New York Assemblyman Tim Gordon is one of two Independence Party legislators in the New York Assembly. He penned an editorial for the Troy Record, which appeared in the paper on Monday. It reads, in part:
Like you, I am weary of the state government’s inability to finalize a responsible budget. The weekly budget extenders that have kept our state afloat for the past 45 days are only a temporary band-aid and do nothing to move our state forward. That is why on Wednesday night several of my Assembly colleagues and I decided enough was enough, and out of frustration we stormed the governor’s office and demanded that he speak to us about the lateness of the state budget.
At a time when Gov. David Paterson should be sitting down and deliberating with the Legislature, he seems disinterested in the budget process. He had not negotiated with the Assembly or the Assembly Speaker in over one week. We need everyone fully engaged at the table and willing to cooperate, not more of the same old Albany blame game.
Paterson’s proposal to target some state workers with a furlough was simply a bad idea starting with the fact that he did not furlough any of the multitudes of the state’s high-priced consultants including those earning upwards of $500 an hour, or his own staff, political appointees and agency directors. Then the very same week that he proposed furloughs, he wanted to give pay raises to some of his staff amounting to a 29 percent increase.
Read the rest here.