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Powerless in Albany

     The gridlock that has overtaken the New York capital is again the focus of much editorial consternation today.
- The Buffalo News Powerless in Albany
   Amid the chaos engendered by the political circus dominating state government, perhaps the ultimateDam power play is this: Unless the Senate gets its act together immediately, 333,000 jobs across the state and more than 16,000 jobs in Western New York may be at some measure of risk.
   That’s because two key electrical power programs that benefit 570 New York companies—including 94 here—will expire June 30 unless they’re extended. And even though that wouldn’t necessarily translate immediately or totally into job losses, businesses already reeling from the recession could be dealt another unwelcome, and unnecessary, blow.
The New York Times Get back to work, Albany
   The New York State Senate has been deadlocked for more than two weeks. That means that New York taxpayers have forked out hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to 62 idle senators. That means anxiety is rising in communities that have bonds and taxes and jobs programs dependent on bills that are stalled somewhere in Senate chambers. That means citizens are getting fed up, with more than half of New Yorkers telling the Siena Research Institute pollsters that this impasse is a “farce” and “an embarrassment.” It is time for those on New York’s public payroll to get back to work.
- The New York Daily News Chamber of horrors
   Get them into the chamber, Gov. Paterson, and nail their juvenile derrieres to the chairs for as long as it takes to force these 62 sorry excuses for senators to live up to their oaths. Get them there today. And tomorrow. And every single day, seven days a week, weekends and holidays included, as retribution for their irresponsibility.
Newsday Top Paterson officials leaving Albany circus
   Albany-watchers have been caught up in the spectacle at the center ring of this circus - the State Senate deadlock. But there's a sideshow in the governor's office that's at least as destabilizing.
   Gov. David A. Paterson's administration has been rapidly losing people in key positions since April. Just as $2 billion in federal stimulus money should be flowing to shovel-ready transportation projects around New York, the state Department of Transportation commissioner has resigned and has not been replaced. Likewise, the insurance superintendent is leaving next week, with no replacement in sight. And two of the three highest-ranking officials of the Empire State Development Corp. - which spurs business expansion - have resigned.
New York Post  The Senate vs. the kids
   The state Senate remained in unholy deadlock yesterday, with the likelihood of more of the same today. Meanwhile, each day that the body fails to renew the law that put the mayor in charge of city schools, new reasons emerge for them to do just that.
The Albany Times-Union's Eric DuvallMario
   That's it. I've officially run out of words to describe our state government.
   I doubt I can find any more sarcastic [epithets] to describe Albany politics.
   It's a new personal low, but they pay me to write even on days like this.
   We have elected children. Overgrown third-graders are running this state. It reminds me of my childhood, when I fought with my brother over who got to use the Nintendo. I used to turn out the lights and refuse to do chores until someone vindicated my position, that it was my turn to play "Super Mario Brothers."
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has even created a separate blog -- Fed up with Albany.

News updates herehere and here. 

Buckle up.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News 


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