When asked in a recent interview if New York politics is more corrupt than other states, Bharara replied, “If you’re looking for a market leader, I wouldn’t bet on New York” slamming both the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo for not moving faster on ethics reform. He further added he does not see any serious evidence of self policing, and the ethics-reform law that did pass failed to limit outside income and did not close a loophole that allows shadow groups to form LLCs and circumvent campaign-finance rules.
I sense in his comments a bit of frustration and when further questioned about the possible of the overturn of the convictions of Skelos and Silver, he does not believe the recent Supreme Court “honest-services” decision applies. More than frustration evident.