Most New Yorkers Believe More Corruption Arrests Coming, Poll Says
Eight out of 10 New Yorkers think there will be more corruption arrests of state legislators in the near future.
And about a third think their state representative could be one of them.
That's according to a Siena College poll released Monday.
About 90 percent say legislative corruption is a serious problem and more than half say they're "distrustful" and "cynical" of Albany politics.
Earlier this month, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested for allegedly taking bribes and Sen. Malcolm Smith and five others were arrested in an alleged bribery scheme to get Smith's name on the New York City mayoral ballot.
“Clearly, the recent arrests have eroded confidence in the Legislature," said pollster Steven Greenberg. "In fact, voters are closely divided with 50 percent saying most legislators are 'honest and law-abiding' and 47 percent saying most 'cannot be trusted.'"
About one third of those polled think their state legislator could be the next one who gets arrested.
That doesn't sound so good for the likes of Assembly members Ken Blankenbush and Addie Russell, or state Senator Patty Ritchie.
"I can understand why the public would be concerned because personally, I am, too," said Ritchie (R. - 48th Distirct).
Ritchie says don't look for her to be led away.
The staff for Blankenbush and Russell say their bosses are clean, too.
But nobody doubts how serious the problem is.
"There should be zero tolerance toward corruption in government," said Ritchie.
Fixing the problem could be as simple as instituting term limits, which is supported by over 80 percent of voters.
More than half think politicians should be restricted from running on more than one party line.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, has taken another dip in popularity, though not a big one.
His favorability rating stands at 62 percent. which is down from the previous month's 64 percent and December's 72 percent.
The number of those who are inclined to reelect him next year has fallen from 62 percent in December to 53 percent in the most recent poll.
Here's the news release from Siena College.
Friday, July 3, 2015, Watertown, NY
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