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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Bad enough...

...that they write the budget alone. Now Pataki, Silver, and Bruno have created their own pork barrell slush fund to use as patronage:
A panel appointed by the governor and legislative leaders quietly approved more than $440 million in borrowing Wednesday for projects the leaders will pick and New York's taxpayers will pay off over the next 30 years.

The borrowing includes $235 million for "various projects" to be determined by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and $209.5 million to be used at the discretion of Gov. George Pataki, according to board resolutions.

Typically, many of the projects are for local projects identified by lawmakers in this little-known version of "member items," derided by critics as pork-barrel spending.

The borrowing was approved by the state Public Authorities Control Board -- appointed by the three leaders.
That's just ugly. I don't even know what to say about state politics - it's just such a joke. I guess at least the Capital District tends to benefit from these slush funds more than most state locales. But that certainly doesn't make it right.

Ladies and getlemen, your higher Thruway tolls at work. Ugh.
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At 1:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Public authorities need to be banned -- for the most part, they're nothing but outlets for legislators to borrow millions for pet pork projects without taxpayer input.    



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