Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Village Voice on the downtown Assembly race: great illustration by Victor Juhasz

For as long as most New Yorkers can remember, our state government has been a dark and corrupt place, a foreboding swamp swathed in a noxious miasma. Good ideas that made their way inside quickly became lost, bogged down, entangled, eventually sinking below the surface, never to emerge. The creatures that thrived in this dark realm were well adapted to life in the shadows, gorging on kickback schemes and poorly regulated campaign donations,blocking any effort to drain the fetor. Among the greatest monsters of them all was Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who, having built an impregnable political machine on Manhattan's Lower East Side, choked the dreams of popular governance without fear of consequence.