Tammany Hall never sleeps: Honest graft walks. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews.

Nov 22, 2017, 05:37 AM

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Tammany Hall never sleeps: Honest graft walks. @HarrySiegel @NYDailyNews.

Some stuff that doesn’t get you sent to prison if you’re a political power player in New York in 2017, where the name of the game might as well be My Little Crony now that friendship is magic and bribe-takers have little to fear even when bribe-makers go down: • Your scheme steering public money as the state’s most powerful lawmaker to a rare-cancer doctor who then refers patients to a law firm that in turn puts millions of dollars back in your pockets. None of which stops you from using your taxpayer-provided per diem to have assignations at Albany’s cheapest motels with both one of the lawmakers in your caucus and with your former staffer turned big-time lobbyist thanks to her direct line to you. • Getting caught on wiretaps where your thuggish, moronic son complains about how the feds are always listening in. This being the son who threatened to beat up his boss at the no-show job you got him, and who endlessly tried to make more bucks from your position as the state’s second most powerful lawmaker down to calling people on Christmas Day to curse at them: “Every time you call me, you see my father’s name in the paper, right?” • Dumping $20 million of your members’ retirement funds into a collapsing Ponzi scheme disguised as a hedge fund in exchange for $60,000 stuffed in a Ferragamo bag personally delivered by a guy who’s pled guilty to bribing the mayor of New York and also to dressing up as an elf to bring pricey Christmas gifts to the wives and kids of the same NYPD leaders who he was providing prostitutes for on their private flights to big football games. The guy who collected that man purse managed to hang his jury Thursday. This is our sad new norm, as in Norman Seabrook, who the feds say they intend to retry but who’s meantime claiming redemption and vowing to eventually return and again lead the jail guard union whose members he’s accused of stealing from. The first two, of course, are former Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who were two of Albany’s notorious three men in a room until they were both indicted in 2015. Both now face new trials after their convictions were overturned this year thanks to the Supreme Court’s infamous McDonnell decision, which came last year following their trials. That’s former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had a friend — who doesn’t? — who liked to fly him around and buy him Rolexes and take his wife on $20,000 shopping trips and lend him $50,000. And that friend got nice things from McDonnell, like having the launch party for his dietary supplement business at the governor’s mansion. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/fish-rot-ocean-stinks-article-1.3640669