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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Governor Paterson Gets It: Corruption Is About Money

Dave dares the devils: Gov. Paterson throws down ethical gauntlet but has few takers
The New York Daily News EDITORIAL - January 6, 2010
Paterson's State of the State address willl focus on state of finance mess

True to form, the Legislature is responding to Gov. Paterson's ethics reform proposals as if he were trying to infect lawmakers with swine flu. And, just as true to form, legislative leaders said publicly that they are open to considering Paterson's ideas or that they need more information before they can comment, while trashing his plan privately as political posturing by a governor seeking to repair his approval ratings. Only Senate Republican chief Dean Skelos had the courage to dismiss Paterson's rather sweeping package on the record. Give Skelos points for that, even if it was the height of folly for him to contend that voters are more concerned about fixing the state budget than about ethics - as if the Legislature can't do both at once. As the Legislature must. Ethics reform is not a matter of good government for good government's sake. Because only when Albany breaks the grip of special-interest money, only when Albany bars pay-to-play, only when Albany establishes competitive elections - only then will New Yorkers have a shot at a state government whose officials represent the interests of ordinary taxpayers rather than the wallets of the insiders. Paterson's proposals amount to the biggest, strongest fix-Albany plan ever rolled out by a governor - and easily outclass the weak notions floated by lawmakers looking to cover their butts after a flurry of scandals. Even so, the governor did not go all the way to urging the lawmakers to write strict criminal laws that would make it a felony to abuse and misuse their offices, as is now effectively permitted under New York statutes. Paterson will challenge the Legislature today in his State of the State address to put up or shut up on ethics. And the dodging and weaving will begin in earnest. He would cut off the obscene flow of special-interest cash by slashing the maximum campaign donation from $55,900 down to $1,000 - and introducing a public financing system of a kind that already exists in city elections. He would establish a single, streamlined, independent ethics panel that has the power to police both the executive and legislative branches, as well as to enforce campaign finance rules. No more internal coverups by the Legislature. No more see-no-evil laxity by the state Board of Elections. He would require lawmakers to come clean about their sources of outside income - even naming names of individual clients - to prevent a repeat of the Joe Bruno scandal. (Here, too, Paterson must go further by also requiring disclosure of income amounts.) He would abolish give-to-get scams that allowed ripoffs of the state pension fund under former Controller Alan Hevesi, as well as under some predecessors. And he would set term limits on all state officials - including an iron-clad 12-years-and-out rule for a Legislature that has become a sclerotic lifetime sinecure. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. If Paterson stands guilty of pandering, as the legislative snipes so smarmily accuse, then let him pander. Because this is mom-and-apple-pie stuff.

14 comments:

Go Dave !! said...

Paterson is up against the state-wide corruption machine, but he'll have the people fully behind him if he sticks to his conviction of addressing the deep corruption in this sorry state.

Anonymous said...

ITS ABOUT DARN TIME SOMEONE HAD THE GUTS TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE CROOS THAT RUN NYS !!!!

So ...just where is the support ????

T Finnan said...

Good start. Now direct Cuomo to stop protecting and defending Crooked Judges and lawyers in federal Court. It is time to direct Cuomo to cease his defense of corruption and to defend the State's interest in honest government.

Anonymous said...

Money maybe the priority...but SEX AND DRUGS run a good second, when it comes to why corruption festers in NY state and so openly in the judicial system!

I could name tons of sordid details about the above list...but I will let it come out a little at a time...esp the courtroom sexual encounters going on for years, close to daily.

Oral sex in the judges' offices is just the beginning.....just in case the judicial wives are readng.

Court reporters, secretaries and clerks are all locked out of offices with those judges, and it is a good number of them..... from around 2;30 PM TILL 5 PM OR SHORTLY AFTER.

I have seen a female clerk's husband come to pick her her up as she described her oral sex with the judge as not cheating..and the husband could not enter the office, and came back to our office furious, looking for an explanation.

The stupid husband still bought matching earings for her for x-mas...to match the judge's ruby/diamond necklace.....as this story is real and happened in 1995.. and both the clerk and judge still work for OCA!

It would not be wise cititzens.... to touch a judicial bench or any furniture in those chambers..if you want to remain disease free.

Anonymous said...

hey Paterson, call me, maybe I can help arrest another one of the Senators & friends.......
let us make an example out of them
let us expose them......
charge them with obstructing justice and derelict of duty, charge them with anything you can........
they would do it to you
do it to them!

Anonymous said...

the corruption begins with our lawyers, there is no accountability......
hey Paterson, send the FEDS into our Attorney Grievance Committees........
it is a matter of public safety,
public peace and public justice....

send in a TASK FORCE to our Senators offices, ask the people for their complaints and take these bastards down!

Anonymous said...

what is that law Georgie wants you to pass regarding the NYPA........
oh yeah, decisions made by politicial subdivisions agencies and authorities of state gov't have been reviewed and are in the best interest of the public '
this is particulary important in cases where decision makers are unelected & therefore no accountability"
my Senator, Skelos's friend wants more transparency and your power to veto the NYPA decisions but the same Senators do not want accountability & tranparency for themselves............
Tell them no and veto everything they want, and charge these bastards!

Anonymous said...

Have any of you been reading about the "Tea Party"?

It is a new loosely organized third party, which is now becoming extreme right-wing of the Republican party. However, they are effectively challenging the party-picked candidates. If they are an effective threat to the Republicans, they will also be a threat to the Democrats. They are organizing and forcing change.

They are going to have demonstrations in NYS this spring, including one planned in Albany.

Maybe this will get the attention of these corrupt politicians. They are all up for election this year.

Anonymous said...

Saint Andrew, Patron Saint of Crooked Lawyers and Judges, reminds his beneficiaries to make their contributions to his fund, so he can defeat your adversaries. Saint Andrew is going to teach the people of NY to respect your rights to their money.

Anonymous said...

Paterson is not going to get re-elected he has the opertunity to try or call for change. That could be his legacy. That could get him future jobs as an advisor. I still would not count on it, Paterson is still a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

hey Paterson just read Maziarz proposed legislation,
you see they the Coup Crud forgot to read the laws and you held your ground so now they want to change the State Constitution-s6126-
so if the governor or lt governor
death, resignation or removal-
you wouldn't be replaced for the remainder of term, you only have 3 months and the we will re elect to fill those positions........
THIS GUY DOESN'T GET HIS WAY AND HE WILL HARM WHOMEVER HE CAN AND HOWEVER HE CAN!
Hey Paterson, send in the Inspector General, Us Attorney's to take all complaints on this guy..........
help Paterson help!

Anonymous said...

This guy aides and abets
witch hunts, except he again forgot
he picked the wrong witch
he is holding Christian crucifixions and harming the Christians............
help Paterson help!

Anonymous said...

I hope Paterson keeps speaking out and loudly, until proper Ethics Reform is signed the game will remain the same.......
unless WE, THE PEOPLE, VOTE THEM ALL OUT......WE HAVE JUST THEN CHANGED THEIR GAME!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't appear that Paterson has much to say about ethics...anymore!

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