« From DDDB: "A Ratner's Gallery of Cronies, Friends, Partners, Fixers and Shrill Supporters" | Main | Newsmaker: Vishaan Chakrabarti »

April 21, 2012

Columnist on Albany: politicians do "things that damn well ought to be against the law but aren’t"

Atlantic Yards Report

Daily News columnist Bill Hammond's 4/17/12 column, headlined Albany, land of legal scandals: A blatantly partisan move by Dean Skelos to help Republicans, analyzes the Senate Republicans' effort to add a 63rd seat to the state Senate, which was called "disturbing” by a judge but not clearly unconstitutional:

So what Skelos (R-L.I.) is trying to do — and may very well get away with — is disturbing but just barely legal.

And that’s Albany in a nutshell. Politicians doing things that damn well ought to be against the law but aren’t.

As political columnist Michael Kinsley has often said: Sometimes the real scandal is what’s legal.

And wouldn't that apply to, say, the Empire State Development Corporation's production of an Atlantic Yards Blight Study with bogus crime information?


Posted by eric at April 21, 2012 10:38 AM