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Twilight Of The Geriatrics In Albany

by Chris Chichester on 01/12/18

The career elected official affixed to a monarchical leather chair in the Assembly and Senate is a Capitol absolute.  These individuals prevail on Election Day for the first time infused with an obsession for power and perquisites.  A re-election defeat is rare.  Retirement is forced through death, sickness or criminality. Its ramification is the 30+ year decline of our Empire State.  

In 2016 state legislators in 23 New York City districts did not face a primary or general election opponent. Each understands the political calculations of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards: "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

The longest serving Member of the Senate is Kenneth P. LaValle. LaValle is elected in 1976.  He is 78. Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. is elected to the Assembly in 1979 and the Senate in 1990. He is 89.  Senator John J. Bonacic is elected to the Assembly in 1990 and the Senate in 1998. He is 75. Senator Neil D. Breslin is elected in 1996. He is 75. Senator Carl L. Marcellino is elected in 1995. He is 75. 

On June 5, 2017 Senator Larkin announced $50,0000 to honor Senator Larkin for the construction of the "William J. Larkin, Jr. Pavilion and Play Area" in Walden.  Walden Mayor Sue Rumbold praised "the generosity and depth of service of such a great man" in his news release.  The Great Man declared that he "was happy to play a small role" in the deliverance of this large pork-barrel from the imprisoned taxpayer. 

Senator Velmanette Mongomery is elected in 1984. She is 74. Senator Kemp Hannon is elected in 1989. He is 72.  Senator John A. DeFrancisco is elected in 1992. He is 71. Senator Martin Malave Dilan is elected in 2002. He is 67. Senator Martin J. Golden is elected in 2002. He is 67. 

Septuagenarian Montgomery in the Daily News on February 25, 2015: "When you're talking about a white community, it can be a little boutique, because white people don't eat the way we do." 

This woman is the lunatic fringe.  You, Velmanette, must continue the research for your boutique philosophy on racial disparities in dining.  For example: Did the Ku Klux Klan create low-price soda brands Tropical Fantasy, A-Treat and Top Pop to sterilize black men? For more on cross-burning beverages see "Rumor Almost Ruins Small Soda Firm" by Arlene Levinson of Associated Press on July 14, 1991. 

Senator Montgomery is notable for her disgraceful six-figure exploitation of the per-diem. From "Database: Per Diems Up For NY Lawmakers" by Joseph Spector at GANNETT on August 3, 2017:

"On the Senate side, Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn, had the most per-diem expenses since 2013 -- at $100,000, the records show."

The longest serving Member of the Assembly is 74-year-old Joseph R. Lentol.  He is elected in 1972. Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo is 81. She is elected in 1994.  Assemblywoman Vivian E. Cook is 80. She is elected in 1990. Assemblyman William Magee is 78.  He is elected in 1990. Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper is 78. She is elected in 1988. Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is 77. She is elected in 1992. Assemblyman David F. Gantt is 76. He is elected in 1982.

Assemblyman Steve Englebright is 71. He is elected in 1992. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger is 70. He is elected in 1976. Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. is 68. He is elected in 1986. Assemblyman Dov Hikind is 67. He is elected in 1982.  Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is 67. She is elected in 1990. Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein is 65. She is elected in 1980.  

If you are an institutional dinosaur in our Assembly it is a status that deserves a narcissistic celebration. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, a youngster at 59, promoted her candidacy for Speaker on January 28, 2015: 

"In my 30-year Assembly career I have conducted myself with honesty and integrity. Serving the people of New York state has been my only job -- whether it be my own constituents, school children or working men and women in our state. It will continue to be my only job."

This sanctimonious blockhead believes status divorced from private sector employment qualifies one for leadership in a state with 19.8 million. Nolan's 30-year racket in The Axis Of Albany is best examined in her news release archive.   She moonlights as an architect.  For plans to build a deck over the Long Island Rail Road in Long Island City Nolan said: "I oppose developing the site with the buildings currently proposed. Too large, too tall, too high of a floor area ratio."  Fallingwater requires your expertise, C.N.

