Letters: Such corruption is only in government
The reason most folks believe politicians are basically crooks is well illustrated by the recent actions of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) ["Silver open to probe of $103G settlement," Aug. 30].
Lopez was accused of sexual harassment and Silver agreed in secret negotiations to award two accusers a total of $103,000 in taxpayer money to settle the cases.
Since this has become public knowledge, Silver has "decided" to be open to a probe of the matter. He's a day late and a dollar short.
Following a committee recommendation, Silver also stripped Lopez of his post as housing committee chairman and reduced his staff to that of a freshman legislator.
Oh the pain! Only in government is this tolerated. In private industry, Lopez would be terminated (and I don't mean allowed to retire with full benefits) and Silver would be thrown out for a major breach of ethics. Unfortunately we have allowed politicians to legally insulate themselves against almost any personal wrongdoing. Shame on us.
Christopher D. Reilly