ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are eyeing each other, watching every word they say and making only half-joking suggestions that they should start every meeting with a mutual pat-down.
It's a paranoia born of what some here see as the ultimate betrayal: Two lawmakers have gone undercover with recording devices as part of a growing federal corruption probe that has resulted in indictments against four lawmakers in the past month. At least a half-dozen more are known to be caught on tape.
Edgy politicians wonder who else could be caught, and who else could be wearing a wire.
Albany denizens who for decades grew comfortable talking in clubby, insular backrooms now suddenly find the tables turned with an investigation that is piercing inner circles.