Corruption a la New York

I’ve always described corruption in the US as high level: millions of dollars in lobbying, campaign contributions, and awarding big government contracts to relatives. Corruption’s there, but it’s far removed from the daily life of the average person.

In contrast, low-level corruption permeates daily life in Eastern Europe. Paying small bribes to traffic police, a government clerk needing a tip to sign a document, doctors expecting a bribe to treat you.

But I was wrong. This story about corruption in New York City is absolutely bonkers.