It frustrates us, too. And it’s telling that this legislative session will likely be remembered, not for the bills that did or didn’t pass, but for scandals that fulfilled the worst stereotypes about Albany.
There was Vito Lopez’s resignation after being accused of sexual harassment. There was Sheldon Silver’s cover-up, which used taxpayer funds to keep the Lopez scandal quiet. And there were corruption charges brought against four lawmakers.
So the session is being summed up by headlines such as, “How New York Became One of the Most Corrupt States” (on a May 10 NPR.org story).
“Missed opportunity”? Yeah, you could call it that. But there’s another word that comes to mind, too — one that has almost become synonymous with “Albany”: Dysfunctional.