I try not to get political, but I just sent the following comments to both my State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and to my State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer through their web sites. I did not even have to make any changes to it for either, but what I was said in my comments, that I refused to vote for either of them in the last election, is true. While you may not agree with the contents of my comments, I believe the frustration with Albany and our nation's politicians is commonly shared by many of us.
Here is goes:
I'd like to go on record that I support Governor Cuomo's proposed budget and would like to see it approved as is.
I am in favor of cutting state spending, even if it means lose of jobs by state workers. The state government and all its agencies is a bloated bureaucratic mess. We should not be in the business of keeping state employees employed when we know we can cut 10% of their roles without really affecting services.
I am in favor of cutting school budgets, even if it means Scarsdale gets nothing. Scarsdale deserves nothing. It is one of the richest school districts in the state. State support for education should be directed to poor-performing school districts that need it.
I am in favor of the Governor's proposed cuts in healthcare spending and Medicaid. This includes the cap on medical malpractice awards. I realize the Assembly Speaker works for a law firm that specializes in personal injury cases. I hope you will have the strong will to do what is right and oppose the speaker on this issue so we can move ahead in rectifying the litigiousness of our society.
Additionally, I'd like you to know that I approve of Mayor Bloomberg's plan to remove LIFO (Last In - First Out) for teachers. Removal of LIFO should be statewide. If we are to cut school budgets, we need to get rid of the worst teachers, whether they be newer or older teachers.
We need to make changes in the way business is done in Albany and locally. Our fiscal house is not in order. Governments have to re-evaluate its social contract with residents and realize it must downsize both government and people's expectations about the role government can play in today's society.
I am a lifelong Democrat. Both my parents were teachers and union members. I do not vote Republican on any occasion. However, there are times when I find myself abstaining in certain elections and contests. Please note I abstained in voting for YOU in the last election. That is because I could not vote FOR you. I am not interested in the legislation you have passed (it has all been trivial), nor the funding you have gotten for local pet causes. What I have seen is a lack of leadership to stand up for fixing Albany. I have seen nothing but fluff and bluster. I feel you are part of the problem in Albany and facing America in general - an abundance of politicians and a lack of statesmen. In the next election, if the Republicans put forward a better candidate, I just might find myself voting for the Republican. Until then, I expect to abstain again from voting for you.
Please take note of my legislative and policy statements when making your decisions on such matters.