State legislators notable for longevity or mummification include: 

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: 38 years from 1977 to 2015

* Senator Ron Stafford: 37 years from 1965 to 2002

* Assemblyman Arthur Eve: 35 years from 1967 to 2002

* Senator John Marchi: 49 years from 1957 to 2006

* Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, Jr.: 42 years from 1975 to 2017

* Senator Dean G. Skelos: 30 years from 1985 to 2015

* Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez: 28 years from 1985 to 2013

* Senator Ralph J. Marino: 26 years from 1969 to 1995

* Senator Tom Libous: 26 years from 1989 to 2015

* Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin: 23 years from 1971 to 1994

* Senator Owen Johnson: 40 years from 1972 to 2012

* Senator Joseph L. Bruno: 31 years from 1977 to 2008

The longest serving Member of the Assembly today is spring chicken 70-year-old Richard N. Gottfried. He entered office on January 1, 1971.  At 11:50 p.m. on that day the last televised cigarette advertisement is broadcast on The Tonight Show. The Time Man Of The Year for the January 4, 1971 issue is West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.  My Sweet Lord by George Harrison is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Love Story is the No. 1 film in which Roger Ebert described Ali MacGraw Disease as "the only symptom is that the patient grows more beautiful until finally dying."

Gottfried is an expert in canine dining habits. His quote from "Back Off, Health Nazis, And Let New York's Doggies Dine" in the New York Post on June 7, 2015 by Nicole Gelinas: 

"Some dogs are tall enough that all they would have to do is turn their heads and they would be eating off people's plates."

I am gravely concerned about how our state legislator geriatrics navigate escalators and elevators.  Each rides the escalator from the Empire State Plaza Concourse to the Capitol and the Capitol/LOB elevators.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 each year."

I recommend the issuance of Life Alert and Danmar Soft Shell Helmet to our Members of the Assembly and Senate.  In the event of a head-splitting HELP! I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP! catastrophe.  Our representatives in Albany can also use these life-saving products in the shower given how that first step over the tub is fraught with peril. 

In 1986, at 25, John J. Flanagan is elected to the Assembly.  That year Governor Mario Cuomo defeated Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke to win a second term.  O'Rourke carried a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Cuomo with him to call attention to Cuomo's refusal to debate.  A cardboard cut-out is perfectly capable of performing the responsibilities of our state legislators given their enfeeblement. 

In 2002 Flanagan is elected to the Senate. At 56 he is allegedly still in possession of his mental faculties.  

From "John Flanagan's Journey To NY Senate Majority Leader Marked By Unforeseen Turns" by Yancey Roy in Newsday on May 16, 2015: 

"Look, I was 25. I was engaged. I was going to law school.  Then, you know, in the blink of an eye you're 54 and you're here."

The explanation for your eternal presence in Albany is simplistic drivel, J.F.  I'll perform the math. Thirty years is 10,950 days.  That time-frame is not a blink of an eye. I blinked my eye and you're still punishing me in the capital. And ten years from today you will continue to depart the 
New York State Thruway at Exit 24 for The Axis Of Albany. 

Flanagan's institutionalization spans five governors since January, 1987: Mario Cuomo, George E. Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo. He recites the oath of office for the fist time when ex-convicted felon Mel Miller succeeds Stanley Fink as Assembly Speaker. It marks the beginning of the final years in office for Senate Majority Leader Warren M. Anderson. Anderson's time in office: 1953 to 1989. 

Flanagan represents Stony Brook, Centereach and Lake Grove.  It is extremely distressing because I am a graduate of SUNY-Stony Brook and Centereach High School. My hometown is Lake Grove.  This super-lifer is empowered to drive up the New York State Thruway because of family, friends, acquaintances and neighbors. I required sedation via elephant gun after learning such a fact. 

The reign of Louis XIV in France is for 72 years and 111 days from May 14, 1643 to September 1, 1715. It is detailed in Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser.  He is the exemplar of the divine right of kings which is distinct from the divine right of assemblymen and senators. Our 200+ state legislators must study The Sun King as he bankrupted and impoverished France by concentrating the machinery of the state in his own person. 
 
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