Angry New Yorker

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Can Albany be fixed?
Or should we just hope that after the Marines are finished in Fallujah they head up the Hudson to effect a regime change in Albany? That may be the only way Albany ever significantly changes, unfortunately. But hope springs eternal. Why is it needed? Consider the following nugget, from, a website created by Tom Suozzi, the Nassau County Executive, to get the word out about the Fix Albany Political Committee. As he notes:

"[m]any of our legislators in Albany have been more focused on preserving power and the status quo than on solving problems, like capping the costs local counties must pay for Medicaid. In the past 22 years, there have been close to 2,300 reelection campaigns for the State Legislature. In that time, only 30 incumbent legislators have been defeated?less than 1.5%. Moreover, this incumbent body has failed to pass an on-time budget for a record 20 years."

In short, with friends like the politicians in Albany, who needs enemies? I'm not optimistic about effecting the change needed in Albany, but the state of the state could be near to reaching a breaking point. We'll see. In the meantime, visit and sign up for alerts. And then, consider running for office yourself.

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