NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal prosecutor has cited the “unmistakable pervasiveness of corruption” in New York state’s capital while promising to boost his office’s efforts to expose politicians’ crimes.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) made the pledge Monday at a gathering of the Citizens Crime Commission in Manhattan. He notes the recent prosecutions of several state political figures. He says it increasingly seems the best way to find Albany on a map is to look for the intersection of greed and ambition.
He says he met recently with the FBI to discuss how to boost anti-corruption efforts. He says he’s added employees to his public corruption unit and the goal is to make even the most dense public official aware corruption leads to prison.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) has announced several anti-corruption proposals.
Associated Press writer Michael Gormley contributed to this report from Albany.