A resident of New York’s capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany’s most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.
For a $12.50 or so “bribe,” visitors to the planned Museum of Political Corruption will get a tour of the state’s long history of crooked politicians, shady deals and backroom power brokers, as well as a chance to learn about individuals who have fought corruption and suggested solutions to the state’s chronic problem.
The museum is the idea of Bruce Roter, a professor at Albany’s College of Saint Rose, who is now raising money for the museum, which he envisions as both an educational institution and a tourist destination that focuses on the state Capitol’s reputation for corruption.
“Let’s use it as a resource. … The attention is already there,” Roter said. “If we can get ahead of the late-night punchlines.”