State Lawmakers Paranoid About Tape Recordings
New York lawmakers are eyeing each other, watching every word they say and making only half-joking suggestions that they should start every meeting with a mutual pat-down.
It's a paranoia born of what some here see as the ultimate betrayal: Two lawmakers have gone undercover with recording devices as part of a growing federal corruption probe that has resulted in indictments against four lawmakers in the past month.
At least a half-dozen more are known to be caught on tape.
Edgy politicians wonder who else could be caught and who else could be wearing a wire.
Albany denizens who for decades grew comfortable talking in clubby, insular backrooms now suddenly find the tables turned with an investigation that is piercing inner circles.
Sunday, December 4, 2016, Watertown, NY
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