Sunday, December 27, 2015

State Lawmakers Spend Most of Year Watching Their Leaders Melt Down

    The end of year summary for state legislators in today's Times focuses on Albany scandal and possible solutions.  I am not sure what you do about corrupt leadership as individual members of a caucus are hardly going to publicly challenge the person they depend on for their own relevance.
    It is clear the matter of discussion in 2016 is whether the local GOP can come up with a winning formula for taking the 116th AD and ending the North Country's dalliance with Democrats now overwhelmingly controlling the lower house in Albany.
    I see County Legislator Phil Reed gets a mention in this story. Mr Reed is often talked about as a candidate to oppose Assemblywoman Addie Russell.  Last year, the GOP almost won with an "anybody but Addie" candidate, but likely want more meat on the bone this time.
     There are also rumors coming from the LifeSaver that Ms. Russell will be pushed aside by the party in favor of the newly minted mayor of Massena or the son of a former Assemblyman.
      Scandal dominates public perception of Albany and any attempt to defend the status quo or the deposed leaders will fall flat. However, it's a Presidential year and that favors the Dem candidate a bit.
     As for Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Blankenbush. They will be unopposed in all likelihood.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/more-lessons-learned-than-successes-earned-state-legislators-reflect-on-2015-20151227

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The main thing that could reduce corruption is to make the four positions less powerful. Start by making it illegal for the AG to put out a press release. The media can cover the AG settlements and court cases. Maybe that would stop people like Cuomo and client nine from using that office as a self promotion stepping stone to automatic election into the governors office.

Take away some of the governor's powers. We don't need Cuomo to close 81 for snow storms. We have DOT, troopers and sheriffs to make those calls. Why does he have the power to do it? The Moreland Commission, Minimum wage, and SAFE Act in the middle of the night were more powers that should not be in the hands of one man.

And the best for last: Take the power away from the Assembly and Senate leadership. For starters, put it in the State Constitution that each member has the right to bring at least one piece of legislation to vote. Take away the power from the leadership to assign people to committee. Require each member gets the exact same budget and accommodations and committee assignments. Take away those powers and the leadership would be a million times less susceptible to corruption.

Anonymous said...

I can see this, in my mind Russell will get screwed over by Ron and his cronies, they put Currier up. I hope she does what everyone else does and go to the Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Addie is as good as gone! Knowing what we know about Aubertine my bet's are on Jr.

Addie doesn't have any friends in Cuomo's Albany world, and Heastie will not be throwing her any bones as much as he enjoys using her.

Anonymous said...

9:27 If that's your case she will be running against JB in the primary again with crazy Russ.

How is she ever going to reverse her votes of not killing babies up and until the hours of their due date.

Anonymous said...

We are a one party state, with a sleazy, ego maniac for a governor. What can we expect?

Anonymous said...

Phil Reed? Be serious he was part of the "See it $pend it Crowd" at the County, nope can't see him going to far...Addie will end up like Dede anyway..

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the best possible thing that could happen to the citizens of this State is that the legislature continues to do nothing for about 40 years into the future! Every time those peckerwoods in Albany "do something", we either lose more of our rights, or more business is driven out of the state.

Anonymous said...

2:08, adversity is a chance for opportunity. Maybe if the legislator would git buzy and pass some more stupid spending and stupid laws, it would be what it takes to convince you its time to finally leave. I guarantee you, that you would send them a thank you note if that happened.

Anonymous said...

4:51,

If I wasn't broke and too old to start over, I'd be already gone. All I can hope for is for things to get so bad that upstate finally develops the cajones to separate from the city before I die.

Anonymous said...

4:51, many NYers are on the edge about leaving. Unless you work for a school or government, NY is not really a place to raise your kids. If you have a fat government retirement, along with tax breaks and cheap everything via Fort Drum, it's ok. Otherwise, staying here is tough to justify, as it were.