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STORY: Gap store at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside will
close & re-open as Old Navy
SUMMARY: The Gap, which has occupied a storefront within a
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REACH: 21,897 people (as of 5/7/18)
Another betrayal of New York’s trust
It was as swift a fall from grace as one could witness.
Within mere hours on Monday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went
from being a prosecutor with a bright future to a politically radioactive villain
without an offi ce.
His downfall came following an incredible report in Th e New Yorker which
documented allegations that he physically assaulted several women with
whom he had been associated — accusations which were particularly shocking
considering that Schneiderman was, in the public eye, a staunch advocate
of women’s rights and the #MeToo movement.
But when the cameras were gone, as Th e New Yorker reported,
Schneiderman was apparently nothing like the upstanding public servant
that New York residents had come to know since he took offi ce in 2011. Th e
alleged actions are monstrous.
Sadly, this isn’t the fi rst time our trust has been betrayed; sadly, we know
it won’t be the last.
If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that nothing about the New
York politicians we see on camera is indicative of who they really are.
Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 over his extra-marital exploits.
Indecent photographs cooked Anthony Weiner’s political career, and ultimately
led him to prison.
But lust is just one deadly sin that affl icted New York politicians; greed is
In the pages of this paper, we’ve documented indictments and convictions
of one corrupt elected offi cial aft er another: Anthony Seminerio, Alan Hevesi,
Malcolm Smith, Dan Halloran, Hiram Monserrate, Shirley Huntley, Sheldon
Silver, Joseph Bruno, Dean Skelos, William Scarborough, and so on. Each of
them used the offi ces they held for personal gain, violating the public trust
in them — and for many, ruining confi dence in our system of government.
Some found pleasure in Schneiderman’s downfall, considering that he was
also investigating individuals close to the Trump administration over alleged
corruption. For one thing, Schneiderman’s scandal doesn’t negate the investigation
the Attorney General’s offi ce is conducting; for another, the scandal
doesn’t amount to a pardon for off enses that others may have committed.
Abuse of people and abuse of power are the worst parts of a toxic culture
in our state capital that must end. We need to fi nd good, decent people and
elect them to serve us in Albany — and we must rely upon the press and other
investigators to continue exposing bad actors in government and facilitate
their removal from offi ce.
Referring to his brilliant and prescient essay, “Defi ning Deviancy Down,”
the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Th ere is always a certain
amount of deviancy in a society. But when you get too much, you begin
to think that it’s not really that bad. Pretty soon you become accustomed to
very destructive behavior.”
We’ve breached that unacceptable threshold long ago; now it’s up to us to
step back from it.