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Brawlbany: Any Progress?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Another Monday, another week of Albany chaos to look forward to. WNYC reporter Beth Fertig talks about the city's educational limbo; Liz Benjamin, columnist with the New York Daily News, and Tom Robbins, columnist for the Village Voice, talk about the latest news in the Albany standoff--and who may actually benefit from the dysfunction.

Guests:

Liz Benjamin, Beth Fertig and Tom Robbins
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Comments [9]

hjs from 11211

Brian please ask if downstate pays the state's bills why is albany allowed to run the city. tell them to fix their own house first!

Jul. 06 2009 03:32 PM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

It's nice that they're dead-locked in the sense that they were going to consider some bills I was against.

Jul. 06 2009 01:55 PM
hjs from 11211

Moshe
what is the benefit to a unicameral legislature?

Jul. 06 2009 11:40 AM
Moshe Feder from Flushing, NY

Your guest's report that this mess happened before in the Rockefeller era confirms my feeling that we need to blow up the whole current system.

Let's revise to state constitution to give us a unicameral legislature, and while we're at, let's have the governor chosen parliamentary style (like a British PM).

In addition to regularly scheduled elections, and those caused by a no-confidence vote in parliament, give the public the right to call elections by petition.

Most crucially, take redistricting out of the hands of the politicians and give it to an independent body made up of members of the public from every district chosen randomly in the same way jurors are.

Jul. 06 2009 11:31 AM
Rob from The Bronx

Can a recall be done by referendum?

Jul. 06 2009 11:31 AM
Helen from UWS

The real ones responsible are the three men who have been controlling Albany politics for decades!

That has been the status quo, but that's OK !!!

Pathetic.

Jul. 06 2009 11:27 AM
Benigno Veraz from Washington Heights

Keep politicians from educating children. Leave that to process to education experts plus bring on parents aboard.

Let board members, district superintendents, chancellor be elected by parents. Let's start at home, with parents and children; stop the buck right there.

Jul. 06 2009 11:26 AM
hjs from 11211

yes, i vote and i'm happy with the person representing me in albany, it's the representatives of other people i have a problem with!

Jul. 06 2009 11:21 AM
jtt from jackson heights

I did not vote for "my local guy".

Unfortuanatly, no one ran against him.

For some reason, the local Democratic powers that be really, really wanted this guy in.

Pretty funny, huh?

Jul. 06 2009 11:20 AM

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