All Republicans in the New York State Senate helped Cuomo and Heastie pass a “Dream Budget” for Dems and Progressives
According to the NY Post Editorial Board, when it came to this year’s New York State budget, “Senate Republicans again proved worthless.... [What they agreed-to will hit New Yorkers hard.... Along with Governor Cuomo, they are] now fully vested in putrid Albany politics-as-usual....”
In case you were locked in a closet, or maybe you just missed it: on Friday, NYS lawmakers approved a $156 billion state budge for the next fiscal year. Although agreement on the package had been announced Thursday night, the NYS Senate didn’t actually vote to pass the package until 9:37 AM on Friday; while the Assembly kept things going until much later in the day, because they took a five-hour recess at 5 AM, thus not approving the budget until around 7:30 PM Friday evening.
A SORE SUBJECT IN TO MANY IN BROOKLYN GOP POLITICS — ESPECIALLY TO MEAmong most active Brooklyn Republicans, everybody knows who “Albany’s Shame” refers to; their one and only all-Brooklyn elected governmental office holder, RINO State Senator Martin Golden. That’s why when the NY Post editorial writers used that phrase — “Albany’s Shame” — I was sure that somewhere in their “apt – for April Fools Day...” editorial would be a harpoon into the ass of the “Great White...” State Senator, who represents Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park and a few other areas. I was not disappointed; in fact I was more than vindicated in my own eyes.
According to the Post's editorial writers, ".... Senate Republicans again proved worthless. Yes, they pushed to limit the pain. But [they lost, and] what they agreed to will still hit [New Yorkers very] hard...." (See “Albany’s Shame” by NY Post Editorial Bd., 4/1/16 [print editions 4/2/16], NY Post/Opinion/Editorial [http://nypost.com/2016/04/01/albanys-budget-a-perfect-fit-for-april-fools-day/]).
MARTY GOLDEN DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT WHAT HE WAS VOTING ONThe Post’s editorial indictment went even further: “.... [T]he sad fact is, most lawmakers didn’t know what was in the budget they passed.... Indeed, the biggest lie is that they did their job by meeting the March 31 budget deadline.... Just what made it necessary to pass the budget before anyone could read the bills, let alone understand them?”
Another news report in the same print edition of the NY Post as the editorial cited and quoted-from above, noted the following: “....Several lawmakers were clearly overtired, swaying as they stood. Others dozed on couches....”; and this: “.... Just one senator, Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, voted against[, but h]e did not explain why....” (See “$156 billion state budget a ‘progressive’s dream’” by Kirstan Conley, 4/2/16, NY Post/Metro [http://nypost.com/2016/04/02/156-billion-state-budget-a-progressives-dream/][Note: in at least one print edition, the headline for this article read, “Dem dream’ budget is passed in Albany”]).