Now many of the regular readers know that at times, I can get a little overly sarcastic with the ineptitude of public servants. Especially those that you and I unfortunately sometimes elect into office. But then they do something that reinforces my lack of faith in them. So with that, this is simply too good to pass up.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo recently wrote a letter to State Comptroller DiNapoli asking what assistance is available to help her struggling schools districts. You can read his response – and you really should – at http://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2013/03/not-many-options-for-cash-strapped-schools/. It reinforces a point we make time and time again…it is not about what is best for the kids.
So here is my question back to the Comptroller, “Are you out of your mind? Those are the only two options you think are available? More money or a control board.” Give me a break Mr. Comptroller. There are plenty of things that can be done. But you, like many of our Senators and Assembly members, are too afraid of the public employee unions that continue to line your campaign coffers with our tax dollars.
The fact of the matter is that there are better options out there. And they are outlined in our Let New York Work. Enact them, and I am pretty confident our schools, and municipalities, will be just fine.
It is funny how the world works sometimes. I was in Binghamton yesterday and a member of the audience asked me to predict what position I thought the Comptroller would take on the Governor’s pension smoothing plan. I didn’t hesitate with my answer, “Whatever the unions tell him to take.” And today he proves that when he finally takes a public position, my prediction will be right.