There are so many angles to what went down in Albany this week, there is no way we could cover them all.
Should you like to get a perspective from outside of the local media coverage, you can find some articles related to the state Senate coup here, here, here and here.
It has been no secret that we have vehemently opposed one political party controlling the Senate, Assembly and Governor's seat. The last five+ months reinforce that concern. Former Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has been a complete disaster for the Senate, Governor David Paterson has been worse, and Shelly Silver, well, Shelly is a disaster every day.
Even if the personalities were different, one party controlling all three levels was and would have continued to be a nightmare for Upstate and Western New York. From the sweep of the NYPA funds to the IDA legislation that would have crippled employers, we would have gotten screwed over and over again. The thought of Antoine Thompson in a position of power was just downright frightening.
With the coup, Upstate and Western New York once again have some level of representation. Niagara's own state Senator, George Maziarz, was said to have played an integral role in the change in power. This is a good thing for our region. Having non-NYC-centric Senators like Maziarz, Tom Libous from Binghamton and George Winner from Elmira in positions of power will only help this region get its fair share of representation.
Great job, gentlemen. Our faith in the democratic process has been restored. Don't let us down.