June 30, 2008

Change In Senate Leadership

With the announcement that Long Island State Senator Dean Skelos will replace Joe Bruno as the New York State Senate Majority Leader, Skelos immediately becomes one of the so called "three men in a room". The three men in a room concept comes from the belief that the Governor, the Assembly Majority Leader and the Senate Majority Leader are the three most powerful men in the state.

Add to that the fact that all statewide officeholders are from downstate, as columnist Tom Precious illustrates in a Buffalo News article from last week, and you have a certain level of uneasiness among the Western New York community. Is it warranted? Skelos has come right out and said that he is not from NYC, and immediately recognized that "whether you live outside Buffalo or Montauk, your property taxes are choking you. That is the No. 1 issue." That's good to hear right out of the gate.

Governor David Paterson wants to run for a full term when his current term expires. He must deliver for Upstate if he is going to win. He must deliver on his promises. Of course, Hillary promised 200,000 jobs to Upstate, and while Upstate has hemorrhaged jobs, Clinton still, amazingly, continues to receive support in our region. But I digress. Paterson will need to show success in Western New York. With the GOP holding a slender majority in the Senate, Skelos will work to retain those GOP Senators, many of whom represent Upstate districts.

Skelos, a week into his new position, will begin a "listening tour" of Upstate in Buffalo this week. He is to meet with area community and business leaders, gathering feedback on the needs of Western New York. That's a good start to what is hopefully a new beginning for Upstate.

8 comments:

rob clark said...

Lets hope its not just another circus sideshow. Just to help get people to vote. We need to know that this new "leadership" will remember that NY State is more than just NYC and Albany.

chatty cathy said...

Patterson deffinitely needs to show some support of WNY in order to get the vote, or at lease have the backing of the senators from the area..from both parties (you would hope that if he wasn't performing the demo. senators from the region would pull some of their backing). It's interesting to see that another NYC man is put in charge. I thought maybe Senator Maziarz would get the job. Even if you don't agree with his positions he has done a lot for the area...again it shows how the NY government is run by the folks dowstate.

Anonymous said...

I too was surprised that Senator Maziarz did not get the job. I guess those down state boys stick togather.

Anonymous said...

The only circus sideshow in Niagara County is you front lawn - get the grass cut.

Anonymous said...

As I drove thru the state this week, western NY the armpit is more like the ass hole of the state. Don't expect anything from them, the republican's can fight over whatever crumbs it can shake out of the porch monkey's pockets.

fat tony said...

This isn't about where one resides, it's about getting some shit done. Paterson has proven thus far to be a very centrist, pragmatic governor. If Skelos sticks to his guns and makes property tax reform the number one issue, we might be getting some where.

But now it's time to show Shelly Silver the door and start 2009 with completely fresh leadership.

Sweaterman said...

I agree with Fat Tony. Silver was, is and will always be the problem. It a real shame that upstate is not represented in the leadership. The property tax issue is a winner and works for all of NYS

Anonymous said...

Hobbes: No post today? I hope Rivera didn't finally get his hands on you snap your neck for telling everyone his deep dark secrets about how he treats people. Keep up the good work.