Back in 2014, during her unsuccessful Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Zephyr R. Teachout — one of four Democrats vying for state attorney general on Thursday — seemed to eerily and accurately predict the future. Teachout at that time raised questions in an op-ed article for The Buffalo News about Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development program that eventually resulted in federal convictions for developers accused of bid rigging in the RiverBend solar factory project. “Critically, the state’s pervasive culture of corruption and ‘pay to play’ must not drive the choices we make to boost Buffalo,” the Fordham Law professor wrote. “The Buffalo Billion must be allocated without favoritism, and the selection process should be transparent.” Four years later, Teachout refrains from any outright “I told you so’s,” but puts fighting official corruption at the top of her priority list should she prevail in Thursday’s primary election. “It shows I have a nose for corruption,” she said in Buffalo a few days ago. “And that matters because we have an ongoing corruption crisis in New York. The next attorney general needs to be somebody who’s willing to both use the full existing powers of the AG’s office and call… Read full this story
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