Florence + the Machine’s hit song “Dog Days Are Over” seems an apt soundtrack for the hidden and unspoken abuses afflicting Albany.

The dog days are over/The dog days are done
The horses are coming/So you better run.

The unseemly events involving Vito Lopez, Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley have exposed allegations of ongoing sexual misconduct, nepotism, and the abuse of member-item and state funding to nonprofits allied with legislators. Those abuses have set the stage for a new round of reforms, possibly more sweeping than past efforts.

Many lawmakers have already been forced from office or drummed out by voters because of their misdeeds. Several of these disgraced ex-legislators also had ties to nonprofits that they controlled, squeezed kickbacks from or otherwise looted…

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