Common Cause: LG Benjamin's arrest shows need for reform
The arrest Tuesday of New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin as part of a federal bribery investigation is renewing calls for an ethics overhaul in state government. Albany in the last decade has seen the resignation of a governor, the arrests of multiple legislative leaders on corruption charges, and concerns that the recently scrapped Joint Commission on Public Ethics was compromised to a fault. Benjamin, a Democrat, has pleaded not guilty. But Sarah Goff — deputy director of good government group Common Cause — tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus the charges are serious.