Who says Albany pols are totally shameless? State lawmakers have been so embarrassed at mountaineering Gov. Cuomo’s wage, they opted to do it throughout the wee hours, and one senator even sneaked into the lads’s room moderately than vote.
By OK’ing a 40 p.c bump in Cuomo’s wage, from $179,000 to $250,000 by 2021, lawmakers set him on course to be the very best paid gov in America. But the issue didn’t even come up until 2:45 a.m. throughout the Senate and 7 a.m. throughout the Assembly, leaving legislators scant time to be taught and take into consideration (to not point out debate) the hike.
Two senators’ cowardice stands out: James Skoufis (D-Orange) and Jen Metzger (D-Ulster) every made sure to be absent for the vote, little query fearing constituents would object to a “yes” vote and the vindictive Cuomo to a “no.”
Skoufis’ explanations are comical: At first, he insisted he stepped out to answer nature’s identify. Later, as Lohud.com reported, he acknowledged he did so “in protest” — and would’ve in another case opposed the hike.
“I would’ve voted ‘no,’ ” he acknowledged, nevertheless refused “to take part in what can only be described as a joke, if only it wasn’t so serious.”
Metzger, too, acknowledged she didn’t vote as a results of lawmakers didn’t get ample time to consider the issue. “The main thing is it was the middle of the night,” she careworn.
Maybe Cuomo deserved the rise. Yet Skoufis and Metzger do have a degree: Lawmakers should’ve dealt with the issue severely — reviewing, debating and considering it fastidiously sooner than voting.
Then as soon as extra, most of them didn’t be taught a lot of the $175.5 billion worth vary they handed. The full putrid course of belongs throughout the potty.