US prosecutor seeks help cleaning up Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The federal prosecutor who
charged two state legislators in separate bribery cases this week says
he can't clean up Albany alone, urging leaders to change a pervasive
culture of corruption and “show-me-the-money” politics.

Top state officials are considering what more can
be done – particularly after one lawmaker ensnared this week,
Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, was secretly recorded reciting recent
punishments in corruption cases ranging from two to seven years in

But they offered no immediate answers Friday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara questioned how much the
work of both state and city government “is tarnished by tawdry graft”
while announcing probes landing six politicians in handcuffs and forcing
a seventh from office.

While promising to keep making arrests, he says public corruption in New York “is more than a prosecutor's problem.”

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