Latino Power in Albany? More Pressure on Paterson
The nobility of minority appointments to one side, this seems a prime opportunity for coalition-building among politicians who might otherwise be relegated to foot-soldiers in the Democratic sweep of Albany. Malcolm Smith still doesn't have the Gang's backing for Majority Leader, and they're supposedly meeting with billionaire Tom Golisano today, who's been known to help out politicians he likes.
It would be a neat trick if these local pols could claim some victories before the Legislature even convenes. The state is short of money and the Governor's fastest route to getting the majority he needs to pass a budget -- especially with the Republicans being so uncooperative -- might be to accommodate these legislators with people instead of perks.