Assemblyman Jack McEneny defended the fact that he collects a $73,000 pension and a $94,000 salary.
“How can I be criticized for not having a district office, then be criticized for staffing the district office to make it operational once it’s open?” State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. said in response to reports that he added $350,000 in staff to the state payroll.
“This hiring has nothing to do with a quid pro quo or demands made on the Democratic Conference,” Espada told the Post.
Michael Daly says that American Idol fans are truly democratic, writing “what sets them apart from the politicians who infest our state capital is their attitude toward the voters.”
David Paterson is hopeful there will be federal aid for storm damage in western New York.
Dennis Rosen has started cleaning house at the State Liquor Authority.
And below, video of Representative Louise Slaughter discussing a public option for health care: