Dean Skelos on Working With Cuomo (and de Blasio)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

New York State Senator Dean Skelos (R-9th, Nassau County), temporary senate president and majority coalition leader (R, C, IP), reacts to the governor's speech and talks about the next legislative session.



Dean Skelos

Comments [23]

jim boehm from Long Island

Skelos "Pay to Play" mentality:: while he is not alone, his was the latest example i've come across. "we need to keep the rich in NY so need to keep giving them tax breaks to keep them here". "we can't index/raise minimum wage because the rich will leave".

Implication, if the poor don't subsidize the rich,the poor will be worse off.

Sounds like bullying, kick-back, "protection" etc. but all legal...of course.

If this continues, then while the local (in time) rich will be richer, their heirs will not be so safe. Just the way of history.

Jan. 10 2014 08:36 AM
Chris Garvey from Libertarian Party

I oppose welfare for politicians [public campaign financing].
But small parties are effectively suppressed by Ballot Access Laws.
The NY ballot access laws are designed to protect the Party Bosses from competition.
The Bi-partisan Board of Elections is:
a person appointed by the Republican Party Boss, and
a person appointed by the Democrat Party Boss.
No one represents any smaller parties.
Judges who review the Board's decisions are nominated & cross-endorsed every 7 years by the same Party Bosses.
To get on the ballot, you must collect as many as 15,000 valid signatures for some offices.
Signatures are subject to disqualification for any of many picayune "problems", that have nothing to do with forgery.
Thousands of signatures must be collected in just six weeks.
Signatures are invalidated by:
poor penmanship,
using your village address, (instead of naming your town, or city, or county in NYC),
thick lines,
not tallying the number of signatures on the page,
failure to sequentillally number all pages of the petition,
corrections not initialed and dated.
Witnesses can be disqualified for errors and oversights.
Candidates have been intimidated by threats of vote fraud charges relating to witness errors.
Any voter in your election can object your petitions, so you don't know who is behind the objection.
If the Board of Elections decides on Tuesday that the Objection is valid, they advise you with a one-page letter mailed first class Tuesday night.
You have till Friday to:
obtain copies of their work sheets, which they won't let you copy,
determine where they are wrong,
write a lawsuit called a Petition, specifying which of hundreds of errors they made,
File the Petition with the County Clerk, with a $305 fee,
go to Supreme Court and obtain a show cause order,
Serve that order on all the possibly many objectors, and on the Board of Elections.

As a result of NY’s Ballot Access laws, in 2013, as in 2009, there were three County elections in Suffolk that had only one candidate on the ballot.
NY Election Law is designed to eliminate the voters’ choices and thereby protect the Party Bosses.

Jan. 09 2014 10:53 AM
dsimon from Manhattan

Senator Skelos is completely disingenuous on public campaign financing. He says the Supreme Court has held that we can't keep out big spenders. That's true, we can't keep them from spending no their own. But we can keep them from contributing directly to candidates' campaigns. And we can provide a source of funding so that our candidates are not dependent on big donors, thereby diminishing their influence.

Senator Skelos says candidates have to be able to keep up with the spending arrayed against them. A sufficiently robust publicly financed system should be able to provide candidates with the resources to run a successful campaign. And it would be an opt-in system, so no candidate would be required to participate.

Senator Skelos says a public campaign finance system would cost $200 million, but didn't say whether that cost was per year, per election, or some other time frame. He does not say how much we pay through our current system in breaks to those who pay for campaigns now, much of which could be recovered if reforms help to end such giveaways. The Moorland Commission pegged the cost of a publicly financed system at $62 million per year, or just $3 a year per New Yorker. I think most of us would approve of that use of our tax dollars.

The most maddening part of Skelos's involvement in this issue is that he blocked a vote in the state Senate. Regardless of his personal opposition on this issue, it is hard to see why the representatives of the people of this state should not have been allowed to have their say on the record.

Jan. 09 2014 10:43 AM

Most of the rich or the comfortable (whom I know) have moved to Florida.
After several years of NY less-than-183-days-in-NY audits by the NY tax nazis, they sold their NY properties.
Their estate planners have told them they can't afford to die as NY residents.

