Silver Says Assembly Has 'Zero Tolerance' For Corruption
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he expects New York to have a new anti-corruption law by the end of the legislative session, but stressed the vast majority of lawmakers are hardworking and honest.
Earlier on Monday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said corruption in Albany "appears pervasive" and is worse than in other states.
The powerful Assembly speaker, however, says his chamber has had a "zero tolerance" corruption policy for years.
He says he welcomes tougher laws and an independent enforcement board.
A Siena College poll released Monday showed 81 percent of New York voters expect more corruption arrests on top of those the federal prosecutor announced earlier this month.
The poll questioned 811 voters from last Sunday through Thursday. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
Thursday, March 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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