ALBANY - To say there was disappointment at the State Capitol on Monday might have been an understatement. After Senator John Sampson (D - Brooklyn) was arrested on corruption charges, lawmakers showed up for work in Albany more determined than ever to clean up the mess that has cast a dark shadow over all of them.
Everyone agrees the stench of political scandal needs to be disinfected immediately and the best way to do it, some say, is to hit the offenders where it hurts them the most -- directly in their pension pocketbooks.
When the political scandals rock the state house, it affects everyone and everything, according to Assemblyman John McDonald (D - Cohoes).
"They are a major distraction to the legislative process," McDonald insists.
The scandals are also pushing angry lawmakers more quickly toward ethics reform.