Personally, I’m not in favor of publicly financed campaigns. For years, however, Albany has suffered through what has seemed to be the “pay to play” era, with large donors and unions receiving political rewards for their contribution checks. Money will always play a role in elections — federal, state and local. Will publicly financed campaigns fix Albany’s culture of corruption? I’m not sure, but a pilot program is a good start toward reform, and is certainly worth a try.Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.