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Dale Volker – You Look Like A Million Bucks

23 Oct

There is no conceivable, rational, logical reason why this do-nothing demagogue needs a million-dollar payroll all for himself.

Welcome to the New York State Legislature, which spends more than $200 million a year and employs more than 3,500 to serve the wants and needs of 212 members of the Senate and Assembly.

Put another way, the Legislature employs as many people as the City of Buffalo and the Town of Amherst combined. Cops, firefighters, trash collectors — the whole works.

“It’s a platinum-coated Legislature,” said Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Legislators spend more than one-third of their budget to staff and operate their offices. Seniority

and party affiliation drive how much a legislator gets.

The longer you serve, the more you spend. And if your party is in the majority, you get more than those in the minority.

As a result, Volker, the Depew Republican who has served in the Senate for 32 years, operates the costliest office of the 19 legislators who represent Western New York.

His office — including his salary and those of his staff, rent and telephone, and bulk mail that sometimes serves political purposes — cost taxpayers $922,137 in the last budget year, according to state documents.

Don’t forget to check out Heaney’s “story behind the story“. Nice, huh?