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Poll shows many state senators in trouble

There's hope for those of you who want to toss the State Senate out on its collective ear.

A lot of voters share your opinion.

The Albany Times Union reports

Nearly half of New Yorkers want to throw out the State Senate, including their own senator, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. (Cross-tabs can be downloaded here.)

When asked what is closer to their view of their senator — there are a lot of problems in Albany but your state senator has done a good job and deserves to be re-elected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your state senator — 49 percent of voters chose to throw out the lot, while 40 percent said their individual senator deserves reelection.

But this sentiment cuts differently across party lines: Republicans want to throw out their senator by a 54-35 percent margin, while Democrats want to keep their senator by 53-34 percent margin.

Upstate and suburban voters want to throw out their senators by around the same margins (Upstate: 53-38, Suburban 50-39), but New York City voters are split on whether to vote out or keep their senators (42% say deserve reelection, 43% say throw out.)

If voter sentiment holds to next year, Republicans and marginal Democrats from suburban and upstate districts — particularly Freshman Sen. Brian Foley and Sen. Darrel Aubertine could face tough reelection races.

Here's a link to the poll details.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports one more reason why voters should be unhappy with Albany -- legislators who are double dipping, collecting fat pensions on top of their paychecks.

In Albany, veteran lawmakers can “retire” at 65 from their jobs and start collecting pensions, but without actually leaving their jobs, giving up their salaries or even telling their constituents. Four legislators took advantage of the rule last year.

The list includes one member of the Western New York delegation, Assemblyman William Parment, a Democrat from Chautauqua County:

       He now earns a $101,500 salary while drawing a roughly $66,000 annual pension.

“I didn’t retire from the job. I took the retirement benefit that was due under pension law,” said Mr. Parment, 67. “Sure, people would say this is not a good system and this shouldn’t be allowed.”

Of course, Parment is in a position to change that system. Don't hold your breath waiting, folks.


 

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