US Attorney Preet Bharara told the state's mayors gathered in Albany that the "culture of corruption" in the capital makes their jobs harder. The scathing account of the pay to play ways of Albany should ring true to Watertown residents who just saw their city government spend $60,000 on political lobbyists who claimed they get access local lawmakers cannot.
Mr. Bharara is feared in Albany and chose to visit the city to speak to the Conference of Mayors at a hotel near the Capitol.
Fact is going to Albany and getting to know people is how local lawmakers can do the job. In fact it's the job of state lawmakers and their staffs to help local governments and that's especially true here where one Councilman is also a Senate staffer.
Hiring politically "juiced" lawyers and lobbyists who claim to be rainmakers is part of the culture the US Attorney refers to.