New York Uprising

5 May

At the Democratic Rural Conference in Niagara Falls last weekend, State Senate President pro tem Malcolm Smith said,

“With the Democrats in control of the State Senate, we are going to draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the state of New York for the next 20 years”

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch replied thusly:

What he said was absolutely dumb — dumb even for himself…I mean if he was going to do it you don’t announce it.”

Koch is exactly right. Redistricting shouldn’t be controlled by Republicans or Democrats, and it shouldn’t be done to further political ends. Koch runs a group called “New York Uprising” and is lobbying for nonpartisan redistricting in Albany. (Twitter) (Facebook)

Smith’s deliberate choice of words, which he now tries to downplay, don’t reveal everything that’s wrong with Albany politics, because Albany’s failure is more widespread and quite bipartisan. But it was a pull-back-the-curtain moment and shames them all.

5 Responses to “New York Uprising”

  1. Mark May 5, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I don’t know. This “Republicans in oblivion” thing sounds pretty good.

  2. Ward May 5, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Go ahead Mark — enjoy the Democrat monopoly.

    Maybe you too can hit the taxpayer jackpot like the state retiree who took a pension of $261,000, a salary from SUNY of $280,000, and a consultancy from his former employer (ironically, the teachers’ retirement system) paying $100,000 — for a grand annual total of $641,000.

    This “golden eggs” thing sounds pretty good too, doesn’t it?

    • Mark May 5, 2010 at 9:01 am #

      Democratic. The party is called the Democratic Party. There is no “Democrat Party.”

      The Democratic Party does not have a monopoly in NYS state government. It barely has a majority.

      I have no idea if the retiree you describe is real or made up, but the problem isn’t that state employees are treated well. The problem is that not all workers are treated well. The situation of some state employees — high wages, great benefits, comfortable retirement — should be the standard for everybody.

      • Ward May 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

        You, a Democrat, are a member of the “Democratic” Party. That makes a Republican a member of the “Republicanic” Party. Got it. (I love when you people go postal over that.)

        I don’t suppose “treating all workers well” might include confiscating as little of their earnings as is necessary to reasonably fund only the legitimate functions of government. Nah — “High wages, great benefits, comfortable retirement” for everybody — drinks on the house!

  3. JudahMaccabbee May 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    The sad part is that a simple GIS program could create districts that would minimize territorial size without any consideration of the party affiliation of the residents.

    It’s so easy it will never be done.

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