When I asked for the mirror-bill Silver was referring to, Assembly spokeswoman Eileen Larrabee directed me to this campaign finance reform legislation [link fixed].
The bill looks like Spitzer’s proposal in that it places a more restrictive cap on campaign contributions. The Assembly proposal also includes a system of public financing for campaigns.
There’s been no definitive word yet, though, on whether Silver intends to facilitate other of Spitzer’s ideas, like the pledge to open up the budget process by eliminating the fluctuations in tax revenue numbers that the legislature has used as leverage in past negotiations with the governor’s office.
That’s a question, I guess, that will be answered pretty quickly once the new governor’s Albany honeymoon period is over.
— Azi Paybarah