Monday, February 26, 2007

A BLOG JAM

Liz Benjamin reports the "no deposit..no return' crowd were a bit ticked off they weren't invited .....Bottle Bill Opponents Cry Foul "New Yorkers for Real Recycling Reform, a group that views the so-called bigger, better bottle bill as a “tax,” is slamming Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s deputy secretary for the environment, Judith Enck, for meeting privately today with representatives of a company that stands to profit if the nickle deposit is expanded to fruit juices and bottled water.
According to the group, a coalition of grocers, labor interests and businesses, Enck met behind closed doors with representatives from both
Tomra, a company that makes “reverse vending machines” (you put in a bottle, it gives you money), and Tomra’s lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig.
“Governor Spitzer pledged to the people of New York state who elected him that everything would change on Day One with more open government yet, with the brunt of bottle law expansion falling on retailers, why were grocers excluded from this closed door meeting?” said James Rogers, president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, which represent grocers.
I am awaiting to a response from Spitzer’s press office." meanwhile
Spitzer Selling Casino Plan with U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in Washington today.......Dirk has some grave "reservations" about moving reservations for the sake of building casinos and calling them Indian Lands...and......"Polly want a cracker......errrrrrrrr award???" Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s ad man, Jimmy Siegel, won eight awards (four of them gold) at the 16th annual Pollie Awards in Miami Beach, Fla. last Friday.Siegel Sweeps At The Pollies .........hey Tom Suozzi's favorite commercial and hit song...”Let It Shine” won some gold as well........and how about Albany's new version of "Show me the money" Mo’ Money Blues (Updated) " A few lawmakers have noted with some amusement that the Senate majority is in unfamiliar territory here. Traditionally, it has been the Assembly Democrats who come in with a high estimate on avails and the Senate Republicans who come in somewhere in the middle, with the governor on the low end. " and the Times Empire Zone gives us The Full Spitzer "Earlier today, a reporter asked Sheldon H. Silver, the Assembly speaker, whether he expected a confrontation with Gov. Eliot Spitzer over the budget akin to the one over picking a new comptroller.
“What was the last confrontation? I have no idea,” said the speaker, with his usual understatement “I think we can do an amiable budget agreement. As I said when I supported this governor, I knew that he was an individual who was passionate, who believed strongly in what he believed in, and that’s part of the package you get when you get Eliot Spitzer.” Shelly is something else...maybe that is why he has lasted for so long as Assembly Leader..........andy

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