Who Owns George Maziarz? Pedro Espada, Apparently

10 Sep

Rus Thompson has a fun series of posts where he goes through the finance disclosures of various local politicians (exclusively Democrats, except Volker), and accuses them of being bought and paid for by their donors.  He always omitted people like State Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane), mostly because Rus likes Maziarz, so he doesn’t want to embarrass him.

And embarrass him he would, because Maziarz is as bad as the rest of them.

There was much outrage and hubbub a few months ago when Antoine Thompson had Senate President John Sampson in town to help him raise funds at a big-ticket event at the Chophouse.

But Maziarz has out-scumbagged them all.

George Maziarz will be holding a $500/plate fundraiser at the Penn Club on 30 West 44th Street on September 24th at 5:30 pm.  Joining the Senator will be his guests, Republican Leader Dean Skelos and Majority Leader Pedro Espada.

Pedro Espada.

Espada – the guy who has been shown in recent months to be, as Assemblyman Mark Schroeder so aptly put it, a thug.  Espada – the guy who flipped and flopped whom he’d caucus with depending on what was in it for him. Or his kid. Espada has all but become the poster boy for graft and corruption and bad faith in Albany.  He is Maziarz’s friend and fundraiser.

I eagerly await Senator Maziarz’s next verbal bluster about those nasty, horrible downstate interests and downstate Senators.  Will Rus and his merry band of protesters hire a bus to go picket Maziarz’s NYC fundraiser?  Will they caravan (park at the Hippodrome at 44th and 6th)?

No, they won’t.  In fact, I doubt they’ll even mention it.  But make no mistake – there isn’t a single, solitary New York State Senator who isn’t beholden to downstate interests.  There isn’t a single, solitary New York State Senator whose re-election isn’t funded at least in part by powerful special interests who persuade Senators to vote in the best interests of that lobby, regardless of whether it’s in the best interests of constituents-at-large or the state.

The New York State Senate is jam-packed with careerists and hypocrites, and what ought to be your biggest peeve is the fact that we really don’t need them at all.

The Daily News reports, even more oddly, Espada is distancing himself from this event.  Imagine that.  Espada doesn’t want to have his name associated with George Maziarz’s. Coup plotters need to stick together, fellas.

As I said before, abolish the State Senate this instant.  And the Assembly.  And replace them with this.

12 Responses to “Who Owns George Maziarz? Pedro Espada, Apparently”

  1. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    espada owns maziarz? please. it’s actually the other way around, alan.

    • Alan Bedenko September 10, 2009 at 9:22 am #

      Well, I’m using the Thompsonian method of determining “ownership”.

      But the fact remains that Maziarz is no better or worse than the rest of them.

  2. Colin September 10, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    This is fantastic.

  3. Pete at BuffaloStuff September 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    @mike hudson – find it hard to believe WNY’s Maziarz has enough clout to own anyone from the “down” side of the state.

  4. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    it seems to me, when discussing something like this, that “better” or “worse” are highly relative and subjective terms. many would consider the amount of swag/pork/loot brought home to the district to be at least as important in making such determinations as any high minded discussions of ethics. the ultimate success or failure of any politician is most effectively gauged by whether or not he gets re-elected, and how well he manages to play the game to his constituents’ advantage whether he’s in city hall, albany or washington d.c.
    and as for the senators “clout,” pete, you might ask congressman chris lee or soon-to-be state republican chairman henry wojtaszek about that.

  5. Alan Bedenko September 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Aside from wondering why the fuck anyone really cares whether Hank Wojtaszek becomes head of an organization that is as moribund a failure as exists in the world – the NYS GOP – Hudson is right that one’s assessment of Maziarz’s performance is wholly subjective.

    I guess what Mr. Maziarz ought to be wary of is accusing his colleagues of engaging in shocking! behavior that he himself engages in on a daily basis. And Mr. Maziarz’s tea-partying friends should now know better.

  6. Robert Harding September 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    I will make an offer here that is public:

    I would gladly join Rus Thompson down in New York City to protest this fundraiser. I may or may not be in the area (NYC area, that is) for a few days anyway to cover the Clinton Global Initiative. So if Rus has the time, I will meet with him for a joint protest free of teabaggery but full of disdain for the current state of New York’s government and a call for Pedro Espada to be ousted.

    I will post this offer too. But I am making it. I’ll talk the talk and walk the walk. I’ll be in the city anyway. Might as well have some fun.

  7. Anthony September 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Just keep Maziarz out of Niagara Falls! He does not represent 1 city resident and continues to stick his greedy nose into the city’s business.

  8. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    yeah tony, the city of niagara falls is doing just fine with delmonte, dyster and desantis running the show!

  9. mike hudson September 11, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    and check that bit about henry being chairman.

  10. Anthony September 11, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    @hudson- first off it is Anthony, not Tony. Secondly. I didn’t say that the Falls is fine with its current collection of elected representatives. Personally I think that Thompson and Slaughter do an absolutely horrific job representing the city’s interests. However, to have someone like Maziarz think he has any right to have a say in what happens within the city limits is an absolute joke. If he wants to represent the city push for it the next time redistricting comes around.

  11. mike hudson September 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    actually, anthony, because of the rapidly shrinking population in the falls, he will be our state senator the next time redistricting rolls around. the remarkable fact that he already brings more money into the city than francine del monte, who does unfortunately represent the district, speaks for itself. as for antoine, somebody told me he gets a nose bleed ever time he crosses the grand island bridge, which accounts for the fact that few realize he is “our” state senator and even fewer have ever seen him.

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