Skip to comments.Who Can Save Albany? Koch & Company Will Give It a Try
Posted on 03/04/2010 1:24:00 PM PST by neverdem
The subject kept coming up all the time.
Everybody I talked to over the past year has been saying, Ugh, its so awful, former Mayor Edward I. Koch said recently. At lunches and dinners, in meetings with clients, law partners, fellow alumni of public service, business associations and good government groups, the conversation invariably turned to the political chaos in Albany.
I finally said to myself, somebodys got to do something, Mr. Koch recalled. And if no one else does anything, notwithstanding the fact Im 85 years old, Im going to throw myself into it.
So Mr. Koch is assembling a coalition of powerful civic groups who, starting next week, will plot a purge of the State Legislature by taking aim at incumbents judged to be impediments to change...
Since 1982, 2,958 elections have been held for individual Senate and Assembly seats and only 39 times has an incumbent seeking re-election lost, according to records kept by Mr. Horners group. In 2008, more than half of the 212 senators and assembly members won with more than 80 percent of the vote; 57 ran unopposed. In the Senate, the average tenure is nearly 14 years.
Henry J. Stern, the director of New York Civic, expressed dismay that in some political circles the low regard that lawmakers are held in has elevated Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, to a paragon of statesmanship, since Mr. Stern does not share the same view. To think theres an area where Shelly Silver is the giant is ridiculous, Mr. Stern said...
A priority for Mr. Koch and others working with him is ensuring that the reapportionment of the states legislative and Congressional districts based on the 2010 Census is nonpartisan, so that competitive challenges to incumbents would be a realistic possibility.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
In New York City, Fiorello LaGuardia used the technique to clean out decades of Tammany corruption from City Hall, and Rudy Giuliani did much the same thing.
That Koch is willing to lead despite his advanced age is a good sign. Both parties need a good purging, and the state needs a political enema. Koch may be the right person to help wield the enema bag.
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Okay. Stick Ed Koch and Bob Grant in a room together and don’t let them out until the find a solution for NY (though, I think Grant is a NJ resident).
No, thank you.
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the trouble, Mayor Koch, is that your unions own the state,take all of its money, and your wealthy retirees get tax breaks on their lavish retirement benefits....
start there Mr. Koch.....at least tax their damn retirement benefits!
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Ed Koch wants to stop rat gerrymandering>