Had a well placed gadfly call today and we were chatting about various things including the pressures that will be brought to bear on Senator Ritchie as a couple of key issues float through Albany this spring.
Governor Cuomo wants a tax cap, gay marriage and ethics reform...The Governor doesn't enjoy losing, especially after his much heralded budget performance...Marriage equality is the tough issue as the Governor needs three or four GOP votes to make it happen and he has assured the LGBT coalition he will do so.
Senator Ritchie needs to keep five prisons open in her district.
Is that the beginning of a beautiful relationship ?
Linkages are what lawmaking is all about...Always been that way..
The tax cap is being linked to NYC rent control...Upstaters want the cap...a limited but influential downstate crowd wants rent control.
Who knows what will happen, but I can foresee the freshman Senator being summoned to the Second Floor for some "frank" discussions about those five prisons.
That would be a little more stressful than her meeting with County Legislators, but then again its nice to be in a position where people need you.