With dozens of state senators in his municipality, Mayor Bloomberg or the people in the City of New York likely don't have to worry about the office and staff arrangements for a newly elected senator.
But here in the 48th District, where we only have one senator, it's important. As December dawns the location and staffing for the incoming Senator is reportedly still up in the air. In fact outgoing Senator Darrel Aubertine and Senator-elect Patty Ritchie did not even meet this week although both were in Albany.
Smooth transitions are a responsibility of both parties, but especially for those leaving, who have had the chance to serve. They know the ropes and even though losing is no fun, have a higher calling to make sure the public interest is served.
In the election I lost in '99, I made sure to meet with Mayor-elect Butler promptly and did whatever was needed to facilitate the change. In previous partisan office changes for state and federal races, I have been told nothing but the furniture will be left in the office. Files will be taken. A sort of "they can figure it out when they get here" attitude as punishment for voters have the tumerity to ask for change.
With so many issues of interest to people from Oswego to Ogdensburg, citizens deserve a seamless transition. It's what we pay for.
Watertown Daily Times Ritchie up in air on staff funding