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Albany’s Crime Spree

New York state government is a den of thieves.

Mar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By FRED SIEGEL
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If Paterson steps down, the man he appointed lieutenant governor, 76-year-old Richard Ravitch, a hero of the 1975 New York City fiscal crisis, who strangely is not a creature of the Albany cesspool, will take over. But not even Ravitch’s formidable skills will be enough to return law and order in the form of budgetary sanity to the Albany Gang. The state may be dying, but its political class, a few prison sentences notwithstanding, is thriving. Only pressure from the financial markets—à la Greece—could return gravity to this political “bizarro world.”

Fred Siegel is a resident of Brooklyn. Kevin Parker is his state senator.


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