On April 2, state Sen. and New York City mayoral hopeful Malcolm Smith, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and village Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, a New York City councilman and two city GOP powerbrokers were swept into federal court; a 28-page indictment traces a twisted trail of bribes, kickbacks and other nefarious deeds that stretches from Albany, through the Rockland County village and around New York City’s boroughs.
Two days later, another indictment was announced, this time against Bronx state Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, in a probe facilitated by another Assembly member from the Bronx, Nelson Castro, who began cooperating with authorities after his own 2009 perjury indictment.
When will the next indictment drop, and add more shame — and names — to New York’s long, abysmal record of public corruption scandals? What will it take to clean up New York politics? At 11 a.m. Wednesday, an Editorial Spotlight discussion will address New York’s culture of corruption, and what role reforms — and the voters — can play to turn the tide.
- — New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, D-Ossining.
— Richard Brodsky, a former Democratic member of the Assembly who represented Greenburgh.
— Bennett L. Gershman, Pace Law school professor and a former prosecutor in Manhattan.
— Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union of New York, a nonpartisan government watchdog.
— E.J. McMahon, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Empire Center for NYS Policy.
To view the session and join the live chat, go to www.lohud.com/editorialspotlight; to make a comment in advance, reach us via Twitter @lohudopinion, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin said ‘I will defend myself vigorously’ against bribery charges on April 3 at Spring Valley Village Hall. (Ricky Flores/The Journal News>