Hot button issues linger as state Capitol session winds down

June 15, 2016 06:47 PM

ALBANY – About 100 pieces of legislation were expected to pass through the state Capitol on the second to last day. However, many hot button issues remain an uncertainty.

Just like death and taxes are to all of us, items that are high on the certainty list for New York State lawmakers are chronic criticism and legislative procrastination.

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“I hate to go back to my days as a political science student, but the Federalist papers say specifically they made the government this way to make it difficult to get things done. As we can all see, it works rather well,” noted Democratic Assem. Phil Steck.

It’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s just the way things are. That means the only thing lawmakers can do is grin and bear it, even if certain outcomes might be unbearable.

“I for one will be sorely disappointed if we don’t at least address something specific in ethics, particularly pension forfeiture,” noted Republican Assem. Dan Stec.

If there is just one item for all lawmakers to get behind, it just might be ethics reform.

“I think they’re simple. Others think they’re more complicated, but I think we have to show the public that we can act in a more responsible way on ethics,” noted Democratic Assem. Neil Breslin.

We know that Legislative leaders have been meeting behind closed doors. If there’s progress on ethics or anything else, Assem. Speaker Carl Heastie wasn’t saying. That often leads the rank and file members to rely on word of mouth to get any session updates.

The legislative leaders have come to an agreement on pension forfeiture. It’s not the entire package, but it’s a small extension.

An extension on the parking permit is also looking good, according to Breslin.

NewsChannel 13 will have updates on the final session Thursday on and our later newscasts.


WNYT Staff

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