“All the Capitol’s a stage, and its career politicians merely players,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “That’s my takeaway from this latest fruitless emergency session. Governor Paterson and his Albany insiders have once again wasted the taxpayers’ time – and money. Not content with plotting a course designed to pass the latest state budget ever, New York’s ‘three men in a room’ are additionally costing Long Island taxpayers approximately $71,000 a day for each wasted trip to the capital.
“In the four weeks since the Assembly Majority cobbled together its tax-and-spend piecemeal budget plan, I have been canvassing Suffolk County, talking with friends and neighbors, small-business owners and working moms, the unemployed and those struggling to balance household budgets around kitchen tables. Here’s what they’ve told me: No more political theater. Get it done.
“Since the start of this nearly-four-month-long budget process I have offered solutions to plug New York’s growing deficit, rein in out-of-control property taxes, and get Long Islanders back to work. We owe it to the hardworking taxpayers of the Empire State to complete this process without further partisan bickering or petty gamesmanship. Let’s vote up or down on a spending plan now.”