Crooked politicians

    My dad was a great man.  This diary is not about him, but I can’t write this without thinking about him as we approach the 10-year anniversary of his passing into a greater place.  He was a man of very few words.  A conversation amongst family could carry on for a long time before he would say anything.  Then, he would come out with a | Read More »

    New York Senate Drama! Showdown! Conflict! Pay Raises!

    And here I thought that opportunities to report on the NY Senate’s shenanigans had passed, once Espada flip-flopped back to being a Democrat.  I was wrong: Elite get fat pay hikes amid Senate stalemate Democrats reward key staff with up to $32,000 while hitting GOP ALBANY — Eleven of the state Senate’s highest-paid staffers received raises of up to $32,000 when it appeared likely Democrats | Read More »

    NY Senate Watch: Paterson (D) could end this, any time?

    He arguably has the authority to do so.  And knows it. Groups call on Paterson to appoint Lt. Governor Citizens Union, Common Cause and Assemb. Michael Gianaris (D- Astoria) urged Paterson to exercise the authority given him by Section 43 of the Public Officers Law. The provision reads in part, “if a vacancy shall occur, otherwise than by expiration of term, with no provision of | Read More »

    “Don’t MAKE me turn this state legislature around.”

    I have no particular love for NY Governor David Paterson, given that he had to start his tenure as Governor by mentioning the adultery that he had somehow forgotten to mention to the voters up to that point – but that being said, this was funny: Gov. David Paterson just put the kibosh on the Senate Democrats’ plans to leave the Capitol tonight, warning that | Read More »

    NY State Senate Follies Continue

    The standoff in Albany between State Senate Republicans and Democrats continues, as Democrats refuse to acknowledge the new reality that they are no longer in control of the chamber after two of their members voted with Republicans to oust Malcolm Smith as majority leader. The latest act to appear in the center ring of this circus is New York Governor David Paterson. After alternately vowing | Read More »