From the NY Observer:
H. Dale Hemmerdinger is finding it's not so easy to stay involved in public service.
The real estate executive and longtime Democratic donor ceded his seat as chairman of the M.T.A. as part of a restructuring last summer, making way for new CEO/Chairman Jay Walder. Governor Paterson then offered up an apparent consolation prize: In October, he nominated Mr. Hemmerdinger for a seat on the Port Authority's board—long a landing pad for political donors and onetime government officials.
However, the state Senate, which must confirm the nomination, is not eager to allow Mr. Hemmerdinger in for a second swing at state government. When the Senate approved a set of nominations last week, Mr. Hemmerdinger didn't make the list.