Jan. 09 2014 10:42 AM
Marcellus shale landowner

On the Booming PA Fracking economy. .. Many many many reports of environmental damage there. Who will pay to clean up the messes? AND some day PA and some other parched places with filthy water around the US and world will pay big for New York's clean water. Ban fracking in NY, protect our most valuable and absolutely necessary resource!

Jan. 09 2014 10:32 AM
Amy from Manhattan

NY doesn't have fracking & PA does, & PA's economy is booming, so therefore it *must* be because of the fracking? Of course! There couldn't possibly be any other factors! It's all so simple.

Jan. 09 2014 10:31 AM

Hot wind.

Jan. 09 2014 10:28 AM

Because they want us to keep it civil, so I will say no more about Mr. Skelos, but boy oh boy . . . . . . . . .

Jan. 09 2014 10:28 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

Wow, what a weasel. A world record for not answering questions and avoiding committing on any issues.

Jan. 09 2014 10:24 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Now, thank you for showing us who you really are: another Republican hack politician.

Jan. 09 2014 10:21 AM
Katie from Huntington

...and transparent, fuva.

Jan. 09 2014 10:21 AM
John A

Still hate republican messaging...
Yeah, let's eliminate carbon neutrality taxation, that way the menace of people moving to Florida is eliminated, when rising sealevels cover that (low altitude) state.

Jan. 09 2014 10:20 AM
antonio from baySide

I wish the governor was more specific about HOW would he address the rehabilitation of the airports...
I love the folks who love to thump their chests "NY is the best city in the world" portland ore. has a one seat ride and we don't...

I did like the transit idea for the NE bronx, but while it goes through queens, why not add some stations there?? COME ON BOLDER...BIGGER...THE MONEY IS THERE, just look at the boom which the finance district has gained!!!

Jan. 09 2014 10:19 AM

CirKus Klown®!!

Jan. 09 2014 10:19 AM
fuva from harlemworld

We forget that these pols are 1%ers. Their pandering to the rich is SELF SERVING.

Jan. 09 2014 10:17 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

We down Staters seem to live in a cocoon. There is large tech development complex, in Saratoga, being built that will employ up to a 1000 people or more.
Rumor has it that Apple may be manufacturing some components of their products when that tech-manufacturing site opens up.
Brian please ask your guest about that project.

Jan. 09 2014 10:16 AM
Katie from Huntington

Give me a break. My kids will inherit no where near a million dollars, and that's with investments and the sale of my North Shore home. Five million dollars--greedy, greedy, greedy. No taxes for companies moving here FOR TEN YEARS...are you kidding me? No increase in taxes for those making over $500 a year. No, the rich aren't going to abandon New York; just the poor and the middle class. But maybe that's what they want.

Jan. 09 2014 10:15 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Ok, he's not answerig the question about rich/ corporate tax breaks actually creating jobs. Wish Brian would make that clear...Folks, we're at a croosroads where we -- as a nation -- really need to re-examine the trickle-down, etc. premises and see what the underlying data actually indicate...

Jan. 09 2014 10:14 AM


Jan. 09 2014 10:13 AM
DickeyFuller from DC

All "Democrat" legislature.

I had always believed that Mr. Skelos was somehow above that kind of stupidity.

Apparently not.

Don't Republicans see that they automatically take themselves out of the game of being a reasonable person when they say things like that?

Jan. 09 2014 10:13 AM
mick from Inwood

Why doesn't the state legislature outlaw cold weather, too? That will keep the rich retirees from moving to Florida! Yeah, sure!

Jan. 09 2014 10:12 AM
mick from Inwood

Why doesn't the state legislature outlaw cold weather, too? That will keep the rich retirees from moving to Florida! Yeah, sure!

Jan. 09 2014 10:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

First, it was conferencing with Espanda's four "amigos", three that ended up serving jail time. Now he is conferencing with Mr. Klien and his "enlightened" lot. Does Mr. Skelos really want us to believe that he is anything more than a career steakhouse politician who stands for nothing and will do anything to keep his perks?

Jan. 09 2014 10:07 AM

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