Perks of office

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This letter is in response to “What do you think of political corruption in light of the recent scandals?” (Street Talk by Rosa Michaels & Johann Hamilton, May 16).

Politicians should tell us how many hours and days actually worked in Albany, detail sources of outside income and amount of time spent practicing law or other jobs, amount of bonuses know as lulus for chairing any legislative committees, amount spent on meals, traveling at taxpayers’ expense, along with a detailed list of all their “pay-for-play” campaign contributions cross cut against member item pork barrel projects and legislation they introduce on behalf of their “benefactors.”

Nobody was drafted to run for public office. Everyone knew of both the salary, perks of office and limited work requirements. Members of the state Legislature are lucky to have their part time jobs! There are plenty of out of work New Yorkers who would be more than happy to replace them. They would actually show up for work full time and not constantly complain.

Larry Penner