Yesterday was another sad day for working people in New York State. At the instigation an anti-labor Governor Cuomo, the legislature cut a craven deal to exchange the retirement security rights of future public employees for and agreement on the boundaries of assembly and state senate districts. Make no mistake about it. Those who voted for the so-called Tier VI legislation put their own interests ahead of the welfare of the future public employees of our state. Sad to say, only Assemblymen Dean Murray (3rdAD), Philip Ramos (6th AD), Andrew Raia (9th AD), Joseph Saladino (12th AD) and David McDonough (19th AD) had the backbone to vote against this completely unnecessary legislation. That 55% of the Democrats in the Assembly voted to support the Democratic Governor’s exploitation of anti-public worker sentiment in our nation is but the latest evidence of the faltering of the Democratic Party’s support for working people. At their best, the Democrat’s are like the liberal Republican’s of my youth. While many of us yearn for the days of Bill Clinton, we forget that he essentially governed like what we used to call a Rockefeller Republican. It is only in the existence of candidates Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul who create the illusion that the Democrats are a pro-labor party. They aren’t, but they’re all we have at them moment.
Don’t look for me on the 19th and 20th. I’m off to Albany to give some of the jerks who passed this law a piece of my mind.