* Slush-fund scandals recently sent Queens Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin and Bronx Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. to jail and may yet trip up Senate President Malcolm Smith.
* Influence-peddling on behalf of private clients sunk Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio and former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno -- and should raise serious questions about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's relationship with tort-law firm Weitz & Luxenberg.
* In a class by himself is Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, whose Medicaid-funded Soundview Health Clinic in The Bronx serves as an Espada family mint."
Really? Comparing thirty years of delivering health care services in the South Bronx to jailbirds like McLaughlin and Seminerio? It really does matter what public money is actually being used for; and keep in mind that Soundview was created by Espada long before he was elected to public office. As far as we know, however, Espada hasn't given any money to victims of Hurricane Katrina; but maybe the Post can investigate the criminality in that!
The council slush funds have never been properly investigated-and we agree with the Post's observation about the role of the speaker (but also the mayor, folks): "Council Speaker Christine Quinn is especially culpable: She says she's instituted "reforms," but pork remains her No. 1 tool for enforcing discipline. She was even caught budgeting cash for made-up groups in order to quietly dispense it to allies later."
The fact that there hasn't been a more thorough review of these practices relates back to the care and feeding of the person of one Michael Bloomberg-someone who claims to be above tawdry politics, but who has absorbed and now practices, the old pol Sam Rayburn's maxim: "If you want to get along, go along.”