Libous: Good-government advocates should “get real jobs”


Binghamton Sen. Thomas Libous, who is the No. 2 Republican in his chamber, said good government groups who criticized recent closed-door budget negotiations and Tuesday’s late-night voting session should stop complaining and “get real jobs.”

Libous touted what looks like it will be the third on-time budget in a row during an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau Tuesday night. The Senate convened after 9:30 p.m. for a planned all-night voting session.

He said the chamber would gavel out at midnight and gavel in again at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in order to vote on remaining budget bills. The final bills were introduced Sunday night, so senators had to wait three days to consider them to avoid using a “message of necessity” to skip the aging period.

Good government groups complained that the closed-door negotiation process between Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was nontransparent, as was the late voting.

Libous responded Tuesday: “I’ve been here for 25 years; I’ve heard it for 25 years. No matter what you do, they’re never happy. They’re not happy because it’s done in the middle of the night. Before, they used to be not happy because we got messages of necessity.

“Look it, they need to go get real jobs or something, because it’s just very frustrating to have them complain about the process. And yet, we reform the process. We do better with the process, and they still complain.”

See the full interview here:


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  1. Retired Postman on

    Good for you Senator Libous. It’s about time the legislature starts calling out these phony 3rd parties like Common Cause and AARP. These groups have lost their way and don’t follow any rules. Most don’t pay attention to lobbying laws either. You don’t see Common Cause, AARP, or WFP, CWA, etc. reporting all their expenses when it comes to pointing out what the legislature is doing wrong or for the positions they lobby for. But you sure hear about their views on every subject. Again, thank you for the great quote this morning. It made my day.

  2. Jackson Davies on

    We have to complain and get this arrogant slob out of office on Election Day !

  3. North of the Hutch on

    Jackson, who we really need to get rid of is Latimer & Stewart-Cousins.

    Who knew they were leading the progressive cause when they voted? Those aren’t our issues here in Westchester County. We need relief from sky high taxes, both state & property, but that won’t happen if we continue to elect the likes of George Latimer & Andrea Stewart-Cousins. They’re all about spending money and passing the taxes needed to pay for it.