New York: Rotten Apples Upstate Too

Rotten Apples Upstate Too

The corruption scandals that have rocked New York City for the past two years spread through the rest of the Empire State last week. As the result of a wide-ranging FBI sting operation, 44 current and former municipal officials and twelve private contractors were charged with accepting bribes and graft in 40 towns from Great Neck on Long Island to Malone near the Canadian border. Ten officials in New Jersey were also indicted.

The sting began in October 1985 with an FBI agent posing as a supplier of fencing, road signs and other steel products. He apparently had no difficulty distributing...