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State Senate can never have enough lawyers

The State Senate has some 82 lawyers in its employ, according to payroll records. My math tells me they are scheduled to make a collective $6.2 million this year.

So, now that the Senate has decided to take up the fate of convicted Sen. Hiram Monserrate, what has it done?

You guessed it. Hire outside counsel.

Reports the New York Daily News:

The committee that will determine Sen. Hiram Monserrate's fate in the Senate could prove costly for taxpayers.

Committee chairman Sen. Eric Schneiderman just announced the Senate has gone outside its own shop and retained Daniel Alonso to serve as the committee's special counsel.

Alonso, a partner at Kaye Scholoer LLP, is working pro bono. But associates at his firm, which has been formally retained by the majority, can receive up to $350 an hour, said Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran.

The number of associates will depend on the extent of the work, Shafran said.

Hmmm, which YouTube video says it best?

Is it Howard Beale's "I'm mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore" rant from "Network"?

Not bad. But that's not it.

This is more John McEnroe. Yeah, definitely John McEnroe.


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