Albany Update

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ken Lovett, Daily News Albany bureau chief, talks about the latest developments in Albany in the senate leadership struggle. He's joined by Gerson Borrero, columnist at El Diario La Prensa and at


Gerson Borrero and Ken Lovett

Comments [16]

Karen from Westchester

there IS something terribly disingenuous about the "poor homosexuals want to be able to be married too". this is a political agenda for exactly what purpose is unclear but does it need the poetic waxing about love? why do I say this? am not sure I can put my finger on it exactly but the divorce rate in this country is one thing... secondly, if the issue is about being able to get one half of the deceased's social security check, or about hospital visitation rights, then it's not about "being allowed to marry someone you love." You don't need a wedding to change the applicable regulations. That married couples get taxed at a higher rate than singles also brings this whining about love and marriage for the sake of legal rights into question. The "rights" that a legal marriage protects are those of children and historically of the divorced woman who was left destitute if she had not originally come from a family "of substance". As for needing to be married in order to express fidelity, I would say that concepts of contracts and fidelity are the most conservative and traditional forms of human social organization - it is too ironic that on the one hand, you have the tide of postmodern cultural rejection of traditional sexual morality, a tide that can not be stemmed, and on the other hand, groups that reject traditional laws and values are whining and demanding that such traditional laws be applied to them. It makes no sense. Unless of course there are very real financial benefits - I can see arguing for that. Chances are great that "your marriage" will end in divorce before then, largely thanks to the influence of revolution.

Jun. 15 2009 02:58 PM
Voter from Brooklyn


Was expecting your rail against the mention of the civil marriage debate and I say this: This is the political football du jour. It will be in the news, get over it. Pro or con, many people are sick of hearing about Israel, or abortion, or immigrants, or domestic workers, or whatever else comes up. Regardless, decisions on these issues are important to many and to have real repercussions for those whom they affect. So just deal with it and move on.

Jun. 15 2009 11:04 AM
Voter from Brooklyn


You wrote: “They’re upset about the way latinos are treated? How can I ever trust a Hispanic politician after this?!”
Though I don’t agree with the tone of your comment, but it highlights an important issue. Montserrat, Espada, and Diaz have pushed for greater representation and leadership positions for Hispanics in New York state, however, the push has be bathed in shades of racism (against blacks) and homophobia.
In a country with significant “go back where you came from” and “speak English” sentiments towards Spanish speaking peoples, to see blatant bigotry while admonishing those with prejudiced Spanish speakers is the height of hypocrisy. If anything, this will set back Spanish speaking people or even native-born people with Spanish sounding names because it will be associated with groups trying to change American culture and society without respect to other Americans or American ideals (as in the case of Diaz letting his brand of religion be his political guide.)

Jun. 15 2009 10:49 AM
ceolaf from brooklyn


Can you please look into the Espada burglary?

1) He reported on the senate floor that his home was broken into.
2) It was not his district home, but rather his Mamaroneck home.
3) No valuables were stolen.
4) Paperwork/records were stolen.

(From NYT: "Investigators could be somewhat hampered by a burglary that Mr. Espada has said took place last week at his Mamaroneck home. The burglars took files and records, but no valuables, he has said.")

How is this a credible story? If he is keeping important records in Mamaroneck, does that imply that that's his primary home? More importantly, would burglars *really* steal files and not valuables? Doesn't it have to be either his own coverup or someone else's dirty trick?

Can you help your community of the air to understand this better?

Jun. 15 2009 10:49 AM
Ben from NY

Brian, how much is the homosexual lobby paying you to use your program as their mouthpiece?

Joe Bruno changing to support homsexual marriage. Big story, huh? A joke, like Tom Suozzi's shift in the NY Times the other day. A few Italian Catholic politicians have lost their backbone, succumbing to the homosexual propaganda and lobby. Big deal. Joe Bruno is in trouble with the law. Suozzi has big political ambitions. So they are converting to the homosexual cause. Doesn't reflect well on them when they shift to the flavor of the day and show no backbone.

Jun. 15 2009 10:31 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

Leo, I am not sure what will happen in our district, but hopefully, if justice is real in this city, Hiram will be in Rikers or Attica sometime later this year. Then he automatically loses his seat. (But the NYPD will still have to pay his pension!!!)

He is a psycho, but he knows how to play the game.

Jun. 15 2009 10:31 AM
muri from ny

They're upset about the way latinos are treated? How can I ever trust a Hispanic politician after this?!


Jun. 15 2009 10:25 AM
Leo from Queens

Jeff #4 - I'm glad I'm not the only person complaining about our "senator". Do you know if there is a possibility of a recall and if there are any independent civic organizations in our district organizing to force him to resign or at least to present a legitimate candidate 4 years from now?

Jun. 15 2009 10:18 AM
Robert from East Village

This guy has hit the nail on the head. Bravo!!! Cesspool would be an improvement.

Jun. 15 2009 10:18 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

Brian, I love Shakespeare, so please stop calling Monserrate "the Hamlet of Jackson Heights."

That not only insults Shakespeare, and poor Hamlet, but also our neighborhood.

Jun. 15 2009 10:13 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

I am proud to have this self-professed psycho as my state senator.

Jun. 15 2009 10:11 AM
mozo from nyc

Mike --

Remember the kids in high school who were in student council or any school government? Yeah, they were creepy, huh? These are the same kids -- older with a lot more psychic baggage.

Jun. 15 2009 10:11 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

Hiram Monster-rat, my state senator (and I choke as I type that) is trying to prove he is insane. Golisano promised him another pension for a psychological disability, and the big fool believed him.

Jun. 15 2009 10:08 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

At one point in this farce will the "Honorable" Pedro Espada realize the laughing stock he has become?

Jun. 15 2009 10:08 AM

Why is it that politicians all over the world, from Iraq to Albany, are almost entirely a bunch of a-holes? What is it about being a politician that attracts the worst characters of every nation?

Jun. 15 2009 09:05 AM
Leo from Queens

Brian, Can you ask your guests if there has been ANY reporter/journalist in NY covering this circus the following direct question to either Espada or Monserrat: How much money did you receive or were offered by Boss Golisano?

Jun. 15 2009 09:01 AM

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