Mike Spano on storming the governor’s office

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Assemblyman Mike Spano, D-Yonkers, released a statement today on his and his colleagues’ decision to storm the offices of Gov. David Paterson yesterday.

“Yesterday, several of my Assembly colleagues and I stormed the governor’s office and demanded that he speak to us about the lateness of the state budget. The governor hasn’t spoken to Assembly Speaker Silver in over a week. The governor’s silence, when so much is hanging in the balance, is unacceptable and as Yonkers’ representative, I feel that we need answers now.

“Pilfering from the pockets of state employees with furloughs and passing weekly budget extenders is not a long-term, workable solution, and my colleagues and I wanted to make this clear to him. We’re going through the same motions every week, for 43 days now, and still no budget, no progress in closing a $9.2 billion deficit. The governor is still the leader of this state and in order to make real progress we need him fully engaged in the process making responsible and productive decisions. We felt it was necessary to shake up the process and speak with him face-to-face.

“Only the future will determine the success of our meeting with him, but I believe we made progress in that the Governor has agreed to begin public leaders meetings and has also offered to join his budget staff with the Assembly’s staff to help reach a joint budget agreement – something that has never been done in the past.

“The hard decisions must be made – the same hard decisions that Yonkers families are making every day to cut their own budgets in this tough economy. I understand that the solution will not be easy but I continue my call to remain in Albany until the job is done.”

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  1. Albany Allison on

    Mike,
    Stop the cheap political stunts and ask Shelly what’s going on–like the good bobble-head pol you are….

  2. I think it is about time someone did something up there. My hat goes off to you to you and your colleagues. I am optimistic that doing something like this will help break the status quo. Good luck!

  3. It is good to finally see people stand up to the leadership in Albany. Attitudes like this are what we need to get a budget passed.

  4. A sophomoric stunt – no more, no less. Silver decides, not the lame duck governor. Anyone who doesn’t know this should find work on the turnip truck.

  5. Gimme a Break on

    Stunt Man: You’re the snarky know-it-all on the turnip truck who doesn’t know it all. This was a legit expression of anger from the Assembly back-benchers. You and your ilk always clamor for action, then when it happens, you have a wise-guy response. Of course…because you don’t want Democrats of any sort to accomplish anything. Bravo to the men and women who stood up like men and women to this worthless Governor.

  6. This “worthless” governor is your guy, born and bred. For twenty years yours guys (and he) created this mess by forcing and endorsing reckless spending and insane entitlements like boozed up dockworkers on every cockamamie program you could come up with. Today, you still refuse to get the house in order. Now you call the press, “storm” the capitol in three piece suits and dusty brogans, and then head to lunch. Get thee a grip.

  7. Jiminy Cricket on

    So Mikey and friends “stormed” the gov’s office?

    What is this — the Bastille or the Alamo?

    Without Silver’s OK and orders, that bunch couldn’t even sing an off-chorus verse of “Stormy Weather.”

    These Spano press releases are laughable.

    Come on, Mike — how about doing a little of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm.”

    On second thought — don’t.

  8. WISH I HAD THE TIME JIM! on

    HEY JIM – YOU ARE ALWAYS ON THIS SITE. I DONT COMMENT EVER BUT JUST WANTED TO SAY YOU EITHER HAVE NO LIFE AT ALL OR U JUST HAVE SO MUCH HATRED FOR THE SPANO FAMILY THAT YOU FEEL COMPELLED YO WRITE ABOUT THEM. I HAPPEN TO KNOW A FEW SPANOS AND I THINK THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE. YOU MY FRIEND NEED TO FIND A HOBBY.

  9. For the record, this is the “storming” that took place; more like lying to a police officer, and poor Mikey isn’t even mentioned. Boo-Hoo..

    Capital Confidential

    Sit in? Tour? Stunt? Conversation starter?

    I noted this in today’s story about furloughs, but Assemblyman Jack McEneny was able to get into the Red Room of the Capitol — located in a secured location in the Executive Chamber — by telling a Trooper at the guard’s desk that he was leading a tour.

    McEneny, a former Albany County historian often gives unofficial tours of the building — he gave me one when I first started working in the Capitol, and has lead around dignitaries from foreign countries. I was standing next to him as he lead over a dozen Assembly colleagues into the chamber to stage a sit in at the Red Room, and overheard snippets of his exchange with the Trooper. (Full disclosure: I wasn’t taking notes and was focusing on photographing the exchange. See right.)

    He later said this was the case, but said he didn’t lie to the Trooper.

    “You’re absolutely right,” he said. “I think you heard me describe the paintings on the way in, and the carvings – Leopold Eidlitz, and the largest gargoyle. There was a tour – it ended in the Red Room. They got a tour out of it, it was a short one, but a tour.”
    McEneny also said as much last night to Liz Benjamin, and prompted a call from Steve McLaughlin, a Republican candidate running against Assemblyman Tim Gordon.

    “You’re lying to a police officer for the purpose of getting around him? That’s unbelievable,” McLaughlin said. “I thought it was a juvenile stunt. They’re trying to distract attention away from the fact that they’re not even holding committee meetings on this budget which violates the law that they wrote. It’s pathetic to me that they’ve gone to this level.”

    McEneny said it produced worthwhile results.

    “The original idea has produced the governor to be in our conference, with staff, on Monday, and public meetings to come up in the near future,” McEneny said. “It was worthwhile, and it wouldn’t have happened any other way.”

  10. Machiavelli on

    Funny Anon, I just write the exact same post on the Yonkers Tribune. You are really original and have way too much time on your hands. By the way, “storming”; (v. i.) To raise a tempest. – which I think by entering the Governor’s office uninvited and unwanted warrants the word “storming”.

    I also read on the Yonkers Tribune “YOU CAN LOVE OR HATE MIKE SPANO BUT EITHER SCENARIO, YOU REALISE, HE MAKES YOU THINK OF HIM. MIGHTY DAFT OF YOU, AY?”; despite the English, it’s so true! Go Mike!

  11. Machiavelli on

    that would be *read the exact same post* – typing from my Droid is sometimes problematic

  12. westchester on

    What a total embarrassment. Surely, Yonkers, you have better people than this

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