Michael Benjamin calls for an end to member items to clean up Albany | City & State


Florence + the Machine’s hit song “Dog Days Are Over” seems an apt soundtrack for the hidden and unspoken abuses afflicting Albany.

The dog days are over/The dog days are done
The horses are coming/So you better run.

The unseemly events involving Vito Lopez, Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley have exposed allegations of ongoing sexual misconduct, nepotism, and the abuse of member-item and state funding to nonprofits allied with legislators. Those abuses have set the stage for a new round of reforms, possibly more sweeping than past efforts.

Many lawmakers have already been forced from office or drummed out by voters because of their misdeeds. Several of these disgraced ex-legislators also had ties to nonprofits that they controlled, squeezed kickbacks from or otherwise looted…

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Will corruption’s “dog days” be over in Albany? Leave a comment below.

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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1 Response to Michael Benjamin calls for an end to member items to clean up Albany | City & State

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    How good is that? Please keep the heat on. Your voice can be one of empowerment for the people, so get out your literary broom.


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