It’s the Budget, Stupid

ALBANY—Just before David Paterson’s speech in the financial district about the state’s fiscal woes, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch said he was disappointed in the “ratio of coverage” that ethics reform has gotten in recent days, since former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was convicted Monday of two federal fraud charges.

It has been “disproportionate, in our judgment, and it’s one of the reasons that despite the fact that Governor Paterson has been talking incessantly about this [financial] problem in recent months, behavior in Albany has not changed.”

“We talked about the idea of sending a thousand hearing aids to Albany, but we figured that wouldn’t do it either,” Ravitch said.