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Welcome to New York Politics

June 25, 2009

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Its a strange time up here in Albany. For those of you who haven’t heard the New York State Senate is a bit of a mess. But everyone knows about that.

I want to talk about the stuff that falls through the cracks. The BS that no one talks about that goes on that is completely absurd and yet, somehow iconic of how our bureaucratic, corrupt, loop-hole ridden system has come to work. At least to those familiar with it.

So I’m not going to be bringing you insightful commentary or news on gay marriage legislation. You can get that here. Or here. Or…you get the point.

I’m here to point out that while the senate coup was going on, Greg Ball and Cathy Nolan got into a shouting match over Cathy Nolan’s farm bill. Cathy Nolan by the way is an assemblywoman from Queens. That’s New York City. And she has legislation dealing with farms. Fantastic.

I’m here to tell you that there was a public hearing recently on prompt payment contract law for Not-For-Profits. This means that basically, Not-for-Profits contracted for work by the state are paid on time for the work they do. Normally these public hearings are day long affairs with nearly a dozen speakers. But not this one. Why? Because the NFP’s were afraid of further reprisal by the state agencies that administer their contracts. Why further? Because NFP’s are already months behind on payment for their contracts, and are forced to float the state millions of dollars. If they got up and complained about this, they were guaranteed the protection of one RoAnn Destito, chairwoman of the Assembly Government Operations Committee. Now nothing against Assemblywoman Destito, but her protection is a shack in the face of the bureaucratic hurricane of retribution and paperwork that a pissed off state agency can throw at you.

Last but not least I’m here to tell you that Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has a stick which she uses to poke the voting button on her desk. That’s right, she is too lazy to reach the two feet to the button on her desk to actually vote so she has a stick specifically to press the button. She also apparently is a dirt bike enthusiast.

Welcome to New York State Government. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink*
    June 26, 2009 1:44 am

    In a perverse way, you definitely picked the right time to start hanging out at the New York State Legislature.

  2. Samuel permalink*
    June 28, 2009 12:53 am

    Ginny Fields probably deserves at least five separate posts after hearing about that voting stick.

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