NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One day after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on corruption charges, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said now is the time for New Yorkers to demand more from politicians.
Speaking Friday to an audience at New York Law School, Bharara talked about his office’s views on public corruption.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
He lambasted the notion of the “three men in a room” culture in Albany — that the speaker, the Senate majority leader and the governor control bills and budgets that affect every New Yorker.
“Three men in a room. Is that really the way government should be run?” he said. “The decision to federally charge the speaker of the Assembly yesterday was made by more than three people in a room.”
Silver, one of those “three men in a room,” was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he took nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. He was released on $200,000 bail.