Republicans can stop snickering about Shelly Silver.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos surrendered to authorities Monday morning and is facing conspiracy, extortion and bribery charges.
Among other things, Skelos went to use his official office to enrich his son with payments from a real-estate developer and an associated environmental company.
According to Rochester's liberal newsrag, the D&C, Skelos' son Adam, who was being paid by a company specializing in stormwater treatment, raised concerns that Cuomo's budget proposal didn't earmark any of the funds for Long Island or for water infrastructure costs.
This is business as usual in Albany, except that this conversation was wiretapped.
So Skelos altered Rochester-area Sen. Rich Funke's response to the State of the State address to include a push for water infrastructure spending.
Funke complied without knowing what he was doing and without knowing Skelos' real interest in water infrastructure.
As a newbie in Albany, Funke probably felt flattered.
"Sucker" has been tattooed on his forehead.
The bottom line is that these shenanigans go on often enough without being detected in Albany.
And that both Republicans and Democrats willingly participate in them.
It doesn't matter who gets elected to state office. Albany is a cesspool of corruption and its stench envelops even the most innocent bystanders within a very short period of time.
Which is why state government cannot be reformed. It must be dismantled and rebuilt.
But neither side is willing to undertake such reconstruction because both parties are corrupt.
Funke got caught up in this ongoing drama sooner than anyone expected.
This time he was an innocent dupe, and nobody is accusing him of wrongdoing.
Let's see how long his innocence lasts. before he becomes as corrupt as the rest of them.
Funke has stellar examples from both parties to use as role models.