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NYS Senate Candidate Nancy Low-Hogan, in an e-mail to voters, echoed a recent Brennen Center for Social Justice study that said that the NYS Senate is the nation's most dysfunctional legislature.

The candidate didn't stop there, she went on to call the Republicans in the State Senate "a secret cabal" and her opponent, Republican Thomas P. Morahan a "cog in [Majority Leader Frank] Bruno's machine.

Go get 'em, Nancy!

Dear Friends,

My name is Nancy Low-Hogan. I am the Democratic State Senate candidate
for our district. I am fighting to take back the Senate from an
entrenched cabal who'd rather broker backroom deals than debate bills
and create laws to better our state. The State Senate's secretive
dealings earned it the infamy of being "the nation's most
dysfunctional" legislative body, according to the Brennan Center for
Justice.

But my opponent, Republican Senator Thomas P. Morahan, says that the
Senate runs just fine the way it is. He supports Senate Majority Leader
Joe Bruno's "Three Men in a Room" way of getting things done. Morahan
says that some two hundred legislators having an equal voice in the
legislative process would create chaos. I call this democracy.

The process in Albany is rotten to the core. We desperately need
change. We need a government that's open to the people.  I will work
with Eliot Spitzer to create a better New York.  That is why I am
endorsed by Mr. Spitzer, Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo, and
Senator Chuck Schumer, among others.

In addition to legislative reform, I also support:

    *    Real Property Tax Reform. School funding needs to be
removed from the property-taxes of strapped homeowners.

    *    State Budget Reform. We need balanced budgets submitted
on time. The State Senate, in the hands of the Republicans, has been
unable to do this.

    *    Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Let's give all of our
children a head start in education.

    *    Child care tax credits. We need to help working
families with their childcare burden.

    *    Healthy Teens Act. Our teenagers need to be educated to
make wise life choices.

    *    A Healthy Environment. Rockland County has poor air
quality and our regional waterways face many hurdles on their way to
becoming clean again.

But if Senator Morahan is reelected, New York's legislative process
will continue to stall.  Because with Morahan you get more of the same.

Remember, Senator Morahan is an important cog in the Bruno machine who
has a massive campaign fund courtesy of corporate special interests. I
don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on television
commercials and large newspaper ads. My campaign is people powered. I
urge you to look at my positions on issues. I believe you will see that
I am the better choice to lead our District into a new era.

Please visit my Web site at http://www.nancylowhogan.com to learn more.

Thank you,

Nancy Low-Hogan
Democrat for the 38th State Senate District

Originally posted to NYaltnews on Mon Oct 23, 2006 at 02:43 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Well.. (0+ / 0-)

    ...they are a cabal.  They aren't a particularly "secret" one, considering they have public meetings.

    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

    by Jay Elias on Mon Oct 23, 2006 at 02:44:08 PM PDT

  •  But they are secret... (2+ / 0-)
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    ortcutt, davidincleveland

    Senate committee meetings are not open to the public in New York and there are no transcripts or records.

  •  Maybe there are 32% (0+ / 0-)

    of New Yorkers who do not understand that state government is controlled by three people. As an upstater, I have no voice in what happens in Albany (especially being a Dem in a Repub district).

    Will Spitzer be able to break this? I have no idea. Meanwhile, we as New Yorkers have to pay pretty good salaries to representatives who do nothing except to show up in Albany when the government is in session.

  •  Spitzer and the State Senate (0+ / 0-)

    If Joe Bruno keeps control of the Senate, he'll block every piece of legislation that the Democrats try to get through. Bruno currently has a Tammany Hall stranglehold on the state government.

    That's why it is so very critical that the Democrats pick up at least five State Senate seats. The first thing they'll accomplish after that is legislative reform; they'll make the procedures in Albany less secretive. Once this is established, the voters will be able to see where their State Senators really stand on issues.

    Right now, with secret hearings, any Republican Senator can stand up and say they support this or that and there's no transcript or trail to show that they really don't. This is why so many Republicans get elected to the State Senate in Democratic areas. They've got the constituents fooled into believing that they're moderates or even liberal because THEY HAVE NO RECORD.

  •  She's right (0+ / 0-)

    is anyone really surprised?

    NY State politics are the most insider controlled, obtuse, dysfunctional mess you can imagine....  State Budgets are routinely months late.....various state appointed positions are pure pork - serving as retirement posts for ex-politicians..... it's a laughable mess

    and the powers that be make damn sure that things aren't going to change.....

  •  Minor Technical Quibbles (1+ / 0-)
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    ohwilleke

    It's the Brennan Center for Justice (not Social Justice) of New York University School of Law.

    And it wasn't just the NYS Senate that was labeled dysfunctional, but the entire legislature, inclusive of the Democratic-controlled Assembly.  So we're not looking at the need for reform of a GOP institution, but of the complete legislative process, irrespective of party control.

    Having said that, of course, the only way we have any chance of achieving this goal would be through the ouster of Joseph Bruno from his majority leader position with the election of more Democrats this November.

    •  Yes, but... (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know where it says Brennan Center for "Social Justice." Could be your eyes are tired?

      And true, the study found the problems to be in both houses. Still the entire report is more critical of the Senate, the body for which she is running for a seat in. She is running a campaign, she's simplifying the report to get her point across without being muddled.

  •  Not far from the mark (0+ / 0-)

    each house in the legislature is run more like a parliament, with legislative leaders cutting deals with little input from the back benchers, and immense political inertia.

    It isn't a terribly partisan character of the body.  The Democrats are no better on that score.

    New York's state laws, on a great many points, are simply archaic.  Their small claims courts are run predominantly by non-lawyers.  They still have fault based divorce with a vengence.  Their foreclosure laws are different in every county.  Its probate system is unnecessarily cumbersome.

    It is, in short, behind the times.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

    by ohwilleke on Mon Oct 23, 2006 at 03:51:21 PM PDT

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