Thursday, March 22, 2007

AM RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC

Eliot Spitzer wants background checks conducted on people bidding for the state's horseracing franchise.........meanwhile Spitzer is calling individual state Senators to get them to abandon Joe Bruno...........like the old computer game "come follow me"...........and Eighty days after joining the Spitzer administration, former state Senator and ex-Clarence Norman aide Carl Andrews still doesn't have an official title.....meanwhile the Budget battle continues and we learn Weitzman out of running for tax commissioner "Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman said yesterday that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for state tax commissioner because family considerations bar him from working full-time at the Capitol."I was honored to even be considered by the Spitzer administration for this position," Weitzman told Newsday. "I look forward to helping the governor in his work to lower our tax burden, especially in the area of health care, and reform of our multiple levels of government." .........ahhhhhhhhh but suppose he was appointed state comptroller??? so his interviewing for state comptroller was make believe???? and State lawmakers vote for an early presidential primary -"Both legislative houses approved a bill yesterday moving up the state's presidential primary from March 4 to Feb. 5 next year, in line with actions by other big states.The bill now goes to Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is widely expected to sign it." a big boost for Hillary...........meanwhile we learn No agreements on school funding "With Long Island's share of school funding now seen as the highest hurdle in talks on a new budget, Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos met privately yesterday to air opposing views but reached no agreements"......no big surprise here..........and the winner is......Gov. Spitzer to reveal new Sullivan County clerk soon and the Sun believes Spitzer should make a Capital Case for the death penalty.......one windmill at a time please.......and finally Gov. Spitzer urged to collect cigarette tax "the state was open to a proposal that would provide for collection of the tax while sharing the revenue with tribes. The measure would end tribes’ price advantage over non-Indian retailers obligated to collect the state’s $1.50 per pack tax. The New York Association of Convenience Stores, led by Calvin, has long complained that the group’s 7,000 stores are unable to compete with tribal competitors’ reduced-price cigarettes and that state and local governments have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue." with all the medical evidence out there...do people still smoke???? yikes..........andy

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