Albany Senate leadership seen as feeding Golden bills to pad his record and avoid a "Do Nothing" label --- but is Golden even aware of what he is passing ?
One bill that passed with Golden's vote --- authorizes a program that in practice called on girls in grammar school to pretend to be lesbians and ask to kiss each other --- that law becomes fully effective tomorrow
According to a report that appeared in Liz Benjamin's column on June 28th, "NYPIRG has compiled its annual assessment of the 2013 legislative session [and] ... Sen. Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican passed more bills – 88 – through the Senate than any other member...." (See "2013 By The Numbers" by Liz Benjamin, 6/28/13, YNN Capital Tonight [http://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2013/06/2013-by-the-numbers/]). As is normal in politics, in this instance it's fair to say that this particular silver lining for the Brooklyn GOP State Senator is completely contained inside a cloud. The GOP State Senate leadership is working overtime to protect one of its vulnerable members. Dean Skelos and the rest of the GOP Albany insiders have seen to it that the soon-to-be-targeted Martin Golden has what appears to be a solid record of legislative accomplishment.
However, does State Senator Golden even have a clue about what has been and continues to be done on his behalf, or does he even know the content of the bills put forward in his name?
A quick look at State Senator Martin Golden's facebook and twitter messages for June 22nd would give very little indication that he is in any way conscious of the "heavy lifting" that was being done in his name up in Albany. Instead, State Senator Golden's social media message about "Legislative Accomplishments" linked to the GOP Senate Caucus' flyer, "Turning Dysfunction into Progress 2013 Legislative Accomplishmnets." That flyer listed twelve bills: S4777D; S5656; S2149; S3768; S1111; S5414; S270B; S4862; S2534; S5865; S4082; and S3723B. Oddly, the bulk of those bills were not typical of the eighty-eight  passed-bills sponsored by State Senator Golden.
With the GOP leadership shuffling so many bills under Golden's name, does he even know what he's sponsoring and voting for? And, what exactly is it that State Senator Golden has been sponsoring and/or voting for ? People have let me know that a lot of it is very dicey, indeed.
I had earlier reported in a post below that one such very questionable bill that passed with Golden's vote had been used locally to justify a program in which girls in grammar school were called on to pretend to be lesbians and ask to kiss each other (See below: "Wednesday, May 22, 2013 -- 'PART I — Before anybody supports Marty Golden’s “Republicans for Change” they should know that Marty Golden is no kind of “Family Values” Conservative — SOME BACKGROUND' "). These and similar exercises are issues schools around the whole state are obligated to address under New York’s Dignity for All Students Act [DASA](See "11 Years old Girls Required To Ask To Kiss Others Girls Due To New York Law" by Todd Starnes, 4/25/13, United to Save America [http://unitedtosaveamerica.blogspot.com/2013/04/11-years-old-girls-required-to-ask-to.html]; also see "Asking Girls To Kiss, How It Did Happen, The History Of The Dignity For All Students Act Part 1" by Robert Adler, 4/28/13, United to Save America [http://unitedtosaveamerica.blogspot.com/2013/04/asking-girls-to-kiss-how-it-happened.html]).
Although asked to specifically exclude these particular practices or limit the application of the state law so as to not require them in religious schools, Golden did not make any such proposal in 2013. However, he did make a proposal to broaden the categories and increase the reach of the DASA law (See below: "Thursday, May 23, 2013 -- 'PART II — Before anybody supports Marty Golden’s “Republicans for Change” they should know that Marty Golden is no kind of “Family Values” Conservative — CHARGES AGAINST GOLDEN' ").
I had also earlier reported in a post below about another Golden-sponsored bill that became law. In that one, State Senator Golden included five specifically targeted tax abatements for luxury housing towers in Manhattan as part of his larger housing bill. The Daily News specifically named several developers connected to those locations, who had made large donations to various politicos including the GOP State Senators (See below: "Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 'Daily News Twice Spotlights Brooklyn's Marty Golden for sponsoring State Senate bill for tax breaks on certain Manhattan billionaire and multi-millionaire condos and rental units' ").
No doubt many other questionable things will be disclosed in Golden's eighty-eight passed bills upon closer scrutiny in the future. Connect the dots, folks, and look at the kind of Albany insider that our State Senator Martin Golden is now willing to be, because he's afraid of being called "Good old 'Do Nothing' Marty".