Thursday, June 11, 2009

Clown conference commences in Albany

The State Senate started a session today at 11am, but Hiram walked out.

The Observer's Steve Kornacki wonders Since When Have the Senate Dems Had a Problem With Thuggery?

Monserrate’s glassing incident was widely reported when it happened, nearly six months ago. But instead of condemning him as a “thug” back then, Smith and his allies were anxiously trying to cut a deal with Monserrate, along with three other Democrats (Espada, Carl Kruger, and Ruben Diaz Sr.) who initially refused to side with their party to organize the Senate.

Monserrate did end up coming aboard, and in January Smith handed him the chairmanship of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee—even as domestic-violence groups protested vehemently. And after that, Smith volunteered to headline a lucrative Albany fund-raiser for Monserrate. Then, only after Monserrate was formally indicted and the public outcry became too much for him, Smith finally agreed to remove him from his committee chairmanship “temporarily.”

Monserrate’s thuggishness been obvious since December, but until this week, he was the Democrats’ thug—an absolutely crucial component of their 32-30 Senate majority. So, due-diligence admonishments notwithstanding, Smith and his colleagues were far more interested in keeping him in the fold than in drawing further attention to his reported misdeeds. But now? Well, suddenly his December behavior is outrageous and worthy of loud and uncompromising condemnation.


Anonymous said...



Mr. Angry said...

So all of this comes down to the actions of an indicted domestic abuser? What a world!

-Joe said...

Monserrate was on WNYC Monday Night the guy comes off and even sound like the typical urban street thug.

This guy passed the police test and trusted to comprehend legislature is mind boggling.

Taxpayer said...

"That government is best which governs least." Thomas Paine

In all this imbecilic chaos, there is one note of cheer: No rotten legislation is being passed.

faster340 said...

This is a F!#$%^& joke. We voted for these yahoo's and they want to shut down the government? Who the hell do they think they are? Our taxes and such pay for their salaries. Get back to work you F!#$%^ slackers! If not why can't the public keep the doors shut and locked and tell them to go home? You can't get along and aren't able to work then we will get someone in there who will. This is so childish it makes me sick to my stomach. If I don't go to work I don't get paid and my employer says get lost! THIS MAKES ME SO ANGRY!

Anonymous said...

Yawn....another day in Albany.

Pass me the bottle.

And I thought the city council was bad.

Anonymous said...

Do the republicans think that they have the moral high ground after making deals with Espada and Monserrate?

Anonymous said...

We elected Democrats, but Mr. Golisano single-handedly ordained that we would have a Republican senate.

These two birds are criminals who need to be behind bars, but instead they are in charge of the Senate.

Queens Crapper said...

No, I think Malcolm Smith's utter failure as a leader is what led you to this point. You know, the guy who made sure MIH and SJQH closed so that one of his hospital pals could benefit down the road?

Anonymous said...

Democrats took control of the New York State Senate last month after more than four decades of Republican rule, then set out to determine how the Senate's own budget of nearly $100 million and its attendant perks were being distributed.

They recently realized there are some 75 employees working at the Senate's
own printing plant, a plain brick building on the outskirts of Albany. On
Long Island, they found a small television studio, which had been set up all with public money, with two press aides on hand to help operate it for the exclusive use of Republican senators to record cable TV shows.

Then there are the parking spots, always at a premium near the Capitol.
Democrats had been given roughly one spot per senator there were 30
Democrats last year and guessed there were perhaps double or even triple
that controlled by the majority. Instead, they have learned, there are more than 800.

And Democratic leaders must determine what to do about 45 workers toiling
away in a building close to the Capitol who appear to have been engaged in
quasi-political research for the Republicans.

"Every time we nail something down, we uncover another rock and there's
another 30 people there it's all over the state," said Angelo J. Aponte,
who as the new secretary of the Senate is the top aide to Malcolm A. Smith,
the Queens Democrat who became majority leader last month.

And billionaire Rochester plutocrat Tom Golisano, who three times
failed to buy the governor's mansion in independent bids, and who spent
millions to try and bolster the dying GOP's hold on the Senate last year,
was appalled that the new Senate wouldn't cut his taxes -- so appalled that he moved into Florida tax exile.

The answer was simple: a coup. A coup which would thwart transparency and
reform, restore GOP perks and pork, follow Tom DeLay's playbook for
undemocratic redistricting shenanigans, and cut Tom Golisano's taxes. The
needs of the many for responsive government would be sacrificed for the
needs of a very, very, select few.

But NY State the democrats and republicans are just sibling rivals with very little difference.

Tom Golisano said...

Put that damn thing down and look at me!

Anonymous said...

Tom, it's Florida on the line. Can you take a moment away from deciding the next governor of New York to let them know what state you reside in?