State politicans fighting corruption, avoiding major steps

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's capital is abuzz with calls to clamp down on corruption after federal cases were brought against state lawmakers this month.

But the federal prosecutor in those cases, some lawmakers in the nearly powerless minority parties and good-government advocates say New Yorkers won't see the big, transformative reforms that could finally clean up Albany after decades of scandals.

For example, recent polls show that more than 80 percent of New York voters want term limits and generous pensions eliminated for politicians who are convicted of crimes. But neither of those is seriously considered today.

Assembly Republicans also want to give voters the power to recall their elected officials, but the Republicans won't even be part of the closed-door negotiations to come up with new anti-corruption laws.

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