in political matters are important/critical, since he abolished our New York State Ethics Commission.
2) Our governor’s “nine” buddies involved in the million-dollar scam regarding our state’s expansion of our computer technology were just trying to make some extra bucks on the side. What’s the harm to New York state taxpayers?
3) It’s obvious that our governor feels that New York state politicians are above the law and that New York state taxpayers are only people who should be legally accountable.
In summary, I believe New York state taxpayers must initiate political actions of their own to recover some power over our politicians.
The first of which is to remove ourselves from the political process — especially voting. Then demonstrations, hopefully peaceful and effective.
Pete M. Murphy