Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spitzer’s returning to Albany

Gov. Eliot Spitzer dropped his schedule of stops downstate to return to Albany, given the shootings of troopers the past two days.
Spitzer had been scheduled to speak at a NARAL luncheon. He is heading back to his Capitol office, according to his office.Earlier today, he spoke out against Senate Republicans to promote his campaign finance reform package in Nassau County. (Capitol Confidential)

meanwhile..............
Troopers shot, Bruno calls for meeting on death penalty law...........Drawing from three trooper shootings in the past 24 hours in Delaware County, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno urged Gov. Eliot Spitzer Wednesday stop beating the drum for a flawed campaign finance reform bill and return to the Capitol immediately and use his influence to force a death penalty law.
“Why isn’t he using his influence to push this?” Bruno said. “What is more important than protecting the lives of law enforcement officers? Is campaign finance reform more important than that? I don’t think so.”
Bruno said the governor’s priorities are out of whack and that he is misguided in “wandering'’ around the state blasting Senate Republicans for not signing on to his proposed campaign finance reforms. He suggested the governor’s time would be better spent urging Assembly Democrats to fix the death penalty law to make in constitutional while creating a death penalty law for those who murder law enforcement officers.
Spitzer, he said, should come to Albany today and start convincing his fellow Democrats in the Assembly to join him on a death penalty bill, just as he persuaded them to go along with civil confinement of sex offenders. He said he wants to sit down with the governor and AssemblySpeaker Sheldon Silver to discuss a death penalty package as soon as possible.
“It’s open season on law enforcement people,'’ Bruno complained after a press conference calling for Assembly passage of “Granny’s Law,'’ which passed unanimously in the Senate. That law calls for stiffer penalties to those who assault people 70 years old and up. ...............leave it to Bruno to try and dodge reform by using current tragedies to deflect criticism on his republican delegation.......this reminds so much of Bush.....using 9/11.......as an excuse to take away our civil liberties and involve us in Iraq......and then blast his critics by being anti American soldiers........Spitzer is returning to Albany for the right reasons..not because Bruno thinks so...................andy

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