NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says corruption is rampant in New York politics.
The prosecutor's latest commentary on government corruption cases that he and others have brought in the state opened the first public hearing of New York's latest anti-corruption commission on Tuesday.
Bharara's written testimony to the commission says the ranks of those convicted in office have "swelled to absolutely unacceptable levels."
He's now moving to take away the pensions of state officials convicted in such cases.
Dozens have been convicted of corruption in recent decades, but their lucrative public pensions have remained untouched. The state constitution assures public workers of a pension, but that protection hasn't been tested in court in corruption cases.