From the Daily News:
The state's budget crisis hasn't stopped lawmakers from spending big bucks to promote themselves.
Members of the Senate and Assembly have spent nearly $9 million in taxpayer money this year on constituent mailings, the Daily News has learned.
The spending comes as the state faces a $9 billion budget deficit and is preparing to lay off hundreds of government workers on Dec. 31.
"It's an extraordinary amount of money when the state is broke," said Dick Dadey, executive director of the good government group Citizens Union.
"And the timing of the newsletters is geared to inform voters just before an election, which is doubly inappropriate."
Senators spent $5.3 million on postage, while Assembly members spent $3.6 million. The Senate and Assembly spent a combined $12 million last year, records show.