Is Federal Probe Targeting Minorities In State Politics?
It's a glaring aspect of the most talked about issue in Albany's growing public corruption probe that few will raise publicly: Is the federal sting now rocking New York politics targeting minorities?
So far, in a Legislature where minorities have long been underrepresented, the five figures who have been charged and eight who have been caught on FBI surveillance wires in the last five weeks are black or Latino.
Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who's black, says corruption is cyclical, not racial.
But few blacks or Latinos were part of arrests from several years ago.
They included three senators and an assemblyman, all of whom were white.
Before that, former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who's white, was convicted in a decision that was vacated. He faces a new trial.
Monday, July 28, 2014, Watertown, NY
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