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Old 07-07-2009, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those who haven't heard (I am not sure how much of the NYS crap has leaked into the outside world), the NY State Senate has done absolutely nothing for a month. They are a bunch of fucking crooks (allegedly). There are 32 Dems and 30 Republicans. On June 8, the Republicans and 2 Dems staged a coup and voted Dean Skelos (Rep) as Majority Leader (which you'd think would be in the party with majority).

These two Democrats are crooked as shit (allegedly).

Hiram Monserrate is allegedly a woman beater. They have it on video....

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Monserrate was arrested on December 19, 2008 and accused of slashing Karla Giraldo in the face with a broken drinking glass during an argument in his Jackson Heights apartment.[8] He was arraigned the same day and pled not guilty to the charges of second-degree assault, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If Monserrate is convicted, he will automatically be expelled from the Senate; the New York Constitution does not allow convicted felons to hold office.[9][10]
His companion initially made statements to hospital staff and the police which led to his arrest. She later changed her account to match that of Monserrate namely that the cuts on her face near her left eye from a broken glass were an accident and she is no longer cooperating with the investigation.[11] Sources have discussed with the media evidence including video surveillance that support the charges of assault and the attempt to cover it up.[12][13][14]
On February 27, 2009, the order of protection which prevents Monserrate from having contact with Giraldo was extended over the objections of Monserrate's attorney.[15][16]
On March 23, 2009, a Queens grand jury indicted Monserrate on three counts of felony assault on Giraldo and three counts of misdemeanor assault.[17] If convicted, the maximum sentence would be seven years.[18] Monserrate denied the charges, saying "Listen, the reality is that from the very beginning I have said this was an accident. My girlfriend said it's an accident. This is an accident and we look forward to the dismissal of all these charges based on the truth."[19]
The other scumbag, is Pedro Espada Jr. This douchenozzle is under investigation by the attorney general for....well I'm not even sure what you'd call it, but it's definitely illegal.

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Espada claims a co-op in Bedford Park as his district residence. However, his primary residence is a $700,000 house in the tony Westchester County suburb of Mamaroneck. Several residents of the Bronx co-op say they never see him there. [14] The Bronx District Attorney has opened an investigation,[15] the resulting media attention forcing Espada to move into his vacant Bronx apartment.
He has also been repeatedly criticized for unethical usage of the non-profit Soundview Health Clinic for political reasons. In 2000, he was acquitted on charges of using $200,000 from a Soundview HMO in order to pay off 1996 campaign debts from 1996. He was found not guilty by arguing that the HMO was allowed to do as it wished with federal money. Six employees were found guilty of using taxpayer funds to help the campaigns of Espada and his son.[16] In 1996, he was indicted for using $70,000 from a city-financed HMO to fund his unsuccessful reelection campaign. [17] As of 2009, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was investigating Espada's use of the Soundview Health Clinic for personal political reasons. [18]
By the time Espada was elected to the Senate in 2008, he owed in excess of $60,000 in fines to the New York City Campaign Finance Board related to races as far back as his 2001 run for Bronx Borough President. The campaign for his 2008 State Senate run had not registered with the New York State Board of Elections and fines were assessed against Espada's 2000 Senate campaign for required reports that had not been filed. Espada acknowledged that mistakes had been made but insisted that some of the accusations were unfair.[19]
The State of New York pulled funding for some of his non-profits due to "administrative deficiencies and apparent misuse of funds." [20]

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And so much more...

Normally, the state's Lt. Governor would step in to break a tie in the Senate...only we don't have one. Our Lt. Governor became Governor when our Governor resigned for patronizing a prostitution ring (oh yeah, before the former governor was governor, he was the State Attorney General, in which capacity he prosecuted, among others, prostitutes). According to the current State Attorney General (son of a former Governor, and with his own eye on that prize) the State Constitution does not authorize the current Governor to appoint a Lt. Governor to fill the void created by his ascension. So the current Governor has been compelling the Senate to convene each day (normally, they would be in recess now) and they do...they meet for 3 to 7 minutes a day and disagree about who gets to hold the gavel and then go home. Only they don't actually go home, they stay in or near Albany, collecting daily per diem, so they can attend the next do-nothing session of the Senate.
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ROFL

Sorry but god damn that's a show.
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I picked up a few pitchforks at Lowes. PM me when you are ready to form an angry mob and start lynching people.

My condolences for your location. Hope the smell up there isn't too much to bear.
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If only it were that simple. According to Section 10 Article 6 of the state constitution, "The Judge of the Court of Appeals and the Justices of the Supreme Court shall not hold any other office or public trust."

The ability to hire / fire / dictate the salary of a public office would be considered a public trust.
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I picked up a few pitchforks at Lowes. PM me when you are ready to form an angry mob and start lynching people.

My condolences for your location. Hope the smell up there isn't too much to bear.
I can see the state legislature building from my work. Let me know when you get here with those pitchforks.
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I've got my pitchfork and torches ready! Seriously this crap is a joke but this state has been like this for as long as I can remember. The sad part is that almost every one of these guys will still be in office after they go up for re-election. I don't understand it in this state, everyone bitches and then they don't vote these worthless politicians out of office! Have we ever had a state budget that is balanced and passed on time?
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Fuck you!!
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i thought i posted in this thread, huh, weird
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You just did.
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