Golden bucks the Republican Senate leadership and balks at the GOP Caucus budget proposal on the City University funding formula --- Republican-Conservative Golden lines up with liberal Dems like Debbie Glick and Liz Kreuger and AGAINST "his" nominal Republican leadership
Strange things are happening; and even some local Democrats are wondering why
According to a report appearing today on-line from the Wall Street Journal, "it came as no surprise this week when New York's Senate backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to cut state funding to the City University of New York.... Few in Albany were prepared, however, when the [Republican led State] Senate, in its own budget proposal, criticized CUNY's handling of alleged anti-Semitism.... In light of the issue, the Senate said it is denying funding until it is satisfied with the school's response 'and this difficult and atrocious situation is adequately addressed.'..." (See "Fight over CUNY Funding Takes Unforeseen Turn" by Mike Vilensky, 3/17/16, WSJ/ NY Politics [http//www.wsj.com/articles/fight-over-cuny-funding-takes-unforeseen-turn-1458173768]).
BUT BROOKLYN'S MARTY GOLDEN ODDLY BALKED --- AND TURNED ON HIS GOP SENATE LEADERS & COLLEAGUES ON THIS ONE --- WITH GOLDEN CALLING THE GOP'S POSITION WITHOUT MERIT & "POLITICALLY MOTIVATED"The WSJ article, quoted above, went on to observe the following: "in an unusual move, Sen. Marty Golden, the only Senate Republican who represents Brooklyn, rebuked his fellow Republicans' proposal, calling it politically motivated.... Mr. Golden said in an interview Wednesday that CUNY's response to allegations of anti-Semitism 'is not an issue at all. The issue here is a matter of funding, future,'...and we need that funding for our kids' future.'... He said he believed the Senate was simply trying to pressure Democrats into agreeing to other proposals by threatening the funding cut...."
Golden's stab in the back to the GOP earned him a quick rebuttal from the GOP Senate Leadership. According to the WSJ's Mike Viletsky, ".... A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan defended the [upper chamber Republicans' stance on the CUNY funding]. 'This is an important issue.... We are taking a stand against anti-Semitism, wherever it exists...."
In another report, "State Sen. Ken LaValle, who chairs the [NYS Senate's Committee on Higher Education], said the cost shift [on CUNY] would 'send a message' to CUNY's administration. [Also Finance Chairman Kathy Young added this]: 'These are the things that have been happening at CUNY and these are the things that the Senate Republican conference say are intolerable and must stop.'..." (See "Senate passes budget resolution after debate on anti-Semitism at CUNY" by Jimmy Vielkind, 3/14/16, Capital New York/ Politico New York beta [http//www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2016/03/8593829/senate-passes-resolution-after-debate-anti-semitism-cuny]).
MANY WERE ALREADY ASKING >>> WHAT ARE ALL OF MARTY'S DEALS WITH THE DEMOCRATS ? >>> AND NOW THIS !!!That Marty Golden has long been out-of-step [and often in open rebellion] with his Brooklyn GOP leaders, both in his home district and county-wide, is no secret: it has often been reported-on in posts and comments on this blog. However, NYSSMG's going off the reservation from the Republican leadership of the State Senate --- with several members openly pushing back --- NOW THAT'S SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT.
As leading Brooklyn Republicans are getting ready to prepare their slates of Republican candidates to try to fill all of the spots on the ballot throughout Golden's senate district from Bay Ridge to Kings Plaza, one of their open discussions concerns what "deals" Marty has made with various incumbent Democrat office holders in his district, and even a possible "Bigger Deal" with the Democrats' county boss Frank Seddio.
IN LIGHT OF ALL THIS --- THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE SENATOR GOLDEN DO ARISE AT THIS TIME
Is the complete absence of any Democrat opposition to Golden's present attempt at re-election the result of a new "Bigger Deal" with Democrat higher-ups in Brooklyn and/or Albany ? And is Golden's distancing himself from GOP leaders in Albany part of that "Bigger Deal" with and for Golden's getting his easier ride inside his district ?
City University funding formulas are a very big deal to many political constituencies in NYC and in Albany; is that very big deal part of a "Bigger Deal" for an easy ride for Golden in 2016 ? OR --- IS SOMETHING AFOOT THAT IS A "BIGGER-BIGGER DEAL" THAN ALL OF THAT ???? IS MARTY GETTING READY TO DO A WALK ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ?????? [ BTW, there is some more buzz on this that I am still working on with my Democrat sources.]