Thursday, February 22, 2007

Another Special Election??? UPDATED!!!!!!!!!

Newsday Spincycle

Lisanne did come out early for Spitzer...going against the local political grain and not endorsing Suozzi in the Dem Primary...but will that be enough to get her a job with Lipa??? And will Kevin want to start off his new administration hiring a politico??? a controversial one at that??? me thinks not.......stay tuned...andy

Long Island politicians are watching and waiting to see if Legis. Lisanne Altmann gets a new, high-paid job at the Long Island Power Authority by Friday and gives up her elected job.That’s the last day Altmann, who works part-time for LIPA, can resign from her 10th District legislative seat and still allow enough time for a successor to be chosen during the special elections already set for March 27, election officials say.The county charter requires a special election to be called no less than 30 days and no more than 60 days after a vacancy occurs in the legislature.Celeste Hadrick
Special elections are already scheduled March 27 to fill the legislative seat that opened up when Craig Johnson was elected to the state Senate, and the state Assembly vacancy created when Thomas DiNapoli was appointed state comptroller.Democratic Party leaders have been telling Altmann (D-Great Neck), who joined with Republicans last year to make an unsuccessful attempt to depose Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs, that she will face a bruising primary if she decides to run again.But sources say new LIPA chairman Kevin Law is hesitant to make Altmann his first high-level appointment in his new job.

Suspense Ends -- Lisanne Stays Put
Looks like Nassau Legis. Lisanne Altmann (D-Great Neck) will be staying in the legislature for a while after all.
Nassau Democratic leaders had lobbied hard for her to get a high-level, full-time job at the Long Island Power Authority, where she has been working part-time as the agency’s clean energy manager, in return for which she would give up her legislative seat. An outspoken Democrat, who joined with Republicans last year in an unsuccessful coup against Judy Jacobs, Altmann has been an irritant for years to party leaders and County Executive Thomas Suozzi.
“I had a wonderful discussion with Kevin Law and we’re going to work together over the coming months and develop some comfort with each other. Lucky for me I get to keep my legislative job at the same time,” Altmann said Thursday afternoon. “I love both jobs and have been doing both well for a long time.”

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